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Course Details

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Fall 2014
Prothro-Yeager Hall
Classroom Number
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Human Behavior
Fall 2014
Instructor: G. M. Diekhoff
Office: OD-118
Phone: 940-397-4348
Text: King, L. A. (2014). The science of psychology: An appreciate view. New York:
McGraw-Hill. (ISBN-13: 978-0-07-803540-1)
My website URL:
Historical Introduction to Psychology Chapter 1
Biological Foundations of Psychology Chapter 3
Information Processing: Sensation, Perception, Chapters 4 and 7
and Memory
Industrial/Organizational Psychology Chapter 14
Human Motivation and Emotion Chapter 10
Creativity Chapter 7 (pp. 240-253)
Social Psychology Chapter 13
The average of four noncumulative exams will form the primary basis for assigning course grades. Exams will cover both information presented in class and information in the text. You should prepare for exams by studying both your class notes and the textbook because each will contain some unique information.
In order to approximately equalize the amount of material covered on each exam, they will be administered at equally-spaced intervals, with each examining whatever material was covered since the last . ing dates for the M/W section (subject to change) are: 1—September 17, 2—October 13, 3—Novermber 5, 4—December 3. ing dates for the T/R section (subject to change) are: 1—September 18, 2—October 14, 3—Novermber 6, 4—December 4.
Makeup exams will be administered on the day/time that we are schedule for final exams: for the M/W section: Dec. 8, 10:30; for the T/R section: Dec. 11, 10:30. There is no grade penalty for s missed for excused reasons. For s missed for unexcused reasons, the grade will be lowered by one letter grade. (See the next section for a definition of excused and unexcused absences.)
While I realize that you have paid to enroll in this course, I do not subscribe to the view that that gives you free rein to attend class or not as you wish. Rather, I believe that much of what you will learn in college has little to do with the content of your classes and much to do with how you learn to conduct yourself in the adult world. I want to contribute to that secondary learning process. Reliability, conscientiousness, promptness, respect, and courtesy are all highly valued
virtues beyond the walls of academia, considerably more so than your knowledge of the principles of psychology. Therefore, I encourage behaviors that reflect these characteristics in my classes. Your attending class regularly and on time is important to me. Here, then, are the attendance rules:
1. Students are allowed 4 unexcused absences (as defined below) in this class. Each additional unexcused absence beyond these 4 will result in a lowering of the course grade by one-half letter grade.
2. Students who miss the calling of the roll at the beginning of the class will be counted as absent for that day unless you alert me to your presence at the end of the class period to let me know you were only tardy. Each tardy counts as one-half an unexcused absence.
3. If you must leave class early, notify me in advance that that is the case. Your early departure will count as a tardy, just as delayed arrival would count as a tardy.
4. If you are unable to alert me in advance to your early departure, you must meet with me before or following the next class period to explain yourself.
5. Come to class prepared to stay for the duration. Take care of your primary drives prior to arrival. Wandering in and out of class is a distraction that we don’t need. Come to class prepared to stay for the duration and do not leave the classroom for restroom breaks, telephone calls, and the like prior to dismissal.
Absences are excused only under the following circumstances:
1. the student provides a written excuse from a medical practitioner stating that the student was unable to attend class on the day(s) of the absence;
2. the student provides a written excuse from a medical practitioner stating that the student’s dependent child was ill on the day(s) of the absence;
3. the student provides a written excuse from an official of Midwestern State University stating that the student was in attendance at a mandatory university function on the day(s) of the absence.
In order for an absence to be excused, the written excuse must be provided within one week of the absence. If this is not possible, the student must at least contact me with an explanation within one week of the absence.
Funerals, employment-related absences, illnesses not requiring medical attention, job interviews, family emergencies, automobile malfunctions, court appearances, etc. do not constitute excused absences. Please reserve your 4 allowed unexcused absences to cover these situations.
It is important that students of scientific psychology learn firsthand something about the scientific nature of the discipline. Therefore, all students in PSYC 1103 and 2203 are required to participate in one of the following research-related exercises. No extra credit is given for research participation, but failure to complete the research requirement will result in a one letter grade reduction for the course. The deadline for completing the research requirement is December 5, 2013.
1. Participate in one or more psychology research projects totaling at least 90 minutes. Research opportunities will be announced throughout the semester in postings that appear at
2. Complete a research ethics essay. Participating students will read an article provided by me about research ethics. Following this, students will complete a 3 or 4 page double-spaced, typed summary and review of the information
they read. Tables, figures, pictures do not count toward the minimum page requirement. Essays must be submitted no later than December 5, 2013.
Each exam will be scored on a percentage-correct scale as follows:
A = 90-100%
B = 80-89%
C = 70-79%
D = 60-69%
F = 59% and lower
Course grades will be based on the average of grades earned on the four exams using the same grading scale shown above.
Unexcused absences/tardies in excess of those allowed will lower the course grade.
Failure to complete the research participation requirement will lower the course grade.
I will alert you to the possibility of gaining bonus points should those opportunities arise. However, I am not currently aware of any bonus point opportunities for the fall semester.
Turn them off.
Don’t do it. It’s not worth what will happen to you.
Individuals requiring special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the Midwestern State University Office of Counseling and Disabilities Services.

I have read and understand the attendance and plagiarism policies for PSYC 2203. I understand that it is my responsibility to keep track of my absences and tardies. I understand that I will not receive any “warning” that I have reached or exceeded the maximum number of allowed unexcused absences.
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Students’ grades and attendance information are posted as a convenience to students. Some student, though, do not want to have this information posted. With my signature below I grant permission to Dr. Diekhoff to post my grades and attendance information by the last 4 digits of my MSU Campus Wide ID Number during the fall 2013 semester. I understand that my grades and attendance information will not be posted unless I sign this form.
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Dr. George M. Diekhoff (view Profile)

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Submission Format Policy Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

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Students with Disabilities

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Writing Proficiency Requirement

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