General Psychology 2301 Main Page
You will not need to access blackboard for this course after the first time. All interaction will be
through direct emails to me at email@example.com.
Assessment will be through tests and a case study (directions for the case study, as well as an
example, can be accessed at http://www.rcgates.com).
All tests will be done through email; please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for the test which will
be sent to you as a word document. Answers will be submitted in the body of the email. The number
and the answer (a, b,c, d) on their own line is what I need.
It's a self-paced course. You must be complete by 7 am on 06/02. Tests are open-note, open-book.
For essay questions, make sure you quote and cite the textbook (two or more words in a row must
I will not send all the tests at once--you must complete each test in order before requesting the next
Don't wait to the last minute to get this all done!
The case study may be done on yourself or a family member or friend. You will take online tests
related to intelligence, social intelligence, personality, etc., and create a profile of the results.
Notes are available, along with self-tests, at rcgates.com under general psychology, as are self-tests.
Either Ciccarelli or Plotnik are fine for textbooks. Below are the corresponding chapters.
Ciccarelli chapters 1, 2 or Plotnik (notes at rcgates.com, as well) modules 1,2,3,4
Ciccarelli chapters 3, 4 or Plotnik (notes at rcgates.com, as well) modules 5,6,7,8
Ciccarelli chapters 5, 6 or Plotnik (notes at rcgates.com, as well) modules 9,10,11,12
Ciccarelli chapters 7, 9, parts of 10 or Plotnik (notes at rcgates.com, as well) modules 13,14,15,16
Ciccarelli chapters 8, 13 or Plotnik (notes at rcgates.com, as well) modules 17,18,19,20
Ciccarelli chapters 11,12,14,15 or Plotnik (notes at rcgates.com, as well) modules 21-25
cumulative exam, 50 questions.
Study tips before emailing and requesting test:
Read the notes, do the self tests.
Look over each chapter--focus on the big concepts.
Look at the support sites for the textbooks and do their quizzes.
If you are still not comfortable with the material, read the chapters closely.
General Psychology Syllabus 2013
Instructor: Kim Wombles
Abilene Center Office Number: 50
Web Page: www.kwombles.com
Course Description: Survey of the major topics in psychology. Introduces the study of behavior and
the factors that determine and affect behavior. Credit: 3 Semester Hours
Prerequisite: none Transferability: Yes
Course Structure: 3 hours a week per semester.
Required Textbooks & Materials: Ciccarelli/White, Psychology, 3/e
Purpose & Goal of the course as related to the College Mission:
Learning Objectives: Psychology courses will meet the following expected educational outcomes:
The student should be able to:
1. employ the appropriate methods, technologies, & data that social & behavioral scientists use to
investigate the human condition.
2. use & critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
3. develop & communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.
4. identify & understand differences & commonalities within diverse cultures.
5. use modern computer technology & techniques in the analysis of behavior & the presentation of
the results of that analysis.
6. know & can explain rules that must be followed as well as the study techniques necessary for the
successful completion of the course.
To offer a transferable comprehensive course in the social sciences which helps the student to form
the basis of an understanding of individual human behavior.
Methods of Assessment / Grading Policy
60% 6 unit (major) tests -
10% 3 page double spaced essay or power point case study (details will be provided).
30% final exam
•N You will not be dropped by the instructor in the online minimester course. If you decide you will not
complete the course, you should make sure you drop yourself. 4 absences and failing in a regular
semester may result in a student being dropped.
•N Any student who ceases to attend class without officially withdrawing through the Admissions
is subject to a grade of F.
Note: There is not, nor will there be made any provision for re-tests in this class.
Major Units of Study:
Discovering Psychology, Psychology and Science, Brain's Building Blocks, Incredible Nervous
System, Sensation, Perception, Consciousness, Sleep & Dreams, Hypnosis & Drugs, Classical
Conditioning, Operant & Cognitive Approaches, Remembering & Forgetting, Intelligence, Thought &
Language, Emotion, Infancy & Childhood, Adolescence & Adulthood. Freudian & Humanistic
Theories, Social Cognitive & Trait Theories, Health, Stress, & Coping, Assessment & Anxiety
Disorders, Mood Disorder & Schizophrenia, Therapies, & Social Psychology.
College-level courses may include controversial, sensitive, and/or adult material. Students are
expected to have the readiness for college-level rigor and content. *Psychology classes discuss
highly controversial and sensitive content.*
It is the intent of Cisco College to foster a spirit of complete honesty & a high standard of integrity.
The attempt of students to present as their own any work they have not honestly performed is
regarded by the faculty & administration as a serious offense & renders the offender liable to serious
consequences, possibly suspension. All student conduct will support academic honesty. Any student
who is cheating on an exam or uses thoughts or words or works of others without proper citation will
receive an F or zero for that work & may fail the course. The instructional goal is that each student
completes his or her own work in order to master the skills needed to compete in the job market. -
Don't Cheat! - Tests are not open internet, open notes or open textbook.
Students are expected to take responsibility in helping to maintain a classroom environment that is
conductive to learning. In order to assure that all students have the opportunity to gain from the time
spent in class, students are prohibited from making offensive remarks, reading material not related
to the class, sleeping, or engaging in any kind of distracting behavior. Inappropriate behavior in the
classroom shall result, at a minimum, in a request to leave class. A more detailed list of inappropriate
behaviors is found in the current student hand book. - Behave! -
Students should silence all communication devices, which include but are not limited to phones,
pagers, recorders, palm devices, and laptops.
No communications devices should be visible on desks during class unless otherwise directed by the
instructor as part of a class activity or approved by the instructor for note-taking. An exception to this
policy may occur due to college-wide emergency notification. If a pressing situation requires
communication during class, notify the instructor before class begins, sit near the door and quietly
exit the classroom before answering any communication. In testing situations, use of any
communication, electronic, or data storage device for a reason other than college emergencies or a
use specified by the instructor, may lead to a charge of academic dishonesty.
Changes to the Syllabus
The schedule and procedures in this syllabus are subject to change if deemed appropriate by the
Students with Special Needs
Students who qualify for specific accommodations under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
should notify their instructor the first week of class. It is the student's responsibility to provide the
necessary documentation to the Special Populations Coordinator.