Introduction to Psychology


Course Code:  PSYU 101
Credits:  3 semester credits
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Course Title:Introduction to Psychology
Course Code:PSYU 101
Credits:3 Semester Credits
Credit Provider:Brandman University
Transfer:4-year degree applicable
Grading Mode:Standard letter grade
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Course Requirements
Enrollment Type:RollingSign up and start any day of the year.
Requires Textbook?YesThis course requires a textbook.
Proctored Final:YesThe credit version of this course has a proctored final.
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Course Description
This course provides an introduction to psychology as the scientific study of mental processes and human behavior. Biological, environmental and social factors which influence human behavior are examined as well as how humans feel, reason, remember, learn and develop. Psychological disorders and therapy methods are introduced.

Prerequisite:   None

Course Pricing
The full cost of the course is $528.00; however, you may use the payment plan to split the cost into two payments.

Payment Plan:
1st payment: $293.90   (Start your class immediately!)
2nd payment: $241.10   (Automatically charged 30 days later.)

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Westcott Courses is the teacher of the course, and the official transcript with academic semester credits comes from our partner university Brandman University. Brandman University is regionally accredited by WASC. Westcott Courses does not appear on the transcript; the transcript shows our course the same way it would show a traditional class taken on the university's campus.
See the Transcript & Preapproval tab for more details on this topic.

Enrollment Information
Enroll any day of the year, and start that same day. Students have five months of access, plus a 30 day extension at the end if needed. Students can finish the self-paced courses as soon as they are able. Most students finish the lower level courses in 1 - 3 months. The upper level math courses, such as Calculus and above, usually take students 2 - 4 months.

Note: The 30-day extension cannot take your total course time six months beyond the date of enrollment. At the end of the six months, we must post a grade with the university.

Textbook Requirement:
Psychology (4th edition)
Saundra K. Ciccarelli, J. Noland White
SBN-13: 978-0205972241
ISBN-10: 0205972241

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Proctored Final Requirement:
This course requires a proctored final. Your college is accepting this course because it goes through a regionally accredited university, which tells them the class will have a proctored final, and the 60% rule will apply. Your college will not accept a class from a school that is not regionally accredited, because they know these standards won't be met. Before the registrar at a college accepts a transcript, many of them call and ask to us verify that their student has indeed taken a proctored final at an approved testing location. The 60% rule requires that a student get at least 60% on the final in order to pass the class with a C or better. This is a fair rule, as 60% is right between an F and a D.

The final exam must be proctored at college testing center or a Sylvan Learning Center. A valid driver's license or State ID must be shown at the testing center. An expired license or State ID will not be accepted. Use this link to help you find a college testing center or Sylvan Learning center near you:   Find a Testing Center

Student's Requirements:
You must have internet access.
You must have access to email.
Omega MathTM Courses - you must be at or above a 7th grade reading level. Other courses require at least a 10th grade reading level.

Payment Plan:
The cost of each class can be divided into two payments by checking the payment plan box when you enroll. The first payment is 55% of the total amount, and the second payment is 45% of the total amount. Your first payment will be charged when you enroll, and the second payment will be charged in 30 days. Your course is activated once your first payment is made. There is a $3.50 additional fee for the credit card split for each of the two payments.

If paying by check, you can either send in a check for the two payments 30 days apart. Or you may send in both checks at the same time, with one post dated by 30 days for the 2nd payment. Just click on "Check by Mail" under Payment Information when you enroll. The form at the end of your enrollment will give you the address for mailing the checks.

If you plan to finish the class fairly quickly, then we don't recommend the payment plan. Your registration is not sent into the university until both payments are made, and your registration has to be in before the university will issue a transcript. As long as you don't require a transcript in less than a month, you may use the payment plan.
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Westcott Courses/Omega Math is the teacher of the course, and our exclusive partner university is Brandman University. Brandman University is regionally accredited by WASC, and awards the semester credits and transcript for the individual classes. Once you are finished with the course, we will post your grade with Brandman and give you the instructions on how to order the transcript from Brandman's records office. Since Westcott Courses is the teacher, we do not appear on the transcript. The official transcript from Brandman University will show our course the same way it would show a traditional class taken on their campus. See Transferring the Credit for more information.

