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Online psychology program curriculum

Developed by psychology experts, our online psychology program curriculum provides a strong foundation in the concepts, principles, and applications of general psychology. Classes are divided into four main groups: Orientation; Foundations of Psychology; The Mental Process; and Development, Theories, Disorders, and Treatments.

Lesson Group 1: Orientation: Ashworth College Career Program

Learning at Ashworth  

The goals and values of Ashworth College; time management; creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule; the nature and purpose of assessments; how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination; developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.

Lesson Group 2―Foundations of Psychology

What Is Psychology? 

Psychology defined; pseudoscience and popular opinion; thinking critically and creatively about psychology; the history of psychology and current viewpoints of psychological science; professional activities of psychologists.

How Psychologists Do Research 

What makes psychological research scientific; methods used to gather information and establish facts; correlational studies and the factors involved; experimentation basics; evaluating the findings; ethics of studying humans and animals.

Genes, Evolution, and Environment 

Relationship between genes and thoughts, feelings, and actions; the genetics of similarity; courtship and mating; the genetics of difference; the origins of human intelligence.

The Brain and Nervous System 

Function of the nervous system; communication in the nervous system; methods used to map the brain; major structures of the brain and their functions; the two hemispheres of the brain; the flexible brain.

Body Rhythms and Mental States 

Biological rhythms; the importance of sleep; explanations and evaluations of dreaming; hypnosis; consciousness-altering drugs; the physiology and psychology of drug effects.

Sensation and Perception 

Differences between the processes of sensation and perception; differences between absolute thresholds, difference thresholds, and signal detection; relationship between selective attention and inattentional blindness; psychological dimensions of vision and hearing; major structures of the human tongue; importance of smelling; basic skin senses; mystery of pain; perceptual powers.

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Program Description

This program provides a foundation in the basic principles of psychology that students can apply to multiple work and life situations to better understand the actions and motivations of others, and to improve their relationships in career and social environments through a better understanding of their personal motivations and actions.

Program Objectives

After completing the Introduction to Psychology program, students will be able to:

  1. Outline the origins and development of psychology as a field of study, describe why psychology is considered a valid field of study, and explain the five major psychological perspectives that inform the field.
  2. Describe psychology as the study of individual and group behavior and explain the role of biology, intelligence, culture, attitudes, social norms, and so on, on this behavior.
  3. Identify the different research methods used by researchers and explain the components, typical experimental conditions and controls, and advantages and disadvantages of each, as well as how to evaluate and communicate findings.
  4. Identify the components of the nervous system, including the structures of the brain, and describe the form and function of chemical messengers in the nervous system, including the relationship among hormones, thoughts, and emotions.
  5. List the major theories of psychology, explain their viewpoints and principles, and describe the work done by the researchers most closely associated with those theories.
  6. Identify methods for assessing psychological disorders and explain the accepted classifications of mental illness.

Set yourself apart

Our online psychology course is not the only way you will stand out from the crowd as an Ashworth College graduate. You will also have full access to our entire range of exclusive Career Tools. That includes personalized career guidance, resume workshops, and one-on-one interview training with our experienced advisors.

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