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Syllabus College Of Social Sciences Psy/300 Version 2 General

SYLLABUS
College of Social Sciences
PSY/300 Version 2
General Psychology
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Course Description

General Psychology is a survey course which introduces the student to the major topics in scientific psychology as applied to human behavior. Applications of these principles will be made to the human experience.

Policies

Faculty and students/learners will be held responsible for understanding and adhering to all policies contained within the following two documents:

• University policies: You must be logged into the student website to view this document.
• Instructor policies: This document is posted in the Course Materials forum.

University policies are subject to change. Be sure to read the policies at the beginning of each class. Policies may be slightly different depending on the modality in which you attend class. If you have recently changed modalities, read the policies governing your current class modality.

Course Materials

Kowalski, R., & Westen, D. (2011). Psychology (6th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

All electronic materials are available on the student website.

Week One: The Science of Psychology
Details Due Points
Objectives 1.1 Examine the major underlying assumptions of the various schools of thought in psychology.
1.2 Explain how psychological research applies to various aspects of personal and social life.
1.3 Determine what guidelines should be applied to the evaluation of psychological research and practices.
1.4 Identify ethical dilemmas that may arise in psychological research.
1.5 Describe the basic biological foundations of psychology.
Readings Read Ch. 1–3 of Psychology.
Review this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings.
Participation Participate in class discussion, posting one, 200+ word essay for each of the two DQs. Days 3 & 5 2
Discussion Questions Respond to weekly discussion questions on four days, two responses per day. 2
Nongraded Activities and Preparation
MyPsychLab Use the link on the student web page to access and view the following video clips:

• Branches of Psychology
• The Complexity of Humans
Individual Foundations of Psychology Paper Prepare a 700- to 1,050-word paper in which you examine the foundations of psychology. In your paper be sure to address the following components:

• Identify the major schools of thought in psychology and examine their major underlying assumptions.
• Describe the biological foundations of psychology.

Use at least three credible, authored references.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines. Day 6 5

Week Two: Sensation and Perception
Learning
Details Due Points
Objectives 2.1 Describe the concepts of transduction and absolute threshold.
2.2 Examine sensation as it relates to the visual, auditory, tactile, olfactory, and gustatory systems.
2.3 Distinguish sensation from perception.
2.4 Explore the conditioning processes involved with learning.
2.5 Distinguish between classical and operant conditioning.
2.6 Define unconditioned stimulus, conditioned stimulus, reinforcement, shaping, and extinction.
2.7 Examine cognitive-social models of learning.
Readings Read Ch. 4 & 5 of Psychology.
Review this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings.
Participation Participate in class discussion, posting one, 200+ word essay for each of the two DQs Days 3 & 5 2
Discussion Questions Respond to weekly discussion question posts of others on four days, two responses per day. 2
Nongraded Activities and Preparation
MyPsychLab Use the link on the student web page to access and view the following video clips:

• A Nobel-Winning Study in Feature Detectors
• Frequency and Amplitude of Sound Waves
• The Shaping Process

Learning Team Assignment Complete the Learning Team Charter Day 4 3
Individual
Phobias and Addictions Paper Prepare a 1,050- to 1,400-word paper in which you discuss phobias and addictions as related to classical and operant conditioning. Phobias and addictions are two emotional difficulties which learning theorists can account for. Be sure to include the following:

Distinguish between classical and operant conditioning

• Explore how phobias can be developed through classical conditioning.
• Explore how addictions can be developed through operant conditioning..
• Explain what extinction means and how it is achieved in both classical and operant conditioning.

Use at least three credible, authored references

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

Day 7 10

Week Three: Memory, Thought, Language, and Intelligence
Details Due Points
Objectives 3.1 Examine the processes of memory and information processing.
3.2 Describe short-term memory and long-term memory in relationship to each other.
3.3 Compare and contrast language, thought, reasoning, and problem solving.
3.4 Explore the definitions of intelligence and the validity of intelligence measurements.
3.5 Articulate the relationship between memory and intelligence.
Readings Read Ch. 6–8 of Psychology.
Review this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings
Participation Participate in class discussion, posting one, 200+ word essay for each of the two Discussion Questions. Days 3 & 5 2
Discussion Questions Respond to weekly discussion question postings of others on four days, two responses per day. 2
Individual Gardner Intelligence paper Prepare a 1,050- to 1,400-word paper in which you discuss the theory of multiple intelligences developed by Howard Gardner. Pick three and discuss how each can have an impact on your personal success. Below is a list of the eight intelligences:

• Linguistic
• Musical
• Logical-Mathematical
• Naturalist
• Spatial
• Bodily-Kinesthetic
• Intrapersonal
• Interpersonal

Use at least three credible, authored references

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines. Day 7 10
Learning Team
Sensation, Perception, and Attention Paper Prepare a 1,050- to 1,400-word paper in which you discuss the type of environment that facilitates the attention and perceptive processes of each Learning Team member. In order to prepare your report, perform the following activities:

• Conduct an open dialogue about each team member’s threshold for auditory stimuli.

• Compare the experiences and comfort levels of each team member with dichotic listening, or the “cocktail party” phenomenon.

• Discuss how dividing attention facilitates or impedes each team member’s learning.

• Identify and articulate what you see as the sensory perception problem involved.

Use at least three credible, authored references.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines. Day 7 15

Week Four: Motivation and Personality
Human Development
Details Due Points
Objectives 4.1 Examine basic theories of motivation.
4.2 Compare and contrast theories of personality in terms of how they explain an individual’s unique patterns and traits.
4.3 Determine the usefulness and the limitations of personality testing.
4.4 Identify basic theories of development.
4.5 Distinguish between the influences of heredity and environment on psychological development.
Readings Read Ch. 10, 12, & 13, of Psychology.
Review this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings
Participation Participate in class discussion, posting one, 200+ word essay for each of the two Discussion Questions. Days 3 & 5 2
Discussion Questions Respond to weekly discussion question postings of others on four days, two responses per day. 2
Individual
Life Span Development and Personality Paper Resources: Articles located through the University Library or other libraries’ database sources

Select a famous individual from the 20th or 21st centuries. Conduct research concerning the background of your selected individual to determine what forces have impacted his or her life from the viewpoint of developmental psychology.

Prepare a 1,050- to 1,400-word paper in which you address the following items:

• Distinguish between the influences of heredity and environment on the person’s psychological development. Be sure to specify which area of psychological development: moral, emotional, or other.
• What family issues or social support systems may have influenced the person’s developmental growth and adjustment?
• Select two different theories of personality and apply them to your selected figure, and answer the following question: How does each theory differ in terms of how it explains the individual’s unique patterns or traits?
• Explain which theoretical approach you believe best explains the individual’s behaviors and achievements. Make sure to explain why you made this choice.

Use at least three credible, authored references.
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Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines. Day 7 10

Week Five: Social Psychology
Abnormal Psychology and Therapy

Objectives 5.1 Analyze precursors and consequences of human interaction in terms of social psychology concepts.
5.2 Explore basic concepts of human interaction from a social psychology perspective.
5.3 Define abnormal psychology in contrast to “normal psychology.”
5.4 Examine mental disorders and mental illness from the psychological perspective.
5.5 Compare and contrast therapies designed for each school of thought in psychology for treating mental disorders.
Readings Read Ch. 14-17 of Psychology.
Review this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings
Participation Participate in class discussion. Days 3 & 5 2
Discussion Questions Respond to weekly discussion questions. 2
Individual
Social Influences on Behavior Paper Resources: Articles located through the University library or other libraries’ database sources
Prepare a 1,050- to 1,400-word paper in which you examine basic concepts of special influence on human interaction from a psychological perspective. In your examination, describe at least two examples of how human behavior changes based on social influences. In your description be sure to address the following:

• Describe the specific behaviors (e.g., conformity).
• Describe the context in which the behaviors occurred.
• Analyze precursors and consequences of the behaviors in terms of social psychology concepts.
• Identify any associated phenomenon with your selected behaviors, such as social facilitation, social loafing, or groupthink.
• Determine if the exhibited behaviors necessitate therapeutic intervention.

Use at least three credible, authored references.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines. Day 7 12
Learning Team
Abnormal Psychology and Therapy Paper Prepare a 1,050- to 1,400-word paper in which you discuss abnormal psychology and therapy. In your paper, be sure to address each one of the following items:

• Compare and contrast normal and abnormal psychology.
• Examine at least two mental disorders and two mental illnesses from the perspective of psychology.
• Discuss the similarities and differences among the therapies for each school of thought in psychology for treating mental disorders.

Use at least three credible, authored references.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines. Day 7 15

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