Taking a course through this program does not require being enrolled in the university as a regular student; anyone can receive the credits for these classes. Any student has the opportunity to earn university credits through Brandman University, part of the Chapman University System!

Transfer Information:   4-year degree applicable

Your college will require any class you wish to transfer to them to be from a regionally accredited college that awards academic semester or quarter credits. They will also want the course description of the course to match their own. Brandman University is regionally accredited and issues academic semester credits. Our course description will match or exceed your college's description; thus, your college will most likely accept the course and apply it towards your degree. If you would like preapproval from your school, please send your counselor or registrar's office the link at the bottom of this page.Your college may be one of the many schools that we are associated with, so check the Associated School link before asking for preapproval.
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Brandman University's Accreditation:
You can verify that Brandman University is regionally accredited via the Department of Education's web site. Enter Brandman University into the search field. Brandman University has 26 campuses, so just click on the first link and it will show they are regionally accredited by WASC.

Preapproval from your College:
If you would like to make sure your college will accept this course from Brandman University, you can ask your school for preapproval. Send the following email to your counselor or registrar's office:

Dear counselor,
I would like to request preapproval to take PSYU 101 - Introduction to Psychology through Brandman University. Brandman University is regionally accredited by WASC.
You will find the course description for this course, as well as other pertinent information on Brandman's web site at this URL: https://www.brandman.edu/westcott

Note: Your college may be one of the many schools that we are already have agreements with, so check the Associated School page before asking for preapproval. If your school is listed, it will let you know that they accept the course through Brandman University. If your school is not on this list, it just means they have not contacted us to establish an articulation agreement.

Course Information


Course Title:Introduction to Psychology
Course Code:PSYU 101
Credits:3 credits
Credit Provider:Brandman University
Grading Mode:Standard letter grade
Proctored Final: Yes

Textbook Requirement:
Psychology (4th edition)
Saundra K. Ciccarelli, J. Noland White
SBN-13: 978-0205972241
ISBN-10: 0205972241

You can rent or buy (new or used), through Amazon, abebooks or Chegg. Please make sure you use overnight shipping, as regular delivery can sometimes take a couple of weeks.

Used Textbook purchase on abebooks.com

Textbook purchase or rental for $11.49 - $191 on Amazon

Textbook rental for $10.99 on Chegg


Course Description

This course provides an introduction to psychology as the scientific study of mental processes and human behavior. Biological, environmental and social factors which influence human behavior are examined as well as how humans feel, reason, remember, learn and develop. Psychological disorders and therapy methods are introduced.

Prerequisite:   None

Learning Outcomes

After completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Understand the major concepts of psychology, historical trends and empirical findings.
  2. Explain the differences between the major theoretical perspectives of psychology.
  3. Explain why psychology is considered a science and be able to think scientifically about mental processes and behavior.
  4. Understand the different basic psychological research methods and their application to behavior, emotions and cognition.
  5. Understand research design, data analysis, data interpretation and identify the pros and cons of each method.
  6. Use skeptical inquiry and critical thinking skills effectively to seek and evaluate scientific evidence for psychological claims, differentiate empirical evidence from speculation and analyze a variety of types of media for valid psychological findings.
  7. Understand and apply psychological concepts, theories and research findings to personal, social and everyday life.
  8. Distinguish between ethical and unethical behavior in the practice of psychology.
  9. Understand the interconnections between psychology and other disciplines.


Methods Of Evaluation

Quizzes 40% (May be taken twice, and the higher of the two scores is used to calculate the grade.)
Exercises, videos & discussion 35%
Final Exam 25%
(You must get at least 60% on this final in order to pass the class with a C or better.)
The Proctored Final Exam is a comprehensive final covering all of the chapters.

Proctored Final: 25%

This course goes towards a 4-year degree; thus, it requires a proctored final. Your college is accepting this course because it goes through a regionally accredited university, which tells them the class will have a proctored final, and the 60% rule will apply. Your college will not accept a class from a school that is not regionally accredited, because they know these standards won't be met.

