PSY 120 - Dr. DeFonso
General Education Assignments/Extra Credit
As part of the General Education Linguistic Foundation requirement, students
are expected to do TWO writing assignments from the list at the bottom of this
page. Each assignment is worth 4 points, for a total of 8 points.
Note that these are required, not extra credit projects. This means that
the 8 points for these projects will be part of the total required points for
the course. If you do not do these assignments, it will be like getting a 0 on
an 8-point quiz. You may be surprised to find that these 8 points may make a
difference in your final grade.
ALSO - you may earn extra credit points (over and above the 8 required
points), either by doing extra
assignments from the list, or by completing other extra-credit opportunities
(you will get more information about these later.) Regardless
choose, you can only earn a TOTAL of 16 extra credit points in this
For the Gen.Ed. assignments, you do not have to do different types
of projects from the list; e.g. you may choose #7 (or any number) for all
of the projects. The specific topics, of course, must be different for the 2
required papers and any extra papers you choose to do.
In each case, you should:
- briefly summarize the article/ film/ TV show, etc.
- tell how the article/ film/ TV show, etc. relates to psychology (just
in a general way)
- give your reaction, evaluation, or opinion on the article/ show
you have chosen
Your papers should be typed, double-spaced, with a 1-inch margin all around.
They should be two full pages long. Shorter papers will NOT earn the full
Also, don't try to pump up your paper by using a huge font size.
12-point Times New Roman is a good choice.
be in your own words. Please remember that you should give an opinion
or reaction, not just summarize what you have read or seen. In other
words, I am
interested in what you think about what you have seen/
If your paper is not acceptable for any reason, or not worth 4 points, I
will give it back to you with instructions on how to fix it so you get your
DUE DATES FOR GENERAL EDUCATION/EXTRA CREDIT PROJECTS
Gen. Ed. #1 - Friday, September 22, 5:00 PM, NF 388 - or bring it to class
before this date.
Gen. Ed. #2 - Friday, November 10, 5:00 PM, NF 388 - or bring it to class before
Extra Credit - Friday, December 15, 5:00 PM, NF 388 - or bring it to class
before this date.
These due dates are the LAST day I will accept these projects. However,
I will certainly accept them early, and in fact I encourage you to hand them
List of General Education/Extra Credit Projects
Remember, doing TWO papers (though not necessarily two different projects
listed from above) is a part of the course requirements. You may do more for
- Attend a lecture related to some aspect of psychology, on or off campus,
and write a report on it, including your reaction or opinion on it.
The Psychology Club sometimes schedules talks by Psychology professors on their
research or other topics.
- Watch a TV show or documentary related to some aspect of psychology and
write a report on it. Various public television programs, the Learning and
Discovery channels, etc. often feature psychological topics. Movies, TV dramas, or even sitcoms
featuring some aspect of behavior or other topic relevant to this course are
also acceptable. Remember to include your reaction or opinion on the
program. You may also use a film or video shown in class for this option.
- Bring in an article from a newspaper or magazine on some relevant topic,
along with a written summary of the article and your reaction or
opinion on it. The article should be at least one page long
(i.e. not just a little clipping). NOTE: If the article is a long one, or for
some reason you cannot bring in a copy, please tell exactly where you got
the article, who wrote it, etc. Internet sources are also acceptable.
- You may also do the same thing with a psychology journal article or
research report. In this case, you do NOT need to bring a copy of the
whole article, but please make a copy of the title page and abstract.
Also, give the complete reference (author, name of journal, issue,
date, etc.), unless this is already on the title page.
- Write a brief summary of some current event, issue, or topic related to
psychology, along with your reaction or opinion of it. Indicate
clearly how the event or issue relates to psychology (in a general way).
- Write up a research proposal on a topic related to psychology, identifying
the independent and dependent variable(s), and using operational definitions.
Make sure you include a hypothesis.
- As you reflect on "What I learned in Intro. Psych. today/ this week,"
pick a topic that particularly interested you, and tell: why it caught
your interest, what you learned, what confused you (if anything),
your reaction or opinion, and the importance of this information.
- Write about a personal experience that illustrates something you
learned in the course.
ALSO, do not confuse these with the required participation in research or
alternative research projects, found on the "Research Participation
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