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P.O. Box 398
Kenansville,NC 28349





Course Title and Number:        PSY 150 General Psychology, Section 51

Course Meeting Days/Times:  Online

Lecture Hours:    3                       Lab Hours:   0              Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites:                               None


Course Description: This course provides an overview of the scientific study of human behavior.  Topics include history, methodology, biopsychology, sensation, perception, learning, motivation, cognition, abnormal behavior, personality theory, social psychology, and other relevant topics.   Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of the science of psychology.  This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement general education core requirement in social/behavioral sciences.  This course is also available through the Virtual Learning Community (VLC).


Instructor Name:Steve Withrow, M.Ed.

Office location:Off Campus Instructor (Students may contact Distance Learning Dept., located in the Library of the Boyette Building)

Phone number: 336 334-4822 ext2866(I am physically at this number 9-10AM on M W F)

Or,(since it is long distance,) you may email your phone number and I will call you back.


Online Office hours: 9-10AM on M W F and, I check my email numerous times throughout the day.


Textbook:     Kagan's and Segal's Psychology:  An Introduction, 9th, Edition, by Don Baucum and Carolyn Smith, ISBN:  0155081144  Wadsworth/Thomson Learning


Student Learning Outcomes:  Upon completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Describe the origins and basic history of psychology, especially on a cultural and world view basis
  2. Summarize the connections between biology and psychology
  3. Discuss human development
  4. Discuss the world of sensation and perception
  5. Explain consciousness, learning and memory
  6. Summarize the areas of thinking and intelligence, motivation and emotion, personality, stress and health, psychological disorders, and the world of social psychology
  7. The student will also learn the basics of APA style and research methods


Course Methodology: Reading, audio, video, research, internet searches, and group discussion.

Course Assignments and Evaluation:

Chapter Notes: Each week you’ll be asked to read a chapter, and produce 2 page of notes for each chapter read.  Students who read the book actually understand the material better and learn more about psychology.  When taking notes you should not copy from the book or summary.  Paraphrase!  Put it into your own words.  Outline form with use of key words is the best method.   Research indicates that this method improves retention over just reading the material.  You may submit the notes as a Word or RTF file attachment, or as a scanned jpeg file, or you may fax a copy of your notes at Fax # 336 841-4350. (15 chapters x 10 points = 150 points)

Periodic Assignments: Almost every week you will be asked to do an assignment, such as; go to a particular website and complete an exercise or process, attend an Alcoholic’s Anonymous meeting, or research a particular problem.  Specific and clear instruction will be given at the time of the assignment.  Consult the assignment page for specific dates.  You may submit the periodic assignment as a Word or RTF file attachment, or as a scanned jpeg file, or you may fax a copy of your assignment at Fax # 336 841-4350, or, you may be asked to submit your assignment on the discussion board. (10 periodic assignments x 15 points = 150 points)

Complete a 3 page research paper (plus reference page).   Your research paper must be 3 pages minimum, plus reference page, typed, double-spaced (approx. 250 words per page for a total of 750, plus reference page) on a psychological topic of interest to you, that must be approved by your instructor.  A 3 page paper is small, so the topic needs to be very narrowly focused.   A minimum of 5 references (published within the last 10 years), all coming from professional journals (authored and referenced sources), must be used and properly cited APA style in the paper and on the reference page.   All newspapers, encyclopedias, books, and magazines (except professional journals) are unacceptable as sources.  Specific instructions will be given, closer to the time of the assignment.  See this website for information on APA style:  (Research paper = 300 points)

Chapter Quizzes:  Each week a chapter quiz will be posted on Black Board.  The quiz will consist of 10 questions randomly drawn from a test question pool.  You will have 10 minutes to complete the test.  You may retake the test as many times as you like to get the highest grade you desire.  But, each time you retake the test, a new set of questions will be randomly drawn from the question pool.   If you retake the test repeatedly, you will eventually be exposed to all of the questions in the pool.  The last score you receive is the score that will be recorded. (15 quizzes x 10 points = 150 points).

 Final Exam: The final Exam will be posted on Black Board at the end of the semester.  The exam will consist of 50 questions drawn from the exact question pools used to create the chapter quizzes.  You will have 50 minutes to complete the exam.  You may only take the exam one time. (Final Exam = 250 points)

Chapter Notes

150 points

Periodic Assignments

150 points

Research Paper

300 points

Chapter Quizzes

150 points

Final Exam

250 points



Total Possible Points

1000 points

Grading Scale:


900 – 1000 points


800 – 899 points


700 – 799 points


600 – 699 points


    0 – 599 points


Periodic Assignments

Attendance Policy: For courses that meet in a traditional classroom setting, success is often determined by attendance.  Or, as Woody Allen said, “Eighty percent of life is showing up.”  Students often take an online course because they have trouble showing up, or think this will be easier.  In actuality, online courses are often harder that traditional classroom courses.  You still have to show up (online), but you can’t sit there passively listening to an instructor.  A course like this would normally meet for 48 hours in a classroom setting, plus any homework and reading that are assigned outside of class.  In an online class, those 48 hours of contact time are made up by additional assignments designed to help you learn the subject.  It is extremely important that you “show up” often by taking responsibility for your learning experience.   Read the book, do the assignments, participate fully with the intent of learning as much as you can about psychology.  Failing to “show up,” falling behind and procrastination are the harbingers of failure.


Special Needs:  If you have a physical, psychiatric/emotional, medical, or learning disability that may impact your ability to carry out assigned course work, I urge you to contact Melvin Felton, Special Needs Advisor in Student Support Services, located in the Strickland Center, or call 296-2447.  Mr. Felton will review your concerns and determine, with you, what accommodations are necessary and appropriate.  All information and documentation is confidential. 


Tutoring:   Everyone has subjects that you find easy and some that you find more difficult. If you think you might need additional assistance outside of class to have a full understanding of the material being covered, please contact me.  Tutoring is available and I can assist you with deciding if tutoring might help you with your course work.   If you need assistance, the earlier you ask for it, the more successful you will be in the class.


Cheating Policy:  Cheating is not tolerated. Cheating includes using unauthorized notes during exams, copying students' homework, class work, or tests and handing it in as one's own, and plagiarism on themes and term papers. If a student cheats, he/she will fail that exam or assignment. If the student cheats the second time, whether it is in the same course or a different course, he/she will fail the course, even if the student asks to be withdrawn.  All cheating incidents will be documented and the documentation kept on file in the office of the Dean of Student Services. Repeated offenses of cheating may result in the student being suspended by the Dean of Student Services.


WITHDRAWAL/DROP POLICY: At anytime during the semester, the instructor may withdraw a student from class because of inappropriate academic behavior such as, but not limited to cheating or plagiarism. However, one should not assume that they will automatically be dropped from the course if they stop communicating. If a student can no longer participate, or for any reason must drop the course, it is his/her responsibility to officially withdraw. Failure to withdraw without completing the required paperwork will result in an "F".