Introduction to Psychology


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Credits:  Noncredit
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Course Title:Introduction to Psychology
Course Code:None
Credits:Noncredit
Certificate Provider:Westcott Courses
Transfer:No, but can be used at some colleges as a prerequisite.
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:NoThe noncredit version doesn't have a proctored final; but your college may require it.
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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 $355.00; however, you may use the payment plan to split the cost into two payments.

Payment Plan:
1st payment: $198.75   (Start your class immediately!)
2nd payment: $163.25   (Automatically charged 30 days later.)

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

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A proctored final is not required for the noncredit courses. However, many colleges permit their students to use our noncredit certificate as a prerequisite for the next level course. These colleges require a proctored final for the course. If you are a student from one of these colleges, 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 Instructions
Note: Cal State Maritime, San Francisco State University, and College of the Desert provide a testing center for their students on their campus.

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A certificate of completion is issued from Westcott Courses, which includes a letter grade and an overall percentage earned in the class. This course under the noncredit option does not go through Brandman University; thus, it does not carry any units and an official transcript is not included with the course. Some colleges such as Cal State Maritime, San Francisco State University, College of the Desert, etc., accept the certificate of completion for this class as a prerequisite towards another course on their campus. Please see our Associated Schools page to see if your college will accept this class under noncredit. If your college is not on this list, then they most likely want you to take the class under the credit option, which will go through Brandman University.

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Transfer Information:   No, but can be used at some colleges as a prerequisite.

Courses under noncredit are not transferable. If you would like to take this class for personal enrichment, the noncredit course is the exact same class as the credit course; it is just less expensive since it is not sent through our partner university for credit. If you want to transfer the course to your college, you will need to enroll under the semester credit option. If you would like preapproval from your school, please send your counselor or registrar's office the link to this page. The noncredit courses can also be used to learn the material and then receive credit at a home college using Credit by Examination.
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Westcott Courses/Omega Math is the teacher of the course, and a certificate of completion is issued. A course under the noncredit option cannot be used towards college graduation; however, it may be able to be used as a prerequisite at some colleges, such as College of the Desert, and/or graduate programs. View the Associated Colleges page to see if your school is listed. If your school is not on our list, they will most likely want the official transcript and semester credits from our credit option. Click on the link above "View the Credit Option", and then view the Preapproval tab.

Course Information


Course Title:Introduction to Psychology
Course Code:None
Credits:0 credits
Certificate Provider:Westcott Courses
Grading Mode:Standard letter grade
Proctored Final: No

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.

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

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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


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