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Diploma in Psychology

  • Description
  • Outcome
  • Certification
  • Alison's free online Diploma in Psychology is an engaging course, and is packed with features to help you understand and evaluate classic and contemporary psychology. These online psychology courses are ideal for those who want to gain comprehensive understanding of the main elements of psychology, and will be of great benefit to students in their career progression.

    Topics covered include classical conditioning, learning theory, the biological basis of behavior, visual perceptions, memory, and cognition.

    The Research Methodology section allows you to cast a critical eye on the research process, to explore the nature of psychology as an evolving science, and understand some of the ethical issues faced by psychologists.

  • Upon completion of these online psychology courses, you will have an understanding of classical conditioning terms, ethical issues and more. It will teach you operant conditioning such as practice, punishment and learning aspects. You will have knowledge of psychology of attention such as visual perception, visual illusions, memory, sensory and different theories. This course will help you understand the research methods in psychology, including aspects such as ethical considerations, professional conduct, negative correlation, scatter diagram, strength of correlation when measuring a relationship between variables, placebo effect, random and stratified sampling. This course will be extremely beneficial when learning how to write references from journals, books, the internet and CD-ROMS.

  • All Alison courses are free to study. To successfully complete a course you must score 80% or higher in each course assessments. Upon successful completion of a course, you can choose to make your achievement formal by purchasing an official Alison Diploma, Certificate or PDF.

    Having an official Alison document is a great way to share your success. Plus it’s:

    • Ideal for including in CVs, job applications and portfolios
    • An indication of your ability to learn and achieve high results
    • An incentive to continue to empower yourself through learning
    • A tangible way of supporting the Alison mission to empower people everywhere through education.

