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General Class Information and Policies  Fall 2010


INSTRUCTOR:  Dr. Hu. B.A., Psychology: University of California Berkeley, M.A., Ph.D., Psychology: Johns Hopkins University. Doctoral Thesis on insect vision. Postdoctoral Fellow in Retinal Neurobiology, Ophthalmology Division, Stanford Univ. Expertise in biological psychology, animal behavior, scientific methodology.



Office: Batmale 332.  Office hours by appointment


·                   When sending e-mail to instructor, clearly identify yourself in the Subject Line to avoid being deleted as spam, e.g.  write “Psyc 1, 9:00, J. Jung.”  Please refrain from using “Hey” as a salutation.

·                   You are responsible for keeping your CCSF email contact updated in order to receive hand-outs and announcements. See:

·                   Most class hand-outs will be emailed to you. If you are unable to access email, please coordinate with a classmate, or discuss this with me at the beginning of the semester.

·                   Website: (This is not the CCSF website.).



Lecture, group discussion, small workgroups. Active participation required.



Class attendance, plus 2-3 hrs of individual study time per class hour. 

Reading Assignments. You are expected to independently complete the readings and ask questions if you need clarification.

Written Assignments and Exams



·                   90% and above = A., e.g.  superior work that demonstrates a precise and excellent understanding of course material, including insights & applications

·                   80-89% = B, e.g. work is good without serious flaws

·                   70-79% = C, e.g. work is fair, but has deficiencies and needs improvement in several areas

·                   60-69% = D, e.g. passing, but lacking in preparedness and care in completing assignments.

·                   Pass/Not Pass: 70% and above = Pass, 69% and below = Not Pass 

·                   Keep returned tests and backup copies of written assignments as evidence in the unlikely event of a grade dispute.

·                   Any Assignment or Document emailed to meet a deadline must be followed by a Paper Copy delivered within three working days to my office Batmale 332.

·                   If there are any questions about your course grade contact me within 90 days after the end of the semester. Graded papers and tests are retained for one year.



·                   Most testing will be on Scantrons. You are required to bring a pencil & eraser on test days.

·                   Mis-marking the scantron, or incomplete erasures will be counted as “wrong.”

·                   Tests must be taken at the scheduled times. No make-ups. No early or late Final Exams.

·                   No electronic devices (phones, iPods, etc.) present during testing or test answer reviews.

·                   Please use bathroom facilities before the exam. No exiting during testing.

·                   Dictionaries (non-electronic only) are allowed for ESL students. Remove all personal notes from your dictionary.

·                   Zero tolerance for Cheating or Plagiarizing. Can result in a permanent F grade for the course. “Cheating” includes: getting test information from another student, removing test information from the classroom (a copy of the exam, taking notes about test ques/answers, photocopying, etc.), copying from another student, presenting another person’s work as your own, etc.

·                   Study tips: Simply “understanding” the lectures & readings is insufficient. Overlearn the material to perform well on the test.  Prepare for exams with self-testing or working with a study partner. Practice by explaining key terms/concepts to others.



·                   Students receive credit for coming to class on time.  Arriving late or excessive unexcused absences can hurt your grade.

·                   Unlimited Excused Absences are allowed for extenuating circumstances. You must submit a completed “Request for an Excused Absence or Late” form (available at or outside my office door L332) when you return to class. Submit one form for each day you are absent. Extenuating circumstances, as defined by CCSF, are verified cases of accidents, illness, or other circumstances beyond the control of the student.

·                   Emails or phone messages do not meet requirements for an Excused Absence.

·                   When you arrive late, let me know at the end of that class meeting.

·                   Leaving class without prior permission (sneaking out) = 2 unexcused absences.

·                   More than 3 unexcused absences MIGHT result in an instructor-initiated drop/withdrawal. (Note: if you WANT to drop/withdraw, you are responsible for completing the process.)

·                   If you miss a class, you are still responsible for all materials covered during lecture. Ask a classmate, (not the instructor) for notes and missed hand-outs.

·                   The CCSF website includes Deadlines and Final Exam schedule





DISTRACTIONS: Cells phones on silent mode. Keep classroom conditions pleasant by observing courtesies such as not talking during lecture, properly disposing of garbage, etc. Distracting students will be asked to leave the classroom.


QUESTIONS: If you have questions during lecture, ASK. The only dumb question is the question not asked. Others might be confused as well.  If your question or comment isn't of general interest to the class, I will defer it to after class or to office hours.


ILLNESS: Stay home if you’re sick. Submit a completed Request for an Excused Absence when you return. Please observe “respiratory etiquette” to avoid spreading viruses to your classmates, i.e. stay home, “sneeze into the sleeve” (rather than your hand), wash hands frequently.


STUDENT CONDUCT: Refer to the College Catalog for guidance on Student Conduct.


FRAGRANCE-FREE: Please refrain from wearing fragrances that can be detected further than 12 inches from you. Just be clean. (Make yourself attractive by being smart and friendly.) If wearing fragrance, please sit in the back of the classroom.


DOG: Occasionally there might be a dog in the classroom. If you are uncomfortable or allergic to dogs, please let me know at the beginning of the semester.  Also, please don’t tease the dog.




That's it. Except for "Congratulations to you for being in college!" I know it's hard work, particularly if you're taking a full load, have a job, family, or have other obligations. However, just the fact that you are here and are interested in improving your mind deserves a hand!

Good wishes for a great semester!