• Program: Psychology
  • Course: General Psychology
  • Course #: PSYC2300
  • Total Credits: 3

Course Description

Psychology is the scientific study of human behavior and mental processes. This introductory course provides a broad overview of topics including: the evolution of psychology, the biological bases of behavior, sensation and perception, consciousness, learning, memory, intelligence, motivation, emotion, human development, personality, research methods, psychological disorders, treatments of psychological disorders, and social psychology.

Course Evaluation

Refer to Course Syllabus for detailed information regarding the requirements and evaluation standards for this course. The Course Syllabus will be distributed the first week of the course.

Disability Services

Hennepin Technical College offers reasonable accommodations to qualified students with disabilities. If you have a documented disability that may require accommodations, contact the college’s Disability Services Director: Sara Laviolette at Brooklyn Park (763-488-2477) or Jean Kreutter at Eden Prairie (952-995-1544).

Course Goals

The following goals will be addressed in the course:
Describe psychology using modern and historical approaches
Explain why psychology is a scientific discipline
Describe the major divisions, function, and structures in the human nervous system
Explain the function and locations of primary structures in the human brain
Examine sensations and perceptions
Examine states of consciousness
Examine major theories, common behaviors, and applications of hypnosis
Explain classical conditioning
Apply the principles of operant conditioning
Examine the processes involved in human memory
Explain remembering and forgetting
Compare theories of intelligence
Contrast major theories of motivation
Examine the biopsychosocial influences involved in emotion
Examine major developmental theories and biopsychosocial influences from infancy to childhood
Examine major developmental theories and biopsychosocial influences from adolescence to adulthood
Contrast the psychoanalytic, humanistic, trait, and social-cognitive perspectives and theories of personal
Contrast projective and objective tests
Compare diagnostic criteria and treatments of common dissociative disorders, mood disorders, schizophrenia, and personality disorders
Summarize early treatments of mental disorders
Compare types of therapists and major approaches used in psychotherapy

Credit Details
  • Lecture: 3
  • MnTC Goal: 5
Course Details
  • Prerequisites: 
    Qualifying score on reading assessment test OR ENGL0921. Basic computer literacy skills required
  • Campus: Brooklyn Park/Eden Prairie

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