Psychology 1 Fall 2010
M-Th, 9:30-10:20 pm Forum 1 De Anza College
Instructor: Charles B. Ramskov Ph.D Office F21a
Office 9-9:30 &12-12:30 also on-line
I. Catalog Description
Psychology 1, General Psychology
Parallel: Psychology 1, University of California
Four hours lecture
Factors influencing human behavior including: motivation, emotion, development, conflict, attention, perception, learning, intelligence, adjustment, personality, and psychotherapy.
Textbooks: 1. Psychology, Themes and Variations. Weiten, (2010) required.
2. Psychology Notes, C. Ramskov (2008), recommended.
II. Major Course Objectives
A. Recognize the significant features of psychological theories of motivation,perception, learning and personality.
B. Recognize the names and accomplishments of important psychologists.
C. Recognize the vocabulary of psychology.
D. Evaluate the basic methodology of psychological studies.
E. Identify genetic, physiological, environmental, and cultural factors that shape human behavior.
III. Course Content
Welcome to Introductory Psychology! This course is a survey of the entire field of psychology; consequently, breadth rather than depth of coverage is emphasized. I will try to make class as interesting and varied as possible. Text material will be supplemented by a variety of films, slides, demonstrations and discussions.
IV. Course Outcomes
Greater appreciation for the abilities and limitations of the human organism. Increased ability to interpret the multitudes of articles concerned with psychological topics that appear in newspapers and popular periodicals.
V. Attendance – Students who accumulate two absences may be dropped from the class.
There will be two midterm tests and a final exam. These examinations will be multiple choice and essay type. Scoring will be on total number of correct answers. All exams require a pencil. The course grade will be determined by the total number of points earned on all exams. Some unannounced quizzes may also be given. articles) . Extra credit will be given in a handout.
VII. Cheating/Disruptive Behavior
Those discovered to be cheating (unauthorized collaboration etc.) will be given an F grade for the course and may be expelled from the college. Any student disrupting a class will be
asked to leave that class and must see the instructor before being allowed to return to class. All relevant standards and policies are included in the Standards of Student Behavior. No cell phone use or internet use in class unless directed.