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TRI-COUNTY TECHNICAL COLLEGE. PSY 201 General Psychology Professor Jackie Kroening MA, BS Office: 864-646-1430 PSY Office: 864-646-1425 COURSE COMPETENCIES. Demonstrate knowledge of current research methodology.

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Tri county technical college


PSY 201

General Psychology

Professor Jackie Kroening MA, BS

Office: 864-646-1430

PSY Office: 864-646-1425

Course competencies

  • Demonstrate knowledge of current research methodology.

  • Demonstrate understanding of theories, terms, and concepts.

  • Evaluate the relative importance of biological, psychological and social factors in human behavior.

  • Compare and contrast theories, principles and concepts of Psychology

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  • Theory - a proposed explanation whose status is still conjectural, in contrast to well-established propositions that are regarded as reporting matters of actual fact.

  • Psychological Theory - an explanation using an integrated set of principles that organizes observations and predicts behaviors or events.

  • Principle - A rule or law concerning the functioning of natural phenomena

  • Concept is a more definite, more unitary, more complete type of notion or idea than is a conception, which is more of an ideational structure with a potential for realization

Course competencies1

  • Explore and examine your own feelings, opinions, values, attitudes, and motivations.

    • Values – ideals that shape and give significance to our lives. They are reflected through the priorities that we choose, and the decisions we make and actions we take.

  • Critically evaluate and examine what is read and presented with thoughtful questioning.

  • Participate actively in class discussion, projects, computer simulations, and demonstrations.

Course competencies2

  • Interact effectively with other members of the class through discussion boards, expressing ideas clearly and treating others with respect.

  • Identify and use sources of psychological information other than the text.

  • Write well-organized, grammatically correct, and thoughtful papers/journals.

Course competencies3

  • Evaluate the applicability of theories and research finding to other cultures.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of ethical issues involved in the study and practice of psychology.

  • Relate psychological concepts to other disciplines.

Methods of instruction

  • Designed to make you THINK.

  • Pure memorization is not the intent.

  • It is expected that you will read and study the material using PowerPoints as a guide.

  • Log in every few days.

  • Master much of the material on your own or ask me or other students about it.

Course requirements

3 tests (15% each) 45%

1 Final Exam 15%

Reflective Journals 20%

Class Discussions 10%

Class Participation 10%


Evaluation strategies and criteria tests 60 of grade
Evaluation Strategies and CriteriaTests (60% of grade)

Tests must be taken with the class on the designated date. No make‑up tests will be allowed. If it is necessary for you to miss an exam, the final exam (multiple choice) will count as two exams. Notify the instructor before missing an exam. It may be possible for you to take it with another class.

A. Tests Will Be Composed Of­

Objective multiple choice, true‑false, and/or matching questions designed to test your knowledge, understanding and application of the basic information, terms, concepts, theories, and research data.

B. Grading of Tests

In the grading of multiple choice and matching items, the student may disagree with the answer designated as correct, though an effort will be made to keep these questions clear and direct. To receive consideration for additional credit for his/her answer, the student must explain in writing his/her reasoning for the answer selected and/or his/her interpretation of the question and answers. These justifications must be written within a week after the test grades are posted.

Course webct
Course WebCT

  • On the course Blackboard (WebCT) you can do the following:

    • Check you assignment and exam grades after the exam due date.

    • Take example exams per chapter

    • Submit course journals

    • Access to course study materials

  • How to use Blackboard and login is located at: then click on Distance Learning & WebCT Login tab

Evaluation strategies and criteria reflective journals written assignment
Evaluation Strategies and CriteriaReflective Journals (Written Assignment)

  • You are required to keep a reflective journal throughout the semester with critical reflections and reactions to each chapter covered this semester, including discussion areas that may not be covered in the textbook by writing on what impact your learning has on your professional and/or personal life. (All journals are confidential)

  • A journal is a collection of written reflections on the chapters from your textbook and lecture materials covered in class during the semester. The written reflections should be integrated with observations from related professional journal articles, media articles, combined with scholarly reflective analyses. All sources cited should be appropriately notated using the APA format.The journal must not be a regurgitation of text material.

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Reflective Journals(Continued)

  • One journal entry is required for each chapter covered in this course over the semester and submitted every two chapters in one file. Eight (8) entries total are required, including the final journal to give an overview of psychology and reflective summary of the course . For example: Best lecture and why, worst lecture and why, improvements for the course.

