Psyc 100H: Introduction to Psychology
In the Digital Age, Section 0201, Spring 2008

Course Description: This course covers the general areas of psychology from sensation and perception to memory and problem solving and from personality to psychopathology. It will provide an introduction to the study of psychology. In this particular section of the course, all areas will be placed in the context of the emerging digital age of the 21st Century. This means that we will talk about virtual reality, machine intelligence, and even on-line psychotherapy.

Online Textbook and Materials:

Norman, K. L. (in press). Cyberpsychology: An introduction to the psychology of human/computer interaction. Cambridge Unviersity Press. (Use "psyc100" as the username and password if authentication is required.)

Assigned readings should be completed by the day listed on the syllabus so that lectures and discussion will be relevant.

Exams: Two exams and a final will be given. Each exam will be a combination of multiple choice, short answer, and essay. All exams will be given online in the Teaching Theater.

Assignments: Periodic assignments will be given. These must be completed online and submitted online. These will involve small projects, short writing assignments, and online discussions.

Class Participation: You are expected to attend all classes. If you are or plan to be absent, you are to submit an electronic excuse. You are to log into the system at the beginning of each class period and participate in all online exercises and discussions in class and out of class.

Course Grade: The course grade will be based on a weighted combination of two exams, a final, assignments, and class participation, as follows: Exam 1 = 20%; Exam 2 = 20%; Final = 20%; Assignments = 20%; Class Participation = 20%.

Instructor: Dr. Kent L. Norman

Office: BPS 3123F
phone: (301) 405-5924
email: klnorman@umd.edu

Office Hours:

Tuesday 11:00 - 12:00 am
Wednesday 2:00 - 3:00 pm




Syllabus

Psyc 100H: Cyberpsychology

DateTopicReadingsAssignments
1/28/2008
The Teaching Theater, HyperCourseware, & Cyberpsychology
MAN

1/30/2008
Introduction to CyberPsychology
RD_01
Proj_01: Class Roll Description
2/1/2008
Historical Perspectives in Psychology and Technology

Proj_02: Personal Computer History
2/4/2008
Technological Bases for Human/Computer Interaction
RD_02
Discussion 1
2/6/2008
Biological Bases for Human/Computer Interaction


2/8/2008
continued

Proj_03: CyberSurvey
2/11/2008
Theoretical Perspectives in Human/Computer Interaction
RD_03

2/13/2008
Models and Metaphors


2/15/2008
Research Methods
RD_04
Discussion 2
2/18/2008
Usability Testing

Proj_04: User Testing
2/20/2008
continued


2/22/2008
Sensory Interfaces
RD_05
Proj_06: Wikipedia Edit
2/25/2008
Motor Interfaces


2/27/2008
The Graphical User Interface


2/29/2008
**** Exam 1 ****


3/3/2008
Learning at the Human/Computer Interface
RD_06

3/5/2008
Memory at the Human/Computer Interface


3/7/2008
Problem Solving with Computers
RD_07
Discussion 3
3/10/2008
Search Strategies

Proj_07: Strategies
3/12/2008
Language and Programming
RD_08

3/14/2008
Language and Programming (continued)


3/17/2008
Spring Break


3/24/2008
Individual Differences and Computers
RD_09
Proj_09: Personality Tests
3/26/2008
Personality Online


3/28/2008
continued


3/31/2008
Motivation to Interact with Computers
RD_10

4/2/2008
Computer Rage

Proj_10: Computer Rage Survey
4/4/2008
Affect at the Human/Computer Interface

Discussion 4
4/7/2008
**** Exam 2 ****


4/9/2008
Interpersonal Interfaces
RD_11

4/11/2008
Person Perception and Identity Online


4/14/2008
Online Communities

Proj_11: Join an Online Community
4/16/2008
CyberPathologies
RD_12

4/18/2008
CyberTheories Online


4/21/2008
Automation and Its Effects
RD_13
Proj_12: Automation
4/23/2008
Artificial Intelligence and Agents

Discussion 5
4/25/2008
Assistive Technologies
RD_14

4/28/2008
Augmented Cognition


4/30/2008
Media and OnlineGames
RD_15
Discussion 6
5/2/2008
continued


5/5/2008
Virtual Education and Edutainment

Proj_13: New Media
5/7/2008
The Future of Human/Computer Interaction
RD_16

5/9/2008
continued


5/12/2008
continued and review


5/17/2008
*** Final Exam *** ( Saturday 8:00 - 10:00 AM )