Description: Official UIU LogoGENERAL PSYCHOLOGY SYLLABUS                                                    
Course:  PSY 190 1A 05
Jan 9, 2017 – Mar 2, 2017




Stephen Weiss, Ph.D.

Office: LA 214

Office Phone #: 563-425-5916

Office Hours


MTRF 11:20 AM - 12:50 PM & by appointment


Class Room: LA 210

Class Schedule:

MTRF 2:15-3:30 PM



This page last updated: 02/09/17 – 12:00 PM


PowerPoint Presentations                                                 


Chapters: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15



Course Description

n  An introduction to the scientific study of behavior and mental processes, including major approaches and methodologies. The course samples a broad range of topics, including biological foundations, development, learning, cognition, personality, abnormal psychology and social behavior.



n  After successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate the following:

·         An understanding of psychological terms and theories

·         An appreciation of the different sources of our behavior, ranging from brain anatomy/physiology to environmental influences to cultural contexts

·         An understanding of the science of psychology, and how psychologists obtain knowledge of human behavior

·         Describe research approaches and descriptive statistics utilized in psychology

·         Weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the

                      underpinnings of psychology as a discipline.


Prerequisites: None


Credits: 3



n  Kalat, J. W. (2017). Introduction to Psychology (11th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.


Responsibilities & Policies

n  Student Responsibilities: Students are expected to be familiar with UIU policies and procedures. Many of the important policies and procedures are on the UIU website.


Statement on Academic Integrity:

Cheating, Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism

Because cheating, academic dishonesty and plagiarism constitute a denial of the University’s and the offender’s own integrity, they will not be tolerated.

Cheating includes, but is not limited to: 

Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to: 

 Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to: 

Detected cheating or plagiarism will result in consequences that may, at the professor’s discretion, include course failure. In addition, an offender can be reported to the Faculty/Student Conduct Board for possible further disciplinary action. Refer to the Student Handbook at

Withdrawal Policy 

n  The last day to drop this course is February 10th. You will need to contact the registrar and get written documentation of your official withdrawal. Additionally, according to UIU policy, a student will be administratively withdrawn from this class if they miss five consecutive class periods before this date.    

General Education Outcomes

n  Upper Iowa’s General Education courses reinforce those skills and competencies required for students’ success beyond the classroom in the rapidly changing environment of the 21st Century. These skills and competencies include critical reading and thinking, effective listening, problem solving, and reasoning. This course meets a General Education requirement in Behavioral Science.


Grading Criteria


4 Tests (100 pts each)


Research Paper


Gen Ed Task


5 Study Group Assignments (5 pts each)















Note: Above grading criteria is not subject to change. No individual extra credit assignments will be offered.


Grading System





























Note: Excessive absences will negatively affect your grade. Specifically, more than eight absences will result in a decrease of a full letter grade (for example from D to F).



n  All tests will be part multiple choice, true/false and short answer format. There will be no make-ups for these exams - unless, there is an emergency and I am informed within a reasonably timeframe.


Reading Assignments

n  The majority of the readings will come from the textbook. Additional readings will be assigned as well.


General Education Assignment

n  The general education task this course is expected to meet is as follows: This task will be met with the completion of a reaction/reflection paper in which students will analyze the interpersonal and/or intrapersonal aspects of a psychological concept discussed in class and/or mentioned in the textbook.

n  Length of paper is 5 pages (maximum)

o   This includes title page, abstract, and references; body of paper is two pages.

o   A hard copy of this paper must be turned in for a grade.

o   This paper will fulfill the requirement for your general education task. Since you have this assignment well in advance of the due date, I will strictly enforce a 10-point penalty for each day paper is late (including days we do not meet; Wednesdays & weekends).

o   Due date: February 7th


General Education Assignment


Research Paper

n  Copy of article: A copy of your journal article must be emailed as an attachment (for my approval). There will be a five-point penalty attached to Paper 1 if I have not received this by the due date. Due date: January 26th


n  Paper: You will be required to write a 7-9 page paper (maximum nine pages) during this semester. The body of the paper is 4-6 pages (title page, abstract, and references will make up the rest). Choose any topic that we will be covering in this course. Check last page of this syllabus for broad topics we are covering. There are several possible choices for each of these topics. You will need to find a journal article (experiment) to be analyzed. Papers must be written in APA format. Any experiment already discussed in class cannot be used. I will be available to meet with anyone individually to discuss or review these papers before due dates. Since you have this assignment well in advance of the due date, I will strictly enforce a 10-point penalty for each day paper is late (including days we do not meet; Wednesdays & weekends). Additional information related to this assignment is on my website. Due date: February 24th


The following links will be helpful in your preparation for your research paper:


Paper Guidelines


APA Guidelines


Sample Paper


Study Group Assignments

n  Throughout the term there will be five in-class study group sessions (approx. 30 minute sessions).

n  These will be reaction/reflection type assignments relating to a specific topic we have discussed in class.

n  One page summary (maximum) for each study group will be submitted for a grade.

n  Cumulative peer review will be taken into consideration.


