General Psychology is a one-semester course designed to expose and familiarize students with the basic concepts and principles of psychology and psychological investigation. Psychology is a vast field that investigates every aspect of behavior.
This course is designed around 16 standard modules that can be adapted by CE instructors in multiple ways. Both instructor resources (e.g., lesson plans, media, a compendium of web-resources) and student-learning aids will be provided via UEN Canvas. While there are expectations related to scope (see below), instructors are expected to tailor their courses to fit their expertise as well as the specific needs of their classes. In each of the 17 modules (see below) five key concepts have been identified and course materials (assignments and demonstrations for students, support materials for instructors).
There are six broad goals for this course. All class activities (e.g. readings, online content, labs, quizzes, etc.) are designed to help students meet, and/or assess their progress on, these goals.
Goal 1. Knowledge Base of Psychology: Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
- Characterize the nature of psychology as a discipline.
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding representing appropriate breadth and depth in selected content areas of psychology.
- Use the concepts, language, and major theories of the discipline to account for psychological phenomena.
- Explain major perspective of psychology (e.g., behavioral, biological, cognitive, evolutionary, humanistic, psychodynamic, and sociocultural).
Goal 2. Research Methods in Psychology: Understand and apply basic research methods in psychology.
- Describe the basic characteristics of the science of psychology.
- Explain different research methods used by psychologists.
Goal 3. Critical Thinking Skills in Psychology: Respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.
- Use critical thinking effectively
- Use reasoning to recognize, develop, defend, and criticize argument and other persuasive appeals in the discipline.
Goal 4. Application of Psychology: Understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.
- Describe major applied areas (e.g., clinical, counseling, industrial/organizational, school, etc.) and emerging (e.g., health, forensics, media, military, etc.) applied areas of psychology.
- Identify appropriate applications of psychology in solving problems.
- Articulate how psychological principles can be used to explain social issues and inform public policy.
- Apply psychological concepts, theories, and research findings as these relate to everyday life.
Goal 5. Values in Psychology: Value empirical evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a science.
- Demonstrate reasonable skepticism and intellectual curiosity by asking questions about causes of behavior.
- Seek and evaluate evidence for psychological claims.
- Tolerate ambiguity and realize that psychological explanations are often complex and tentative.
- Recognize and respect human diversity.
- Understand the limitations of their psychological knowledge and skills.
Goal 6. Personal Development: Develop insight into one’s own and others’ behavior and mental processes and apply effective strategies for self-management and self-improvement.
- Reflect on their experiences and find meaning in them.
- Apply psychological principles to promote personal development.
A textbook is required. The following textbooks are approved for use by the TICE team:
- Feist & Rosenberg: Psychology Making Connections
- Weiten: Psychology Themes & Variations
- Schacter, Gilbert, & Wegner: Psychology
- Gazzaniga, Heatherton, & Halpern: Psychological Science
- Lilienfeld, Lynn, Namy, & Nancy J. Woolf : Psychology: From Inquiry to Understanding
- David Myers, Psychology
Alternative textbooks may be submitted for approval to the TICE team.
The course will include resources for each of a series of standard, chapter-title based, modules, including:
- Introduction to Psychological Science
- Research Methods for Psychological Science
- Biological Basis of Behavior
- Sensation and Perception
- Human Development
- Thinking & Language
- Stress & Health
- Social Psychology
- Psychological Disorders
For each module, five key topics will be identified and for each key topic:
- A lesson plan for each key-topic will be created.
- Five assignments with integrated assessments will be created. Two assignments will be classroom based assignments / demonstrations, two will be fully online assignments, and one will be a true hybrid, requiring both face-to-face and online interaction.
- Media will be created, or identified, that supports multiple learning objectives in the context of the key topic (e.g., “Stereotyping”).
For a TICE course, at least eight modules are required to be covered in all TICE/PSY1010 courses: Research Methods; Biological Basis of Behavior; Learning; Memory; Human Development; Personality; Psychological disorders; Social Psychology.
In addition, at least four of the following additional chapters must be covered: consciousness; stress/health; motivation/emotion; intelligence; language/Thought; Sensation/Perception; Treatment.
Instructors are free to customize the sequence of content any way that they would like.
Each TICE/PSY1010 course will include a common pre-test / post-test. Instructors will have the ability to add questions to assessments, but may not change the nature or specifics of the common assessment.