Department of Psychology
Department of Psychology

Marc S Lewis


Associate ProfessorPh.D., University of Cincinnati

Marc S Lewis

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Biography


Dr. Lewis does not plan to admit a new clinical doctoral student for Fall of 2016.

Marc Lewis is the winner of numerous teaching awards including the Regent’s Outstanding Teaching Award, The Eyes of Texas Teaching Award, The Silver Spurs Fellowship, The Presidents Teaching Excellence Award, and The University Dad's Association Centennial Fellowship. He teaches creative problem solving and research methods.  His research, which addresses the molecular biology of rare diseases, is based on study at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories and The Woods Hole Marine Biology Laboratory. He is also the science director of a private scientific and charitable foundation that funds a broad range of innovative approaches to biology and medicine. His chief nonacademic interest is travel including The Amazon, India, Tibet, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Outer Mongolia, Australia and many other small and wonderful places. His 2000 commencement address is ranked number 4 of the more than 1,000 commencement speeches recorded at 

http://www.graduationwisdom.com/speeches/topten.htm

Courses


T C 310 • Modes Of Reasoning

42800 • Fall 2016
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM CRD 007A

Modes of Reasoning: Medical Problem Solving

Description:

This is a course for people who love creative problem solving, especially those aimed at a career in science or medicine.  The focus of the class is on how to recognize, analyze, and solve a broad range of problems.  We begin by looking at conventional problem solving strategies and why they sometimes go wrong.  We then look at ways to develop novel solutions to problems that cannot be solved easily by conventional approaches.  We use Research & Development Teams and in-class exercises to demonstrate practical applications of these methods.  In particular, you will use these methods to develop a team project whose outcome you and your team will present at the end of the semester. 

Students from all majors are welcome, but be aware that the team projects have a strong medicine/science orientation.  Students devise projects and we fund the subsequent research at major laboratories through our partnership with a large private foundation.  Currently we are working with NIH and the Mayo Clinic to find the cause of two rare, fatal gastrointestinal diseases; we are also collaborating with the University of Arkansas Medical School and a private company in California to use a novel method to extend the useful life of kidneys for transplantation.  Incoming classes continue the work of previous classes and generate new projects for future classes.  You should not be concerned about your level of knowledge -- the course works to fit to you, rather than forcing you to fit the course.  This is an excellent course for student oriented toward medical school or scientific research.

Prerequisite: Credit for or concurrent enrollment in a Chemistry and Calculus course.  The Chemistry course should be intended for Pre-Health students or those pursuing a Natural Science Major; CH 301 or higher level.

Texts/Readings:

Readings focus on research related to your team project.

Assignments:

In-class exercises

Individual/Team Project

Classroom Presentation

Classroom Participation

About the Professor: Marc Lewis is the winner of numerous teaching awards including the Regent’s

Outstanding Teaching Award, The Eyes of Texas Teaching Award, The Silver Spurs Fellowship, The Presidents Teaching Excellence Award, and University Dad's Association Centennial Fellowship. His research, which addresses the molecular biology of aging and the etiology certain rare diseases, is based on training at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. His chief nonacademic interest is travel including India, Tibet, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Outer Mongolia and many other small and wonderful places along the way. His 2000 graduation address is ranked number 4 of the more than 1,000 speeches recorded at http://www.graduationwisdom.com/speeches/topten.htm.

T C 310 • Modes Of Reasoning

42045 • Spring 2016
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM SEA 2.116

Modes of Reasoning: Medical Problem Solving

This is a course for people who love creative problem solving, especially those aimed at a career in science or medicine.  The focus of the class is on how to recognize, analyze, and solve a broad range of problems.  We begin by looking at conventional problem solving strategies and why they sometimes go wrong.  We then look at ways to develop novel solutions to problems that cannot be solved easily by conventional approaches.  We use Research & Development Teams and in-class exercises to demonstrate practical applications of these methods.  In particular, you will use these methods to develop a team project whose outcome you and your team will present at the end of the semester. 

Students from all majors are welcome, but be aware that the team projects have a strong medicine/science orientation.  Students devise projects and we fund the subsequent research at major laboratories through our partnership with a large private foundation.  Currently we are working with NIH and the Mayo Clinic to find the cause of two rare, fatal gastrointestinal diseases; we are also collaborating with the University of Arkansas Medical School and a private company in California to use a novel method to extend the useful life of kidneys for transplantation.  Incoming classes continue the work of previous classes and generate new projects for future classes.  You should not be concerned about your level of knowledge -- the course works to fit to you, rather than forcing you to fit the course.  This is an excellent course for student oriented toward medical school or scientific research.

Prerequisite: Credit for or concurrent enrollment in a calculus course.

Texts/Readings:

Readings focus on research related to your team project.

