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Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

1 segment /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

Module 01: Theories and Personality

  • 01.00 Introduction to Theories and Personality
  • 01.01 Roots of Psychology
  • 01.02 Psychology Applied
  • 01.03 Psychodynamic Perspectives
  • 01.04 Humanistic Perspectives
  • 01.05 Trait and Social-Cognitive Perspectives
  • 01.06 Review and Project Milestone
  • 01.07 Discussion-Based Assessment

Module 02: The Human Lifespan

  • 02.00 Introduction to the Human Lifespan
  • 02.01 Studying Development
  • 02.02 Prenatal Development and the Newborn
  • 02.03 Early Childhood Development
  • 02.04 Social Development in Childhood
  • 02.05 Adolescence
  • 02.06 Aging
  • 02.07 Review and Project Milestone

Module 03: Learning and Memory

  • 03.00 Introduction to Learning and Memory
  • 03.01 Classical Conditioning
  • 03.02 Operant Conditioning
  • 03.03 Observational and Cognitive Learning
  • 03.04 Information Processing
  • 03.05 Storage
  • 03.06 Retrieval
  • 03.07 Review and Project Milestone
  • 03.08 Discussion-Based Assessment

Module 04: Thinking and Language

  • 04.00 Introduction to Thinking and Language
  • 04.01 Language Acquisition
  • 04.02 Language and Thought
  • 04.03 Problem Solving and Decision Making
  • 04.04 Obstacles
  • 04.05 Stress
  • 04.06 Coping
  • 04.07 Review and Project Milestone

Module 05: Psychological Disorders and Treatment

  • 05.00 Introduction to Psychological Disorders and Treatment
  • 05.01 History of Psychological Disorders
  • 05.02 Classifying Disorders
  • 05.03 Anxiety and Mood Disorders
  • 05.04 Personality, Dissociative, and Schizophrenic Disorders
  • 05.05 Overview of Treatment
  • 05.06 Psychotherapy
  • 05.07 Review and Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 05.08 Segment Exam-Final Project

Career

Community Psychologist

Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 Weeks

Competency

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 are a Community Psychologist. 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.

Your presentation will cover the significance of human behavior theories as well as clear explanations and examples of the ways psychology benefits society and improves people’s’ lives.

Career

Family Support Worker

Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 Weeks

Competency

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 Lifecycle.

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.

You will examine physical, cognitive, and social changes that occur throughout a lifecycle and provide examples of changes that occur during each phase.

Career

Game Designer Project

Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 Weeks

Competency

Student 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

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

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.

Credits .5

Competencies

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

Pre-Requisites

Recommended for grades 9-12.

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