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1 Personal Psychology: The Road to Self-Discovery Syllabus ELHS Course Description Self-knowledge is the key to self-improvement! Psychology is a subject that can be applied to everyday life. New research and ideas will change the way we view ourselves and each other. This course offers exciting online psychology experiments about our own behaviour and how we behave with other people. *NOTE: The suggested time frame for the completion of each unit is just an estimate. You may work on each unit at your own pace, but keep in mind that you must finish the entire course within the time specified by your school district. Unit 1: An Invitation to the World of Psychology (Weeks 1 through 2) State the nature of psychology. Describe what psychologists do and how they differ from psychiatrists. List major subfields and applied specializations of psychology. Explain the importance of studying psychology. Outline how psychology developed. Compare current perspectives in psychology. 1. The Nature of Psychology 2. Major Subfields of Psychology 3. Applied Psychology 4. How Does a Psychologist Differ from a Psychiatrist? 5. History of Psychology 6. What It Means to Be Human 7. Perspectives in Psychology Today

2 An Invitation to the World of Psychology: Homework An Invitation to the World of Psychology: Unit 1 Quiz An Invitation to the World of Psychology Quiz Unit 2: Research & Ethics in Psychology (Weeks 3 through 4) State reasons psychologists do research, and list steps of the scientific method. Define theory and hypothesis, and explain how the two concepts are related. Explain how researchers do experiments, and state the pros and cons of experimental studies. Describe naturalistic studies, and identify their advantages and drawbacks. Explain how researchers undertake surveys, and distinguish between correlation and cause and effect. Describe case studies, and list their uses and limitations. State how researchers analyze data, test hypotheses, and communicate results. Identify ethical guidelines for the conduct of psychological research. 1. The Scientific Method 2. Experimental Studies 3. Naturalistic Studies 4. Surveys 5. Correlation versus Cause and Effect 6. Generalizing from Samples to Populations 7. Case Studies 8. Data Analysis 9. Ethical Issues in Psychological Research

3 Research & Ethics in Psychology Homework Research & Ethics in Psychology Unit 2 Quiz Research & Ethics in Psychology Quiz Unit 3: Infancy & Childhood (Weeks 4 through 6) Describe longitudinal and cross-sectional studies, and explain the nature-nurture debate. Outline physical developments that occur during the prenatal period, infancy, and childhood. Identify Piaget s stages of cognitive development, explain assimilation and accommodation, and describe how infants and children develop language. List Erickson s stages of psychosocial development, and explain the roles of temperament and parenting style in emotional and social development. Describe Kohlberg s stages of moral reasoning, and explain why Kohlberg s theory may have gender and cultural biases. 1. Developmental Psychology 2. Nature versus Nurture 3. Physical Development 4. Development of the Senses 5. Language Development 6. Emotional and Social Development 7. Temperament and Parenting Style 8. Moral Development Infancy & Childhood: Homework Infancy & Childhood: Unit 3 Quiz Infancy & Childhood Quiz

4 Unit 4 : Adolescence (Weeks 7 through 8) Define adolescence, and describe how different experts view this stage of life. Describe the physical changes of adolescence and possible consequences of early or late maturation. Identify cognitive and moral developments that typically occur during adolescence. Define identity, and describe Marcia s states of identity formation. Explain how social relationships normally change during adolescence, and describe peer pressure. Identify risk behaviors that many adolescents adopt, and explain how adolescents may learn behaviors from other teens. Name mental health problems that are relatively common in adolescents, and identify warning signs of suicide. List protective factors for adolescents, and explain how the factors relate to selfesteem and resilience 1. Physical Development 2. Cognitive & Moral Development 3. Emotional Development 4. Social Development 5. Risk Behaviors 6. Mental Health Problems in Adolescence 7. Protective Factors Adolescence: Homework Adolescence: Unit 4 Quiz Adolescence Quiz

5 Psychology Midterm Exam (Week 9) review information acquired and mastered from this course up to this point take a course exam based on material from the first four units in this course (Note: You will be able to open this exam only one time.) Assignment: Psychology Midterm Exam Exam 25 points Unit 5: Adulthood & Aging (Weeks 10 through 11) Define adulthood, and outline psychological theories of adult development. Identify life challenges and physical changes of young adulthood, and list strategies for making young adulthood the best it can be. State how people choose spouses, why couples divorce, and how divorce affects couples and their children. Identify physical changes and life challenges of middle adulthood, and list strategies to make middle age a great age. Describe physical and cognitive changes of late adulthood, and list strategies for making late adulthood healthy and happy. Explain how people come to accept their own death or the death of a loved one. 1. Defining Adulthood 2. Psychological Development During Adulthood 3. Young Adulthood 4. Quarter-Life Crisis 5. How to Make Young Adulthood the Best It Can Be 6. Marriage and Divorce 7. Middle Adulthood 8. Midlife Crisis and Empty-Nest Syndrome 9. Late Adulthood 10. Dementia 11. Why People Age 12. How to Make the Olden Years the Golden Years

6 Adulthood & Aging: Homework Adulthood & Aging: Unit 5 Quiz Adulthood & Aging Quiz Unit 6: Sensation & Perception (Weeks 12 through 13) Describe how humans sense stimuli. Explain how perception differs from sensation. Outline aspects of visual perception, such as depth perception. Describe the nature of subliminal messages. Define extrasensory perception 1. Human Senses 2. Sensory Adaptation 3. Thresholds of Sensation 4. Signal Detection Theory 5. Attention 6. Depth Perception 7. Visual Constancy 8. Gestalt Laws of Visual Organization 9. Optical Illusions 10. Subliminal Messages 11. Extrasensory Perception Sensation & Perception: Homework Sensation & Perception: Unit 6 Quiz Sensation & Perception Quiz

7 Unit 7: States of Consciousness (Weeks 14 through 15) Define consciousness and altered states of consciousness. Describe the sleep cycle, and explain why humans need sleep. State the nature of dreams, and list possible reasons that people dream. Describe hypnosis, meditation, and biofeedback. Identify categories of psychoactive drugs, and describe their effects 1. Measuring States of Consciousness 2. Altered States of Consciousness 3. Levels of Consciousness 4. Sleep 5. Sleep Disorders 6. The Nature of Dreams 7. Hypnosis, Meditation, and Biofeedback 8. Psychoactive Drugs States of Consciousness: Homework States of Consciousness: Unit 7 Quiz States of Consciousness Quiz Psychology Final Exam (Week 16) review information acquired and mastered from this course take a course exam based on material from units five to seven in this course the last three units.(note: You will be able to open this exam only one time.) Assignment: Psychology - Final Exam Exam 25 points

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