Assignments:

In-class exercises

Individual/Team Project

Classroom Presentation

Classroom Participation

About the Professor: Marc Lewis is the winner of numerous teaching awards including the Regent’s

Outstanding Teaching Award, The Eyes of Texas Teaching Award, The Silver Spurs Fellowship, The Presidents Teaching Excellence Award, and University Dad's Association Centennial Fellowship. His research, which addresses the molecular biology of aging and the etiology certain rare diseases, is based on training at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. His chief nonacademic interest is travel including India, Tibet, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Outer Mongolia and many other small and wonderful places along the way. His 2000 graduation address is ranked number 4 of the more than 1,000 speeches recorded at http://www.graduationwisdom.com/speeches/topten.htm.

T C 310 • Modes Of Reasoning

41990 • Fall 2015
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM SEA 1.332

Description:

This is a course for people who love creative problem solving.  The focus is on how to recognize, analyze, and solve a broad range of problems of all levels.  We begin by looking at conventional problem solving strategies and why they sometimes go wrong.  We then look at ways to develop novel solutions problems that cannot be solved easily by conventional approaches.  We use Research & Development Teams and in-class exercises to demonstrate practical applications of these methods.  In particular, you will use these methods to develop a team project whose outcome you and your team will present at the end of the semester. 

Students from all majors are welcome, but you should be aware that the team projects have a medicine/science orientation.  For that reason you should be ready to spend much of the course reading and thinking about approaches to scientific problems. Prerequisite: Credit for or concurrent enrollment in a calculus course.

Texts/Readings:

Readings focus on works that give insight into the creative process and reading lists that you generate yourself as you pursue ideas for your classroom presentation.

Assignments:

In-class exercises

Individual/Team Project

Classroom Presentation

Classroom Participation

About the Professor: Marc Lewis is the winner of numerous teaching awards including the Regent’s

Outstanding Teaching Award, The Eyes of Texas Teaching Award, The Silver Spurs Fellowship, The Presidents Teaching Excellence Award, and University Dad's Association Centennial Fellowship. His research, which addresses the molecular biology of aging and the etiology certain rare diseases, is based on training at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. His chief nonacademic interest is travel including India, Tibet, Krygystan, Nepal, Outer Mongolia and many other small and wonderful places along the way. His 2000 graduation address is ranked number 3 of the more than 700 speeches recorded at http://www.graduationwisdom.com/speeches/topten.htm.

T C 357 • Prob Solv: Molec Bio/Epidemiol

42405 • Spring 2015
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM SEA 2.116

Molecular Biology, Problem Solving, and Epidemiology

Description:

This course shows students how to combine molecular biology, problem solving, and epidemiology into creative and testable research ideas.  Students will learn to use genetic and molecular research data bases such as PubMed, OMIM, and emedicine, and research tools such as gene cards, Human and Mouse Genome mapping sites, BLAST and BIND, amino acid analysis, three-dimensional modeling, and others.  Students will also work in teams on research projects aimed at real-world medical problems.  This semester the focus is likely to be on finding a genetic cause for Cronkhite-Canada Syndrome, a rare, fatal gastrointestinal disease. This course is probably the only one of its kind in the country and should increase student attractiveness to medical schools and research oriented graduate programs.  Although the focus is on biology, students with interests in all fields of the arts and sciences are welcome and I will work to ensure that the class fits all backgrounds.

Texts/Readings:

Readings for lectures and classroom exercises will involve manuals, websites, and instructions for using various databases and analytic programs (e.g. emedicine, OMIM, Human Genome). There are very few other types of assigned readings; students will generate most of their reading themselves as they pursue ideas for their team's research.  The readings may range from popular overviews to original research.  Other sources of information may include DVDs, interviews with key people in a field, and beyond. 

Assignments:

Assignments will involve in-class assignments, homework, a mid term exam, in-class participation, the team project and a short oral and written summary of the team's progress for the semester. 

About the Professor:

Marc Lewis is the winner of numerous teaching awards including the Regent’s Outstanding Teaching Award, The Eyes of Texas Teaching Award, The Silver Spurs Fellowship, The Presidents Teaching Excellence Award, and The University Dad's Association Centennial Fellowship. He teaches creative problem solving and research methods.  His research, which addresses the molecular biology of rare diseases, is based on study at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. He is also the science director of a private scientific and charitable foundation that funds a broad range of innovative approaches to biology and medicine. His chief nonacademic interest is travel including The Amazon, India, Tibet, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Outer Mongolia, Australia and many other small and wonderful places. His 2000 graduation address is ranked number 3 of the more than 1,000 speeches recorded at http://www.graduationwisdom.com/speeches/topten.htm

T C 310 • Modes Of Reasoning

43385 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM SEA 1.332

Description:

This is a course for people who love creative problem solving.  The focus is on how to recognize, analyze, and solve a broad range of problems of all levels.  We begin by looking at conventional problem solving strategies and why they sometimes go wrong.  We then look at ways to develop novel solutions problems that cannot be solved easily by conventional approaches.  We use Research & Development Teams and in-class exercises to demonstrate practical applications of these methods.  In particular, you will use these methods to develop a team project whose outcome you and your team will present at the end of the semester. 

Students from all majors are welcome, but you should be aware that the team projects have a medicine/science orientation.  For that reason you should be ready to spend much of the course reading and thinking about approaches to scientific problems.

 

Texts/Readings:

Readings focus on works that give insight into the creative process and reading lists that you generate yourself as you pursue ideas for your classroom presentation.

 

Assignments:

In-class exercises

Individual/Team Project

Classroom Presentation

Classroom Participation

 

About the Professor:

Marc Lewis is the winner of numerous teaching awards including the Regent’s Outstanding Teaching Award, The Eyes of Texas Teaching Award, The Silver Spurs Fellowship, The Presidents Teaching Excellence Award, and University Dad's Association Centennial Fellowship. His research, which addresses the molecular biology of aging and the etiology certain rare diseases, is based on training at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. His chief nonacademic interest is travel including India, Tibet, Krygystan, Nepal, Outer Mongolia and many other small and wonderful places along the way. His 2000 graduation address is ranked number 3 of the more than 700 speeches recorded at http://www.graduationwisdom.com/speeches/topten.htm.

 

T C 310 • Modes Of Reasoning

43740 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM SEA 2.116

Description:

This is a course for people who love creative problem solving.  The focus is on how to recognize, analyze, and solve a broad range of problems of all levels.  We begin by looking at conventional problem solving strategies and why they sometimes go wrong.  We then look at ways to develop novel solutions problems that cannot be solved easily by conventional approaches.  We use Research & Development Teams and in-class exercises to demonstrate practical applications of these methods.  In particular, you will use these methods to develop a team project whose outcome you and your team will present at the end of the semester. 

Students from all majors are welcome, but you should be aware that the team projects have a medicine/science orientation.  For that reason you should be ready to spend much of the course reading and thinking about approaches to scientific problems.

 

Texts/Readings:

Readings focus on works that give insight into the creative process and reading lists that you generate yourself as you pursue ideas for your classroom presentation.

 

Assignments:

In-class exercises

Individual/Team Project

Classroom Presentation

Classroom Participation

 

About the Professor:

Marc Lewis is the winner of numerous teaching awards including the Regent’s Outstanding Teaching Award, The Eyes of Texas Teaching Award, The Silver Spurs Fellowship, The Presidents Teaching Excellence Award, and University Dad's Association Centennial Fellowship. His research, which addresses the molecular biology of aging and the etiology certain rare diseases, is based on training at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. His chief nonacademic interest is travel including India, Tibet, Krygystan, Nepal, Outer Mongolia and many other small and wonderful places along the way. His 2000 graduation address is ranked number 3 of the more than 700 speeches recorded at http://www.graduationwisdom.com/speeches/topten.htm.

T C 310 • Modes Of Reasoning

43435 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM SEA 2.116

Modes of Reasoning: Inventive Thinking and Problem Solving Methods

Description:

This is a course for people who love creative problem solving.  We first investigate normal modes of problem solving and why they go wrong in some instances.  We then turn to novel methods for dealing with difficult problems, including creative approaches to both research and the real-world problems.   Class time is evenly divided between lectures, in-class exercises, and a individual/team project.

Texts/Readings:

Readings focus on works that give insight into the creative process and reading lists that you generate yourself as you pursue ideas for your classroom presentation.

Assignments:

 In-class exercises

 Individual/Team Project

 Classroom Presentation

 Classroom Participation

About the Professor:

Marc Lewis is the winner of numerous teaching awards including the Regent’s Outstanding Teaching Award, The Eyes of Texas Teaching Award, The Silver Spurs Fellowship, The Presidents Teaching Excellence Award, and University Dad's Association Centennial Fellowship. His research, which addresses the molecular biology of aging and the etiology certain rare diseases, is based on training at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. His chief nonacademic interest is travel including India, Tibet, Krygystan, Nepal, Outer Mongolia and many other small and wonderful places along the way. His 2000 graduation address is ranked number 3 of the more than 700 speeches recorded at http://www.graduationwisdom.com/speeches/topten.htm.

T C 357 • Prob Solv: Molec Bio/Epidemiol

43125 • Spring 2013
Meets W 2:00PM-5:00PM SEA 2.116

Problem Solving, Molecular Biology, and Epidemiology

Description:

This course shows students how to combine problem solving, molecularbiology and epidemiology into creative and testable research ideas.About 50% of the class is devoted to lectures, class exercises, information gathering, and the generation of research ideas. Lectures will cover such topics as how to use problem solving to get creative research ideas and how to think like a disease to get clues aboutcausation. Students will also learn to use genetic and molecular research data bases such as PubMed, OMIM, and emedicine, and research tools such as gene cards, Human and Mouse Genome mapping sites, BLASTand BIND, amino acid analysis, three-dimensional modeling, and others.  The remaining 50% of the course will be devoted to working in teams on research projects aimed at real-world problems. I intend this course to be interesting and fun. The goal is not for students to become an expert in any particular field, but rather to introduce them to methods that can guide their future study. This course is probably the only one of its kind in the country and should increase student's attractiveness to medical schools and research oriented graduate programs.  Although the focus of this course is on biology, students with interests in all fields of the arts and sciences are welcomed and I will work to ensure that the class fits all backgrounds.

 

Texts/Readings:

Readings for lectures and classroom exercises will involve manuals,websites, and instructions for using various databases and analytic programs (e.g. emedicine, OMIM, Human Genome). There are very fewother types of assigned readings; students will generate most of their reading themselves as they pursue ideas for their team's research.  The readings may range from popular overviews to original research.  Other sources of information may include DVDs, interviews with key people in a field, and beyond.

 

Assignments:

Assignments will involve in-class assignments and homework, apossible mid term exam, in-class participation on the team project aswell as a short oral and written summary of the team's progress for the semester.

 

About the Professor:

Marc Lewis is the winner of numerous teaching awards including the Regent's Outstanding Teaching Award, The Eyes of Texas Teaching Award, The Silver Spurs Fellowship, The Presidents Teaching Excellence Award, and The University Dad's Association Centennial Fellowship. He teaches creative problem solving and research methods. His current research, which addresses the molecular biology of rare diseases, is based on study at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. He is also currently developing the structure for a scientific and charitable foundation that will fund innovative research approaches to biology and medicine. His chief nonacademic interest is travel including The Amazon, India, Tibet, Krygystan, Nepal, Outer Mongolia and many other small and wonderful places along the way.

T C 310 • Modes Of Reasoning

42975 • Fall 2012
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM SEA 2.116

Modes of Reasoning: Inventive Thinking and Problem Solving Methods

This is a course for people who love creative problem solving.  We first investigate normal modes of problem solving and why they go wrong in some instances.  We then turn to novel methods for dealing with difficult problems, including creative approaches to both research and the real-world problems.   Class time is evenly divided between lectures, in-class exercises, and a class/individual project. 

Readings: Readings focus on works that give insight into the creative process and reading lists that you generate yourself as you pursue ideas for your classroom presentation.

Brief Biography: Marc Lewis is the winner of numerous teaching awards including the Regent’s Outstanding Teaching Award, The Eyes of Texas Teaching Award, The Silver Spurs Fellowship, The Presidents Teaching Excellence Award, and University Dad's Association Centennial Fellowship. His research, which addresses the molecular biology of aging and the etiology certain rare diseases, is based on training at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. His chief nonacademic interest is travel including India, Tibet, Krygystan, Nepal, Outer Mongolia and many other small and wonderful places along the way. His 2000 graduation address is ranked number 3 of the more than 700 speeches recorded at http://www.graduationwisdom.com/speeches/topten.htm .

 

PSY 341K • Med/Genetic Approaches To Psy

43259 • Spring 2012
Meets W 4:00PM-7:00PM SEA 2.116

Description

This class is aimed at BS Psychology students who are interested in careers in science and/or medicine.  The class shows you how to use epidemiological and genetic molecular methods to produce creative and testable research ideas.  Lectures will cover such topics as how to use problem solving to get creative research ideas and how to think like a disease to get clues about causation. You will also learn to use genetic and molecular research databases such as PubMed, OMIM, and emedicine, and research tools such as gene cards, Genome mapping sites, BLAST and BIND, amino acid analysis, three-dimensional modeling, and others.   The course will teach you general methods for understanding genetic diseases, and you will apply those techniques to a psychological disorder.  For interested students there may also be an opportunity to work in collaboration with researchers around the world on a medical project looking for the cause of a rare, fatal disease. This class does not contain a substantial writing component.

 

Grading and Text

Grading will depend on in class exercises, homework, one test, and a group project (which will involve an in-class presentation).  There will be one test and no book-all of the information to be learned comes from websites and databases.

T C 302 • Creat Prob Solv/Rsrch Methods

42820 • Fall 2011
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM SEA 2.116

Creative Problem Solving and Research Methods

Instructor: Marc Lewis

Description: This is a course for people who love creative problem solving. Course readings and discussions focus on how to approach, analyze, and solve difficult problems and how to generate unusual ideas. Students will learn to apply these methods to diverse situations ranging from the discovery of the causes of disease processes to successful job hunting.

Grades will be based on in-class exercises, student presentations, and writing assignments. This course carries a writing flag and may require attendance at some events outside of normal classroom time.

Readings:

Readings focus on works that give insight into thecreative process (e.g., the science essays of J.B.S. Haldane, andthe letters of Richard Feynman), essays on effective writing (e.g.,the “underground grammarian” Richard Mitchell), and readinglists that you generate yourself as you pursue ideas for yourclassroom presentation.

Requirements: Several short papers and one medium lengthpaper, approximately 16 pages total (35% of final grade).Classroom presentation (25% of final grade).Classroom participation (40% of final grade)

Brief Biography: Marc Lewis is the winner of numerous teaching awards including the Eyes of Texas Teaching Award, The Silver Spurs Fellowship, The Presidents Teaching Excellence Award, and University Dad's Association Centennial Fellowship. His research, which addresses the molecular biology of aging and the etiology certain rare diseases, is based on training at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. His chief nonacademic interest is travel including India, Tibet, Krygystan, Nepal, Outer Mongolia and many other small and wonderful places along the way. His 2000 graduation address is ranked number 3 of the more than 700 speeches recorded athttp://www.graduationwisdom.com/speeches/topten.htm .

