General Psychology PSY 101 all sections

Shippensburg University

Course Director: Toru Sato

Course description: This course introduces students to the basic concepts and theories in the area of Psychology. It is designed to provide students with a basis for further explorations on a variety of topics in the field of Psychology. The topics range from the nervous system, sensation and perception, consciousness, memory, learning, motivation and emotion, cognition and language, health psychology, personality and psychopathology, to psychotherapy.

Textbooks: Selected chapters from General Psychology, an online E-textbook written by Dr. George Boeree (http://webspace.ship.edu/cgboer/genpsy.html), and various other readings will be assigned as reading for the course.  Please find detailed information in the "Course elements" - "content" area on D2L.  D2L can be accessed at https://d2l.ship.edu/ using your e-mail ID and password. 

Evaluation: You will have four non-cumulative exams and one cumulative final exam throughout the semester. Each exam will consist of 50 multiple-choice questions covering all readings and material discussed in class. All five exams will each be worth 25% of your final mark. Your lowest exam score will not count toward your final grade. For the first four exams, a study guide with a list of important concepts and theories will be available on D2L. Since the study guide for the cumulative final exam would consist of all of the material on the study guides for the first four exams, there will be no study guide made specifically for the cumulative final exam. You must bring a valid Shippensburg University photo ID to take the exams.

Missing exams & Tardiness for exams: Since your lowest exam grade will not count toward your final grade, you may miss one exam without penalty. Therefore, if you miss one of the first four exams, you will need to take the cumulative final exam to avoid any penalty. If you miss two of the first four exams, the two exams will be replaced with your cumulative final exam score minus 6%. If you miss three of the first four exams, the three exams will be replaced with your cumulative final exam score minus 12%. If you miss all of the first four exams, the four exams will be replaced with your cumulative final exam score minus 20%. Regardless of reasons, exams cannot be made up. There will also be an additional 10% deduction from your exam grade for arriving late for any exam.

Class etiquette: Each time you appear to be using electronic devices (e.g., tablets, phones, headphones, laptops, etc.) in class, you will receive a 10% deduction from your next exam grade. Each time you arrive late or leave in the middle of class, you will receive a 4% deduction from your next exam grade.

Extra Credit: You will have numerous opportunities to earn extra credit throughout the semester.  

Order of Topics and Exams:


Topic 1
What is Psychology?

Methods of study

Topic 2
Neuropsychology
Topic 3
Sensation and Perception
Exam 1
25% of final mark
Topic 4
Sleep
Topic 5
Learning
Topic 6
Memory
Exam 2
25% of final mark
Topic 7
Emotion & Motivation
Topic 8
Thought &Language

Mental Abilities

Exam 3
25% of final mark

Topic 9

Personality & Development

Topic 10
Psychological Disorders

Topic 11

Therapy & other Treatments

Exam 4

25% of final mark

Final Exam
25% of final mark - Cumulative Exam

Important Links
Extra Credit & other Psychology Related Events

Participate in Research for Extra Credit

Toru Sato's Homepage

Psychology Department Homepage

APA Format Link: Purdue University