The final exam must be proctored at college testing center or a Sylvan Learning Center. A valid driver's license or State ID must be shown at the testing center. An expired license or State ID will not be accepted. Use this link to help you find a college testing center or Sylvan Learning center near your home: Proctored Final

The final exam is a comprehensive final covering all of the chapters of the course. Other than scratch paper, you may view the "Authorized Materials" list for the final exam for each class.

*Students must obtain a 60% or better on the final exam in order to get a C or better in the class.
The 60% rule was set in place to protect the integrity of online math education by requiring a display of competency in exchange for a grade. All schools which are regionally accredited adhere to online standards. Your college is accepting this course because it goes through a regionally accredited university, which tells your college that standards have been met. Your college will not accept a class from a school that is not regionally accredited, because they know the standards won't be met.

Assessment

A 90-100 A Clearly stands out as excellent performance and, exhibits mastery of learning outcomes.
B 80-89 B Grasps subject matter at a level considered to be good to very good, and exhibits partial mastery of learning outcomes.
C 70-79 C Demonstrates a satisfactory comprehension of the subject matter, and exhibits sufficient understanding and skills to progress in continued sequential learning.
D 60-69 D Quality and quantity of work is below average and exhibits only partial understanding and skills to progress in continued sequential learning.
F 0-59 F Quality and quantity of work is below average and not sufficient to progress.

Content Menu


Chapter 1 - The Science of Psychology


1.1   What Is Psychology?

1.2   Psychology Then: The History of Psychology

1.3   Psychology Now: Modern Perspectives 1

1.4   Psychological Professionals and Areas of Specialization

1.5   Psychology: The Scientific Methodology

1.6   Ethics of Psychological Research

1.7   Applying Psychology to Everyday Life:   Thinking Critically About Critical Thinking

Chapter Quiz

Chapter 2 - The Biological Perspective


2.1   An Overview of the Nervous System

2.2   Neurons and Nerves:   Building the Network

2.3   The Central Nervous System:   The "Central Processing Unit"

2.4   The Peripheral Nervous System:   Nerves on the Edge

2.5   Distant Connections:   The Endocrine Glands

2.6   Looking Inside the Living Brain

2.7   From the Bottom Up:   The Structures of the Brain

2.8   Applying Psychology to Everyday Life:   Paying Attention to the Causes of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Chapter Quiz

Chapter 3 - Sensation and Perception


3.1   The ABCs of Sensation

3.2   The Science of Seeing

3.3   The Hearing Sense:   Can You Hear Me Now?

3.4   Chemical Senses:   It Tastes Good and Smells Even Better

3.5   Somesthetic Senses:   What the Body Knows

3.6   The ABCs of Perception

3.7   Applying Psychology to Everyday Life:   Beyond "Smoke and Mirrors"-The Psychological Science and Neuroscience of Magic

Chapter Quiz

Chapter 4 - Consciousness: Sleep, Dreams, Hypnosis, and Drugs


4.1   What Is Consciousness?

4.2   Altered States:   Sleep

4.3   Dreams

4.4   Altered States:   The Effects of Hypnosis

4.5   Altered States:   The Influence of Psychoactive Drugs

4.6   Applying Psychology to Everyday Life:   Thinking Critically About Ghosts, Aliens, and Other Things That Go Bump in the Night

