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?
How Psychologists Do Research
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.
Genes, Evolution, and Environment
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.
The Brain and Nervous System
Relationship between genes and thoughts, feelings, and actions; the genetics of similarity; courtship and mating; the genetics of difference; the origins of human intelligence.
Body Rhythms and Mental States
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.
Sensation and Perception
Biological rhythms; the importance of sleep; explanations and evaluations of dreaming; hypnosis; consciousness-altering drugs; the physiology and psychology of drug effects.
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.
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.
After completing the Introduction to Psychology program, students will be able to:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Identify methods for assessing psychological disorders and explain the accepted classifications of mental illness.
Focus on career opportunities
Ashworth College API Program Name Career Diploma program help you develop the confidence you need to reach for your career goals because we integrate job search prep into your studies. With the online tools at the Ashworth EDGE, you’ll get step-by-step guidance as you create polished, professional resumes and letters. After you graduate, you’ll keep your Ashworth EDGE account so you can revisit the tools any time you need to make a good impression on a potential employer. Learn more about it at the Career Services page.