PSY 301 • Introduction To Psychology

43605 • Spring 2011
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM BUR 106

Exams

There will be four exams with 30-40 multiple choice questions each. Exam dates are:

Feb 10 Test 1: Chapters 1, 2, 6

Mar 10 Test 2: Chapters 3, 7, 8, 9 (thinking only)

Apr 12 Test 3: Chapters 9 (language, intelligence), 13

May 3 Test 4: Chapters 14, 15

Make up tests are given in cases of emergency. Make ups for tests 1 – 3 will all be given

at the same time near the end of the semester (instead of the Apr 21st class). There will be

no class on that day for other students. Make-ups for test 4 will be given during finals

week -- see the Lead Experiment TA (Jacqueline) for permission.

We test your ability to apply psychology to the real world rather than your ability to

memorize the definitions of psychological concepts – that is, we ask whether you can use

what you have learned. The good side of this philosophy is that you do not need to try to

determine what is important to study for a test– we’ll post an online study sheet that will

tell you what you need to learn. You are responsible for text material whether or not it is

covered in class and for lecture material whether or not it is covered in the text.

Grades

We use both curved and absolute cutoffs and the new plus/minus system to figure grades

depending on what is best for you. We have this friendly cutoff system in order to

discourage students from arguing individual questions for points. If, however, you feel

morally bound to argue an individual question on a test you must see a TA within one

week from the time that the grades for that test were posted.

Grades will be based on your total score for the four exams. If you have a question about

cutoffs or how we calculate grades see the Lead Test TA. Please note that we do not drop

your lowest test grade.

Extra Credit: One or two extra credit points can be earned by participating in classroom

demonstrations. If you earn an extra credit point, be sure to notify the lead classroom TA

(Jason). Extra credit points are kept in a separate category on Blackboard and they do not

count towards any particular exam grade. Extra credit cannot be earned by outside papers

or projects or by participating in more than the required number of experiments.

Borderline Grades Stay Borderline: We use plus/minus grading which creates only

minor differences in GPA in adjacent categories. Please don’t argue to raise a borderline

grade.

Lectures

Note on Fair Use of Copyright Material in this Course

Some course material (especially lecture slides) is copyrighted elsewhere. That

material is presented here in either unmodified, or modified form as meeting

the fair use test in that it is factual, that the intended use is educational and that

only small amounts of are taken from any one source (for details see

http://www.utsystem.edu/ogc/intellectualproperty/copypol2.htm#test ). Course

material is intended solely for your use in this class to further your education.

Do not distribute or otherwise use class material outside of the class.

Experiments

T C 357 • Prob Solv: Molec Bio/Epidemiol

42875 • Fall 2010
Meets TH 12:30PM-3:30PM SEA 2.116

Description:

This course shows students how to combine problem solving, molecular biology and epidemiology into creative and testable research ideas. About 50% of the class is devoted to lectures, class exercises, information gathering, and the generation of research ideas. Lectures will cover such topics as how to use problem solving to get creative research ideas and how to think like a disease to get clues about causation. Students will also learn to use genetic and molecular research data bases such as PubMed, OMIM, and emedicine, and research tools such as gene cards, Human and Mouse Genome mapping sites, BLAST and BIND, amino acid analysis, three-dimensional modeling, and others.  The remaining 50% of the course will be devoted to developing, and perfecting an original research project.   The project can be anything of the student’s own choosing in their area of interest—for example, biology, music, engineering, mathematics, or some combination of those and others.  Students will work on the project in “pods” (clusters of people pursuing related ideas).

I intend this course to be interesting and fun. The goal is not for students to become an expert in any particular field, but rather to introduce them to methods that can guide their future study. This course is probably the only one of its kind in the country and should increase student’s attractiveness to medical schools and research oriented graduate programs.  Although the focus of this course is on biology, students with interests in all fields of the arts and sciences are welcomed and I will work to ensure that the class fits all backgrounds. 

Texts/Readings:

Readings for lectures and classroom exercises will involve manuals, websites, and instructions for using various databases and analytic programs (e.g. emedicine, OMIM, Human Genome). There are very few other types of assigned readings; students will generate most of their reading themselves as they pursue ideas for their class project.  The readings may range from popular overviews to original research.  Other sources of information may include DVDs, interviews with key people in a field, and beyond.

Assignments:

Participation, in-class assignments and homework will be 50% of student’s grade; the class project will be the other 50%. At the end of the semester, students will turn in a written treatment of their project and make an oral presentation to the class.

Small Print

The foregoing represents my plan for the course, but if unanticipated problems

arise, I may make changes. I will consult with you in if such changes become

necessary.   

About the Professor:

Dr. Lewis received his Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati in Clinical Psychology. He is associate professor of Clinical psychology. His research is the interface of molecular biology and  epidemiology with emphasis on the molecular biology of aging.

PSY 301 • Introduction To Psychology

43745 • Spring 2010
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM BUR 106

Basic problems and principles of human experience and behavior. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, or the equivalent in independent study.

PSY 301 • Introduction To Psychology

43955 • Fall 2009
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM BUR 106

Introduction to Psychology
Fall 2009
Instructor: Marc Lewis, PhD.
Office (Hours): SEA 3.252 (make appointment before class)
Email: lewis@psy.utexas.edu
Telephone: 512-796-9314 (home)
Specialty: situations not otherwise covered, problems
TAs:  Any TA can help you with general problems, or can consult with you about studying,
grades, and so on.  For specific problems (experiments, etc.), consult the TA with the
appropriate specialty.
T.A.: Michael Buhrmester
Office (Hours) SEAY 3.426D, M & T 3:00 – 4:30
Email:  mbuhrmest@yahoo.com
Telephone: 471-6852
Specialty: Lead  Computer TA
T.A.: Cari Goetz
Office (Hours) SEAY 3.324A, Th 11:00-12:00, 2:00-4:00
Email: cdgoetz@mail.utexas.edu
Telephone: 471-0111
Specialty: Lead Test TA
T.A.:         Becca North
Office (Hours) SEAY 3.120A, M 1:00-2:30, F 10:30-12:00
Email:         rebeccajnorth@yahoo.com
Telephone: 471-7022
Specialty: Lead Experiments TA
T.A.: Samantha Winton
Office (Hours) SEA 2.204A, T-2:15 - 3:45 W 11:00 – 12:30
Email: tawinton@gmail.com
Telephone: 727-480-9362
Specialty: Lead troubleshooter TA
Text: Exploring Psychology  (7th ed) Myers
Study Guide Optional (not particularly recommended or discouraged)
Experiments
Important experiment facts:
Read about the experiment requirement at:
http://www.psy.utexas.edu/psy/undergrad/courses/info/301experiment.html
In particular, note that:
1.  You must complete 5 hours of experiments.
2.  Not showing up for an experiment costs you an extra hour.
3.  The prescreen survey counts 1 hour (there is a deadline for finishing this survey).
If you don’t finish the prescreening in one session you can resume from the first
page.after the login page (look bottom-left).
4.  In addition to prescreening you can participate in only one online survey for credit
5. Deadlines for finishing the prescreen survey and for finishing the experimental
requirement. are located at
http://www.psy.utexas.edu/psy/undergrad/courses/info/dates.html
The research coordinator (Abby Black) will send you an update at the end of the semester
about your status with regard to the experiment requirement.
If you are retaking the class, email Abby at 301research@psy.utexas.edu to be excused
from the research requirement.
Important experiment links:
Sign up for experiments at
http://www.psy.utexas.edu/psy/undergrad/courses/info/301.html
(click on experiment registration and login using your UTEID & password)
The FAQ webpage is (http://www.psy.utexas.edu/psy/psy301FAQs.html).
Experiment Questions or Problems?
Contact the experiment TA, or the experiment coordinator (Abby Black, at
301research@psy.utexas.edu or stop in and see her at Seay 2.216 --telephone 471-4410).
If you do the paper instead of experiments, look for guidelines at
http://www.psy.utexas.edu/psy/Psy301research.html
Exams
There will be four exams with 30-40 multiple choice questions each.  Exam dates are:
Sept 22 Test 1:   Chapters   1, 2, 5
Oct 15 Test 2:   Chapters   6, 7, 8, 9 (thinking only)
Nov 5 Test 3:   Chapters   9 (language, intelligence), 12, 13
Dec 3 Test 4:   Chapters   14, 15
Make up tests are given in cases of emergency.  Make ups for tests 1 – 3 will all be given
at the same time near the end of the semester (instead of the Nov 17th class).  There will be
no class on that day for other students.  Make-ups for test 4 will be given during finals
week -- see the Lead Troubleshooter TA (Samantha)  for permission).
We test your ability to apply psychology to the real world rather than your ability to
memorize the definitions of psychological concepts – that is, we ask whether you can use
what you have learned.  The good side of this philosophy is that you do not need to try to
determine what is important to study for a test– we’ll post an online study sheet that will
tell you what you need to learn (contact the study sheet TA to initiate posting).  You are
responsible for text material whether or not it is covered in class and for lecture material
whether or not it is covered in the text.
Grades
We use both curved and absolute cutoffs and the new plus/minus system to figure grades
depending on what is best for you.   We have this friendly cutoff system in order to
discourage students from arguing individual questions for points.  If, however, you want to
argue an individual question on a test you must see a TA within one week from the time
that the grades for that test were posted.
Grades will be based on your total score for the four exams. If you have a question about
cutoffs or how we calculate grades see the Lead Test TA.  Please note that we do not drop
your lowest test grade.
Extra Credit:  One or two extra credit points can be earned by participating in classroom
demonstrations.  If you earn an extra credit point, be sure to notify the lead classroom TA).
Extra credit points are kept in a separate category on egradebook and they do not count
towards any particular exam grade.  Extra credit cannot be earned by outside papers or
projects or by participating in more than the required number of experiments.
Borderline Grades Stay Borderline: We use plus/minus grading which creates only
minor differences in GPA in adjacent categories.  Please don’t argue to raise a borderline
grade.

