PY 101 - Introduction to Psychology I
Credits: (4 credits)
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).
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to do the following:
1. Describe the different schools of thought in psychology and how they differentially explain behavior.
2. Explain the basic principles of the science of psychology, how researchers test behavior, and subsequently develop theories to explain behavior.
3. Discuss fundamental psychological ideas and concepts utilizing basic terms of the discipline.
4. Explain how researchers apply basic theories to solve real world problems.
5. Describe the research designs and methods utilized by researchers to test theories and understand the scientific principles used in psychology.
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