PSY 202 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 202, Introduction to Psychology II


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 how genetic and environmental factors interact to affect their own behavior as well as the behavior of others. Additionally, students learn to anticipate the consequences that their actions will have for themselves, their families, and their communities.

III.           Required background:


Successful completion of Psychology 201, its equivalent, or permission of the instructor is required to enroll in Psychology 202.

IV.          Course Content:


A.               Intelligence and testing

B.               Motivation and emotion

C.               Human life-span development

D.               Personality

E.               Adaptation and health

F.                Psychological disorders and therapy

G.               Social interactions and behavior

V.           Learner Outcomes


The student will:


VI.          Evaluation

A.           Know fundamental concepts related to psychometrics, and understand benefits and limitations associated with psychological testing.

B.           Be familiar with theories and research related to human motivation and emotion.

C.           Know basic theories that have been used to explain human development in childhood and across the life-span.

D.           Understand the major theoretical perspectives used to explain personality.

E.           Know the physiological and psychological consequences of stress and the factors that mediate the effects of stress, and also learn healthy approaches for coping with stress.

F.           Understand the basic taxonomy and symptomology of mental disorders, and the principal therapeutic approaches used in the treatment of psychological disorders.

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

H.           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, and 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

Personal Development