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Online · School of Behavioral Sciences · Psychology

General Psychology

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 09/29/2022

Course Description

Introduction to Psychology is a scientific discipline concerned with the study of behavior. Consideration will be given to such topics as human development, motivation, emotion, perception, learning, personality, intelligence, measurement and applied areas.


For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


This course is a survey of the many different areas covered within the field of psychology. It introduces students to the way psychology affects them as a person as well as its ability to help us understand, predict, and control behavior for the betterment of people. It is offered as a general education course in light of its impact on our society through the research that is being conducted and the theories that are presented.

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    1. Describe the major concepts in psychology.
    2. Analyze problems related to behavior and mental processes.
    3. Evaluate psychological phenomena from a biblical perspective.
    4. Apply psychological theory to everyday life.

General Education Foundational Skill Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. SSI 1: Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of science on the world in which we live.
  2. SSI 2: Demonstrate a biblical understanding of human behavior within various social structures.
  3. SSI 3: Apply solutions for a social and/or scientific question experienced in nature or society.

Course Resources

Click on the following link to view the required resource(s) for the term in which you are registered: Liberty University Online Bookstore.

Additional Materials for Learning

  1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
  2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
  3. Canvas Recommended Browsers
  4. Microsoft Word
  5. Online Writing Center
  6. APA Academic Writer

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Biblical Worldview Indicator Report Assignment

The student will complete and submit the Biblical Worldview Indicator (BWVI) assessment in Module 1: Week 1 and upload a copy. The assessment will be taken again in Module 7: Week 7, which will be used to complete Essay: Worldview and Psychology Assignment. (CLOs: A, B, C, D; This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: Social and Scientific Inquiry 2.)

Essay Assignments (6)

The student is required to write an essay using a provided prompt. Each essay must be at least 400 words, be in current APA format, and cite the course text. (CLOs: A, B, C, D; This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: Social and Scientific Inquiry 1, 2, 3.)

Quizzes (9)

Quiz: Research Overview
This quiz will assess the student's understanding of basic concepts related to research, theories, and worldview. The student will have 30 minutes to answer 10 questions (true and false or multiple choice). You may consult the Research Overview Presentation at any time during the quiz. (CLO: C). This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: Social and Scientific Inquiry 1, 3.

Quizzes (8)
The student will complete 8 quizzes. Each quiz will have a 1-hour time limit to answer 35 multiple-choice questions. Quizzes are open-book/open-notes. Students are allowed one retake of each quiz (taken within the Module: Week it is assigned). When a student retakes a quiz, the highest score will be retained. (CLOs: A, B, D; This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: Social and Scientific Inquiry 1, 2, 3.)

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist


Quiz: Research Overview


Biblical Worldview Indicator Report Assignment 


Essay Assignments (6 at 70 pts each)


Quizzes (8 at 70 pts each)





Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussions, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

900-1010 800-899 700-799 600-699 0-599

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at


Course calendar and related activities
When Topic Notes
Course Overview
Student Acknowledgements

Course Requirements Checklist

Technology Integration Set-Up

VitalSource Student Resources

Module 1: Week 1

Read: 3 items

Watch: 2 items

Interact: 1 item

Listen: 1 item


Biblical Worldview Indicator Report Assignment

Quiz: Research Overview

Quiz: The Science of Psychology

Module 2: Week 2

Read: 2 items

Watch: 2 items


Essay: Evolutionary Psychology Assignment

Quiz: The Biology of Behavior

Module 3: Week 3

Read: 2 items

Watch: 2 items


Essay: That’s Your Perception Assignment

Quiz: Sensation and Perception

Module 4: Week 4

Read: 2 items

Watch: 3 items


Essay: You be the Professor Assignment

Quiz: Learning, Memory, and Intelligence

Module 5: Week 5

Read: 2 items

Watch: 1 item


Essay: Motivation, Values and Purpose Assignment

Quiz: Motivation and Emotion
Module 6: Week 6

Read: 2 items

Watch: 4 items


Essay: Put that Phone Down Assignment

Quiz: Developmental Psychology

Module 7: Week 7

Read: 2 items

Watch: 4 items

Listen: 1 item


Essay: Worldview and Psychology Assignment

Quiz: Personality and Social Psychology

Module 8: Week 8

Read: 2 items

Watch: 2 items


Quiz: Psychological Disorders and Treatments