Course Attendance, Tests, and Grading

It's wisest to attend all classes; there is a lot in a course like this that you will not learn by reading the textbook. Moreover, this is a small class and your contributions to class discussion will be important, so staying current with the readings and participating regularly will benefit you as well as your fellow students. I will assume, however, that responsible adults do not need an attendance policy. If I haven't arrived within 15 minutes of the scheduled time for a class, you are free to leave.
Instead of tests, there will be a daily quiz, consisting of 1 to 4 questions, during every class except our very first (Thursday January 7). Barring an "inclement weather" issue, there will be 27 quizzes. You may drop 9 daily quiz grades for any reason; the average will be based on the remaining 18 quizzes. The volume of daily quizzes rules out make-ups, and I will not be able to return them to you; grades for the quizzes will be posted on Blackboard. In addition, there will be three short papers (about 5 pages each) on issues of your choice in the history of psychology.

Your grade will be based on this simple formula:

Item % of
Final Grade
Average of daily quizzes 50%
Paper 1 16%
Paper 2 17%
Paper 3 17%

Extra credit

I encourage you to participate in studies that take place in the Psychology Department during the semester. You will earn 1/4 point extra credit toward your final grade for each 15 minutes you participate in. The maximum is 3 points (for 12 15-minute units). You can sign up for research studies using the department subject pool Web site; I'll provide instructions later. Instead of participating in experiments you may complete a fourth 5-page paper on an issue in the history of psychology, which will be worth up to 3 points extra credit. (If you choose the fourth paper, please let me know by February 15 so we can establish a topic and a due date).

Cheating

Quizzes and papers in this course are meant to be your individual work. Providing information to others (or obtaining it from them) during a quiz--or using unauthorized notes on such occasions--constitutes cheating. You are welcome to discuss the papers with others, but drafts and the version you turn in must be your work alone. If you decide to cheat, I will take action against you according to University policy

Our Schedule

Date Topic Reading
Thursday January 7 Is Psychology a Science? Greenwood Ch. 1
Tuesday January 12
[Last day to add]
Is Psychology a Science? Ch. 1
Thursday January 14 Ancient Greece Ch. 2
Tuesday January 19
[Jan. 20 is the last day to drop without a W]
Ancient Greece Ch. 2
Thursday January 21 Ancient Greece Ch. 2
Tuesday January 26 Ancient Greece Ch. 2
Thursday January 28 Modern Science, Descartes
and Hobbes
Ch. 4
Paper 1 due
Tuesday February 2 Modern Science, Descartes
and Hobbes
Ch. 4
Thursday February 4 Modern Science, Descartes
and Hobbes
Ch. 4
Tuesday February 9 Locke, Hume
and Assocationism
Ch. 5
Thursday February 11 Locke, Hume
and Assocationism
Ch. 5
Tuesday February 16 Kant Ch. 5
Thursday February 18 Kant Ch. 5
Tuesday February 23 19th Century
Physiology
Ch. 6
Thursday February 25
[Feb. 26 is the last day to
withdraw without final grade]
19th Century
Physiology
Ch. 6
Tuesday March 2 Evolution and
Evolutionary
Psychology
Ch. 7
Thursday March 4 Wundt and
the German Schools
Ch. 8
Tuesday March 9 Wundt and
the German Schools
Ch. 8
Thursday March 11 Pragmatism and
the American Schools
Ch. 9
Paper2 Due
Monday-Friday
March 15-19
SPRING BREAK -
Tuesday March 23 Pragmatism and
the American Schools
Ch. 9
Thursday March 25 Pragmatism and
the American Schools
Ch. 9
Tuesday March 30 Early Behaviorism
and Mental Testing
Ch. 10
Thursday April 1 Early Behaviorism
and Mental Testing
Ch. 10
Tuesday April 6 Later Behaviorism Ch. 11
Thursday April 8 Later Behaviorism Ch. 11
Tuesday April 13 Modern Cognitive
Psychology
Ch. 12
Thursday April 15 Modern Cognitive
Psychology
Ch. 12
Tuesday April 20 Abnormal and
Clinical Psychology
Ch. 13
Thursday April 22 Abnormal and
Clinical Psychology
Ch. 13
Tuesday April 27, 4:30 PM Paper 3 due -