- Module Title: Stress Management
- Module Prefix/Number: PSYC 450
- Credit Hours: Three (3)
- Description: This course explores the areas of physiological responses to stress, perception, life situations and emotional reactions. The student will be given exposure to the physical, psychological, sociological, and spiritual aspects of stress. The course will also cover appropriate coping skills to help manage stress in everyday life. Topics covered are to fuse the broad range of knowledge about psychology, to emphasize research methodology and to encourage comprehensive thinking. After taking this class, students should realize that they have greater control over their lives and their environments.
- Student Learning Outcomes: At the end of this course students will have:
- Define the term ‘Stress’ and grasp the basic terminology, concepts, and principles of the stress management
- Gain knowledge of scientific methodology in stress management—understand the ways in which psychological data is gathered and evaluated
- Gain insight into how people react to stress
- Discuss the ways that a variety of stress management techniques are used to deal with stressors and stress
- 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
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.
There will be a Final exam. The exam will be based on material covered in the textbook readings and lecture notes.
- Course Outline
- Stress in Today’s World
- The Science of Stress
- The Mind/Body Connection
- The Power of Perception
- Thinking and Choosing
- Managing Emotions
- The Importance of Values
- Time and Life Management
- Money Matters
- Social Support, Relationships, and Communication
- Creating a Healing Environment
- Healthy Lifestyles
- Introduction to Relaxation
- Take a Breath
- Progressive Relaxation
- Guided Imagery: Using Your Imagination
- Complementary and Alternative Health
- More Stress-Reduction Strategies
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