Honors General Psychology
Spring 2015
Edward Kardas (epkardas@saumag.edu)

Modified: 2015-01-15 (3:22 am CST)

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? Yes, all are psychologists. But, they all share one award in common. Provide a short biography of your team's namesake.)

Honors GP Teams
Bigg Curtis Gentry LeGrand
Senn Rhodes Newby Crye


The text for the course is: Griggs, R. A. (2014). Psychology: A concise introduction (4th Ed.). New York: Worth. 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. The text can be purchased at the SAU Bookstore or downloaded to your iPad.


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. Each group will select a secretary who will keep attendance for that group. Secretaries will report attendance to me within 24 hours via e-mail.

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.



Griggs Chapter Assignments
Number Title
Presentation Date (week of:)
1 The Science of Psychology NEW First Assignment 21st Century Psychology APA Code of Ethics
Jan. 12
  The Science of Psychology
Jan. 19
2 Neuroscience
Jan. 26


Brain Models

Feb. 2 Test 1
3 Sensation and Perception
Feb. 9
4 Learning
Feb. 16
Feb. 23
5 Memory (Midterms due)
Mar. 2 Test 2
6 Thinking & Intelligence
Mar. 10
Mar. 17
  Spring Break
Mar. 24-28
7 Developmental Psychology

Mar. 30




Apr. 6

Test 3


Personality Theories and Assessment

Apr. 13

Social Psychology

Stanford Prison Experiment

Apr. 20
10 Abnormal Psychology
Apr. 27
May 5

Academic Integrity:
The mission of Southern Arkansas University empowers all members of the University community to develop and encourage learning environments that create, expand, acquire, share, evaluate, and communicate knowledge. Academic integrity at SAU is an organizational and individual responsibility to honesty in all learning experiences. Students, faculty, and staff share responsibility for maintaining the highest standards for academic integrity. This policy focuses on the academic integrity in course-related work, its basis and context is applicable to all.

Any act of dishonesty in academic work constitutes academic misconduct and is subject to disciplinary action. Acts of dishonesty include, but are not limited to, plagiarism and cheating.

For detailed information on academic integrity, read pages 26-27
of the SAU 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog.

Disability Support Services:
It is the policy of Southern Arkansas University to accommodate students with
disabilities, pursuant to federal law, state law, and the University’s commitment to equal
educational opportunities. Any student with a disability who needs accommodation
should inform the instructor at the beginning of the course. Students with disabilities are
also encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Support Services, which is located in
room 216 Reynolds Center, telephone 235-4145.

Credit Hours
As required by federal law, credit hours are earned by: attending class (33%), making class presentations (33%), preparing for and taking tests (33%).

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