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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, 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.)



Week beginning:

Assigned Readings

Testing on MONDAYS, unless otherwise noted. No make-up tests.


Jan 17

Chap 1: Intro and Science



Jan 24




Jan 31

Chap 2: Neuroscience



Feb 7




Feb 14

Chap 3: Nature & Nurture

Quiz #1 (Chap 1,2)


Feb 21

Chap 9: Intelligence p. 310-330



F3b 28

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



Mar 7

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

Quiz #2 ( Chap 3,9,12)


Mar 14

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



Mar 21

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



Mar 28

(Spring Recess)



Apr 4

Chap 7: Learning

Quiz #3 (Chap 4,5,6)


Apr 11

Chap 8: Memory



Apr 18

Chap 10: Motivation p. 338-362



Apr 25

Chap 11: Emotions, p. 371-395



May 2

Chap 13: Disorders

Quiz #4 (Chap 7,8,10)


May 9

Chap 14: Therapy



May 16

Chap 15: Social Psychology



May 23

(Finals Week)

MWF 9 AM section: Exam is Mon May 23, 8:30

MWF 11 AM section: Exam is Wed May 25, 10:30

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

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Important CCSF Dates

Tu Jan 18: instruction begins

Thur-Fri Feb 3-4: No classes

Thur Feb 10: last day to drop without a W

Fri-Mon Feb 18-21: No Classes

Tu: Feb 22: last day to request pass/no pass option

Fri-Sat Mar 25-Apr 1: No classes, Spring Break

Thur Apr 21: last day to Withdraw

Fri May 20: Final Exams begin

Check CCSF Schedule of classes for specific Final Exam Schedule:

Thur Jun 9: grades available on Web 4



Spring 2011

(Schedule subject to change)