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Course Length: 1 Semester
Has Textbook: Yes
Psychology, the science that reflects people's need to explain and control their behavior, will be explored in depth in this course, which includes extensive readings, various tests, research projects, and writing assignments. Topics will include physical, psychological, and personality development from birth to death, learning processes, and numerous - and often conflicting - theories on almost all subject areas covered.

Course Objectives

Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills

  • Discover how the science of psychology affects your life.
  • Analyze psychology’s basic perspectives for assessing behavior and mental processes.
  • Compare and contrast methods of gaining information for psychological studies.
  • Identify how information passes from the brain to parts of the body.
  • Identify the parts of the brain and how they work.
  • Identify and explain the difference between nature and nurture in genetic development.
  • Identify the physiological features common across all sensory systems.

 Unit 2:  Essential Content and Skills

  • Compare and contrast operant and classical conditioning.
  • Identify primary and secondary reinforcement.
  • Compare and contrast cognitive learning and theories of behaviorism.
  • Identify the brain structures and processes related to memory.
  • Define thinking as a mental process involved in manipulating and understanding information.
  • Examine the influence of language on thought and behavior.
  • Deduce an answer to the nature-or-nurture question.

 Unit 3:  Essential Content and Skills

  • Compare and contrast physical development and motor development in human beings.
  • Identify factors that can impact social development as it reflects the culture.
  • Describe cognitive development throughout the lifespan.
  • Compare and contrast current adolescent stages with previous adolescent roles.
  • Track the process of identity formation.
  • Define the stages of adulthood and the changes that accompany them.
  • Recognize how sociological and cultural factors influence death and dying.

Unit 4:  Essential Content and Skills

  • Identify the primary psychological motives that impact people.
  • Compare and contrast the major theories of personality.
  • Demonstrate the differences between aptitude, achievement, and interest inventories.
  • Differentiate between the four major types of conflict that contribute to stress.
  • Identify the risk factors for heart disease and the behavioral changes that can minimize that risk.
  • Relate biological and psychological risk factors for cancer.

Course Materials

  • Holt Psychology: Principles in Practice (textbook)

*Available as an iText course

**NCAA approved