Course Summary
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Self-paced. Students have 60 days with a 30-day extension (if needed) to complete the course
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Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 Introduction to Psychology


The course objective is to gain familiarity with the basic principles of psychology and the scientific methods. Students study a variety of topics, including the brain, learning and memory, personality, social influence, child and lifespan development, and psychopathology. Students will demonstrate the application of these psychology topics to everyday situation.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Upon completion of this course, students will be able to identify foundational philosophies, therapies, and specializations in the field of psychology
  • Identify theories of personality and personality assessment
  • Analyze developmental psychology across the lifespan
  • Identify scientific research methodology and analytical approaches in the field of psychology
  • Analyze how brain and psychological factors impact mental health and behavior
  • And classify psychological disorders and impact on well-being

General Course Topics:

  • Foundations of psychology
  • Contemporary perspectives
  • Careers in psychology
  • Psychotherapy
  • Treatments
  • Research and ethics
  • Biological & environmental development
  • Socioemotional development
  • Theories of socioemotional development
  • Cognitive development
  • Personality & assessment
  • Trait theory
  • Psychodynamic theory
  • Behaviorism theory
  • Humanistic theory
  • Research basics
  • Psychological research
  • Classical & operant conditioning
  • Evaluating scholarly research
  • Nervous system the brain
  • Limbic & endocrine systems
  • Memory
  • Mental disorders
  • Psychotic disorders
  • Mood disorders
  • Anxiety, stress, & dissociative disorders
  • Other disorders
  • Stress & stress response
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Case Studies
  • Computer Based Training
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Case Studies
  • Examinations
  • Quizzes

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