PSYCH.1010: Introduction to Psychology - Kinney


Professor Dennis Kinney, Ph.D.

Office: See Syllabus
Office Hours: Section 201 -- Tues & Thurs 2:00-3:15 PM in Olsen Hall 104, North Campus; Section 202 -- Tues & Thurs 3:30-4:45 PM in Olsen Hall 104, North Campus



Welcome to Professor Kinney's Course, Introduction to Psychological Science 

An introduction course that focuses on application of the scientific method to major areas of psychology: biological, cognitive, developmental, social and personality, and mental and physical health. The course addresses the importance of social and cultural diversity, ethics, variations in human functioning, and applications to life and social action, both within these areas and integrated across them. The research basis for knowledge in the field is emphasized. Intended as an introductory course for both non-concentrators and concentrators. 


Course Objectives

By the completion of the course, students will participate in psychological research and be better able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology. This includes improving the ability to:

  • Describe key principles and terminology used by different areas of psychology
  • Explain the influence of major figures in the field  
  • Discuss the different types of behavior studied by psychologists

2. Identify and distinguish some basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation. This includes improving the ability to:

  • Describe the importance of considering causes and scientific perspectives in explaining behavior, and
  • Explain the importance of psychologists’ use of scientific methods, and the strengths and limitations of different approaches

3. Demonstrate information literacy and the ability to use critical and creative thinking in seeking and evaluating information about behavior and mental processes. This includes better ability to

  •  Find, read, and assess the validity of different kinds of psychological information.

4. Apply psychological principles to individual, social, and organizational issues and to act ethically and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline. This includes being better able to:

  • Achieve deeper understanding of themselves and others
  • Evaluate psychological studies and findings and apply them to their lives
  • Use psychological knowledge to be more informed citizens, and to discuss how psychology can contribute to solving key problems facing humanity.

5. Communicate effectively in a variety of formats, both oral and written.
6. Recognize, describe, and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity. 

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