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Open Educational Resource for Psychology 1000 (Shane)
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About PSYC 1000

An introduction to the major facts, principles, methods, and theories of psychology.

Topics include the history of psychology, sensory and perceptual processes, learning and cognition, motivation and emotion, psychological development, clinical and abnormal psychology, and biological, social, and personality determinants of behavior.


Class meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11am-12:15pm

Course Goals, Learning Objectives & Evaluation

Course Goals and Learning Objectives: There are 3 learning goals in this course.

  • The first learning goal is for students to develop a knowledge base in psychology. Students should leave the course with a comprehension of major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends, and empirical findings in the field of psychology.
  • The second learning goal is for students to develop scientific inquiry and critical thinking skills, including basic skills and concepts in interpreting behavior, studying research, and applying research design principles to drawing conclusions about psychological phenomena.
  • The third learning goal is for students to develop a sense of ethical and social responsibility in a diverse world, through being familiar with the formal regulations that govern professional ethics in psychology, tolerating diverse points of view, and thinking about factors that affect individuals, communities, and societies.

Evaluation of Course Goals and Learning Objectives:  Students will demonstrate their achievement of the learning objectives by:

  • Performance on four exams
  • A research paper assignment
  • Completion of an online research ethics course
  • Group project

Textbook (Required)

Introductory Psychology textbook coverNoba Textbook Series: Psychology
Compiled by Jacob Shane
R. Biswas-Diener & E. Diener (Eds), Noba textbook series: Psychology. Champaign, IL: DEF publishers. DOI:

Textbook is FREE.

Access a pdf version or online versions at PSYC 1000 course site. Can also access directly from the NOBA site.

Creative Commons License This NOBA Project work "Introductory Psychology" curated by Jacob Shane is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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