PSY 100 Survey of Psychology – Fall 2017

9:30 – 10:45 a, Tuesday and Thursday

Pālamanui Room 102

Lucy L Jones, PhD, CSAC  

Office – C151 Pālamanui

Office Hours Monday 9-12 and by Appointment

Required Textbook: Please do not purchase a text before the first day of class. The textbook is free and online. I will give out the information the first day of class.


Course Description:

Principles of human behavior, individual difference, motivation, emotion, perception, learning. This is an introductory course, designed to provide you with an overview of the various disciplines within the field of psychology. We will explore research via several psychological orientations. We will look at the basic psychological processes involved in learning, memory, thinking and language. The development of the Self, which includes our gender and sexuality, our personality, and overall development will be studied. We will discuss who we are in a social context. Finally, we will see what factors influence our mental health.



General Education Learning Outcomes:


Course Learning Outcomes:


Course Requirements:

Š       For all assignments, you will be expected to use correct English, including spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

Weekly Reflection Papers:  Regardless of the reason you are taking this class, as a student in the social sciences, you will gain some meaningful insights about your behavior and mental processes. Think carefully about the class periods during the preceding week. Write a brief paragraph describing your personal observations as you monitor your own progress. These papers will be due as noted in Laulima.

Laulima: We will use Laulima, our online program, to turn in all written work. Please check there regularly for any announcements between classes and sometimes to pick up your assignment if you miss class. Go to your UH Portal, and on that page is the logo for Laulima. You will sign in using your school ID and password. In class, I will explain how to use this most effectively. If you have no computer at home, please use either the school library or the computer lab for your work. Our aim is to save paper and to make it easier for you to complete the assignments. This class will require dependable Internet access, and minimal technical skills. You must have a broadband connection (no dial-up), and MS Word (not MS Works) or PDF reader. Safari (for Mac) is not adequate for this work, so please download Mozilla Firefox as your Internet browser. Please allow extra time for cyber glitches, and don’t wait until the last minute to turn in your work.

Quizzes and exams: By reading your weekly papers, observing your class presentations, participation and discussions, I will know what you are learning in this course. I reserve the right to have a quiz periodically in order to augment my evaluation of your knowledge and understanding of the basics of psychology


Students With Verified Disabilities: If you have a disability with verification on file with our Office of Students with Disabilities, please let me know if you think you will need accommodation. I will be glad to provide accommodations as needed.

Student Conduct Code and Non-Discrimination Policy: Our College has a Student Conduct Code that defines expected conduct and specifies those acts subject to University sanctions. Look in the school catalog ( You are to be familiar with this code. Also in the catalog is information regarding our "Policy on Sexual Harassment" and "Academic Grievances".


Hawaii CC does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, sex, color, national origin, or disability or other protected classes in its programs and activities. For inquiries or complaints concerning our non-discrimination policies, please contact your Disabilities Counselor or Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs.


Computers and Cell Phones: There are times when having a way to look up something on the Internet is valuable. I do not object to having computer or cell phones in the room as long as they are used only for classwork. Other than that, this classroom is a “no text/no computer” zone.

Semester Reflection: At the end of the semester, please write a brief paragraph of at least one thing you learned over the course of the semester that will benefit you in your personal and/or professional life. A class has no meaning unless it can be of some value other than merely a grade or three credits.

Team Presentations: The class will be evenly divided into teams. These teams will give a presentation of their choice around any one of the areas we cover in the semester. Make them creative, educational for the rest of the class, and interesting enough to keep our eyes open! This will constitute your final exam.


Attendance: Like a regular job, if you miss too much work you would be dismissed, so it is with this class. If you have five absences or more, you will be required to choose between withdrawing, extensive make-up work, or a failing grade. I will deduct points from your total for excessive absences without a valid excuse. And like a regular job, if you cannot be in class, please email me or call prior to the class you need to miss so I know you haven’t dropped the class. I realize this is very subjective, but there needs to be some incentive to be here and to take part in class discussions.

Participation: Attitude and class participation go a long way toward your learning and your grade. The most effective way to learn and grow is to bring information, ideas, and inspiration to the rest of the class. You will also be expected to do quite a bit of your own research on the Internet, which is an excellent tool for growth. 


Also, the 10 points for your participation in each class meeting are not automatic. If you are in the class, you are expected to participate to the best of your ability. If you are not in the class, you will receive an automatic 0 points unless you have a valid reason for not attending that class, or if I have had to cancel for some reason.


MySuccess Program: At Hawai`i Community College we want every student to be successful.  The MySuccess program is a UHCC system-wide effort that seeks to support students early in the semester when they first begin experiencing difficulty in a class.  If I feel you are having difficulty in my class (ex. missing class, missing assignments, and low test scores) I may refer you to Support Services   Once referred, your counselor will follow up with you by phone or email to find out what kinds of help you might need, connect you with the necessary resources, and to help you develop a strategy for success.  You may find your Support Network in the MySuccess tab on your MyUH  page, or the MySuccess  tab linked to this course in Laulima.

