The General Idea
Over the course of the term, you need to write three different kinds of papers and revise one of them.
Each of these will be about 6 pages long (about 1800 words). The revision will be a bit longer.
On the server, there is a folder associated with each lecture and/or chapter. In the folder you will find pdfs of an article or two (sometimes a URL pointing to an article). The contents of the folder will be described on the handout for that lecture/chapter. The handouts are also on the web. Your work for each of the papers begins with one (or more) of these articles. What you do with the article(s) will depend on the kind of paper you are writing. (See below).
General Requirements: Sources
- Each of the first three papers must use at least one of the articles posted on the server.
- Each of the first three papers must use at least two sources beyond what is on the website.
- Those two sources must be published in the scholarly literature or in book form (College level textbooks are fine for one of the two sources. No...you can't use Gleitman.)
- If you are in doubt about the scholarly nature of a source, ask your TA or ask the librarians (good reason to go to a library workshop).
- A random webpage found by 'Googling' cannot be counted toward the two scholarly resources; BUT it might be useful. You can use such sources. You can cite them (give the URL). You just can't rely on them exclusively.
- Electronic versions of scholarly publications (like most of what I have put on the server) are just fine.
- When in doubt, ASK.
General Requirements: Writing
- Always, always make sure you are using your own words. Direct quotation can be used but only very sparingly. It is rarely needed in this sort of writing. Direct quotes should be "in quotes" of course and a proper citation should be given. What we really want to avoid are papers where you read a paragraph and then write a paragraph that is a close paraphrase of your source. Changing "I discovered" to "She discovered" is not "using your own words". Read your sources. Take notes on your sources. Think about the material. Then write something of your own. If your paper is a pastiche of near quotes, we are going to give you a really bad grade. You have been warned.
- Citation: We are not particularly concerned about the form of citation that you use. I suggest following the model used in Gleitman. You put an author and year marker in the text at the relevant point (Wolfe, 2004) and a suitable bibliographic reference at the end of the paper.
Wolfe, J. M. "Writing Assignments for Intro." Psych. Journal of Course Requirements 12, no. 4 (2004): 403-405.
The critical requirement is that we should be able to find the source of any facts and ideas that you gleaned in your reading. Again, when in doubt, ask.
The Four Papers
Paper 1: Writing for the Public (PDF)
Paper 2: Taking the Next Step (PDF)
Examples of Good and Bad Writing (PDF)
Paper 3: Rewriting the Textbook (PDF)
Paper 4: Revision (PDF)
Division of Arts and Sciences
Psychology 200: Introduction to Psychology
Spring Semester, 1997
Instructor: Mikhail Lyubansky, M.A.
- Phone (at LCC): 483 - 1152
- Phone (at MSU): 432 - 3314
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
I encourage you to take advantage of office hours to ask questions about the course material and/or discuss your progress in this course. I will not be on campus during other times. However, I will be happy to make an appointment with you if you are unable to make the office hours. I will also be happy to answer questions via email. In fact, this is often the best way to get an answer to a quick question.
Coon, Dennis. Introduction to Psychology: Exploration and Application (seventh edition).
Minneapolis/St. Paul: West Publishing Company, 1995.
Areas that will be covered include: research methods, biological bases of behavior, human development, sensation, perception, learning, intelligence, motivation, emotions, personality, mental disorders and their treatment, and social psychology. These areas will be approached from both theoretical and applied perspectives.
Class participationStudents are expected to attend and actively participate in class. Ten percent of the course grade (40 points) will be based on class participation.
ExaminationsThere will be two in-class examinations. Each exam will have a possible 75 points and will consist of 25 multiple-choice questions (worth 2 points each) and one or two short essay questions (worth a total of 25 points).
The department final examination will consist of 60 multiple-choice questions and will be worth 120 points. This examination must be passed in order to receive a grade in the class, regardless of whether all other course requirements were passed.
All exams must be taken on assigned days. No exceptions will be made without prior arrangements. The department final will be given on December 12, 1996.
