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PSYC 050 - Introduction to Psychology
Course Details
Course Code:
PSYC 050

Calendar Description:
The focus of this course is to provide an introduction to some of the basic concepts and applications in psychology. The course will explore the different theoretical approaches in psychology, developmental psychology, learning, communication, stress and wellness and applications to life experiences.
Introduction to Psychology will acquaint learners planning to pursue further learning in human and social services field with the basic theories, applications and language use. It aims to prepare learners for the rigor of the first year university level course.


Date First Offered:
2010-09-01

Hours:
Total Hours: 120
Lecture Hours: 120


Total Weeks:
16

This course is offered online:
No

Pre-Requisites:
English 040 Advanced English, or Instructor's permission

Non-Course Pre-Requisites:
None

Co-Requisites:
English 050 Provincial English, or Instructor's permission

Rearticulation Submission:
Yes

Course Content:
Introduction
- Psychology as a natural science
- The scientific method

Developmental Psychology
- Steps and stages of life
- Sex and gender

Learning
- Models of learning
- Thinking and intelligence
- Memory

Stress and Wellness
- CNS and PNS
- Mind-body connection
- Sensation and perception
- Stress and emotion
- Intrinsic and extrinsic motivation (impact on love, sex, food and work)

Psychological Disorders
- Perspectives on mental disorders
- Abnormal behaviour
- Legal definition of insanity
- Approaches to treating psychological disorders


Learning Outcomes:
Upon the completion of this course, learners will be able to:

General Goals:
- Utilize critical thinking skills in the study of psychology
- Engage in active learning and see how psychology applies to our personal and social lives
- Define psychology as a natural science
- Define basic concepts, perspectives and major issues in contemporary psychology
- Use the scientific method in observing and analyzing human behaviour
- Identify, observe and describe specific psychological processes and principles
- Critically analyze information about humans and their diversity

Specific Outcomes:
- List and describe the components and function of the central and peripheral nervous systems
- Examine and explain the mind body connection
- Distinguish between sensation and perception
- Explain the various models of learning
- Describe and assess the biological, psychological, cultural, and social influences of behaviour
- Discuss the connection and differences between culture, gender, and biology
- Describe and discriminate between the various theories and models of memory and its components
- Define stress and list and explore the major methods of coping with stress
- Describe the components involved in the experience of emotion
- Define thinking and intelligence
- Define motivation and distinguish between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation
- Discuss the impact of motivation on love, sex, food, and work
- List and discuss the major theories of personality and how to measure it
- Describe the steps and stages in our lives
- Describe the major perspectives on mental disorders and distinguish mental disorder from abnormal behaviour and from the legal definition of insanity
- List and explain the goals and principles of the major approaches to treating psychological disorders


Grading System:
Letters

Passing Grade:
D (50%)

Grading Weight:
Final Exam: 30 %
Midterm Exam: 20 %
Assignments: 50 %


Writing Assignments:
data collection/survey, oral presentation, poster and written assignments.

Percentage of Individual Work:
100

Course Offered in Other Programs:
No

Text Books:

Required - Coons and Mitterer, 2007, Introduction to Psychology, 11th Edition (Thompson's; New York). Chapters Covered: 1, 4, 8, 12, 15, and 16
Required - Coons and Karafa, 2007, Study Guide for Coons and Mitterer's Introduction to Psychology (Thompson's New York). Chapters Covered: 1, 4, 8, 12, 15, and 16
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