Psychology 121

PSYC 121: Introductory Psychology

Credit Hours: (3)

ntroduces students to the scientific study of behavior. Topics include essential concepts in brain function, emotion, cognition, learning, personality, social behavior, abnormal psychology, the methods used to generate psychological knowledge, and application of this knowledge in a variety of settings.

Note(s): This course has been approved for Core Curriculum credit in Social and Behavioral Sciences.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

1. What is Psychology?

       - Historical Origins of Psychology

       - Psychology as a Career

       - The Bio-Psycho-Social Basis of Behavior

2. The Science of Psychology

       - The Scientific Method

       - Systematic Observation

       - Basic Research Designs:

                   - Experimentation

                   - Correlational Designs

                   - Observational Designs

3. The Neurological Basis of Behavior

4. Developmental Processes

5. Sensation and Perception

6. Emotion

7. Learning: Classical Conditioning, Operant Conditioning, and Cognitive Processes

8. Memory and Cognitive Processes

9. Personality and Behavior

10. Social basis of Behavior

11. Psychology of Health & Well-being

12. Psychopathology

13. Treatment and Therapy


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

A combination of lecture, informal discussion, in-class activities, and out-of-class assignments may be used in this course. These components will focus upon the text or other assigned readings, audio-visual presentations, or other relevant materials drawn from the popular cultural media and current events.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

Students will be able to:

a. demonstrate basic knowledge and comprehension of psychology; including the ability to recognize, recall, define, explain, and provide examples of major psychological concepts, principles, or methods.

b. apply major psychological concepts, principles, or methods to real world situations and analyze real world phenomena from a bio-psycho-social perspective.

c. make predictions about real world events and develop opinions about the world which are informed by major psychological concepts, principles, or methods.


Student will also understand how individual, social, or cultural factors influence human behavior and shape reciprocal relationships between people and society.

Students will also be able to:

a. explain the social or cultural factors that shape individuals' ideas and behaviors

b. explain how individual and collective behaviors shape societies and cultures

c. explain social or behavioral science concepts

d. use social or behavioral science concepts to interpret real-world problems, including the underlying origins of such problems


Assessment Measures

Student performance will be assessed based on some combination of the following: 1) in-class examinations, which may consist of objective or essay questions. 2) In-class or out-of-class quizzes. 3) term papers or projects. 4) class attendance. 5) class participation.


Other Course Information



Review and Approval

March 2009