Written assignmentsAll students are required to submit two 4-5 page written assignments. The first written assignment, "designing a research project" will be done by the entire class. However, for the second assignment, you may pick one of the two available choices. Specific guidelines and requirements for both writing assignments will be distributed separately on the first day of class. All papers must be typewritten and double-spaced with standard margins. You should have a cover sheet with your name, the course, date, my name, and the title of the paper. You should also have a bibliography, properly citing the articles and any other sources that you use (e.g., your textbook). The cover sheet and the bibliography are not part of the 4-5 page length requirement.
The two written assignments are worth 75 points each and will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
- Writing and Presentation (Approximately 20% of the grade) -- You must precisely follow the assignment requirements outlined in the preceding paragraph. Your ideas should be expressed clearly and specifically, and the paper must be free of grammatical errors and typos. Overall neatness is important.
- Content (Approximately 80% of the grade) -- What you write should be accurate, based on the current psychological literature. Be sure to give credit to others through citations and references. In addition, your work should reflect a great deal of thought and organization. It should demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the topic, beyond that provided by the textbook.
I encourage you to submit drafts of your papers to me, prior to the due date. I will review your draft and return it to you with comments and suggestions. This often leads to a better grade.
Attendance and Participation 30 points Writing Assignment 1 50 points Writing Assignment 2 50 points Exam 1 40 points Exam 2 40 points Exam 3 40 points Departmental Final Exam 60 points Grades will be assigned according to the following scale. I reserve the right to make the grading scale easier, but I promise not to make it harder!
Grade Total Points Percentage 4.0 281-310 91- 100% 3.5 266-280 86 - 90% 3.0 250-265 81 - 85% 2.5 235-249 76 - 80% 2.0 219-234 71 - 75% 1.5 204-218 66 - 70% 1.0 186-203 60 - 65% 0.0 under 186 below 60%
Introduction to Psychology: Definition, History, and Applications
Assignment: Chapter 1; pp. 717-721
Research Methods and Basic Statistics: Part I
Assignment: Chapter 2; pp. 722-729
Research Methods and Basic Statistics: Part II
Assignment: Review readings for 1/16/97
Assignment: Chapter 12; pp. 485-486; pp. 490-492; pp. 495-496
Adolescence, Adulthood, and Old Age
Assignment: Chapter 13
Biological Bases of Behavior
Assignment: Chapter 3
Assignment: Chapter 4
Assignment: Chapter 5
** Examination 1 **
Sleep and Hypnosis
Assignment: pp. 155-173; pp. 186-189; p. 240: Highlight 8-1
Substance Use and Abuse
Assignment: pp. 173-185; pp. 189-193; pp. 313-314
Learning I: Classical and Operant Conditioning
Assignment: pp. 194-220
Learning II: Beyond Conditioning
Assignment: pp. 220-233
Assignment: Chapter 8
** 1st Writing Assignment Due **
Spring Break: no class
Spring Break: no class
Cognition and Creativity
Assignment: Chapter 9
Motivation and Emotion
Assignment: pp. 297-319
Health, Stress, and Coping
Assignment: Chapter 11
** Examination 2 **3/25/97
Assignment: Chapter 14
Personality: Psychodynamic Theories
Assignment: pp. 474-488
Personality: Behavioral and Humanistic Theories & Personality Assessment
Assignment: pp. 488-510
Assignment: Chapter 16
Major Mental Disorders
Assignment: Chapter 17
Psychological Treatments and Interventions
Assignment: Chapter 18
Assignment: Chapter 19
** Examination 3 **4/22/97
Social Behavior: Conformity, Obedience, and Compliance
Assignment: Chapter 20
Social Behavior II: Attitudes, Prejudice, and Stereotypes
Assignment: pp. 660-674
** 2nd Writing Assignment Due **
Social Behavior III: Aggression and Helping Behavior
Assignment: pp. 674-687
Assignment: Chapter 22
Catch Up on Lectures / Review for Final Exam
Assignment: Catch Up on Readings; Study for Exam
** Final Examination **
Last updated by Mikhail Lyubanky on 1/22/97