Chapter Quiz

Chapter 5 - Learning


5.1   Definition of Learning

5.2   What's in It for Me?   Operant Conditioning

5.3   Cognitive Learning Theory

5.4   Observational Learning

5.5   Applying Psychology to Everyday Life:   Can You Really Toilet Train Your Cat?

Chapter Quiz

Chapter 6 - Memories


6.1   Three Processes of Memory

6.2   Models of Memory

6.3   The Information-Processing Model:   Three Memory Systems

6.4   Getting It Out:   Retrieval of Long-Term Memories

6.5   The Reconstructive Nature of Long-Term Memory Retrieval:   How Reliable Are Memories?

6.6   What Were We Talking About?   Forgetting

6.7   Neuroscience of Memory

6.8   Applying Psychology to Everyday Life:   Alzheimer's Disease

Chapter Quiz

Chapter 7 - Cognition


7.1   How People Think

7.2   Intelligence

7.3   Language

7.4   Applying Psychology to Everyday Life:   Mental and Physical Exercises Combine for Better Cognitive Health

Chapter Quiz

Chapter 8 - Development Across the Life Span


8.1   Issues in Studying Human Development

8.2   The Basic Building Blocks of Development

8.3   Prenatal Development

8.4   Infancy and Childhood Development

8.5   Adolescence

8.6   Adulthood

8.7   Applying Psychology to Everyday Life:   Cross-Cultural Views on Death

Chapter Quiz

Chapter 9 - Motivation and Emotion


9.1   Approaches to Understanding Motivation

9.2   What, Hungry Again? Why People Eat

9.3   Emotion

9.4   Applying Psychology to Everyday Life: When Motivation Is Not Enough

Chapter Quiz

Chapter 10 - Sexuality and Gender


10.1   The Physical Side of Human Sexuality

10.2   The Psychological Side of Human Sexuality:   Gender

10.3   Human Sexual Behavior

10.4   Sexual Dysfunctions and Problems

10.5   Sexually Transmitted Infections

10.6   Applying Psychology to Everyday Life:   The AIDS Epidemic in Russia

Chapter Quiz

Chapter 11 - Stress and Health


11.1   Stress and Stressors

11.2   Physiological Factors: Stress and Health

11.3   Coping With Stress

11.4   Applying Psychology to Everyday Life: Exercising for Mental Health

Chapter Quiz

Chapter 12 - Social Psychology


12.1   Social Influence: Conformity, Compliance, Obedience, and Group Behavior

12.2   Social Cognition: Attitudes, Impression Formation, and Attribution

12.3   Social Interaction: Prejudice and Aggression

12.4   Liking and Loving: Interpersonal Attraction

12.5   Aggression and Prosocial Behavior

12.6   Applying Psychology to Everyday Life: Anatomy of a Cult

Chapter Quiz

Chapter 13 - Theories of Personality


13.1   Theories of Personality

13.2   The Man and the Couch:   Sigmund Freud and the Psychodynamic Perspective

13.3   The Behaviorist and Social Cognitive View of Personality

13.4   The Third Force:   Humanism and Personality

13.5   Trait Theories:   Who Are You?

13.6   The Biology of Personality:   Behavioral Genetics

13.7   Assessment of Personality

13.8   Applying Psychology to Everyday Life:   The Biological Basis of the Big Five

Chapter Quiz

Chapter 14 - Psychological Disorders


14.1   What Is Abnormality?

14.2   Models of Abnormality

14.3   Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR)

14.4   Anxiety Disorders:   What, Me Worry?

14.5   Mood Disorders:   The Effect of Affect

14.6   Eating Disorders

14.7   Dissociative Disorders:   Altered Identities

14.8   Schizophrenia:   Altered Reality

14.9   Personality Disorders:   I'm Okay, It's Everyone Else Who's Weird

14.10   Applying Psychology to Everyday Life:   Taking the Worry Out of Exams

Chapter Quiz

Chapter 15 - Psychological Therapies


15.1   Two Kinds of Therapy

15.2   The Early Days:   Ice-Water Baths and Electric Shocks

15.3   Psychotherapy Begins

15.4   Humanistic Therapy:   To Err Is Human

15.5   Behavior Therapies:   Learning One's Way to Better Behavior

15.6   Cognitive Therapies:   Thinking Is Believing

15.7   Group Therapies:   Not Just for the Shy

15.8   Does Psychotherapy Really Work?

15.9   Biomedical Therapies

Chapter Quiz

Time on Task

This course is online and your participation at home is imperative. A minimum of 8 - 10 hours per week of study time is required for covering all of the online material to achieve a passing grade. You must set up a regular study schedule. You have five months of access to your online account with a thirty-day extension at the end if needed. If you do not complete the course within this time line, you will need to enroll in a second term.

Schedule

Below is the suggested time table to follow to stay on a 16 week schedule for the course. The following schedule is the minimum number of sections that need to be completed each week if you would like to finish in a regular semester time frame. You do not have to adhere to this schedule. You have five months of access plus a 30 day extension at the end if needed. You can finish the course as soon as you are able.

