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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

PSYC 300 General Principles

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: ENGRD 310, ENGRD 312, ENGWR 300, ESLR 320, or ESLW 340, or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.

Transferable: CSU; UC

CID: C-ID PSY 110

This course is an introduction to the scientific study of human behavior. Topics include scientific method, the biological basis of behavior, sensation, perception, consciousness, conditioning and learning, memory, cognition, developmental psychology, motivation, emotion, stress and health, personality, abnormal psychology, psychotherapy, and social psychology. PSYC 300 is designed for psychology majors, behavioral science majors, and other students who desire a comprehensive overview of general principles of contemporary psychology.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1. Differentiate between scientifically derived knowledge and myth and conjecture about the topics of psychology and demonstrate understanding of psychological theory and scientific method.

PSYC 312 Biological Psychology

Units: 4

Hours: 54 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: PSYC 300 with a grade of "C" or better

Transferable: CSU; UC

CID: C-ID PSY 150

This course examines the biochemical, cellular, and organismal physiological substrates of normal and abnormal behavior. The course content focuses on interactions of the central nervous system, peripheral nervous system, endocrine and immune systems to produce consciousness, sensation, perception, thinking, motivation and emotion. These areas will be addressed within an evolutionary context that emphasizes developmental plasticity of the individual and the species. Current methods of obtaining data (e.g. neuroimaging techniques) will be examined and evaluated. Students will be required to perform anatomical identification of brain structures using a mammalian brain (e.g. sheep brain).

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1. Differentiate between scientifically derived knowledge and myth and conjecture about the topics of psychology and demonstrate understanding of psychological theory and scientific method.

PSYC 320 Social Psychology

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC

CID: C-ID PSY 170

This course focuses on the scientific study of human interaction, with an emphasis on the individual within a social context. Study includes: social perception, social cognition, attitudes and attitude change, the self and social identity, prejudice, interpersonal attraction, close relationships, social influence, prosocial behavior, aggression, and group behavior.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1. Differentiate between scientifically derived knowledge and myth and conjecture about the topics of social behavior and demonstrate understanding of psychological theory and scientific method.

PSYC 330 Introductory Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: MATH 120 or 125 with a grade of "C" or better; or the equivalent.

Transferable: CSU; UC

CID: C-ID MATH 110

This course focuses on the concepts and applications of descriptive and inferential statistics in psychology and other behavioral sciences. Topics include: descriptive statistics; sample spaces and probability; random variables and expected value; discrete and continuous distributions -- binomial, t-tests for two populations; and applications using data from disciplines including business, social sciences, life science, health science, and education; parametric and nonparametric statistical methods, hypothesis testing, statistical inference and p-values, effect size and power; correlation and regression regarding prediction; chi-square; t-tests; and analysis of variance procedures. Application of both hand computation and statistical software (e.g. SPSS) to data in a behavioral and social science contexts will be emphasized to include the interpretation of the relevance of the statistical findings.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1. Evaluate psychological data, draw reasonable conclusions, recognize the ethical implications of these conclusions, and apply these conclusions to personal, community, and scientific problems.

PSYC 335 Research Methods in Psychology

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: PSYC 300 and 330 with grades of "C" or better

Transferable: CSU; UC

CID: C-ID PSY 200

This course provides an overview of the methodologies used in experimental, quasi-experimental and non-experimental research in psychology. Students will learn how to design and conduct research, including formulating hypotheses, reviewing the literature, evaluating ethical issues, selecting methodologies, organizing data, applying statistics and writing reports.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1. Differentiate between scientifically derived knowledge and myth and conjecture about the topics of psychology and demonstrate understanding of psychological theory and scientific method.

PSYC 340 Abnormal Behavior

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC

CID: C-ID PSY 120

This course is an exploration of the broad questions of normality and abnormality. It offers the investigation of specific mental, emotional, and behavioral difficulties and current approaches to psychological intervention including present community mental health practice. This course considers the contribution of biological, psychological and social factors to the development and persistence of behavior disorders. PSYC 340 is a useful course for students majoring in Human Services and/or preparing for a career in psychology or the helping professions.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

Differentiate between scientifically derived knowledge and myth and conjecture about the topics of abnormal psychology and demonstrate understanding of psychological theory and scientific method. [SLO #1.]

PSYC 356 Human Sexuality

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC

CID: C-ID PSY 130

This course provides a balanced scientific understanding of human sexual thoughts, feelings, and behavior grounded in both female and male perspectives and experiences. Course topics include an examination of the methodology of sexology, gender issues, sexual anatomy and physiology, sexual arousal and response, love and communication, sexual behavior patterns, sexual orientations, contraception, conception and childbirth, sexual development across the lifespan, adult living patterns, sexual difficulties and solutions, sexually transmitted diseases, atypical sexual behavior, sexual coercion, and pornography and prostitution.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1. Differentiate between scientifically derived knowledge and myth and conjecture about the topics addressed by the study of human sexuality and demonstrate understanding of psychological theory and scientific method.

PSYC 368 Cross Cultural Psychology

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC

This course explores the impact of cultural influences on the psychological and individual development of ethnic group members. Emphasis will be placed on integrating traditional theoretical approaches and current cross-cultural statistical research and theory in the study of African-Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, gays & lesbians, the elderly, and the disabled.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1. Differentiate between scientifically derived knowledge and myth and conjecture about the topics of cross cultural psychology and demonstrate understanding of psychological theory and scientific method.

PSYC 371 Life Span Developmental Psychology

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC

CID: C-ID PSY 180

This course examines psychological development across the lifespan, from conception to death. The course will focus on neurological, cognitive, cultural, and socio-emotional domains of developmental psychology, as well as the interaction among these domains. The course will provide a theoretical background based on empirical studies in the area of developmental psychology and other related disciplines. This course is designed to provide a foundation for careers in educational, social, psychological, and medical fields as well as provide students with a better understanding of one's own developmental process.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1. Differentiate between scientifically derived knowledge and myth and conjecture about the topics of life span developmental psychology and demonstrate understanding of developmental psychological theory and scientific method.

PSYC 495 Independent Studies in Psychology

Units: 1 - 3

Hours: 54 - 162 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU

An independent studies project involves an individual student or small group of students in study, research, or activities beyond the scope of regularly offered courses. See the current catalog section of "Special Studies" for full details of Independent Studies.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Actively engage in intellectual inquiry beyond that required in order to pass a course of study (College Wide Learning Outcome – Area 4).