This psychology survey course is designed to help each student gain insight into human behavior. Through this course students will be introduced to the content, terminology, methodology, and application of the discipline. Students will also identify current events and issues in psychology on a regular basis.

Credits: 0.5 (per semester)
Estimated Completion Time: 1 semester/9-18 weeks

Course Scorecard

Overall Satisfaction

* Scores are based on 62 student ratings out of 5.

“It was just a fascinating class that gave me more insight into how people think.”
“I enjoyed learning about how we think. I enjoyed how we had many interactive assignments!”Student Survey Responses

Theme 1: History of Psychology

  • History
    • Identify each theorist with respective theory/perception. (1.1.A)
    • Recognize theory components. (1.1.B)
    • Classify specifics of career requirements in psychology. (1.1.C)
    • Explain the work of a psychologist (1.1.D)
    • Summarize the careers and specialized fields in psychology. (1.1.E)
    • Outline requirements needed to becomes a psychologist. (1.1.F)
    • Describe psychologists’ contributions to everyday life. (1.1.G)
  • People, Groups, and Cultures
    • Identify parts of the brain and their  inter-relationships. (1.5.A)
    • Identify the four nervous systems (1.5.B)
    • Illustrate the four nervous systems and their functions. (1.5.C)
    • Examine how the body adapts to the demands of its environment. (1.5.D)
    • Investigate the stages of awareness, including sleep, reaction to drugs, daydreaming, and controlled consciousness processes. (1.5.E)
    • Identify and describe the parts and functions of the nervous system. (1.5.F)
    • Identify and discuss the structure, functions and different ways psychologists study the brain. (1.5.G)
    • Give examples of the effects of heredity and environment on behavior and summarize research on the effects of heredity and environment on behavior. (1.5.H)
    • List, describe and summarize the states of consciousness (sleep, hypnosis, biofeedback, meditation, and drug use.) (1.5.I)
    • Identify, define, and describe the nature and functioning of sensory organs and the principles involved in perception. (1.5.J)

Theme 2: Learning and Thinking Processes

  • History
    • Identify the basic theories regarding memory, thought, and learning. (2.1.A)
    • Compare and contrast views on intelligence. (2.1.B)
    • Describe and outline the principles and techniques of classical conditioning and operant conditioning. (2.1.C)
  • People, Groups, and Cultures
    • Describe three processes and stages of memory. (2.5.A)
    • Demonstrate principles of memory processes. (2.5.B)
    • Propose how learning environment can enhance or inhibit learning abilities. (2.5.C)
    • Identify and cite the principles involved in cognitive learning, modeling and behavior modification. (2.5.D)
    • Explain the three processes of memory and  describe the processes involved in forgetting. (2.5.E)
    • Describe the theories of motivation and emotion, including Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. (2.5.F)

Theme 3: Developmental & Social Psychology

  • History
    • Identify the various developmental theorists and their ideas, including  Piaget’s  theories of cognitive development, Kohlberg’s stages of moral reasoning and Erikson’s stages of Psychosocial Development (3.1.A)
  • People, Groups,  and Cultures
    • Explain how biological, intellectual, emotional, and moral development affect behavior. (3.5.A)
    • Demonstrate appropriate developmental task for people at varying ages. (3.5.B)
    • Compare and contrast the various developmental theories. (3.5.C)
    • Appraise the effectiveness of various theories in explaining human development. (3.5.D)
    • Describe the physical and perceptual development of newborns and children. (3.5.E)
    • Summarize the cognitive-development theory. (3.5.F)
    • Describe theories of social development. (3.5.G)
    • Describe the physical changes that characterize adolescence. (3.5.H)
    • Describe research related to the sexual attitudes and roles of adolescents. (3.5.I)
    • Describe and outline the processes that characterize adolescence. (3.5.J)
    • Describe and characterize the physical, social, and emotional changes that occur during adulthood. (3.5.K)
    • Identify and summarize how people physically, mentally and socially adjust to old age. (3.5.L)

Theme 4: Personality and Individuality

  • History
    • Explain how individuals adjust to societal mores. (4.1.A)
    • Examine the environment for cliques, their values, and taboos. (4.1.B)
    • Trace the origin of attitudes and describe their function. (4.1.C)
  • People, Groups,  and Cultures
    • Summarize the communication and persuasion processes. (4.5.A)
    • Describe attitude changes and prejudice in relationship to stereotypes and roles. (4.5.B)
    • Identify and discuss group dynamics and the influence of groups on an individual’s behavior. (4.5.C)
    • Identify, describe and explain types of groups and the interactive patterns within groups. (4.5.D)
    • List, discuss and explain the factors involved in interpersonal and personal relationships including friendship, parent/child, and love relationships. (4.5.E)
    • Hypothesize factors essential to long-term relationships. (4.5.F)
    • Specify the biological and cultural influences that affect gender role. (4.5.G)
    • Identify differences in psychological disorders. (4.5.H)
    • Delineate between syndromes for a variety of mental disorders. (4.5.I)
    • Assess the concepts of abnormality. (4.5.J)
    • Differentiate stress reactions and alternative responses. (4.5.K)
    • Identify and define the types and sources of stress, explain the psychological, physical and behavioral reactions to stress, and explain and describe strategies for coping with stress. (4.5.L)
    • Distinguish between the concepts of normality and abnormality. (4.5.M)
    • Define psychological disorder, identify, describe and explain the major types of disorders, and assess the forms of therapy for disorders. (4.5.N)

Theme 5: Research

  • History
    • Interpret maps, statistics, charts, diagrams, graph, pictures, audiovisual materials, continua, written resources, art and artifacts. (5.1.A)
    • Examine Wilhelm Wundt’s impact on psychological research.  (5.1.B)
  • People, Groups,  and Cultures
    • Develop a research plan and identify appropriate resources for investigating social studies topics. (5.5.A)
    • Distinguish between and analyze primary sources and secondary sources. (5.5.B)
    • Distinguish between fact and opinion and analyze sources to recognize bias and points of view. (5.5.C)  
    • Create maps, charts, diagrams and graphs to assist in analyzing and visualizing concepts in social studies. (5.5.D)

Theme 6: Current Events

  • History
    • Examine current events as they relate to psychology. (6.1.A)

  • People, Groups,  and Cultures
    • Integrate the disciplines of social studies into psychology by examining current and multicultural perspectives. (6.5.A)

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