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Psychology- Introduction to Psychology (PS101)
November 2017 – Present.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: describe common memory distortions and explain what causes them; differentiate between the three types of memory (sensory, working, and long-term) and enumerate the characteristics of each type; explain how expertise can improve memory in particular situations; analyze the memory deficits of individuals to recognize retrograde and anterograde amnesia; describe individuals who have superior memory and explain some of the underlying behaviors that are associated with such memory; distinguish between classical conditioning and operant conditioning and describe some of the experimental methods used in each; explain how visual imagery is both similar to and different from sensory perception; examine the process of decision making and explain how heuristics and algorithms can influence human decision making; describe what is meant by problem solving and how humans solve problems; differentiate between the different building blocks of language (morphemes, phonemes, etc.); explain the importance of critical periods in the development of human language; compare and contrast human language and non-human communication to evaluate whether or not language exists outside of humans; critique Piaget’s theories of cognitive development and describe how more-recent research has altered these classical theories; differentiate between the different types of attachment and explain what factors result in different attachment styles; and examine the three types of moral reasoning and critique the research in light of more-current studies of the differences between males and females and between different cultures.
Instruction is offered online through video lectures, study guides, required and supplemental readings, quizzes, homework, and final exams. Major topics include: overview of memory, memory distortions, false memory, sensory memory, working memory, memory encoding and retrieval, cases of superior memory, explicit and implicit memory, amnesia, classical conditioning, operant conditioning, mental representations, visual imagery, reasoning, heuristics, algorithms, problem solving, parts of language, cognitive influence on language, language development, animal language, language and thought, cognitive development, stages of development, social and emotional development, attachment, and moral reasoning.
In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Introduction to Psychology (2/18).