Course Abstract Details

PSYC-101, General Psychology

Credits: 3

This is a General Education Course

Course Description

PSYC 101, General Psychology, introduces the methods and theories of psychology, as well as findings in the areas of biological, cognitive and social processes. Topics may include: the brain, intelligence, thinking learning, social relationships and psychological disorders and treatments. Prerequisite: exemption/completion of READ-099. Three hours lecture each week. Three credits. Three billable hours. GENERAL EDUCATION

Course Objectives and Grading Information


1. One objective of Introduction to Psychology is to provide a broad survey of the basic content of psychology and its methodology as an end in itself or as preparation for more advanced courses in psychology. Lectures, discussions, demonstrations and audio-visual presentations may be utilized. ((PG 1) (GE 1,7) 

2. By the end of the semester, the students will be able to discriminate between experimental and non-experimental methods of inquiry and to discriminate between the types of conclusions one may draw from these methods. (PG 1,2) (GE 3) 

3. In addition, when given a psychological explanation of a behavior, students will be able to identify the major perspective represented in the example. The major perspectives studied will be as follows: (PG 1,2,3,4)) (GE 1,2,6) 

a. Biological 

b. Behavioral 

c. Psychoanalytic/psychodynamic 

d. Cognitive  e. Cross-cultural 

f. Evolutionary 

4. In addition students will locate, organize and analyze facts, and effectively communicate course content to others. Relevant course content topics will include neuroscience, learning, memory, motivation, emotion, development, personality, psychological disorders and their treatments (PG 3,4) (GE 1,4)

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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