PSY125 - Introductory Psychology

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Subject Title
Introductory Psychology

Subject Description
In order to understand ourselves and interact appropriately with others, we must first understand the basis for behaviour.  The study of psychology provides you with an understanding of why people think and act as they do.  It examines the scientific process of research, the human brain and the nervous system, sensation and perception, states of consciousness, learning, memory, motivation and social psychology.

Credit Status
A required subject for students in the Early Childhood Education Diploma Program. Students registered in PSY125 may not take PSY100 or any other introductory psychology course for credit towards the General Education requirement of their ECE diploma.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Outline goals of psychology
2. Describe and evaluate the effectiveness of psychological research methods
3. Outline the process of basic human brain development
4. Describe the major theoretical approaches which attempt to understand and predict behaviour.
5. Outline and evaluate major theoretical approaches to the understanding of human personality
6. Contrast the effectiveness of various approaches to learning theories and methods.
7. Discuss the effects of trauma and stress on psychological health

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Academic Integrity
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Please visit the Academic Integrity website to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.