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Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 1310)


 

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Introduction to Psychology: Free ETSU Online Course

An introduction to the basic concepts, principles, and theories of the science of psychology. Topics included are biological and developmental processes, perception and awareness, learning and thinking, motivation and emotion, personality and individuality, adjustment and mental health, and social behavior.

This free, online college class is an introduction to the basic concepts, principles, and theories of the science of psychology. Topics included are biological and developmental processes, perception and awareness, learning and thinking, motivation and emotion, personality and individuality, adjustment and mental health, and social behavior.

Download the Intro to Psychology open course syllabus (PDF).

What will I get out of this free college course?

At the conclusion of this course, students will have a basic understanding and be able to competently discuss:

  • the differences between biological, cognitive, developmental, and social components of psychology;
  • the major theoretical and historical contributions to psychology;
  • the scientific method, basic research design concepts, and basic statistics;
  • the brain, nervous system, and the endocrine system;
  • major theories of development, including organismic versus environmental influences;
  • basic learning/conditioning principles, cognitive processes/biases, memory, and intelligence;
  • major theories of personality and their empirical support;
  • the influence of others on us as individuals (and vice versa) and group information processing;
  • broad groups of psychopathology, the distinction between psychologists and other mental health professionals and, treatment approaches for psychological disorders.
  • students completing the course will receive a certificate of completion
  • the optional path to college credit provides the opportunity to receive credit that counts toward a degree for a cost less than 1/3 of regular, in-state tuition.


About the Online Course Instructor:

Dr. Chris S. Dula Photo

Chris S. Dula, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Department of Psychology | East Tennessee State University

Dr. Chris S. Dula has a passion for teaching Introductory Psychology (Intro Psych) courses, and for teaching in general. He’s a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor of Psychology at East Tennessee State University (ETSU), and he holds adjunct faculty status in the Department of Family Medicine of the ETSU Quillen College of Medicine.

At ETSU, Dr. Dula received the inaugural 2008-2010 Hayward Memorial Department of Psychology Faculty of Excellence Endowment Award. He has also received: the inaugural 2010 ETSU Student Choice Award for Teacher in the College of Arts & Sciences; the 2011 ETSU College of Arts & Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award; the 2011 ETSU Award for Distinguished Achievement in Teaching; and, the 2012 Excellence in Teaching Award for the ETSU Chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success. Additionally, he was also named a 2011-2012 Top-25 University Professor on mtvU’s RateMyProfessors.com.

His academic career began with his obtaining an Associate’s Degree from Central Piedmont Community College, in 1994. He then got his Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Philosophy, respectively, from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, in 1996. He received a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Appalachian State University in 2000, and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Virginia Tech in 2003. And in 2004, he completed a one-year postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Memphis.

On arriving at ETSU in fall of 2004, he established the Applied Psychology Laboratory where students engage in a variety of research projects. His students have given over 250 presentations at professional conferences ranging from local to national in scope, and many won awards for their work. He has chaired several undergraduate honors theses and been a committee member for others. And, as of this date, he’s chaired well over a dozen graduate student committees which include thesis, capstone, preliminary examination, and dissertation projects; and has been a committee member for several dozen other such projects. He is the current faculty advisor for the ETSU chapter of Psi Chi (International Honors Society in Psychology) and To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA), a group which aims to connect people suffering from depression, substance abuse, and/or suicidal ideation, with professional help and social support systems.

You can connect with him via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/chris.dula.94 or Twitter at https://twitter.com/kryssdula (@kryssdula) or email him at You can find additional information, including his curriculum vita, at: http://faculty.etsu.edu/dulac/