PSYC2300 General Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of human behavior and mental processes. This introductory course provides a broad overview of topics including: the evolution of psychology, the biological bases of behavior, sensation and perception, consciousness, learning, memory, intelligence, motivation, emotion, human development, personality, research methods, psychological disorders, treatments of psychological disorders, and social psychology.




Qualifying score on reading assessment test OR ENGL0921. Basic computer literacy skills required

Course Requirements and Evaluation

Refer to Course Syllabus for detailed information regarding the requirements and evaluation standards for this course. The Course Syllabus will be distributed the first week of the course.

Learning Outcomes

The following outcomes will be addressed in the course:
Describe psychology using modern and historical approaches
Explain why psychology is a scientific discipline
Describe the major divisions, function, and structures in the human nervous system
Explain the function and locations of primary structures in the human brain
Examine sensations and perceptions
Examine states of consciousness
Examine major theories, common behaviors, and applications of hypnosis
Explain classical conditioning
Apply the principles of operant conditioning
Examine the processes involved in human memory
Explain remembering and forgetting
Compare theories of intelligence
Contrast major theories of motivation
Examine the biopsychosocial influences involved in emotion
Examine major developmental theories and biopsychosocial influences from infancy to childhood
Examine major developmental theories and biopsychosocial influences from adolescence to adulthood
Contrast the psychoanalytic, humanistic, trait, and social-cognitive perspectives and theories of personal
Contrast projective and objective tests
Compare diagnostic criteria and treatments of common dissociative disorders, mood disorders, schizophrenia, and personality disorders
Summarize early treatments of mental disorders
Compare types of therapists and major approaches used in psychotherapy

Text and References

A list of textbooks required for this course is available at the bookstore.

Course Scheduling

The scheduled hours of instruction include sixteen hours for each lecture credit, thirty two hours for each lab credit and forty hours for each credit of supervised occupational experience (SOE). Lecture credit may include formal or impromptu lectures, demonstrations or discussions with the entire class or with small groups or individuals. Refer to the Credit Details section of this course outline for the credit breakdown.

Accommodations Statement

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Credit Details



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