Essentials Of Psychology – psy211 (3 credits)

This course overviews the foundations of psychology as the field applies to everyday life. The physical and mental aspects of psychology are traced through lifespan development with emphasis on psychological health and wellness. Further study focuses on personality; thinking, learning and memory; motivation and emotions; and gender and sexuality. Based in various historical traditions, the course is set in the context of contemporary psychological principles.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks. This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

A Brief History of Psychology

  • Describe the major perspectives in the field of psychology.

  • Identify research methods used by psychologists.

  • Identify major ethical issues in the field of psychology research.

The Brain and Mind

  • Identify major structures and functions of the brain.

Learning and Memory

  • Compare classical and operant conditioning.

  • Interpret a learning experience through the lens of observational learning.

  • Describe sensory, short-term, and long-term memory in relationship to each other.

Motivation and Emotion

  • Compare different approaches to motivation.

  • Classify the range of emotions and related theories.

  • Explore the connection between psychological needs and motivation.

Thinking and Intelligence

  • Summarize theories of intelligence.

Lifespan Development

  • Outline physical, social, and cognitive development childhood to late adulthood.

  • Compare theories of personality development.

  • Explain ways personality can be assessed.

Psychological Health

  • Describe the physical, emotional, and cognitive effects of stress.

  • Describe how people cope with stress.

Psychological Disorders

  • Describe perspectives on normal versus abnormal behavior.

  • Identify the major classifications of psychological disorders.

  • Explain treatment approaches for psychological disorders.

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