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Administrative Unit: Psychology and Sociology
Course Prefix and Number: PSYC 410
Course Title: Learning Theories
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

In-depth study of major theories of learning, including classical, operant, social, experiential and constructivist theories and their relationship to applied and theoretical psychology. Prerequisites: Six hours of PSYC courses and junior standing.

 
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Six hours of PSYC courses and junior standing.

 
Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered even Spring.

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

Theories of Human Learning: What the Professor Said
By LeFrancois, G. R. (Wadsworth)
Recommended
Introduction to the Theories of Learning
By Olson, M. and Hergenhahn, B. R. (Prentice Hall)
Recommended
Learning Theories: An Educational Perspective
By Schunk, D. H. (Prentice Hall)
Recommended
 
Course Objectives
  • To identify, define and explain theories, principles and concepts of learning as they influence human behavior and adaptation.
  • To actively participate in an ongoing critical discourse on theories of learning.
  • To participate actively in laboratory activities related to learning.
  • To conduct archival research and produce a written report in APA style.
 
Measurable Learning
Outcomes:
  • Explain historical influences on the scientific study of learning.
  • Describe general principles of learning as they relate to human adaptation.
  • Participate in seminar activities and discussion.
  • Differentiate between classical conditioning and operant conditioning.
  • Describe principles of social learning theory.
  • Describe principles of experiential and constructivist theories of learning.
  • Explain the functions of the nervous system in learning processes.
  • Differentiate between central and peripheral nervous system functions in learning.
  • Summarize the role that various learning theories play in education.
 
Topical Outline:
  • Students in this course are expected to conduct archival research, write a paper using APA style, and report their research findings to a forum of their peers
  • Historical foundations and overview of learning and cognition
  • Principles of classical conditioning
  • Principles of operant conditioning
  • Principles of social learning theory
  • Principles of experiential learning
  • Principles of constructivist learning
  • Research in learning theory
  • Role of learning theory in education
  • Biology and neuroscience of learning
  • Evolutionary approaches to understanding learning
 
Culminating Experience Statement:

Material from this course may be tested on the Major Field Test (MFT) administered during the Culminating Experience course for the degree. 
During this course the ETS Proficiency Profile may be administered.  This 40-minute standardized test measures learning in general education courses.  The results of the tests are used by faculty to improve the general education curriculum at the College.

 

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 20

 
Library Resources:

Online databases are available at http://www.ccis.edu/offices/library/index.asp. You may access them from off-campus using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

 
Prepared by: Gretchen Hendrickson Date: January 19, 2013
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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