PSY 301 • Introduction To Psychology

42995 • Spring 2009
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM BUR 106

Basic problems and principles of human experience and behavior. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, or the equivalent in independent study.

PSY 301 • Introduction To Psychology

44030 • Fall 2008
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM BUR 106

Basic problems and principles of human experience and behavior. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, or the equivalent in independent study.

 

FOR PENNEBAKER/GOSLING'S ONLINE COURSE SEE http://www.laits.utexas.edu/tower/psy301 FOR MORE INFORMATON!!

PSY 301 • Introduction To Psychology

43900 • Spring 2008
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM BUR 106

Basic problems and principles of human experience and behavior. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, or the equivalent in independent study.

 

FOR PENNEBAKER/GOSLING'S ONLINE COURSE SEE http://www.laits.utexas.edu/tower/psy301 FOR MORE INFORMATON!!

PSY 301 • Introduction To Psychology

43535 • Spring 2007
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM ART 1.102

Basic problems and principles of human experience and behavior. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, or the equivalent in independent study.

 

FOR PENNEBAKER/GOSLING'S ONLINE COURSE SEE http://www.laits.utexas.edu/tower/psy301 FOR MORE INFORMATON!!

PSY 301 • Introduction To Psychology

44650 • Fall 2006
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM ART 1.102

Basic problems and principles of human experience and behavior. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, or the equivalent in independent study.

 

FOR PENNEBAKER/GOSLING'S ONLINE COURSE SEE http://www.laits.utexas.edu/tower/psy301 FOR MORE INFORMATON!!

PSY 301 • Introduction To Psychology

42800 • Spring 2006
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM ART 1.102

Basic problems and principles of human experience and behavior. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, or the equivalent in independent study.

 

FOR PENNEBAKER/GOSLING'S ONLINE COURSE SEE http://www.laits.utexas.edu/tower/psy301 FOR MORE INFORMATON!!

PSY 301 • Introduction To Psychology

42805 • Fall 2005
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM ART 1.102

Basic problems and principles of human experience and behavior. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, or the equivalent in independent study.

 

FOR PENNEBAKER/GOSLING'S ONLINE COURSE SEE http://www.laits.utexas.edu/tower/psy301 FOR MORE INFORMATON!!

PSY 301 • Introduction To Psychology

41290 • Spring 2005
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM ART 1.102

Basic problems and principles of human experience and behavior. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, or the equivalent in independent study.

 

FOR PENNEBAKER/GOSLING'S ONLINE COURSE SEE http://www.laits.utexas.edu/tower/psy301 FOR MORE INFORMATON!!

PSY 301 • Introduction To Psychology

42340 • Fall 2004
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM JES A121A

Basic problems and principles of human experience and behavior. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, or the equivalent in independent study.

 

FOR PENNEBAKER/GOSLING'S ONLINE COURSE SEE http://www.laits.utexas.edu/tower/psy301 FOR MORE INFORMATON!!

PSY 301 • Introduction To Psychology

39820 • Spring 2004
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM BUR 106

Basic problems and principles of human experience and behavior. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, or the equivalent in independent study.

 

FOR PENNEBAKER/GOSLING'S ONLINE COURSE SEE http://www.laits.utexas.edu/tower/psy301 FOR MORE INFORMATON!!

PSY 341K • Epidemiology

40065 • Spring 2004
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM SEA 2.224

Topics of contemporary interest that may vary from semester to semester. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: For psychology majors, upper-division standing and Psychology 301 and 418 with a grade of at least C in each; for nonmajors, upper-division standing, Psychology 301 with a grade of at least C, and one of the following with a grade of at least C: Biology 318M, Civil Engineering 311S, Economics 329, Educational Psychology 371, Electrical Engineering 351K, Government 350K, Mathematics 316, 362K, Mechanical Engineering 335, Psychology 317, Sociology 317L, Social Work 318, Statistics 309, Statistics and Scientific Computation 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 318.

PSY 301 • Introduction To Psychology

40795 • Fall 2003
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM JES A121A

Basic problems and principles of human experience and behavior. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, or the equivalent in independent study.

 

FOR PENNEBAKER/GOSLING'S ONLINE COURSE SEE http://www.laits.utexas.edu/tower/psy301 FOR MORE INFORMATON!!

PSY 301 • Introduction To Psychology

40045-40060 • Spring 2003
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM ART 1.102

Basic problems and principles of human experience and behavior. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, or the equivalent in independent study.

 

FOR PENNEBAKER/GOSLING'S ONLINE COURSE SEE http://www.laits.utexas.edu/tower/psy301 FOR MORE INFORMATON!!

PSY 301 • Introduction To Psychology

40705 • Fall 2002
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM JES A121A

Basic problems and principles of human experience and behavior. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, or the equivalent in independent study.

