Psychology of Learning – PSYC 565

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

Course Description

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




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 Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forum

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to submit a thread of at least 500 words. For the 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 thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200 words.

Article Reviews (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

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. This assignment will be submitted in 3 parts: the Outline and References, the Presentation, and the completed Research Paper.

Exams (4)

Each exam will cover the Reading & Study material for the modules/weeks prior to its due date. Each exam will be open-book/open-notes and has a 1-hour time limit.