District Syllabus
General Psychology

Credit Hours: 3
Contact Hours: 3
Laboratory Fee: None.
Prerequisites: ENC0025 Developmental Writing II And
REA0017 Developmental Reading II
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.
Catalog Description:
A survey of psychology as a social science incorporating the 
physiological aspects of personality development and mental health.  
The course focuses on the adaptation of the individaul to his 
physical and social environments.  Human motives are emotions, 
learning and memory, attention, thinking, intelligence, personality, 
and abnormal mental conditions are among the topics covered.  The 
emphasis is on the physiological and socio-environmental causes of 
behavior.  Meets A.A. general education Category IV. A writing 
emphasis course.
Required Materials: Books:
  • Ciccarelli. Psychology, 3rd ed., Prentice Hall/Pearson, 2011. ISBN: 9780205832576
Supplemental Materials: Additional materials may be assigned by the instructor to supplement the required materials. -->
Special Requirements: There is a fee for distance learning classes.
Program Learning Outcomes:
Global Learning Outcomes:
I.   Critical Thinking: : Students evaluate the validity of 
     their own and others’ ideas through questioning, analyzing, and 
     synthesizing results into the learning process     
III. Scientific and Mathematical Literacy:  Students will apply an 
     understanding of mathematical, natural, and behavioral 
     scientific principles and methods to solve abstract and 
     practical problems.     
VII. Personal Management: Students will develop habits of conduct 
     that result in fulfilling personal and occupational 

Major Learning Outcomes:
1.   Knowledge of Psychology-This is the only goal we usually try to 
     evaluate directly by examination.  It includes:
     A.  Understanding the major theories of psychology that have 
         been developed over the years.
     B.  Awareness of the major problems that psychologists consider 
         worth studing.
     C.  Knowledge of psychology's history and important 
     D.  Knowledge of psychology's terminology and important 
     E.  Understanding its methods, capabilities, and limitations.  
         See detailed objective list for more information on specific
2.   Development of Scientific Values and Skills--Included here are:
     A.  Stimulation of Intellectual curiosity about human and animal
     B.  Appreciation of the scientific method.
     C.  Awareness of personal bias in experimentation, observation, 
         and the reporting of research findsing.
     D.  A critical attitude toward all generalizations and an 
         intelligent skepticism about accepting what people claim to 
         be true.
     E.  The ability to evaluate what people say on the basis of the 
         evidence supporting or refuting their claims.

3.   Personal Development--If there is one course encountered in your
     college career that you should be able to "take home with you" 
     and use in your everyday life, it ought to be your course in 
     psychology.  You will be the best judge of whether this goal has
     been attained, but ideally, contact with psychology out to:
     A.  Increase your understanding and tolerance of other people's 
     B.  Give you a better understanding of the forces on you that
         influence out choices and actions.
     C.  Give you more power in your own life to live more 
         effectively and productively.

Course Learning Outcomes:
Specific Performance Objectives:
1.   The Evolution of Psychology: summarize the development of 
     psychology as a branch of natural science, describe major 
     schools of psychologycal thought that flourished during that 
     period of development, and summarize current viewpoints in the 
2.   The Research Enterprise in Psychology:  Describe the scientific 
     method as used inpsychology, and give examples of psychological 
3.   The Biological Basis of Behavior: Summarize the anatomy of the 
     brain, and process of genetic inheritance, and discuss the 
     influence of physiological processes on behavior.
4.   Sensation and Perception: Discuss the anatomy and functions of 
     the transformed into subjective perceptual reality.
5.   Variations in Consciousness: Describe variations in 
     consciousness associated with circadian rhythms, sleep, 
     dreaming, hypnosis, meditation, and psychoactive drug effects.
6.   Learning Through Conditioning: Summarize the processes of 
     classical, operant, and observation learning, and describe the 
     role each plays in the shaping of behavior.
7.   Human Memory: Describe how information is encoded, stored, and 
     retrieved from memory, and explain various theories of 
8.   Intelligence and Psychological Testing: Discuss the measurement 
     of intelligence, the controversies surrounding intelligence 
     testing, and various theories of intelligence.
9.   Personaality: Theory, Research, and Assessment: Summarize major 
     psychodynamic, humanistic, behavioral and biological theories of 
     personality development, and describe common methods of 
     personality assessment.
10.  Stress, Coping, and Health: Summarize theeffects of stress on 
     one's psychological and physical well-being, and describe both 
     productive and unproductive methods of coping with stress.
11.  Psychological Disorders: List and describe major forms of 
     psychological disorder as presented in the DSM-IV, and summarize
     explanations for these disorders offered by the major 
     perspectives in psychology.
12.  Treatment of Psychological Disorders: Describe the variety of 
     psychological and biological methods of treating psychological
     disorder, and discuss the effectiveness of these methods.
13.  Social Behavior: Summarize social psychological research in the 
     areas of person perception, relationships, conformity and 
     obedience, and group processes.

Methods of Evaluation:
Evaluation of student progress towards achieving the stated learning 
outcomes and performance objectives is the responsibility of the 
instructor, within the policies of the college and the department. 
Detailed explanation is included in the expanded syllabus developed 
by the instructor for each section being taught.
Flexibility: It is the intention of the instructor to accomplish the objectives specified in the course syllabus. However, circumstances may arise which prohibit the fulfilling of this endeavor. Therefore, this syllabus is subject to change. When possible, students will be notified of any change in advance of its occurrence.

Student Email Accounts: Pensacola State College provides an institutional email account to all credit students. Pirate Mail is the official method of communication, and students must use Pirate Mail when communicating with the College. In cases where companion software is used for a particular class, emails may be exchanged between instructor and student using the companion software.

Note: For students with a disability that falls under the Americans with Disability Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, it is the responsibility of the student to notify Student Resource Center for ADA Services to discuss any special needs or equipment necessary to accomplish the requirements for this course. Upon completion of registration with the Student Resource Center for ADA Services office, specific arrangements can be discussed with the instructor.

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