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 rev.11/25/03

PSY 101 - Basic Psychology

Course Description

Presents the basic principles of human behavior and their application to everyday life and work. Topics include: introduction to psychology; social environments; communications and group processes; personality; emotions and motives; conflicts, stress, and anxiety; perception and learning; and life span development.

 

Competency Areas

Hours

 

Introduction to Psychology

Class

5

Social Environments

D. Lab

0

Communications and Group Processes

P. Lab/O.B.I.

0

Personality

Credit

5

Emotions and Motives

 

 

Conflicts, Stress, and Anxiety

 

 

Perception and Learning

 

 

Life Span Development

 

 

 

 

 

Prerequisite:

Provisional admission

Corequisite:

 

 

Course Guide

 

Competency

After completing this section, the student will:

Hours

Class

D.Lab

P.Lab/

O.B.I.

INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY

2

0

0

Definitions

Define psychology.

 

 

 

Careers in psychology

Identify career options in psychology.

 

 

 

SOCIAL ENVIRONMENTS

4

0

0

Primary relationships

Identify influences of primary relationships.

 

 

 

Secondary relationships

Identify influences of secondary relationships.

 

 

 

Rules

Explain/demonstrate rules for human interaction.

 

 

 

Roles

Identify/explain societal roles and expectations.

 

 

 

Affiliation

Explain/demonstrate principles of group inclusion.

 

 

 

COMMUNICATIONS AND GROUP PROCESSES

10

0

0

Communications process

Identify/demonstrate the communication process.

 

 

 

Communication components

Identify communication components.

 

 

 

Nonverbal agenda

Identify/demonstrate nonverbal cues.

 

 

 

Communication barriers

Develop strategies to overcome communication barriers.

 

 

 

Listening

Demonstrate active listening skills.

 

 

 

Member roles in groups

Determine/perform member roles in groups.

 

 

 

Leader roles in groups

Determine/perform leader roles in groups.

 

 

 

PERSONALITY

6

0

0

Personality theories

Describe/evaluate personality theories and disorders.

 

 

 

Types and temperaments

Identify personality types and temperaments.

 

 

 

 

Assess own personality type and temperament.

 

 

 

EMOTIONS AND MOTIVES

5

0

0

Theories of emotions

Identify/evaluate theories of emotions.

 

 

 

Classification for emotions

Illustrate/identify emotions by facial expression, vocal tone, nonverbal cues, etc.

 

 

 

Physiological motives

Explain physiological motives.

 

 

 

Psychological motives

Explain psychological motives.

 

 

 

CONFLICTS, STRESS, AND ANXIETY

7

0

 

Conflict potential

Assess conflict potential in personal/professional relationships.

 

 

 

Conflict management

Demonstrate strategies to handle conflict effectively.

 

 

 

Stress causing factors

Cite stress causing factors.

 

 

 

Stress tolerance/coping

Diagnose personal tolerance.

 

 

 

 

Plan stress coping techniques.

 

 

 

State/trait anxiety

Identify/explain different anxiety dimensions.

 

 

 

PERCEPTION AND LEARNING

8

0

0

Role of the nervous system

Differentiate between sensation and perception.

 

 

 

 

Describe the role of the nervous system in relaying and processing information.

 

 

 

Perception process

Identify/explain perception process.

 

 

 

Perception and reality

Demonstrate perception-reality principles.

 

 

 

Cognitive view of learning

Identify cognitive view of learning.

 

 

 

Information processing

Explain information processing.

 

 

 

Learning and reinforcement

Explain positive and negative reinforcement.

 

 

 

LIFE SPAN DEVELOPMENT

8

0

0

Childhood development

Describe the effects of childhood development on personality development.

 

 

 

 

Identify major influences in the early childhood span.

 

 

 

Adolescent development

Identify factors in the adolescent stage of development that affect behavior and influence choices

 

 

 

Young and middle age development

Contrast the role of an independent young or middle age person with that of a dependent young or middle age person.

 

 

 

 

Analyze the major decision of this age group.

 

 

 

Older adults

Relate the earlier stages of development to the success or failure of this age.

 

 

 

 

Describe the life style of older adults.

 

 

 

 

List characteristics of this group.

 

 

 

 

Analyze the factors that influence older adults.

 

 

 

 

Suggested Resources

 

Suggested Resources include textbooks shown below or most current edition.

Books

Baltus, R. K. (1992). Personal psychology for life and work (2nd ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.

Beck, R. C. (1996). Applying psychology: Understanding people (2nd ed.). Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Bernstein, D. A., et al. (1998). Psychology. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Corey, G. (1995). I never knew I had a choice (3rd ed.). Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks-Cole.

Dworetzky, J. P. (1991). Psychology (4th ed.). St. Paul: West.

Houston, J. P., & Bee, H. (1995). Essentials of psychology (2nd ed.). San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.

Kagan, J. (Ed.). (1998). Psychology: An introduction (6th ed.). San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.

Parham, A. C. (1998). Psychology: Studying the behavior of people (2nd ed.). Cincinnati: South-Western.