Physio-Cognitive-Course

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UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES – MONA CAMPUS / JAMAICA
DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY, PSYCHOLOGY AND SOCIALWORK
PS 10B / PSYC 1001- INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY: PHYSIOLOGICAL
& COGNITIVE
COURSE OUTLINE - SEMESTER II, 2014 / 2015
INSTRUCTOR: Dennis Edwards, PhD, MA, MSc, Dip Ed.
Email: dennis.edwards@uwimona.edu.jm
Phone: (876)5123341 (office), (876)5123349 (sl)
(Room # 7, Sir. Alister Building)
Office: Tue: 12 noon – 2pm & 4-6pm (subject to change)
Course Description
This course provides an introduction to a discipline that has grown in popularity with
more and more people becoming interested in gaining an understanding of human
behaviour. The course will provide information on a broad range of cognitive and
physiological psychology topics that illustrate how and why we think, feel and act. In this
respect the course will attempt to integrate observations gleaned from human and animal
research in order to underscore the phenomenon of human cognition / behaviour and the
underlying physiological bases.
Course Objectives
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Consistent with the above at the end of the course students will be able to:
1. Distinguish between psychology as the science of human behavior and a common
sense explanation of behaviour.
2. Acquire and demonstrate, at the minimum, an introductory level of understanding of
the essential theories and concepts in the areas of physiological and cognitive
psychology.
3. Apply psychological principles to their lives, and to issues relevant to Caribbean
people.
Course Format:
This course will be presented by way of a mix of structured lectures and interactive
seminar type class sessions.
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Course Evaluation:
This course will be evaluated by way of a mid term examination = 40 percent of the
final grade…plus a final examination = 60 percent of final grade.
Course Content & Proposed Schedule
Week 1
What is Psychology/What is Not
Definition and usefulness
Origin of psychology
Psychology and the scientific method
Current trends in psychology
Week 2 - 4
Biological Basis of Behavior
Structure and function of the nervous system
Communication of the brain cells
Consciousness and the brain
Heredity, environment and behavior
Week 5 - 6
Sensation and Perception
Chapter 4
The brain and the processing of sensory information
Vision, Hearing, Taste, Smell,
Sensing body position in space (kinesthetic and vestibular)
The somatosenses (pain, touch, temperature)
Plasticity of perception
Extra sensory perception
Week 7
MID SEMESTER EXAM
Week 8
Week 9
States of Consciousness
Circadian Rhythms
Why we sleep / dream
Sleep and sleep disorders
Alterations of consciousness/drugs
Human memory and hallucinations
Learning / Cognition and Memory
Theories of learning
Cognition and the formation of thought
Communication
Decision making and problem solving
How memory operates and biology of memory
Chapters 1 & 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 5 & 7
Chapter 6 & 7
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Week 10
Intelligence & Language
Contrasting views of intelligence
Measurement of intelligence
Physical growth and development
The aging process / end of life
Origin and features of language
Chapter 8, & 9
Week 11
Motivation & Emotions
Basis of emotions
Theories of motivation and emotions
Needs and drives
Types of emotions
Chapter 11
Week 12
Stress, Coping & Health
What is stress
The body and stress
Coping with stress
Stress, health and medicine
Chapter 12
Week 13
COURSE REVISION??? –
FINAL EXAMINATION PERIOD / April 27 – May 15, 2015
Primary Text:
Lilenfield, Scott et.al., (2009) Psychology: From Inquiry to Understanding, Pearson
Education Inc.
Supplementary Sources:
Journal of Experimental Psychology
Psychological Bulletin
American Psychologist
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