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Course Outlines

PSYC 1102

Introductory Psychology 2

School School of Computing and Academic Studies
Program Basic Health Sciences
Course Credits 3
Minimum Passing Grade 50%
Start Date September 13, 2021
End Date December 20, 2021
Total Hours 45
Total Weeks 15
Hours/Weeks 3
Delivery Type Other
CRN 42459

Acknowledgement of Territories

The British Columbia Institute of Technology acknowledges that our campuses are located on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish Nations of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam).

Instructor Details

Name Mark Kerr
E-mail Instructor to provide
Location N/A
Office Hours Instructor to provide

Course Description

This university-transferable course focuses on the psychologist's approach to theories, problems and issues in contemporary psychology. This survey course introduces the student to the following areas of psychology: theories of personality, psychological disorder and its treatment, health psychology, emotion and motivation, social psychology and cultural influences, developmental changes over the life span, thought and intelligence.

Course Learning Outcomes/Competencies

Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

  • Discuss the contribution of the psychoanalytic, trait, behavioral and humanistic perspectives in explaining the various aspects of personality and its assessment.
  • Describe the etiology of psychological disorders from the various psychological as well as biological perspectives and identify the distinguishing features of anxiety disorders, mood disorders, schizophrenic disorders, personality disorders, dissociative disorders, somatoform disorders, and substance-related disorders.
  • Describe the various methods of therapy for psychological disorders from the psychoanalytic, behavioral, cognitive, humanistic, and biological perspectives.
  • Describe the research findings regarding the nature of stress, reactions to stressors, the impact of stress on health, and effective coping and stress management techniques.
  • Describe current research findings examining the various psychological and biological components involved in emotion, with a focus on aggression and anger.
  • Describe the current theories regarding the biological factors involved in various motivational states, with a focus on attachment and sexual motivation, as well as achievement motivation.
  • Explain current developmental perspectives and research findings regarding cognitive, physical, and social changes which occur across the lifespan, from conception to old age.
  • Explain current research findings and theories examining the manner in which social behaviours of individuals can be influenced by the presence and behavior of other people, as well as factors involved in the formation of attributions and attitudes about others and the self.
  • Describe general findings on cultural differences and factors which influence cross-cultural relations.
  • Describe basic research findings regarding the nature of thought and intelligence.

Learning Resources

Myers, D. G. & DeWall C. N. (2021) Psychology (13th ed.). Worth Publishers, New York.

Evaluation Criteria

Criteria % Comments
Exam 120
Exam 220
Exam 320
Presentation27
Presentation Evaluations5
Online Class Attendance8You will receive 0.5% for every (virtual) class you attend for a total of 7% for the entire course and a bonus of 1% if you attend every session (Total of 8%).

Attendance Requirements

Attendance for every class and the whole class time is compulsory.

Other information

You will be required to have a laptop or desktop computer that is fully functioning with strong internet access and both a microphone and working camera.

Course Schedule and Assignments

SCHEDULE

Week / Date

Chapter/Material Covered

Assignment

Due Date

Week 1

Sept 13

Outline and Course Overview

Student and Instructor Responsibilities / Expectations

Introduction to Psychology – Overview of Topics

CHAPTER 1: THINKING CRITICALLY WITH PSYCHOLOGY

HOW PSYCHOLOGISTS DO RESEARCH

  • Research strategies: how psychologists ask and answer questions
  • Statistical reasoning in everyday life

Week 2

Sept 20

CHAPTER 5: DEVELOPING THROUGH THE LIFE SPAN

Developmental issues, prenatal development, and the newborn

Infancy and childhood

Adolescence & Adulthood

Week 3

Sept 27

CHAPTER 9: THINKING AND LANGUAGE

How do we think?

Understanding language and thought

Week 4

Oct 4

EXAM 1- First set of (3) chapters

Time given to work on group presentations

EXAM #1

Exam will start at 6pm

Week 5

Oct 11

THANKSGIVING DAY (NO CLASS)

CHAPTER 11: WHAT DRIVES US: HUNGER, SEX, BELONGING, AND ACHIEVEMENT

Basic motivational concepts

Hunger & Sexual motivation

Affiliation and achievement

NOTE: Students are still required to study this material for the exam as it will not be in our lectures

Week 6

Oct 18

CHAPTER 12: EMOTION, STRESS, and HEALTH

What is emotion?

Expressing & experiencing emotion

Stress and illness

Health and coping

Week 7

Oct 25

CHAPTER 13: SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY

Social thinking & Influence

Antisocial relations

Prosocial relations

Week 8

Nov 1

EXAM 2- Second set of (3) chapters

Time given to work on group presentations

EXAM #2

Exam will start at 6pm

Week 9

Nov 8

CHAPTER 14: PERSONALITY

Introduction to personality and psychodynamic theories

Humanistic theories and trait theories

Social-cognitive theories and the self

Week 10

Nov 15

CHAPTER 15: PSYCHOLOGICAL DISORDERS

Introduction to psychological disorders

Anxiety disorders, OCD, & PTSD

Depressive disorders, bipolar disorder, suicide, & self-injury

Schizophrenia

Dissociative, personality, & eating disorders

Week 11

Nov 22

CHAPTER 16: APPROACHES TO TREATMENT and THERAPY

Introduction to therapy and psychological therapies

Evaluating psychotherapies

Biomedical therapies and preventing psychological disorders

Week 12

Nov 29

GROUP PRESENTATIONS

  • Groups 1-4 will present today

Group PPT presentation

Due if presenting today

Week 13

Dec 6

GROUP PRESENTATIONS

  • Groups 5-8 will present today
  • Group PPT presentation
  • Presentation Evaluations
  • Due if presenting today
  • All Evals due on Dec 8th @ midnight

Week 14

Dec 13

EXAM 3- Third set of (3) chapters

EXAM #3

Exam will start at 6pm

Week 15

Dec 20

Course Wrap-up

FINAL DAY OF CLASS

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Guidelines for School of Computing and Academic Studies

Attempts:
Students must successfully complete a course within a maximum of three (3) attempts at the course. Students with two attempts in a single course will be allowed to repeat the course only upon special written permission from the Associate Dean. Students who have not successfully completed a course within three attempts will not be eligible to graduate from their respective program.

Approved

I verify that the content of this course outline is current.
Mark Kerr, Instructor
August 31, 2021

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed.
David Kojwang, Program Head
September 01, 2021

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed and complies with BCIT policy.
Patricia Sackville, Associate Dean
September 01, 2021

Note: Should changes be required to the content of this course outline, students will be given reasonable notice.