SRJC Course Outlines

7/22/2024 11:08:47 PMPSYCH 1A Course Outline as of Fall 2014

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  PSYCH 1ATitle:  GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY  
Full Title:  General Psychology
Last Reviewed:12/9/2019

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled03 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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Scientific study of human behavior; emotions, thinking, heredity, environment, learning, intelligence, and human diversity.  


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Scientific study of human behavior; emotions, thinking, heredity, environment, learning, intelligence, and human diversity.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1981
Social and Behavioral Sciences
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 DSocial ScienceFall 2010
 DSocial ScienceFall 1991Fall 2010
 D1Anthropology and Archeology  
 D4Gender Studies  
 DSocial ScienceFall 1981Fall 1991
 D1Anthropology and Archeology  
 D4Gender Studies  
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 4Social and Behavioral ScienceFall 1981
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
 CID Descriptor: PSY 110 Introductory Psychology SRJC Equivalent Course(s): PSYC1A

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable


Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1.  Use major psychological theoretical perspectives to explain human behavior.
2.  Identify the major scientific research methods, and use the critical thinking process to assess research materials and methods.

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Upon completion of this course, students will able to:
1.  Define psychology; outline its historical roots; identify what psychologists do; and apply the critical thinking process to psychological phenomena and research outcomes.
2.  Describe and apply with examples the various psychological research methods used to study behavior; include description of case studies, naturalistic and laboratory observations, correlational studies, surveys and tests, the experimental method, and longitudinal and cross-sectional studies.
3.  Diagram the structure of the brain and its neuron cells; include descriptions of hemispheric specialization, location of important structures and their functions, and male/female differences.
4.  Discriminate among the following body rhythms and mental states: circadian rhythm and the sleep cycle, infradian rhythm and the premenstrual cycle, and ultradian rhythm and the stages of dream.
5.  Analyze the processes of sensation and perception and relate how abilities, beliefs, and emotions can affect sensory perception.
6.  Summarize the principles of classical conditioning, operant conditioning, and social-cognitive learning and apply these principles when explaining the origins of phobias, fetishes, and aggression.
7.  Determine how societal roles and rules, authority figures, and group opinions and behaviors affect an individual's opinions, actions, and emotions; generate a plan on how to decrease stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination.
8.  Distinguish among the different theories of intelligence, including Sternberg's Triarchic Theory of Intelligence and Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligence.
9.  Discuss how the body, the mind, and culture influence the experience and display of emotions; assess the components of stress and describe how to cope and manage stressful events.
10. Compare and contrast the following theories of personalities: biological (genes and heredity), environmental (parents, peers, situations), cultural (values and traits), psychodynamic (unconscious conflicts and desires), and humanistic (present inner self).
11. Analyze and describe the following categories of psychological disorder: anxiety disorders, mood disorders, eating disorders, personality disorders, dissociative disorders and schizophrenia.
12. Apply the following treatment strategies and therapeutic styles to their appropriate psychological disorders:  lobotomy, ECT, antianxiety, antidepressant, antipsychotic, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, behavioral, humanistic, group, and family.

Topics and Scope
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1.  Introduction to Psychological Theories
2.  Psychology Research Methods
3.  Evolution, Genes, and Behavior
4.  Neurons, Hormones, and the Brain
5.  Body Rhythms and Mental States
6.  Sensation and Perception
7.  Learning and Conditioning
8.  Behavior in Social and Cultural Context
9.  Thinking and Intelligence
10. Memory
11. Emotion
12. Motivation
13. Theories of Personality
14. Development over the Life Span
15. Health, Stress, and Coping
16. Psychological Disorders

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1.  Carefully read, approximately 25-35 pages per week, and recapitulate assigned materials in the textbook and supplements.
2.  Take two midterm exams and one final on lectures, reading concepts and terminology.
3.  Write approximately1000 to1500 word essay(s), or term/research papers for the purpose of learning research skills, enhancing course knowledge, and improving critical thinking and writing skills.
4.  Oral presentations and group projects may be assigned.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
10 - 25%
Research paper
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
75 - 90%
Multiple choice, true/false, essay exams, fill-in, short answer
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 10%
Oral presentations, group projects

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Understanding Psychology, 11th edition. Feldman, Robert S., McGraw-Hill: 2010
Discovering Psychology, Hockenbury, 5th edition. Don H.; Hockenbury, Sandra E. Worth: 2011
The Science of Psychology, King, 2nd edition. Laura A., McGraw-Hill: 2011
Psychology, 10th edition. Myers, David G., Worth: 2013
Introduction to Psychology, 10th edition. Plotnik, Rod; Kouyoudjian, H., Wadsworth/Thomson: 2011
Psychology - Concepts and Connections,Rathus, 10th edition. Spencer A., Cengage Learning: 2011
Invitation to Psychology, 5th edition. Wade, Carole; Tavris, Carol, Pearson: 2012
Mastering the World of Psychology, 5th edition. Wood, Samuel E.; Wood, Ellen Green; Boyd, Denise, Pearson:  2014

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