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SECTION A – Course Information

1. Course ID:

PSYC     1A

Student Learning Outcomes

2. Course Title:

Introduction to Psychology

3. Division:

Humanities and Social Sciences Division

4. Department:

Psychology Department

5. Subject:


6. Short Course Title:

Intro to Psychology

7. Proposed Effective Term:

Summer 2019

The required Cover Sheet Supplemental Form can be created after completion of Section A

SECTION B – Official Course Information

1. Recommended Class Size:

a. Maximum Class Size:


Note:   If the course is new or class size of an existing course is to be changed, a Class Size Supplemental Form is required.

b. Class Size Approval Date:


Note:   Date to be entered by the Instruction Office.


2. Method of Instruction:


 Work Experience, Occupational


 Open Entry/Exit

 Lecture and Laboratory


 Independent Studies

 Distance Learning



3. Contact Hours for a Term:

Note: If not a variable unit/hour course, enter the hours in the "Low" column only. Leave the hours in the "High" column blank.






         54.00 To


To be arranged:








Lab/Lecture Parity?    Yes  No

Does this course have lab parity?

If not, are you going to  apply for lab parity?                          Yes  No

To be arranged:







To be arranged:







Total Hours:    


              54 To


To be arranged:





4. Credit Units:

  3.00 To


Note: Units of credit are based on:

1 Unit of credit per eighteen (18) hours of lecture contact hours for a term

1 Unit of credit per fifty-four (54) hours of lab, activity or clinical contact hours for a term


5. Taxonomy of Programs (TOPS) Information:

a. TOPS Code and Course Program Title:

200100 - Psychology, General

     b.  Course Control Number:    

(To be entered by the Instruction Office Only.)


6. SAM Priority Code: [Select One]



Courses offered to apprentices only.


Advanced Occupational

Courses taken in the advanced stages of an occupational program. Each “B” level course must have a “C” level prerequisite in the same program area.


Clearly Occupational

Courses taken in the middle stages of an occupational program. Should provide the student with entry-level job skills.


Possibly Occupational

Courses taken in the beginning stages of an occupational program.





7. Please place this course into the appropriate discipline by selecting from the drop down list. The discipline placement indicates what preparation is needed to teach the course. Discipline faculty may place their courses into more than one discipline as appropriate:


8. General Course Information

a. Course Credit Status:

D Credit Degree Applicable

b. State Transfer Code:

A Transferable, UC/CSU/Private

c. State Classification Code:

A Liberal Arts/Sciences Degrees

d. Basic Skills Status/Level:

N Not a Basic Skills Course

e. Sports/Physical Education Course:


( Only check here if the course is a physical education course.)

f. Grading Method:

Letter Grade Only

g. Number of repeats allowed:

Non-repeatable Credit - equates to 0 repeats

Note: If course is repeatable, complete the Repeatability Supplemental Form.

h. Please provide cross listed course if applicable:



9. Course Preparation

Note: If this course has any requisite, please complete the Content Review Supplemental Form and provide rationale for the requisite. If a requisite is being removed, please complete the Content Review Supplemental Form and provide rationale for removing the requisite. If a new requisite is being added, complete the Content Review Supplemental Form and provide rationale for the requisite.

a.   Prerequisite

Eligibility for ENGL 1A

b.   Co requisite

c.   Advisories

Eligibility for READ 100 or completion of AMLA 33R

d.   None


10. Course Special Designators:

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11. Course Program Status:

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 Program Applicable


 12. Funding Agency Category:

       Not Applicable

       Primarily developed using economic development funds

       Partially developed using economic development funds



SECTION C – For new transfer requests only, please complete the Transfer Status (CSU) Supplemental Form before submitting course for approval.

CSU Transferable              CSU Approval Date:                     (mmddyyyy)                 

Applying for CSU Transfer Status

UC Transferable                 UC Approval Date:                      (mmddyyyy)                 

Applying for UC Transfer Status

Note:  CSU Transfer Status must be obtained prior to submitting a request for UC Transfer Status to the UC Chancellor.


