Class: Psychology: Psy 101 Units: 3 Room: APL 206

Instructor: Dr. Harry Taylor, Ph.D.
Time: Tuesday or Thursday from 7:00 to 10:05 pm
Email address:

General Course Description: This course provides a scientific study of behavior through the exploration of major concepts, methods, and research findings. Topics such as biological basis of behavior; cognitive processes; research methods; learning and motivation; life span development; individual difference; behavioral disorders and therapies; social behavioral and applied psychology are included. Students will also develop critical thinking so they may read and write in a scientific manner. (See school catalog) The course utilizes a lecture/discussion format, with guest speaker(s), and audiovisual presentations. At the end of the semester, students will be able to describe the various theoretical perspectives in the field of psychology and provide such in a historical context.

Course Objectives (as measured by objective exams and presentations):
• Explain the historical context of the field of psychology
• Introduce the student to different research methodologies used in the field.
• Examine various psychological concepts, topics, and theories in psychology.
• Describe the interaction of nature (genes) and nurture (culture) on human behavior.
• Explore the impact of gender and culture on human behavior
• Identify journals in the field of psychology and demonstrate APA writing style.

Text: Huffman, K., (2005). Living Psychology, New York: Wiley & Sons; ISBN: 0-471-67938-0

Films/Videos: Viewing “Discovering Psychology” films/videos can be accessed via web site: and the films parallel with the class readings/topics.

Office Hours: Students who need to consult with Dr. Taylor can do so prior to the scheduled class meetings from 4:00 to 7:00 at the school Library or in classroom prior to lecture. The consultation can be made by appointment: call (661) 317-9625 (cell #) or 575-1800 (Mon – Fri.) to make arrangements.

Grading System/criterion:
90% and above will constitute a grade of
A; 80-89% a grade of B;
70-79% a grade of
C; 60-69% a grade of D and
below 60% will constitute a grade of
Exams: There will be three examinations (20% of grade), a term paper (20% - not to exceed 10 pages), and a final examination (20% of grade). The test format will be multiple choice (you must bring your own Scantron) and essay (have a blue book).
Grading Summary:
Term Paper (APA style) - 20% Three (3) examinations – 20% each
Final examination – 20%


#1: Introduction to the Course PSY 101
Expectations, class assignments, grading - Chapter 1
Lecture: What is Psychology? It’s Goals & History
Recommended Film:
Discovering Psychology: Past, Present, & Promise (I VC 3013.01.01)

#2: Psychology as a Science - Chapter 1
Open Forum on the assigned reading: APA styles of writing
Lecture: How do Psychologists gather Information?
# 3 Neurological Bases of Human Behavior - Chapter 2
Lecture: Understanding the structure of a Neuron
Recommended Class Film:
Discovering Psychology: The Behaving Brain (I VC 3013.02.03)
Test #1 at the beginning of class
Stress and Illness - Chapter 3
Lecture: Psychological Stress coping
#5: The Concepts of Sensation and Perception - Chapter 4
Lecture: Differentiating Sensation from Perception
Lecture: Understanding Consciousness - Chapter 5
Lecture: Learning Theory- Chapter 6
Test # 2 at the beginning of class Lecture: Memory - Chapter 7
Guess Speaker: To be announced
Lecture: Cognition: Thinking, Language, and Intelligence - Chapter 8

LectureA: Life Span Chapter 9
LectureB: Developmental Psychology
LectureA: Motivation and Emotion - Chapter 10
LectureB: What is Personality? Chapter 11
Term paper due

#12: Test #3 at the beginning of class
LectureA: Psychological Disorders - Chapter 12
LectureB: Understanding Signs & Symptoms of Illness

Lecture: Psychotherapy & Treatment of Major disorders - Chapter 13
Guess Speaker: MH speaker to be announced
Lecture: Psychotherapy - Chapter 13
Guess Speaker: Approaches to treatment

Lecture: Social Psychology - Chapter 14
Recommended Class Film:
Psychology: Social Psychology (I VC 3161.12.24)
Test # 4: Final Examination