Enrollment Message:

This introduction to Psychology course aims to answer the question: Why do people act the way they do? In studying human and animal behavior, students will examine topics such as life span development, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, personality theories, biological and environmental influences on behavior, societal influences, stress and its effects, psychological disorders and treatment, and others. This course is designed to introduce students to the science that is psychology and help students better understand themselves and those around them. Prerequisites: None

Course Objectives: Students will:

• understand the development of psychology as a science, along with the research methods and ethical standards used to study it,

• explain the major concepts and theories of psychology, as well as define and use key terms within the discipline,

• gain perspective on what motivates organisms to behave the way they do,

• identify a variety of mental health concerns and gain knowledge of treatments for those conditions,

• learn methods of coping with stress,

• develop critical thinking skills to evaluate the vast amount of “psychology” that is presented in everyday literature,

• be able to apply psychological principles to their own lives,

• build on their reading, writing, and discussion skills.

Course Outline:

"UNIT 1:
Understanding Psychology
1.1 What is Psychology? 1.2 History of Psychology 1.3 Subfields of Psychology 1.4 Research Methods 1.5 Ethics in Research

UNIT 2: BIOPSYCHOLOGY 2.1 The Nervous System 2.2 The Amazing Brain 2.3 The Endocrine System 2.4 Sensation and Perception 2.5 Vision and Audition 2.6 State of Mind 2.7 Sleep and Dreams

UNIT 3: DEVELOPMENT 3.1 Lifespan Development 3.2 Theories of Development 3.3 Prenatal Development and the Newborn 3.4 Infancy and Childhood 3.5 Adolescence 3.6 Adulthood and Aging

UNIT 4: LEARNING AND MEMORY 4.1 Classical Conditioning 4.2 Operand Conditioning 4.3 Observational and Cognitive Learning 4.4 Memory Introduction 4.5 The Memory Process 4.6 Retrieval of Memories

UNIT 5: MOTIVATION AND EMOTION 5.1 Major Motivation Theories 5.2 Cognitive and Cultural Influences 5.3 Emotion Theories 5.4 The Biology of Emotion

UNIT 6: PERSONALITY 6.1 Personality Introduction 6.2 Psychodynamic Theories 6.3 Trait Theories 6.4 Humanistic Theories 6.5 Social Cognitive Theories 6.6 Assessing Personality

UNIT 7: SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY 7.1 Attribution Theory 7.2 Attitudes and Persuasion 7.3 Obedience and Power 7.4 Group Influences 7.5 Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination 7.6 Aggression, Conflict, and Prosocial Behavior 7.7 Interpersonal Relationships

UNIT 8: PSYCHOLOGICAL DISORDERS AND MENTAL HEALTH 8.1 Abnormal Behavior 8.2 Anxiety, Somatoform, Dissociative, and Personality Disorders 8.3 Mood Disorders and Schizophrenia 8.4 Treatment of Psychological Disorders 8.5 Stress and Coping"

Resources Included: All resources are included within the course lessons.

Additional Costs: None

Scoring System: Michigan Virtual does not assign letter grades, grant credit for courses, nor issue transcripts or diplomas. A final score reported as a percentage of total points earned will be sent to students upon completion of a course. Your school mentor is also able to access this score within the Student Learning Portal. Schools may use this score for conversion to their own letter grading system.

Time Commitment: Semester sessions are 18-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1 or more hours per day in the course to be successful. Summer sessions are 10 weeks long: Students must be able to spend a minimum of 2 or more hours per day, or about 90 hours during the summer, for the student to be successful in any course. Trimester sessions are 12-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1.5 or more hours per day in the course to be successful.

Technology Requirements: Please review the Michigan Virtual Technology Requirements:
Students must also have access to YouTube.

Instructor Support System: For technical issues within your course, contact the Customer Care Center by email at or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

Instructor Contact Expectations: Students can use email or the private message system within the Student Learning Portal to access highly qualified teachers when they need instructor assistance. Students will also receive feedback on their work inside the learning management system. The Instructor Info area of their course may describe additional communication options.

Academic Support Available: In addition to access to a highly qualified, Michigan certified teacher, students have access to academic videos and outside resources verified by Michigan Virtual. For technical issues within the course, students can contact the Michigan Virtual Customer Care by email at or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

Required Assessment: Online assessments consist of formative and summative assessments represented by computer-graded multiple choice, instructor-graded writing assignments including hands-on projects, model building and other forms of authentic assessments.

Technical Skills Needed: No special skills are required beyond being able to operate a computer and use word processing software.

Additional Information: N/A


School Level: High School
Standards: American Psychological Association Standards: National Standards for HS Psychology Curricula
NCAA Approved: Yes
Alignment Document: Document
Course Location:
NCES Code: 04254
MDE Endorsement Code: CE - Psychology
MMC Minimum Requirements: EDP/Career Interest Elective

When Offered: _Internal Use Only

Content Provider: Michigan Virtual
Instructor Provider: Michigan Virtual

Course Type: Plus