PSY 126 Syllabus


Division: Arts & Sciences                                                                                                                                                  Date:  February 2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught: Administrative Support Technology, Business Management, Early Childhood Development, Automotive Analysis and Repair, Computer-Aided Drafting and Design, Electrical-Electronics, Industrial Electrical-Electronic Equipment Servicing, Auto Body Mechanics, Child Care, Industrial Electronic Principles, Maintenance Mechanics, and several Career Studies programs. Also offered as a Social Science Elective in a variety of other Occupational, Technical, and Business curricula.


Course Number & Title:   PSY 126, Psychology for Business and Industry


Credit Hours: 3 Hours/Wk       Lecture: 3 Hours/Wk         Lab: 0           Lec/LabComb: 3



I.              Catalog Description: Focuses on the application of psychology to interpersonal relations and the working environment. Includes topics such as group dynamics, motivation, employee-employer relationships, interpersonal communications, and techniques for selection and supervision of personnel. Lecture 3 hours per week.


II.            Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught: 


By encouraging development of personal awareness and an understanding of oneself and others, and by providing practical social skills, such as effective communication techniques and coping strategies, students will be better prepared for successful adjustment to the demands of their workplace, school, home, and community.


III.           Required background:

Satisfactory scores on college entrance assessment, or co-enrollment in ENF 1, or permission from the instructor.


IV.          Course Content:

A.                     Effective communication skills

B.                     Self-awareness

C.                     Methods for understanding the perspective of others

D.                     Personality

E.                     Cognitive processes

F.                      Conflict resolution

G.                     Stress factors and coping strategies

H.                     Enhancement of personal relationships

I.                        Parenting

J.                      Developmental issues across the life span

K.                     Career development and work-related decisions

L.                      Coping with transitions

M.                     influencing others for positive living


V.           Learner Outcomes


The student will:

VI.          Evalulation

A.           Know basic concepts that comprise the scientific method, and understand how the discipline of psychology has contributed to our understanding of how people think, feel, and act.

B.           Understand the components of effective communication.

C.           Understand the importance of achieving and maintaining a degree of self-awareness.

D.           Gain a greater understanding of his or her self.

E.           Be aware of empathy and other cognitive processes that can be used to comprehend the perspectives of others.

F.            Know the sources of stress and have learned appropriate coping techniques for managing stress and emotions

G.           Understand the fundamental dynamics that operate in different types of interpersonal relationships, and acquire skills for establishing and maintaining healthy relationships.

H.           Identify and initiate appropriate proactive coping strategies

I.              Recognize factors that affect personal decisions and career choices

J.            Acquire skills for responding creatively to conflict

K.           Be aware of and able to anticipate life transitions

Student performance will be evaluated by a combination of tests, quizzes, exams, papers, or other special projects or assignments as defined by the individual faculty member.


All written assignments will be assessed for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and consistency according to the conventions of standard English.



VII.         This course supports the following objectives:


            DCC Educational Objectives:


            Critical Thinking

            Cultural and Social Understanding