Online course in Health & Psychology

Introduction to Psychology: The Psychology of Learning

Explore how new behaviours are learnt by examining different types of psychological conditioning.

Introduction to Psychology: The Psychology of Learning

  • Duration 2 weeks
  • Weekly study 6 hours
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This course is part of the Introduction to Psychology program, which will enable you to explore psychology with the option to start a Graduate Diploma in psychology.

Understand the different ways we learn

How do people learn different behaviours? How does biology affect our ability to learn new things?

On this course you will answer these questions and others, exploring the psychology of learning. You will consider the difference between learned and instinctive behaviours and approaches to how we learn - for instance, you’ve probably heard of Pavlov and his dog, an example of classical conditioning. But you’ll also learn about operant conditioning (learning behaviours based on positive or negative consequences), and observational learning (watching other people and imitating their behaviour).

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Skip to 0 minutes and 12 secondsASSOCIATE PROFESSOR MATTHEW E.

Skip to 0 minutes and 12 secondsMUNDY PHD: How do we learn and remember, and what factors can influence our learning? What role does reward and punishment play in shaping our behaviour? Hi. I'm Matthew Mundy, I'm the Director of Education for the School of Psychological Sciences at Monash University in Australia. In this course, you'll explore the psychology of learning. You'll find out about the influence of behaviourism and biological factors within the study of learning. You'll also investigate the basic principles of classical and operant conditioning, and because psychology doesn't operate within a vacuum, you'll have the chance to apply what you know to a real world situation. This introductory course is designed for everyone, regardless of experience or background.

Skip to 0 minutes and 54 secondsHowever, learners who have already completed a bachelor degree in a discipline other than psychology and who are interested in expanding their science and research skills would be able to receive additional benefits from completing this course. No prior study of psychology is required or expected. The great thing about this course is that it's part of a set of courses that creative a for credit pathway into Monash University's fully online Graduate Diploma of Psychology. That means learners who successfully complete the full set of courses and who are accepted into the Graduate Diploma will receive one unit of academic credit.

Skip to 1 minute and 27 secondsSo if you want to learn more about the behaviours, principals, and factors that impact the way we learn, and you are ready to complete a set of courses that can help you enter a fully online course by a school of psychological sciences that's ranked among the best in the world, then I encourage you to join us in this course.

What topics will you cover?

  • What is learning?
  • Classical conditioning
  • Operant conditioning
  • Observational learning

When would you like to start?

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Discuss the term 'learning'.
  • Interpret the influence of behaviourism on the study of learning.
  • Explain the basic principles of classical and operant conditioning.
  • Identify the role of classical and/or operant conditioning in a real-world situation.
  • Explain how biological factors can influence some forms of learning.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in learning psychology.

It will be of particular use to learners who have already completed a Bachelor degree in other disciplines who are interested in expanding their science and research skills.

Complete this course, then the program

This course is part of the Introduction to Psychology Program, based on the first unit of Monash University’s fully online Graduate Diploma of Psychology (GDP).

Learners who successfully complete the seven courses in the Program and who are accepted into the Graduate Diploma of Psychology will receive one unit of academic credit.

Who will you learn with?

Assoc Prof Matthew Mundy

Assoc Prof Matthew Mundy

I am Associate Professor and Director of Education for the School of Psychological Sciences, Monash University, Australia. My research is in the cognitive neuroscience of memory and perception.

Who developed the course?

Monash University is one of Australia’s leading universities, ranked in the world’s top 1% by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. It was established in Melbourne in 1958.

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