SS/PY-101 General Psychology

Course Description:  The course is a general overview of the concepts, theories and research behind the study of human thought, emotion and behavior. This course introduces students to the scientific study of psychology and prepares them to read, understand, analyze and write about psychology at a college level.

  • This course also meets PLO #(s) 3 of the Pre-teacher Preparation and PLO 3 of Health Opportunity Program.
  • Prerequisite Courses:   EN110

A.  PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES (PLOs):
The student will be able to:

  1. Enrich and deepen self-knowledge by exploring different academic experiences.
  2. Articulate and understand their experiences through effective writing, reading, speaking, and various modes of artistic expression.
  3. Demonstrate fundamental knowledge and basic skills appropriate to their personal and professional goals in their chosen area of specialization

B.  STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLOs)-GENERAL
The student will be able to:

  1. Describe the field of psychology: its research methods, perspectives, and its relation to other
    social and natural sciences.
  2. Explain the biological processes that underlie human thinking, emotion, and behavior.
  3. Describe the major concepts and theories used to explain the human developmental processes.
  4. Describe the psychological approaches used to identify psychological and behavioral disorders
    and their therapies.   

SLO

PLO1

PLO2

PLO3

1

ID

D

D

2

ID

ID

D

3

ID

ID

D

4

I

ID

 

I = Introduced
D = Demonstrated
M = Mastered

C.  STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLOs)-SPECIFIC
The student will be able to:

General SLO 1.  Describe the field of psychology: its research methods, perspectives, and its relation to other social and natural sciences.


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategies

1.1 Identify the major perspectives and theories in psychology.

Class work-students will be tasked to explain in a group presentation how psychology can be used in their lives.(Rubric is used)

1.2 Explain the relationship between psychology and other disciplines in both the social and the natural sciences.

Quiz and/or test

1.3 Identify and explain the research methods in psychology.

Quiz and/or test

1.4 Explain how the study of psychology can be used in their professional and personal lives.

Test

General SLO 2. Explain the biological processes that underlie human thinking, emotion, and behavior.


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategies        

2.1. Explain the importance of evolution and genetics to psychology.

Group discussions and presentation-students will be tasked to explain how biology and evolution influence behavior. (Rubric is used)

2.2. Describe the structures and functions of the nervous system.

Quiz and/or test

2.3. Distinguish between the processes and functions of sensation and perception.

Quiz and/or test

2.4. Describe the different forms of altered states of consciousness.

Quiz and/or test

2.5. Identify the biological (both physiological and neurological) influences on behavior, emotion, and thinking.

Quiz and/or test

General SLO 3. Describe the major concepts and theories used to explain the human developmental processes


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategies

3.1 Cite major theories to explain how learning processes influence behavior, emotion, and thinking.

Group presentation-two rubrics will be used- one for evaluating individual effort in presentation and one for actual presentation.

3.2 Identify how the respective roles of nature (biology) and nurture (environment) shape human development.

Quiz and/or test

3.3 Cite developmental theories to explain human developmental processes (i.e., cognition, personality, and moral conscience) across the lifespan.

Quiz and/or test

3.4 Relate how developmental theories and studies are relevant to daily lives.

Test

3.5 Explain why people face challenges across the lifespan and how the challenges can be addressed.

Test

General SLO 4: Describe the psychological approaches used to identify psychological and behavioral disorders and their therapies.   


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategies

4.1 Identify the criteria and explanations for behavior to be described as abnormal across culture and disciplines (legal and biological).

Group discussions-students will engage in discussions to identify what society considers being abnormal behaviors and explaining why.
( Rubric is used)

4.2 Describe the personality factors that are associated with health and well-being, as well as with disease.

Quiz and/ or test

4.3 Identify the main therapies (i.e., psychotherapy and biological therapy) used in the clinical fields of psychology.

Quiz and/or test

D. COURSE CONTENT

  1. Introduction to research methods and major perspectives in psychology
  2. Biological psychology
  3. Consciousness
  4. Learning
  5. Human development
  6. Personality
  7. Motivation and emotion
  8. Psychological disorders and therapies
  9. Social psychology

E. METHODS OF INSTRUCTION
Lecture, group discussions/presentation, audiovisual

F. REQUIRED TEXTBOOK/MATERIALS
Wood, S. E., Wood, E. G., & Boyd, D. (2008). Mastering the world of psychology (4th ed.). USA:   
Pearson Education Inc. (or most recent edition).

G. REFERENCE MATERIALS
None

H. INSTRUCTIONAL COST
None

I. METHOD OF EVALUATION
None

J. CREDIT BY EXAMINATION
None

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