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                  Psychology] PSY 101 Introductory Psychology

Instructor: Vincent W. Hevern, S.J., Ph.D.

  • Section 03 MWF 11:00-11:50 am Grewen Hall 207
  • Section 04 MWF 12:00-12:50 pm Grewen Hall 207

Syllabus: Fall 2021

"I have nothing to offer except a way of looking at things."
Erik H. Erikson (1986) 


Faculty Webpage

Email Address

Office Hours

My faculty webpage:  http://web.lemoyne.edu/~hevern/

Email: hevern@lemoyne.edu

Office Hours: I will be available to meet with students during these set of office hours
  • Tuesdays, 2:30-4:00 pm
  • Wednesdays, 3:30-4:15 pm
  • In person at other times by appointment
  • Via Zoom, by appointment. Contact me to set up a meeting using my email address: hevern@lemoyne.edu

Required Text

Weiten 10th
                    ed coverTextbook:  Weiten, Wayne (2017). Psychology: Themes & variations (10th ed). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.

  • ISBN 13 = 978-1-305-49820-4
  • ISBN 10 = 1305498208

I strongly urge you to purchase a 3-ring D-Binder with sufficient space to hold at least 200-250 pages for class notes.

Format of Course
Lecture Notes, Schedule, Syllabus. My complete lecture notes for each class and an outline of each lecture (or a PowerPoint presentation) will be posted online via my faculty webpage [http://web.lemoyne.edu/~hevern/]. The class schedule and assigned readings are also found there. Finally I also include  a copy of this syllabus in pdf form. Lecture notes will be available by the morning of the assigned class.

College COVID-19 Guidelines
Here is a link to the full statement of all the guidelines and regulations for the Fall 2021 semester that Le Moyne College will be following in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. You are expected to read through and follow these guidelines this semester, subject as the statement notes, to changes the College may make as the health situation may change.

  • A student's Le Moyne e-mail account is considered to be an official mechanism of communication between the school and a student. I may communicate to the class or to individual students outside of class time by means of e-mail messages. Hence, you should check your e-mail regularly (at least once a day).
  • I will try to respond to all student email messages within 24 hours. Occasionally, over weekends or during holidays, it may take me up to 48 hours to do so.
  • As I note above, I will regularly post outlines of my class lectures and more detailed lecture notes online at this link. Students do not have to download copies of these, but many students find that access to these notes helps them study for class and for examinations.
Catalog Course Description

A one semester broad overview of contemporary psychology--its diverse approaches to the understanding of behavior and the basic principles and research findings associated with each of these approaches. Specific areas of psychological inquiry discussed include physiological, cognitive, and social psychology; learning, sensation and perception; emotion and motivation; personality and psychopathology. This course is a prerequisite for all other psychology courses in our department
Course Rationale
Psychology is a very broad field of study about how human persons act and think. As a science and a field of professional work, psychology offers both a fascinating understanding of human beings and a way of helping people deal with their lives. The purposes of this course (as the objectives below indicate) are several. It is meant to introduce students to the different parts of psychological science and prepare students to understand what they will be studying in upper-division courses if they major in this subject. It will tell you how psychologists actually find out what they know about the mind and the brain. And, it is designed to help even non-majors get a sense of how psychologists think and to evaluate with a critical eye what they may read or see in the media.

Course Objectives

At the end of this course you should be able

1. To understand various theories and content in psychology;
2. To understand in a general fashion the major scientific methods by which psychologists approach research in psychology;
3. To discuss and interpret intelligently general psychological issues, claims, and data presented in the popular media.


 Requirements & Guidelines

Class Attendance Online and Absences 

You are expected to attend all classes.

What about absences? You have the right to miss up to 5 classes (5 "cuts") without any penalty to your grade. You need not inform me about why you miss any of these "excused" absences. I will being taking attendance in class on Friday, September 3, 2021.

If you miss 6 or more lectures (without a serious and compelling reason in my judgment), 10 points may be deducted for each of those missed classes. Examples of a serious & compelling reason for additional absences would be a documented visit to a physician's office or participation at a funeral. If you are absent from school to attend a funeral, you must file a notice with either the Dean's Office or the Campus Ministry Office.

Absences by Student Athletes
Students representing Le Moyne College as members of interscholastic sports teams will not be penalized for missing classes in excess of the 5-cut limit. For all athletic absences, you must document your absence(s) formally. I will expect you to provide me with a copy of your team's travel schedule with all missing dates circled, your coach's name and telephone extension, and your own name somewhere on the document
Observance of Religious Holidays As provided in New York State Education Law Section 224-a, any student who is unable to register for class, attend class, or participate in any examination, study or classwork requirements on a particular day because of his or her religious beliefs is eligible for an equivalent opportunity to register for classes or make up any missed examination, study, or classwork requirements, without penalties or additional fees. Students who require such an opportunity must contact the registrar (for registration) or their instructor (for examination, study or classwork requirements) at least two weeks in advance. A full copy of the College's policy on the observance of religious holidays can be found at either dean's office.

