E-mail: EnilaCenko@unyt.edu.al; firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours: Wed, 10.00-12.00 or by appointment
TURNITIN Class ID and Enrollment Password: 10909897/Genpsych
Course Description and Purpose:
The science of Psychology studies the human experience – our thoughts, feelings, and behavior. The aim of this course is to give you an overview of the many different fields of psychological study as well as to present the key concept of these fields. The course will offer not only the latest theories and findings from psychological research, but also presentations of the research methods that are used to collect scientific information. Furthermore, this course will enable you to expand your knowledge on diverse psychological phenomena as well as to construct a better understanding of yourself, others and the surrounding environment.
Course Objectives and Learning Outcomes:
The course aims to:
Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
Wade, C., & Tavris, C. (2003) Psychology. New Jersey, Prentice Hall. (7th ed. or newer edition)
Copies of the PowerPoint lectures delivered in class are available for you at Rossi Copy shop, located near the UNYT campus.
Course Requirements and Assignments:
Readings: The textbook and additional reading assignments are crucial to your understanding of the course material. Note that not all the text material will be covered in class.
Attendance: Attendance in UNYT classes is mandatory. I will keep track of your attendance and punctuality every hour of class. Please note that only the Record’s Office can excuse an absence (for example, for illness). Also, please refrain from arriving late or leaving early from class, without talking to me before hand. Unless you receive prior approval, these hours will be counted as absences.
Participation: is as important as attendance. Throughout this course, you will be given the opportunity to engage in group work, case and example discussion, and other active learning activities. Participating in class discussions is a good tool to practice your communication and thinking skills. Sharing your experiences, opinions and raising questions will be beneficial to all. However, if you do not feel comfortable speaking in front of others, please see me.
Written work: Each student will prepare a term paper on a topic of his/her choosing, that should receive the instructor’s approval first. All papers:
Note that there are several steps that you need to undertake in order to submit a successful final draft. The dates for these steps are outlined in the course schedule at the end of this syllabus. These steps include:
Final drafts of the term papers will be accepted only after completion of the previous steps. Please note that late papers will be penalized with a 1 point deduction for each day that they are late. No papers will be accepted after the final exam date.
Group/individual presentation: The class will be divided into groups of two or more students. Each group will choose a different, specific topic of their interest, which is relevant to the course material. The topic needs to be approved by the instructor first. The purpose of the presentation is to demonstrate the ability to synthesize information on the selected topic from different sources, apply it to real world issues, and present it to the rest of the class in a professional yet engaging way. You will be given in class, a detailed presentation assessment rubric that contains information on how your presentation grade will be calculated.
The ability to work in groups is an essential skill for your future as professionals in the job field. Please note that the ability to engage in quality group work entails respecting deadlines and the work of other group members. As such, note that if one of the members of the group does not show up for the presentation on the scheduled day, then he/she will be penalized. Under these circumstances, the other group members have the choice to have an individual presentation, or to have a delayed and penalized presentation. For each delayed presentation, there will be a 5 point deduction from the overall grade.
Examinations: There will be 2 exams (1 midterm and 1 final exam) during the semester. Each of the exams will cover the materials, lectures, readings and discussion up to the date of the exam. The final exam is not comprehensive and will cover all the materials covered after the mid-term exam. The exams may contain various types of questions, such as multiple-choice, short-answer, true-and-false, and short essay. Make-up exams will not be given unless there is a case of documented emergency, in which case you are urged to contact the instructor as soon as possible.
Opportunities for extra credit points: Throughout the course, the instructor will give opportunities for you to attain extra points to be calculated toward your final course grade. These opportunities are optional and will consist in the completion of several homework exercises that will be further specified in class. Please note that in order to qualify for these extra points, you need to submit the assignments on the day that are due. The maximum number of extra credit points that you can accumulate for this class is 5.
Attendance & Participation
|Letter Grade||Percent||Generally Accepted Meaning|
|B+||87-89||Good, above average|
|D+||67-69||Significantly below average|
Conduct: Please avoid disruptive behavior such as talking with your classmates and turn off your cell phones before class time. I would like us to enjoy our learning experience, but also to act appropriately for the situation. Since this is a 3hr class, we will have at least one break depending on our pace.
Office Hours: I encourage all students to drop by my office at any time with any questions or concerns you may have.
Format: All written assignments must adhere to APA format: A4 size, Times New Roman font, 12 pt, double spaced with standard margins and page numbers. You should always check your work for spelling and grammar. The paper should be submitted to TURNITIN program. If you do not have a TURNITIN account, then you should create one. Please keep in mind that you have to submit your papers at TURNITIN by the deadline indicated in the syllabus. Other ways of paper submission are NOT accepted.
Late Assignments: Make-up exams will not be given unless there is a case of documented emergency. Written assignments must be submitted before midnight on the day they are due or TURNITIN will automatically consider them late.
Academic Dishonesty/Turnitin: UNYT does not tolerate academic dishonesty. Read and familiarize yourself with the UNYT Student Honor Code for a more detailed description of plagiarism and cheating. Please be aware that assignments submitted via TURNITIN must not receive an overall plagiarism mark of over 10%, otherwise they will be graded down significantly. Any assignment with a plagiarism rate of 25% or higher will be automatically graded as an F (0%).
Learning Difficulties: If you feel that you have encountered special learning difficulties or serious problems that interfere with your studies, please make an appointment with the UNYT’s Counseling Office, Dr. E.Cenko (email@example.com) and/or Academic Support Center, Dr. A. Canollari (firstname.lastname@example.org). For more information, please contact me, or your academic advisor.
|Dates||Topics, Readings and Assignments|
|Oct 16||What is Psychology?
Historical origins and modern approaches
Readings: Wade, ch. 1
|Oct 23||How psychologists do research
Scientific method; Research Methods in Psychology
Readings: Wade, ch. 2
|Oct 30||Biology and Behavior
Nature vs. Nurture debate
Readings: Wade, ch. 3 & 4
|Nov 6||Development over the lifespan
Readings: Wade, ch. 14
Topic & scope of the presentation due
|Nov 13||Body rhythms and mental states
Sleep, altered mental states, hypnosis, psychoactive substances
Readings: Wade, ch. 5
Classical & operant conditioning, social learning theory
Readings: Wade, ch. 7
Topic & scope of the paper due
|Nov 27||National holiday/Day off|
|Dec 4||Midterm Examination|
Short-term & Long-term memory
Readings: Wade, ch. 10
Scientific references for the paper due
|Dec 18||Thinking and Intelligence
Readings: Wade, ch. 9
Readings: Wade, ch. 11
Readings: Wade, ch. 12
|Jan 22||Theories of Personality
Psychoanalysis, Humanism, Behaviorism, Big Five Personality
Readings: Wade, ch. 13
Outline of the paper due
|Jan 29||Psychological Disorders
Treatment of Psychological Disorders and Therapy
Readings: Wade, ch. 16&17
|Feb 5||Final Examination|
Revised: October 2015