Psy123 Syllabus Summer 1 2017.doc

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Psy 123-A1: Introductory Psychology Summer 2017 M – Th, 9:00am – 11:30am Professor: Renee Gales Edison Hall, Room 115 Email: [email protected] COURSE DESCRIPTION This course will provide a psychological basis for the understanding of human behavior. A survey of fundamental that is necessary for subsequent psychology courses. Topics will include, but not limited to learning, motivation, cognition, personality, abnormal behavior, development and social psychology. General Education Status: Social Science Credits: 3 Lecture Hours: 3 Lab Hours: 0 COURSE OBJECTIVES Students completing this course will be able to: 1. Recognize key psychological theories and concepts and summarize the contributions of key psychological figures 2. Describe in detail the various research methods and apply this knowledge to evaluate psychological research studies. 3. Use social science theories and concepts to analyze human behavior and social and political institutions and act as responsible citizens. 4. Articulate the importance and value of psychology in today’s world. 5. Represent knowledge of Introduction Psychology in clear and organized presentations and documents using APA style. 6. Locate, summarize, and evaluate research related to community and agency counseling. COURSE CONTENT AREAS: Course content will cover the following areas: Psychological theories: Evolutionary Psychology and how evolution works; Functionalism; Structuralism; Psychodynamic theories ( Freud and neo-Freudians); Behaviorism; Cognitive Psychology; Piaget’s cognitive developmental theory; Erikson’s psychosocial developmental theory; Vygotsky’s sociocultural theory; Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Research Hypothesis; Naturalistic Observation; Experiment; Correlational Research; Placebo Effect; Independent; Dependent and Confounding Variables.
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Brain, Perception and Consciousness How neuron, neurotransmitters, frontal, occipital, parietal, and temporal lobes work. How information is transformed from sensory to perception, stages of sleep and hypnosis. Learning, Memory and Intelligence Schemas, assimilation and accommodation, classical conditioning (UR, US, CR, CS, NS, Discrimination, Generalization), operant conditioning (Positive and negative reinforcement, punishment, shaping), observational learning (including brain mirror neurons), how memory works (sensory, short term memory, long term memory), strategies to improve memory, intelligence (Gardner, Sternberg, emotional intelligence).
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