Psychological Foundations of Learning – PSYC 365

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

A study of human learning, including examination of conditioning, modeling, cognitive development, and high level thought processes. Models of behaviorism, social learning, cognitive development, memory, motivation, and attribution theories will be evaluated.


(PSYC 200 or PSYC 210 or PSYC 101 or GEED 201) and PSYC 255


This overview of human learning will introduce the student to the methodologies and topics in the field, with research in the theories of Behaviorism, Cognitive Development, and Social Cognition. A sample of early and current theorists have studied learning in each of these categories. An understanding of the behavior and thinking of the self and others will be an effective tool for intrapersonal and interpersonal Christian growth and ministry.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Apply psychological concepts, theories, and research findings as these relate to everyday life, examine evidence of ambiguity, ethics, ChristianBiblical faith, and values.
  2. Design and conduct basic studies to address psychological questions using appropriate research methods.
  3. Use critical thinking to solve problems related to behavior and cognition.
  4. Communicate effectively in written, oral, and technological formats.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion Boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 300 words, demonstrate course-related knowledge, and be supported by at least 3 citations in current APA format. Sources must include the course textbook, the Bible, and 1 or more scholarly references. In addition to the thread, the student will reply to the threads of at least 2 classmates. Each reply must be at least 150 words.(MLOs: A, C, D)

Research Paper

The student will develop a research paper that will compare behavioral learning theories and cognitive learning theories. In developing this paper, the student will submit assignments in stages throughout the course. The stages of submission are as follows: (MLOs: A, D)

Annotated Bibliography

The student will submit an Annotated Bibliography containing a 150-word annotation for each of 4 peer-reviewed journal articles.

Reference Page

In addition to the textbook and the Bible, the Reference Page must contain at least 6 scholarly sources, 4 of which must be peer-reviewed journal articles.

Final Submission

The completed current APA-formatted Research Paper must include a title page, a 150–250-word abstract, an 8-page body, and a reference page. In addition to the textbook and the Bible, the paper must contain at least 6 scholarly sources, 4 of which must be peer-reviewed journal articles.

Essays (3)

The student will answer 4 specific questions pertaining to the assigned readings for each of the essay assignments. Each essay must be at least 2 pages. (MLOs: B, C, D)

Quizzes (8)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned module/week. Quizzes are open-book/open-notes, contain 15 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a time limit of 30 minutes. (MLOs: A, C)