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Course Objectives This course is intended as an introductory survey of topics in psychology. By the conclusion of the course, you should be able to recognize, list, or describe the:  

-  History and current fields of psychology
-  Basic research methods used by psychologists
-  Parts and role of the nervous system in behavior
-  Visual and auditory systems in sensation and perception
-  Explanations for learning (e.g., classical conditioning) and their application
-  Components of the memory system and explanations for how memory works
-  Types of intelligence/abilities and their application
-  Physiological and cognitive explanations for motivation and their application
-  Typical stages of human physiological and cognitive development
-  Individual differences in personality and their implications
- Stages of sleep and dreaming
-  Types of psychological disorders
-  Attitudes and their connection with behaviors
-  Role of psychology in persuasion

  This course is approved for the Behavioral and Social Sciences Group in the 2011 version of Mansfield’s General Education program.  Work from assignments is compiled and used for the University’s assessment activities.  Please see the 2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog for a more detailed explanation of General Education. 


General Education - Social & Behavioral Sciences Group - Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Goal of course is to guide students to:
Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs)

At the completion of this course, students should be able to:
Where Students Will Demonstrate SLOs
Explain basic theories of human and social behaviors based on the methods of the target disciplines. Recognize basic psychological theories of human behavior and their development.  (PSLO 1)*  

At introductory level, recognize and apply basic research methods used by psychologists.  (PSLO 2)*
Exams
Identify and describe some fundamental social structures. Identify and describe some fundamental psychological concepts and theories.  (PSLO 1)* Exams
Understand how the social sciences approach human societies and behaviors. Identify and describe the roles of psychologists across disciplines and specializations.  (PSLO 1)* Exams 
Describe the development or application of key concepts in the target discipline. Write about the application of psychology to “real world” situations, using the appropriate terms for a given approach.  (PSLO 1, PSLO 2, PSLO 4)* Individual Exercises
Use social science methods to analyze social issues and problems. Apply psychological models to analyze a social issue within a given context.  (PSLO 1, PSLO 2, PSLO 4)* Group Exercise
(Adapted from Sechrist, 2011)

*APA - Undergraduate Psychology Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs- Adopted by MU Psychology 5/11/15)

Goal 1: Knowledge Base in Psychology:  “Students should demonstrate fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends, and empirical findings to discuss how psychological principles apply to behavioral problems.”

Goal 2: Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking:  “The skills in this domain involve the development of scientific reasoning and problem solving, including effective research methods.”

Goal 3: Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World:  “The skills in this domain involve the development of ethically and socially responsible behaviors for professional and personal settings in a landscape that involves increasing diversity.”

Goal 4: Communication:  “Students should demonstrate competence in writing and in oral and interpersonal communication skills.”

Goal 5: Professional Development:  “The emphasis in this goal is on application of psychology-specific content and skills, effective self-reflection, project-management skills, teamwork skills, and career preparation.”   



Source:  American Psychological Association. (2013).  APA guidelines for the undergraduate psychology major: Version 2.0. Retrieved from http://www.apa.org/ed/precollege/undergrad/index.aspx