PSYC110 Introduction to Psychology

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Psychology

I. Course Number and Title
PSYC110 Introduction to Psychology
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
Reading Placement Test score Level 3 or higher or READ110 (C or better)
V. Other Pertinent Information

This course meets the General Education requirement for Social Science.
This course meets the General Education requirement for Critical Thinking.
This course meets the General Education requirement for Diversity.

VI. Catalog Course Description
Introduction to Psychology is the scientific study of the psychological factors which influence the behavior of individual organisms, both animal and human.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. identify the types of methods used in psychological research;
    2. identify and explain the strengths and weaknesses of methods used in psychological research;
    3. distinguish among theories, concepts, and/or research findings from the list of mandated topic areas to explain given examples of human and animal behavior [Social Science and Critical Thinking]; and
    4. examine and/or explain the sociocultural and international contexts that influence individual differences [Diversity].
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    The following topics are presented:

    1. history of psychology
    2. research methods in psychology
    3. biological basis of behavior
    4. perception
    5. learning
    6. memory
    7. motivation and emotion
    8. psychopathology
    9. Sociocultural and/or international contexts of behavior within the topics listed above as appropriate
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Exams, quizzes, classroom exercises, class or online participation, and/or projects as specified by the area faculty and described in the individual instructor's syllabus are utilized. A minimum of four exams are administered.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    Text(s) as selected by the full-time Psychology Area faculty. Students use educational resources as specified in the individual instructor's syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 12/03; Core Goals/Objectives added 12/03;Revised 4/2010; New Core 8/2015