Introduction to Psychology

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Course Number: PSY101
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This course offers students an engaging introduction to the essential topics in psychology. Throughout this study of human behavior and the mind, students will gain insight into the history of the field of psychology, as well as explore current theories and issues in areas such as cognition, motivation, lifespan development, and wellness. The importance of scientific methods and principles of research design is emphasized throughout this course and presented in a way that will enrich your study of individuals as thinking, feeling, and social beings.

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Course Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Define psychology and describe the four goals of psychology.
  • Identify the origins of the field of psychology and analyze how various methods, people and theories have impacted early psychology to evolve into contemporary psychology.
  • Propose ways in which psychologists can apply their expertise in society.
  • Analyze how race, culture, and ethnicity influence behavior.
  • Describe the discipline and practice of sociocultural psychology.
  • Define the concept hypothesis and theory, analyze the requirements for using the scientific method in psychology, and identify the importance of objectivity in psychological research.
  • Analyze research methods in psychology and explain the descriptive research designs.
  • Identify experiments using correlational and experimental research methods.
  • Define the nervous system and analyze how the body works with the nervous system to generate behavior.
  • Compare and contrast the central, peripheral nervous systems, somatic, and autonomic nervous systems.
  • Distinguish between the Gestalt principles and identify the process of sensory perception.
  • Summarize the effects of drug addiction and dependence and produce real life scenarios resulting from drug abuse.
  • Explain cognitive-social approaches to learning. Compare and contrast the characteristics of observational and latent learning.
  • Create an original diagram showing the regions of the brain that influence memory.
  • Identify Carl Jung's influence on the study of psychosexual development.
  • Compare and contrast methods and theories for measuring and assessing personality.
  • Identify the relationship between prejudice and stereotypes and describe how these constructions affect our attributions about other people's behavior.
  • Distinguish among the explanations for prejudice and identify some effective techniques for combating prejudice.
Topic Topic Title Module
1
Learning Strategies
  • Learning Strategies
2 Introduction
  • Introduction
  • Module 1: Welcome to Psychology
  • Module 2: History and Perspectives
  • Summary
3 Methods
  • Module 3: Scientific Methods
  • Module 4: Research Designs
  • Summary
4 Brains, Bodies, and Behavior
  • Module 5: Neurons: The Building Block of the Nervous System
  • Module 6: Brain Regions
  • Module 7: Methods for Studying the Brain
  • Module 8: The Nervous System and the Endocrine System
  • Summary
5 Sensing & Perceiving
  • Module 9: Introduction to Sensing & Perceiving
  • Module 10: Seeing: The Visual System
  • Module 11: Audition & Other Senses
  • Module 12: Perception: Interpreting Sensation Based on Knowledge
  • Summary
6 Learning
  • Module 13: Classical Conditioning
  • Module 14: Operant Conditioning
  • Module 15: Learning By Insight and Observation
  • Summary
7 Memory
  • Module 16: Types and States of Memory
  • Module 17: How We Remember: Cues to Improving Memory
  • Module 18: The Biology of Memory
  • Module 19: Accuracy and Inaccuracy in Memory and Cognition
  • Summary
8 Language
  • Module 20: Communicating With Others: The Development and Use of Language
  • Summary
9 Memory
  • Module 21: Defining and Measuring Intelligence
  • Module 22: Bell Curve
  • Module 23: Sternberg & Gardner
  • Module 24: Issues and Controversies Related to Intelligence
  • Summary
10 Lifespan Development
  • Module 25: Introduction to Lifespan Development
  • Module 26: Prenatal and Early Development
  • Module 27: Cognitive Development in Childhood
  • Module 28: Social & Personality Development in Children
  • Module 29: Development During Adolescence
  • Module 30: Adulthood: Early, Middle, and Late
  • Summary
11 Emotion and Motivation
  • Module 31: Experience of Emotion
  • Module 32: Positive Emotions
  • Module 33: Human Motivation
  • Summary
12 Personality
  • Module 34: Personality and Behavior: Approaches and Measurement
  • Module 35: The Origins of Personality
  • Module 36: Is Personality More Nature or More Nurture? Behavioral and Molecular Genetics
  • Summary
13 Psychology in Our Social Lives
  • Module 37: Social Cognition: Making Sense of Ourselves and Others
  • Module 38: Interacting With Others: Helping, Hurting, and Conforming
  • Module 39: Working With Others: The Costs and Benefits of Social Groups
  • Summary
14 Wellness
  • Module 40: Having Balance in Your Life
  • Module 41: Maintaining Balance and Optimal Wellness in Your Life
  • Module 42: Being Out of Balance
  • Module 43: Stress
  • Module 44: Pain Management
  • Module 45: Mindfulness
  • Summary
15 Disorders
  • Module 46: Defining Psychological Disorders
  • Module 47: Anxiety and Related Disorders
  • Module 48: Mood Disorders
  • Module 49: Schizophrenia
  • Module 50: Personality Disorders
  • Module 51: Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • Module 52: Controversies and Conclusions
  • Summary
16 Treatment
  • Module 53: Psychotherapy
  • Module 54: Biomedical
  • Module 55: Social
  • Module 56: Prevention
  • Summary
17 Consciousness
  • Module 57: Introduction to Consciousness
  • Module 58: Sleeping and Dreaming Revitalize Us for Action
  • Module 59: Altering Consciousness with Psychoactive Drugs
  • Summary
Final Exam
  • Study Guide Final Examination

There are no prerequisites to take Introduction to Psychology.

This course does not require a text.

StraighterLine provides a percentage score and letter grade for each course. A passing percentage is 70% or higher. If you have chosen a Partner College to award credit for this course, your final grade will be based upon that college's grading scale. Only passing scores will be considered by Partner Colleges for an award of credit.

There is a total of 100% in the course:

Unit Assessment Points Available
  • Topic Test: Introduction
  • Topic Test: Methods
  • Topic Test: Brains, Bodies, and Behavior
  • Topic Test: Sensing & Perceiving
  • Topic Test: Learning
  • Topic Test: Memory
  • Topic Test: Language
  • Topic Test: Intelligence
  • Topic Test: Lifespan Development
  • Topic Test: Emotion and Motivation
  • Topic Test: Personality
  • Topic Test: Psychology in Our Social Lives
  • Topic Test: Wellness
  • Topic Test: Disorders
  • Topic Test: Treatment
  • Topic Test: Consciousness
70% of your course grade
Final Graded Exam 30% of your course grade
Total 100%

Final Proctored Exam

The final exam is developed to assess the knowledge you learned taking this course. All students are required to take an online proctored final exam in order complete the course and be eligible for transfer credit.

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This course offers students an engaging introduction to the essential topics in psychology. Throughout this study of human behavior and the mind, students will gain insight into the history of the field of psychology, as well as explore current theories and issues in areas such as cognition, motivation, lifespan development, and wellness. The importance of scientific methods and principles of research design is emphasized throughout this course and presented in a way that will enrich your study of individuals as thinking, feeling, and social beings.

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