PSY 201 Syllabus


Division: Arts & Sciences                                                                                                                          Date:  February 2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught: Administration of Justice, Business Administration, Early Childhood Development, Liberal Arts, Science, and the First Year Studies Option.


Course Number & Title: Psychology 201, Introduction to Psychology I


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



I.              Catalog Description:  Examines human and animal behavior, relating experimental studies to practical problems. Includes topics such as sensation/perception, learning, memory, motivation, emotion, stress, development, intelligence, personality, psychopathology, therapy, and social psychology. Lecture 3 hours per week.


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


This course promotes an understanding of people, their experiences, and their interactions through an examination of the various factors that impact human behavior. As students come to understand behavior in terms of cause-and-effect relationships, they become increasingly aware of their own behavior, the behavior of others, and the consequences that their actions have for themselves, their families, and their communities.


III.           Required background:


Satisfactory scores on college entrance assessment, or co-enrollment in MTE 3, or permission of the instructor.


IV.          Course Content:


A.               Historical foundations

B.               Behavioral research

C.               Biological bases

D.               Sensation and perception

E.               Consciousness

F.                Learning and memory

G.               Human language


V.           Learner Outcomes


The student will:

VI.          Evaluation

A.               Know the general history of psychology as a discipline, and understand the major themes and theoretical orientations that guide psychological study and practice.

B.               Understand scientific method and its application to understanding human behavior.

C.               Develop an appreciation of the need for theoretical diversity for understanding the complexity of human behavior and its causes.

D.               Understand biological influences on behavior, sensations, perceptions, and higher-order cognitive functions.

E.               Understand basic principles of classical and operant conditioning, and other learning theories.

F.                Be able to critically evaluate theories, research, and assertions about human thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

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. This course includes a mandatory writing assignment defined by the instructor.


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