Online Class: Psychology 101

A self-paced online course giving a broad overview of psychology. Topics include the basic understanding of behavior and the many theories explaining the complexities of human interactions.

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Course Description

Unlocking the Human Mind: Dive into "Psychology 101" Online Course

Are you intrigued by what drives human behavior? Ever wonder why we act the way we do, make certain choices, or interact in specific ways? Dive deep into the captivating world of psychology with our all-encompassing "Psychology 101" online course, meticulously designed to cater to both budding professionals and avid enthusiasts.

According to the American Psychological Association, psychology's primary aim is to understand, predict, and enhance human behavior. With this in mind, our course offers an expansive and contemporary exploration of psychology’s cornerstones. Offering cutting-edge insights, this course equips you with a broad understanding of human behavior and the underlying mechanisms that drive it.

Course Highlights:

  1. Psychology Overview: Kickstart your journey with a holistic understanding of psychology, its significance, and relevance in today's ever-evolving world.

  2. Research Fundamentals: Grasp the intricate techniques employed to study the human mind, understand research ethics, and discern between various research methodologies.

  3. Biology of Behavioral Neuroscience: Discover the intricate neural networks and biological underpinnings that inform our behavior, thoughts, and emotions.

  4. Perception & the Five Senses: Dive into the science of how we perceive the world around us and how our senses shape our experiences.

  5. States of Consciousness: Traverse the realms of sleep, dreams, hypnosis, and altered states of consciousness.

  6. Cognition: Decode the complex processes underlying decision-making, problem-solving, and other cognitive faculties.

  7. The Art of Learning: Delve into theories by renowned figures like Pavlov and Skinner and discern the nuances of conditioning, reinforcement, and observational learning.

  8. Memory Dynamics: Understand the architecture of memory, from short-term recollections to long-lasting impressions.

  9. Language Evolution: Explore the intricate nexus between cognition, culture, and language.

  10. Child Development: Navigate the developmental milestones, from infancy to adolescence, while understanding the psychological changes that accompany them.

  11. Growth in Adulthood: Continue the developmental journey, focusing on the psychological shifts during adulthood and aging.

  12. Intelligence Unraveled: What does it mean to be intelligent? Dive into the theories, tests, and controversies surrounding this fascinating topic.

  13. Sexuality & Gender Role Development: Understand human sexuality's multifaceted nature and how gender roles evolve and influence behavior.

  14. Freud's Legacy & Personality Theories: A comprehensive look at various theories of personality, with a spotlight on Sigmund Freud's groundbreaking contributions.

  15. Psychological Disorders: Navigate the complexities of mental health, understanding the causes, symptoms, and treatments of various disorders.

  16. Therapeutic Approaches: Delve into the world of therapy, understanding the methodologies, ethics, and impacts of different therapeutic interventions.

  17. Social Psychology: Dive deep into how societal norms, interactions, and other factors shape individual behaviors and perceptions.

The course culminates in a Final Exam that tests your comprehensive understanding of the vast expanse of topics covered.

Why Choose "Psychology 101"?

The human mind is a labyrinth, and the endeavor to understand it is as old as humanity itself. Whether you're considering a career in the expansive field of psychology or have an innate curiosity about human behavior's intricacies, this course is tailored for you.

Modern-day psychology plays a pivotal role across sectors, from businesses leveraging consumer behavior insights to enhance sales, to educators crafting curriculum based on developmental psychology. The knowledge you acquire will not only satiate your intellectual curiosity but also furnish you with insights that are applicable in daily life.

Structured with flexibility in mind, our online format ensures you can pace your learning according to your schedule. Rich in content, bolstered by real-world examples, and supported by a wealth of resources, "Psychology 101" is your gateway to understanding the human psyche's wonders. So, are you ready to unlock the mysteries of the mind? Join us on this enlightening journey today!

Course Motivation

The field of human psychology is a powerful force in modern society, and its influence is widespread, in language, law, the social contract, and in our perception of ourselves. 

As a primary goal, psychology is intended to understand human behavior. As a secondary goal, psychology is focused upon treatment methodologies for behaviors deemed abnormal.

From gaining insight into one's stream of unconscious to studying and treating serious conditions, psychology addresses all forms of mental processes from the merely disruptive to the gravely severe.

Generally speaking, multifaceted, psychology encapsulates a broad array of areas. One of the common ways of subdividing the science is to separate it into what are referred to as applied (employed in practical use) and experimental (under scientific investigation) areas.

Within the two subdivisions (applied and experimental areas) of psychology, there exists a host of specialized fields:

  • Child Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology (Diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders)
  • Comparative Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Sports Psychology

Regardless of the specific field, the central issues on which psychologists tend to focus remain the same. Included within this grouping are:
  • Cognition
  • Emotion
  • Intelligence
  • Learning
  • Motivation
  • Perception
  • Personality
  • Nature versus Nurture (Extent to which individuals are shaped by genetics or by the environment)


While much of the psychology of today is based upon an amalgamation of centuries of study and research, there still remains a great deal of growth within the discipline.

