SRJC Course Outlines

11/29/2020 2:48:40 AMPSYCH 10 Course Outline as of Fall 2019

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CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  PSYCH 10Title:  INTRO TO BIO PSYCHOLOGY  
Full Title:  Introduction to Biological Psychology
Last Reviewed:8/27/2018

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled06 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 Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly: 

Catalog Description:
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This course introduces the scientific study of the biological basis of behavior and its fundamental role in the neurosciences.  Physiological, hormonal, and neurochemical mechanisms, and brain-behavior relationships underlying the psychological phenomena of sensation, perception, regulatory processes, emotion, learning, memory, and psychological disorders will be addressed.  The course also notes historical scientific contributions and current research principles for studying brain-behavior relationships and mental processes.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:
Course Completion of PSYCH 1A


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
Description: Untitled document
This course introduces the scientific study of the biological basis of behavior and its fundamental role in the neurosciences.  Physiological, hormonal, and neurochemical mechanisms, and brain-behavior relationships underlying the psychological phenomena of sensation, perception, regulatory processes, emotion, learning, memory, and psychological disorders will be addressed.  The course also notes historical scientific contributions and current research principles for studying brain-behavior relationships and mental processes.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Course Completion of PSYCH 1A
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

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 2018
Inactive: 
 Area:D
Social and Behavioral Sciences
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 DSocial ScienceFall 2018
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 4Social and Behavioral ScienceFall 2018
 4IPsychology  
 
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2018Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2018Inactive:
 
C-ID:
 CID Descriptor: PSY 150 Introduction to Biological Psychology SRJC Equivalent Course(s): PSYCH10

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable



COURSE CONTENT

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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1.  Identify basic brain structures and functional neural systems, as related to psychological
     pathologies.  
2.  Examine brain structures and functional organization relating to language, learning, memory,
    reward, and sensory/motor systems.
3.  Compare and contrast the role for neurotransmitters in the etiology and treatment of various
    psychopathologies such as schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, and substance abuse.

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1. Define and use biological, physiological, and psychological terminology of the neurosciences.
2. Differentiate among specialty areas within Biological Psychology and the related disciplines
    within the Neurosciences and the types of research that characterize the biopsychological
    approach.
3. Summarize the major issues in human evolution, genetics, and behavioral development that
    underlie the "biology of behavior."
4. Generate and explicate concrete examples of invasive vs. noninvasive research methods and
    the general principles of research ethics for the study of animals and human beings, including
    the research safeguards and the peer-review process in science.
5. Explain scientific approaches used in methodologies for the study of brain-behavior
    relationships.
6. Explain the general anatomy and physiology of the nervous system and its relationship to
    behavior.
7. Describe neural conduction and synaptic transmission.
8. Discuss the role of the neuroendocrine system as it relates to behavior.
9. Exemplify with concrete examples various brain-behavior relationships including ingestive
    behavior, sexual behavior, sleep, learning, memory, stress, drug dependence, and psychiatric
    disorders such as affective disorders and schizophrenia.

Topics and Scope
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I. The Origins of Brain and Behavior
    A. Perspectives on Brain and Behavior
    B. Evolution of Brain and Behavior
    C. Brain Size and Intelligence    
II. The Nervous System's Functional Anatomy
    A. Overview of Brain Function and Structure
    B. Nervous, Central, Somatic, and Automatic System's Evolutionary Development
    C. Basic Principles of Nervous System Function
III. Functional Units of Nervous System
    A. Cells of Nervous System
    B. Internal Structure of Cell
    C. Genes, Cells, and Behavior
IV. Neurons and Electrical Signals to Transmit Information  
     A. Electrical Activity of a Membrane
    B. How Neurons Integrate Information
    C. How Sensory Stimuli Produce Movement
V. Neural Communication and Adaptation
    A. Structure of Synapses, Excitatory and Inhibitory Messages
    B. Neurotransmitter Systems and Behavior
     C. Adaptive Role of Synapses in Learning and Memory    
VI. Influence of Drugs and Hormones on the Brain and Behavior
    A. Principles of Psychopharmacology
    B. Psychoactive Drugs
    C. Responses to Drugs and Treating Drug Abuse
VII. Brain Structures and Functions
    A. Measuring and Manipulating Brain and Behavior
    B. Chemical and Genetic Measures of Brain and Behavior
    C. Neuroscience Research Methods  
VIII. Development and Adaptation of Nervous System
    A. Neurobiology of Development
    B. Brain Development and the Environment
IX. Nature of Sensation and Perception
    A. Visual System's Functional Anatomy
    B. Neuronal Activity
X. Learning and Memory
    A. Neural Systems Underlying Explicit and Implicit Memories
    B. Structural Basis of Brain Plasticity
    C. Recovery from Brain Injury
XI. Causes of Emotional and Motivated Behavior
    A. Evolution, Environment, and Behavior
    B. Identifying the Causes of Behavior
    C. Control of Regulatory and Non-regulatory Behavior
XII. Sleep, Dream, and the Brain
    A. Neural Basis of the Biological Clock
    B. Neural Basis of Sleep and Sleep Disorders
    C. Sleep and Consciousness
XIII. The Nature of Thought and the Brain
    A. Cognition and the Association Cortex
    B. Cerebral Asymmetry in Thinking
    C. Intelligence and Consciousness
XIV. Biological Bases of Psychological Disorders
    A. Classifying and Treating Brain and Behavioral Disorders
    B. Understanding and Treating Neurological Disorders
    C. Understanding and Treating Psychiatric Disorders

Assignments:
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1. Read approximately 35-60 pages per week and discuss assigned material in the textbook and
    supplements
2. Writing assignments that may include: term/research paper or projects for a minimum of
     1250 words
3. Oral presentations and/or group projects may be assigned
4. Quizzes (0-4), exams (2-3) and one final exam or project

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%
Essay, term or research papers; a minimum of 1,250 words for the course
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
None
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
None
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
75 - 90%
Quizzes, exams and one final exam or project
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 10%
Oral presentations and/or group projects


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Biological Psychology. 13th ed. Kalat, James. Cengage Learning. 2018
Physiology of Behavior. 12th ed. Carlson, Neil and Birkett, Melissa. Pearson. 2017
An Introduction to Brain and Behavior. 5th ed. Kolb, Bryan and Whishaw, Ian and Teskey, G. Worth Publishers. 2016
Biopsychology. 9th ed. Pinel, John. Pearson. 2014 (classic)

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