Course Description:

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.

Course Details:

Course Title (District): Psychology
Course Title (NCES SCED) : Psychology
Course Provider : Michigan Virtual
Content Provided By : Michigan Virtual
Online Instructor Provided By : Michigan Virtual
Standards Addressed : Common Core State Standards, National Collegiate Athletic Association
Alignment Document :
Academic Terms : Accelerated, Semester, Trimester
Subject Area : Social Sciences and History
Course Identifier : Psychology
Course Level : High School (Secondary)
Available Credit : 0.5
Sequence : 1 of 1

How To Enroll:

Enrollment Website :
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Phone : (888) 889-2840

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Additional Course Information:

Additional Cost: $0.0

Additional Cost Description: NA

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

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Academic Content Standards and Assessments Rating Comments
The goals and objectives clearly state what the participants will know or be able to do at the end of the course. The goals and objectives are measurable in multiple ways. Fully Met
The course content and assignments are aligned with the state’s content standards, Common Core curriculum, or other accepted content standards set for Advanced Placement® courses, technology, computer science, or other courses whose content is not included in the state standards. Fully Met
The course content and assignments are of sufficient rigor, depth and breadth to teach the standards being addressed. Fully Met
Information literacy and communication skills are incorporated and taught as an integral part of the curriculum. Fully Met
Multiple learning resources and materials to increase student success are available to students before the course begins. Fully Met
Course Overview and Introduction Rating Comments
Clear, complete course overview and syllabus are included in the course. Fully Met
Course requirements are consistent with course goals, are representative of the scope of the course and are clearly stated. Fully Met
Information is provided to students, parents and mentors on how to communicate with the online instructor and course provider. Fully Met
Legal and Acceptable Use Policies Rating Comments
The course reflects multi-cultural education, and the content is accurate, current and free of bias or advertising. Partially Met The textbook link led to a site with ads.
Expectations for academic integrity, use of copyrighted materials, plagiarism and netiquette (Internet etiquette) regarding lesson activities, discussions, and e-mail communications are clearly stated. Fully Met
Privacy policies are clearly stated. Fully Met
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Online instructor resources and notes are included. Partially Met Instructor notes not included.
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The course is updated periodically to ensure that the content is current. Fully Met
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Course instructors, whether faceto-face or virtual, are certificated and “highly qualified.” The online course teacher possesses a teaching credential from a state-licensing agency and is “highly qualified” as defined under ESEA. Fully Met
Instructor and Student Support Rating Comments
Professional development about the online course delivery system is offered by the provider to assure effective use of the courseware and various instructional media available. Fully Met
The course provider offers technical support and course management assistance to students, the course instructor, and the school coordinator. Fully Met
Course instructors, whether face-to-face or virtual, have been provided professional development in the behavioral, social, and when necessary, emotional, aspects of the learning environment. Fully Met
Course instructors, whether face-to-face or virtual, receive instructor professional development, which includes the support and use of a variety of communication modes to stimulate student engagement online. Fully Met
The provider assures that course instructors, whether face-to-face or virtual, are provided support, as needed, to ensure their effectiveness and success in meeting the needs of online students. Fully Met
Students are offered an orientation for taking an online course before starting the coursework. Fully Met
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Course design reflects a clear understanding of all students’ needs and incorporates varied ways to learn and master the curriculum. Fully Met
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The course is organized by units and lessons that fall into a logical sequence. Each unit and lesson includes an overview describing objectives, activities, assignments, assessments, and resources to provide multiple learning opportunities for students to master the content. Fully Met
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The course instruction includes activities that engage students in active learning. Fully Met The games are really fun!
The course and course instructor provide students with multiple learning paths, based on student needs that engage students in a variety of ways. Fully Met There are readings and videos.
The course provides opportunities for students to engage in higher-order thinking, critical reasoning activities and thinking in increasingly complex ways. Fully Met
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Readability levels, written language assignments and mathematical requirements are appropriate for the course content and grade-level expectations. Fully Met
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The course design provides opportunities for appropriate instructor-student interaction, including opportunities for timely and frequent feedback about student progress. Fully Met
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Students have access to resources that enrich the course content. Fully Met
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Ongoing, varied, and frequent assessments are conducted throughout the course to inform instruction. Fully Met
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Assessment materials provide the instructor with the flexibility to assess students in a variety of ways. Fully Met
Grading rubrics are provided to the instructor and may be shared with students. Fully Met Rubrics for projects are present.
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Clear and consistent navigation is present throughout the course. Fully Met This course is very easy to navigate.
Rich media are provided in multiple formats for ease of use and access in order to address diverse student needs. Fully Met
Technology Requirements and Interoperability Rating Comments
All technology requirements (including hardware, browser, software, etc...) are specified. Fully Met
Prerequisite skills in the use of technology are identified. Fully Met
The course uses content-specific tools and software appropriately. Fully Met
The course is designed to meet internationally recognized interoperability standards. Fully Met
Copyright and licensing status, including permission to share where applicable, is clearly stated and easily found. Fully Met
Accessibility Rating Comments
Course materials and activities are designed to provide appropriate access to all students. The course, developed with universal design principles in mind, conforms to the U.S. Section 504 and Section 508 provisions for electronic and information technology as well as the W3C’s Web Content Accessibility guidelines (WCAg 2.0). Fully Met
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Student information remains confidential, as required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Fully Met

Review Conducted By: Michigan Virtual
Date of Review: 07/10/2014


  • 1.1 What is Psychology?

  • 1.2 History of Psychology

  • 1.3 Subfields of Psychology

  • 1.4 Research Methods

  • 1.5 Ethics in Research

    • 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


    • 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


      • 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


      • 5.1 Major Motivation Theories

      • 5.2 Cognitive and Cultural Influences

      • 5.3 Emotion Theories

      • 5.4 The Biology of Emotion


      • 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


      • 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


      • 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
      Term Type Enrollment Opens Enrollment Ends Random Draw Date Enrollment Drop Date Course Starts Course Ends # of Seats Course Fee Potential Additional Costs
      Drop Policy Completion Policy Term Type Enrollment Opens Enrollment Ends
      Students can use email or private message system within the course to access highly qualified teachers when they need instructor assistance.
      School Year Enrollment Count Pass Count Completion Rate Notes
      14-15 109 72 66.06% Enrollment data includes all enrollments (21f and non-21f) for the 2014-15 school year.
      15-16 384 319 83.07% None
      16-17 326 273 83.74% Enrollment data include all enrollments (21f and non-21f) for the 2016-17 school year.
      17-18 332 277 83.43% Enrollment data includes all enrollments (21f and non-21f) for the 2017-18 school year.
      18-19 361 306 84.76%
      19-20 366 262 71.58%