General Psychology

Western Texas College
Department of Social Sciences

  1. Basic Course Information
    1. Course Description - General Psychology is a survey of the major   psychological topics, theories and approaches to the scientific study of behavior and mental processes.  (Rd, Wtg)
    2. Prerequisites – Student should be TSI complete in reading and writing. This course is an online presentation.  It preferable that the student be familiar with working within the Internet environment, emailing, and within the online course management system (Moodle) as well as having a reliable Internet connection.
  2. Student Learning Outcomes

    Core Objectives Mapped to Foundational Component Areas for Psychology at Western Texas College

    General Psychology - Psyc 2301






    Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) as defined by the ACGM

    Critical Thinking

    Communication Skills

    Empirical & Quantitative Skills

    Social Responsibility

    Identify various research methods and their characteristics used in the scientific study of psychology.





    Describe the historical influences and early schools of thought that shaped the field of psychology.





    Describe some of the prominent perspectives and approaches used in the study of psychology.





    Use terminology unique to the study of psychology.





    Describe accepted approaches and standards in psychological assessment and evaluation.





    Identify factors in physiological and psychological processes involved in human behavior.





  3. Major Course Requirements
    1. Exams – There will be at least four (4) examinations, including the final examination. Additionally there will be reading quizzes for each chapter of the chosen textbook.  These exams will be primarily multiple-choice in nature.
    2. There could be formative assessments throughout the course, some graded and some not.
    3. Writing Assignments - There will be multiple written assignments uploaded to the Moodle course management system.
  4. Textbook Information
    1. The textbook can be acquired through various sources including the local campus bookstore.
      Psychology in Everyday Life  3rd Edition
      David G. Myers (Hope College) , Nathan C. DeWall (University of Kentucky)
      ISBN-10: 1-4641-0936-2
      ISBN-13: 978-1-4641-0936-2
  5. Other Policies:  Please refer to the WTC Course Catalog for the following:
    1. Campus Calendar
    2. Final Examination schedule
    3. How to drop a class
    4. Withdrawal Information
    5. Student Conduct/Academic Integrity
    6. Students with disabilities
  6. Course Organization & Tentative Schedule
    Each semester syllabi will have specific deadline dates for the assignments,quizzes and examinations.

Time Periods





Section 1



Introductions & Chapter 1:  Psychology’s Roots, Big Ideas, and Critical Thinking Tools

Chapter 2:  The Biology of Mind and Consciousness




Reading Quizzes 1-2 by 10:00 PM at the end of the chapters or section time.

Test for Chapter 1-2


Section 2



Chapter 3:  Developing Through the Life Span

Chapter 4:  Gender and Sexuality

Chapter 5:  Sensation and Perception


Possible Assignment


Reading Quizzes 3-5 due by 10:00 PM at the end of the chapters or section time.


Test for Chapter 3-5


Section 3


Chapter 6:  Learning

Chapter 7:  Memory

Chapter 8:  Thinking, Language, and Intelligence



Possible Assignment


Reading Quizzes 6-8 due by 10:00 PM at the end of the chapters or section time.


Test for Chapter 6-8


Section 4



Chapter 9:  Motivation and Emotion

Chapter 10: Stress, Health, and Human Flourishing

Chapter 11: Personality


Possible Assignment


Reading Quizzes 9-11 due by 10:00 PM at the end of the chapters or section time.

Test for Chapter 9-11


Section 5





Chapter 12:  Social Psychology

Chapter 13:  Psychological Disorders

Chapter 14:  Therapy




Reading Quizzes 12-14 due by 10:00 PM at the end of the chapters or section time.

The Final exam will consist of chapters 12-14.

Refer to the most current finals schedule listed in the catalog.

The above schedule, policies, procedures, and assignments in this course are subject to change.



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