General Psychology

Course Code: PSY2012

Credit Hours: 3

Effective beginning: Fall 2020


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.


Willie Spires, Ph.D.

Latresha Moore, Ed.D.

Rachel Rackard, M.D.

Kassandra Starrine, M.S.

Tameka Russ, Ed.D.

Sarah Gambill, M.S.



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 theories, hypotheses and research methodologies that behavioral scientists use to explain, investigate and predict behaviors and social trends.

SS-2 Use appropriate social and behavioral science investigation techniques to analyze contemporary social issues.

SS-3 Identify and investigate interdisciplinary courses in the social and behavioral sciences, such as, history, criminal justice, economics, etc. and establish how these courses are inter-related from a global perspective.

SS-4 Create and utilize current technologies in developing oral and written presentations on topics relevant to subject matter under the auspices of social and behavioral sciences.

SS-5 Identify fundamental modalities used to promote understanding of differences and commonalities within diverse cultures.


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-5

SS-1, SS-5

SS-1, SS-5

Tests, Quizzes, Writing Assignments



  • 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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