Psychology of Learning – PSYC 565

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/27/2021

Course Description

Advanced study of associative learning. Special emphasis on instrumental conditioning, motivation, and affect as they relate to the field of developmental psychology.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

Rationale

The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an advanced understanding of the major concepts, theories, methodologies and empirical findings of contemporary cognitive psychology. The course will emphasize how these theories can be applied to practical problems associated with the field of developmental psychology. This course will also facilitate the development of skills necessary to understand and critique research in the field of learning.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Name and apply the major concepts of development.
  2. Summarize similarities and differences among major theories of development.
  3. Interpret behaviors by using developmental theories.
  4. Access and use empirical research articles to evaluate developmental issues.
  5. Design a research study to investigate developmental issues.
  6. Compare developmental concepts and theories to relevant biblical passages.
  7. Review developmental research outcomes in comparison with biblical concepts.
  8. 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 the Course Overview.

Discussion

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to submit a discussion thread of at least 500 words. For the discussion thread, the student must support his/her assertions with at least 3 different peer-reviewed journal articles and cite the articles using current APA style. In addition to the discussion thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ discussion threads. Each discussion reply must be at least 200 words.

Article Review Assignments (2)

The student will submit an article review form for an article that he/she intends to use in his/her research paper.

Research Paper: Outline and References Assignment

The student will submit an outline detailing the major topic areas they plan to cover in the paper and reference page of at least 5 references in current APA format that supports the research paper.

Research Paper: Presentation Assignment

The students will submit a 25 slide presentation highlighting the information discussed in their paper. 

Research Paper: Final Assignment

The student will write a research-based paper of at least 10 pages and in current APA format. The paper will discuss a learning principle and the current research that applies that principle to a psychological disorder or issue (e.g. substance abuse, anxiety, education, motivation). The paper must have at least 10 references.

Quizzes (4)

Each quiz will cover assigned reading for the two modules prior to the scheduled date of the quiz (reading assigned since the previous quiz). Each quiz will include 40 multiple-choice questions, will be open-book/open-notes, be worth up to 135 points, and will have a 1-hour time limit.