LEARNING & MEMORY SYLLABUS                                                    
Course:  PSY 445 1A 05
Jan 9, 2017 – Mar 3, 2017



Stephen Weiss, Ph.D.

Office: LA 214

Office Phone #: 563-425-5916

Office Hours


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

E-Mail: weisss@uiu.edu

Class Room: LA 207

Class Schedule:

MTRF 12:50-2:05 PM

Website: http://smw15.org/


This page last updated: 01/19/17 – 10:00 AM


PowerPoint Presentations                                                 


Chapters: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11



Course Description

n  Learning and memory are fundamental processes. The purpose of this course is to provide you with a broad overview of the basic processes of learning and memory including classical conditioning, instrumental conditioning and the encoding, storage and retrieval in memory. While we will explore the laws and principles of both, we will also focus on the application of these principles to everyday life.



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

o   You will understand the fundamental theories of learning and memory

o   You will have an understanding of the fundamentals of research methods in learning and memory

o   You will be able to communicate clearly and concisely about learning and memory concepts using various styles and techniques

o   You will understand the complexity of the joint biological and environmental contributions to learning and memory

Prerequisites: PSY 190


Credits: 3


Required Text:

n  Terry, S. A. (2009). Learning and memory: Basic principles, processes, and procedures (4th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.


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, located at http://www.uiu.edu/currentstudents/policies/index.html


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 http://www.uiu.edu/support/handbooks.html


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.    



Grading Criteria


4 Tests (100 points each)


Research Paper




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:




Total Pts






































Note: While class attendance will not be calculated into the above grades, 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.


Research Paper:

n  Students will be required to write a 9-10 page paper (maximum 10 pages) during this semester. The body of the paper is 6-7 pages (title page, abstract, and references will make up the rest).

n  Due date: Feb 21st


Paper Guidelines


APA Guidelines



n  Small group presentation on learning & memory in the contemporary setting.

n  Presentations will be approximately 15 minutes with a short discussion to follow.

n  Due date: Presentations will be given on Feb 27th


Presentation Guidelines


Study Group Assignments

n  Throughout the term there will be five in-class study group sessions (approximately 20 minutes each session).

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

n  One page summary (maximum) 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; exceptions may be made upon request.

n  Texting is PROHIBITED!

n  I will post all PowerPoint presentations as well as other materials on my website. Laptops, etc. can be used to follow along or type in notes related to this website only. Going to other websites during class is not allowed.


Email Communication:

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


Academic Accommodations

·         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 www.uiu.edu/disabilityservices. 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, blanchardk@uiu.edu, or stop by her office in the Student Center, Office of Student Development, Room 229.


Class Cancellation:

·         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:

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

·         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.

·         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: 

·         Tutoring Services: 563-425-5853

·         Counseling Services at UIU: 563-425-5786

·         Advising and Career Resources: 563-425-5229

·         Writing Center: 563-425-5854





 Schedule of Classes


Tentative Topics



Jan 9, 12

Syllabus; Introduction

Chapter 1

Jan 13, 17

Habituation & Other Forms of Stimulus Learning

Chapter 2

Jan 19, 20, 23

Classical Conditioning

Chapter 3

Jan 24

TEST 1: Chapters 1-3


Jan 26, 27

Instrumental Conditioning: Reward

Chapter 4

Jan 30, 31

Instrumental Conditioning: Nonreward, Punishment, & Avoidance

Chapter 5

Feb 2, 3

Verbal Learning

Chapter 6

Feb 6

TEST 2: Chapters 4-6


Feb 7, 9

Human Memory: Conceptual Approaches

Chapter 7

Feb 10, 13

Short-Term Retention

Chapter 8

Feb 14, 16


Chapter 9

Feb 17

TEST 3: Chapters 7-9



Reminder: Research Paper is due Feb 21


Feb 20, 21

Storage & Retrieval

Chapter 10

Feb 23, 24

Spatial, Motor-Skill, & Implicit Learning

Chapter 11

Feb 27



Feb 28

Spatial, Motor-Skill, & Implicit Learning (continued)

Chapter 11

Mar 3

10:00-11:50 AM


TEST 4: Chapters 10-11