Week Complete Chapters
1 Chapter 1
2 Chapter 2
3 Chapter 2
4 Chapter 3
5 Chapter 4
6 Chapter 5
7 Chapter 6
8 Chapter 7
9 Chapter 8
10 Chapter 9
11 Chapter 10
12 Chapter 11
13 Chapter 12
14 Chapter 13
15 Chapter 14
16 Chapter 15
17 Final


Code of Conduct:


Code of Ethics:

Regulations and rules are necessary to implement for classroom as well as online course behavior. Students are expected to practice honesty, integrity and respect at all times. It is the student's responsibility and duty to become acquainted with all provisions of the code below and what constitutes misconduct. Cheating is forbidden of any form will result in an F in the class.

Respectful communications:

When contacting Omega Math or Westcott Courses, you agree to be considerate and respectful. Communications from a student which are considered by our staff to be rude, insulting, disrespectful, harassing, or bullying via telephone, email, or otherwise will be considered a disrespectful communication and will result in a formal warning.

We reserve the right to refuse service. If we receive multiple disrespectful communications from person(s) representing the student, or the student themselves, the student will be excluded from taking future courses at Westcott Courses/Omega Math.

Grading information and proctored final policies:

The grading rules are put in place to protect the integrity of online education by stopping grade inflation, which is done by demanding a display of competency in exchange for a grade. By agreeing to the terms of service agreement, you agree to read the 'Grading' Policy from within your account, and the 'Proctored Final Information' page, if applicable. You have 24 hours after your first log-in to notify us if you do not agree to the grading policy and proctored final policy ( if applicable ) outlined in the pages inside of your account, otherwise it is assumed that you agree with the policies. There are no exceptions to these policies, and the pretext of not reading the pages will not be deemed as a reasonable excuse to contest the policies.

Examples of academic misconduct:

Cheating: Any form of cheating will result in an F in the class. If there is an associated college attached to the course, that college will be notified of the F due to cheating and they will determine any disciplinary action.

Any form of collaboration or use of unauthorized materials during a quiz or an exam is forbidden.

By signing up for a course, you are legally signing a contract that states that the person who is named taking this course is the actual individual doing the course work and all examinations. You also agree that for courses that require proctored testing, that your final will be taken at a college testing center, a Sylvan Learning center, and the individual signed up for this course will be the one taking the test. Failure to do so will be considered a breach of contract.

Other forms of cheating include receiving or providing un-permitted assistance on an exam or quiz; taking an exam for another student; using unauthorized materials during an exam; altering an exam and submitting it for re-grading; failing to stop working on the exam when the time is up; providing false excuses to postpone due dates; fabricating data or references, claiming that Westcott Courses/Omega Math lost your test and or quiz scores. This includes hiring someone to take the tests and quizzes for you.

Unauthorized collaboration:

Working with others on graded course work without specific permission of the instructor, including homework assignments, programs, quizzes and tests, is considered a form of cheating.

Important Notes:

This syllabus is subject to change and / or revision during the academic year. Students with documented learning disabilities should notify our office upon enrollment, as well as make sure we let the testing center know extended time is permitted. Valid documentation involves educational testing and a diagnosis from a college, licensed clinical psychologist or psychiatrist.


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How it Works

These individual courses are available to anyone in the public who'd like to enroll. Unlike traditional colleges where one must enroll in a degree program, Westcott Courses offers individual courses that are available instantly. Westcott Courses is the teacher of the course, and the official transcript with academic semester credits comes from our partner university, Brandman University who is regionally accredited by WASC. Westcott Courses does not appear on the transcript; the transcript shows our courses the same way it would show a traditional class taken at the university's campus.

Read more about transferring the credits.

Teachers for the course:

The classes are self-paced; however, a teacher is attached to each course who holds at least a master's degree in their field of study (or related). Most of our teachers are teachers who teach the exact same course on either a California State University or California Community college campus.

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Courses that have the trademark of "Omega MathTM Courses", are courses that have been written by our Omega Math team, and have a format that students love! These courses contain all the lessons, homework, solution manuals, quizzes, tests and the final. Students can take each test and quiz twice, and only the higher of the two scores counts towards their grade. This feature enables students to figure out what they did wrong before pushing forward, providing them with a deeper understanding of the course material.