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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)
Life's choices: Problems and solutions
By Sharf, R. S. (Wadsworth)
I never knew I had a choice: Explorations in personal growth
By Corey, G. & Corey, M. S. (Wadsworth)
Course Objectives
  • To understand the application of basic psychological theory and research to individual experiences.
  • To become acquainted with applied content areas and their major theories.
    Measurable Learning
  • Describe past personal experiences in terms of relevant psychological theory.
  • Identify milestones of normative development (e.g.; development of gender identify, adolescent development, sexual development, movement into the workforce, aging) and be able to describe the changes occurring during each.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the etiology of stress and the applicability of different means of coping.
  • Explain how self-concept, social cognition, interpersonal communication, and social influence attempts affect the quality of interpersonal relationships.
  • Identify the factors contributing to friendship, love, and long-term intimate relationships, as well as factors that inhibit the development of such relationships.
  • Identify common physical and psychological disorders and the treatments used to address them.
    Topical Outline: It is recommended that a semester course cover most of the following topics:
  • Definition of psychology and adjustment
  • Scientific methods in the study of behavior
  • Personality theory
  • Major perspectives in applied psychology
  • Stress and coping
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Social cognition and influence
  • Communication
  • Friendship and love
  • Parenting and family
  • Gender roles
  • Development in adolescence and adulthood
  • Careers and work
  • Human sexuality
  • Mental and physical health
  • Assessment and treatment of psychological disorders


    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 30

    Library Resources:

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    Prepared by: Graham Higgs Date: February 14, 2011
    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 objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. 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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