PSY 211W - Introduction to Psychology
Studies the scientific principles underlying behavior and mental processes by applying the major theoretical perspectives in psychology. Explores basic research methods, biopsychology, personality, learning, cognition, human development, social/cultural influences, stress and coping, perception, motivation, sexuality and gender, states of consciousness, psychological disorders and treatment. Credit may be earned in only one of the following: PSY 211W, PSY 211HW , or PSY 211CW .
Prerequisite(s): READING LEVEL 3 and WRITING LEVEL 3
Lecture Hours: 60 Lab Hours: 0
Meets MTA Requirement: Social Science
Outcomes and Objectives 1. Describe key concepts, principles, or overarching themes in psychology.
A. Use psychological terminology and concepts accurately to explain behavior and mental processes.
B. Demonstrate an understanding of the power of the context (including the sociocultural context) in shaping conclusions about individual behavior (e.g., personality traits, abilities).
C. Identify key characteristics and principles of major content domains (e.g., neuroscience, learning, memory) in psychology.
D. Relate major historical events, theoretical perspectives, and figures in psychology to trends in contemporary research.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of scientific inquiry.
A. Critically evaluate the quality of research including asking relevant questions to gather information about scientific claims.
B. Explain the scientific foundations in psychology, including the advantages and disadvantages of the various experimental and non-experimental research methodologies.
C. Apply ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practice.
3. Describe practical applications of psychology.
A. Identify factors that influence psychological and physical health.
B. Identify antecedents and consequences of behavior and mental processes.
C. Understand individual and sociocultural differences and how they influence beliefs, values, and interactions.
4. Utilize effective writing to show an understanding of basic psychological concepts.
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