Introduction to Psychology 1/IPSY101/Description
Foundations of Psychological Science
What's it about?
This course is the first of three micro-courses that jointly constitute the OERu Introduction to Psychology I course. It provides an introduction to the history of psychology, the methods used by psychological scientists, and the biological basis of human behaviour.
What will I learn?
By the end of this course you will be able to:
- Explain why using our intuition about everyday behaviour is insufficient for a complete understanding of the causes of behaviour
- Describe the evolution of psychological science
- Outline the basic schools of psychology and how each school has contributed to psychology
- Distinguish between clinical psychology, counselling psychology, and psychiatry
- Describe the principles of the scientific method and explain its importance in conducting and interpreting research
- Differentiate the goals of descriptive, correlational, and experimental research designs and explain the advantages and disadvantages of each
- Explain the goals of descriptive research and the statistical techniques used to interpret it
- Summarize the uses of correlational research and describe why correlational research cannot be used to infer causality
- Review the procedures of experimental research and explain how it can be used to draw causal inferences
- Describe the structure and functions of the neuron
- Describe the pathways of communication within and between neurons
- List the major neurotransmitters and describe their functions
- Explain the structure of the cerebral cortex (its hemispheres and lobes) and the function of each area of the cortex
- Compare and contrast the techniques that scientists use to view and understand brain structures and functions
- Completing readings and watching videos
- Completing e-tivities
- Writing an exam
There are no prerequisites for this course.
What micro courses are required for course credit?
Learners are required to complete three micro-courses to gain credit for Introduction to Psychology 1: