This one-year course introduces basic concepts used by psychologists in understanding human behavior. Topics include psychology as a science, human development, biological bases of behavior, motivation and learning, thinking and intelligence, normal and abnormal behavior, therapies, testing, and the effects of group membership on behavior. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to society. The appropriate use of technology is an integral part of this course. This course fulfills one elective credit required for high school graduation.