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Psychology Courses

PSYC 1105

General Psychology

Credits: 3

Description: Meets MnTC Goal Area(s):5 Prerequisite(s): None This course is an introduction to basic principles and theories of human behavior and mental processes. It will cover the history and contemporary research in the field. The course will also examine the biological, psychological, and social aspects of human interaction with self and environment.

Credit Breakdown: 3/0/0 (Lecture/Lab/On the job training)


This course should help you gain the following abilities and competencies.

Core Abilities

  1. Demonstrate thinking/active learning skills.
  2. Demonstrate global/environmental perspective.
  3. Demonstrate self-development skills.


  1. Appraise the scope and relevance of studying psychology.
  2. Categorize the classical psychological theories and major contributors.
  3. Explain the connections that genetics, the brain, the nervous system, and the endocrine system have to behavior.
  4. Analyze theories involving sleep, dreams, hypnosis, and drug-use in reference to human behavior.
  5. Identify principles related to the physical, cognitive, and social development of humans throughout the life span.
  6. Compare and contrast the concepts of classical conditioning, operant conditioning, and observational learning.
  7. Describe how the human sense organs input, organize, and interpret information.
  8. Differentiate the levels and tasks associated with human memory.
  9. Apply the concepts of thinking, language, and intelligence to human behavior.
  10. Summarize the physiological and psychological factors involved with human motivation and emotion..
  11. Critique the psychodynamic, humanistic, social-cognitive perspectives regarding personality.
  12. Examine psychological theories of stress/unhealthy lifestyle and its effects on the human mind and body.
  13. Classify the most common psychological disorders.
  14. Discuss the effectiveness of various therapies for psychological disorders
  15. Recognize the influence of society on individual behavior.

Guidelines for Success


In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, learners are encouraged to register with Learning Services Director in Learning Enrichment Center for assistance with accommodations. It is the learner's responsibility to voluntarily and confidentially disclose information regarding the nature and extent of a disability. The college cannot assume responsibility for providing accommodations or services to learners who have not identified themselves as having a qualifying disability.

Last Updated: 2011-05-23
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