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Introductory Psychology

Introductory Psychology

4 weeks / 6 hours per week

About This Course

It covers the fundamentals of the subject taught during one semester of a college-level psychology class. Our goal as creators of this course is to prepare you to pass the College Board's CLEP examination and obtain college credit for free.

Through the guidance of Dr. David Sitt, from Baruch College, this course will cover basic facts, concepts and generally accepted principles in history, approaches and methods of psychology; biological bases of behavior, sensation and perception; states of consciousness; learning; cognition; motivation and emotion; personality; psychological disorders and treatment; social psychology; and statistics, tests and measurements.

“Introductory Psychology” is a completely self-paced course. It has no prerequisites and it is offered entirely for free.

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How is this course organized?

This course is organized in thirteen modules that contain short video lessons, readings, exercises and other resources.

All of the course material has been released at once so you can complete it anytime.

What do I need to pass the CLEP exam?

You need to demonstrate knowledge of terminology, principles, and theory on Psychology as well as an ability to comprehend, evaluate, and analyze problem situations.

The examination contains approximately 95 questions to be answered in 90 minutes. The questions on this exam adhere to the terminology, criteria, and classifications referred to in the fifth edition of the "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders" (DSM-5). Please examine our syllabus.

How does this course differ from other CLEP textbooks and traditional courses?

This online course includes a carefully structured series of video lectures, readings and exercises taught by a top quality university professor.




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CLEP Program   

Modern States Education Alliance   

Introduce Yourself

1. History, Approaches, Methods

1.0 History, Approaches, Methods   

1.1 History of psychology   

1.2 Approaches: biological, behavioral, cognitive, humanistic, psychodynamic   

1.3 Research methods: experimental, clinical, correlational   

1.4 Ethics in research   

Check for Understanding

2. Biological Bases of Behavior

2.0 Biological Bases of Behavior   

2.1 Endocrine system   

2.2 Etiology   

2.3 Functional organization of the nervous system   

2.4 Genetics   

2.5 Neuroanatomy   

2.6 Physiological techniques   

Check for Understanding

3. Sensation and Perception

3.0 Sensation and Perception   

3.1 Attention   

3.2 Other senses: somesthesis, olfaction, gustation, vestibular system   

3.3 Perceptual development   

3.4 Perceptual processes   

3.5 Receptor processes: vision, audition   

Check for Understanding

4. States of Consciousness

4.0 States of Consciousness   

4.1 Sleeping and dreaming   

4.2 Hypnosis and meditation   

4.3. Psychoactive drug effects   

Check for Understanding

5. Learning

5.0 Learning   

5.1 Biological bases   

5.2 Classical conditioning   

5.3 Cognitive process in learning   

5.4 Observational learning   

5.5 Operant conditioning   

Check for Understanding

6. Cognition

6.0 Cognition   

6.1 Intelligence and creativity   

6.2 Language   

6.3 Memory   

6.4 Thinking and problem solving   

Check for Understanding

7. Motivation and Emotion

7.0 Motivation and Emotion   

7.1 Theories of emotion   

7.2 Theories of motivation   

7.3 Biological bases of Hunger, Thirst, Sex, Pain   

7.4 Social motivation   

Check for Understanding

8. Developmental Psychology

8.0 Developmental Psychology   

8.1 Research methods: longitudinal, cross-sectional   

8.2 Theories of development   

8.3 Dimensions of development: physical, cognitive, social, moral   

8.4 Gender identity and sex roles   

8.5 Heredity-environment issues   

Check for Understanding

9. Personality

9.0 Personality   

9.1 Assessment techniques   

9.2 Growth and adjustment   

9.3 Personality theories and approaches   

9.4 Self-concept, self-esteem   

9.5 Research methods: idiographic, nomothetic   

Check for Understanding

10. Psychological disorders and health

10.0 Psychological disorders and health   

10.1 Background and DSM-V   

10.2 Affective disorders   

10.3 Anxiety disorders   

10.4 Somatoform disorders   

10.5 Dissociative disorder   

10.6 Psychoses   

10.7 Personality disorders   

10.8 Theories of psychopathology   

10.9 Health, stress and coping   

Check for Understanding

11. Treatment of psychological disorders

11.0 Treatment of psychological disorders   

11.1 Insight therapies: psychodynamic and humanistic approaches   

11.2 Biological and drug therapies   

11.3 Behavioral therapies   

11.4 Cognitive therapies   

11.5 Community and preventative approaches   

Check for Understanding

12. Social Psychology

12.1 Attribution processes   

12.2 Attitudes and attitude change   

12.3 Interpersonal perception   

12.4 Aggression/antisocial behavior and Altruism/Prosocial behavior   

12.5 Conformity, compliance, obedience   

Check for Understanding

13. Statistics, Tests, and Measurement

13.0 Statistics, Tests, and Measurement   

13.1 Descriptive and Inferential Statistics; Samples, populations, norms   

13.2. Reliability and validity   

13.3. Measurement of intelligence   

13.4. Types of tests   

Check for Understanding

Sample CLEP Questions

Questions 1 - 15

Questions 16 - 30

Questions 31 - 45

Questions 46 - 60

Final Steps

Prof. David Sitt's Recommendation   

Register for the CLEP Exam   

Test Preparation Tips   

How Your Score Is Computed

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