General Psychology PSY 101 summer session

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, human development, personality and psychopathology, to psychotherapy.

Textbooks: All readings are on the internet: The main textbook is General Psychology, by Dr. George Boeree ( For pdf version, go to: for Part 1 and for Part 2.  Additional internet sites will be assigned for course reading.

Evaluation: You will have three 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 four exams will each be worth 33% of your final mark.  Your lowest exam score will not count toward your final grade.  For the first three exams, a study guide with a list of important concepts and theories will be available on a website (  Since the study guide for the cumulative final exam would consist of all of the material on the study guides for the first three 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.  There will be an in class assignment that is worth 1% of your final mark.

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 three exams, you will need to take the cumulative final exam to avoid any penalty.  If you miss two of the first three exams, the two exams will be replaced with your cumulative final exam score minus 10%.  If you miss all three exams before the final exam, the three 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., mp3 players, cell 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.

Order of Topics, Readings, and Exams:

Topic 1
What is Psychology?

Methods of study

Topic 2

Topic 3
Sensation & Perception

Exam 1
33% of final mark

Topic 4
Topic 5

Topic 6

Exam 2
33% of final mark

Topic 7

Personality & Development

Topic 8
Psychological Disorders

Topic 9

Therapy & other Treatments

Exam 3

33% of final mark

Exam 4
33% of final mark

Cumulative Final Exam

Study Guide for the Next Exam

APA Format Link: Purdue University

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