403 | MA-PSYCH1

Introduction To Psychology

Biological, cognitive, developmental, social, personality, mental, physical health pillar in psychology.

This comprehensive Introduction to Psychology course provides thorough coverage of all topics including biological psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, social and personality psychology, and mental and physical health.

With the goal of supporting faculty in the selection of content for their courses, we have organized this course around the 5 pillars, or domains, of psychology as recently recommended by the APA: biological pillar, cognitive pillar, developmental pillar, social and personality pillar, mental and physical health pillar.

This course provides coverage for the broad range of learning outcomes that may be taught in introductory psychology courses. With the goal of supporting faculty in the selection of content for their courses, we have organized this course around the 5 pillars, or domains, of psychology as recently recommended by the APA: biological pillar, cognitive pillar, developmental pillar, social and personality pillar, mental and physical health pillar.

Module 1: Psychological Foundations

  • Describe the evolution of psychology and the major pioneers in the field
  • Identify the various approaches, fields, and sub-field of psychology along with their major concepts and important figures
  • Describe the value of psychology and possible careers paths for those who study psychology

Module 2: Psychological Research

  • Define and apply the scientific method to psychology
  • Describe the strengths and weaknesses of descriptive, experimental, and correlational research
  • Define basic elements of a statistical investigation
  • Biological Psychology Domain

Module 3: Biopsychology

  • Identify the basic structures of a neuron, the function of each structure, and how messages travel through the neuron
  • Describe the role of the nervous system and endocrine systems
  • Identify and describe the parts of the brain
  • Explain how nature, nurture, and epigenetics influence personality and behavior

Module 4: State of Consciousness

  • Describe consciousness and biological rhythms
  • Describe what happens to the brain and body during sleep
  • Explain how drugs affect consciousness
  • Cognitive Psychology Domain

Module 5: Sensation and Perception

  • Differentiate between sensation and perception
  • Explain the process of vision and how people see color and depth
  • Explain the basics of hearing
  • Describe the basic anatomy and functions of taste, smell, touch, pain, and the vestibular sense
  • Define perception and give examples of gestalt principles and multi-modal perception

Module 6: Thinking and Intelligence

  • Describe cognition and problem-solving strategies
  • Describe language acquisition and the role language plays in communication and thought
  • Describe intelligence theories and intelligence testing

Module 7: Memory

  • Explain the process of memory
  • Explain and give examples of forgetting and memory failure
  • Recognize and apply memory-enhancing strategies
  • Developmental Psychology Domain

Module 8: Learning

  • Explain learning and the process of classical conditioning
  • Explain operant conditioning, reinforcement, and punishment
  • Describe latent learning and observational learning

Module 9: Lifespan Development

  • Compare and contrast theories lifespan development theories
  • Explain the physical, cognitive, and emotional development that occurs from infancy through childhood
  • Describe physical, cognitive, and emotional development in adolescence and adulthood
  • Social and Personality Psychology Domain

Module 10: Social Psychology

  • Recognize aspects of social psychology, including the fundamental attribution error, biases, social roles, and social norms, in your daily life
  • Describe how attitudes can be changed through cognitive dissonance and persuasion
  • Explain how conformity, obedience, group-think, social facilitation, social loafing, and altruism relate to group behavior
  • Explain prejudice, discrimination, and aggression

Module 11: Personality

  • Define personality and the contributions of Freud and neo-Freudians to personality theory
  • Describe and differentiate between personality theories
  • Explain the use and purpose of common personality tests

Module 12: Emotion and Motivation

  • Explain motivation, how it is influenced, and major theories about motivation
  • Describe hunger and eating in relation to motivation, obesity, anorexia, and bulimia
  • Describe sexual behavior and research about sexuality
  • Explain theories of emotion and how we express and recognize emotion

Module 13: Industrial-Organizational Psychology

  • Describe the purpose of industrial-organizational psychology and examine its application to the workforce
  • Explain how industrial-organizational psychologists assess leadership and organization
  • Mental and Physical Health Domain

Module 14: Psychological Disorders

  • Define psychological disorders and explain how they are classified
  • Describe the features and characteristic symptoms of anxiety disorders (generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, phobias), obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder; differentiate these anxiety disorders from each other
  • Describe the characteristic symptoms and risk factors of mood disorders, including major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder
  • Explain symptoms and potential causes of schizophrenic and dissociative disorders
  • Define personality disorders and distinguish between the three clusters of personality disorders
  • Explain common childhood disorders, including attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and autism spectrum disorder

Module 15: Therapy and Treatment

  • Describe the treatment of mental health disorders over time
  • Identify and explain the basic characteristics of various types of therapy
  • Explain and compare treatment modalities

Module 16: Stress, Lifestyle, and Health

  • Describe stress, its impact on the body, and identify common stressors
  • Explain the negative physiological responses to stress
  • Describe methods to cope with stress and explain ways to increase happiness

This course includes text book self-study, assignments, discussion group engagement, lesson quizzes and the final exam.


With the OpenStax Psychology textbook as a foundation, this course enriches learning with frequent real-world examples, curated videos, selected NOBA content, and interactive learning activities to foster practical skills. Engaging “Psychology in Real Life” features use recent research to help students think critically about experimental design. This course has been provided by Lumen Learning with license CC BY: Attribution).

Degree Credits

By completing this course students will earn 5 ECTS study credits which can be applied towards the Integrated Master’s Degree Program.

Accreditations & Certificates

A course certificate of attendance will be provided.

Admission Requirements

This course is open to all Integrated Master’s Degree students.

Tuition & Financial Aid

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  • 17 Lessons