Honors General Psychology
Spring 2018
Edward Kardas (epkardas@saumag.edu)

Modified: 2018-04-25 (8:56 am CDST)

Psychology is a science and a practice. It's origins are ancient, but the discipline itself only dates from 1879. In this course, we will explore psychology's wide range of topic areas. Our goal will be to achieve a reasonable understanding of the discipline's origins, major subject areas, and major findings. The goal is not to completely understand psychology. This course is an introduction to psychology, nothing more.

Teams: Where do the team names come from? How do they relate to psychology?

Honors GP Teams
Bunch Byrd Cross Davis
Haba Tedder Staten Morrison
Hazeslip Smith Rhodes McDonald
    Humphrey Gauntt

Launchpad: Looks like Macmillan will provide us free access--WAIT. Go to Launchpad site to register for their supplemental course material ONLY if you want to use its features. I will not be using those to teach the course

The text for the course is: Griggs, R. A. (2017). Psychology: A concise introduction (5th Ed.). New York: Macmillan. Each group above will be responsible for teaching one chapter from that text. Kardas will teach the first two chapters each group will be responsible for teaching two chapters. Each group will meet and pick four chapters they would like to teach. Then, at the appointed time, one member from each group will e-mail me their picks in the priority order they chose. I will then assign them to the groups (2 chapters per group, first come, first serve).


I will take a very dim view of anyone who misses class. I will drop you (like a rock) for excessive absences. If you have more than 3 unnecessary absences you will be at risk of being dropped from the course.

Testing and Conduct of Class

There will be tests for each set of chapters shown below (four tests including the final). Tests will include written and objective questions. Each test will be worth the same. The final exam is NOT comprehensive. Tests will be announced at least one week prior to their administration. Make ups will ONLY be given for necessary absences AND when you give me advance notice. Emergencies are another matter and will require documentation.

This class will be heavy on critical thinking and will rely on class participation. Each group will make their presentation during one class period and I will follow up that presentation with additional material the following class.

I will be handing out additional material which you should keep in a notebook.

All dates below are approximate. Test dates will be confirmed at least one week ahead of time.

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Griggs Chapter Assignments
Number Title
Presentation Date (week of:)

21st Century Psychology APA Code of Ethics

History Outline Nox-Out©

Jan. 8
  The Science of Psychology
Jan. 15
2 Neuroscience
Jan. 22
Jan. 29 Test 1 (2/9) HINTS
3 No class: Work on presentations
Feb. 12
4 Sensation and Perception
Feb. 19
Feb. 26
5 Memory
Mar. 7 Test 2 (3/12) HINTS
  Thinking & Intelligence
(Midterms due on 3/5)
Mar. 12
  Spring Break
Mar. 19
  Drop Day is 3/28
7 Developmental Psychology
Mar. 26   Test 3 (4/3) HINTS

Personality Theories and Assessment

Apr. 9

Social Psychology
Stanford Prison Experiment

Apr. 16
10 Abnormal Psychology
Apr. 23
Test 4 Hints @ May 2 @ 1:10 am in PCE 203

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