General Psychology

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Course Number: PSYCHLGY 1130
Course Name: General Psychology (Online)
Course Description:   

An introductory course designed to acquaint the student with the language and methods of psychology and to examine factors affecting human behavior in the areas of motivation, development, intelligence, personality and abnormal behavior.
 

Psychology is the study of human behavior and cognition. This course offers only a brief introduction to some of the theories and supporting research. We begin by defining what psychology is and what it is not. Next, research methods are discussed. The remainder of the course will give a sampling of research, theories and findings relevant to some of the core areas of psychology (e.g., Memory, Neuroscience, Learning, Cognition, Development, Personality, Health Psychology, Social Behavior, Mental Disorders, and Treatments). This course is approved for use as a Social Science General Education requirement. “The purpose of studying the social sciences is to develop an understanding of social systems, the dynamics of individual and group behavior and the forces that operate in social relationships. Through their study of the social sciences, students will:
 

• demonstrate knowledge of individual and social behavior;
• display knowledge of the problems and issues within the social sciences;
• demonstrate knowledge of the methods used to study these problems and issues.”

Prerequisites:    None
Level: Undergraduate
Credits: 3
Format: Online

Registration Instructions

NOTE: The information below is representative of the course and is subject to change.  The specific details of the course will be available in the Desire2Learn course instance for the course in which a student registers.

Additional Information

Course Objectives:

The student should:

  • gain an understanding of the basic principles and theories of psychology;
  • become acquainted with the methods used to scientifically study human behavior;
  • learn to critically evaluate psychological information as presented in both the popular press and in professional journals.

Unit Descriptions:

Module 1 Introduction to the Science of Psychology 
Upon completion of this module, you should be able to

  • State the four goals of science.
  • Discuss the limits to scientific inquiry.
  • Define Psychology.
  • Review the early history and development of the field of Psychology.
  • Distinguish between the levels of consciousness (LOC).
  • Explain the impact sleep and LOC can have on behavior, and the theories surrounding these topics.
  • Compare the cultural theories of dreaming.
  • Describe the physical and mental impact of recreational drug use.

Module 2 Consciousness 
Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Distinguish between the levels of consciousness (LOC).
  • Explain the impact sleep and LOC can have on behavior, and the theories surrounding these topics.
  • Compare the cultural theories of dreaming.
  • Describe the physical and mental impact of recreational drug use.

Module 3 Stress and Health 
Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Identify the risk factors for primary preventable illness.
  • Address the impact stress has directly and indirectly on body systems.
  • Outline the resiliency model of stress control.
  • Discuss the impact of happiness and positive psychology on your life.

Module 4 Lifespan 
Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Outline the developmental stages for cognition, social and interpersonal development.
  • Analyze parenting styles and their impact on child development.
  • Discuss issues related to adolescence and young adulthood.

Module 5 Learning Theories  
Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • State the basic theories of learning including Classical and Operant Conditioning principles.
  • Apply basic learning theories to events in your personal experiences.
  • Address the limitations of Learning theory, including theories of punishment.
  • Consider the broader application of learning theory to social systems.

Module 6 Intelligence
Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Discuss and evaluated historical measures of intelligence.
  • Address the relative predictive value of intelligence measures on individual outcomes.
  • Review cultural and sub-cultural group variances on measures of intelligence.

Module 7 Memory
Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Distinguish between the types of memory systems.
  • Describe factors that improve and distort memory accuracy.

Module 8 Social Psychology
Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Address the impact individuals have on group systems.
  • Describe the impact groups and individuals can have on our own behavior and attitudes.
  • Discuss the impact of group norming on both positive and negative human behaviors.

Module 9 Introduction to Mental Health Disorders 
Upon completion of this module, you should be able to

  • Distinguish between the most commonly diagnosed mental health disorders.
  • Explain the limits to diagnosis criteria.
  • Assess the risk factors and associated co-occurring factors for many illnesses.

Module 10 Treatment and Prevention for Mental Illness
Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Outline the history of explanation and treatment for mental illness.
  • Distinguish between different treatment approaches.
  • Describe the impact of mental health diagnosis on individual’s freedoms and the protection for society.

Exams: 10 quizzes

Assignments: 5 online discussions and 17 online Psychology Simulations

Grading Scale:

Grades are based on accumulation of points earned:

310-335 A Outstanding, surpasses expectations in all areas

296-309 A-

288-395 B+

278-287 B Surpasses expectations in some areas; Meets expectations in other

268-277 B-

253-267 C+

244-266 C Meets expectations

234- 243 C-

226- 233 D+

208-225 D Below expectations in most areas

201-207 D-

0 - 200 F Fails to meet minimum expectations in all areas

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