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PSY 111 - Introduction to Psychology

Last Date of Approval: 2022

3 Credits
Total Lecture Hours: 45
Total Lab Hours: 0
Total Clinical Hours: 0
Total Work-Based Experience Hours: 0

Course Description:
This course examines the basic psychological processes of personality, social behavior, motivation, intelligence, and learning, with an emphasis on the language of modern psychology. Developing a basic understanding of psychology will help you to develop critical thinking skills, become a better consumer of information relating to human behaviors and mental processes, navigate social and occupational relationships, increase your emotional intelligence. Introduction to Psychology is a popular elective for many majors and transfers easily to other colleges. Potential careers include corrections officer, social work assistant, human resource specialist, and guidance counselor.

Prerequisites/Corequisites: None

Mode(s) of Instruction: traditional/face-to-face, virtual, and/or online

Credit for Prior Learning: This course offers an opportunity for students to earn Credit for Prior Learning for skills that they have brought with them to Iowa Central. For more information, please ask the instructor and see the Iowa Central Community College catalog.

Course Fees: ebook/Access Code: $75.00

Common Course Assessment(s): None

Student Learning Outcomes and Objectives:
Student Learning Outcomes

1. Gain an understanding of the historical development of psychology from philosophy to a science.
2. Critically analyze, interpret and evaluate research methods used in psychology.
3. Understand the biological base of sensation, perception and consciousness.
4. Understand the underlying roles of learning and memory in human cognition and language development.
5. Become aware of predictable patterns of change in humans over their lifespan.
6. Better understand the self by acquiring knowledge about motivation, emotion as well as personality theories and personality assessment.
7. Grow in knowledge of health and adjustment, understanding the role stress plays in patterns of abnormal behavior and their therapeutic resolution.
Course Objectives
Unit I History and Introduction to Psychology
     1. Identify the goals of psychology.
     2. Define the major perspectives in psychology.
     3. Apply learned concepts of basic human behavior.
Unit II Awareness
     1. Contrast sensation and perception as they impact the human condition.
     2. Identify the various states of consciousness.
     3. Name and describe the five Gestalt principles of perceptual organization
     4. Describe the following sleep phenomena: night terrors, sleepwalking, and sleep talking.
Unit III Learning and Cognition
     1. Identify various forms of learning.
     2. Explain stages of memory as well as forms of forgetting.
     3. Apply the principles of learning, language and intelligence, as each operates in human beings.
     4. Define creativity and distinguish between convergent thinking and divergent thinking.
     5. Distinguish between fluid intelligence and crystallized intelligence.
Unit IV The Self
     1. Apply the principles of physical, cognitive, social and emotional development to adolescents and adults.
     2. Generate positive motivational strategies in a simulated small group exercise.
     3. Compare and contrast humanistic, psychoanalytic, and social learning theories of personality.
     4. Distinguish among the processes Freud referred to as displacement, sublimation and   identification.
     5. Identifycharacteristics associated with different sexual orientations and recognize the results of research regarding the origins of sexual orientation.
Unit V Health and Adjustment
     1. Identify the factors that cause personal stress.
     2. Explain abnormalities of behavior as they impact individuals and their families.
     3. Identify the various forms of therapy available.
     4. Define abnormal behavior and distinguish between the continuity hypothesis and the discontinuity hypothesis.
     5. Identify the ethical standards for psychotherapy.
Unit VI The Social Context
     1. Demonstrate understanding of the attribution process and distinguish between the fundamental attribution error and the self-serving bias.
     2. Recognize how characteristics of the speaker, the message, and the listener affect persuasion.
     3. Recognize the role of cognitive dissonance in behavior and attitude change.
     4. Demonstrate understanding of the relationship between job satisfaction and productivity; identify the strategies that are designed to improve both.
     5. Identify the traits of successful leaders and know the status of women and minorities in leadership positions.

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