Learning Catalog

Psychology

Psychology

Credits .5

Competencies

  • Developmental Psychology
    Student will demonstrate the ability to analyze human growth and development by using developmental theories to explain the physical, cognitive, and social changes that occur throughout the life cycle.
  • Learning and Memory
    Student will demonstrate the ability to apply principles of learning and memory by connecting these techniques to personal experiences and education.
  • Psychological Disorders
    Student will demonstrate an understanding of psychological disorders by investigating various forms of abnormal behavior, possible causes of those abnormal behaviors and therapeutic strategies.
  • Theories and Personality
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of different theories surrounding how to study and explain human behavior by identifying the role psychology plays in benefiting society and improving people's lives.
  • Thinking and Language
    Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze the relationship between the thinking process and language by examining the process of acquiring language and how thought and language are connected, as well as exploring the decision-making process and the impact of stress.

Pre-Requisites

Recommended for grades 9-12.

Status:

Open

Estimated Completion Time

1 segment / 16-18 weeks

Overview

The human brain is fascinating. Where do thoughts and memories come from? What are emotions? And why do we behave the way we do? Above all, how do these factors influence our relationships with others? In Psychology I, you will begin to understand the human mind by exploring the research and theories of some of the most brilliant psychologists throughout history. Learn how psychology influences personality and development throughout the entire human lifespan, even from birth. Explore different psychological disorders and how they are treated according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder. And learn psychological tips that you can use every day, like how to cope and reduce stress. So, are you ready to unlock the mysteries of the human brain?

 

Note: content varies depending on course version. For currently enrolled students, please refer to the syllabus located in the course information area for curriculum specifics.

Major Topics and Concepts

 

Segment 1

  • History of Psychology
  • Subfields of Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Personality Development
  • Psychodynamic Perspective
  • Humanistic Perspective
  • Social-Cognitive Perspective
  • Trait Theories
  • Approaches to Psychological Research
  • Prenatal Development
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Social Development in Childhood
  • Adolescence
  • Aging and End of life
  • Nature versus Nurture
  • Stability versus Change
  • Continuity versus Discontinuity
  • Classical Conditioning
  • Operant Conditioning
  • Information Processing, Storage and Retrieval
  • Language Acquisition
  • Problem Solving and Decision Making
  • Managing Stress
  • History of Psychological Disorders
  • Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)
  • Anxiety, Mood, Personality, Dissociative, and Schizophrenic Disorders
  • Therapy for Psychological Disorders

 

 

Career

Community Psychologist

Status:

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 Weeks

Competency

Theories and Personality: Students will demonstrate an understanding of different theories surrounding how to study and explain human behavior by identifying the role psychology plays in benefiting society and improving people’s lives.

Project

You have been asked to give a presentation for the American Psychological Association Workforce Development Program to help inform your local community and government representatives on the role psychology plays in benefitting society.

Career

Family Support Worker

Status:

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 Weeks

Competency

Developmental Psychology: Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze human growth and development by using developmental theories to explain the physical, cognitive, and social changes that occur throughout the life cycle.

Project

You are a family support worker who works with a variety of clients from new parents to children taking care of their elderly parents. You have been asked to create a series of informational handouts that can be given to clients concerning the different phases of a person’s Lifecycle.

Career

Game Designer

Status:

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 Weeks

Competency

Learning and Memory: Students will demonstrate the ability to apply principles of learning and memory by connecting these techniques to personal experiences and education.

Project

You work for an educational game company as a game designer. You have been asked to develop a board or card game that focuses on memory and learning. You will create a prototype of the game and provide information to the design and development team about how your game addresses aspects of memory and learning to the marketing team.

Career

Cognitive Rehabilitation Specialist

Status:

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 Weeks

Competency

Thinking and Language: Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze the relationship between the thinking process and language by examining the process of acquiring language and how thought and language are connected, as well as exploring the decision-making process and the impact of stress.

Project

You are a Cognitive Rehabilitation Specialist who has been hired as a consultant to a school looking to inform educators about ways to assist survivors of traumatic brain injuries, such as concussions. They will need guidance on how to help students overcome problems with thinking, language, and decision making. Your job is to help the school understand the cognitive processes of thinking and language and the connection between the two. You will assist them in identifying techniques that help students despite the stress they now face due to their brain injury. You will create a guide for schools to use in this increasingly common situation.

Career

Clinical Therapist

Status:

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 Weeks

Competency

Psychological Disorders: Student will demonstrate an understanding of psychological disorders by investigating various forms of abnormal behavior, possible causes of those abnormal behaviors and therapeutic strategies.

Project

You are a clinical therapist. You mainly work with celebrities with psychological disorders. You must select at least four different disorders and write a treatment plan for each disorder. The treatment plan will include a diagnostic summary outlining the criteria of abnormal behavior each patient meets, symptoms, and the potential causes of the behaviors. It will also include recommended therapeutic strategies you would design to support each client and its effectiveness.

Status:

Open

The Experiences Pathway allows students to demonstrate mastery of competencies and earn credit through experiences, such as internships, travel, service learning, entrepreneurship, or independent study. Students may elect to meet all competencies in a particular competency group (i.e., English 1 or Economics) or they can master  competencies in multiple discipline areas. Once a student enrolls, a VLACS instructor will work with the student to refine the Experience, identify the competencies that will be met, and determine products that will demonstrate mastery of each competency.

In Experiences students will:

  1. Use google drive.
  2. Meet weekly or every two weeks with their instructor.
  3. Secure an outside expert.
  4. Plan the experience prior to completing it. (Credit is not awarded for experiences completed prior to enrollment and completion of the planning process.)

Here is how to enroll in an Experience.

  1. Identify the course(s) that matches most closely with your Experience.
  2. Click “Enroll Now” from www.vlacs.org or from our learning catalog.
  3. From the enrollment page, navigate to the course that matches your Experience.
  4. Select all competencies that you hope to meet through your Experience. Do not worry if you are unsure of the exact competencies, they can be adjusted.
  5. Select the Experience bubble.
  6. If there are additional competencies from other discipline areas you hope to meet, enroll in these in the same manner.
  7. Your parent/guardian will receive an email asking for approval of your enrollment. This must be completed before we can assign you an instructor.
  8. You will receive a welcome email from your instructor within five days, given that space is available.

Independent Study

By signing up for an independent study, you will be able to direct your own learning, identifying what you want to learn and how you will demonstrate that you mastered your learning objectives.

Internship

Internships allow you to gain professional experience, make connections, and become familiar with a career, while working on site with mentors and professionals in a career of your interest.

Travel

While travel can be a great experience for learning life lessons, it is also an excellent way to acquire the knowledge and skills that allow you to demonstrate mastery in a variety of competencies.  The world is a classroom and travel experiences will connect your real world experiences to the learning that you seek.

Service Learning

In Service Learning, you collaborate with members of your community to address issues to improve your community. You will connect your service with discipline specific content so that learning can takes place through problem solving and collaboration.

Entrepreneurship

Starting your own business is a great way to learn. This type of experience allows you to engage in an entrepreneurial experience and receive credit for competencies you master through this experience.

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