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Social ScienceIntroduction to Psychology: Smarter Decisions Through Psychology


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Course description

Why do you think, behave, and make decisions in the way that you do? Psychology is a human and scientific endeavor that uncovers the mysteries of thought and behavior. In this course, you will explore concepts such as learning, motivation, development, emotion, and personality and how you can use that knowledge to make smarter decisions for your future.

Assessments and grading

This is a pass/fail course. You must complete 13 Challenges (formative assessments), 4 Milestones (summative assessments), and 3 Touchstones (project-based or written assessments) with an overall score of 70% or better.

Learning outcomes

<p>At the end of the course, you will be able to:</p> <ul><li>Describe neural structures and processes.</li><li>Describe biological factors that influence behavior and human development.</li><li>Identify factors associated with psychological disorders.</li><li>Compare behavior and cognitive learning.</li><li>Explain how memory functions.</li><li>Compare biological and environmental influences.</li><li>Discuss factors that motivate behavior.</li><li>Discuss factors that influence emotion.</li><li>Discuss factors related to social influence.</li><li>Define the basic brain functions and evidence-based drivers of problem-solving and decision-making.</li><li>Identify principles that hinder your ability to solve problems (lack of sleep, etc.).</li><li>Identify strategies to develop your problem-solving skills.</li><li>Identify ways studying psychology helps develop your self and social awareness skills.</li><li>Discuss psychological research as a means of supporting ideas and opinions.</li><li>Use psychological principles to outline a decision-making process.</li><li>Discuss the decision-making process.</li></ul> <p></p>

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