August 20, 2022
PSY 101 Introductory Psychology
Instructor: Vincent W. Hevern, S.J., Ph.D.
Syllabus: Fall 2022
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| My faculty webpage: http://web.lemoyne.edu/~hevern/
I will be available to meet with students during these set of office hours. My office is located at Reilly Hall 222.
What are "office hours" for? Ultimately,
they are for students! Faculty members like me make
ourselves available to talk with students, answer
questions, explore what might be unclear, help
figure out what students might want to do as they
move through college, and any other number of ways
to be of help. I look forward to meeting with you in
this way outside of class.
Textbook: Weiten, Wayne (2022). Psychology: Themes &
(11th ed). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.
|Format of Course
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.
Note: While many instructors do so, I do NOT use the college's CANVAS course delivery system. Hence, none of the documents for the course will be found there and I will not post any grades within CANVAS. You will need to keep all your quiz and test grades after your receive them back to help you calculate your course grade.
|College COVID-19 Guidelines
||Here is a link to the
full statement of all the guidelines and regulations
for the Fall 2022 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.
Summary of Key Classroom Health and Safety Protocols:
||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
||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.
At the end of this course you should be able
1. To understand various theories and content in psychology;
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 begin taking attendance in class on Friday, September 9, 2022.
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
|Absences by Student
||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||Students
who are unable to attend class, participate in any
examination, study or classwork requirements on a
particular day because of his or her religious beliefs are
eligible for an equivalent opportunity to make up any
missed examination, study, or classwork requirement,
without penalties or additional fees. Students who
require such an opportunity must contact their instructor
at least two weeks in advance. A full copy of the
Collegeís policy on the observance of religious holidays
can be found in the deansí offices.
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.
some days I will give short, 10-minute quizzes at the beginning
of class. In total, quizzes will be worth 50 points or
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
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.
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:
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
|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
| Disabilities or
|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; email@example.com). This should
take place within the first 2 weeks of the semester.
Let me note two things about special needs. First, in college (compared to elementary or high school) it is the student's obligation to initiate a request for accommodations rather than the school's; if a college student does not speak up, the college is not obligated later on to rectify that omission. Secondly, students who have benefited from accommodations in high school sometimes think they should not continue to follow such accommodations in college. As an instructor I have seen regularly that students with special needs really ought to be taking advantage of their right to access support or an accommodation so that they can do their best level of work in class.
Personal / Mental Health Concerns
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
The Center is located on the 2nd floor of Seton Hall;
appointments may be arranged by phone at 445-4195 or
e-mail at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
The Center provides both individual and group counseling
on a strictly confidential basis. The Counseling staff is
also available on an emergency basis.
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
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students and is available from the second week of classes
through the last day of classes.
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penalize an offender with a failing mark in the
Your grade in this course will be determined as a weighted average calculated from your performance on the following evaluative components:
Total points = 500
|Calculating Final Grade||
Your final grade will be based upon the following conversion criteria
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
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.
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scheduled date. Be sure your travel plans are made
Students are encouraged to speak up, be engaged, and
participate in class. Classes will represent a diversity of
individual beliefs, backgrounds, and experiences. We may not
share the same views on some topics, but we converse in a
respectful manner. Le Moyne College is a zero-tolerance
As noted above, 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.
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
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.
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.