29431, General Psychology, Section 08, Spring 2010
Thurs 4.30 – 6:00 pm
Thursday 6:00 – 8:45pm
Faculty Web Page and MYSJSU Messaging (Optional)
Copies of the course materials such as the syllabus, major assignment handouts, etc. may
be found on my faculty web page at http://www.sjsu.edu/people/firstname.lastname or
accessible through the Quick Links>Faculty Web Page links on the SJSU home page.
You are responsible for regularly checking with the messaging system through MySJSU
(or other communication system as indicated by the instructor).
We are examining the research methods, history and area topics of psychology including
cognitive, social, developmental, and clinical psychology. We will be answering such
questions as what makes good people evil, how much do we really remember, the stages
of language learning, how you can be happier, and the effects of drug and addiction.
Course Goals and Student Learning Objectives
Goal 1. Knowledge Base of Psychology:
Students will demonstrate familiarity with the major
concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in cognitive
Goal 2. Research Methods in Psychology:
Students will understand basic methodological
approaches used in cognitive psychology, including research design, analysis, and interpretation.
Goal 3. Critical Thinking Skills in Psychology:
Students will understand and be able to use
critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and a scientific approach to address issues related
to behavior and mental processes.
Goal 4. Application of Psychology:
Students will understand and be able to apply
psychological principles to individual, interpersonal, group, and societal issues.
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