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PSY201A Intro to Psychology - Part 1

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  • CRN: 40392
  • Credits: 4
  • Locations, days, times, and instructors:
    • Online, Available 24/7
      From September 27 through December 13, 2022, Aaron Ahn
    • Remote, Tuesday, from 3 to 4:50pm
      From September 27 through December 13, 2022, Aaron Ahn

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Desire 2 Learn (D2L)

This course is supported by D2L. You can access it by logging onto https://online.pcc.edu/d2l/home. The course syllabus, various materials, and grades will all be posted on D2L. For problems with D2L, please contact the PCC Student Help Desk: https://www.pcc.edu/help-desk.

Course Description

This course surveys the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in scientific research, biological psychology, sensation and perception, learning theory, memory, language, cognition, consciousness, and human development. This course provides an overview of popular trends, examines the overarching themes of heredity vs. environment, stability vs. change, and free will vs. determinism, and emphasizes the sociocultural approach which assumes that gender, culture, and ethnicity are essential to understanding behavior, thought, and emotion. Psychology 201A is the first term of a two-term sequence in introductory psychology. For this class, an audit is available but must be requested from your professor.

Course Prerequisites

Prerequisite: WR 115: Introduction to Expository Writing (4 Credits);  RD 115: College Reading (4 Credits); and MTH 20: Basic Math (Arithmetic) (4 Credits). Or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available. This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Cultural Literacy, Social Sciences/AAOT, Social Sciences/AS, Social Sciences/AAS, Social Sciences/AGS, Social Sciences/ASOT-B.

Intended Outcomes for the Course

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

  1. Articulate how psychological research adheres to ethical and scientific principles, and communicate the difference between personal views and scientific evidence in understanding behavior.
  2. Delineate the credentials, skills, and experiences required for a career path in psychology and identify broad career opportunities associated with the various subfields of psychology at different educational levels.
  3. Recognize and respect human diversity while anticipating that psychological explanations may vary across populations and contexts, and exhibit sensitivity to feelings, emotions, motives, and attitudes regarding specific behavioral concerns.Analyze personal lifestyle and apply problem-solving techniques to situations while understanding the limitations of one’s psychological knowledge and skills, recognizing that ethically complex situations can develop in the application of psychological principles.
  4. Evaluate public and private assumptions concerning individual and group differences using a global and multifaceted sociocultural approach.



Webcam, computer and internet access is required for this class.

Online class information

No show policy
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Online & Remote Teaching Technical Requirements:
Please be sure to read the quick guide to Online Learning technical requirements.
Students with Disabilities:
Students with disabilities should notify their instructor if accommodations are needed to take this class. For information about technologies that help people with disabilities taking Online based classes please visit the Disability Services website.
Online Prerequisite | Start Guide for Online Learning:
Before you take your first online class at PCC, you must complete the start guide for online learning. The start guide will help you decide if online classes are right for you. Once you complete the start guide, you will be eligible to register for online classes.

The Start Guide is not required for Hybrid or Remote Classes but strongly recommended. To learn more, go to https://www.pcc.edu/osg