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Open2Study: Foundations of Psychology

 with  Andrew Francis

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.

Where could this lead me?

If you're wondering what your future could look like in this area, here are some potential careers you could head towards.

  • Social worker

Syllabus

MODULE 1: BEGINNING WITH PSYCHOLOGY
   
MODULE 2: THE BIOLOGICAL FRAMEWORK FOR HUMAN BEHAVIOUR
   
MODULE 3: UNDERSTANDING AND DIAGNOSING PSYCHOPATHOLOGY
   
MODULE 4: DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY DISORDERS
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Cost Free Online Course
Pace Upcoming
Subject Psychology
Institution RMIT University
Provider Open2Study
Language English
Calendar 4 weeks long
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Angela Leong completed this course, spending 10 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.
An interesting course, well presented, clear explanation with good examples, good for beginners, adequate amount of content per topic. it provides area of inspiration and thinking in topic.
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