Jun 13, 2024  
2012-2013 Saint Joseph’s College Online 
2012-2013 Saint Joseph’s College Online [Archived Catalog]

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PY 304 - Learning Theories

This course examines major theories of learning relevant to understanding how learning results in memory. Classical and operant conditioning are compared and contrasted, with special emphasis placed on understanding positive and negative reinforcement and punishment schedules. Cognitive learning, observational learning, learning style preferences and techniques, as well as motivation, stages of memory, and learning across the life span are also explored.  During the course, students will consider relevant research on traditional and contemporary issues in learning, with an emphasis placed on human learning and memory.

Prerequisites & Notes
PY 101.

Assignment Overview
Assignments: 6 Units

 Interactivity: Discussion Board

Final Assessment: None

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

  • Compare and contrast classical and contemporary theories of learning.
  • Summarize and apply learning enhancement techniques.
  • Distinguish between classical and operant conditioning.
  • Compare and contrast reinforcement and punishment, and apply one or the other.
  • Design and implement variable reinforcement schedules.
  • Explain that learning leads to memory and that memory enhances performance.
  • Assess the benefits of using breadth and depth with regard to enhancing learning, memory, and performance.
  • Explain the multifaceted nature of learning and memory.
  • Distinguish between implicit and explicit processing with regard to learning and memory.
  • Summarize memory changes over the life span, with particular regard to fluid and crystallized intelligence.

Credits: 3

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