Syllabus for MPTUO1a: Introduction to Psychology
Basic Course Information
- Course Title: Introduction to Psychology
- Course Number: MPTUO1a
- Category: General Studies
- Semester / Year: Fall 2020
- Course link: https://mypsychteacher.com/courses/general-studies/mptuo1a
- Keywords: #mentalhealth, #brain, #psychology, #freecourses, #mypsychteacher
Instructor Contact Information
- Course instructor: Shenica Graham is an author, teacher, and mental health coach teaching and guiding in mental health and wellness.
- Instructor email: only available to enrolled students on a subscription plan
- Preferred method of contact: Send a Message via Webform.
- Office hours: Saturdays, from 1 pm – 3 pm Central Standard Time
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In this 8-week online course, students will discover prevailing research and information in the world of psychology today.
The course curriculum helps students effectively identify key persons in the history of psychological study. After completing this course, students will be able to choose a path to further education in the field of psychology. Students will interact effectively with their peers in the online community.
- Course Structure. Students will attend a virtual class once a week for 8 weeks. The class will be attended live via video chat and will be recorded. My Psych Teacher will deliver the course information through a variety of media including audio, books, a learning blog, discussion via online chat, visual slides, video lectures, video games, and interactive forms for participation and exams.
- Instructional Format. This course is available in a free personal or group study format, which does not require enrollment but does not have access to the instructor or premium course related content and services. For instructor led study, enroll in a premium personal or group study.
- Virtual Classroom. Our online courses integrate forums, instant messaging, e-mail, social media, and recorded audio and video. Some courses offer streaming audio and video with Voice Over IP (VoIP) to allow real-time interactions.
All courses provide online assessment and assignment review to track student progress in a secure virtual classroom environment. Students can easily access course materials, view calendars, watch lectures, complete assignments, and read required texts.
- Key People
- Scientific Inquiry
- Development and Learning
- Sociocultural Issues
- Individual Variations
- Application of Psychological Science
A basic level of proficiency in using the internet and various computer applications is necessary to learn and study online, as are solid reading and writing skills.
Prospective students should determine whether their learning style is conducive to the virtual classmates instructor access is limited. Students must have or obtain the proper motivation to maintain a progressive pace and to complete readings and projects according to the required schedule.
This course is designed for students aged 15 to 18+. There is no prerequisite.
View the by Unit Study Guide Based on APA National Standards.
Required Texts, Materials, and Supplies
- Required Texts. We have adopted free, online textbooks in order to keep this course available without a fee.
You will need a desktop computer, laptop computer, or tablet to connect to and complete assignments on mypsychteacher.com. Your device must have:
- A recent Windows, Mac, or Linux operating system
- High-speed internet access
- A minimum amount of memory
- Office software
- Antivirus software
- Speakers or headphones
- USB drive
Contact the instructor if you experience any logistical challenges in obtaining materials or participating in required experiences such as viewing content or submitting forms.
This section is under construction.
Assignments and Homework
- Participation. There is a weekly discussion forum for participation consideration.
- Homework. There are weekly homework assignments covering each unit. Interactive homework includes mindfulness and meditation, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy worksheets, Psychotherapy worksheets, and mood trackers. All assignments can be later sourced to create the final project – an autobiographical essay. Suggested time per week spent working on the course outside of live meetings is 10+ hours.
- Unit Quizzes: There are 20 online quizzes that will allow you to demonstrate your learning on each of the weekly course units. Exam format will be multiple choice, short answer, and essay questions covering lessons from each respective unit. A study guide will be provided before each exam.
- Portfolio. There is one major project. Students will compile a professional writing portfolio from course derived writing samples.
- Final Paper. There is one major written assignment. Students will write an autobiographical essay which can be later developed into a book-length manuscript.
- Final Exam. There is one comprehensive final exam.
Progress and Grading
Learner progress and grading for this course is assessed via written reports, activities, hands-on assessments, portfolio, and presentations. It is understood that different kinds of assignments compliment the strengths of different student learning styles. Lessons provide diverse opportunities for students to show what they have learned.
- Preparation. Students are required to complete homework and reading assignments prior to live or recorded course sessions in order to prepare for the online class and/or to complete weekly activities.
- Grading Scale: 90% – 100% = A, 80% – 89% = B, 70% – 79% = C, 60% – 69% = D, 59% and below =F.
- Late Assignment Policy: (For enrolled students only.) Late assignments will be accepted with a 10% penalty per day late.
- Missed Exam Policy: Missed exams can be taken at a later date. Finally, all quizzes must be complete before the course ends in order for credit to be received.0
- Regrading Policy: All assignments with the exception of the final exam may be submitted a maximum of three times in order to achieve the highest possible retention of the lesson objectives. The highest grade will be recorded.
- Collaboration is only authorized for expressed group assignments. Students are to work independently unless otherwise noted.
