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General Psychology

Instructor                    Dr. J’Lene George

Office: Wells Hall 1011K                      Email:

Phone: 682-6765                                 Website:


Textbook                    Ciccarelli, S. K., & Meyer, G. E. (2006). Psychology. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall.


Office Hours               M-F 10:00-11:00 AM


Course Description

This course is designed to provide the student with an overview of psychology as a scientific study. Both theories and research findings concerning neurology, learning, memory, emotions, motivation, sensation and perception, cognition and language, intelligence, personality, health psychology, normal and abnormal behavior, therapy, social relationships, and I/O psychology will be examined.


At the end of the class, the student will have acquired knowledge in, and an understanding of the various aspects of psychology listed above, being able to describe, discuss, critically evaluate, and apply the information.


Course Objectives


·   Demonstrate an understanding of different theories and approaches to psychology and basic principles of psychology.

·   Appropriately integrate the various aspects of psychology and be able to apply them to their personal lives and current issues and problems.

·   Successfully work independently as well as collectively.

·   Respect the thoughts and ideas of others, appreciating the similarities and differences between individuals.

·   Develop a positive attitude towards the discipline of psychology and complete the course with a positive feeling of acquiring useful knowledge and skills that can be applied now and within the context of future academic/work related settings.


Course Evaluation and Grades


Points are assigned for each in-class assignment, out-of-class assignments, participation, and exams. Grades will be determined based on your percentage of possible points using the following scale:

Evaluation Tool


% of Grade

Grade Determination

Tests and quizzes

Class Participation













Test Avg. x .50 =

Participation x .20 =

Assign. Grade x .30 =


Final Grade









Your final grade will be converted into a letter grade using the scale published in the course syllabus:

                                    A = 93-100       A- = 90-92       

B+ = 87-89       B = 83-86         B- = 80-82       

                                    C+ = 77-79       C = 73-76         C- = 70-72       

D+ = 67-69       D = 63-66         D- = 60-62

                                    F = <59

It is impossible to receive an A in this course without attending and participating.


Student Responsibilities


·   Each student is expected to study outside of class, and take an active role in lecture.

·   Exams will cover assigned reading, lecture and assignments.  Please be aware that I will not lecture on every piece of the text, but you are still responsible for knowing this material unless I tell you otherwise.

·   Regular attendance and appropriate participation is required.  Evidence of poor preparation, inappropriate behavior, frequent absences and tardiness, and missing participation opportunities will adversely affect your grade.  An A in participation is required to receive an A in the class.

·   As a courtesy to me and fellow students, please turn off your cell phone during classroom instruction, discussion, and exam time. Texting in class will negatively affect your grade.  It may also result in the student being released from the classroom.  Policy on late assignments: Late work will be accepted only once per quarter and at the discretion of the instructor.  Late work must be clearly marked LATE and have due date, date submitted, and reason for being late clearly written on the assignment.   Assignments not clearly and accurately labeled will receive no credit.

·   Revising selected assignments for better scores is permitted.  Revisions are due no later than one week from when work was returned to the class (generally, even if you were absent and did not get yours back).  All revisions must be clearly labeled REWRITE, have the date submitted clearly written, and have all prior attempts attached.

·   Academic honesty:  Please review the policies of WVC regarding academic honesty in the WVC handbook.  Any issues involving academic dishonesty will be handled according to these policies/procedures.


Each person is expected to exhibit behavior that demonstrates respect for others and acknowledges the right of all students to an education.


Individuals who have a disability, either temporary or permanent, which might affect their ability to perform in this class, are encouraged to inform the college disability services coordinator (509.682.6854) at the start of the quarter.

Course Calendar







Read chapter 1





The Science of Psychology

The Biological Perspective


Read chapter 2




Sensation & Perception

Stress & Health


Read chapters 3 & 11




Exam 1 (Chapters 1, 2, 3, 11)


Read chapter 5





Cognition: Thinking, Intelligence, & Language


Read chapters 6




Cognition: Thinking, Intelligence, & Language

Social Psychology


Read chapter 7




Exam 2 (Chapters 5, 6, 7)

Social Psychology


Read chapter 12




Theories of Personality


Read chapter 13





Exam 3 (Chapters 12, 13,9)


Read Chapter 9



Psychological Disorders


Read chapter 14




Psychological Therapies


Read chapter 15



Finals Week: Exam 4 (Chapters  14 & 15 and Cumulative)



Make-Up Exam/Quiz Policy

In the event a student is unable to participate on the day of an exam the following process will be followed. The exam or quiz must be completed within one week of the original examination date in order for the student to receive full credit. Furthermore, the instructor reserves the right to reduce or refuse credit for invalid reasons for missing an exam or failure to follow these procedures. The student will be allowed to make up the missed exam as long as the following criteria are met. It is the student’s responsibility to:

1.       Notify the instructor in advance of the exam date by calling (509.682.6765) or emailing (

2.       Arrange a date and time in agreement with the instructor to make up the exam.

*One make-up exam and one make-up quiz will be allowed per quarter.