Introduction to Psychology

Mrs. Caitlin Donovan-Demeo

E-mail: [email protected]

Office: West Middle Lobby, n208B

Course Description

This is an introductory course that will study the science of behavior, covering major aspects of

psychological research. The course will be conducted similarly to an introduction college-level course.

Through various uses of methodology, students will be introduced to a variety of theoretical

perspectives as well as an understanding of basic facts, principles and methods of psychology. 

Topics that will be covered may include: developmental theories, personalities, learning, consciousness, abnormal psychology, amongst others.

Required Materials


Looseleaf Pen/Pencil


Come to class prepared and on time. Lateness will not be tolerated.

Be respectful of others in the class. Debates or discussions will be a part of the class experience – it is important that everyone feel comfortable. Be focused. This includes using your iPad for appropriate work, and leaving other devices off or unseen. Failure to do so will negatively impact your average, with 1 point being deducted from the overall average for each offense.


All large assignments will be submitted via Turnitin or Google Classroom. Work will include source material understanding, projects, debate or position papers, and a cumulative research project. Grades are distributed as follows:

Tests and Quizzes: 40%

Projects and Homework (including research work EXCEPT THE FINAL PROJECT): 30%

Class Participation and Classwork: 30%

Late work will be accepted 24 hours after the due date at half credit, and then not at all.

Extra Credit

Extra Credit is a privilege, which may be offered at various points to the class throughout the year . I do not give extra credit on an individual basis. Try your hardest during the year, and you will not need any extra credit.

Online Access

Be sure that you are signed up for Google Classroom and have added this course. You also need to be signed up for Turnitin. Any digital problems after the fact will only be considered for credit with an email timestamped from these services.


Your participation grade will include your cooperation, your attentiveness in class, your attitude and preparation for class. In addition, any infractions of the rules and regulations below can result in a lower participation grade.

Rules and Regulations

1. Follow all procedures listed above.

2. Have respect for all people in the classroom. Raise your hand when wanting to leave the room and wanting to speak. I promise, you will be called on. At times we will be engaged in discussions or debates and opinions differing from yours may surface. It is acceptable to disagree, but be respectful. The use of inappropriate language and/or gestures will not be tolerated.

3. Every student is to follow the Honor Code of St. Francis Prep. Cheating and plagiarism will not be tolerated and will result in a zero for the assignment and possibly failure of the course. As a reminder, copying homework from other students, copying and pasting any information, having someone else (including your parents) do your work and using anyone else’s words as your own is a violation of the honor code.

4. You will be referred to the Dean’s office for excessive lateness and/or absence.

5. If you cut my class, there will be a deduction of 10 points on your quarter grade. It is my discretion whether or not to allow make ups for exams or assignments due the day you cut.

6. Dress code will be enforced. The dress code applies to ALL students, even seniors!

7. iPads & all other electronic devices are to be used responsibly in class. Phones must always be away and out of sight. You may NOT at any time text, facetime, message or use any type of social media in class. You may NOT take pictures or videotape anyone or anything in class. Anyone found in violation of this policy will no longer be allowed to use their iPad and will have disciplinary action with the Dean's office. In addition, being found using a cell phone in class without express permission FOR ANY REASON, even the time, will result in 1 point being taken off the quarterly average total.

8. All rules and regulations from your handbook will be strictly enforced. Become familiar with them. You must be dressed in proper uniform, failure to do so will result in detention.

9. As a senior in a college prep school, you will be treated as a mature pre-college student. You are not finished with high school until we give you your diploma in July/August and send your final transcripts to your college that granted you acceptance contingent upon successful completion of high school requirements.

Health & Hygiene: As mature high school students, you are responsible to make sure that you are healthy and your environment is healthy and safe. If you are truly sick, do not come to school. Try keeping the spread of germs as limited as possible by taking different safety precautions. The healthier you are, the better you will do in school.

Grading Policy

Your grade will be determined according to the amount of points you attained as compared to the total number of points you could have attained. This will be explained in class.

Please contact me at anytime if you are having trouble. Do not wait until the end of the semester. Remember what you do in the first quarter will have an effect on your total grade for the year.

Absences do not excuse classwork, assignments or exams. In case of absence, it is your responsibility to make up all classwork/exams/quizzes and submit all assignments that are due in the appropriate timeframe discussed by the teacher. Until assignments/exams are completed, a zero will be placed into PowerSchool. There are no exceptions.



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