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General Course Information for PSY100: Introduction to Psychology

Course: PSY100 - Introduction to Psychology
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Course Description: A survey of the field of psychology that provides an overview of the scientific principles and theories in psychology. Topics include: biological psychology, abnormal behavior, motivation, emotion, sexuality and gender, and personality theory.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Describe the scientific method as it applies to psychology.
  • Define major processes of cognition and social cognition.
  • List the major structures of the brain and endocrine system and describe their major functions.
  • Explain the different states of consciousness and altered states of consciousness.
  • List the major stages of development throughout the lifespan.
  • Describe the psychological issues related to gender and sexuality.
  • Describe the major theories of personality.
  • Describe the major theories of emotion and motivation.
  • Define the major psychological disorders and describe how they are identified.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • Articulate major theories, concepts, and historical trends in psychology.
  • Communicate effectively with others using oral, visual, and written methods.
  • Discuss the complexities of human biology on the continuum from the level of organism to the level of organized social being.
  • Discuss the social, physiological, and psychological aspects of human behavior at a basic level.
  • Explain behavior, cognition, and emotion from multiple schools of thought and multicultural perspectives.
  • Identify a problem in psychology, examine available evidence, analyze assumptions, and apply research methods to solve the problem. This includes the ability to interpret numbers and apply basic statistical procedures.
  • Perform information searches relevant to psychology and organize and evaluate the soundness of the information.
  • The ability to articulate major theories, concepts, and historical trends in psychology
  • The ability to communicate in different literary formats e.g., narrative, exposition, critical analysis, and to use APA format
  • The ability to explain behavior, cognition, and emotion from multiple schools of thought and multicultural perspectives
  • The ability to identify a problem, examine available evidence, analyze assumptions, and apply research methods to solve a problem. This includes the ability to interpret numbers and apply basic statistical procedures.
  • The ability to perform information searches and to organize and evaluate the soundness of information
  • The ability to use current technologies in both research and communication theories and systems
  • Use computer technologies to augment productivity, apply statistical procedures and to gain access to multiple informational resource services.
  • Use current technologies in both research and communication.
  • Write papers in psychology using different literary formats, e.g., narrative, exposition, critical analysis, and APA format.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like:

National University Library:
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Contact the Library:

  • (858) 541-7900 (direct line)
  • 1-866-NU ACCESS x7900 (toll free)

Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty:

Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures