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Course SummaryThis Intro to Psychology Syllabus Resource & Lesson Plans course is a fully developed resource to help you organize and teach introductory psychology. You can easily adapt the video lessons, transcripts, and quizzes to take full advantage of the comprehensive and engaging material we offer. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.
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You can use this introduction to psychology course as a template for designing and implementing your course. Here are the key components of the course and how you can use them:
- Chapters - Each chapter covers a unit of introductory psychology, from early work in the field to the tests and assessments psychologists utilize today. Use these chapters as mile markers as you map out your course. We recommend planning to spend a week on each chapter, but you can always allocate the chapters according to the length of your specific introductory psychology course.
- Lessons - Within each chapter are video lessons that further break down topics into bite-sized chunks. These lessons cover single topics like how biology affects behavior or how infants learn language. Each one is often appropriate for a single class.
- Key Terms - Within each lesson are key terms. These are emphasized on screen and in the transcript. As you develop your syllabus, these key terms help you focus on the most important learning objectives. For example, the lesson on operant conditioning includes key terms like positive reinforcement, negative reinforcement, extrinsic reinforcement, intrinsic reinforcement and punishment.
As you work on your introduction to psychology lesson plans, save time by incorporating video lessons from this resource. Here's how:
- Introduce Topics - Your students will be in the right mindset for understanding topics like statistical analysis in psychology if you begin class with a short video. It can be a jumping-off point for a lecture, group activity or class discussion.
- Break Up Lectures - The video format, which often includes animation, helps students visualize topics like meditation and eating disorders.
- Assign For Homework - Each lesson in the course, from intelligence testing to how vision works, can be assigned to your students as homework.
Each video lesson includes a complete transcript. You can utilize these transcripts in several ways:
- Lecture Notes - Do you need a guide as you plan a lecture, such as one on neuroplasticity or the fight or flight response? The transcripts cover each topic in depth, with key terms highlighted for quick reference.
- Student Reading - Perhaps you'd like your students to learn about obsolete practices in psychology, but you don't have class time available. Assign the transcript as extra reading.
- Study Tools - When it's time for a unit exam on developmental psychology, you can point your students to the transcripts on the work of leaders in this field, prenatal and infant development, the impact of parenting and the formation of identity to help them study.
Each video lesson has a corresponding quiz. Here's how to use the quizzes:
- Homework - Assign a quiz to your students as homework. You'll receive an email with the results, which enables you to verify they've completed the assignment and that they've understood the material. Questions cover everything from categories of memory to key facts, like the parts of the brain and their functions.
- Tests - You can meld the material in the quizzes into your own student assessments, saving you valuable time. Need a few questions on psychology specializations? There are plenty!
- Discussions - Jump-start a discussion with questions like: What are some ethical considerations for psychology studies and experiments?
Below is a sketch of the psychology syllabus modeled on a 13-week course. This sample can be adapted based on your course schedule. Navigate the chapters and lessons for more detail.
|Week||Unit||Sample of Topics Covered|
|Week 1||History and Approaches||Definition of psychology, early approaches, later methods, more recent specializations; the ethics of psychological experimentation|
|Week 2||Biological Basics of Behavior||Biological psychology, neurons, parts of the brain, the endocrine system|
|Week 3||Sensation and Perception||How sensation and perception influence thought and behavior; the senses, perceptual development|
|Week 4||States of Consciousness||The sleep cycle, dreaming, hypnosis, psychoactive drugs|
|Week 5||Learning||Classical and operant conditioning, reinforcement schedules, the prisoner's dilemma, biological limits on conditioning|
|Week 6||Cognition||Intelligence testing, creativity, language acquisition, memory, heuristics|
|Week 7||Motivation and Emotion||Categories of emotions, fight or flight response, positive psychology, hunger, Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs|
|Week 8||Developmental Psychology||Prenatal and infant development, moral development, identity formation, parenting styles|
|Week 9||Personality||Definition of personality, genetic influences on personality, Freud's theories, testing for personality traits|
|Week 10||Social Psychology||A look at social influences and group behaviors, including stereotypes, attitudes, conformity and aggression|
|Week 11||Psychological Disorders and Health||Types of disorders, their symptoms and treatments, including anxiety disorders, dissociative disorders and schizophrenia|
|Week 12||Psychological Treatments||Methods of treatment, including individual and group therapy, drugs and biological therapy|
|Week 13||Statistics, Tests and Measurement||Research designs, gauging reliability and validity, statistical analysis|
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