Reading Assignments As you come to each class,  I expect that you will be prepared. This means that you will have completed the readings assigned for that class and that lecture. See the Schedule of Modules, Classes and Assignments for those readings.

Quizzes On some days I will give short, 10-minute quizzes at the beginning of class. In total, quizzes will be worth 50 points or 10% of your final grade. If you miss a quiz, you will simply not receive a mark for that quiz (you don't get a "0"). But, for every missed quiz, the importance (weight) of the ones you do take increases (except if a student were to miss all quizzes and would therefore get a grade of 0). Students who take all quizzes in the course can expect that I will drop at least one and perhaps two of the lowest grades among these quizzes. I will often alert you beforehand that there will be a quiz associated with a particular class. Notice, though, that you must take at least one quiz in the course to avoid getting 0 points for quizzes.


As noted in the Schedule of Modules, Classes, and Assignments, there will be four (4) tests in this course. Each test will be worth 100 points or 20% of your final grade. The tests are "non-cumulative" and you will not be asked about earlier materials on later tests. All tests will be administered via Canvas and will consist of multiple choice questions. Each test will have about 40-41 questions and you will have at 50 minutes to complete the test.

  • Test #1 (Sept.17, Friday): Modules 1-2-3, that is, Psychology in General (Ch. 1), Human Development (Ch. 10), and Human Memory (Ch. 7)
  • Test #2 (Oct. 13, Wednesday): Modules 4-5-6, that is, Learning (Ch. 6), Biological Bases of Behavior (Ch. 3), and Research Methods (Ch. 2)
  • Test # 3 (Nov 5, Friday): Modules 7 & 8, that is, Motivation & Emotion (Ch. 9) and Personality (Ch. 11)
  • Test #4 (taken during "Finals Week" but this is not a "final exam," that is, it is a 50-minute test following the same format as the previous three tests): Modules 9-10-11, that is, Social Behavior (Ch. 12), Levels of Consciousness (Ch. 5), and Clinical Psychology (Chs. 14/15).
    • PSY 101-03 (11 am class, MWF) will take Test #4 on Thursday, Dec. 9, from 3 to 4:30 pm in this classroom
    • PSY 101-04 (12 noon class MWF) will take Test #4 on Friday, Dec. 10, from 9 to 10:30 am in this classroom
Academic Standards Students are expected to observe at all times the highest ethical standards as members of the academic community.  Any form of dishonesty makes a student liable to severe sanctions, including expulsion from the College.  For details see the Community Standards section of the Student Handbook.

Students should recall that any deliberate plagiarism in an academic course results in a mandatory Failure (F) grade for the course on the first instance and dismissal from the College on a second instance. Instructors are required to submit the name of any student who cheats or commits plagiarism to the Academic Dean.

 Class Participation and Discussions

What do I mean by participation? You demonstrate participation in ways such as the following:

  • regular attending class (which, by itself, is only equal to a participation grade of C+)
  • making comments, raising objections, or giving observations about topics in the course, particularly those which tie in the classroom material to "real world" problems, link current with past topics, or otherwise try to integrate the content of the course
  • providing examples to support or challenge the issues talked about in class
  • contributing to small discussion groups
  • dealing with other students and/or me in a respectful fashion

In general, a participation grade of A- or A is given to students who make contributions (asking questions, making observations, etc.) in at least half the classes. A participation grade of B or B+ is given to students who make contributions at least once in every 5 to 6 classes. 


Resources and Other Issues 
Recommendations Since PSY 101 is an introductory class, it is usually better to ask another instructor for a letter of recommendation to graduate school. However, if you do choose to ask me, please give me at least three weeks' notice before the letter is due. I have a form I ask all students to fill out before I will write a letter. See me in the office for the form. You should also sign up to see me for an interview after turning in the form before I write anything in order to brief me about your graduate school plans, goals, etc. In these ways, I can fashion a letter which is both personal and focused.

 Disabilities or
Special Needs
Your access in this course is important. Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the instructor privately to discuss your specific needs. You should also meet with someone from Disability Support Services (DSS) about your disability and accommodation needs.  The DSS office is located on the first floor of the library (315-445-4118; dss@lemoyne.edu).  This should take place within the first 2 weeks of the semester.

