February 8, 2017

Purdue Northwest Curriculum Document

Program Name: Psychology


  • Document No: CHESS 16-38 NEW COURSE PSY 10300
  • Proposed Effective Date: Fall 2017
  • Submitting Department: Psychology, CHESS
  • Date Reviewed by Department: February 8th, 2017
  • Submission Date: February 8th, 2017
  • Date Reviewed College/School Curriculum Committee: March 03, 2017
  • Contact Person: David Pick, Interim Dept Head

[/one_half_first] [one_half]

  • Approval by Faculty Senate: May 5, 2017
  • Date Reviewed by Senate Curriculum Committee: 4/14/17
  • Name(s) of Library Staff Consulted: NA
  • Will New Library Resources Used?: No
  • Form 40 Needed?: Yes


Task: Course Change or New Course Proposal

  • Program Name(s): Psychology
  • Degree Name(s): BA/BS

Section II: This section is for changes in courses only

    • Subject: CPSY 10300 – Psychology 1st Year Experience is a new freshmen experience course (FYE).

Delete courses no longer being offered. Delete the following courses from the catalog:

  • Justification: This course is discipline specific and replaces BHS 10300 in the plan of study.




[/one_half_first] [one_half]


PSY 10300 Psychology 1st Year Experience

Credit Hours: 3:00 This course exposes early psychology majors to the breadth of disciplines in the field, and gives the student the tools to succeed both as a psychology major and beyond graduation. Topics covered include how to best succeed in college classes, pitfalls that act as a barrier to success, and professional skill building like writing resumes/CVs, cover letters, and doing well in interviews. Prerequisites: N/A


Course Objectives / Learning Outcomes

  1. Learn what campus resources are available to students.
  2. Learn to use the latest in learning theory to best prepare and study for classes.
  3. Understand trends of drug and alcohol use and how they impact college life.
  4. Learn how to write a resume/cover letter and how to succeed in interviews.
  5. Learn about the various subfields of psychology and what is required to enter them.
  6. Learn how to best position oneself to get into graduate school.
  • Impact on Students: This course will better prepare students for admission to graduate study, as well as for jobs that require the skills acquired in course of satisfying graduation requirement.
  • Impact on University Resources: NA
  • Impact on other Academic Units: Psychology majors will no longer be taking BHS 10300 allowing that course to be more focused on BHS disciplines.