There are 3 criteria for a Referral:

1.     Student must be demonstrating a pattern of behavior.

2.     The instructor has made attempts to address the behavior and/or academic concerns, but attempts have been unsuccessful or the student is not getting enough support.

3.     The student should need additional support, outside of what is provided in the classroom.


eCAFE: At the end of the semester, you will be given the opportunity to evaluate the course and instructor. I am giving a 10-point incentive if you let me know you have completed the survey. This can be a screen shot, or copy of the completion. I don’t want to know how you answered the evaluation, just that you did it.


How to Contact me: You may either use “Messages” (see link on left), or my office (808-969-8849), or email ( ). I can receive texts on my cell phone (808-937-4131), also.


Modules: This course is based on 16 modules (one for each week). Each module will consist of at least these categories:

Some modules will include a review of several chapters. The last week of school, the module will include your Semester Reflection (see above).


GRADES: At the end of each week, you will be able to check the Gradebook on Laulima to see where you stand. If you are more than two weeks behind, you need to talk with me ASAP. I will accept no late work past the end of each four weeks. I’ll explain more in class. At times, there will be more or less points than indicated. The final grade is based on the percentage of total points given through the semester.


Each Module Grade is based on the following:

Written assignment = up to 10-30 points per week

Weekly Reflection = up to 10 points per week

Attendance = 10 per class

Participation = up to 10 per class

On time work = 10 points per week


Plus these extras:

Team Presentation = up to 30 points

Midterm Project = up to 40 points

Final Essay = up to 20 points

            eCAFE = 10 points

            Semester Reflection = up to 20 points


Semester Grades:

90-100% = A

80-89%   = B

70-79%   = C

60-69%   = D

0 – 59%  = F




PSY 100 RUBRIC: Written Assignment, Weekly Reflection, Chapter Presentation, Semester Reflection, Attendance and Participation


Insightful and complete responses; correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Overall excellence


Complete responses; correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation.


Adequate length, correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation.


Inadequate length; incorrect grammar, spelling, and punctuation. 

Late submission or not published by the due date

Weekly Reflections

Thoughtful and provocative responses; correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Overall excellence

Thoughtful responses; correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation


Simple response; correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation


Inadequate response; incorrect grammar, spelling, and punctuation.


Late submission or not published by the due date

Chapter Presentation

Creative and provocative presentation; excellent

integration of chapter topic and individual presentation.


Creative presentation. Good integration of chapter topic, and individual presentation.


Adequate Integration of chapter topic, and individual presentation


Inadequate integration of chapter topic, and poor individual presentation

Not presented by the due date

Mid-Term Project

Creative; thorough understanding of concepts; knowledge of concepts; overall excellence


Complete understanding of concepts; samples show knowledge of concepts

Adequate understanding of concepts; samples are adequate

Some understanding of concepts; samples are not accurate

Not submitted by due date & inadequate understanding



Semester Reflection


Thoughtful and provocative responses; correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Overall excellence



Thoughtful responses; correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation



Simple response; correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation



Inadequate response; incorrect grammar, spelling, and punctuation.



Late submission or not published by the due date


Regular attendance;

On time, no unexcused absences

Regular attendance; occasionally late; no unexcused absences

Regular attendance; several unexcused absences

Irregular attendance; often late, several unexcused absences

Poor attendance record; more than five unexcused absences


Appropriate and provocative class discussion; involvement;

Insightful comments; regular participation

Appropriate class discussion; thoughtful comments;

Involvement; regular participation.

Appropriate class discussion and comments;

Some involvement.

Few comments or involvement.


No involvement or participation.





Module 1 - August 22 and 24

"Social Psychology”


Module 2 - August 29 and 31



Module 3 - September 5 and 7

"Sensation and Perception"


Module 4 - September 12 and 14

"Thinking, Language, and Intelligence"


Module 5 - September 19 and 21

Behavioral Neuroscience

Team Selections


Module 6 - September 26 and 28

"Motivation and Emotion"

Team preparations

Module 7 - October 3 and 5

"States of Consciousness"


Module 8 - October 17 and 19

"Human Dev." (cont’d)


Module 9 - October 10 and 12

“Human Development”


Module 10 - October 24 and 26

"Sex and Gender"


Module 11October 31 “Research and Critical Thinking”

          November 2 "Conditioning and Learning"


Module 12 - November 7 and 9


Team preparations


Module 13 - November 14 and 16

“Psychological Disorders”


Module 14 - November 21



November 23 – Thanksgiving – no class


Module 15 - November 28 “Applied Psychology”

         November 30 “Health, Stress, Coping”


Module 16 - December 5 and 7 - TEAM PRESENTATION