May 09, 2021  
2016-2017 Saint Joseph’s College Online 
2016-2017 Saint Joseph’s College Online [Archived Catalog]

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PY 101 - Introduction to Psychology I

This course covers general introduction to the science of human behavior. Topics include the history and scope of psychology, nature/nurture and behavioral adaptation (genetics, evolution, learning), physiological mechanisms of behavior (the nervous system, motivation, sleep, emotion), cognitive mechanisms of behavior (perception, memory), the growth of the mind and person (cognitive development, social development, social cognition, social influences on behavior), personality and disorders (theories of personality, mental disorders and their treatment).

Prerequisites & Notes
Required for all other courses in psychology.

Assignment Overview
Assignments: 5 Units

Interactivity: None

Final Assessment: Final Assignment

Course Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to do the following:

  • Acquire knowledge on a broad range of topics in psychology.
  • Use multiple perspectives and scientific procedures to investigate and understand human behavior and mental processes.
  • Critically evaluate and apply the factors and interactions explaining human behavior and mental processes to additional areas of inquiry.

Credits: 3

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