Welcome to Psych 101, Fall 2015!

Course Description

This course is a survey of the scientific study of the mind and behavior.  Topics to be covered include research methods and applications in Psychology’s major areas of study: thought, memory, learning, perception, personality, social processes, human development, psychological disorders, and the biological bases of behavior.

Learning Outcomes

After taking this course you will be able to:

  • Assimilate information relating to psychology from a variety of sources
  • Think critically about your approach to psychological topics in a writing assignment
  • Reason using evidence to support your conclusions in a writing assignment
  • Demonstrate your knowledge of psychological theories and methods to your peers
  • Talk about contextual (i.e. environmental) influences on human behavior
  • Analyze topics from a diversity of perspectives, including those related to race, class, gender, sexuality, disability, nationality and culture
  • Demonstrate knowledge of APA ethical principles and codes of conduct for psychologists

At a bare minimum, at the end of the semester you should be able to:

  • Define psychology
  • Describe several major sub-fields in psychology
  • Differentiate between major psychological perspectives
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of history of psychology
  • Identify various types of research methods used in psychology
  • Identify basic applications and careers in psychology

Please visit the Course Schedule, Assignments, and Requirements pages for more information!

A hard copy of the syllabus can be downloaded here: Psych 101-07 Fall 2015 Syllabus