PSY 101D General Psychology

Instructor: Lisa Harder

Semester: Spring 

Course Description

This course is designed to introduce the students to the study of human behavior. Areas of study include: psychological research methods, developmental psychology, altered states of awareness, learning and conditioning, intelligence and testing, and the psychology of abnormal behavior. Each field will be examined and evaluated from a Christian perspective.

Required Textbooks

         Kosslyn and Rosenberg. Fundamentals of Psychology: The Brain, The Person, The World. 2nd Ed. 

Course Schedule

Unit 

Topic 

Learning Objectives

Introduction to Psychology 

         Students will introduce themselves to the class.

         Students will articulate a rationale for believerís involvement in the field of psychology.

         Students will through the assignment be able demonstrate an applied understanding of the theories to a case study.

         Students will interact with some of the debates in the field of psychological disorders.

Research in Psychology 

         Through the discussion question, students will articulate the strengths and weaknesses of the various research designs.

         Through the discussion question, demonstrate an understanding of the ethical principles of research.

         Students will explain what an experimental design is, what correlational research is, what naturalistic observations and case studies are and what surveys are.

The Biology of Mind and Behavior 

         Given the discussion question, students will synthesize their understanding of the impact of biology on behavior.

Learning 

         Through the reading and discussion question, students will explain observational learning and how it works.

         Given the reading text, students will describe how classical conditioning works.Students will describe the principles and techniques of operant conditioning. Through the discussion questions, students will analyze the applications of classical and operant conditioning.

         Given the assignment, students will analyze research on a psychological topic of their choice.

Memory 

         Through the discussion questions, students will gain analyze the information on false memories and repressed memories.

         Through the discussion questions, students will provide examples of how memory can be improved.

         Given the reading text, students will describe the three different memory stores: sensory memory, short-term memory, and long-term memory.Students will describe the different stores within LTM, including modality specific stores, semantic and episodic memory, and explicit and implicit memory.Students will provide examples of how memory can be improved at both storage and retrieval.

Language, Thinking, and Intelligence 

         Through the discussion question, students will analyze whether or not people reason logically.

         Through the discussion question, students will apply the concept of emotional intelligence to everyday life..

Emotion and Motivation 

         Through the discussion question, students will summarize a Christian understanding of homosexuality.

         Through the discussion question, students will analyze the various theories of the causes of emotions.

Personality 

         Through the discussion question, describe the influence of birth order on personality.

         Through the discussion question, students will critique a personality theory from a Biblical perspective.

         Given the assignment, students will analyze research on a psychological topic of their choice.

Child Development 

         Through the discussion questions, respond to the controversial issues in child development.

         Given the assignment, students will interact with some of the debates in the field of psychological disorders.

         Through the discussion questions, respond to the controversial issues in child development.

10 

Adolescent and Adult Development 

         Given the discussion question, students will analyze whether adolescents are the victims of raging hormones.

         Given the discussion questions, students will evaluate their own strategies for aging well.

         Given the reading text, students will describe the physical changes that occur through puberty, as well as discuss the cognitive changes that accompany adolescence.Students will describe the body changes, the perceptual and cognitive changes that occur as people age.

11 

Stress, Health, and Coping 

 

12 

Psychological Disorders 

 

13 

Treatment 

 

14 

Social Psychology 

 

15 

Bringing it all Together 

         Students will consider the class and articulate what they will be able to keep with them as they continue their education.

         The purpose of this paper is to encourage the students to review the findings of Psychology and see their applicability to everyday life.  As they look back on the information gained through the readings, class discussion and activities for this class, they should consider what areas of study have spoken to them and challenged them the most.