There are no prerequisites for this course.
There are no corequisites for this course.
||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
- Grison, Heatherton, & Gazzaniga. Psychology In Your Life, 1st ed., Norton, 2015. ISBN: 9780393921397
||There is a fee for distance learning classes.
|Program Learning Outcomes:
Global Learning Outcomes:
I. Critical Thinking: : Students will evaluate the validity of
their own and others’ ideas through questioning, analyzing, and
synthesizing results into the creative process
A. Evaluate information, text, and numerical and/or graphical
data for validity, recognizing when conclusions are reached
or decisions made in absence of complete information.
C. Consciously raise questions, suspending judgment and
remaining open to new information, methods, cultural
systems, values,and beliefs.
III. Scientific and Mathematical Literacy: Students will apply an
understanding of mathematical, natural, and behavioral
scientific principles and methods to solve abstract and
A. Engage in problem solving using various strategies that
require presentation of questions, organization of
information, performance of computations or estimation,
drawing diagrams, analyzing situations, graphing and
modeling, drawing conclusions, verifying and interpreting
C. Read, write, listen to and speak the language of mathematics
and the sciences.
E. Understand the history of mathematics and the sciences and
recognize that scientific paradigms are continually evolving.
VII. Personal Management: Students will develop habits of conduct
that result in fulfilling personal and occupational
A. Engage in lifelong learning and intellectual curiosity.
B. Apply knowledge, skills, and attitudes to occupational
C. Set realistic goals and demonstrate initiative, using
strategies for self-management and self-improvement.
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 research
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.
|Methods of Evaluation:
||Evaluation of student progress towards achieving the stated learning
outcomes and performance objectives is the responsibility of the
instructor, within the polices of the college and the department.
Detailed explanation is included in the expanded syllabus developed
by the instructor for each section being taught.
|| 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.
|| 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.