Free 4-week Online Course– Foundations of Psychology (IntroPsy)


Click on the image above to enroll. This course is free of charge.

Classes start tomorrow 11.18.2013.  Classes end 12.15.2013.  Graduates receive a certificate of completion.

What’s it about?

One of the reasons we want to understand human nature is so we can help people with psychological disorders. This course lays a foundation for understandings and further study in psychology.

You will learn how psychologists go about conceptualising and studying human nature, and how the brain works to produce thoughts, emotions and complex behaviour. We’ll also look closely at how psychologists approach the diagnosis and treatment of the ‘common colds’ of psychopathology – anxiety and mood disorders.

What will I learn?

  • What psychology is essentially about
  • The basic philosophical and conceptual foundations of psychology, such as:
    • The mind-body issue
    • The biopsychosocial perspective
  • The structure and functions of neurones, the smallest functional element of the nervous system, and how they communicate with each other
  • The broad structural and functional organisation of the nervous system as a whole, and the important features which allow for complex behaviours to occur in humans
  • The general approach that psychologists take to understand abnormal behaviour, including:
    • How they classify mental disorders
    • The essential diagnostic approach
  • The basic processes involved in experiencing and then coping with stress, and what happens when our coping strategies fail
  • What anxiety and mood disorders are, including:
    • The various subtypes
    • Their general prevalence (epidemiology)
    • How they are diagnosed and treated

This course requires approximately 2 – 4 hours of study per week, but can vary depending on the student. This includes watching videos, and taking quizzes and assessments.

If you pass this course you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement. While this certificate isn’t a formal qualification or credit, you can use it to demonstrate your interest in learning about this area to potential employers or educational institutions.

Who’s the instructor?

Andrew Francis

Andrew is an academic and practicing psychologist (and medical herbalist) with more than 25 years of experience in the field. He is Associate Professor in Psychology at RMIT University, in the School of Health Sciences.

His approach to psychology is integrative and holistic, with teaching and research interests primarily in the sub-disciplines of Behavioural Neuroscience and Psychopathology. Specific interests and current projects include drug use behaviour, mental health and wellness, sleep and shift-work, complementary-alternative medicine, nature experience and wellness, spirituality, resilience and health.

What’s involved?

Module 1-Beginning with psychology
8 videos, 6 quizzes, 1 assessment
18 Nov – 24 Nov
Module 2-The biological framework for human behavior
9 videos, 8 quizzes, 1 assessment
25 Nov -1 Dec
Module 3-Understanding and Diagnosing Psychopathology
8 videos, 7 quizzes, 1 assessment
2 Dec – 8 Dec
Module 4-Depression and Anxiety Disorders
10 videos, 9 quizzes, 1 assessment
9 Dec – 15 Dec
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