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|PSY101 - General Psychology|
Catalog Description: Introduces the scientific study of human and animal behavior. Topics include basic methodology, motivation, emotion, learning, memory, human development, personality, psychological disorders, and therapy. Prerequisite: completion of the Genesee Community College reading proficiency.
Lecture: 3 hrs.
Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs):
Upon successful completion of the course as documented by papers, exams, classroom or online discussion/activities, the student will be able to:
1. Compare and contrast a recently published popular press report of an empirical study in psychology with the original research article from a scholarly source by writing a 3-5 page APA-style paper*.
2. Label correlational/descriptive and experimental examples of research, listing two strengths and two weaknesses of each of these research methods; and correctly identifying, from an example of an experiment, the independent and dependent variables.
Neuroscience and Behavior
3. Identify a minimum of three parts of a neuron.
4. List each of the four lobes of the brain and list at least one function of each.
Sensation and Perception
5. Identify examples of four Gestalt principles.
Learning and Conditioning
6. Label examples of classical, operant, and observational/social learning and correctly identify examples of operant conditioning illustrating positive reinforcement, negative reinforcement, or punishment; and examples of the CS, UCS, CR, and UCR within classical conditioning.*
7. Describe each of the key processes involved in memory and give an original example of each; list two reasons why forgetting occurs; and state three ways to improve memory.
8. List and explain at least two barriers to successful problem-solving and decision-making.
9. Give an example of one ability that emerges during each of the four stages of Piaget's stage theory of cognitive development; provide an example of how biological and environmental factors influence development; and using Erikson's theory, identify the general age/stage at which specific crises occur.
10. Describe the concept of personality; correctly identify two basic constructs within at least three of the major personality theories; and indicate at least two methods or techniques for measuring personality.
11. Discuss at least one difficulty in defining/identifying psychological disorders.
12. Label examples of an anxiety disorder, a mood disorder and schizophrenia.
13. Identify at least one biological explanation and one psychological explanation for the causes of psychological disorders.
14. Distinguish between clinical psychologists and psychiatrists with regard to their training and their orientation.
15. Differentiate among the therapeutic techniques of at least three of the major psychological models of therapy, and list at least three specific biologically-based therapies.
* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the Comprehensive Assessment Plan of the college. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.
I. Research Methodology
II. Neuroscience and Behavior
III. Sensation and Perception
IV. Learning and Conditioning
V. Human Memory
VII. Human Development
VIII. Personality Theories
IX. Psychological Disorders
X. Therapy Models
Other possible topics: Motivation and Emotion
States of Consciousness
History of Psychology
Effective Term: Fall 2012