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General Psychology

PSY 211W

General Psychology

PSY 211W

Course Description

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: LEVEL 2 READING and LEVEL 2 WRITING.

Studies the scientific principles underlying behavior and mental processes by applying the major theoretical perspectives in psychology. Explores basic research methods, biopsychology, personality, learning, cognition, human development, social/cultural influences, stress and coping, perception, motivation, states of consciousness, psychological disorders and treatment. Credit may be earned in only one of the following: PSY 211W, PSY 211HW, or PSY 211CW. (60-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Identify and explain the scientific foundations of psychology, and apply these principles to describe various psychological phenomena and research.

Objectives:

  • Distinguish between experimental and non-experimental research, including understanding the major advantages and disadvantages of each research technique.
  • Identify the type of research cited in the popular press, and understand the limitations of such research.
  • Review the various career pathways for psychologists and the differences between psychologists and psychiatrists.
  • Describe the main components of the nervous system and their functions, and the basic biochemical components of behavior.
  • Distinguish between how senses work, including their abilities and limitations, and how perception impacts one's views of the world.

Describe the foundations of positive adjustment.

Objectives:

  • Discuss the relationship between stress and overall health and wellness, including the various methods people utilize to cope with stress.
  • Describe the normal and alternative states of consciousness achieved through sleep, hypnosis, and various psychoactive substances.
  • Identify the stages of the sleep cycle (including REM) and discuss the various theories of dreaming.
  • Identify components and types of motivation and emotion.
  • Describe how social situations impact our behaviors.

Identify the basic principles of learning, memory, and cognition.

Objectives:

  • Explain and contrast the principles of learning in each of the major learning types including classical conditioning, operant conditioning, and observational learning.
  • Describe how memory works, why it often fails to work, and how to improve memory ability.
  • Compare the various theories of intelligence and discuss how intelligence is measured.

Differentiate between various psychological disorders & treatments.

Objectives:

  • Distinguish between each of the major theoretical perspectives in psychology, including biological, cognitive, behavioral, psychoanalytic, sociocultural and humanistic.
  • Explain the possible causes and treatments for mental illness with regard to each of the major theoretical perspectives in psychology.
  • Identify the main symptoms of the major psychological disorders.
  • Evaluate how mental illness impacts individuals and social groups.

Distinguish between normative and non-normative development of the individual.

Objectives:

  • Evaluate both sides of the nature vs. nurture argument.
  • Describe the main theories of cognitive, social, and moral development.
  • Discuss theories of personality development from biological and psychosocial perspectives.
  • Differentiate between the methods of personality assessment.
  • Discuss the development of human sexuality and gender.

Perform writing tasks to promote learning of concepts.

Objectives:

  • Document attainment of skills learned.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the subject.