SECTION D - General Education Request

Mt. San Antonio College and CSU General Education course approvals are submitted to the Educational Design Committee and GE Subcommittee for approval.

1.  The Articulation Officer submits the course directly to the CSU Chancellor for approval.

2.  Upon receiving CSU approval, the course will be placed in the CSU approved area for the Mt. SAC Associate Degree GE.



Requesting approval for inclusion on Mt. SAC and CSU General Education List?

Note:   If requesting approval for inclusion on the General Education List, the General Education Course Evaluation Supplemental Form must be completed before submitting course for approval.  If request is approved, the remainder of Section D will be completed by the Instruction Office.

1. Mt SAC General Education Applicability:

    GE Approval Date :                   (mmddyyyy)

AAD2 - Elective Courses
ASD2 - Elective Courses

2. CSU General Education Applicability (Requires CSU approval):

    CSU Approval Date:                   (mmddyyyy)

CSD9 - Psychology

3. IGETC Applicability (Requires CSU/UC approval):

    IGETC Approval Date:                   (mmddyyyy)

IG4I - Psychology



SECTION E - Course Content

1. Course Descriptions

a. Catalog Description:

(Write a clear, concise course description, summarizing the course content.  Include major goals of the course, scope, requirements for successfully completing the course, and any unusual aspects of the course.)

Psychological approaches to the study of behavior and mental processes. Topics include the history of psychology, psychological research methods, biological psychology, sensation and perception, consciousness, learning, memory, cognition, intelligence, language, lifespan development, motivation and emotion, applied psychology (e.g., gender and sexuality and stress and health), social psychology, personality, psychological disorders, and psychological treatment.

b. Class Schedule Description:



Is a course description to be printed in the Class Schedule?

(If yes, write one or two sentences condensing the catalog description for the prospective student.  Does not require as much detail as the catalog description. Limited to 130 characters, including spaces.)

Psychological approaches to the study of behavior and mental processes.

2. Course Outline Information

In courses that include lecture and laboratory, the topical outlines should be separate and distinct, each specific and appropriate to the activities to be conducted.

a. Lecture Topical Outline:

(The lecture topical outline should provide a detailed record of the content of the course.)

- History of psychology
- Major theoretical perspectives (e.g., psychoanalytic, behavioral, humanistic, etc.)
- Specialties in psychology (e.g., clinical, counseling, school, developmental, industrial or organizational, etc.)
- Psychological research methods (e.g., observation, case study, survey, correlational method, experimental method, the scientific method, American Psychological Association (APA) style)
- Biological psychology
- Sensation and perception
- Consciousness
- Learning
- Memory
- Cognition, intelligence, and language
- Lifespan development
- Motivation and emotion
- Gender and sexuality
- Stress and health
- Social psychology
- Personality
- Psychological disorders
- Treatment of psychological disorders
- Final exam

b. Lab Topical Outline:

(The lab topical outline should reflect the activities in lab.)

3. Course Measurable Objectives:

(Measurable course objectives should identify expected outcomes: specific, observable student actions – what the student should be able to do, know or feel as a result of taking this course.  A majority of objectives should reflect critical thinking, i.e. application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.  Course objectives should relate directly to methods of evaluation)

Provide a minimum of five (5) course measurable objectives:

1. Identify the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, core empirical findings, and historic trends in psychology.
2. Compare and contrast major theoretical perspectives of psychology (e.g., psychoanalytic, behavioral, humanistic, etc.)
3. Apply concepts and theories from the following general domains: (a) biological bases of behavior and mental processes, (b) sensation and perception, (c) consciousness, (d) learning and memory, (e) cognition, intelligence, and language (f) lifespan development (g) motivation and emotion, (h) gender and sexuality, (i) stress and health, (j) social psychology, (k) personality, and (l) psychological disorders and approaches to treatment.
4. Apply psychological principles to personal experience.
5. Compare and contrast research methods in psychology, including advantages and disadvantages of each (e.g., observation, case study, survey, correlational method, experimental method).
6. Distinguish between scientific and non-scientific methods of understanding.