Diploma in Psychology
  • Free

  • 6-10 Hours

  • XSIQ

  • Assessment

  • Certification

  • 250 Pts

Modules List( 16 )
  • Section One - Biology and Behaviour
  • Module
    1
    Classical conditioning
    • Classical conditioning This course covers classical conditioning, also known as respondent or Pavlovian conditioning. The Contents tab displays all the lessons and topics of the course. Each time you click the Contents tab, you will come to this page. A green tick indicates those lessons and topics you have completed, so you can easily see your progress.
    • Classical (respondent or Pavlovian) conditioning
    • Ethical issues in conditioning human behaviour
    • Key terms in classical conditioning
    • The main elements in classical conditioning
  • Module
    2
    Operant conditioning
    • Operant conditioning This course covers topics in operant conditioning such as learning, punishment, and operant conditioning in practice. The Contents tab displays all the lessons and topics of the course. Each time you click the Contents tab, you will come to this page. A green tick indicates those lessons and topics you have completed, so you can easily see your progress.
    • Operant (instrumental) conditioning
    • Learning: schedules of reinforcement
    • Punishment (including negative effects of punishment) and ways to maximise effectiveness
    • Elements in operant conditioning
    • Operant conditioning in practice
    • Comparison of classical conditioning and operant conditioning
  • Module
    3
    Learning theory
    • Learning theory This course covers empirical research in psychology and how to write references from journals, books, the Internet, and CD-ROMS. The Contents tab displays all the lessons and topics of the course. Each time you click the Contents tab, you will come to this page. A green tick indicates those lessons and topics you have completed, so you can easily see your progress.
    • Introduction to learning theory
    • Learning by insight
    • Learning set
  • Module
    4
    States of consciousness
    • States of consciousness This course covers topics related to states of consciousness such as waking consciousness, sleep, dreams, and sleep deprivation. The Contents tab displays all the lessons and topics of the course. Each time you click the Contents tab, you will come to this page. A green tick indicates those lessons and topics you have completed, so you can easily see your progress.
    • Altered States of Consciousness: Measurement of Physiological Responses
    • Altered States of Consciousness: Measurement of Heart Rate
    • The ways to study sleep
    • As sleep progresses
    • Characteristics and patterns of stages of sleep
    • Stages of sleep one to four
    • Effects of sleep deprivation
    • Sleep disorders
    • Types of dreams
    • States of consciousness
    • Definition of consciousness
    • Streams of consciousness
    • Characteristics of normal waking consciousness
    • High level and lower level awareness
    • Controlled Processes
    • Automatic Processes
    • Daydreaming
    • Common characteristics of altered states of consciousness
    • Disturbed time sense
    • Description of pain
    • Purpose of sleep
  • Module
    5
    The biological basis for behaviour
    • The biological basis for behaviour This course covers topics related to anatomy and function of the nervous system such as the cerebral hemispheres, the spinal cord, somatic and automatic nervous systems, and the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. The Contents tab displays all the lessons and topics of the course. Each time you click the Contents tab, you will come to this page. A green tick indicates those lessons and topics you have completed, so you can easily see your progress.
    • Biological bases of behaviour
    • The structure of the cerebral cortex
    • Cerebral hemispheres: corpus callosum
    • Cerebral hemispheres: the functions of the four lobes
    • Cerebral hemispheres: parietal lobe
    • Cerebral hemispheres: occipital lobe
    • Temporal Lobe
    • Hemispheric specialisation - 1
    • Hemispheric specialisation - 2
    • Functions of the spinal cord
    • Distinction between sensory and motor neuron activity
    • Somatic and automatic nervous system
    • Sympathetic and parasympathetic divisions
  • Module
    6
    Stress
    • Stress This course covers physiological and psychological affects of prolonged exposure to arousal states such as stress. The Contents tab displays all the lessons and topics of the course. Each time you click the Contents tab, you will come to this page. A green tick indicates those lessons and topics you have completed, so you can easily see your progress.
    • Physiological and psychological effects of prolonged or intense arousal
    • The relationship between stress and disease
  • Psychology of Attention View Resource
  • Section Two - Memory and Cognition
  • Module
    7
    Visual perception
    • Visual perception This course covers topics in visual perception such as how light is focused on the retina, factors that affect visual perception, depth perception, and monocular and binocular depth perception. The Contents tab displays all the lessons and topics of the course. Each time you click the Contents tab, you will come to this page. A green tick indicates those lessons and topics you have completed, so you can easily see your progress.
    • Visual perception
    • The Way in Which Light is Detected and Focused on the Retina
    • Rods
    • Psychological factors
    • Factors that affect visual perception
    • Gestalt Principles
    • Depth perception
    • Binocular depth cue
    • Monocular depth cues
    • Visual constancies
    • Alcohol
    • Old age
    • Old age continued
  • Module
    8
    Visual Illusions
    • Visual Illusions This course covers topics related to visual illusion such as the Muller-Lyer illusion, the Moon illusion, and the Ames room. The Contents tab displays all the lessons and topics of the course. Each time you click the Contents tab, you will come to this page. A green tick indicates those lessons and topics you have completed, so you can easily see your progress.
    • Fallibility of perception as demonstrated by visual illusions
    • Muller-Lyer illusion
    • Ames-room
    • Ponzo
    • Moon illusion
  • Module
    9
    Enhancing retrieval and memory
    • Enhancing retrieval and memory This course covers topics associated with memory such as mnemonics, acronyms, acrostics, narrative chaining, and the peg word method. The Contents tab displays all the lessons and topics of the course. Each time you click the Contents tab, you will come to this page. A green tick indicates those lessons and topics you have completed, so you can easily see your progress.
    • Mnemonic devices which use imagery, rehearsal or association
    • Memory: method of loci
    • Memory: peg word method
    • Memory: narrative chaining
    • Memory: acrostics
    • Memory: acronyms
  • Module
    10
    Memory
    • Memory This course covers aspects of memory such as encoding, storage, and retrieval, and how to measure retention. The Contents tab displays all the lessons and topics of the course. Each time you click the Contents tab, you will come to this page. A green tick indicates those lessons and topics you have completed, so you can easily see your progress.
    • Memory
    • Memory: encoding, storage and retrieval
    • Measures of retention: recall, recognition, relearning
  • Module
    11
    Memory revision crossword
    • Memory revision crossword This course is an interactive game to revise the topic of memory . The Contents tab displays all the lessons and topics of the course. Each time you click the Contents tab, you will come to this page. A green tick indicates those lessons and topics you have completed, so you can easily see your progress.
    • Memory and rhymes
  • Module
    12
    Sensory, short term and long term memory
    • Sensory, short term and long term memory This course covers topics in memory such as sensory, short-term and long-term memory, the semantic netwrok theory, the serial position effect, and maintenance and elaborative rehearsal. The Contents tab displays all the lessons and topics of the course. Each time you click the Contents tab, you will come to this page. A green tick indicates those lessons and topics you have completed, so you can easily see your progress.
    • The relationship between and properties of sensory memory, short-term memory and long term memory
    • Memory: maintenance and elaborative rehearsal
    • Memory: the semantic network theory
    • Memory: the serial position effect
  • Module
    13
    Theories on forgetting
    • Theories on forgetting This course covers topics associated with forgetting such as Ebbinghaus and the Forgetting curve, amnesia and Alzheimer's disease. The Contents tab displays all the lessons and topics of the course. Each time you click the Contents tab, you will come to this page. A green tick indicates those lessons and topics you have completed, so you can easily see your progress.
    • Memory: Ebbinghaus and the forgetting curve
    • Organic causes of forgetting
  • Psychology of the Brain View Resource
  • Section Three - Research Methodology
  • Module
    14
    Research methods in Psychology
    • Research methods in Psychology This course covers topics associated with research methods such as participant selection and allocation, the placebo effect, controlof extraneous variables, hyoptheses, inferring from data, correlation, and consent procedures. The Contents tab displays all the lessons and topics of the course. Each time you click the Contents tab, you will come to this page. A green tick indicates those lessons and topics you have completed, so you can easily see your progress.
    • Research methods in Psychology
    • Participant selection: random and stratified sampling
    • Participation allocation: control and experimental groups
    • Placebo effect and experimenter effect: single-blind and double-blind procedure
    • Ways to minimise the effects of extraneous variables; a brief overview of three experimental designs
    • Definition of operational hypothesis
    • Inferring from data; meaning of statistical significance; interpretation of p values
    • Research methods in psychology: appropriateness of conclusions and generalisations based on results obtained
    • Measures of relationship: correlation and strength of correlation
    • Research methods in psychology: scatter diagram
    • Positive correlation
    • Negative correlation
    • Patricipants' rights
    • Psychology and informed consent procedures
    • Psychology and debriefing
    • Research methods in psychology: professional conduct
    • An overview of ethical considerations
  • Module
    15
    Empirical research
    • Empirical research This course covers empirical research in psychology and how to write references from journals, books, the Internet, and CD-ROMS. The Contents tab displays all the lessons and topics of the course. Each time you click the Contents tab, you will come to this page. A green tick indicates those lessons and topics you have completed, so you can easily see your progress.
    • A guide to writing each section of an empirical research activity
    • References
    • References obtained from secondary sources
    • Referencing books
    • Referencing journals
    • Referencing internet web sites
    • Referencing CD-ROMs
  • Conduct and Ethics in Psychology View Resource
  • Research Process and Methods in Psychology View Resource
  • End of Course Assessment
  • Assessment
    • Assessment Score 80% or more in your assessment and you can obtain a Diploma parchment for this course.
    • Diploma in Psychology Assessment
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