Are you interested in human behaviour? Psychology is an exciting area of study that explores why people behave in certain ways and is beneficial across many industries, including health care, social assistance, education, marketing and more.
The Certificate of Psychology is a short online professional development program that will develop your foundation knowledge for a deeper understanding of human behaviour. You will learn about psychological disorders, organisational psychology and social psychology.
In this introductory course in psychology, you will discover the nature and scope of psychology, including the biological and environmental effects on behaviour, personality, consciousness, perception, needs, drives and motivation.
On completion of this course, you will have developed a greater understanding of psychology to complement your current career and a solid foundation on which to base further studies in this fascinating field.
Introduction to Psychology
Unit 1 – The nature and scope of psychology
Human and animal behaviour
But it’s all common sense isn’t it?
Different approaches to the study of human behaviour
Key issues in psychology
Free will versus determinism
Developmental and interactive expressions of behaviour
Applying psychology – questionnaires, interviews and surveys
Designing a questionnaire
Unit 2 – Neurological basis of behaviour
Structures of the nervous system
The central nervous system (CNS)
Other main parts of the brain
The peripheral nervous system (PNS)
Neurona and key terms
Cranial nerves and spinal nerves
The autonomic and somatic nervous systems
How nerves transmit messages
The brain and behaviour
Methods of investigating the brain
Split brain operation
Localisation of function
New research on memory
Unit 3 – Environmental effects on behaviour
Modelling and conformity
Intrinsic and extrinsic reinforcers
Consequences and timing
Problems with punishment
Learning and memory
Three parts of our memory
Memory improvement strategies
Unit 4 – Consciousness and perception
What is consciousness?
The status of consciousness in psychology
The relationship between consciousness and behaviour
Unconscious and subconscious
Altered states of consciousness
Daydreams and sleeping and dreaming
The origin of dreams
The activation-synthesis theory
Chemically altered consciousness
Factors affecting perception
Unit 5 – Personality
Theories of personality
Theoretical approaches to human personality
Social learning approach
The psychoanalytic approach
Freud’s five stages of development (personalities and morality are developed)
The basic concept in Rogers’ theory of personality
Genes and personality
Eysenck’s personality theory
Unit 6 – Psychological development
Nature vs nurture
Environment and development
Development as a sequence of stages
Stages of development
Piaget’s theory of cognitive development
Concrete operational stage
Formal operational stage
Moral development – Kohlberg’s theory of moral development
Post conventional morality
Freud’s psycho-sexual stages theory
Erikson’s psycho-social stages theory
Adult psychological development
Criticisms of stage theories
Unit 7 – Needs, drives and motivation
What motivates human behaviour
The behaviourist drive theory of human motivation
The definition of drive
The psychoanalytical approach to human motivation
Maslow’s theory of human motivation
Complementary and conflicting motives
When you study with Australian Online Courses, you will be assessed using a competency-based training method.
Competency-based training focuses on the achievement of skills and knowledge against set criteria to meet industry-standard and is not benchmarked against other students’ work.
In this course, the assessment will be comprised of written assignments and exercises, which may include short answer questions, reports, essays, research projects and reflective tasks.
If you do not achieve a competency result on your first attempt, you have two more attempts to pass your assessment. So, you have three attempts in total to obtain a competency result.
In this way, you can complete your course in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Course was very interesting. Tutors were great and quick to respond. Thank you
B. Farag, Kincumber, NSW | Certificate of Psychology
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
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Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
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We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
Are there any entry requirements or pre-requisites?
There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites for entry into this program.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 50 hours. Twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
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Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.