4. Course Methods of Evaluation:

(Methods of evaluation should relate directly to measurable course objectives.  They indicate the kind of assignments or performance activities designed for a course to assess student learning.  Each course must list either substantial writing assignments (category 1) OR computational / non-computational problem solving demonstrations (category 2) if writing assignments are inappropriate (with an explanation of why substantial writing is not appropriate for the course).  Activities typically assigned in categories 3 and 4 must also be listed in this section.)

Category 1. Substantial written assignments for this course include:

A term paper, project, or personal experience essay, totaling at least six pages, that applies concepts in the course

If the course is degree applicable, substantial written assignments in this course are inappropriate because:

Category 2. Computational or non-computational problem solving demonstrations:

Category 3. Skills Demonstrations:

Category 4. Objective Examinations:

At least three exams (that may include multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, true or false, short answer, or essay items) that assess students' knowledge of introductory psychology theories and concepts

5. Sample Assignments:

(Assignments should be directly related to the objectives of the course.  They should be specific enough to provide real guidance to faculty and clear expectations for students.  Descriptions of the type or examples of assignments are required.  For example, rather than “term paper” state “term paper comparing and contrasting the social aspects of hunting tactics of two mammal species.”  This section must establish that the work is demanding enough in rigor and independence to fulfill the credit level specified.  The nature of the assignments must clearly demand critical thinking.  Assignments should be adequate to assure that students who successfully complete them can meet the objectives of the course.  Appropriate out-of-class work is required for credit courses.)

Provide a minimum of three (3) sample assignments:

1. Complete the Learning Preferences Survey in order to determine your primary learning preference. Based upon the results of your survey, develop a personalized study plan for the semester. Write up your results in a 2-page paper.
2. Explain your personality from three different major theoretical perspectives (e.g., psychoanalytic, behavioral, humanistic). Provide specific examples of certain traits you possess (e.g., shy, friendly, ambitious, etc.) and discuss how these traits may have developed from each theoretical perspective. Write a 6-page paper (two pages for each theoretical perspective) discussing your ideas.
3. Write a 6-page research paper on a particular topic of interest in psychology (e.g., the effectiveness of psychotherapy). You must reference at least three empirical journal articles and write your paper in APA format.
4. Choose a personal habit to modify using the principles of operant conditioning. You will record your behavior at baseline, and then implement the behavior modification for two to three weeks. You will provide progress updates and evaluate the effectiveness of the program in writing through weekly online discussion board updates, or in a 6-page report.
5. Choose one topic you have learned about in this course and discuss how you have applied what you have learned to your life. For example, perhaps you realized that you are experiencing significant stress, so you tried some of the adaptive coping strategies that were reviewed. Write a 2-page paper about your experience.


6. Representative Text:

(List EXAMPLES of textbooks and other data sources and materials, which may be used in this course.  Provide author, title, publisher, date of publication, and edition.)

If the course is requested to be or is CSU transferable, provide at least one (1) representative text that has been published within the last five (5) years.  A representative text is optional for a non-transferable course.

a. Book 1:

This is the most recent edition of this text:




If the text is more than 5 years old, please provide rationale for not selecting a more recent text:


  Grison, Heatherton, Gazziniga


  Psychology in Your Life



Date of Publication:




b. Book 2:

This is the most recent edition of this text:




If the text is more than 5 years old, please provide rationale for not selecting a more recent text:




  Essentials of Psychology



Date of Publication:




c. Book 3:

This is the most recent edition of this text:




If the text is more than 5 years old, please provide rationale for not selecting a more recent text:







Date of Publication: