SRJC Course Outlines

5/27/2024 6:48:16 AMPSYCH 1A Course Outline as of Fall 2005

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
Also Listed As: 

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 100 or ESL 100.

Limits on Enrollment:

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

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100.
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: Not Certificate/Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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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.  What is Psychology?
2.  How Do Psychologists Research?
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
3.  Write a term or course research paper approximately 3-5 pages in
   length for the purpose of learning research skills, enhancing course
   knowledge, and improving writing skills.
4.  At the discretion of the instructor, 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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Wade, Carole; Tavris, Carol
  PSYCHOLOGY, Prentice Hall, 2005.
Wood, Samuel E.; Wood, Ellen Green
  THE WORLD OF PSYCHOLOGY, Allyn & Bacon, 2005.
Feldman, Robert S.
Santrock, John W.
   PSYCHOLOGY, McGraw-Hill 2005.
Plotnik, Rod
   INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY, Wadsworth/Thomson, 2005.
Rathus, Spencer
Myers, David G.
   PSYCHOLOGY, Worth, 2004.
Hockenbury, Don H.; Hockenbury, Sandra E.
   PSYCHOLOGY, Worth, 2003.

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