Psychology 345: Summer, 2003

Professor Paul Skolnick

Course Syllabus

Baron, Robert, and Byrne, Donn. Social Psychology.  Allyn and Bacon, 2003 (10th Edition).

  • JULY 15-16 The Field of Social Psychology
     How We Think About and Interact With Others Ch. 1
  • JULY 17-18 Social Perception: Understanding Others 

  • How Do We View Others? Ch. 2
  • JULY 21 Social Cognition 

  • Thinking About Others and the Social World Ch. 3


  • JULY 23-24 Attitudes: Evaluating the Social World Ch. 4

  • How we come to hold the views we do
  • JULY 25 Aspects of Social Identity

  •  Who am I? Ch. 5
  • JULY 28-29 Prejudice and Discrimination 

  •  Why Can't We All Just Get Along? Ch. 6


  • JULY 31 + AUGUST 1 Interpersonal Attraction 

  •  Who Do We Like and Why? Ch. 7
  • AUGUST 4-5 The Joys and Sorrows of Close Relationships

  •   Who Do We Like and Why? Ch. 8
  • AUGUST 6 Social Influence 

  •  Why Do People Conform? Ch. 9


  • AUGUST 8 Prosocial Behavior 

  •  Why don't People Help Each Other? Ch. 10
  • AUGUST 11-12 Aggression

  •  Why Are People Aggressive? Ch. 11
  • AUGUST 13 Groups and Individuals 

  •  Do Groups Make Good Decisions? Ch. 12
  • AUGUST 14 Applications: Legal, Organizational & Health 

  • And Justice for all? Ch. 13



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    One requirement for this class is to have an email address. The following links will help you get started:

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    Student workshops are available COMPUTING WORKSHOPS


    This course will consist of a combination of in class and online experiences. We will be using a program on the internet called WebCT. Your textbook is packaged with an access code for the WebCT e-pack for this course . If you did not buy your textbook at the Matador bookstore, you can purchase the WebCT access code separately (cost $13.00). 

    Follow these directions to establish your WebCT account (You will only do this once):

    1. Go to WebCT at

    2. Click on Create my WebCT

    3. Fill in the starred boxes and your email address.. Be sure that your user ID is your first initial and last name. For example: The name Amy O'berg-Walsh would have a user ID of aobergwalsh

    Do not in any spaces or punctuation marks! Do not use any capital letters in the user ID!

    4. Click Continue

    5. Enter the User ID and Password that you have just created

    6. Click on Add Course

    7. Click on Psychology

    8. Click on Psy345

    9. Do not put the user ID or Password in. Just click Register

    10. Click Go to Course

    11. If you already have an access code, click "use it". If not, click "purchase one"

    12.Read the license agreement and click "accept"

    13. Enter your access code, then click "register"

    14. Click "Go to the course."

    15. Enter your user name and password.

    For help using WebCT, click on this link:

    WebCT Requirements:

    For each chapter in the textbook, there will be a corresponding set of online assignments. You will be expected to:


    1. Read the online objectives for the chapter.

    2. Read and study the online lecture notes.

    3. View the online PowerPoint Presentation.  

    4. Take the online quiz. You can take each quiz up to 5 times and your grade will be your HIGHEST score.

    5. Take the online test. You can take each test only once but it is an open book test and it is not timed, take as long as you like to complete it.

    For the laboratory portion of this class (345L) you will be expected to:  

    1. Conduct the online activities for each chapter.  

    2. Write a report of your findings and post it in the appropriate discussion forum provided. These assignments will be graded and feedback will be given to you in the discussion forum. 

    3. Read and respond to a minimum of 2 entries of other students each week. (Your responses can be in the form of a question, an answer, a comment, suggestion or a disagreement. Please attempt to make these comments helpful. For example, "Your independent variable sucks" would not be a particularly useful comment! Explain what you believe is the problem with the IV and what they may be able to do to improve it).

    Your online activities will function as "virtual" classroom time for the research seminar. You do not need to "physically" attend the research seminar.  Instead, you will "virtually" attend class via the discussion entries and responses. The instructor and the teaching assistant will always be available both "physically" (in the classroom or office) and "virtually" (to read and respond to your entries). Grades for the one unit 345L will be based on your online activities.

    I will hold "Virtual Office Hours" at the  Online Chat Center in WebCT every week. This time will function both as an open office hour and a question and answer period. Times will be announced in class and on the discussion forum. Our Teaching Assistant will also hold virtual office hours here. In addition, students are welcome to "hang out" at the chat center, and arrange "Study Groups" for the examinations here. 

    Examinations and Grades

    There will be four in class examinations. All exams will contain multiple choice questions only. Grades for the three unit Psychology 345 will be based on the total cumulated points on these four exams and the online tests. The exams will be 80% of your grade (20% for each exam) and the total of the 13 online tests will constitute the remaining 20% of your grade. There will be no comprehensive final. Grades for the one unit Psychology 345s will be independent of grades for Psychology 345, based on research projects as explained above. No 'plus' or 'minus' grades will be given in either 345 or 345s.



    Make-up exams are discouraged! They will be given only when a student is ill or is facing some serious emergency. Verification is required. In those instances when a make-up is necessary, it is the student's responsibility to contact the professor right away (call office at 818-677-2827) and come in as soon as the problem has passed to schedule a make-up. Make-ups are only administered during one two-hour period each week by the Psychology Department. Students are expected to alter their class or work schedule to take the make-up.

    Policy on Incompletes: PERMISSION TO TAKE AN "INCOMPLETE" MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE INSTRUCTOR BEFORE SEMESTER GRADES ARE DUE. A special form is required and it is the student's responsibility to obtain one (available in the Administration Building), fill it out, and contact us about it. An incomplete should be requested only for serious or emergency reasons such as illness on the day of the final exam. An incomplete should not be requested because one did not get around to finishing the course project in time since you have had a full semester to work on it. A missing final is expected to be made up in a short period of time--within a few weeks of the incomplete grade assignment--unless extremely unusual circumstances prevail. Please note: If anything is missing, I will simply assign a grade of "U" (unauthorized incomplete) and do nothing else until I hear from you for an explanation. If I do not hear from you, the grade eventually and automatically reverts to an "F".

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    Last Updated April 15, 2003