Psychology

Student Learning Outcomes

Course Number Course Outcome
PSYC 19Abnormal Psychology^ Analyze ethical issues in treatment of disorders. ^ Apply diagnostic criteria to suggest possible diagnoses and treatment for disorders to case studies. ^ Compare and contrast the major theoretical perspectives in abnormal psychology. ^ Compare various research methods that are used to study abnormal behavior. ^ Evaluate legal definitions of insanity and incompetence. ^ Explain sociocultural issues in diagnosis and treatment. ^ Explain the criteria for defining abnormal behavior. ^ Explain the history, structure, use and limitations of the DSM 5. ^ Identify and analyze major psychological disorders using signs and symptoms from the current DSM. ^ Identify and apply theoretical perspectives used to describe the causes of mental disorders. ^ Identify symptoms of disorders, incl. adjustment, anxiety, mood, somatoform, psychotic, personality, dissociation, eating, sleeping, gender, sexual, & substance-related. ^ Students will analyze the relationship between social institutions and human behavior.
PSYC 1BBiological Psychology^ Analyze the different methods of investigation of the nervous system. ^ Appraise the role of genetics in understanding behavior and/or nervous system functioning. ^ Classify the different types of neurons and glial cells in the nervous system. ^ Describe the effects of various types of brain damage and disease (i.e., strokes, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia, etc.) upon the nervous system. ^ Describe the research on pre/post natal development of the brain and neuroplasticity. ^ Evaluate the research evidence concerning the role that different brain areas play in the following behaviors and/or functions: perception, biological rhythms, motivation and emotion, sexual behaviors, response to stress, learning and memory, lateralization and languages. ^ Explain the neural impulse in terms of the voltage and chemical changes that occur in the neuron. ^ Explain the process of synaptic transmission and the hypothesized effects of neurotransmitters on behavior. ^ Explain the role of natural selection in nervous system functioning ^ Identify the major anatomical structures, and their functions, of the nervous system. ^ Identify the major structures and main sequence of events of neural chemical transmission. ^ Identify the major structures of the brain from coronal, mid sagittal, and horizontal views. ^ Students will evaluate the impact of science on their daily lives.
PSYC 14Developmental Psychology^ Analyze the attachment process and its impact on psychological development throughout the lifespan. ^ Analyze the developmental changes that take place during the prenatal, infancy, early and middle childhood, adolescence, early adulthood, middle adulthood stages, and later adulthood, and death. ^ Analyze the stages of bereavement and death with an understanding of cultural differences. ^ Apply major theories in developmental psychology. (changed from identify to apply - 7/3/13) ^ Compare the major development theorists including Erikson, Piaget, Vygotsky, Ainsworth, Lorenz, Levinson, Watson, Skinner, Kohlberg, Gilligan, White and Freud. ^ Evaluate scientific research methods (longitudinal, cross-sectional, sequential, twin method) used in developmental psychology. ^ Evaluate the historical and current traditional approaches to the study of developmental psychology. ^ Evaluate the implication of cultural processes on the psychological development of the individual. ^ Evaluate the Nature versus Nurture Controversy as it applies to developmental psychology. ^ Evaluate the relative contributions of nature and nurture to human development. ^ Students will analyze the relationship between social institutions and human behavior. ^ Students will demonstrate meaningful self-evaluation related to increasing their lifelong personal well-being.
PSYC 15Introduction to Child Psychology^ Students will analyze the relationship between social institutions and human behavior. ^ Analyze key physical, cognitive, and psychosocial changes from the birth through adolescence. ^ Analyze the psychological implications of the developmental stages. ^ Apply physical (including changes in the brain), cognitive, and psychosocial (social, emotional and personality) changes throughout childhood (infancy through adolescence) to explain children's behavior. ^ Compare theories of child psychology. ^ Define the process of conception and the prenatal period. ^ Describe and evaluate methodology used to assess child psychology (including cross-sectional, longitudinal, and sequential). ^ Explain child and adolescent psychological disorders and therapies ^ Recognize ethical issues concerning research with minors.
PSYC 17Introduction to Human Services^ Achieve more clarity in one's own desire to pursue a career in Human Service. ^ Apply modalities to interacting and communicating with clients. ^ Differentiate models of human service delivery. ^ Evaluate how the following factors affect services clients receive: culture, language, financial status, intellect, educational level, physical ability, mental health, age, gender, sexual orientation.
PSYC 1AIntroduction to Psychology^ Apply concepts and theories from the following general domains: (a) biological bases of behavior and mental processes, (b) sensation and perception, (c) consciousness, (d) learning and memory, (e) cognition, intelligence, and language (f) lifespan development (g) motivation and emotion, (h) gender and sexuality, (i) stress and health, (j) social psychology, (k) personality, and (l) psychological disorders and approaches to treatment. ^ Apply psychological principles to personal experience. ^ Apply psychological principles to personal observations and / or experiences. ^ Compare and contrast major theoretical perspectives of psychology (e.g., psychoanalytic, behavioral, humanistic, etc.) ^ Compare and contrast research methods in psychology, including advantages and disadvantages of each (e.g., observation, case study, survey, correlational method, experimental method). ^ Demonstrate psychology is a science by explaining how psychology utilizes the scientific method. ^ Differentiate the major theoretical perspectives of psychology. ^ Distinguish between scientific and non-scientific methods of understanding. ^ Identify the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, core empirical findings, and historic trends in psychology. ^ Students will analyze the relationship between social institutions and human behavior.
PSYC 1AHIntroduction to Psychology - Honors^ Apply psychological principles to personal experiences. ^ Be able to differentiate the major theoretical perspecties of psychology. ^ Explain how psychology utilizes the scientific method ^ Students will analyze the relationship between social institutions and human behavior.
PSYC 3Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology^ Compare and contrast research designs used by psychologists ^ Compare and contrast the various research designs and describe their relative strengths and weaknesses. ^ Describe and discuss statistical validity. ^ Describe the process of answering psychological questions from a scientific perspective. ^ Determine appropriate statistical analyses for designs. ^ Evaluate published research. ^ Identify the goals of science and the goals of research ^ Perform literature searches and reviews using standard resources. ^ Perform original psychological research using American Psychological Association (APA) code of ethics ^ Use APA style correctly in writing empirically-based reports and literature reviews.
PSYC 33Psychology for Effective Living^ Analyze how attitudes, social perception, and social influence affect views of self and others. ^ Analyze ways gender and sexuality affect thinking and behavior. ^ Compare and contrast major theories of personality and apply them to daily life. ^ Demonstrate interpersonal communication skills and conflict resolution techniques. ^ Demonstrate meaningful self-evaluation related to increasing lifelong personal well-being. ^ Describe sources and moderators of stress in one's own life and evaluate healthy and unhealthy coping mechanisms. ^ Distinguish various psychological disorders as described in the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual and the specific therapeutic techniques used to help people who demonstrate psychological disorders. ^ Explain how psychological factors, nutrition, exercise, sleep and drug use influence physical and mental health ^ Explain stressors in your own life and generate a list of effective and ineffective ways of coping. ^ Identify personal issues that relate to career planning and job satisfaction. ^ Identify various aspects of interpersonal attraction such as the meaning of friendship, definitions of love, loneliness, and predictors of marital and relationship success. ^ Students will demonstrate meaningful self-evaluation related to increasing their lifelong personal well-being. ^ Understand the processes by which psychological factors influence physical health.
PSYC 5Psychology of Reasoning and Problem Solving^ Analyze cognitive and reasoning processes of individuals in a practical setting. ^ Apply problem solving and decision making skills from a psychological perspective. ^ Differentiate methods of hypothesis testing and interpret probability. ^ Differentiate theories related to critical thinking. ^ Dissect and examine components of arguments. ^ Distinguish between emotional and logical problem solving and how they relate to different situations. ^ Identify correct and erroneous cognitive processes. ^ Identify logical fallacies and cognitive distortions in critical thinking processes ^ Identify techniques in self-regulation and apply behavior modification techniques. ^ Solve intrapersonal and interpersonal problems using psychological principles.
PSYC 26Psychology of Sexuality^ Analyze and evaluate different theories of gender and sexual orientation. ^ Compare and contrast various methods of contraception. ^ Demonstrate meaningful self-evaluation related to increasing your lifelong personal well-being. ^ Describe differences in sexual attitudes and behaviors based on diversity of culture, religion, generation, gender, and/or sexual orientation. ^ Describe dysfunctional and atypical sexual behaviors and therapy ^ Describe historical and current research methods in studying human sexuality. ^ Describe sexuality from conception, pregnancy, and birth to childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. ^ Describe the implications of various types of sexual aggression and violence. ^ Describe the sexual marketplace and discuss potentially controversial issues related to prostitution and pornography. ^ Explain various types of love, communication, and sexual behaviors in relationships. ^ Identify and differentiate male and female sexual and reproductive anatomy, physiology, and sexual responses. ^ Identify symptoms of various sexually transmitted diseases and discuss their prevalence, transmission, and treatment. ^ Identify various structures of male and female sexual anatomy and discuss their functions in the physiology of human sexual responding.
PSYC 99Special Projects in Psychology^ Complete a quality project from start to finish. This includes a proposal, data collection and analysis, and communication of results. ^ Evaluate information from a minimum of five sources (professional journals or other sources approved by the instructor) that relate to the project.
PSYC 10Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences^ Chart and interpret simple and cumulative frequency distributions. ^ Compute and describe the effects of various measures of central tendency and variability. ^ Compute and interpret descriptive statistics including correlation and regression. ^ Conduct and interpret statistical analyses using statistical software. ^ Define and distinguish basic statistical terms and notation including scales of measurement. ^ Describe and explain the normal curve including how z-scores are used and calculated. ^ Describe and interpret statistical error, effect size and power. ^ Distinguish the difference between sample and population distributions and analyze the role played by the Central Limit Theorem. ^ Formulate and test research hypotheses through the use of various inferential statistical procedures: t-tests, ANOVA, chi-square. ^ Perform and evaluate descriptive (e.g., mean, median, mode, variance, standard deviation) and inferential (e.g., Pearson correlation, t tests, z test, and one-way analysis of variance) statistics. ^ Using SPSS software, correctly input data, analyze data, and interpret output for descriptive statistics, t tests, correlation, and one-way analysis of variance.
PSYC 25The Psychology of Women^ Analyze how gender stereotypes, discrimination, gender role expectations, and family-related issues affect women. ^ Define sexual orientation and identify issues related to the lesbian, bisexual, and transgender female experience. ^ Demonstrate meaningful self-evaluation related to the role of gender in your personal experience. ^ Describe gender differences in verbal and nonverbal communication patterns and how language treatment differs between genders. ^ Describe psychological and physiological aspects of female sexuality and sexual dysfunctions. ^ Describe the prevalent theoretical perspectives, including the psychoanalytic and feminist perspectives, on gender identity development and gender differences. ^ Describe, compare and contrast the predominant theories of gender development. ^ Differentiate between real and stereotypic gender differences, such as differences in abilities, achievements, emotions, and motivation, and reasons for those differences. ^ Discuss female victimization, particularly in the areas of rape, intimate partner abuse, sexual harassment, and childhood sexual abuse. ^ Explain how ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic factors impact women's experience in the workplace. ^ Explain the concept of privilege as it relates to various minority groups (i.e., women, ethnic minority groups, homosexuals, etc.). ^ Explain the rationale for the study of the Psychology of Women and define related terms (i.e., feminism, sexism, sex, gender, privilege, gender role). ^ Identify gender role messages in popular culture, such as television, music, videogames, and film. ^ Identify the sources of sex bias in psychological research and discuss gender-fair research methods and interpretations. ^ Identify women's psychological and physical health issues and the response of the healthcare system in providing treatment. ^ Synthesize course information to develop more critical appraisal and analysis of gender-related issues in contemporary society, and identify future trends that will continue to affect women.