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PSY 101 Course Structure and Organization

Introduction to Psychological Science at MCC (PSY 101) is standardized across sections, so all faculty teaching 101 (except the honors section) are following an identical schedule, textbook, syllabus, set of detailed learning objectives with study guide, and grading system. (Late-start classes follow the late-start schedule.) A class schedule and an abridged syllabus will be handed out during the first week of class. The complete syllabus is this online version. The textbook should be purchased on or before the beginning of the semester; the first test is scheduled for the end of the third week of class. PSY 101 at MCC uses a custom MCC edition of the textbook, Psychology, by Scott Lilienfeld (and co-authors). This version is available at the MCC bookstore. It has been customized by MCC faculty to only include material that we are assigning; therefore, the whole textbook will be covered during the semester (with a few short exceptions that are "grayed-out" in the text, and not including the appendices). The book is packaged to fit into a 3-ring binder, which is not included at the time of your purchase. It is priced so that the cost of the new book (including online aids) is less than what the final cost of a traditionally-bound book would have been after buying it new and selling it back after the semester. The new book includes an access code to Pearson Publishing's MyPsychLab, which you will find useful for practice quizzing and video clips.

The topics in the textbook have been divided into seven units, each unit made of two chapters, and each unit has been divided into 20 learning objectives, described in detail in the study guide, and each unit ends with a test.

MyPsychLab, which you can access through the home page of this website or your class section in Blackboard, contains a non-graded (open-book) quiz for each unit (as practice for the formal tests), a copy of the textbook (including audio format so you can listen to the textbook being read to you), and a large number of videos and online demonstrations to help you learn the material. You will need a valid access code (included in your new textbook purchase) to use MyPsychLab. Used book purchases do not include a valid access code for MyPsychLab.

The table below summarizes the unit topics and durations for regular spring and fall semester courses. Fall and spring late start courses, as well as summer and intersession courses are shorter in overall duration, but follow the same order of topics. See your class calendar (distributed in class) for details.

1 2-3 weeks Introducing Psychology & Research Methods
2 2 weeks Biological Psychology & Perception
3 2 weeks Learning & Consciousness
4 2 weeks Memory, Thinking, & Language
5 2 weeks Social Psychology & Personality
6 2 weeks Psychological Disorders & Treatment
7 2 weeks Developmental Psychology & Intelligence

* These durations apply only to fall and spring full semester classes.

The many tests of PSY 101: Your mastery of the material in each unit is measured by multiple-choice tests. Each test has 20 questions (one question for each of the 20 learning objectives, but in random order). In most cases you will have three opportunities to take unit tests, which we call the "A test," the "B test," and the "C test" (except Intersession and Summer sessions, which have only two), each with randomly generated questions on the same 20 learning objectives. You may take one, two, or all three tests on each unit, and only the highest score you get among them is the one that counts for that unit. You should, of course, take all three, unless one is a perfect score.

See the Locations & Hours page for a detailed schedule of Learning Center hours.

You can find more information about the tests on the Tests & Grading Page.

The test average accounts for 100% of your course grade. There are no other graded assignments: no midterm, no final, no papers. Your success in the course, therefore, is determined by your averaged degree of mastery of each of the units.