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Using Specific Examples, Differentiate Between the Thinking Patterns of a 3-Year-Old Preschooler and a 9-Year-Old Student, According to Piaget's Theory of Cognitive Development.

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Course Information

Meeting Times:  N/A (ONLINE)

Credit Hours:  3

Contact Hours:  45

CRN:  40708

Prerequisites: STC Admission  

Corequisites:  None


Instructor Information

Name:  Keisha Butler Sanders, M.S., A.B.D.

Office:  General Studies Bldg. Room # 7121

Office Phone:  912-695-2001

E-mail Address:

Office Hours:  N/A (ONLINE)

Response Time (phone/e-mail):  phone/text (8 hrs.)/ Email - (24 hrs.)

Keisha Butler Sanders attended Queens University of Charlotte where she earned her B.S. in Psychology. She earned her M.S. in Experimental Psychology from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia. Keisha is a veteran classroom teacher with teaching experience in two states. She is passionate about the study of psychology and looks forward to passing on that love of learning to her students.

Department Head Information

 Name:  Heather Ramsey, M.Ed. (Psychology and Counseling)

Office:  General Studies Bldg. Room # 7114

Office Phone:  912-443-5804

E-mail Address:

Office Hours:  Mon & Weds (1 – 3 pm)

Response Time (phone/e-mail):  phone/text (8 hrs.)/ Email - (24 hrs.)

Course Description

Introduces the major fields of contemporary psychology. Emphasis is on fundamental principles of psychology as a science. Topics include research design, the organization and operation of the nervous system, sensation and perception, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, thinking and intelligence, lifespan development, personality, psychopathology and interventions, stress and health, and social psychology.

Student Syllabus Certification

Students will be required to login to Savannah Technical College's Learning Management System, Blackboard, to certify that they have read and understood the syllabus for the course and agree to be bound by the terms and conditions.

Course Competencies

Upon successful completion of this class, each student should be able to:

Upon successful completion of this class, each student should be able to:

Note that * indicates a crucial goal that will be assessed for aggregate student competency at the end of each semester.

All course competencies are derived from psychology learning objectives for college students by Division II of the American Psychological Association (2013).

  1. Learn and apply research methods
  2. Utilize critical thinking skills to critique theories and subsequent research
  3. Learn theoretical perspectives*
  4. Identify psychological specialties
  5. Understand neuron and nervous system function*
  6. Describe endocrine glands and function
  7. Recognize neuron structure
  8. Learn brain structure and function
  9. Know sensory structures and processes
  10. Categorize perceptual abilities*
  11. Critique paranormal perception
  12. Comprehend conscious awareness levels*
  13. Recognize sleep stages and problems
  14. Describe alcohol and drug effects
  15. Differentiate classical and operant conditioning
  16. Analyze punishment effectiveness
  17. Explain observational learning*
  18. Compare motivation theories
  19. Understand specific motives
  20. Comprehend emotional components and processes*
  21. Compare memory models
  22. Label memory stages*
  23. Practice memory improvement techniques
  24. Assess problem solving aids and obstacles
  25. Define creativity
  26. Comprehend intelligence definition and measurement*
  27. Analyze heredity and environment effects on intelligence*
  28. Explain intelligence score differences
  29. Differentiate sex and gender
  30. Identify sexual disorders and dysfunctions
  31. Analyze sex role differences
  32. Distinguish gender role development theories*
  33. Compare personality assessment methods
  34. Assess heredity and environment effects on personality*
  35. Discuss personality theories*
  36. List abnormal behavior criteria
  37. Know abnormal behavior models
  38. Categorize psychological disorders
  39. Label psychological disorder symptoms
  40. Explore psychological disorder causes*
  41. Distinguish therapies and therapists
  42. Learn therapeutic methods
  43. Evaluate psychotherapy effectiveness
  44. Classify psychotropic medications and effects
  45. Explain stress and illness relationship*
  46. Recognize health lifestyle risks
  47. Practice effective coping skills
  48. Understand human interaction causes, types and consequences*
  49. Apply course content explaining observed behavior

Required Materials

  • Understanding Psychology, Unbound Ed. Morris & Maisto ISBN 978-0-13-391001-8
  • Computer Access to the Internet

Evaluation Process

See Appendix One for complete course schedule including assignments and assignment due dates.

Grading Scale

The Technical College System of Georgia grading scale is as follows:



Grade Points

A (90-100%)



B (80-89%)

Above Average


C (70-79%)



D (60-69%)

Below Average


F (59% and below)




Withdrawn Failing



Withdrawn Passing

Not Computed



Not Computed



Not Computed


Credit by Exemption

Not Computed


Credit by Transfer

Not Computed

AU or V


Not Computed



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