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Course : General Psychology II

Course Number
PSYC 2203
Section Number
Fall 2019
Prothro-Yeager Hall, 101
Dr. Don Knox
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time



  • learn about what psychology is, and how it is applicable to the world around us.
  • understand how we learn, think and remember.
  • gain a basic knowledge of human behavior
  • learn about human characteristics such as perception, sensation, motivation and thinking
  • investigate other areas of psychology (social and industrial/organizational).


Above and beyond this, we will approach the field of psychology critically as "a way of approaching and analyzing the world (Wade & Tavris, 1990, p. xvii)." This means that we will explore how to think critically about psychological phenomena and be skeptical about what we read.


As such, class discussions and projects will be designed to encourage your own exploration of psychology.  Through the study of this field, you are likely to find that much of what we know in psychology directly relates to, and has the capacity to enrich, our experience of everyday life.



Quizzes:  The quizzes will help us to stay on track in the course and provide you with a study guide for the exams.  Quiz scores will be totaled at the end of the semester and constitute 12% of your grade.  The quizzes are multiple-choice.

Examinations: There are three major exams.  Each of the exams will cover 3 chapters.  Each of these exams is worth 20% of your grade.  They are multiple-choice and each will consist of 60 questions.  The final exam is comprehensive and will contain 50 multiple-choice questions.

Theme Papers: Fifteen percent of your grade (15%) will be determined based on your completion of three Theme Papers.  These papers will be no less than 500 words each and will need to be submitted electronically via D2L.  The total number of points you can earn from these papers is 150, or 50 points per paper.  The papers will consist of your application of concepts discussed in class, covered in your text, current events, or personal experiences.  For example, you might decide to do one of your Papers on the impact of the Internet on how students learn, or the impact of teenage violence on psychological health later in life, or the impact of memory deficits on academic achievement, or the use of principles of learning to help at-risk youth acquire positive social skills.




It is important that students of scientific psychology learn firsthand something about the scientific nature of the discipline. Therefore, all students in PSYC 1103 and 2203 are required to participate in one of the following research-related exercises. No extra credit is given for research participation, but failure to complete the research requirement will result in a one letter grade reduction for the course. The deadline for completing the research requirement is 11/27

(1) participate in 60 minutes of research  (that’s a reduction from the previous 90 minute requirement), OR

(2) write an essay on the topic of ethics in psychological research (they can review the attached article or any other source of information of their instructor’s choosing) OR Essays must be submitted no later than 11/27. or


(4)  lose one letter grade from their final course grade at the end of the semester


Grading: Each regular exam will represent 20% of your final grade and the final 13%. The quizzes constitute 12% of your grade and fifteen percent of your grade will come from your submission of the Theme Assignments.


Breakdown of Grades


6 @ 20 points each = 120 points


Regular Exams

3 @ 200 points each = 600


Theme Papers

3 @ 50 points each =150


Final Exam

130 points



Then use the following scale (there is no rounding or extra credit):



Grading Scale


900– 1000




800– 899




700– 799




600– 699




Below 600





Late submission of theme papers.   No late assignments accepted

Late submission of theme papers.   No late assignments accepted

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

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