Students with Personal / Mental Health Concerns
Students who encounter personal problems of any kind, especially problems that might affect their academic performance, are encouraged to contact the Wellness Center for Health and Counseling (https://www.lemoyne.edu/Student-Life/Student-Services/Wellness-Center). The Center is located on the 2nd floor of Seton Hall; appointments may be arranged by phone at 445-4195 or e-mail at <counselingservices@lemoyne.edu>. The Center provides both individual and group counseling on a strictly confidential basis. The Counseling staff is also available on an emergency basis.

Tutoring Tutoring is located in the Student Success Center on the first floor of the library, to the right of the art gallery.  It is open M-Th 10am-9pm, F 10am-4pm, and Sun 3pm-9pm.  Peer tutors are available for most subjects.  To sign up, go to the Student Success Center webpage to create an account and log in to select the current semesterís schedule.  If you need tutoring for a subject not listed, please email tutoring@lemoyne.edu.  Tutoring is free for all students and is available from the second week of classes through the last day of classes.

Career Advisement & Development
Itís never too early to think about your career path. Your future is worth the investment of time and effort! We understand that each Dolphin is unique, and we work to develop a personalized plan that encompasses one's passions, skills and opportunities. Whether itís choosing a major, deciding what to do with the major youíve got, finding an internship, or landing a job, we have resources and expertise to help.  www.lemoyne.edu/careers

Recording Policy The college's policy is that students must receive written permission from an instructor before sharing or posting in any other location any recording of class lectures or distributing comments or discussion materials involving the instructor or any students in the class. The penalties for unauthorized recording, sharing, distribution or retention of materials may range up to expulsion from the college. Note that this policy is college-wide, that all my own class lectures and presentations are Copyright © 2021 by me, and that violation of this policy allows me to penalize an offender with a failing mark in the course.


Evaluation and Grading 
Components of Final Grade
(revised weighting)

Your grade in this course will be determined as a weighted average calculated from your performance on the following evaluative components:

  • Quizzes = 50 points (10%)
  • Test 1 = 100 points (20%)
  • Test 2 = 100 points (20%)
  • Test 3 = 100 points (20%)
  • Test 4 = 100 points (20%)
  • Class Participation = 50 points (10%)

  Total points = 500

Calculating Final Grade

 Your final grade will be based upon the following conversion criteria

A = 450-500 points
A- = 440-449 points
B+ = 415-439 points
B = 400-414 points
B- 390-399 points
C+ = 365-389 points
C = 350-364 points
C- = 340-349 points
D = 315-339 points
F = Below 315 points

  Because the actual work of a course sometimes changes or deviates from an original plan, I reserve the right to change, add, or drop, within reasonable bounds, any weight or grading component listed above. Such a change, addition, or elimination will apply to all members of a class section, not just to an individual.

Failure on Course
While I believe that the grading system above faithfully and fairly translates and operationalizes the grading standards described in the current Le Moyne College Catalog, one circumstance needs be mentioned and addressed in a particular manner, namely, receipt of a Failing grade (F) on all four hourly exams. In such a case, a student can receive no more than an overall grade of C for the course. This condition insures that the Catalog's description of the difference between C level and higher grades is categorically met.

Early Exams I never give a test before or in anticipation of its scheduled date.  Be sure your travel plans are made accordingly.
Please Note...
Students have the right to voice opinions contrary to those offered by the instructor and/or other students. Equally, a faculty member has the right - and the responsibility - to ensure that all academic discourse occurs in a context characterized by respect and civility. The accepted level of civility would not include attacks of a personal nature or statements denigrating another on the basis of race, sex, religion, sexual orientation, age, national/regional origin or other such factors. Students who are not respectful, not civil, or disruptive in any way may be asked to leave the class.
Bias-Related Incidents Le Moyne College defines a bias-related incident as behavior that constitutes an expression of hostility against the person or property of another because of the targeted personís race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin, gender, age, or disability. Bias-related incidents include, but are not limited to, non-threatening name calling and using degrading language or slurs that are directed toward a person because of his or her membership or perceived membership in a protected class and that create a hostile environment for that person.  Students who believe they have experienced bias or discrimination are encouraged to report the incident. Please refer to Le Moyneís Bias-Related Incident Reporting webpage to submit a report and for further information.

Title IX
Students who believe they have been harassed, discriminated against, or involved in sexual violence should contact the Title IX Coordinator (315-445-4278) for information about campus resources and support services, including confidential counseling services.

Le Moyne faculty are concerned about the well-being and development of our students and we are available to discuss your concerns.  As faculty, we are obligated to share information with the Collegeís Title IX coordinator to help ensure that the studentís safety and welfare are being addressed, consistent with the requirements of the law.  These disclosures include, but are not limited to, reports of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.

Please refer to Le Moyne's Sexual Misconduct Resources webpage for contact information and further details.