Course SummaryOur Intro to Psychology course is an affordable way to earn transferable college credit. With this self-paced course, you get engaging lessons, expert instructors who make even the most challenging psychology topics simple, and an excellent resource for getting a head start on your degree.
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The course objective of Psychology 101 is to demonstrate an understanding of human psychology and behavior, including common mental health disorders. You will connect this knowledge with current treatment methodologies and with the work of notable psychologists in fields ranging from developmental psychology to social psychology.
Your grade for this course will be calculated out of 300 points. The minimum score required to pass and earn real college credit for this course is 210 points, or an overall course grade of 70%. The table below shows the assignments you must complete and how they'll be incorporated into the overall grade.
|Proctored Final Exam||200|
Quizzes are meant to test your comprehension of each lesson as you progress through the course. Here's a breakdown of how you will be graded on quizzes and how they'll factor into your final score:
- You will have 3 attempts to take each quiz for a score.
- The highest score of your first 3 attempts will be recorded as your score for each quiz.
- When you've completed the course, the highest scores from your first 3 attempts at each quiz will be averaged together and weighed against the total possible points for quizzes. For instance, if your average quiz score is 85%, you'll receive 85 out of 100 possible points for quizzes.
- After your initial 3 attempts, you can take a quiz for practice as many times as you'd like.
- You will need to pass each quiz with a score of at least 80% to earn course progress for the lesson. However, it is not necessary to earn 80% within the first three quiz attempts.
Proctored Final Exam
The proctored final exam is a cumulative test designed to ensure that you've mastered the material in the course.
- You'll earn points equivalent to the percentage grade you receive on your proctored final. (So if you earn 90% on the final, that's 180 points toward your final grade.)
- If you're unsatisfied with your score on the exam, you'll be eligible to retake the exam after a 3-day waiting period.
- You can only retake the exam twice, so be sure to use your study guide and fully prepare yourself before you take the exam again.
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Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:
- Analyze the elements of the study of psychology, including how the scientific method applies to psychology
- Differentiate sensation and perception
- Categorize the states of consciousness
- Differentiate between operant and classical conditioning and examine famous experiments that contributed to understanding of conditioning
- Evaluate how memory is stored and categorized
- Interpret the contributions of developmental psychologists, including Piaget and Kohlberg
- Analyze Freud's theories of psychosexual development and defense mechanisms
- Evaluate concepts of social psychology, including stereotypes and attraction
- Diagram and explain different types of psychological disorders, including anxiety and mood disorders
- Outline the basics of statistics, tests, and measurement used in psychology
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Psychology 101 consists of short video lessons that are organized into topical chapters. Each video is approximately 5-10 minutes in length and comes with a quick quiz to help you measure your learning. At the end of each chapter, you can complete a chapter test to see if you're ready to move on or have some material to review. Once you've completed the entire course, take the practice test to see if you're ready to earn credit. Use the study tools in the course to prepare for your final exam.
The course is completely self-paced. Watch lessons on your schedule whenever and wherever you want. When you're ready, take the final exam.
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This course has been evaluated and transfer credit-recommended for 3 lower-division credits by both ACE and NCCRS. To earn credit, follow these steps:
- If you already have a school in mind, check with your registrar to see if your school is one of the 2,000 colleges and universities that accept credit for courses recommended by either ACE or NCCRS.
- Complete Psychology 101 by watching video lessons and taking short quizzes.
- Take the credit-granting Psychology 101 exam on our site.
- Transfer credit for Psychology 101 to the accredited school of your choice!
- Check out this page for more information on how you can transfer your credit.
|History and Approaches||Define psychology and its role in science. Look at various approaches over the years and how specializations developed. Review the ethics of psychological experiments.|
|Biological Bases of Behavior||Learn about what biological psychology entails. Study neurons, the nervous system and the anatomy and function of the brain.|
|Sensation and Perception||Get a foundational knowledge of sensation and perception. Explore vision, hearing, taste, touch and smell and how they develop.|
|States of Consciousness||See what is meant by states of consciousness. Look at the sleep cycle, dreaming, hypnosis and psychoactive drugs.|
|Learning||Discuss classical and operant conditioning, including Watson's work with Little Albert. Examine the prisoner's dilemma and biological limits on conditioning.|
|Cognition||Define intelligence, learn about intelligence testing and get an overview of how language develops. Learn about memory and how it can be improved.|
|Motivation and Emotion||Study the theories of emotion and how emotions can be categorized. Look at the impact of stress, and learn about positive psychology, motivation and Maslow's hierarchy of needs.|
|Developmental Psychology||Find out about developmental psychology and learn about cognitive development before birth and in infants. Examine the work of Piaget, Harlow, Kohlberg and Erikson.|
|Personality||Learn what personality is, how genetics influence personality and how psychologists assess personality traits. Get an overview of Freud's work with personality, including the id, ego and superego and the states of psychosexual development.|
|Social Psychology||Define social psychology and stereotypes. Learn about attitudes, attraction, persuasion, conformity, group behavior and aggression.|
|Psychological Disorders and Health||See how disorders are classified and diagnosed. Look at several types of disorders, including anxiety disorders, somatoform disorders, eating disorders and schizophrenia.|
|Psychological Treatments||Look at drug treatments and several types of therapies and why they are used. Examine the effectiveness of treatments.|
|Statistics, Tests and Measurement||Get information on statistics, research and measurements. Learn to gauge reliability and validity.|
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|A College Accelerator Study.com membership.|
|Completed the entire Psychology 101: Intro to Psychology course and achieved 100% Course Progress.|
|Not attempted to take this exam within the last three days.|
|Have available proctored exams in this month of membership.|
|Complete the exam readiness quiz.|
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