Final Grade Breakdown
- Participation worth 50 points
- Homework worth 100 points
- Quiz 1 worth 25 points
- Quiz 2 worth 25 points
- Quiz 3 worth 25 points
- Quiz 4 worth 25 points
- Quiz 5 worth 25 points
- Quiz 6 worth 25 points
- Quiz 7 worth 25 points
- Quiz 8 worth 25 points
- Quiz 9 worth 25 points
- Quiz 10 worth 25 points
- Quiz 11 worth 25 points
- Quiz 12 worth 25 points
- Quiz 13 worth 25 points
- Quiz 14 worth 25 points
- Quiz 15 worth 25 points
- Quiz 16 worth 25 points
- Quiz 17 worth 25 points
- Quiz 18 worth 25 points
- Quiz 19 worth 25 points
- Portfolio worth 50 points
- Final Paper worth 75 points
- Comprehensive Final Exam worth 250 points
- Total Course Points: 1,000 Points
Guidelines for Online Course Climate
- My Psych Teacher expects that all course interactions will remain civil, respectful, and supportive. Every student is responsible for the online course climate in chat rooms and discussion forums, and on social media.
- Do not hesitate to speak with the instructor regarding any concerns you have about the online course climate.
Enrolled (paid subscription) students can communicate with their course instructors and classmates from within the virtual classroom environment. Tools include email, instant messaging, video chatting, audio conferencing, and discussion boards.
Weekly group discussions and online participation require a minimum number of discussion posts, messages, and related responses to show online presence and participation in the course.
It is your responsibility to attend class via Internet willing and prepared to participate in required individual and group interactions. Your participation grade for this class is primarily based upon discussions and weekly activities that you will complete alone or with your classmates.
Here you will find support for academic and non-academic challenges that can impact your learning.
- Disability Resources. Works to make the academic experience accessible and inclusive. If you anticipate or experience barriers based on disability, please contact us for information about requesting academic accommodations.
- The Writing Center. Offers free writing tutorials designed to help students become better writers.
- The Tutoring Program. Provides academic tutoring for all My Psych Teacher courses.
- Mental Health Services. Provides referrals to professional staff members to help students resolve personal and interpersonal challenges including family and friends conflicts, health and wellness concerns, eating and drinking disorders, and psychological distress such as anxiety and depression.
Units of Study, Weekly Lessons, Required Reading and Assignments
The following is a sample of the course lessons by learning unit. It is flexible and may change at the instructor’s discretion to accommodate students’ learning needs. Learn about perspectives in Psychological Science: Biological, behavioral, cognitive, humanistic, psychodynamic, sociocultural, evolutionary, and biopsychosocial.
|Learning Week / Unit||Required Reading||Assignments|
|Week 1 / Unit 1: Scientific Inquiry. Definition “The diverse ways in which scientists study the natural world and propose explanations based on the evidence derived from their work.” ||Chapter 1: Introduction to Psychology and Research Methods in Psychology 101 by Dr. Christopher L. Heffner 
Chapter 1: Psychology and Science, Parts One, Two, Three, and Four in Psychology: An Introduction by Russell A. Dewey, PhD 
Take 2 Quizzes
|Week 2 / Unit 2: The Human Nervous System. Definition “A highly complex part of a human that coordinates actions and sensory information by transmitting signals to and from different parts of the body. Detects environmental changes that impact the body, then works in tandem with the endocrine system to respond to such events..” ||Chapter Two: The Human Nervous System, Parts 1, 2, and 3 in Psychology: An Introduction by Russell A. Dewey, PhD ||
|Weeks 3, 4 and 5 / Unit 3: Biopsychology. Definition “The application of principles of biology to the study of physiological, genetic, and developmental mechanisms of behavior in humans and other animals.” ||Chapter 2: Biopsychology in Psychology 101 by Dr. Christopher L. Heffner 
Chapter Three: States of Consciousness, Parts One, Two, Three, Four, and Five in Psychology: An Introduction by Russell A. Dewey, PhD 
Chapter 5: Sensation and Perception in Psychology 101 by Dr. Christopher L. Heffner 
Chapter Four: Senses and Perception Parts One, Two, Three, Four, and Five in Psychology: An Introduction by Russell A. Dewey, PhD 
Take 3 Quizzes
|Weeks 6, 7, and 8 / Units 4 and 5: Development and Learning. Definition “The scientific study of how and why human beings change over the course of their life ; “and “A theoretical science that covers the various psychological theories that relate with learning.” ||Chapter 4: Learning and Behavioral Psychology in Psychology 101 by Dr. Christopher L. Heffner 
Chapter 10: Development, Parts One, Two, Three and Four in Psychology: An Introduction by Russell A. Dewey, PhD 
Take 3 Quizzes
|Weeks 9, 10 and 11 / Unit 6: Cognition. Definition “Cognitive psychology is the scientific study of mental processes such as “attention, language use, memory, perception, problem solving, creativity, and thinking”. ||Chapter 5: Conditioning, Parts One, Two, Three and Four in Psychology: An Introduction by Russell A. Dewey, PhD 
Chapter 6: Memory, Intelligence and States of Mind, Introduction and Parts One, Two, Three, Four in Psychology 101 by Dr. Christopher L. Heffner 
