General Psychology

General Psychology

  1. Module Title: General Psychology
  2. Module Prefix/Number: PSYC 101
  3. Credit Hours: Three (3)
  4. Description :PSY 101 is an introduction to the science of psychology.
    This course is designed to give the student a basic understanding of the psychology of human behavior and mental processes. The student will be given exposure to the concepts, terminology, principles, and theories that comprise an introductory course in psychology. Topics covered are to fuse the broad range of knowledge about psychology, to emphasize research methodology, to encourage critical thinking, and to convey a multicultural approach that respects human diversity and individual differences. Psychology 101 explores the areas of physiological psychology, sensation and perception, consciousness, learning, memory, motivation and emotion, personality, and abnormal, developmental, and social psychology.After taking this class, intended psychology majors should be able to target areas of study that they would like to pursue and non-psychology majors should have a greater insight into the science of understanding human behavior.
  5. Student Learning Outcomes: At the end of this course students will have:
    • Define the term ‘Psychology’ and grasp the basic terminology, concepts, and principles of the discipline.
    • Gain knowledge of scientific methodology—understand the ways in which psychological data is gathered and evaluated.
    • Gain insight into one’s own personality and personal relationships by thinking critically about psychological theories and principles.
    • Discuss the ways that psychological theories are used to assess, predict, or change human behavior and how psychology is applied to influence and improve the lives of human beings.
  6. Grading Scale: Your letter grade in this course will be determined by calculating your score on all assignments and exams as a percentage of the total possible score, on a standard grading scale:
    Your Letter Grade Your Score as % of Total
    A 90–100
    B 80-89
    C 70-79
    D 60-69
    F 0-59

    Assignments 40%

    As part of the requirements, students must complete short assignments based on these studies. There will be 2 assignments, each attracting 20% of total course grade.

    Assignment (Essay) 20%

    Students are also required to turn in an essay assignment.

    Guidelines for the essay assignment:

    • Word limit: 1500-2500
    • The assignment should be typed using Times New Roman, 12-point size, double spaced, and ‘1’margins.
    • The assignment should be edited for spelling and grammar.
    • References to be provided using the APA guidelines.

    Exam 40%

    There will be a Final exam. The exams will be based on material covered in the textbook readings and lecture notes.

  7. Course Outline
    • Introducing Psychology
    • Brain and behavior
    • Human development
    • Sensation and perception
    • Consciousness
    • Conditioning and learning
    • Memory
    • Cognition and intelligence
    • Motivation and emotion
    • Human sexuality
    • Personality
    • Health psychology
    • Psychological disorders
    • Therapies
    • Social psychology
    • Applied psychology

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