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Administrative Unit: Psychology and Sociology
Course Prefix and Number: PSYC 260
Course Title: Introduction to Applied Psychology
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

An introduction to Applied Psychology, including uses of psychology in personal adjustment across the lifespan, in education, interpersonal relationships, marriage, family and parenting, work, physical and psychological health, and in identifying and treating psychopathology. A service learning component may be used as a means of providing students with practical experience with applied psychology. Students are exposed to major theoretical perspectives in applied psychology and methods and findings based in scientific psychology.

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered odd Spring.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Psychology Applied to Modern Life: Adjustment in the 21st Century
By Weiten, W., & Lloyd, M.A. (Wadsworth)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the interaction of psychological phenomena and the body in terms of stress, coping, general physical health, gender, and sexuality. (Chpts. 3,4,5,11, 12)
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of internal psychological states in terms of personality, the self, social thinking and influence, clinical disorders, and psychotherapy  (Chpts. 2, 6, 7, 14, 15)
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of interpersonal relationships in terms of communication, friendship & love, marriage & intimate relationships, and work (Chpts. 8, 9, 10, 13)
  4. Accurately describe personal experiences in terms of relevant psychological theory
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Adjustment; Science & Application
  • Happiness
  • Stress
  • Coping
  • The Self
  • Social Thought & Influence
  • Communication
  • Friendship and Love
  • Marriage & Relationships
  • Gender
  • Career & Work
  • Disorders
  • Psychotherapy

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25

Library Resources:

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Prepared by: Graham Higgs Date: April 15, 2015
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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