Skip to 0 minutes and 12 secondsMATTHEW MUNDY: What is the human mind? And how does it function to shape our behaviour, the way we learn, and inform the way we perceive and engage with the world? These are the questions at the heart of psychology. But the well-regarded scientific discipline of psychology that we know today has only been around for 100 years. Hi. I'm Matthew Mundy. And I'm the Director of Education for the School of Psychological Sciences at Monash University in Australia. And I'm the lead educator for the Introduction to Psychology program. In this program, you'll be introduced to the fascinating discipline of psychology. You'll learn about its origins and the scientific pioneers who helped to shape it.

Skip to 0 minutes and 50 secondsYou'll explore key psychological theories on learning, development, perception, and personality. What does it mean for psychology to be considered a science? Scientific inquiry is at the heart of psychology. Being able to effectively carry out research and then communicate your findings are essential skills for psychologists to have. In this program, you'll have the opportunity to hone your skills alongside other learners to apply psychological principles and theories to real-world situations. This program is designed for everyone, regardless of your experience or background. No prior study of psychology is required or expected.

Skip to 1 minute and 26 secondsHowever, if you've already completed a bachelor degree in a discipline other than psychology and you're interested in taking your study of psychology further, you would be able to receive additional benefit from completing this course. This program can give academic credit at Monash. If you successfully complete the courses in this program and if you apply for and are accepted into the Monash University fully-online Graduate Diploma of Psychology, you will receive credit for one of the foundation units in that course. So, if you are interested in psychology and in the study of psychology, this programme is for you.

Skip to 2 minutes and 1 secondIf you're ready to complete a set of courses that prepares you to enter a fully-online course by a school of psychological sciences that is ranked among the best in the world, then I encourage you to join us in this introduction to psychology from Monash University.

Continuing your psychology learning journey at Monash

You’ve completed this course, which is a fantastic achievement.

The great thing about this course is that it’s part of a set of courses that create a for-credit pathway into Monash University’s fully online Graduate Diploma of Psychology (GDP). That means, if you successfully complete the full set of courses and are accepted into the GDP you will receive one unit of academic credit.

Learn more about the program

The Introduction to Psychology program enables you to explore psychology with the option to start a Graduate Diploma in psychology.

There are 6 Courses and 1 Assessment on this program:

Important notice: The last offering of the Program Final Assessment Course commences on the 28th October, 2019. The current Program will conclude with this Final Assessment Course. Other courses in the program will run as scheduled below:

Introduction to Psychology: The History and Science of Psychology 2nd September 2019
Investigate the history and science of psychology while mastering the basic principles of the scientific method.

Introduction to Psychology: Biological Psychology 2nd September, 2019
Understand the link between behaviour and human biology, and learn how genes and the environment influence our behaviour.

Introduction to Psychology: The Psychology of Learning 23rd September, 2019
Explore how new behaviours are learnt by examining different types of psychological conditioning.

Introduction to Psychology: Developmental Psychology 23rd September, 2019
Examine the physical, cognitive and social development we undergo throughout our lives.

Introduction to Psychology: The Psychology of Personality 14th October, 2019
Explore the complex factors and influences that help shape our personality and examine what makes us different, and why.

Introduction to Psychology: Sensation and Perception 14th October, 2019
Learn how our sensory systems work together to help us to perceive and respond to the world around us.

Introduction to Psychology: Final Assessment 28th October, 2019
To be offered a place on this final assessment course, you must have upgraded on, and successfully completed all six courses in the program. This assessment course will enable you to synthesize and apply the knowledge you have gained in the Introduction to Psychology program.

You will receive 1 academic credit for successfully completing this program if you continue your studies through Monash’s accredited online Graduate Diploma in Psychology.

Visit the Introduction to Psychology program page to learn more and register your interest.

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We look forward to learning with you.


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Introduction to Psychology: The History and Science of Psychology

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