Course Summary
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Self-paced. Students have 60 days to complete
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Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 introduction to psychology


The course objective is to help students understand the basic principles of psychology and scientific methods. In this course, students will study a variety of topics, including the brain, learning and memory, personality, social influence, child and lifespan development, and psychopathology. Students will also apply these psychology topics to decision making in everyday situations, practicing the skills of problem solving and self and social awareness.

Learning Outcomes:

  • describe neural structures and processes
  • describe biological factors that influence behavior and human development
  • identify factors associated with psychological disorders
  • compare behavior and cognitive learning
  • explain how memory functions
  • compare biological and environmental influences
  • discuss factors that motivate behavior
  • discuss factors that influence emotion
  • discuss factors related to social influence
  • define the basic brain functions and evidence-based drivers of problem solving and decision making
  • identify principles that hinder your ability to solve problems (lack of sleep, etc.)
  • identify strategies to develop your problem solving skills
  • identify ways studying psychology helps develop yourself and social awareness skills
  • discuss psychological research as a means of supporting ideas and opinions
  • use psychological principles to outline a decision making process
  • discuss the decision making process

General Topics:

  • Introduction to psychological science
  • Scientific method in psychology
  • The brain
  • Biological, environmental, and cognitive development
  • Learning and behavior
  • Personality development
  • Socio-emotional development
  • Mental health
  • Stress and emotions
  • Memory
  • Decision making
  • Motivation
  • Social influence
  • Foundations of psychology
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Case Studies
  • Computer Based Training

Methods of Assessment:

  • Quizzes
  • Written Papers

Minimum Passing Score:

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