Introductory Psychology


Lead Faculty:

Affiliation: Herkimer County Community College

Course Overview

This course is taught at Herkimer County Community College, using Open Educational Resources (OER) curated by Herkimer faculty William Pelz, and supported by Open SUNY Textbooks.

This course is designed to provide an engaging introduction to the essential topics in psychology, including perception, emotion, learning, child development, personality, psychopathology and social interaction. Students will explore how such knowledge relates to debates about nature versus nurture, free will, and consciousness. Students are also exposed to the historical development of the biological, evolutionary, cognitive and psychoanalytic theoretical perspectives, with a focus on the importance of scientific methods and the principles of research design, throughout this course.




Course Information

  • Introduction
  • Crash Course Videos
  • Coffee House Chat
  • Student Contributed Content
  • Bulletin Board
  • Course Schedule
  • Your Textbook is an Open Educational Resource (OER)
  • Course Syllabus
  • Detailed Instructions and Grading Rubrics

Module 1: Introduction to Psychology / Psychological Research / Biopsychology

  • Learning Activities
  • Internet Assignments
    • Internet Resource Review 1
    • Internet Resource Discussion
  • Textbook Assignments
    • PowerPoints
    • Chapter 1 Discussion Forum
    • Chapter 2 Discussion Forum
    • Chapter 3 Discussion Forum
  • Knowledge Audit
    • Research Methods Quiz
    • Exam 1
    • Blog 1
  • Talk with the Professor

 

Module 2: State of Consciousness / Sensation and Perception / Learning

  • Learning Activities
  • Internet Assignments
    • Internet Resource Review 2
    • Internet Resource Discussion
  • Textbook Assignments
    • PowerPoints
    • Chapter 4 Discussion Forum
    • Chapter 5 Discussion Forum
    • Chapter 6 Discussion Forum
  • Knowledge Audit
    • Exam 2
    • Blog 2
  • Talk with the Professor

Module 3: Thinking and Intelligence / Memory / Lifespan Development

  • Learning Activities
  • Internet Assignments
    • Internet Resource Review 3
    • Internet Resource Discussion
  • Textbook Assignments
    • PowerPoints
    • Chapter 7 Discussion Forum
    • Chapter 8 Discussion Forum
    • Chapter 9 Discussion Forum
  • Knowledge Audit
    • Exam 3
    • Blog 3
  • Talk with the Professor

Module 4: Emotion and Motivation / Personality / Stress Lifestyle and Health

  • Learning Activities
  • Internet Assignments
    • Internet Resource Review 4
    • Internet Resource Discussion
  • Textbook Assignments
    • PowerPoints
    • Chapter 10 Discussion Forum
    • Chapter 11 Discussion Forum
    • Chapter 12 Discussion Forum
  • Knowledge Audit
    • Exam 4
    • Blog 4
  • Talk to the Professor

Module 5: Psychological Disorders / Therapy and Treatment / Social Psychology

  • Learning Activities
  • Internet Assignments
    • Internet Resource Review 5
    • Internet Resource Discussion
  • Textbook Assignments
    • PowerPoints
    • Chapter 13 Discussion Forum
    • Chapter 14 Discussion Forum
    • Chapter 15 Discussion Forum
  • Knowledge Audit
    • Exam 5
    • Blog 5
  • Talk to the Professor

Culminating Activities

  • Rate your Professor
  • Course Survey