PSYC 1010 - Introductory Psychology
Credit Hours: 4.00
Nature, scope, and methods of psychology as behavioral science, emphasizing development, biological foundation of behavior, sensation, and perception, learning, emotion, motivation, and personality.
Billable Contact Hours: 4
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OUTCOMES AND OBJECTIVES
Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to identify the historical and current perspectives, or schools of thought.
- Describe the psychoanalytic theory.
- Describe behaviorism.
- Describe the humanistic theory.
- Describe the cognitive theory.
- Describe eclecticism.
Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to identify the basic structure of the nervous and endocrine systems as they relate to behavior.
- Name components of the neuron (e.g. dendrite, cell body, axon, synapse, etc.).
- Describe neural communication.
- Describe how neurotransmitters work.
- Identify common hormones.
Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to describe the overall development process from conception to death.
- Explain how and where fertilization occurs.
- Describe the three periods of prenatal development.
- Describe the development of language.
- Describe psychosocial development.
- Describe cognitive development.
- List factors involved in aging.
Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to describe the basic principles of classical conditioning, operant conditioning, and social learning/observational learning and describe the role of memory as it relates to learning.
- Define classical conditioning and its major components.
- Define operant conditioning and its major components.
- Define social learning/observational learning and its major components.
- Describe the three stores of memory (e.g. sensory, short-term, and long-term) and explain the processes of encoding, storage, and retrieval.
Outcome 5: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to describe the forces that energize and direct behavior.
- Explain the concept of the unconscious.
- Explain how the environment plays a role in behavior.
- Explain how culture plays a role in behavior.
Outcome 6: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to describe causes of and reaction to stress, including physical and psychological adaptations.
- Explain the fight-or-flight response.
- Explain Lazarus’ theory on the cognitive responses to stress.
- Explain how stress effects overall health.
Outcome 7: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to define the concept of personality and describe the major theoretical contributors.
- Identify Freud’s concepts as they relate to personality development (e.g. structure of the personality, the unconscious, defense mechanisms, psychosexual stages).
- Name some individual contributors to the Trait Theory and their major concepts.
- Name some of the assessment measures used in studying personality.
COMMON DEGREE OUTCOMES (CDO)
• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.
CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Critical Thinking: YES
Global Literacy: YES
Information Literacy: YES
Quantitative Reasoning: YES
Scientific Literacy: YES
COURSE CONTENT OUTLINE
- Introduction to the Science of Psychology
- Research Methods
- Experimental Method
- Correlational Method
- Descriptive Research Techniques
- Schools of Thought/Theoretical Perspectives
- Psychoanalytic/Psychodynamic Theory
- Humanistic Theory
- Cognitive Theory
- Biology and Behavior
- Neurons and Neurotransmitters
- Central Nervous System
- Limbic System
- Cerebral Cortex
- Peripheral Nervous System
- Endocrine System
- Brain Research Techniques
- Sensation and Perception
- Sensation and Sensory Organs
- States of Consciousness
- Circadian Rhythm
- Dream Research
- Other Altered States of Consciousness
- Psychoactive Substances
- Substance Abuse
- Substance Dependence
- Types of Psychoactive Drugs and Their Effects
- Classical Conditioning
- Operant Conditioning
- Social Learning Theory (Observational Learning)
- Cognitive Learning
- Sensory Memory
- Short-Term Memory
- Long-Term Memory
- The Process of Memory
- Cognition, Language, and Intelligence
- Problem Solving and Decision Making
- Language Development
- Structure/Essential Components of Language
- Measuring Intelligence
- Psychometric Approach
- Other Approaches (Multiple Intelligences, Triarchic Theory)
- Human Development
- Heredity and Prenatal Development
- Stage Theories of Development
- Cognitive Development
- Psychosocial Development
- Moral Development
- Other Development Issues
- Physical Changes
- Motivation and Emotion
- Theories of Motivation
- Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
- Arousal Theory
- Instinct Theory
- Eating Disorders
- Sexual Motives
- Social Motives
- Theories of Emotion
- Basic Emotions
- Sigmund Freud and Psychoanalysis
- Id, Ego, Superego
- Defense Mechanisms
- Learning Theories and Personality
- Humanistic Theory and Personality
- Trait Theories
- Personality Assessment
- Health and Stress
- Sources of Stress
- Responding to Stress
- Physical Response
- Psychological Response
- Health and Illness
- Heart Disease
- Immune System
- Personality Factors
- Lifestyle and Health Behaviors
- Psychological Disorders
- Defining Abnormal Behavior
- Mood Disorders
- Depressive Disorders
- Bipolar Disorder
- Anxiety Disorders
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Panic Disorder
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders
- Personality Disorders
- Antisocial Personality Disorder
- Other Personality Disorders
- Other Psychological Disorders
- Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders
- Dissociative Disorders
- Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders
- Insight Therapies
- Relationship Therapies
- Group Therapy
- Couples Therapy
- Family Therapy
- Behavior Therapies
- Based on Classical Conditioning
- Based on Operant Conditioning
- Based on Social Learning/Observational Learning
- Cognitive Therapies
- Biological Therapies
- Antianxiety Medications
- Antipsychotic Medications
- Other Biologically Based Therapies
- Social Psychology
- Social Perception
- Social Influence
- Group Influences
- Prosocial Behavior
- Prejudice and Discrimination
Van Wormer, Sara
Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088
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