Hagerstown Community College
OFFICIAL COURSE SYLLABUS DOCUMENT
COURSE: PSY-201 General Psychology
Joshua De Vree
Designed as an introductory course and prerequisite to other psychology courses, general
psychology introduces the data, concepts, theories, principles, and methods of contemporary
psychology while examining the dynamic factors that influence behavior.
Lefton, L.A., & Brannon, L., (2006).
., Boston, Allyn and Bacon
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:
Identify the definitions of psychological terms
Recognize examples of psychological principles, concepts, and methods
Describe the correct sequences of the stages or components of psychological theories,
methods, and processes
Match psychological theories with their theorists, assumptions, and concepts
Know the purposes, components, advantages, disadvantages, and explanatory power of
Predict behavior and mental processes from the perspective of particular psychological
principles or theories
Utilize critical thinking skills to evaluate the validity of statements dealing with behavior
and mental processes
Think critically about psychological principles, concepts, theories, and methods
COURSE CONTENT OBJECTIVES:
Describe the major perspectives within psychology including the biopsychological,
behavioral, humanistic, cognitive, psychoanalytic, and sociocultural approaches.
Understand the various types of psychological research.
Define and apply the experimental method.
Understand basic statistical concepts.
Understand the human subjects protocol for research.