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Introduction to Psychology

Introduction to Psychology

Overview

Psychology’s main purpose is to enhance the quality of life and one’s ability to function at home, work, and school and in relationships. In this Introduction to Psychology course, participants will cover many areas including principles of psychology, development/growth, biological functioning, perception, learning, personality, social cognition, health, stress and coping, human development, cognition, language and social influence.  This course will assist in helping you understand the qualifications of and differences among professionals in the field.

This course is geared to help you get a better understanding of who you are and how you work. The course is intended to help you change and improve the way you think of yourself and others. It will provide a broad overview of the field of psychology and the numerous ways that psychology interacts with the world. It sets the foundation for higher level courses that the student must take. This course is designed to assist the student in acquiring a specialized knowledge base, about behaviour, learning new ways of thinking about behaviour and in developing positive attitudes.

What Do I Need For This Course?

  • A willingness to learn
  • Excellent listening skills
  • The ability to analyse

Who Should Attend?

  • Anyone interested in the field of Psychology. This is a foundation for you to seek to explore a more in depth study of Psychology.

What Am I Going To Learn?

  • The knowledge learnt in this course would enable the student to explore the major subfields of psychology through critical, creative and reflective thinking. This course will also assist the student in understanding the qualifications of and differences among professionals in the field.  
  • Theory and Content of Psychology
  • Demonstrate familiarity with major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends.
  • Critical Thinking Skills in Psychology
  • Respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and the scientific approach.
  • Application of Psychology
  • Understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.
  • Values in Psychology
  • Weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values underpinning psychology.
  • Communication Skills
  • Communicate effectively in both oral and written formats.

Course Objectives

The following topics will be covered:

1: Discovering Psychology

  • Definition/Goals 
  • Philosophical issues 
  • Historical approaches to Psychology 
  • Modern approaches to Psychology 
  • Careers in Psychology 
  • Research Areas

2: Brain’s Building Blocks

  • Neurons
  • Action Potential 
  • Neurotransmitters

Incredible Nervous System

  • Organization of the Brain
  • The Human Nervous System
  • Limbic System
  • Endocrine System

3: Memory

  • Types of Memory
  • Storing Memories (Encoding)

Remembering & Forgetting

  • How we store memories
  • Forgetting
  • Biological Bases of Memory
  • Eye Witness Testimony

4: Classical Conditioning

  • Pavlov’s Experiment & Classical Conditioning
  • Adaptive Value of Classical Conditioning

Operant Conditioning

  • Thorndike and Skinner
  • Principles of Operant Conditioning
  • Reinforcement 
  • Cognitive Learning 

5: Health Stress & Coping

  • Appraisal 
  • Physiological Responses 
  • Stressors
  • Personality & Social Factors
  • Coping

6: Anxiety Disorders

  • Defining Abnormal Behaviour 
  • Causes of Abnormal Behaviour
  • Assessing Mental Disorders
  • Diagnosing Mental Disorders
  • Anxiety

Mood Disorders & Schizophrenia

  • Kinds/Causes of Mood Disorders
  • Personality Disorders 
  • Schizophrenia 
  • Cultural Diversity

7: Therapies

  • Historical Background
  • Psychotherapy
  • Insight Therapies
  • Behaviour Therapy

Teaching Strategies

  • Lectures 
  • In class group work  
  • Discussion
  • Videos

Course Schedule

Course Offering

Day Time Duration Contact Hours Cost Lecturer
Monday 05:30 pm to 08:30 pm 6 weeks 18 hours $1,200.00 Ms. Dhanmatie Ramlakhan

Session - Monday (05:30 pm to 08:30 pm)

Session Start Date End Date
Session 1 - Online Monday, May 25, 2020 Monday, June 29, 2020
Session 2 - Online Monday, July 20, 2020 Monday, August 24, 2020

Assessment

Written Assignment/Analytic Investigative - Journal Portfolio select 4 topics as presented in class as an example. This is an individual assignment.

Essay - The student is expected to complete one essay for the class. Write an essay describing your thoughts on psychology prior to doing this course and your thoughts five weeks after. Include three areas of comparison in your discussion. Students are to write 2-3 pages.

Students will receive a certificate of completion.

Student Support

Facilitator

Ms Dhanmatie Ramlakhan

Ms Dhanmatie Ramlakhan is a Psychologist, Lecturer, Life-skills Tutor, and Motivational Speaker. She has studied Psychology at post graduate level and is a PhD candidate in Educational Psychology. As a lecturer, she has excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Her students consider her to be captivating and motivational. When Usha, as she is affectionately called, is not studying, she is often engaged with people centred and fun-loving activities.

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