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PSYC 220 : Introduction to Psychology

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College of Arts & Sciences (WARSC)
Introduction to Psychology
This course will introduce the student to the field of psychology, and is a survey of the bio-psychosocial continuum and the intra-psychic, interpersonal, and organizational factors affecting human behavior. A primary feature of the course is its focus on the scientific method as the route to psychological knowledge. Students examine the rationalist, empiricist and experimental foundations of the scientific method and how these foundations can be critiqued. Topics include sensation, perception, learning, motivation, emotion, memory, personality, psychopathology, physiological psychology and social processes. Emphasis is placed on the application of the basic principles of psychology to engineering, aviation, public policy and business.

This course is designed to provide the student with a knowledge and understanding of basic principles in psychology and their applications to human behavior. This course will help the student develop an understanding of the terminology used; develop an appreciation of the historical growth; develop an understanding of the basic theories applicable to the field of psychology; and develop an ability to apply the basic theories of psychology to practical life situations.

Upon completion of the course students will be able to do the following:

1. Define psychology, describe its goals and methods, and distinguish it from other sciences which study human behavior.

2. Describe five major perspectives of psychology.

3. Describe brain function and how it affects behavior.

4. Discuss the principles of perceptual organization.5. Describe the stages of sleep and understand dreaming.

6. Describe the functions of the memory systems.

7. Identify the characteristics of intelligence as described by both layman and psychologists.

8. Describe the effects of stress (psychological and physiological).

9. Summarize the important physiological and psychological changes that occur during adolescence.

10. Define personality and distinguish among the major theoretical orientations.

11. Describe the basic theories and principles of motivation and emotion.

12. Define social psychology. Explain how social influences affect our attitudes, behavior, and emotions.

13. Complete Team Project

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Written assignments must be formatted in accordance with the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) unless otherwise instructed in individual assignments.

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Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
Written and oral communications, aviation applications of subject matter, and computer skills are emphasized in each course offered throughout the Worldwide Campus.
Donna L. Roberts, Ph.D. - 3/31/2015
Donna L. Roberts, Ph.D. - 3/31/2015
Alan R. Bender, Ph.D. - 3/31/2015
Dr. James Schultz – 3/31/2015
1-14 General Education of Arts and Sciences PO1 - Apply knowledge of college level mathematics to defining and solving problems;
PO2 - Apply statistical methods in the analysis and interpretation of data for the purpose of drawing valid conclusions relating to the solutions of problems;
PO3 - Communicate ideas in written form in both technical and non-technical areas;
PO4 - Communicate ideas in non-written form, such as through oral presentations or visual media;
PO5 - Recognize the importance of professional, ethical and social responsibility;
PO6 - Understand the natural world, to include the impact of the environment on aerospace operations and aerospace operations on the environment, as well as everyday life and professional experiences;
PO7 - Use digitally-enabled technology to organize and manipulate data, perform calculations, aid in solving problems, and communicate solutions, ideas, and concepts;
PO8 - Use scientific information in critical thinking and decision-making processes;
PO9 - Function on multi-cultural and/or multi-disciplinary teams;
PO10 - Apply economic principles to identify, formulate, and solve problems within professional and personal environments;
PO11 - Identify and participate in professional and personal development activities through organizations and self-directed learning;
PO12 - Understand contemporary issues in society
PO13 - Recognize the complexity and diversity of the human experience, including cultural, aesthetic, psychological, philosophical, and spiritual dimensions;
PO14 - Conduct and report research in accordance with professional standards.
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