Johns Hopkins University Peabody Conservatory of Music Fall 1999 290.111 - INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY Wednesdays and Fridays 8:00 - 9:20 A.M. Room: 202 Conservatory Faculty: Dr. Jeffrey A. Schaler firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.schaler.net Office hours by appointment: Telephone (410) 659-8159/(301) 585-5664 Course Description An introduction to the fields and research methods of contemporary psychology, including such topics as biological and social bases of behavior, human development, perception, memory, learning theory, intelligence, and abnormal behavior. Lecture and discussion format. Course Objectives 1. To familiarize students with current theoretical terms and concepts in the psychology field, the methods used to research these concepts, and the applications of the concepts in clinical and educational settings. 2. To develop observational skill in self-observation and the observation of others. 3. To develop objective and critical evaluations of psychological theories and their applications from a philosophical point of view. 4. To develop an understanding and awareness of psychological problems, contemporary theories regarding their etiology, and treatment approaches. Required Text: Lahey, Benjamin B., (1995) Psychology: An introduction sixth edition. McGraw Hill. Use the accompanying study guide. Course Requirements and Grades Examination #1 20% Examination #2 20% Examination #3 20% Final examination 40% Total: 100% --> Material discussed in class, and not in any of the readings, may form the basis for questions on the examinations. One grade reduction for over four absences. Sign in at each class. Students are responsible for anything covered in class during their absence, including material presented in films. Readings must be completed by the session to which they are assigned. If Dr. Schaler is absent, please complete the pre- identified assignment, or start the film/video which is available in your classroom. Expect that material on films will be on the examinations. CLASS SCHEDULE September 13 Chapter 1 What is Psychology? September 15 Appendix (pp. 593-605) Measurement, Research Design and Statistics September 20 Appendix (pp. 593-605) Measurement, Research Design and Statistics September 22 Chapter 2 Biological Foundations of Behavior September 27 Chapter 2 Biological Foundations of Behavior September 29 Chapter 3 Sensation and (pp. 118-133 only) Perception October 4 Chapter 4 States of Consciousness October 6 Chapter 5 Basic Principles of Learning October 7 Chapter 5 Basic Principles of Learning October 11 First examination Chapters 1-5 + Appendix October 13 Chapter 6 Memory October 18 Mid-term holiday, no class October 20 Chapter 7 Cognition, Language (Don't read pp. 256-261 on language.) and Intelligence October 25 Chapter 8 Developmental Psychology October 27 Chapter 8 Developmental Psychology November 1 Chapter 9 Motivation and Emotion November 3 Second examination Chapters 6 - 9 November 8 Chapter 10 Gender and Sexuality November 10 Chapter 11 Personality Theories and Assessment November 15 Chapter 11 Personality Theories and Assessment November 17 Chapter 12 Stress and Health November 22 Third examination Chapters 10 - 12 November 24 No class--Thanksgiving holiday November 29 Chapter 13 Abnormal Behavior December 1 Chapter 13 Abnormal Behavior December 6 Chapter 14 Therapies December 8 Chapter 14 Therapies Chapter 15 Social Psychology December 13 Chapter 15 Social Psychology Review December 15 Final examination (Cumulative, Not Chapter 16)
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