This course helps students develop an understanding of the basic principles of behavior
and mental processes. The subject matter and research methods of scientific
psychology are presented.
Topics include; history, biopsychology, sensation, perception, states of consciousness,
learning, memory, forgetting, language, cognition, life-span development, gender,
sexuality, stress, health, motivation, emotions, social psychology, abnormality,
treatment and social and diversity issues.
(54 hours lecture; Degree appropriate, CSU, UC)
ENGL 68 - Preparation for College Writing
Course Measurable Objectives:
- Define psychology.
- Trace the historical background of psychology.
- Describe and evaluate scientific methodology.
- Interpret measures of central tendency, correlation, normal curve, and variability.
- Describe the biopsychological processes underlying behavior.
- Distinguish the various approaches to the study of human behavior.
- Delineate the processes and theories of sensation and perception.
- Explain the relationship between sensation and perception.
- Detect the various states of consciousness.
- Compare and contrast the different learning theories.
- Describe the different types and characteristics of memory and forgetting.
- Differentiate between the various theories of motivation and emotion.
- Explain the development and principles of language, thinking, creativity, and intelligence.
- Describe and evaluate theories and principles of life-span development.
- Analyze the various theoretical views of personality.
- Relate physiological and psychological correlates of stress and health.
- Distinguish the different theories of psychopathology.
- Describe the major psychological disorders delineated in DSM.
- Compare and contrast the various psychotherapeutic approaches.
- Evaluate the effects of a group on the individual.
- Analyze the effects of social variables on behavior and attitude formation.
- Identify reliable and credible sources of psychological research.