West Chester University
Department of Psychology
Psychology 100: Introduction to Psychology

Dr. S. Kerr
Office: Room 44, Peoples Building Phone: 436-2549

Send Email to: skerr@wcupa.edu

Textbook:  Sdorow, L.M. (1998). Psychology (4th edition), McGraw-Hill:  Boston, MA.

                 Study Guide strongly recommended

Class format:

Mostly lecture, supplemented with video presentations. Small group projects and discussions may also be utilized.

The class schedule, which indicates reading assignments, is included in this syllabus. In order to derive the most benefit from lectures/discussions, students should complete reading assignments prior to class.


1. Attendance. Each student is expected to attend class regularly. If it is necessary for you to miss class for an extended time, notify me to discuss your situation.

2. Examinations. Four exams will be given throughout the semester with tentative dates and chapters covered in the syllabus. Exams will contain material from both the book and the class lectures. GENERALLY, NO MAKEUP EXAMINATIONS WILL BE GIVEN.

3. Research requirement. Because psychological knowledge is accumulated through empirical studies, students are also required by the department to participate in ongoing psychology department research or to complete an alternative assignment.


Each student's final grade will be based on a 400-point system which includes four exams worth 100 points.

Course content, schedule and policies are subject to change

Schedule of Readings and Exams

Week of:



1/13 Ch.1 Introduction & History
1/20 Ch. 2 Psychology as Science
1/27 Ch. 3 Biological Bases of Behavior

Exam 1

2/10 Ch. 6 Consciousness, Dreams, & Hypnosis
2/17 Ch. 7 Learning

Exam 2

3/3 Ch. 8 Memory
3/10 Spring Break
3/17 Ch.10 Intelligence: Its Nature & Measurement
3/24 Ch. 12 Emotion

Exam 3

4/7 Ch. 13 Personality
4/14 Ch. 14 Psychopathology
4/21 Ch. 15 Treatment of Psychopathology
Exam Week

Section 1, 11:00 - 12:15

Section 2, 12:30 - 1:45

Final Exam Dates and Times

4/30 8:30 to 10:30 AM

4/28 8:30 to 10:30 AM

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