Psych1__syllabus_Spring_2010

Psych1__syllabus_Spring_2010 - San Jos State University...

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San José State University General Psychology, 1 - Section 6 , Spring 2010 Instructor: Harriet Pila Office Location: DMH 318 Telephone: 408-569-6074 Email:[email protected] Office Hours: Monday 8:45 pm - 9:30pm and Wednesday 5:45-6:45pm Classroom: DMH 162 GE Area: D1 (Human Behavior) Required Text Psychology: Think Psychology Abigail Baird Textbook ISBN-10: 0-205-68738-5 URL for Class information: http://www.sjsu.edu/people/harriet.pila/courses/psych1/ Course Description It is not Opra nor is it Dr Phil, but it will be an opportunity to learn about psychology. In doing so, students will be presented with a diverse body of information about the field of psychology. No specific area will be emphasized to a great extent but rather psychology will be presented as a discipline which includes many areas of study. This is a 3 credit, no prerequisite course. Psychology is a diverse field that seeks to describe, explain, predict, and influence behavior, cognition, emotion, and physiology. This course will cover “the study of perception, attention, learning, remembering, thinking, and development of the individual, intelligence, aptitudes, emotion, motivation, adjustment and conflict” (SJSU course catalog). Students will develop and demonstrate an understanding of differences in cultural value orientation, social-instructional contextual realities, and personal-situational construction of everyday life events. This understanding will allow students to evaluate and apply a variety of technical concepts and principles to understanding the behavior of individuals. Students will gain an understanding of how and why people think, feel, and act as they do in adapting to their everyday environments. Such an understanding should enhance each student’s quality of life, educational experience, personal effectiveness, and sense of fulfillment in matters related to health, work, and interpersonal relationships. Course Goals and Student Learning Objectives This course qualifies as an Area D1 (Human Behavior) course in your General Education requirements. Social Science courses should increase the student’s understanding of human behavior and social interaction in the context of value systems, economic structures, political institutions, social groups, and natural environments. Instructional Procedures: Psych 1, Section 6, Spring 2010 Page 1 of 10
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Information is presented both in the classroom and through the text. Classroom meetings will be in a lecture/discussion format regarding the important materials to be learned. I will not make an attempt to cover all aspects of the text. Rather, I will focus on difficult areas, or on topics of special interest. While class meetings are relatively structured lectures, there is a substantial amount of class time set aside for discussions, questions and answers. Students are encouraged to participate in class and group discussions. There will be no cell phones used or within sight during class time.
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