Adult Ed

Adult Education Psychology I

0.5 Credits

Description: 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

Theories and Perspectives

Roots of Psychology
Principles of Psychological Research
Psychodynamic Perspectives
Humanistic Perspectives
Trait and Social-Cognitive Perspectives
The Human Lifespan

Studying Development
Prenatal Development and the Newborn
Early Childhood Development
Development in Childhood
Learning and Memory

Classical Conditioning
Operant Conditioning
Observational and Cognitive Learning
Information Processing
Thinking and Language

Language Acquisition
Language and Thought
Problem-Solving and Decision Making
Psychological Disorders and Treatment

History of Psychological Disorders
Using the DSM
Schizophrenic and Dissociative Disorders
Bipolar, Depressive, and Anxiety Disorders
Personality Disorders, OCD, and PTSD
Treatment of Psychological Disorders


Psychology Theories and Perspectives

Students will demonstrate an understanding of psychology theories and perspectives by describing the roots of the psychology discipline, summarizing principles of psychological research, and explaining psychological perspectives.

Human Lifespan Development

Students will demonstrate an understanding of human lifespan development by explaining methods to study lifespan development, summarizing factors that influence development in childhood and adolescence, and summarizing factors that influence development in adulthood and later years.

Learning and Memory

Students will demonstrate an understanding of learning and memory by explaining principles of conditioning, explaining principles of learning, and describing the role of memory in learning.

Thinking and Language

Students will demonstrate an understanding of thinking and language by describing the language acquisition process, explaining the relationship between thought and language, and describing the psychology of stress.

Psychological Disorders and Treatment

Students will demonstrate an understanding of psychological disorders and treatment by explaining the evolution of psychological disorders, describing the diagnostic categories of disorders, and comparing methods of treatment.