Instructor | Office Hours | Required Textbook | Course Prerequisites | Course Goals and Learning Objectives | Evaluation of Course Goals and Learning Objectives | Course Grading and Requirements | Exams | Research Ethics course | Article Review | Group Project | Extra Credit | Course Grading | Research Participation (or equivalent writing exercise) | Research Participation policy | Student Bill of Rights | Procedures for Meeting Research Participation Requirement | Course Policies | Missed Coursework and Exams | Interruptions | Assigned Reading from the Textbook | Academic Integrity | Center for Student Disability Services | Non-Attendance Because of Religious Beliefs |
Professor Jacob Shane
718-951-5000 ext. 3845
Office: 4301A James Hall
Mondays & Wednesdays, 12:30 to 1:30 (or by appointment)
I am available to provide extra help during my office hours. If you cannot attend my scheduled office hours, email me to schedule a alternate time to meet.
When you email me please make put the following in the SUBJECT:
Introductory Psychology, compiled by Jacob Shane
R. Biswas-Diener & E. Diener (Eds), Noba textbook series: Psychology. Champaign, IL: DEF publishers. DOI:http://noba.to/yjpx68dg
The textbook for this course is FREE.
There are 3 learning goals in this course.
Students will demonstrate their achievement of the learning objectives by:
Four exams will be given.
The research ethics course assignment will require you to complete a self-paced online research ethics course, and demonstrate that you mastered the material by passing the relevant quizzes from each module within the research ethics course. After completing the course, you will receive a report indicating that you successfully completed the course from the CITI program website. You MUST SUBMIT THIS REPORT through the blackboard class website by Wednesday, October 11 to receive full credit for this assignment. The research ethics course is worth 10% of your final class grade. Instructions for accessing and completing the research ethics course are below.
The article review assignment will require you to find a scholarly article from a leading psychology journal, and summarize, discuss, compare and contrast the information in this scholarly article to a popular article from a web page that is about a similar issue or topic
The article review is worth 10% of your final class grade.
Your article review must be at least 2 pages in length (not including the header,title, or citations), double spaced, with 1-inch margins, and in 12 point Times New Roman font. You must cite the scholarly article and the popular webpage article using APA format, and provide the first page of each article when you hand in your article review assignment.
You will be assigned to groups, and complete a group project that bridges the Intro Psychology, Music, and INDS courses you are taking, and the common reading book you read as part of your introduction to Brooklyn College (Born a crime: Stories from a South African childhood by Trevor Noah). Groups will present their project during the final class day of the Intro Psychology course (12/14/2015). You must also submit a .pdf or .doc version of the poster to me by the final day of class. The group project is worth 10% of your final class grade. The details of the group project for the PSYCHOLOGY section are below.
You may earn up to 2% of extra credit by completing any combination of research participation and research papers above and beyond the requirements for the course. For example, if you participate in 5 credit hours of research participation, you will fulfill your research participation requirement and earn the maximum 2% of extra credit.
YOU MUST COMPLETE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE RESEARCH PARTICIPATION (SEE ABOVE SECTION) BEFORE ANY RESEARCH PARTICIPATION OR RESEARCH PAPER CAN BE USED AS EXTRA CREDIT.
As part of the requirements for the course, students are asked to voluntarily participate as subjects in three hours of psychological research conducted by members of the Psychology Department. If you don't wish to participate in the research study you can write three 1-page papers (an equivalent obligation). If you do not complete this research or equivalent obligation requirement you will receive a grade of Incomplete for the course. This requirement must be completed by the day of the final exam.
The Psychology Department asks students taking Psychology 1000 to participate in ongoing voluntary psychological research The rationale behind the research participation requirement is twofold.
First, the participant pool provides educational experience for students through
Second, the participant pool facilitates research for department students and faculty.
Participation is voluntary. If you don't wish to participate in the research you have the option of arranging with your instructor to write a critique of a psychological journal article describing a study.
Students must obtain a total of 3 hours of participant pool credit.
(NOTE: Participant pool credits go toward the Psych 1000 laboratory experience requirement only. They have no relationship whatsoever to Brooklyn College course credit hours.)
Each study is posted on line at http://brooklyncollege.sona-systems.com
Including in each listing is the type of research and specific days and hours participants are needed
To sign up for studies, go to the Psychology Department Research Participation page and login
If you don't have an account:
Once you have an account, enter the system and click “Studies” to see a list of available studies and how to sign up for participation.
IMPORTANT: Students who do not complete this requirement by the last day of classes in the semester (either by research participation or the alternate assignment) will receive a grade of “Incomplete” for PSYC 1000.
Missed exams and assignments will result in a grade of 0. If an exam cannot be taken at the scheduled time, an instructor must be notified at least 24 hours before the exam, and the student is then responsible to schedule a make-up exam. All required course work must be completed by the time of the final exam. You will be docked 1 letter grade (10%) for every day your research ethics course is late.
Please turn all electronic devices to silent mode before class begins. If a call during class time must be taken, please step out of the room so as not to disturb other students.
This course requires a significant amount of reading. It is therefore highly advised to complete a portion of the assigned reading regularly throughout the semester, and to always be caught up on reading before each exam. Ideally, you will complete the assigned reading in lock step with the relevant lectures. This will make learning the material much easier, and should increase your performance on the exams. Exams may contain material that was not specifically covered in the lecture, but was explained in the reading.
The faculty and administration of Brooklyn College support an environment free from cheating and plagiarism. Each student is responsible for being aware of what constitutes cheating and plagiarism and for avoiding both. Here is the complete text of the CUNY Academic Integrity Policy and the Brooklyn College procedure for implementing that policy. If a faculty member suspects a violation of academic integrity and, upon investigation, confirms that violation, or if the student admits the violation, the faculty member is required to report the violation.
To receive disability-related academic accommodations students must first be registered with the Center for Student Disability Services. Students who have a documented disability or suspect they may have a disability should contact the Center and set up an appointment with the Director of the Center for Student Disability Services, Ms. Valerie Stewart-Lovell at 718-951-5538. If you have already registered with the Center for Student Disability Services please provide your professor with the course accommodation form and discuss your specific accommodation with the professor.
Brooklyn College complies with the New York State Education Law regarding non-attendance because of religious beliefs. For details see the Undergraduate Bulletin (pg. 66) or the Graduate Bulletin (pg.
Course grades are based upon the four exams, the research ethics course, the article review, and the group project. The weighting of these course components are as follows:
Highest scoring exam 25%
2nd Highest scoring exam 20%
3rd Highest scoring exam 15%
Lowest scoring exam 10%
Research Ethics Course (Human Subjects Basic Course) 10%
Article Review 10%
Group Project 10%