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James W. Pennebaker, Chair The University of Texas at Austin, SEA 4.212, Austin, TX 78712 • (512) 475-7596

Spring 2007

PSY 301 • Introduction to Psychology

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
43550 MWF
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
SEA 2.108

Course Description

The purpose of the course is to gain an understanding of the major topics in psychology and to relate research in psychology to our everyday lives. In this course, we will think critically about the theories and explanations of how our minds work and why we behave the way we do.

Grading Policy

Each of the four multiple-choice tests are non-cumulative. You will be tested on the content of the textbook and lectures (including demonstrations and videos). Everyone is expected to take tests at the regularly scheduled time. The best 3 out of 4 test grades will be used to determine the course grade. You can drop any of the tests for any reason BUT YOU MUST PASS THE LAST EXAM. If you do not pass the final exam, your score on that exam will count as one of your 3 grades. If you do pass the final exam, then the best 3 grades (irrespective of your score on the final exam) will be averaged to determine 80% of your final grade.

Five very short writing assignments are due over the course of the semester. Each writing assignment is worth 2%; all 5 count for 10% of your final grade. Ten very short in-class and on-line exercises are due over the course of the semester. Participation in each exercise is not graded; 1% is given if completed; all 10 count for 10% of your final grade.


Gazzaniga & Heatherton (2003). Psychological Science, (2nd Ed.). Both online and hardcopy versions available.


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