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
|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
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
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
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
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.