Principles of Psychology

Course Description: 

This course serves as an introduction to the basic concepts in psychology that analyze human behavior. Students will first delve into the fundamentals including history, science, approaches, and research in psychology. Next, students will get an introduction to biology as it relates to human psychology including genetics, the nervous system, sensation and perception, and developmental psychology. This course is also designed to give students an understanding of the psychology behind cognition, memory, learning, and motivation as well as social psychology. Students will examine the psychological effects that impact everyday life such as consciousness and sleep, stress and health, personality, psychological disorders, and therapy and treatment.

Course Information

The student will explain and analyze the foundations of psychological science.

Bloom’s level 4

The student will classify and compare the biological aspects associated with human psychology including genetics, the nervous system, sensation, and perception.

Bloom’s level 4

The student will analyze and evaluate cases in learning and cognition.

Bloom’s level 5

The student will explain and analyze the effects of human states of being (such as sleep, drugs, stress, and health) on the human psyche.

Bloom’s level 4

The student will analyze and evaluate cases in human motivation and social cognition.

Bloom’s level 4

The student will analyze and evaluate cases in personality, social psychology, and psychological disorders.

Bloom’s level 5

The student will explain, analyze, and evaluate cases in developmental psychology.

Bloom’s level 5

The student will explain, analyze, and compare therapy and treatment in psychology.

Bloom’s level 5

Course Outline

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How Our Syllabus Stacks Up (Syllabus Equivalency)

Syllabi for equivalent courses from four other institutions were reviewed. The following table represents the coverage of rigor in terms of number of assessments and content in a TEL course as it relates to other similar courses.

TEL
4 Year Private University
4 Year Public Research Unversity #1
4 Year Public Research Unversity #2
4 Year Public Research Unversity #3
 Lesson   Quizzes
58 Variable Variable Variable N/A
 Assignments

4 Assignments

1 Final Written Project*

3 Writing Worksheets 2 Assignments 6 Writing Assignments 4 Writing Assignments
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12 15 3 N/A 4
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1 Midterm Exam

1 Final Exam

2 Multiple Choice Exams

1 Final Exam

1 Final Exam

2 Multiple Choice Exams

1 Final Exam

5 Exams
 Other
Final Written Project is a Research Presentation Poster

Participation in Research Studies

Class Participation

Class Participation

Research Participation Program

Research Participation Program Participation/Extra Credit

Lesson Features

Each of our lessons is designed as self-contained learning environment that provides all the context, explanation, and resources you need to learn about a specific topic. We give you the information you need in a format that helps you apply it in your daily life.

Context

Knowing why a topic matters and how it applies to your experience is an important part of learning anything. That’s why we make sure you have the proper context for the information we give you.

Video Overview

Every TEL Library lesson features a video overview of the information being presented. Our videos provide helpful text callouts and a downloadable transcript.

Readings

We provide two different readings that elaborate information related to the lesson topic. The first gives you essential, objective information while the second offers a deeper look at a specific sub-topic or a view of different perspectives.

Check Your Knowledge

Developing a clear understanding of a topic generally requires that you spend time reflecting on the meaning or impact of its concepts and information. We facilitate this reflection with polls designed to help you create connections to the topic.

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Glossary

It’s easy to get tripped up on unfamiliar terms when you’re trying to learn something new. We’ve developed in-line glossary definitions of key terms to help make lessons easier to read and understand.

Toolbox Resources

We know that our lessons are simply a starting point for many learners. That’s why we provide a toolbox with related web resources for each lesson so that you can continue your learning journey on a specific topic.

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