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Introduction to Psychology

Course Description

Introduction to Psychology is a one-semester course that challenges students to decide whether psychology is a true science. It discusses research methods used in the field and delves into specific areas of psychology, such as developmental psychology, learning, memory, and psychological disorders, in order to help students answer that question for themselves.

Course Organization

Modules. The Modules are practice assignments. Each Module is a non-graded exercise that allows you to build your knowledge and identify your strengths and weaknesses.
Graded Assignments. Graded Assignments are the tasks you will submit to your instructor for a grade. Each assignment contains specific information about how your work will be assessed and how credit will be given for your responses. The average of your assignments will count for 75 percent of your course grade.

Course Objectives

Upon completing of this course, you will be able to:

  • state the nature of psychology;
  • describe what psychologists do and how they differ from psychiatrists;
  • list major subfields and applied specializations of psychology;
  • explain the importance of studying psychology;
  • outline how psychology developed; and
  • compare current perspectives in psychology.

Final Examination

The final examination is comprehensive; it covers the material from all of the units. To pass the course, you must receive a grade of 70 percent or better. You can apply to take the Final Exam after 100 percent of your graded assignments have been submitted, and at least 70 percent have been graded and returned to you.
Format: Objective
Time Allowed: 3 hours

Course Outline

Total Number of Units: 3
Total Number of Activities: 39
Total Number of Graded Assignments: 14

Unit 1: An Invitation to the World of Psychology
Module 1: The Nature of Psychology
Module 2: Major Subfields of Psychology
Module 3: Applied Psychology
Module 4: How Does a Psychologist Differ from a Psychiatrist?
Module 5: History of Psychology
Module 6: What It Means to Be Human
Module 7: Perspectives in Psychology Today
Graded Assignment 1: Unit Assignment Questions
Graded Assignment 2: Online Psychology Lab Questions
Graded Assignment 3: Unit 1 Quiz

Unit 2: Research & Ethics in Psychology
Module 1: The Scientific Method
Module 2: Experimental Studies
Module 3: Naturalistic Studies
Module 4: Surveys
Module 5: Correlation versus Cause and Effect
Module 6: Generalizing from Samples to Populations
Module 7: Case Studies
Module 8: Data Analysis
Module 9: Ethical Issues in Psychological Research
Graded Assignment 1: Unit Assignment Questions
Graded Assignment 2: Online Psychology Lab Questions
Graded Assignment 3: Unit 2 Quiz

Unit 3: Infancy & Childhood
Module 1: Developmental Psychology
Module 2: Nature versus Nurture
Module 3: Physical Development
Module 4: Development of the Senses
Module 5: Language Development
Module 6: Emotional and Social Development
Module 7: Temperament and Parenting Style
Module 8: Moral Development
Graded Assignment 1: Unit Assignment Questions
Graded Assignment 2: Online Psychology Lab Questions
Graded Assignment 3: Unit 3 Quiz

Unit 4: Adolescence
Module 1: Physical Development
Module 2: Cognitive & Moral Development
Module 3: Emotional Development
Module 4: Social Development
Module 5: Risk Behaviors
Module 6: Mental Health Problems in Adolescence
Module 7: Protective Factors
Graded Assignment 1: Protective Factors
Graded Assignment 2: Online Psychology Lab Questions
Graded Assignment 3: Unit 4 Quiz

Psychology Midterm Exam
This Midterm Exam counts as a graded assignment and does not need to be taken at a testing center.

Unit 5: Adulthood & Aging
Module 1: Defining Adulthood
Module 2: Psychological Development During Adulthood
Module 3: Young Adulthood
Module 4: Quarter-Life Crisis
Module 5: How to Make Young Adulthood the Best It Can Be
Module 6: Marriage and Divorce
Module 7: Middle Adulthood
Module 8: Midlife Crisis and Empty-Nest Syndrome
Module 9: Late Adulthood
Module 10: Dementia
Module 11: Why People Age
Module 12: How to Make the Olden Years the Golden Years
Graded Assignment 1: Unit Assignment Questions
Graded Assignment 2: Online Psychology Lab Questions
Graded Assignment 3: Unit 5 Quiz

Unit 6: Sensation & Perception
Module 1: Human Senses
Module 2: Sensory Adaptation
Module 3: Thresholds of Sensation
Module 4: Signal Detection Theory
Module 5: Attention
Module 6: Depth Perception
Module 7: Visual Constancy
Module 8: Gestalt Laws of Visual Organization
Module 9: Optical Illusions
Module 10: Subliminal Messages
Module 11: Extrasensory Perception
Graded Assignment 1: Unit Assignment Questions
Graded Assignment 2: Online Psychology Lab Questions
Graded Assignment 3: Unit 6 Quiz

Unit 7: States of Consciousness
Module 1: Measuring States of Consciousness
Module 2: Altered States of Consciousness
Module 3: Levels of Consciousness
Module 4: Sleep
Module 5: Sleep Disorders
Module 6: The Nature of Dreams
Module 7: Hypnosis, Meditation, and Biofeedback
Module 8: Psychoactive Drugs
Graded Assignment 1: Unit Assignment Questions
Graded Assignment 2: Online Psychology Lab Questions
Graded Assignment 3: Unit 7 Quiz

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