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Course Description

Why not learn the basics of psychology with our online course designed to give students the most flexibility and independence?  Psychology 101 is a comprehensive class providing an up-to-date presentation of the fundamentals pf psychology.   It's an excellent resource for any age student curious to learn about the extensive amounts of knowledge explaining human behavior.

This user-friendly course will cover topics that will help your understanding of behavior and you'll learn the many theories that explain the complexities of human interactions.  You'll find topics that dissect the brain to understand the thinking process; topics on the theorists and contributions of Pavlov, Skinner and Thorndike; topics on the influence of personality theorized by Freud; topics on the world of social psychology, and much more. 

If you're pursuing any of the numerous career options involving the vast field of psychology or you're a non-academic hobbyist and life-long learner, this course will provide a solid introduction.

Course Requirements

Course Goals

Students will learn:


Ø  Brief look at history of psychology and many of the important dates and individuals who have contributed to this science

Ø  Different methodologies and benefits of research

Ø   The relationship between biology and psychology

Ø  How our five senses affect our perceptions.

Ø  The connection between conscious and unconscious behaviors which effect personality.

Ø  How cognitive science explores the mental processes of memory, language, and problem solving.

Ø  How we process information that yields long-term behavior patterns

Ø  The process we use to recall information

Ø  How the human brain comprehends and produces language.

Ø  The milestones of development from birth to five years and the signs of developmental delays

Ø  The developmental markers and challenges that occur between childhood and adulthood

Ø  The definition of intelligence and the ways it can be measured

Ø  Human sexuality, gender traits and role development

Ø  Factors that make each person's personality 'unique' and discuss the theories of Sigmund Freud and others

Ø  Symptoms and names given to abnormal behavior and distress associated with psychological disorders and some of their treatments

Ø  Current  therapies and the most influential psychologists throughout history

Ø  How one's social awareness and close relationships influence behavior and perceptions

Course Materials

All course materials are provided within the course lessons.

Grading Policy

Course Topics

§  Lesson 1: Psychology

§  Lesson 2: Research

§  Lesson 3: Understanding the Biology of Behavioral Neuroscience

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

§  Lesson 5: States of Consciousness

§  Lesson 6: Cognition

§  Lesson 7: Process of Learning

§  Lesson 8: Understanding Memory

§  Lesson 9: Understanding Language

§  Lesson 10: Child Development

§  Lesson 11: Adolescence and Adulthood Development

§  Lesson 12: Understanding Intelligence

§  Lesson 13: Human Sexuality and Gender Role Development

§  Lesson 14: Personality Theory and Assessment

§  Lesson 15: Psychological Disorders

§  Lesson 16: Therapies

§  Lesson 17: Social Psychology

§  Final Exam


Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define psychology.
  • Describe the research behind psychology.
  • Know biology of behavioral neuroscience.
  • Know influence of perception and the other five senses.
  • Know states of consciousness.
  • Know 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.
  • Know personality theory and assessment.
  • Know psychological disorders.
  • Describe psychological therapies.
  • Define social psychology, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
Lesson 1 Exam17
Lesson 2 Exam19
Understanding How Biology Affects Behavior10
Lesson 3 Exam11
Appreciating the Senses10
Lesson 4 Exam18
Lesson 5 Exam18
Lesson 6 Exam19
Lesson 7 Exam19
Understanding Memory10
Lesson 8 Exam19
How Language Evolves5
Lesson 9 Exam17
Early Childhood Education10
Lesson 10 Exam19
Assessing Adolescent Development10
Lesson 11 Exam17
Lesson 12 Exam16
Lesson 13 Exam20
Lesson 14 Exam18
Personality Disorders & Pop Culture10
Lesson 15 Exam19
Talk Therapy10
Lesson 16 Exam19
How Society can Influence our Decisions10
Lesson 17 Exam17
The Final Exam150
Total Points:548

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