I. General Information
1. Course Title:
Honors General Psychology
2. Course Prefix & Number:
3. Course Credits and Contact Hours:
Lecture Hours: 4
4. Course Description:
This honors class presents a general introduction to psychology as a biosocial science. This survey course will familiarize the student with the basic principles of psychology, show how psychologists employ the scientific method, and equip the beginning student of psychology with a working vocabulary of psychological terminology and critical thinking skills. Areas to be covered include research, neuroscience and behavior, developmental and social psychology, personality, motivation, thinking and learning, memory, psychological disorders and therapy. Students will be introduced to psychological research and writing.
Courses in the Honors Program emphasize independent inquiry, informed discourse, and direct
application within small, transformative, and seminar-style classes that embrace detailed
examinations of the material and feature close working relationships with instructors. In addition, students learn to leverage course materials so that they can affect the world around them in positive ways.
5. Placement Tests Required:
|Accuplacer (specify test):
|Other (specify test):
6. Prerequisite Courses:
PSYC 2423 - Honors General Psychology
There are no prerequisites for this course.
7. Other Prerequisites
OR permission from the instructor or Honors Coordinator, or high school GPA of 3.5 or greater.
9. Co-requisite Courses:
PSYC 2423 - Honors General Psychology
There are no corequisites for this course.
II. Transfer and Articulation
1. Course Equivalency - similar course from other regional institutions:
Bemidji State University, PSYC 1100 Introductory Psychology, 4 cr.
Minnesota State University Moorhead, PSY 113 General Psychology, 3 cr.
Minnesota State University Mankato, PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychological Science, 4 cr.
Southwest Minnesota State University, PSYC 101 General Psychology, 3 cr.
St. Cloud State University, PSY 115 Introduction to Psychology, 3 cr.
Winona State University, PSY 210 Introduction to Psychological Science, 3 cr.
2. Transfer - regional institutions with which this course has a written articulation agreement:
"PSYC 2423 Honors General Psychology" is a foundational course within the Central Lakes College - Psychology (Minnesota State Transfer Pathway) AA-P degree. The AA-P degree was developed in cooperation with the 7 state universities in Minnesota, and guarantees that the AA-P degree will transfer seamlessly for students who continue on to a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology (designated programs) at any of the state universities in Minnesota.
III. Course Purpose
1. Program-Applicable Courses – This course is required for the following program(s):
Psychology (Minnesota State Transfer Pathway) AA-P Degree
Nursing AS Degree
2. MN Transfer Curriculum (General Education) Courses - This course fulfills the following goal area(s) of the MN Transfer Curriculum:
- Goal 2 – Critical Thinking
- Goal 5 – History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences
IV. Learning Outcomes
1. College-Wide Outcomes
||Students will be able to:
|Demonstrate written communication skills
||Write a research based paper in APA format.
|Demonstrate reading and listening skills
||Demonstrate an understanding of content and major ideas conveyed in the assigned readings and course activities.
|Apply abstract ideas to concrete situations
||Apply psychological theories to understand human behavior.
2. Course Specific Outcomes - Students will be able to achieve the following measurable goals upon completion of
- Demonstrate an understanding of the key topics in Psychology (MnTC Goal 5);
- Adopt the framework of Psychological Science (correctly use terminology and concepts, engage in scientific problem solving) (MnTC Goals 5);
- Compare and contrast the major theoretical approaches to Psychology (MnTC Goal 5);
- Describe scientific research methods used in Psychology (MnTC Goal 2);
- Apply course concepts to one's own life (MnTC Goal 5);
- Utilize critical thinking skills (e.g., evaluate information quality, distinguish between causation and correlation, adopt multiple perspectives for a given problem) (MnTC Goal 2);
- Describe the history of Psychology and how Psychology is distinct from related disciplines such as Sociology and Philosophy (MnTC Goal 5);
- Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation for aspects of human diversity as it applies to Psychology (MnTC Goal 5);
- Summarize the general criteria of abnormality (MnTC Goal 5);
- Gather factual information and apply it to a given problem in a manner that is relevant, clear, comprehensive and conscious of possible bias in the information selected; (MnTC Goal 2);
- Analyze the logical connections among facts, goals and implicit assumptions relevant to a problem or claim; generate and evaluate implications that follow from them; (MnTC Goal 2); and
- Recognize and articulate the value assumptions which underlie and affect decisions, interpretations, analyses, and evaluations made by ourselves and others. (MnTC Goal 2).
V. Topical Outline
Listed below are major areas of content typically covered in this course.
1. Lecture Sessions
- Introduction to Psychology
- What is Psychology
- History of Psychology
- Critical Thinking
- Careers in Psychology
- Why is research important?
- Approaches to research
- Analyzing findings
States of Consciousness
- Human Genetics
- The Nervous System
- The Brain and Spinal Cord
- The Endocrine System
Sensation and Perception
- What is consciousness?
- Sleep - stages, reasons, disorders
- Substance use and abuse
- Psychoactive Drugs
Learning & Conditioning
- Sensation versus Perception
- The other senses
- Gestalt Principles of Perception
Thinking and Intelligence
- What is learning?
- Classical Conditioning
- Operant Conditioning
- Observational Learning
- What is Cognition?
- Problem Solving
- Intelligence and Creativity
- Measures of intelligence
- The source of intelligence
- How memory functions
- Parts of the brain involved in memory
- Problems with memory
- Ways to enhance memory
Motivation and Emotion
- What is Lifespan Development?
- Lifespan Theories
- Stages of development
- Death and dying
- Hunger and eating
- Sexual behavior
- What is Personality?
- Cultural understandings of Personality
- Personality assessment
- What is Social Psychology?
- Attitudes and persuasion
- Conformity, compliance and obedience
- Prejudice and discrimination
Treatment & Therapy
- Identification, diagnosis and classification
- Anxiety Disorders
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorders
- Mood Disorders
- Dissociative Disorders
- Personality Disorders
- Disorders in childhood
- Mental Health Treatment: past and present
- Types of Treatment
- Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders
- Sociocultural Model
- Therapy utilization