Examples of some of the areas in which advancements with psychology have occurred recently:
  • imaging technology with an increased emphasis on the interface between the brain and behavior, 
  • understanding of infants' cognitive abilities (for example to recognize numerals),
  • researched-based changes made to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the definitive guide to categorizing mental disorders and the criteria for diagnosing them.
  • Completely Online
  • Self-Paced
  • Printable Lessons
  • Full HD Video  
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider

Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
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Lesson 1: Psychology

This lesson defines psychology and reviews many of the important dates and individuals who have contributed to this science. 18 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: Introduction
  • Assessment: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2: Research

This lesson looks at the different methodologies and benefits of research. 19 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3: Understanding the Biology of Behavioral Neuroscience

This lesson explores the relationship between biology and psychology. 21 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Complete Assignment: Understanding How Biology Affects Behavior
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4: Understanding the Influence of Perception and the Other Five Senses

This lesson describes how our five senses impact our perceptions. 28 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Complete Assignment: Appreciating the Senses
  • Assessment: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5: States of Consciousness

The connection between conscious and unconscious behaviors which effect personality. 18 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6: Cognition

This lesson explains how cognitive science explores the mental processes of memory, language, and problem solving. 19 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7: Process of Learning

How we process information that yields long-term behavior patterns. 19 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8: Understanding Memory

This lesson explores what processes we use to recall information Additional lesson topics: Repressed Memories; Illusions of Time 19 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9: Understanding Language

This lesson describes how the human brain comprehends and produces language. 16 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10: Child Development

This lesson describes the milestones of development from birth to five years and identifies the signs of developmental delays. 29 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Complete Assignment: Early Childhood Education
  • Assessment: Lesson 10 Exam

Lesson 11: Adolescence and Adulthood Development

This lesson describes the developmental markers and challenges that occur between childhood and adulthood. 27 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Complete Assignment: Assessing Adolescent Development
  • Assessment: Lesson 11 Exam

Lesson 12: Understanding Intelligence

This lesson discusses the definition of intelligence and the ways it can be measured. 16 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 12 Exam

Lesson 13: Human Sexuality and Gender Role Development

This lesson discusses human sexuality, gender traits and role development. 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 13 Exam

Lesson 14: Personality Theory and Assessment

In this lesson, we identify the factors that make each person's personality "unique" and discuss the theories of Sigmund Freud and others. 18 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 14 Exam

Lesson 15: Psychological Disorders

This lesson focuses on symptoms and names given to abnormal behavior and distress associated with psychological disorders and some of their treatments. 29 Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video
  • Complete Assignment: Personality Disorders & Pop Culture
  • Assessment: Lesson 15 Exam

Lesson 16: Therapies

This lesson explains modern day therapies and the most influential psychologists throughout history. 19 Total Points
  • Lesson 16 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 16 Exam

Lesson 17: Social Psychology

This lesson describes how one's social awareness and close relationships influence behavior and perceptions. 27 Total Points
  • Lesson 17 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Psychology
  • Complete Assignment: How Society can Influence our Decisions
  • Assessment: Lesson 17 Exam

Final Exam

Final exam 150 Total Points
  • Lesson discussions: Additional Study; Final Course Survey; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define psychology.
  • Describe the research behind psychology.
  • Summarize biology of behavioral neuroscience.
  • Summarize influence of perception and the other five senses.
  • Summarize states of consciousness.
  • Summarize cognition.
  • Describe the process of learning, memory, and language.
  • Describe child development.
  • Describe adolescence and adulthood development.
  • Define intelligence.
  • Define human sexuality and gender role development.
  • Summarize personality theory and assessment.
  • Summarize psychological disorders.
  • Describe psychological therapies.
  • Define social psychology.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Psychology 101
Course Number: 33623
Lessons Rating: 4.4 / 5 Stars (5,443 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Texas.
Last Updated: January 2024
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 1.6 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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Student Testimonials

  • "The course was very helpful, I have learned a lot. It was comprehensive and definitely helped me gain more knowledge in the field of psychology." -- Marina J.
  • "I really liked this course in psychology, it was very informational and I will be taking anther course once I finish this one. Thank you so much for everything. I will be taking everything I learned and use it for future references. This course also have help me understand psychology a lot better. I'm excited and going to go deeper in psychology." -- Yashira O.
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  • "It was a very good course and instructor." -- Craig W.
  • "It was very substantial and comprehensive yet concise and well designed and edifying." -- Bernard P.
  • "I thought this was a very good introduction to Psychology - very much worth what I paid." -- Susan S.
  • "I thought the essay-type assignments were very helpful in understanding and applying the info provided in the chapters. I also liked that there were online links for further info for every chapter." -- Susan S.
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