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Last approved: Tue, 26 Apr 2016 08:18:47 GMT

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PSY (Psychology)
200
018448
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
No
Introduction to Psychology
Intro to Psych
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Psychology (16PSY)
Term Offering
Fall, Spring and Summer
Offered Every Year
Spring 2016
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)
Distance Education (DELTA)

Grading Method
Graded with S/U option
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3.0
Course Attribute(s)
GEP (Gen Ed)

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University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Samuel Pond
Associate Professor

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture1000200YesBest estimate given enrollment targets over past semesters. These numbers will vary per semester/session.
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
Delivery FormatPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
LEC290165YesBest estimate given enrollment targets over past semesters. These numbers will vary per semester/session.

Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
Yes
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
16PSYCHBAGeneral PsychologyRequired
Survey of basic principles for the understanding of behavior and experience including development, learning, cognition, biological foundations, perception, motivation, personality, behavior abnormalities, measurement of individual differences, and social processes. The value of scientific observation and experimentation to the development of psychological understanding is emphasized.

GEP Social Sciences review


No

Is this a GEP Course?
Yes
GEP Categories
Social Sciences
Humanities Open when gep_category = HUM
Each course in the Humanities category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Mathematical Sciences Open when gep_category = MATH
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Natural Sciences Open when gep_category = NATSCI
Each course in the Natural Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Social Sciences Open when gep_category = SOCSCI
Each course in the Social Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 
Demonstrate a knowledge of various subfields and multiple topics within the general field of psychology so that they can discover the many issues in which psychology and psychologists are involved.
 
 
Final exam
Comprehensive Final that contains both factual and application multiple-choice items for each lecture topic covered over the semester. An example of factual item in an example lecture topic: Which of these brain areas is most important for regulating hunger and appetite? A) cerebellum, B) premotor cortex, C) hypothalamus, D) corpus callosum. An example of application item in an example lecture topic: Nearly all illegal recreational drugs AND legal medical drugs (such as those used to combat Parkinson's disease and depression) exert their effects at ___ A) synapses, B) blood vessels, C) neuron membranes, D) chromosomes.
 
 
Demonstrate a foundational knowledge of the scientific method as applied within the field of psychology so that they can critically evaluate psychological phenomena observed in both lab and field settings.
 
 
Hourly exams and quizzes
Scores on items assessing facts about and the application of methods of scientific inquiry employed by psychologists. Example of factual item: An operational definition is a definition that ___ . A) explains where the term came from, B) describes the underlying cause of something, C) gives synonyms or antonyms, D) tells us how to produce or measure something. Example of application item: If a psychologist plans to administer a survey to determine which event people remember to be the most important one of the 20th century, ideally the researcher who administers the survey should ___. A) administer the survey to a random sample or representative sample of the population, B) invite everyone who wants to answer the questions to be part of the survey, C) put the survey on the internet to make it easy for large numbers of people to answer, D) give people a few suggestions of possible answers.
 
 
Examine how psychological concepts that originate from various subfields of psychology (e.g., social psychology, cognitive psychology, abnormal psychology, personality theory, motivation theory) apply to themselves, others, and to the intricacies of human relationships.
 
 
Hourly exams and quizzes
Sample measure requiring knowledge of a fundamental social psychological concept: People in a group (especially a group of strangers) are less likely to offer help to a person in need than is a single individual. Of the following, which is the best explanation for this tendency? A) cognitive dissonance, B) diffusion of responsibility, C) group polarization, D) prisoner's dilemma. E
Sample measure requiring knowledge of fundamental diagnostic principles in psychology: Jeff has periods of chest pains, difficult breathing, increased heart rate, sweating, faintness, and dizziness for no apparent reason. From which of these disorders is he apparently suffering? A) schizophrenia, B) obsessive-compulsive disorder, C) depression, D) panic disorder.
Sample measure requiring knowledge of a fundamental theory of human behavior: According to the social learning approach, many behaviors ___. A) are learned through modeling or vicarious reinforcement, B) arise from our collective unconscious, C) are driven by the libido.
Interdisciplinary Perspectives Open when gep_category = INTERDISC
Each course in the Interdisciplinary Perspectives category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Visual & Performing Arts Open when gep_category = VPA
Each course in the Visual and Performing Arts category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Health and Exercise Studies Open when gep_category = HES
Each course in the Health and Exercise Studies category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
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Global Knowledge Open when gep_category = GLOBAL
Each course in the Global Knowledge category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve objective #1 plus at least one of objectives 2, 3, and 4:
 
 

 
 

 
Please complete at least 1 of the following student objectives.
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

US Diversity Open when gep_category = USDIV
Each course in the US Diversity category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve at least 2 of the following objectives:
Please complete at least 2 of the following student objectives.
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Requisites and Scheduling
100
 
a. If seats are restricted, describe the restrictions being applied.
 
No restricted seats.
 
b. Is this restriction listed in the course catalog description for the course?
 
No restricted seats.
 
List all course pre-requisites, co-requisites, and restrictive statements (ex: Jr standing; Chemistry majors only). If none, state none.
 
None.
 
List any discipline specific background or skills that a student is expected to have prior to taking this course. If none, state none. (ex: ability to analyze historical text; prepare a lesson plan)
 
None.
Additional Information
Complete the following 3 questions or attach a syllabus that includes this information. If a 400-level or dual level course, a syllabus is required.
 
Title and author of any required text or publications.
 
See attached syllabus.
 
Major topics to be covered and required readings including laboratory and studio topics.
 
See attached syllabus.
 
List any required field trips, out of class activities, and/or guest speakers.
 
None.
N/A

Obj 1.  Students will acquire a meaningful overview of the field of psychology so that they can discover the many issues in which psychologists are involved.

Obj 2.  Students will acquire a foundational knowledge of psychology so that they can critically evaluate psychological phenomena reported in the popular media.

Obj 3.  Students will examine how social science concepts apply to them, others, and the intricacies of human relationships.


Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

1. demonstrate a knowledge of various subfields and multiple topics within the general field of psychology so that they can discover the many issues in which psychology and psychologists are involved.

2. demonstrate a foundational knowledge of the scientific method as applied within the field of psychology so that they can critically evaluate psychological phenomena observed in both lab and field settings.

3. examine how psychological concepts that originate from various subfields of psychology (e.g., social psychology, cognitive psychology, abnormal psychology, personality theory, motivation theory) apply to themselves, others, and to the intricacies of human relationships.


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Test100%Four quarterly multiple choice exams + one comprehensive multiple choice exam. Only top 4 scores count towards final grade.
ParticipationUp to 5% (extra credit)Class participation is assessed using TurningPoint Audience Response System. Points are earned with class attendance and complete responding to audience response items. See syllabus.
Written AssignmentCredit onlyStudent either contributes to psychological research as a study participant or composes a brief report on an article describing psychological research. See syllabus.
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
Introduction to Psychology1 weekLecture and readings
Methods of Psychology 1 weekLecture and readings
Nervous System 1 weekLecture and readings
Sensation and Perception1 weekLecture and readings
Memory 1 weekLecture and readings
Learning1 weekLecture and readings
Motivation & Emotion 1 weekLecture and readings
Stress 1 weekLecture and readings
Human Development1 weekLecture and readings
Personality1 weekLecture and readings
Tests and Measurements1 weekLecture and readings
Abnormal Psychology & Selected Disorders2 weekLecture and readings
Psychological Therapy1 weekLecture and readings
Social Psychology1 weekLecture and readings
Course detail added for course archive building. Administrative approval requested.
Administrative approval 3-12-15 - CMF
GEP SS;
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