Psychological Foundations of Learning – PSYC 365

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 09/05/2023

Course Description

This course focuses on the study of human learning, including examination of conditioning, modeling, cognitive development, and high-level thought processes. Students will evaluate models of behaviorism, social learning, cognitive development, memory, motivation, and attribution theories.

Prerequisites: (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 and application of Behaviorism and Comparative 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.

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.

Mastery Training Homework Assignments (12)

The student will complete each assigned Mastery Training knowledge quiz. Each Mastery Training will cover content from the chapter readings. (CLO A, B, C)

Quizzes: Chapter Quizzes (12)

The student will read each assigned chapter and complete a brief quiz through the textbook platform (CLO A, B, C).

Research Paper Assignments (3)

The student will develop a research paper that will address Classical and Instrumental (Operant) Conditioning learning theories. In developing this paper, the student will submit assignments in stages throughout the course. The stages of submission are as follows: (CLOs: A, D, E)

Title Page and Reference Page Assignment

Annotated Bibliography Assignment

Final Submission Assignment

Essay Assignments (4)

The student will answer 2 specific questions pertaining to the assigned readings for each of the essay assignments. Each essay must include a minimum of 250 words per question. Each essay question must include at least one citation using assigned materials. Note, websites do not meet the requirement for academic reference. (CLOs: B, C, D, E)