Chapter 7: Cognition, Parts One, Two, Three and Four in Psychology: An Introduction by Russell A. Dewey, PhD 
Chapter 8: Animal Behavior and Cognition, Parts One, Two, Three and Four in Psychology: An Introduction by Russell A. Dewey, PhD 
Take 3 Quizzes
|Week 12 / Unit 7: Motivation and Emotion. Definition “The experience of desire or aversion (you want something, or want to avoid or escape something). As such, motivation has both an objective aspect (a goal or thing you aspire to) and an internal or subjective aspect (it is you that wants the thing or wants it to go away).” ||Chapter 7: Motivation and Emotion in Psychology 101 by Dr. Christopher L. Heffner 
Chapter 9: Motivation and Emotion, Parts One, Two, Three and Four in Psychology: An Introduction by Russell A. Dewey, PhD 
|Week 13 / Unit 8: Personality. Definition “The characteristic sets of behaviors, cognitions, and emotional patterns that evolve from biological and environmental factors.” ||Chapter 3: Personality Development in Psychology 101 by Dr. Christopher L. Heffner 
Chapter 11: Personality, Parts One, Two and Three in Psychology: An Introduction by Russell A. Dewey, PhD 
|Week 14 / Unit 9: Abnormal Psychology. Definition “The characteristic sets of behaviors, cognitions, and emotional patterns that evolve from biological and environmental factors.” ||Chapter 12: Abnormal Psychology, Parts One, Two, Three and Four in Psychology: An Introduction by Russell A. Dewey, PhD ||
|Week 15 / Units 10 and 11: Social and Sociocultural Psychology. Definition “Cultural psychology is the study of the way cultural traditions and social practices regulate, express, and transform the human psyche, resulting less in psychic unity for humankind than in ethnic divergences in mind, self, and emotion.”  “Social psychology is the scientific study of how the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of individuals are influenced by the actual, imagined, and implied presence of others.” ||Chapter 8: Social Psychology in Psychology 101 by Dr. Christopher L. Heffner 
Chapter 15: Social Psychology, Parts One, Two and Three in Psychology: An Introduction by Russell A. Dewey, PhD 
|Week 16 / Unit 12: Psychotherapy. Definition “(Also talking therapy). The use of psychological methods, particularly when based on regular personal interaction with adults, to help a person change behavior and overcome problems in desired ways.” ||Chapter 10: Psychotherapy in Psychology 101 by Dr. Christopher L. Heffner 
Chapter 13: Therapies, Parts One, Two, Three and Four in Psychology: An Introduction by Russell A. Dewey, PhD 
|Week 17 / Unit 13: Psychopathology. Definition “The study of abnormal cognitions, behavior and experiences. It can be broadly separated into descriptive and explanatory.” ||Chapter 9: Psychopathology in Psychology 101 by Dr. Christopher L. Heffner ||
|Week 18 / Unit 14: Frontiers in Psychology. Definition “Areas where psychology overlaps other disciplines.” ||Chapter 14: Frontiers in Psychology, Parts One, Two, Three, Four and Five in Psychology: An Introduction by Russell A. Dewey, PhD ||
Take 3 Quizzes
Take the Final Exam
- Models of scientific inquiry. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved June 3, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Models_of_scientific_inquiry
- Nervous System. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved June 18, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Behavioral_neuroscience
- Behavioral neuroscience. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved June 3, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Behavioral_neuroscience
- Developmental psychology. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved June 3, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Developmental_psychology
- Psychology of learning. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved June 3, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychology_of_learning
- Cognition. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved June 3, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive_psychology
- Motivation. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved June 18, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motivation
- Personality. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved June 18, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personality
- Abnormal Psychology. (n.d.) In Wikipedia. Retrieved June 18, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abnormal_psychology
- Cultural psychology. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved June 3, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cultural_psychology
- Social Psychology. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved June 18, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_psychology
- Psychotherapy. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved June 18, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychotherapy
- Heffner, Dr. Christopher L. (2001, April 1). Psychology 101. All Psych. https://allpsych.com/psychology101/
- Dewey, Dr. Russell A. (2017). Psychology: An Introduction. Psych Web. https://www.psywww.com/intropsych/
- The American Psychological Association’s Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (APA TOPSS) course template.
- Psychopathology. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved June 19, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychopathology