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PSYC101 - Introduction to Psychology

Course Details

Course Code: PSYC101 Course ID: 3734 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

The course introduces students to the art and science of Psychology. Course emphasis is on applying the "science of human behavior" to a variety of settings: vocational, personal, academic, and clinical. Course content introduces the history of psychology, major theories of personality and learning, current research and developmental issues. The course has a holistic approach and integrates the biological basis of behavior, social factors, learning and the unique coping styles of the individual to understand human behavior.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
02/24/20 - 07/31/20 08/03/20 - 09/27/20 Summer 2020 Session I 8 Week session
03/30/20 - 09/04/20 09/07/20 - 11/01/20 Summer 2020 Session D 8 Week session
04/27/20 - 10/02/20 10/05/20 - 11/29/20 Fall 2020 Session B 8 Week session
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 12/27/20 Fall 2020 Session I 8 Week session
06/29/20 - 12/04/20 12/07/20 - 01/31/21 Fall 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

  1. Students will be able to identify and define the key tenets and theories in the field of psychology (perceptual, cognitive, developmental, abnormal, social, and health).
  2. Students will be able to apply basic psychological principles and theoretical concepts to their daily life, work, and relationships.
  3. Students will be able to describe how human behavior and mental processes are affected by culture and social situations and roles.
  4. Students will be able to apply the scientific method and research methodology to critique a simple psychological experiment.
  5. Students will be able to identify the main symptoms and treatments for common psychological disorders.
  6. Students will be able to describe the findings of major/critical psychological experiments and theorists in the field of psychology.
  7. Students will be able to summarize the mind/body connection as it relates to psychological concepts.

Participation on eight weekly Forums is required. General forum posting requirements and topic-specific instructions are located on each forum.

Due in Week 3 is the Stoop Effect Assignment. Starting in Week 3 and continuing through Week 4, students collect data for their sleep journal. Due in Week 5 is the Sleep Journal and Reflection Paper. Due in Week 7 is the Prosocial Behavior Assignment.

Final Exam:
The course Final exam is open-book and consists of short essay questions that cover all course material.

NameGrade %
Discussion Forums 32.00 %
Week 1 Forum 4.00 %
Week 2 Forum 4.00 %
Week 3 Forum 4.00 %
Week 4 Forum 4.00 %
Week 5 Forum 4.00 %
Week 6 Forum 4.00 %
Week 7 Forum 4.00 %
Week 8 Forum 4.00 %
Papers 45.00 %
Week 3: Assignment: Stroop Effect 10.00 %
Week 5: Sleep Journal And Reflection Paper 20.00 %
Week 7: Assignment: Prosocial Behavior 15.00 %
Exams 23.00 %
Final Exam - Short Answer/Essay 23.00 %
Book Title: Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Access course readings within the Lessons section.
Author: No Author Specified
Publication Info:

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
Author:No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.