PSYC100 Psychology of Personal Awareness

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Psychology

I. Course Number and Title
PSYC100 Psychology of Personal Awareness
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course seeks to promote personal growth. Students examine definitions of the healthy personality, the historical, biological and historical views of adjustment, theories of personality, assertiveness training, issues pertaining to women and minorities, and various methods of achieving a healthy adjustment to societal and individual stresses.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    1. Course
    2. Students will:
      1. identify the various psychological research methods;
      2. recognize the factors that contribute to an individual's psychological development and apply this knowledge to themselves;
      3. describe how coping strategies can be applied to their lives; and
      4. examine major psychological theories that address interpersonal relations.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. Category I
      Personal Health
      Students will:
      1. describe the relationships between behavior and health over the course of a lifetime (1).

      Category III
      Critical Thinking/Problem Solving
      Students will:
      1. use methods, concepts and theories in new situations (Application Skills).

      International, Gender, and/or Minority Perspectives
      Students will:
      1. identify prejudice, stereotypes, and misuses of power that affect the lives of women and/or minorities in areas such as education, business, politics, religion, or industry.

      Students will:
      1. honor commitments made to the group.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    The following topics are presented:
    1. definitions of adjustment and the healthy personality
    2. theories of personality
    3. frustration, conflict and stress management
    4. social influence
    5. conflict resolution and assertiveness training
    6. human sexuality and intimate relationships
    7. psychopathology
    8. world of work
    9. issues facing women and minorities
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    1. Course
    2. Exams, quizzes, classroom exercises, class or online participation, and/or projects as specified in the individual instructor's course format will be utilized. A minimum of four examinations must be administered.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. Personal Health: Written assignments will address the relationship between students' behavior and their physical and/or mental health by applying one of the Planned Topics.

      Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: Written assignments will be used to assess students' abilities to apply one of the topics listed in the list of Planned Topics to their lives.

      Collaboration: Group activities, student to student evaluations, and written assignments will be used to assess students' commitments to their groups in discussing at least one of the Planned Topics.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    Students use educational resources as specified in the individual instructor's format.

Review/Approval Date - 12/03; Core Goals/Objectives added 12/03; Revised 11/04; Revised 3/2010