Psychology 101 Syllabus
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Week

Topic Reading Assignment

 1

Introduction to Psychology

 Online Orientation

2

Psychology: A Science Chapter 1
 

Biological Foundations of Behavior

 

3

The Nervous System Chapter 2

4

Heredity vs. Environment
The Developing Person
Chapter 4
Chapter 5 Exam #1

5

Sensation and Perception Chapter 6.

6

States of Consciousness. Chapter 3
 

Cognitive Processes

 

7

Learning
Memory
Chapter 7 plus pp142-148
Chapter 8

8

Cognition & Intelligence Chapter 9 Exam #2
 

Motivation, Emotion, Stress

 

9

Motivation Chapter 10.

10

Emotion and Stress Chapter 11

 

Personality and Abnormality

 

11

Personality Chapter 12 Exam #3

12

Abnormal Psychology Chapter 13.

13

Therapy Chapter 14
  Social Psychology  

14

Social Interaction Chapter 15

15

Final Exam Week Exam #4 

There are four exams, equally spaced throughout the course. See detailed timeline in WebStudy for specific dates and assignments in any given semester.

Course Description
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology

"This course focuses on the scientific study of human and animal behavior, including mental processes. Among the subjects studied are the effect of the body on behavior, how people think and learn, what motivates individuals, how children grow and develop, and what makes people behave abnormally." – Community College of Philadelphia, course catalog.

Upon completion of this course a successful students will be able to:

1. Define psychology as a science in terms of its history, theories, methods, applied areas, and ethical issues.
2. Describe the structure and function of the nervous system as the biological basis of behavior and cognition.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the major perspectives of psychology (e.g., behavioral, biological, cognitive, evolutionary, humanistic, psychodynamic, and socio-cultural).
4. Apply the major theoretical perspectives to an understanding of personality, lifespan development, abnormal behavior, and psychotherapy.
5. Describe a variety of careers in psychology and how psychology is applied to many areas of life and work today.