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Dr. Hu, Office: Batmale 332, e-mail:, website:






Advisory: ENGL 92 or ESL 82 or 160, or placement in ENGL 93 or 94 or ESL 170.  

Required Text:  Exploring Psychology, Myers, 9th Edition.

Requirements: Commitment to good attendance, active learning in class, reading the textbook and completing homework assignments. College-level English skills highly recommended for success.


Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

A. Describe the historical antecedents of psychology.

B. Identify psychology as a science and the profession that applies the accumulated knowledge of this science to practical problems.

C. Compare and contrast the major contemporary theoretical perspectives in psychology

D. Describe, contrast and evaluate the basic research methods of psychology

E. Evaluate psychological research and theory as presented both in the popular media and professional journals.

F. Summarize, discuss and evaluate current and past research and theory in the following major content areas: physiological correlates of behavior, sensation and perception, learning, memory, cognition, consciousness, motivation, emotion, psychological disorders and treatments for psychological disorders.

G. Apply the theories and research findings discussed in class to increase understanding of self and others.





1) 40% Quizzes, multiple choice/short answer. There will be 4 quizzes. The best 2 scores will be counted. No make-up tests.  

2) 40%: Comprehensive Final Exam

3) 10%: Term Paper 

4) 10%: Participation and Attendance. 7% Participation credit is based on Mini-quizzes given throughout the semester. 3% Attendance credit earned if there are 3 or fewer Unexcused Absences. Late arrival w/first 50% of class = ˝ an Absence, more than 50% missed = 1 absence. Leaving early w/o permission (“sneaking out”) = 2 absences.

6) Extra Credit Option, up to 10%. Note: only limited extra credit (3%) is applicable towards an “A” grade. An “A” represents excellent knowledge of course material as measured by standard academic skills, e.g. comprehension and memorization of reading & lecture material, test-taking skills, writing papers.




Testing Aid

For each quiz and the Final Exam you are allowed to bring a one sheet of notes.

--Write your name on the top of the sheet.

--maximum size is 8.5 x11 inches (standard letter-size), both sides.

--your original handwritten notes (i.e. not shared, not word processed, not photocopied)

--notes will be turned in with test and will not be returned. (If you want to keep info, make a photocopy prior to test.)










Important CCSF Dates

Check CCSF Online Schedule for updated info on Deadlines and Final Exam schedule.

Aug 29: last day to drop with Refund

Sep 11: last day to withdraw w/o “W”

Nov 13: last day to Withdraw





Tentative Sequence of Readings

Read assignments prior to class meeting. Read entire chapter, unless specific pages listed.


Testing:  No make-up tests.



Time Management, and Chap 1: Intro and Science




Chap 2: Neuroscience,  also Drugs p. 100-112








Chap 9: Intelligence p. 329-346

Quiz #1 (Chap 1, 2, drugs)



Chap 3: Consciousness: Sleep p. 83-96




Chap 12: Personality: Freud p. 424-432, Big Five p. 439-441




Chap 4: Lifespan: p. 124-139




Chap 6: Vision p. 191-215

Quiz #2 (Chap 9,3,12,4)



Chap 7: Learning




Chap 8: Memory




Chap 10(a): Motivation p. 351-363 Hunger,

Chap 5 p. 180-187: Sexual Motivation




Chap 10(b): p. 371-385 Emotion

Quiz #3 (Chap 6,7,8,10(a), 5)



Chap 14: Disorders




Chap 15: Therapy




Chap 13: Social Psychology (independent reading)




(to be announced)

Quiz #4 (10(b),14,15,13)





Final Exam (comprehensive)