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Principles of Psychology

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Course Description
    Instructor: Dr. Joseph Sonsalla
    Time: 6 weeks
    Total study hours: 50 hours
    Credits: 4
    Psychology is the academic discipline concerned with the systematic investigation and understanding of the human mind. This introductory course in psychology is a survey of the multiple aspects of human behavior. The course explores some of the historical, theoretical, and empirical foundations of the discipline of psychology. It involves a survey of the foundations of human functioning in such areas as the brain, learning, motivation, emotions, stress, mental health, personality, pathology/mental illness, physiological factors, and social influences.
Required Text
  • Exploring Psychology (9th Edition), Myers, D. G. (2016).
Course Objectives
  • Demonstrate comprehension of the quantitative and qualitative research techniques by which knowledge is discovered and organized in the discipline and by which research is conducted.
  • Recognize and identify definitions and examples of the major concepts and theories of the discipline.
  • Apply those concepts and theories in the analysis of real life situations.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the topics listed in the course outline and proficiency in Library research skills appropriate to psychology.
Teaching Remark/ Class management Rules
  • 1. Online tests must be completed within a limited time. Students are required to adjust their learning progress by completing the unit and all course contents and online quizzes before the end of the course, including interim and final examinations.
  • 2. Attendance and participation are expected. Students with disabilities and special needs should consult with the professor early in the semester.
  • 3. Academic Honesty Defining academic misconduct as any act by a student that misrepresents the students’ own academic work or that compromises the academic work of another scholastic misconduct includes (but is not limited to) cheating on assignments or examinations; plagiarizing, i.e. misrepresenting as one’s own work any work done by another; submitting the same paper, or substantially similar papers, to meet the requirements of more than one course without the approval and consent of the instructors concerned; sabotaging another’s work within these general definitions, however, Instructors determine what constitutes academic misconduct in the courses they teach. Students found guilty of academic misconduct in any portion of the academic work face penalties ranging from lowering of their course grade to awarding a grade of F for the entire course.