Description of Course Goals and Curriculum
This course gives an overview about psychology — the general findings throughout history concerning the human mind and behavior. Topics include personality, emotions, the brain, language, and development.
Lectures meet twice a week (50 minutes) and lab once a week (3 hours). In lab, you will go over experiment methods, creating your own experiments and analyzing the data.
Learning From Classroom Instruction
The professor uses PowerPoint slides that describe important ideas and studies. She relates the concepts to real-life situations and examples. In the past, she has uploaded the slides to blackboard, so there’s no need to be diligent with note-taking; what’s more important is listening and taking note of what the professor says that isn’t on the slides. Definitely go to lecture and pay attention, because a) the professor’s examples will help you understand vague concepts, and b) things that were mentioned in lecture but not on the slides/textbook will appear on exams!
Most of lab includes taking part in designing or participating in experiments. There will be lab reports (not necessarily every week) where you detail the methods, results, and inferences from the experiment. If you take notes while you’re in lab, these reports will be fairly easy to finish. Although this might depend on your TA, quality is more important than quantity — be as specific as you can with the reports, but don’t worry about reaching a word count.
Learning For and From Assignments
The only assignments other than the exams are the lab reports (and other minor assignments for lab). They are mostly good for reviewing what you learned at lab. It would be useful to work on them during lab so that you can get it done quickly and while the memory is still fresh in your mind.Although they recommend that you read the relevant chapters in the textbook before lecture, there's no real need to do so (reading them after lecture might actually be more useful, because the textbook can be boring if you don't understand what it's talking about). However, you do need to read the textbook in preparation for exams.
External ResourcesNo external resources necessary!
What Students Should Know About This Course For Purposes Of Course Selection
It’s a good choice for anyone with at least a slight interest in psychology — the workload isn’t too heavy, and the professor is a good lecturer (it also fulfills an STL requirement!).Because this is an introductory course, you definitely don’t need prior knowledge about psychology, although having some general knowledge might make it easier for you to understand the concepts.