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Instructor: Mike Baker, SH 116
Office Hours : Monday and Wednesday: 1:30 - 2:30 pm 
Tuesday and Thursday:  10:30 – 11:30 am

And by Appointment
Phone: 399-8709 (office)
email: mbaker@coe.edu
Text:

Biological Psychology (11th edition). James Kalat. 2013. Wadsworth


                                                         COURSE OVERVIEW

The objective of this course is to help you learn about the nervous system and its function in the regulation of behavior.  I hope you will gain an appreciation and understanding of the central role of the nervous system for everything we feel, think, say, perceive and do.  Understanding the nervous system is not only crucial for understanding normal functioning of individuals, but also understanding the basis of mental and many physical disorders that can result from changes in the nervous system. The 1990s were designated the “Decade of the Brain” because of the great strides being made toward understanding the function of the most complex organ known, the human brain.  In spite of the astonishing advancements of the last decade, neuroscientists have just scratched the surface of what is to be learned about the brain.  New discoveries routinely challenge and refine our knowledge about the most complex organ known to us, the brain and the nervous system.

EXAM SCHEDULE AND IMPORTANT DATES

The table below includes the dates for exams and other important dates for the semester.  The exam dates will not change except under extraordinary circumstances

Date

Event

Notes

Points

M Sep 2

Labor Day

NO CLASSES

 

F Sep 20

EXAM 1

Unit 1 only

100

M Oct 7

FALL BREAK

NO CLASSES

 

F Oct 18

EXAM 2

Unit 2 only

100

W Nov 3

EXAM 3

Unit 3 only

100

8:00 am
Sec 1: R Dec 12
Sec 2: F Dec 13

FINAL EXAM

Unit 4 only

100

 

 

Total Points

400

 
GRADING

Final course grades will be determined by your performance on exams.   Exams will consist of 65 questions with about 55 multiple choice and 10 True/False items.  Each exam will cover only the material from that particular unit.  However, the nature of the material for this course requires that you understand the earlier material to be able to understand the later material.  So there is an inherent cumulative aspect to the course and exams.  The final exam will not be cumulative and will only cover the material for the last unit.  Final grades will be assigned according to the following percentages of the total points (400) that can be earned.

 

 Grading Scale

A         93% and above

B-        77-80%

D+       61-64%

A-        89-92

C+       73-76%

D         57-60%

B+       85-88%

C         69-72%

D-        53-56%

B         81-84%

C-        65-68%

F          52% and below.


LECTURE TOPICS

 The exam dates will not be changed except under unusual circumstances.  However the topics included in each unit exam may shift.  For example, if we do not get through the final topic listed in Unit 1, Neurons, Glia, & the Blood-Brain Barrier before the Exam 1 date, it will be covered on the next exam.  In other words, I will adjust the material included on a particular exam, NOT the exam date. 

 UNIT 1

UNIT 2

 UNIT 3 

 UNIT 4

 

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

 At Coe College, we expect academic integrity of all members of our community. Academic integrity assumes honesty about the nature of one's work in all situations. Such honesty is at the heart of the educational enterprise and is a pre-condition for intellectual growth.  Academic dishonesty interferes with the mission of the College and will be treated with the utmost seriousness as a violation of community standards.

Cheating, plagiarism, deliberately impeding other students' work and misuse of common academic property, in the libraries, labs, and elsewhere are all forms of academic dishonesty and will be subject to one or more of the following sanctions:

1) failure of the assignment, i.e. exam, paper, lab report, etc.

2) failure of the class

3) suspension or expulsion

Students accused of academic dishonesty have the right to appeal any sanctions.  The full policy is printed in the college catalog, the student handbook, and is available on the Dean's web site.

Students should consult their professor, as well as materials in the library and writing center to learn more about how to avoid plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty. 

MAKE-UP EXAMS

It is expected that you will take each examination at the scheduled time.  A make-up exam can be taken only for excused absences.  Unless highly unusual circumstances prevail, approval for excused absences must be obtained prior to the scheduled exam.  If you fail to take an examination (an unexcused absence), you will receive a score of zero for that exam.

 ATTENDANCE

Attendance is required.   Attending class and taking good notes are important keys to your success in the classroom.  If you know that you must miss a class, please inform me ahead of time. 

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
 

If you need any special accommodations due to a disability, please see me after class and/or contact the Academic Achievement Program (Phone: x8547).  Reasonable and appropriate accommodations will be arranged.

 GETTING HELP

If you find that you are having difficulties with the any of the material please contact me as soon as possible!  Do not wait until late in the course.  It is difficult to significantly improve your grade if there is only a few weeks left in the course.  I am happy to help you.  If you are not able to see me during office hours we can make other arrangements.  Tutoring is available through the Academic Achievement Program (Phone: x8547).