College of Arts, Letters, Social Sciences, and Emergency Services
Fall 2014 Psychology 101 Introduction to Psychology (4,0)
Dr. James W. Allen
Office: LIB 239
Phone: (906) 635-2109
MTRF, 11:00 - 11:50 AM (Sec 002)
1:30 – 2:30 PM
9:00 am - Noon
1:30 - 2:30
***also by appointment
Myers, D. G. (2014). Psychology in Modules(10thed.). New York, NY: Worth. ISBN-10: 1-4641-6476-2 _________
LaunchPad Access for Myers Psychology Tenth Edition in Modules. __________
*** I-Clicker+ *** ISBN-13: 9781464120152
Additional readings as applicable.
Welcome to Introduction to Psychology! The discipline of psychology is a broad field of study covering many topic areas. Some psychologists study complex interactions between neurons within the brain as humans’ process information or exhibit particular behaviors. Other psychologists focus on the ways that groups and larger social processes influence individual behavior. Still others design experiments to examine the mental processes of humans and various other species of animals. Despite this broad range, psychology can be unified as a discipline focused on the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. This course will be a broad overview of the many approaches and perspectives on understanding the mind and behavior that contribute to the discipline of psychology. Through this course you will develop a basic understanding of the different perspectives and content domains in psychology as well as key concepts, theories and organizing principles within the field. As your instructor, I hope that this course will build your interest and enthusiasm for further study of psychological topics throughout your university experience.
APA Undergraduate Student Learning Outcome Statements:
1.1Describe key concepts, principles, and overarching themes in psychology 1.2Develop a working knowledge of the content domains of psychology 1.3Describe applications that employ discipline-based problem solving 2.1Use scientific reasoning to interpret behavior
2.2Demonstrate psychology information literacy
2.3a Recognize and describe well-defined problems
2.3b Apply simple problem-solving strategies to improve efficiency and effectiveness 2.4a Describe research methods used by psychologists including their respective advantages and disadvantages 2.4b Discuss the value of experimental design (i.e., controlled comparisons) in justifying cause-effect relationships 2.5 Incorporate sociocultural factors in scientific inquiry 3.1 Apply ethical standards to psychological science and practice 3.2 Promote values that build trust and enhance interpersonal relationships 3.3a Identify human diversity in its many forms and the interpersonal challenges that often result from the diversity 3.3b Recognize potential for prejudice and discrimination in oneself and others 5.1 Apply psychological content and skills to professional work 5.2 Exhibit self-efficacy and self-regulation
General Education Objectives: This course is designed to meet the Social Science General Education Outcome. Students will be able to think critically and analytically about the causes and consequences of human behavior. Specifically, students will be able to: Describe how psychologists conduct research
Analyze psychological issues in terms of theories and concepts related to different psychological perspectives Discuss ethical concerns related to the conduct of psychological research and treatment of individuals with psychological disorders
Grading Scale and Policies: Each student will take 4 exams, a Final Exam, complete PsychPortal assignments, and respond to i-Clicker questions during the semester. All...
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