General Psychology

Course Code: PSY2012

Credit Hours: 3

Effective beginning: 2021-22


Course Description:
A course designed to give the student an adequate foundation in the field of psychology, to provide an understanding of human behavior and to enable the student to adapt himself to his physical and social environment. This is the prerequisite course for all advanced courses in psychology. It is recommended that this course be pursued only after completion of one semester of college study.

Course Details


A grade of ā€œCā€ or higher is required to enter the ASDN program at Chipola.


Lennetta Loman-Greene

Rachel Rackard, M.D.

Kassandra Starrine, M.S.

Tameka Russ, Ed.D.

Sarah Gambill, M.S.

Allison Hausner

Jessica Craven




Required textbooks/ course materials:

Ettinger, R.H. and Willie E. Spires, Psychology for the Everyday Encounter (LooseLeaf). 8th ed. Redding: BVT, 2020. ISBN: 9781517807313


Assignment/course outline:

See your Instructor First Day Handout for individual instructor assignment schedule.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

SS-1 Identify behaviors and social trends, using appropriate research methodologies.

SS-2 Identify global influences on social, behavioral, and historical issue.

SS-3 Examine significant historical events.

SS-4 Identify differences and commonalities within diverse cultures.


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods

Identify how the scientific method and research concepts are used in psychological research

Identify the unique personality attributes among individuals

Examine the fundamentals of psychological theories as they apply to the human condition

Compare the human and fiscal cost associated with psychological disorders

Identify how psychology impacts our lives in all interactions with others



SS-1, SS-3

SS-1, SS-3, SS-4

SS-1, SS-3, SS-4

SS-1, SS-4

SS-1, SS-4

Tests, Quizzes, Writing Assignments



Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

  • Read all assigned materials.
  • Attend and participate in class discussions.
  • Complete study guides and notes from class discussions and lectures.
  • Courses taught under the auspices of the Social and Behavioral Sciences will include an oral component, oral presentations and/or classroom discussions.

Note: Online and Distance Learning Courses will not contain the oral component.

Chapters are as follows:

  1. Defining the Science of Psychology
  2. The Application of the Scientific Method
  3. Altered States of Consciousness
  4. Principles of Learning and Behavior
  5. Developmental Psychology: Conception through Childhood
  6. Developmental Psychology: Adolescence to the End of Life
  7. Human Intelligence
  8. Cognition: Thinking and Language
  9. Sensation and Perception
  10. Exploring Human Memory
  11. Motivation
  12. Emotion, Stress, and Coping Strategies
  13. Personality: Theories and Assessment
  14. The Biology of Behavior
  15. Abnormal Psychology
  16. Therapeutic Modalities
  17. Social Psychology


College-wide policies and resources

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