Psychology 1-Introduction to Psychology
Chaffey College
Fall 2010

Instructor: Michelle M. Robison, M. A.
Email: michelle.robison@chaffey.edu

Course Description: This course is designed as a general introduction to psychology. The major goal of this course is to learn the fundamental concepts within the broad areas of psychology. The topics that will be covered in this class will include methods for behavioral research, biological psychology, sensation and perception, learning and memory, lifespan development, social psychology, sexuality, personality, emotions, health psychology, and clinical psychology.

Course Objectives:
• Demonstrate an understanding of all the major theoretical concepts in psychology and how they are used to describe or understand human behavior.
• Ability to use vocabulary terms that are essential in the field of psychology and be able to apply them in class assessments.
• Identify how psychological research can be bias by the way data is collected or interpreted.
• Evaluate sources of psychological research including major journals.
• Ability to apply psychological concepts to your own life.

Required Text:
Huffman, K. (2010). Psychology in Action (9th ed.). New York: John Wiley & Sons. (In Modules)

Exams: There will be 3 exams throughout the semester. Each exam will have 45 multiple-choice questions worth two points each, and short answer questions that total 10 points to total 100 points. You will need to bring an 882-E scantron. The tests are not cumulative in nature and will cover BOTH the book chapters and lecture material presented.

Written Assignment: There will be 1 paper in this course. The paper will be in APA format (further details on APA format will be given at a later date), 3-5 pages long, 12 pt Times New Roman, double spaced, with 1” margins, and will cover a topic of your choice in psychological research. Your task is to find one empirical journal article (if you...

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