Introduction To Psychology –

psy103

(3 credits)

This course provides an overview of basic psychological principles that underlie human behavior and reactions to everyday life.  Students are provided an opportunity to apply critical-thinking skills to psychological problems and issues.  The basic tenets of psychology are presented from a historical perspective, with attention to research-based behavioral science.
This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Advisor.

Introduction to Psychology

  • Describe the development of the discipline of psychology.
  • Compare and contrast research methods used to examine psychological phenomena.
  • Explain biological influences of the human brain on psychology.

Awareness and Learning

  • Identify processes related to sensing and perceiving information from the environment.
  • Describe factors that influence states of human consciousness.
  • Distinguish between different types of learning.

Remembering, Feeling, and Thinking

  • Describe influences on memory functions.
  • Explain relationships among motivation, emotion, and behavior.
  • Evaluate major theories of emotion.
  • Summarize relationships among thinking, intelligence, and creativity.

Development: Physical and Self

  • Describe influences on physical and cognitive development.
  • Explain theories of social, moral, and personality development.
  • Compare and contrast personality theories.

Psychological Health and the Social Context

  • Explain the role of biological influences on physical and mental health.
  • Evaluate the role of various therapies in treating maladaptive behavior or mental illness.
  • Identify social influences on human thought, feelings, and behavior.

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