Catalog  –  2013 - 2014

Psychology

P101A – General Psychology 3 units

Prerequisite: None.

Recommendation: Eligible for level 1 English placement.

Total lecture 54 hours. This course is designed to introduce students to the scientific study of human behavior and mental processes from the perspective of both the established theories and the more contemporary approaches. The goal of this course is to promote critical thinking and skeptical inquiry through the study and application of the scientific method. Topics of study include brain physiology, neuroscience, learning and conditioning, memory, personality development, social psychology, psychopathology, emotions, motivation, therapeutic approaches, health and stress, ethics in research, and careers in psychology. Course is also offered online. Approved for pass/no pass grading option. C-ID PSY 110 (A/CSU/UC) PC-Area H; CSU-D9; CSU-E; IGETC-4I

 

P110 – Abnormal Psychology 3 units

Prerequisite: None.

Recommendation: Psychology P101A or equivalent college course with “C” or better and English P101A or equivalent college course with a “C” or better.

Total lecture 54 hours. This course is designed to present a broad general survey of the field of abnormal psychology. It utilizes the many theoretical views of psychopathology in human behavior in order to explore the nature and development of these deviations, with primary consideration given to neurotic and psychotic behavior. (A/CSU/UC) PC-Area H

 

P121 – Adolescent Psychology 3 units

Prerequisite: None.

Recommendation: Eligible for level 1 English placement. Completion of Psychology P101A or equivalent college course with “C” or better.

Total lecture 54 hours. This course provides an overview of psychological theory and research as they are applied to adolescent development and the emerging adult. An emphasis is placed on stages of biological, cognitive, psychosocial, and moral development. The course also provides an overview of the common problems of adolescence: identity confusion, problematic interpersonal relationships, mental health issues, substance abuse, body image and eating disorders, delinquency and other antisocial behaviors, and school and work. (A/CSU/UC)

 

P126 – Lifespan Human Development3 units

Prerequisite: None.

Recommendation: Psychology P101A or equivalent college course with a “C” or better and eligible for level 1 English placement.

Total lecture 54 hours. Surveys the developmental process from conception to death, with an emphasis on the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial changes of the normal individual. Students will apply the major theoretical perspectives of psychology to human development and analyze research findings utilizing various research methods. Approved for pass/no-pass grading option. Course is also offered online. (A/CSU/UC) CSU-D9; CSU-E

 

P133 – Psychology of Personal and Social Adjustment3 units

Prerequisite: None.

Recommendation: Eligible for level 1 English placement.

Total lecture 54 hours. A course intended for those interested in applying psychological insights and principles to their own lives for the purpose of achieving a better understanding of themselves through personal growth and development. Topics include theories of personality development, lifespan development, psychological factors of physical health and illness, stress, gender roles, interpersonal relationships, psychological development, work and leisure, psychological disorders and approaches to treatment, and vocational and academic goal setting. These topics will be explored with an emphasis on both theory and practical application to everyday life. (A/CSU/UC) PC-Area H; CSU-D9; IGETC-Area 4I

 

P223 – Child Psychology3 units

Prerequisite: None.

Total lecture 54 hours. Examination of the major developmental milestones for children, both typical and atypical, from conception through adolescence in the areas of physical, psychosocial, and cognitive development, emphasizing interactions between maturational processes and environmental factors. While studying developmental theory and investigative research methodologies, students will observe children, evaluate individual differences and analyze characteristics of development at various stages. [Equivalent to CHDV P223](A/CSU/UC) PC-Area H; CSU-D9