PSY 200 Syllabus


Division:        Arts and Sciences                                                                                                               Date:  February 2014


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


Course Number and Title:           PSY 200, Principles of Psychology


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



I.              Catalog Description:         Surveys the basic concepts of psychology.  Covers the scientific study of behavior, behavioral research methods and analysis, and theoretical interpretations.  Includes topics such as: physiological mechanisms, sensation/perception, motivation, learning, personality, psychopathology, therapy, and social psychology.  Lecture 3 hours per week.


II.            Relationship of the 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

H.               Intelligence and testing

I.                  Motivation and emotion

J.                Human life-span development

K.               Personality

L.                Adaptation and health

M.               Psychological disorders and therapy

N.               Social interactions and behavior


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

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

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

F.    Understand theories and research related to human motivation and emotion.

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

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

I.      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.

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

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

L.    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

            Personal Development