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

Required Text: Exploring Psychology, Myers, 7th Edition ISBN: 9780716771418, (not earlier editions). The textbook is available in the CCSF Library, On Reserve, 2-hour library use. Optional: Study Guide

Requirements: Commitment to good attendance, active learning in class, reading the textbook and completing homework assignments


Course Objectives

(CCSF Course Outline)


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) 60% Quizzes, multiple choice/short answer. There will be 5 quizzes. The best 3 scores will be counted. No make-up testing. Note: Quiz #4 and #5 are optional if you have already completed 3 quizzes and are satisfied with your scores.

2) 20%: Final Multiple-Choice Exam, comprehensive (all previously tested topics)

3) 10% Term Paper

4) 5%: Participation

5) 5% Attendance and Late. Earned if total penalty score is 3 pts. or less. Absence=1pt, Late (after roll call, before 50% of class time)=1/2 pt.

6) Extra Credit Options, 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 card of notes.

--maximum size is 3x5 inches (standard, not large, index card), both sides

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

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




Assigned Readings

Testing: No make-up tests.



Chap 1: Intro and Science








Chap 2: Neuroscience








Chap 3: Nature & Nurture

Quiz #1 (Chap 1,2)



Chap 9: Intelligence p. 310-330




Chap 12: Personality: Freud p. 421-431, Big Five p. 438-439




Chap 4: Lifespan: Piaget p. 104-110, Attachment p. 111-114, Kohlberg p. 119, Erikson p. 120-121

Quiz #2 ( Chap 3,9,12)



Chap 5: Sensation, Vision 139-151, 163-168




Chap 6: Consciousness: Sleep p. 186-199, Drugs p. 204-216




Chap 7: Learning

Quiz #3 (Chap 4,5,6)



Chap 8: Memory




Chap 10: Motivation p. 338-362




Chap 11: Emotions, p. 371-395




Chap 13: Disorders

Quiz #4 (Chap 7,8,10)



Chap 14: Therapy




Chap 15: Social Psychology





Quiz #5 (Chap 11, 13, 14, 15) PLUS Final Exam (comprehensive, previously tested topics)





Important CCSF Dates


Jan 17 Instruction begins

Jan 23 Lunar New Year

Feb 9 Last day to drop without a W

Feb 17 Lincoln Day

Feb 20 Washington Day

Feb 21 Last day to request pass/no pass grading option

Mar 23-30 Spring Vacation/Cesar Chavez Day

Apr 19 Last day for Withdrawal

Apr 27 No Class

May 18 First Day of Finals

FINAL EXAM: Monday Section: 10AM May 21

Friday section: 10AM May 25

June 7 Grades available on Web4