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Human Behavior

Course Details

Course Number
PSYC 2203
Section Number
PSYC 2203
Fall 2016
Prothro-Yeager Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times

MWF 11:00 - 11:50

Dr. Don Knox (view Profile)


The Science of Psychology
Course Objectives
  • learn about what psychology is, and how it is applicable to the world around us.
  • understand how we learn, think and remember.
  • gain a basic knowledge of human behavior
  • learn about human characteristics such as perception, sensation, motivation and thinking
  • investigate other areas of psychology (social and industrial/organizational).
Course Expectations



Late submission of theme papers.   No late assignments accepted



Academic Dishonesty:  Please do not cheat or plagiarize.  The MSU policy on cheating and plagiarism is in the MSU Student Handbook and Activities Calendar (Code of Student Conduct, Item 11) and I encourage you to review it. Additional information regarding the Academic Dishonesty policy is available from the Dean of Students office, in Clark Student Center. Cheating or engaging in plagiarism will result in a grade of zero (0) and/or a letter grade of “F” for the course!!!!!!! If you find yourself even thinking about cheating on an exam or copying someone else’s work, please talk to me instead of doing it!!! 


Dropping the course:  Please let me know if you plan on dropping the course.  Often times, a student will decide to drop a course based upon their own perception of their progress.  If I notice a student dropping back, I will do everything possible to bring that student up to speed.  Let me help you make the decision to drop.  This course is laid out so that a good portion of the grading will be completed prior to the drop date.  I will have a section in the “my grades” that will indicate your progress to date to help you in your decision-making process.

Americans with Disabilities Act: Midwestern State University does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's disability and complies with Section 504 and Public Law 101-336 (Americans with Disabilities Act) in its admissions, accessibility, treatment and employment of individuals in its programs and activities. A copy of the ADA Compliance Document is available online at It is the responsibility of the student to inform the instructor of any disabling condition that will require modifications.

Taping, cell phones and laptops:  NOT ALLOWED

Grading Standards



Quizzes:  The quizzes will help us to stay on track in the course and provide you with a study guide for the exams.  Quiz scores will be totaled at the end of the semester and constitute 12% of your grade.  The quizzes are multiple-choice.


Examinations: There are three major exams.  Each of the exams will cover 3 chapters.  Each of these exams is worth 20% of your grade.  They are multiple-choice and each will consist of 60 questions.  The final exam is comprehensive and will contain 50 multiple-choice questions.


Theme Papers: Fifteen percent of your grade (15%) will be determined based on your completion of three Theme Papers.  These papers will be no less than 500 words each and will need to be submitted electronically via D2L.  The total number of points you can earn from these papers is 150, or 50 points per paper.  The papers will consist of your application of concepts discussed in class, covered in your text, current events, or personal experiences.  For example, you might decide to do one of your Papers on the impact of the Internet on how students learn, or the impact of teenage violence on psychological health later in life, or the impact of memory deficits on academic achievement, or the use of principles of learning to help at-risk youth acquire positive social skills.





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 12/2

(1)     participate in 60 minutes of research  (that’s a reduction from the previous 90 minute requirement), OR

(2)     write an essay on the topic of ethics in psychological research (they can review the attached article or any other source of information of their instructor’s choosing) OR Essays must be submitted no later than 12/2. or

(3)   complete the NIH course on Protecting Human Research Participants at and give their instructor a copy of the certificate of completion OR

(4)    lose one letter grade from their final course grade at the end of the semester



Grading: Each regular exam will represent 20% of your final grade and the final 13%. The quizzes constitute 12% of your grade and fifteen percent of your grade will come from your submission of the Theme Assignments. 


Breakdown of Grades


6 @ 20 points each = 120 points


Regular Exams

3 @ 200 points each = 540


Theme Papers

3 @ 50 points each =150





Final Exam

130 points




Then use the following scale (there is no rounding or extra credit):



Grading Scale


900– 1000




800– 899




700– 799




600– 699




Below 600




Final Exam 12/12/2016 10:30
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.
Late Paper Policy

Not allowed

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.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Requires - will drop you after 6 absences.  Doors are locked during quiz/tests.  This is to give everyone a distraction free environment to test.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Calendar Attachment


Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at