Course Description for Introduction to Psychology
Have you ever awakened from a nightmare and wondered why you had such a frightening dream? Have you ever become depressed or anxious and wondered whether you will ever feel normal? Ever thought about what triggers your bad mood? Or, considered why in some situations you have perfect self-control and at other times feel so out of control? Our study of general psychology will answer questions like these about our behavior – how and why we think, feel and act as we do. Through an investigation of the topics of neuroscience, the nature and nurture of development, sensation and perception, methods of learning, memory, intelligence, motivation, emotion, personality and psychological disorders you will learn about both historical and contemporary perspectives in the field of psychology.
This is a highly interactive class which includes participation in two live components per week– a one-hour live lecture where the instructor will present concepts which are covered in corresponding chapters, and a live chat time where students will be seeing psychology in action through web presentations and videos of classic psychological studies. Students will have opportunity to ask questions and interact with the instructor during both live sessions and discussion is encourage. Although both of the live components will be available throughout the year for downloading, students are encouraged to participate in the live sessions.
Assignments for the class will include chapter tests and essays; completion of sample ‘psychological assessments’, performing classical and operant conditioning experiments and building a virtual brain and nervous system A final project of designing and implementing a mini- research study using class participants will further assist the student in learning about research into the field of psychology. Using the experimental method the student will learn to develop a survey, to understand the basics of correlational research, to use simple descriptive statistics, and to complete an experimental write-up of their project.
Who Should Apply: This class is for high school students who are looking for an interactive class, and are interested in learning about behavior. Qualified students will spend about 4- 6 hours per week on this class. This accounts for reading the assigned texts, answering multiple-choice questions, writing essays, discussing class work and participating in the weekly online chats and live lectures.
Text required: Exploring Psychology Tenth Edition (paperback or hardcover), by David Myers ISBN-13: 978-1429261784, ISBN-10: 1429261781
Class fees: $575.00
Tech Requirements: Full internet access. High speed would be very helpful, because part of this course will involve viewing and listening to live video streaming.
Instructor Qualifications: The field of psychology is not only my career; it is also my passion. You might even call me a “psychology nerd”. Much of my free time is spent reading about new and interesting developments in the field. I have taught AP Psychology for the past 10 years to home school students. I have also taught Introductory Psychology and Developmental Psychology at local community colleges and I have developed online seminars for healthcare providers on the topics of stress, communication, job burn-out, anger assessment and management; and boundary setting. I have 36 years of experience as a counselor in the field of individual, marriage and family counseling where I have had the opportunity to instruct individuals in developing new and more productive behaviors. My degrees include an M.ED. in Counseling Psychology and a B.A in Psychology, both received from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.