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Course Details

Course Code: PSYC102 Course ID: 4216 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course provides an overview of psychology as a profession and academic discipline. It focuses on the broad discipline of psychology and its subspecialty areas within the discipline, career opportunities available in the field and educational requirements for field entry, effective job and graduate program preparation strategies, and practical issues confronting psychologists and professionals in related occupations.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 09/26/21 Summer 2021 Session I 8 Week session
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session
04/26/21 - 10/01/21 10/04/21 - 11/28/21 Fall 2021 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

During successful completion of this course students will
CO1: Explore the broad discipline and specializations within the applied field of psychology.
CO2: Examine career options for graduates with differing levels of academic preparation.
CO3: Identify skills and knowledge expected of successful applicants to graduate programs in psychology.
CO4: Examine effective strategies for acquiring and evaluating new information within the field of psychology.
CO5: Demonstrate skills in correctly using the editorial style of the American Psychological Association.
CO6: Prepare an action plan for successful completion of the undergraduate academic major.

Six discussions - in weeks 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, & 7, will be completed. Topical and general instructions for completing them are located under “Forums” link in the classroom. Participation in Forums is required.

Week 4 Career Interest Presentation – Using resources from Weeks 1 – 3, complete a 10 – 12 slide presentation, not including title and reference slides, on the following subsets of psychology: Developmental, Personality, Bio-Psychology, Perception Psychology, Learning/Memory, and Psychopathology.

Week 8 Assignment: Capstone Presentation. Complete a 20-25 slide composite PowerPoint presentation from our discussions and assignments these past weeks describing student’s psychology career choice, e.g. clinical psychologist, school psychologist, psychology professor, research psychologists in a university, hospital, etc.

Week 8 Optional Assignment: Using the links in the assigned readings area, create and begin building your professional profile from the career interests we have covered in class. This assignment is not graded, but highly recommended. Have fun with this!

Book Title: Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*
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Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.