Psychology 1301

Instructor:David Stanton
Office : SEE210


AttendanceandParticipation: Both are extremely important. There is only one you in the
class. When you are absent you cannot be replaced and your absence affects us and what takes
place that day. Since the class is mostly experiential, there is no way to “make up” the class.

Goals and Objectives:
1. The student will understand the qualities necessary in establishing and maintaining interpersonal
2. The student will achieve an increased awareness of self and be able to appreciate his/her
individual uniqueness.
3. The student will understand how to achieve a balance between emotional expression and
emotional control.
4. The student will be able to identify effective communication procedures and use them effectively
in his/her interpersonal relationships.
5. The student will gain an increased awareness of the key elements involved in establishing and
maintaining special friendships and love relationships.
6. The student will understand the essential elements involved in dealing with interpersonal conflict
in a constructive manner.
7. The student will gain an increased awareness in how to effectively recognize and manage stress.
8. The student will understand some of the processes for identifying and prioritizing values,
essential for establishing a lifestyle with meaning and purpose.
9. The student will achieve an increased awareness in goal setting skills in order to plan their life in
the desired direction.

Assignments and Grading System:Various assignments will be required in addition to the
reading of the textbook and taking exams.

Three Exams
Short Autobiography
Diary and “In Class” Assignments
Significant “Other” Assignment

300 points
50 points
50 points
150 points
50 points

ExplanationofAssignments:Two exams will be required and a final. Test dates will be
announced in class.

The Myers-Briggsis a personality inventory that will be used and interpreted in class.

Ashortautobiographywill be handwritten giving a developmental history of each student.

Significant other assignment : Each student will be asked to identify and contact a significant
other person in their life and make some effort to “maintain” the relationship.

Diary: A small ringed notebook will be kept in which each student will keep a record of their
reactions to in-class assignments. Typically, a five point diary assignment is given every other day.
No points are awarded if a student is absent, leaves class early, or otherwise fails to participate in
the class activity for that day.

If a student fails to take an exam, he or she will have to make up the exam by arranging a time to
retake the exam.

All textbook reading assignments will be announced in class. The textbook is Looking Out-
Looking In
by Adler and Towne

WithdrawalPolicy: See the 1998-99 TCJC Catalog for an explanation of withdrawing from this

The grading system is as follows:

Letter GradeTotal Points
F359 and below

Reading Schedule For Course Topics

Unit One:

Knowing Yourself

Chapter 1:

A First Look At Interpersonal Relationships

Chapter 2:

Communication and The Self-Concept

Chapter 3:

Perception: What You See Is What You Get

Unit Two:


Chapter 4:

Emotions: Thinking, Feeling, And Acting

Chapter 6:

Nonverbal Communication: Messages Without Words

Chapter 7:

Listening: More Than Meets The Ear

Unit Three:Adjustment and Maintenance Of Relationships

Chapter 8:

Intimacy and Distance In Relationships

Chapter 9:

Improving Communication Climates

Chapter 10:

Managing Interpersonal Conflict