Principles of Psychology

Welcome to Principles of Psychology

This course is designed to serve as an introductory course to the basic concepts in psychology that analyze human behavior. Students will first delve into the fundamentals of psychology including the history, science, approaches, and research in psychology. Next, students will get an introduction to biology as it relates to human psychology including genetics, the nervous system, sensation and perception, and developmental psychology. This course is also designed to give students an understanding of the psychology behind cognition, memory, learning, and motivation as well as social psychology. Students will get to examine the psychological effects that impact everyday life such as consciousness and sleep, stress and health, personality, psychological disorders, and therapy and treatment.

This is a self-paced online course, designed for 3 hours of college credit. It contains 12 modules, each with multiple lessons that support varied approaches to engaging with the topic, including readings, video, and a knowledge-check quiz. To earn credit for the course, students must complete 58 low-stakes lesson knowledge-check quizzes, 12 module evidence assignments, 12 formative module quizzes, and 2 exams (proctored summative assessments).

Before you start the course

  • Review the Course Learning Outcomes, located in the the tab above
  • Download and review the Course Requirements Document, located in the Documents tab above.
  • Review the Technology Requirements, located in the Technology tab above.

To complete this course and receive a final grade

  • Study all of the lessons within each module and complete the Check Your Knowledge activity at the bottom of each Lesson to receive participation credit.
  • Complete each module quiz.
  • Complete each module evidence activity.
  • Complete the mid-term examination.
  • Complete the final examination.

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This course focuses on the following learning outcomes. By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • The student will explain and analyze the foundations of psychological science.
  • The student will classify and compare the biological aspects associated with human psychology including genetics, the nervous system, sensation, and perception.
  • The student will analyze and evaluate cases in learning and cognition.
  • The student will explain and analyze the effects of human states of being (such as sleep, drugs, stress, and health) on the human psyche.
  • The student will analyze and evaluate cases in human motivation and social cognition.
  • The student will analyze and evaluate cases in personality, social psychology, and psychological disorders.
  • The student will explain, analyze, and evaluate cases in developmental psychology.
  • The student will explain, analyze, and compare therapy and treatment in psychology.

Syllabus

You can download a readable PDF of the Course Syllabus

Course Requirements

You can download a readable PDF of the Course Requirements.

 

Planning Your Course

To help you plan out your studies, here are two schedules you can follow to complete this course.

  • 7-week course plan
  • 14-week course plan

Course Outline

Module 1 – Psychological Science

Psychology as Science

  • Etymology of the word “psychology”
  • Psychology in everyday life
  • Why study psychology
  • Ethic in psychology
  • Scientific Method
  • Theories and hypothesis testing

History of Psychology

  • Structuralism and the study of the conscious experience
  • James’ functionalism and the American flavor of psychology
  • Freud’s introduction of Psychoanalytic theory
  • Gestalt psychology
  • The rise of behaviorism
  • Humanism and the innate potential for good
  • The cognitive revolution

Approaches in Psychology

  • Focus on the biology
  • Looking at the input
  • Studying thoughts
  • Behavior through the lifespan
  • What our personalities say about us
  • Humans are social creatures
  • Psychological disorders and clinical treatments
  • Applied psychology

Analysis and Conclusions

  • T-tests
  • F-tests
  • Correlation and causality
  • Reporting research conclusions
  • Replicability

Writing in Psychology

  • Introduction Sections
  • Methods Sections
  • Results Sections
  • Conclusion Sections
  • Appropriate Word Tenses
  • Constructing Title Pages
  • Abstracts
  • References Sections
  • APA Format Technicalities

Module 3 – Developmental Psychology

Introducing Human Development

  • Goals of Developmental Psychology
  • Understanding Research
  • Who Are You?: How Our Personalities Change Over Time

Theories of Development

  • Stage Theories of Development
  • Learning Theories of Development
  • Experiments in Developmental Psychology
  • Nurture over Nature

Infancy and Childhood

  • Perception in Infancy
  • Language Acquisition
  • Socioemotional Development
  • Genie: A Case Study on First Language Acquisition
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • From Cradle to Grave: How Childhood Affects Adulthood

Adolescence and Adulthood

  • Adolescence
  • Adulthood
  • Development of Psychological Disorders
  • Decision-Making in Adolescence: Should 16-year-olds be allowed to vote?

Old Age

  • Physical and Mental Changes in Old Age
  • Mental Health in Old Age
  • Where’s That Fountain of Youth?: Staying Healthy in Old Age

This course is delivered fully online and you will be required to have access to a computer, laptop, or web-capable mobile device – along with consistent access to the internet – to access course material and complete assignments. Review the information below to ensure your system meets the minimum requirements necessary to complete a course for credit.  

PC Requirements

Hardware

  • Intel Core 2 Duo (or AMD 64×2 Dual-Core) processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 80 GB hard drive
  • 1024×768 resolution monitor
  • Soundcard with microphone and speakers
  • Built-in or external webcam
  • Broadband internet connection with speeds of  at least 2 Mbps download and 2 Mbps upload. Hot spots are not recommended. Test internet speed at: http://www.speedtest.net
  • Browser with pop-up blocker disabled

Software

  • Windows 7 or above

Macintosh Requirements

Hardware

  • Intel Core 2 Duo (or AMD 64×2 Dual-Core) processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 80 GB hard drive
  • 1024×768 resolution monitor
  • Soundcard with microphone and speakers
  • Built-in or external webcam
  • Broadband internet connection with speeds of  at least 2 Mbps download and 2 Mbps upload. Hot spots are not recommended. Test internet speed at: http://www.speedtest.net
  • Browser with pop-up blocker disabled

Software

  • Mac OS 10.6 “Snow Leopard” or above

Tablet or Smartphone

NOTICE:  Though you can view and interact with all of the available course content on a tablet or smartphone, you MUST USE A DESKTOP OR LAPTOP computer to complete the proctored midterm and final examinations.

Hardware

  • 2 GHz process or faster
  • 1 GB RAM or greater
  • 80 GB hard drive
  • Microphone and speakers
  • Wireless internet connection

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Course Content

Modules Status
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Module 1 - Psychological Science

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Module 2 - Biopsychology

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Module 3 - Developmental Psychology

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Module 4 - Sensation and Perception

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Module 5 - Learning

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Module 6 - Cognition, Language and Intelligence

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Module 7 - Motivation and Emotion

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Module 8 - Consciousness

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Module 9 - Stress and Health

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Module 10 - Personality

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Module 11 - Social Psychology

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Module 12 - Psychopathy