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Intro to Psychology (PSY 101)

Intro to Psychology (PSY 101)

Introduction to Psychology

This introductory course is organized around Modules that will cover the five pillars of psychology, which include the: biological pillar, cognitive pillar, developmental pillar, social and personality pillar, and mental and physical health pillar. As students progress through each learning Module, they will review up-to-date and relevant content, engage in meaningful active learning exercises, and complete a knowledge check or assessment. In addition, the course culminates with students completing a psychology-based milestone project that students will find applicable to their own life, such in the workforce or their academic journey.

What you’ll learn

  • The historical roots of psychology.
  • The research methods used by psychologists.
  • The relationship between body and behavior and the mechanisms of sensation and perception and states of consciousness.
  • The terms, concepts, and processes of learning and conditioning, thinking and memory, and motivation and emotion.
  • The basic theories of human development and personality.
  • The issues in the area of intelligence and intelligence testing.
  • Stress and its effects on behavior.
  • Health psychology and factors to control stress.
  • The major categories of abnormal behavior.
  • The major therapeutic approaches used for the treatment of abnormal behavior.
  • The factors that influence group behavior and interpersonal relationships.
  • How psychology is applied in real-world situations.

What to expect in class

Narrated Lectures, OER textbook readings, active learning activities, supplemental learning materials (ex. TEDTalks, Youtube Videos, etc), written assignments, milestone project in the form of interactive discussions, exams, personalized feedback.

Exams and grading

  • 4% - Syllabus Quiz (8pts)
  • 20% - Written Assingments (40pts)
  • 36% - Exams (72pts)
  • 40% - Discussions (80pts)

University Credits: 
3 credits
CMASAS Credits: 
1 credit (Social Studies)
Instructor-led (8 weeks)
Start Dates: 
Oct. 11, 2022, Jan 10, 2023 & March 7, 2023