PSYC 120 - General Psychology
3 Credit: (3 lecture, 0 lab, 0 clinical) 3 Contact Hours: [Reading Level 3 ]
This course familiarizes beginning students with the basic concepts and methods used by psychologists to study human behavior. Subjects covered include research design, the biological basis of behavior, consciousness, developmental psychology, sensation, perception, learning, memory, thinking, intelligence, motivation, emotion, social psychology, personality and mental disorders.
OFFERED: every semester
Course Goals/ Objectives/ Competencies:
Goal 1: Demonstrate a basic understanding of psychological research design, the structure and function of the nervous system, and gene/environment interactions, and processes underlying states of consciousness.
- Identify the differences between correlational and experimental research
- Identify the structure and function of neurons
- Identify the different nervous systems and their functions
- Indicate the functions of major brain structures
- Summarize the manner in which genes and environment interact
- Describe how consciousness impacts data processing
- Identify different stages of sleep and sleep related issues
Goal 2: Demonstrate a basic understanding of the impact of genes upon development, developmental psychology, sensation, and perception.
- Describe basic concepts of genetics and inheritance
- Articulate main research findings regarding inherited vs. learned traits
- Explain the impact of early experiences upon brain development
- Explain major theories of cognitive development, including those of Piaget and Vygotsky
- Explain major theories of social development, including Erikson, attachment theory, and social learning theory
- Identify main structures of the eye and ear and their functions
- Summarize factors that influence perception
Goal 3: Demonstrate a basic understanding of learning, memory, and cognitive processes.
- Recognize the components and processes involved in classical and operant conditioning
- Identify cognitive components of learning
- Distinguish between the different types of memory
- Recognize common mistakes of memory
- Explain concept formation and the use of prototypes
- Explain basic approaches to problem solving
- Articulate cognitive factors that impact judgment formation and problem-solving processes
Goal 4: Demonstrate a basic understanding of intelligence, motivation, emotion, and social psychology.
- Describe different theories of intelligence
- Identify types of intelligence tests
- Recognize different types of motivational theory
- Articulate core human motivations and their impact upon our lives
- Identify areas of the brain associated with emotion
- Explain the relationship between emotion and cognition
- Explain the impact of attributions, conformity, and obedience upon human behaviors
Goal 5: Demonstrate a basic understanding of social psychology, personality, and psychological disorders.
- Articulate factors that fuel prejudice and aggression
- Recognize components of attraction and romantic relationships
- Describe the components of personality according to Freud
- Identify main personality traits as described by modern personality theory
- Recognize symptoms of major psychological disorders
- Identify suspected causes of major psychological disorders
- Summarize treatment approaches to major psychological disorders
Goal 6: Apply information from psychology to real life situations.
- Analyze real life experiences through the lens of psychological terms and theory
- Articulate the relationship between psychological concepts and real-world expression of those concept
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