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The Course Information Sheet that you received in class is an abridged syllabus. The remainder of the information is available here. 

Welcome to Psychology 101: Introduction to Psychological Science A complete description of PSY 101 @ MCC is available below and on the related pages. Please click on each of the linked pages below for complete information. 

Quick Links (related pages):

Course structure: units, objectives, tests Tests and grading scale
Test deadlines page Academic honesty
Learning Center hours and location Learning Center rules and regulations
 PSY 101 Study Guide  


This is your official course information (syllabus) for PSY 101. This applies to all sections and all faculty (except the honors section).

NOTE: Portions of this syllabus have been superseded by an emergency plan as a result of the COVID-19 virus shutdown.

Please note that by taking this course you are agreeing to the rules described on these pages and we expect that you will familiarize yourself with them. Feel free to ask your instructor about anything you are unsure of pertaining to this syllabus.

A replacement copy of the abridged version of the syllabus distributed in class is available here.

Course Description (MCC catalog):

An introductory survey of the scientific study of human behavior and cognitive functions, including developmental psychology, neuroscience, learning, personality, memory, perception, psychopathology, and social behavior. Emphasis is on understanding psychological concepts, the integration and application of psychology to real life, and theoretical and methodological issues in scientific psychology. Opportunities for studying, tutoring, and supplemental testing will be made available to students outside of class time in the Psychology Learning Center.

Course Learning Outcomes:

  • Differentiate between the numerous areas of specialization within the broader field of psychology.
  • Identify the major research methods used in psychology.
  • Apply the basic principles of scientific thinking to the various subfields of psychology.
  • Identify the important concepts in the various sub-disciplines of psychology (which could include biological, behavioral, clinical, cognitive, developmental, or social psychology).
  • Identify the important theories in the various sub-disciplines of psychology (which could include biological, behavioral, clinical, cognitive, developmental, or social psychology).
  • Identify applications of scientific psychology in real-world situations.

Required Textbook:

MCC Custom Edition of Lilienfeld, Lynn, Namy, & Woolf (2014)Psychology: From Inquiry to Understanding. New York, NY: Pearson Learning Solutions (ISBN: 1323152601 or 9781323425046). The book comes in a loose-leaf format, which reduces the cost but means that it is easy for material to go missing. 

To access MyPsychLab, which includes practice quizzes, videos, and an audio version of the textbook, you will have to purchase a new textbook. MyPsychLab is not required for PSY-101.

If you search for the book elsewhere, you must use the ISBN number to get the correct item. Used books do not provide MyPsychLab access. Online textbook access through MyPsychLab is available by purchasing online (about $95) by logging into our MyPsychLab website. See the MyPsychLab page for more information.

A print copy of the study guide is also available at the bookstore (for about $2) and is highly recommended.

Course structure:

See the complete description of the PSY 101 units and chapters, learning objectives, and an introduction to the tests. MyPsychLab is also explained here.


"Blackboard" is the system hosting all online courses; you enter Blackboard when you access "MyCourses" via MyMCC. You will be taking computerized tests through Blackboard, and can access MyLabs through your PSY-101 section in Blackboard. (You can also access MyLabs from the link on the home page of this web site.) Your Blackboard login is the same as your MCC email login; you can access Blackboard through MyMCC or using the "old Blackboard login." Once in Blackboard, click on your PSY-101 course and follow instructions there. (Links to MyMCC and Blackboard are on the home page of this website.)

Tests and grading:

You have multiple opportunities to score well on unit tests. See the complete description of tests, testing procedures, and grading.

Psychology Learning Center hours and locations:

The Psychology Learning Center is available on both Brighton and Downtown campuses, and we hope you make use of it frequently. For detail, including a slide show introduction, see the locations of the Psychology Learning Centers and operating hours.

Psychology Learning Center procedures:

We ask that you behave responsibly while using the Psychology Learning Center. See our fine print concerning student conduct in the Psychology Learning Center.

Attendance policy:

Attendance for PSY 101 is required, and attendance will be recorded. You have much to gain from regular attendance in class. Current MCC policy prevents faculty from initiating withdrawals. See the college's full attendance policy in "College-Wide Policies" under your "My Courses" login.

Cancellations, closings, and emergencies:

In the event of a campus-wide emergency, please adhere to emergency procedures. If a campus-wide emergency, such as a fire, should occur during an exam, it will be the responsibility of individual instructors to determine whether the exam will continue, be rescheduled, or be cancelled. See our cancellations page for details.

Academic honesty:

Put very simply, cheating will not be tolerated, and this pertains to cheating in class, in the Psychology Learning Center, or in any manner related to testing and attendance. Our brief academic honesty policy page explains the details.

Electronic devices:

All electronic devices in the classroom or Learning Center, such as cell phones, pagers, laptop computers, smart watches, etc. must be kept silent. If the device cannot operate silently, it must be turned off or left outside. In addition, such devices are not allowed to be readily accessible, turned on, or used during testing, and all earpieces and headphones must be removed during testing. "During testing" includes any time you are in the testing room of the learning center. Your instructor may impose additional prohibitions. 

Recording Class Lecture: Neither audio nor video recordings of the instructor or the class can be made without the explicit prior written permission of the instructor.

Students with special needs:

Students with physical disabilities or learning disabilities, or who speak English as a second language, should contact their instructors immediately to identify needed instructional support. It is our intention to make every effort to have the course material accessible to every student. Dealing with special needs generally requires extra effort on the part of both student and instructor, so it is crucial that you work closely with your instructor from the beginning of the semester. If eligible, you should make arrangements for appropriate accommodations through the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (Room 1-231 at Brighton, or the Student Engagement Center, Room 310, at the Downtown Campus). The office requests validation or confirmation of your disability before accommodations can be made. Typically, on the Brighton campus, students with disabilities can take tests directly in the Psychology Learning Center. On the Downtown Campus, students with disabilities usually take tests in the Student Engagement Center, and will need to make an appointment for each test. Appointments can be made in advance for the entire semester. Translation dictionaries are prohibited during testing.

College-Wide Policies:

Students are required to read and acknowledge College-wide policies each term. They are found in “College-Wide Policies” on Blackboard ("MyCourses" - the center column by default).


If you have a concern regarding the Psychology Learning Center operations or staff, contact: (1) your instructor, (2) the Psychology Learning Center Administrator, whose office is in the Brighton learning center; or at Damon contact the Downtown Psychology Learning Center Coordinator, (3) Psychology Learning Center Coordinator, and (4) the Department Chairperson, whose office is in the Psychology Department, in that order, to address the situation. 

Psychology Learning Center Coordinator: Patricia Kress 
Psychology Department Chair: Rebecca Horwitz
Psychology Learning Center Administrator: Cindy Kindle