 

FOR PENNEBAKER/GOSLING'S ONLINE COURSE SEE http://www.laits.utexas.edu/tower/psy301 FOR MORE INFORMATON!!

PSY 341K • Epidemiology

40955 • Fall 2002
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM SEA 3.250

Topics of contemporary interest that may vary from semester to semester. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: For psychology majors, upper-division standing and Psychology 301 and 418 with a grade of at least C in each; for nonmajors, upper-division standing, Psychology 301 with a grade of at least C, and one of the following with a grade of at least C: Biology 318M, Civil Engineering 311S, Economics 329, Educational Psychology 371, Electrical Engineering 351K, Government 350K, Mathematics 316, 362K, Mechanical Engineering 335, Psychology 317, Sociology 317L, Social Work 318, Statistics 309, Statistics and Scientific Computation 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 318.

PSY 301 • Introduction To Psychology

39925 • Spring 2002
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM BUR 106

Basic problems and principles of human experience and behavior. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, or the equivalent in independent study.

 

FOR PENNEBAKER/GOSLING'S ONLINE COURSE SEE http://www.laits.utexas.edu/tower/psy301 FOR MORE INFORMATON!!

PSY 341K • Epidemiology

40175 • Spring 2002
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM MEZ 402

Topics of contemporary interest that may vary from semester to semester. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: For psychology majors, upper-division standing and Psychology 301 and 418 with a grade of at least C in each; for nonmajors, upper-division standing, Psychology 301 with a grade of at least C, and one of the following with a grade of at least C: Biology 318M, Civil Engineering 311S, Economics 329, Educational Psychology 371, Electrical Engineering 351K, Government 350K, Mathematics 316, 362K, Mechanical Engineering 335, Psychology 317, Sociology 317L, Social Work 318, Statistics 309, Statistics and Scientific Computation 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 318.

PSY 301 • Introduction To Psychology

40915 • Fall 2001
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM JES A121A

Basic problems and principles of human experience and behavior. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, or the equivalent in independent study.

 

FOR PENNEBAKER/GOSLING'S ONLINE COURSE SEE http://www.laits.utexas.edu/tower/psy301 FOR MORE INFORMATON!!

PSY 384M • Advanced Stat: Inferential

41275 • Fall 2001
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM MEZ 202

Inferential. Same as Neuroscience 384M. Covers t-test, chi-square, analysis of variance, and nonparametric tests. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, an undergraduate statistics course, and consent of instructor.

PSY 301 • Introduction To Psychology

39710 • Spring 2001
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM JES A121A

Basic problems and principles of human experience and behavior. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, or the equivalent in independent study.

 

FOR PENNEBAKER/GOSLING'S ONLINE COURSE SEE http://www.laits.utexas.edu/tower/psy301 FOR MORE INFORMATON!!

PSY 341K • Epidemiology

39955 • Spring 2001
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM MEZ 402

Topics of contemporary interest that may vary from semester to semester. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: For psychology majors, upper-division standing and Psychology 301 and 418 with a grade of at least C in each; for nonmajors, upper-division standing, Psychology 301 with a grade of at least C, and one of the following with a grade of at least C: Biology 318M, Civil Engineering 311S, Economics 329, Educational Psychology 371, Electrical Engineering 351K, Government 350K, Mathematics 316, 362K, Mechanical Engineering 335, Psychology 317, Sociology 317L, Social Work 318, Statistics 309, Statistics and Scientific Computation 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 318.

PSY 301 • Introduction To Psychology

40640 • Fall 2000
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM JES A121A

Basic problems and principles of human experience and behavior. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, or the equivalent in independent study.

 

FOR PENNEBAKER/GOSLING'S ONLINE COURSE SEE http://www.laits.utexas.edu/tower/psy301 FOR MORE INFORMATON!!

PSY 384M • Advanced Stat: Inferential

41015 • Fall 2000
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM MEZ 202

Inferential. Same as Neuroscience 384M. Covers t-test, chi-square, analysis of variance, and nonparametric tests. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, an undergraduate statistics course, and consent of instructor.

PSY 301 • Introduction To Psychology

39075 • Spring 2000
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM JES A121A

Basic problems and principles of human experience and behavior. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, or the equivalent in independent study.

 

FOR PENNEBAKER/GOSLING'S ONLINE COURSE SEE http://www.laits.utexas.edu/tower/psy301 FOR MORE INFORMATON!!

PSY 341K • Epidemiology

39360 • Spring 2000
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM BEN 422

Topics of contemporary interest that may vary from semester to semester. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: For psychology majors, upper-division standing and Psychology 301 and 418 with a grade of at least C in each; for nonmajors, upper-division standing, Psychology 301 with a grade of at least C, and one of the following with a grade of at least C: Biology 318M, Civil Engineering 311S, Economics 329, Educational Psychology 371, Electrical Engineering 351K, Government 350K, Mathematics 316, 362K, Mechanical Engineering 335, Psychology 317, Sociology 317L, Social Work 318, Statistics 309, Statistics and Scientific Computation 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 318.

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