The goal of the psychology program at Saddleback College is to provide a comprehensive introduction to the science of psychology for both students whose major is psychology and those taking psychology courses to fulfill general education requirements. We provide high quality instruction in courses which meet transfer requirements for many four year institutions. Further, personal growth and insight fostered through coursework in psychology will provide students with a repertoire of skills to relate to the culturally diverse world in which they live...
Program Learning Outcomes for Psychology:
Students who complete this program will be able to:
- Compare and contrast the major theoretical perspectives in psychology.
- Differentiate psychology from pseudoscience
- Demonstrate knowledge of basic research methods for gathering and evaluating data.
- Apply the principles of psychology to the diverse world in which they live.
Psychology Department Student Learning Outcomes
PSYCH 1 Student Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Differentiate among various subfields of psychology.
- Identify the primary research methods employed in the study of psychology.
- Describe the interaction between heredity on the environment.
- Identify the primary objectives (goals) of psychology.
- Demonstrate knowledge of ethical principles and limitations of research in psychology.
- Critically evaluate sources of information in the field of psychology, including research articles published in major psychological journals
PSYCH 2 Student Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Effectively use the APA style in writing research reports.
- Successfully perform a literature search using the PsycArticles database and the Internet to find articles and information about various topics in psychology that are published in major psychological journals.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the role of ethics in performing research with human participants and the ability to differentiate between ethical and unethical research practices.
- Recognize the importance of the use of statistical analyses and the reporting of statistical results in research publications.
- Evaluate the advantages and limitations of different research methods used in psychological research.
PSYCH 3 Student Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of psychological theory regarding the relationship between physiology, cognition, and emotion.
- Identify the lobes of the cortex and their major functions.
- Differentiate between several measures of brain activity used in biopsychological research.
- Identify the underlying causes of neurological and mental disorders.
- Describe the action potential
- Describe how communication takes place between neurons.
PSYCH 4 Student Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the historical basis of how cognitive psychology was formed as a branch of general psychology.
- Distinguish the major theoretical objectives of cognitive psychology from that of other subdisciplines in the field of psychology.
- Identify and describe the goals of the subareas of study within cognitive psychology.
- Critically evaluate sources of information in the field of cognitive psychology.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the research processes that have culminated in past and current knowledge in the field of cognitive psychology.
PSYCH 5 Student Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Understand and apply the different psychological theories to the study of human sexual behavior.
- Integrate the interaction of the biological bases of human sexuality with the psychological and historical influences in our society.
- Trace the development of human sexuality from childhood to old age.
- Compare the variations in sexuality found across social classes, ethnic groups, and other species.
PSYCH 7 Student Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the various theories in developmental psychology
- List and evaluate the differences between the various methods of investigation used in developmental studies
- Describe the processes of heredity, human reproduction, and prenatal development
- Identify and evaluate factors affecting the physical, social, emotional, psychological, and intellectual development of children and adolescents.
- Apply theories and scientific terms to real life situations or case studies involving children and adolescents
PSYCH 16 Student Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Identify the ways in which culture, ethnicity, race, gender and sex have been used to explain diversity among groups and populations in the U.S. and the world.
- Explain the psychological influences of culture on basic psychological processes, social and human development, social cognition, and social interaction.
- Analyze contemporary theories of psychology relative to culture
- Critically evaluate scientific literature examining culture, ethnic, sex, and gender differences on psychological factors.
- Describe and apply skills that enhance cross-cultural communication, interactions, and relationships.
- Demonstrate an awareness of their own and others’ culture and worldviews.
PSYCH 30 Student Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Define conformity and distinguish between the primary forms of conformity (i.e., compliance, acceptance, and obedience).
- Recognize the biases that influence clinical judgment.
- Describe how our everyday language suggests bias.
- Identify social facilitation and describe the misleading nature of the term.
- Define the bystander effect and identify the situational variables that promote it.
PSYCH 37 Student Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Compare and contrast biological, psychological, family, and social views of the causes and treatment of abnormal behavior.
- Identify and compare major scientific methods for gathering and analyzing information to describe abnormal behavior.
- Identify the difference between organic and functional disorders.
- List and/or recognize the characteristics of specific anxiety, somatoform, mood, eating, sleep, sexual-identity, substance abuse, personality, schizophrenic and cognitive disorders.
- Recognize unethical therapeutic practices according to the American Psychological Association Guidelines.
PSYCH 44 Student Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Formulate and identify null and alternative hypotheses in research
- Define and give examples of independent variables, dependent variables, and scales of measurement
- Generate and interpret various types of graphical displays and tables from research data
- Differentiate between descriptive and inferential statistics
- Analyze data using statistical software (SPSS)
Additionally, PSYCH 1, PSYCH 2, and PSYCH 7 meet the information competency general education requirement and is an institutional student learning outcome (ISLO).