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Psychology 101: Introduction to Psychology
34 hours (10 weeks).
December 2011 - Present.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: analyze the elements of the study of psychology, including how the scientific method applies to psychology; differentiate sensation and perception; categorize the states of consciousness; differentiate between operant and classical conditioning and examine famous experiments that contributed to understanding of conditioning; evaluate how memory is stored and categorized; interpret the contributions of developmental psychologists, including Piaget and Kohlberg; analyze Freud's theories of psycho-sexual development and defense mechanisms; evaluate concepts of social psychology, including stereotypes and attraction; diagram and explain different types of psychological disorders, including anxiety and mood disorders; and outline the basics of statistics, tests, and measurement used in psychology.
Major topics include: history and approaches; biological bases of behavior; sensation and perception; states of consciousness; learning; cognition; motivation and emotion; developmental psychology; personality; social psychology; psychological disorders and health; psychological treatments; and statistics, tests, and measurement.
In the lower division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Psychology (12/16).