Use of Electronic Devices:

n  Use of cell phones and similar devices are not allowed during class (seen or heard); exceptions may be made upon request.

n  Texting is PROHIBITED!

n  No laptops or other electronic devices allowed; exceptions may be made upon request.


Email Communication

n  You can expect a reply to emails within 24 hours (usually much sooner than that).


Academic Accommodations

n  It is the policy of Upper Iowa University to ensure equal access to educational and co-curricular activities to students with disabilities as mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. A student seeking accommodations should contact the Director of Disability Services (DDS) as early in the term as possible. In order to receive accommodations, students must disclose their disability to the DDS by completing a Voluntary Disclosure Form, as well as providing appropriate documentation. The Voluntary Disclosure Form is available in the DDS’ office or online at Students will be given a Request for Accommodations Contract during their initial appointment with the CDS. This appointment will be in person for Fayette campus students and over the phone for Center, Online, and Self-Paced students. It is the student’s responsibility to provide the instructors with a copy of the Request for Accommodations Contract. (For Center or online students, these contracts are emailed out to instructors by the DDS for the student). Additionally, students should work cooperatively with their instructors throughout the term to make sure that appropriate accommodations are being made. You can contact the DDS, Kellie A. Blanchard at (563) 425-5949,, or stop by her office in the Student Center, Office of Student Development, Room 229.


Class Cancellation

n  Concerning official university cancellations, the UIU website should be utilized to confirm these class cancellations. If I need to cancel class for any reason, students will be notified via email.


Submitting Work

n  All written assignments must be submitted as directed in Microsoft Word format, either as a .doc or .docx file.   

n  Hard-copy submission of paper is required in class on day paper is due. However, on certain occasions I will allow for an electronic submission. Two rules must be followed concerning electronic submissions: (1) file submitted is from a Word document; (2) your submission is not official unless I have sent a confirmation return email of its receipt.

n  If a hard-copy of your paper is left in my mailbox or office (and thus has not been handed to me in person) you must also send me an email informing me of this and your submission is not official unless I have sent a confirmation return email of its receipt.


Other Resources 

n  Tutoring Services: 563-425-5853

n  Counseling Services at UIU: 563-425-5786

n  Advising and Career Resources: 563-425-5229

n  Writing Center: 563-425-5854


Articles to be read for Test 1:


Is the Placebo Effect real? Click on link below:

v Putting Your Faith In Science


Case Study discussed in class. Click on link below:

v HM: A Legacy in Neuroscience


Articles to be read for Test 2:


What ever happened to Little Albert? Click on link below:                   

v ‘Little Albert’ regains his identity


Swim coach uses unique training method. Click on link below:

v How fast can YOU swim when chased by a crocodile?


Articles to be read for Test 3:


Case Studies discussed in class. Click on links below:

v Anorexia Model Isabelle Caro Dies at 28


v HIV Cured in Berlin Patient -- What It Means


Articles to be read for Test 4:


Click on link below:

v Antidepressants


v DSM-5: Abnormal is the new normal.





 Schedule of Classes


Tentative Topics



Jan 9, 12

Syllabus; What is Psychology? Person vs. Situation debate. Perspectives of Psychology.

 Chapter 1


Jan 13, 17, 19

Scientific Methods in Psychology. Library Database Tutorial.

Chapter 2

Jan 20, 23, 24

Biological Psychology (pp. 57-65, 73-98)

Chapter 3

Jan 26, 27

Sensation & Perception (pp. 117-118; 125-141)

Chapter 4

Jan 30

TEST 1: Chapters 1-4



Reminder: Electronic submission of journal article for research paper is due by Feb 3rd


Jan 31, Feb 2, 3

Paper Guidelines; APA Publication Manual (6th edition)





Chapter 6

Feb 6, 7

Memory (pp. 213-242)

Chapter 7


Reminder: Gen Ed Paper is due Feb 7th


Feb 9, 10

Cognition (pp. 249-273)

Chapter 8

Feb 13

TEST 2: Chapters 6-8


Feb 14

Paper Guidelines; APA Publication Manual (6th edition)


Motivated Behaviors (pp. 343-347; 356-376)



Chapter 11

Feb 16, 17

Personality (pp. 449-459; 471-475)

Chapter 14

Feb 20

TEST 3: Chapters 11-12, 14


Feb 21, 23

Social Psychology (pp. 411-431; 442-448)

Chapter 13


Reminder: Research Paper is due next class (Feb 24th)


Feb 24, 27, 28

Disorders & Treatment (pp. 481-502; 508-511)

Chapters 15

Mar 2

1:00-2:50 PM


TEST 4: Chapters 13, 15