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PSY 101: Psychology

Course Description

This course will focus on an introduction to psychology across a variety of sub-disciplines, including clinical, neuropsychological, developmental, cognitive, biological, and experimental. The course will focus on how psychology began with a philosophical perspective and how it has developed into a multidisciplinary science. (3 credits)

Prerequisite

  • None

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Upon completion of the course, the students will be able to:

  1. Understand the historical basis of Psychology.
  2. Understand how Psychology is studied as a Science, including key ethical aspects associated with psychological experimentation.
  3. Appreciate the biological underpinnings that contribute to psychology.
  4. Know basic anatomy of our sensory systems and be able to apply this knowledge to the notion that that sensation leads to perception.
  5. Know how psychology explores and explains different levels of consciousness.
  6. Understand and appreciate the relationships between learning and memory and be able to apply them to language and cognition.
  7. Explain how psychologists describe and define intelligence.
  8. Describe the developmental time course over a lifetime.
  9. Understand the difference between moods and emotion and be able to apply this knowledge to the understanding of stress, coping, health, and motivation.
  10. Explain how health influences psychological well-being.
  11. Know that humans are social, interactive, thinking beings and be able to apply this knowledge to descriptions of social behavior.
  12. Know the basics of psychological disorders and courses or action for treatment of disorders.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignments

Points

Weight

Discussions (40 pts per unit; 8 units)

320

32%

Written Assignments (40 pts per unit; 8 units)

320

32%

Quizzes (10 pts per unit; 8 units)

80

8%

Midterm Exam (Week 4)

100

10%

Final Exam (Week 8)

180

18%

Total

1,000

100%

Required Textbooks

(Available through Charter Oak’s online bookstore)

  • Gazzaniga, Heatherton and Halpern. Psychological Science. 5th edition. (2016). WW Norton. ISBN-13: 9780393250909 (Looseleaf Version)

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1, 2

Unit 1: Scientific Study with Psychology

  • Readings:
    • Chapters 1 & 2
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the lecture material
  • Participate in Unit 1 discussions
  • Take Unit 1 Quiz
  • Submit Unit 1 written assignments

2

3, 4

Unit 2: The Biological Basis of Behaviors, Sensation and Perception
  • Readings:
    • Chapters 3 & 5
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the lecture material
  • Participate in Unit 2 discussions
  • Take Unit 2 Quiz
  • Submit Unit 2 written assignments

3

5,6

Unit 3: Learning about Learning and Exploring Consciousness

  • Readings:
    • Chapters 4 & 6
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the lecture material
  • Participate in Unit 3 discussions
  • Take Unit 3 Quiz
  • Submit Unit 3 written assignments

4

6,7

Unit 4: Attention, Memory, Language & Intelligence

  • Readings:
    • Chapters 7 & 8
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the lecture material
  • Participate in the Unit 4 discussion
  • Take Unit 4 Quiz
  • Submit Unit 4 written assignment
  • Complete Midterm Exam

Midterm Exam
Chapters 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 & 7
SLOs 1-6

5

8

Unit 5: Development across the lifespan

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 9
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review the lecture material
  • Participate in Unit 5 discussions
  • Take Unit 5 Quiz
  • Submit Unit 5 written assignments

6

9, 10

Unit 6: Emotion, Motivation, Health and Well-being

  • Readings:
    • Chapters 10 & 11
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the lecture material
  • Participate in Unit 6 discussions
  • Take Unit 6 Quiz
  • Submit Unit 6 written assignments

7

11

Unit 7: Personality and Social interactions

  • Readings:
    • Chapters 12 & 13
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the lecture material
  • Participate in Unit 7 discussions
  • Take Unit 7 Quiz
  • Submit Unit 7 written assignments

8

12

Unit 8: Exploring Psychological Disorders and Treatments

  • Readings:
    • Chapters 14 & 15
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the lecture material
  • Participate in the Unit 8 discussion
  • Take Unit 8 Quiz
  • Submit Unit 8 written assignments
  • Complete Final Exam

Final Exam
Chapters 1-15
SLOs 1-12

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Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.

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