  • Each journal entry should be double spaced with a double space between paragraphs. Journal entries should include no less than one typewritten pageon each chapter.   For any references cited in the journal, you should also include a reference listing at the end of the journal submission.

  • Journals (every two chapters) are to be submitted through the course Blackboard site before midnight of the due date specified in your class schedule. No late submissions will be accepted. Please note when you submit a journal, it is strongly recommended that you keep an ongoing copy of each entry on a USB Flash Drive.Make sure that each entry (one file for two chapters) has your name, the Chapter title/number and date of the reading. Attachments are to be in doc, txt, or rtf format.

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Reflective Journals(Contuned)

What should be in your journal? Try to answer the questions below:

  • What are your thoughts and feelings about the chapter topic before you start reading it?

  • As you look back on the chapter what were the most significant points for you to learn professionally or personally (give details)?

  • In what ways was this chapter different from other chapters?

  • Did you have any particularly meaningful learning or experience you can relate to during the reading?

  • Did I do any professional or personal reflections during the reading? What were your reactions to it?

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Reflective Journals(Contuned)

How did you feel about the chapter as a whole? What were the emotional highs and lows? Why did you feel as you did? Is your inner self trying to tell you anything about these feelings?

Did you find yourself worrying about anything that was in the chapter?

Last, it is important to be honest when writing journals. 'Write how you really feel and not how you think you should feel. Record what you really think, not what you believe you ought to think' (Klug 2002: 56).

Evaluation strategies and criteria class discussions
Evaluation Strategies and CriteriaClass Discussions

  • The evaluation of your participation will be on a 0‑100 point scale based on the following criteria:

    100 ‑ Volunteers for demonstrations, shares willingly with class,

    participates enthusiastically in structured experiences, stimulates

    class discussion, asks relevant questions.

    80 ‑ participates enthusiastically in structured experiences, contributes

    to class discussion, asks relevant questions.

    60 ‑ cooperates in structured experiences, occasionally contributes to

    class discussion, occasionally asks relevant questions.

    40 ‑ reluctantly participates in structured experiences, does not

    contribute to class discussion, does not ask relevant questions.

    0 ‑ uncooperative in structured experiences, distracts from class discussion and other learning activities.

Tri county technical college grading policy
Tri-County Technical College Grading Policy

  • A (100 – 90) - Excellent "A" is used in GPA calculations, earns credit hours, and carries a value of 4 grade points for each credit hour.

  • B (89 – 80) - Above Average "B" is used in GPA calculations, earns credit hours, and carries a value of 3 grade points for each credit hour.

  • C (79 – 70) – Average "C" is used in GPA calculations, earns credit hours, and carries a value of 2 grade points for each credit hour.

  • D (69 – 60) - Below Average "D" is used in GPA calculations, earns credit hours, and carries a value of I grade point for each credit hour.

  • F (59 – 0) – Failure "F" is used in GPA calculations, earns no credit hours, and carries 0 grade points for each credit hour attempted. (When the student retakes the course, the "F" is negated and the higher grade is used in GPA calculations.)

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Tri-County Technical College Grading Policy

  • WF – Withdrawn – Failing “WF” is used in GPA calculations, earns no credit hours, and carries 0 grade points for each credit hour attempted. (When the student retakes the course, the “WF” is negated; and the higher grade is used in GPA calculations.) "WF" may be given from the first day after the tenth week through the last day of class before the final examination period if the student is failing. (The time period for awarding "WF" grades will be prorated for ten‑week summer session terms and for other terms of varying lengths.)

  • W – Withdrawn - "W" is not used in GPA calculations, earns no credit hours, and generates no grade points.

Attendance policy
Attendance Policy

  • Any student who does not log in for consecutive weeks is subject to being withdrawn from the class.

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Attendance Policy

  • A student who continually misses assignment due dates is subject to being withdrawn from the class.

  • In extenuating circumstances, a student may request re-admittance to class by meeting with the instructor and explaining the circumstances of the absences. If the instructor agrees to readmit the student, the student will be informed of the requirements which must be met to successfully complete the course

Policy on academic dishonesty
Policy On Academic Dishonesty

  • 1. Academic dishonesty as used here includes using another's work without giving credit to the source and cheating.

  • 2. Charges of academic dishonesty must be substantiated by evidence.

  • 3. The instructor has the option of dealing with a first offense in one of two ways:

    a. giving an "F" or a "0" for that particular


    b. demanding that the student redo the


  • 4. With second offenses, the instructor may assign a grade of "F" for the course.

  • 5. The student may appeal the decision to the Faculty‑Student Behavior Committee.