Intro to Human Behavior

Course Title: Intro to Human Behavior

Course #206
Wednesdays, January 27 – March 9, 2016 at 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Iron County Board Room, Hurley, Wisconsin

Objectives: Students will learn about the science of Psychology, what it involves and what it tells us today about human behavior.  We will talk about Nature/Nurture, what constitutes learning, what dreams are made of, the difference between correlation and causality, what comprises personality and intelligence and what exactly is “abnormal”?  Expect to be respected for what you already know,  intellectually stimulated by things you don’t already know, and have some laughs.  

The course will be given in 7 sessions, each 2 hours long, covering the following topics:

  1. What is Psychology/What are the biological foundations of behavior
  2. Sensation/Perception/States of awareness(wakefulness, hypnosis, sleep, coma)
  3. Learning/Remembering/Forgetting
  4. Intelligence, thought and language/Motivation and emotion and sexuality
  5. Development, post-conception through old age
  6. Personality
  7. Stress/Abnormal behavior/Psychotherapies

Requirements: The only behavioral requirement in order to take this course is that you be open to new ideas, interested in learning new things and capable of interacting with your fellow students and instructor.  A textbook is required, it is available online for under $10.  If you already have an introduction to psychology textbook somewhere, we can likely make that work for you, bring it to class and we will see.  If you are afraid of tests, don’t worry.  We will have some quizzes, but we will go over the correct answers in class and only you will see your results (unless you want to brag about how you did, which is allowed).  All homework is up to you.  Certainly reading chapters in the text ahead of time is a good idea, but if you can’t read it all or even if you read nothing, class discussion should still be helpful in learning the material.  

Textbook: Introduction to Psychology by Rod Plotnik, second edition  (>$10 used online)  This is an old edition.  I’ve chosen it because it seems to appeal to adult learning styles plus it is inexpensive.  I will update some of the information that is dated during class.   


Chad McGrath was born in Elmhurst Ill, where he lived until attending Carthage College in Kenosha Wi. Finding the “wilds” of even southeastern Wisconsin to his liking, he vowed to move north after his education was finished. So, after obtaining a Masters degree in psychology and a couple year stint at Elgin State Hospital as a psychologist, he took a job in Wisconsin Rapids in mental health administration.  Administrative jobs then took him to Marshfield and Wausau.  After 13 years of such work he quit. He started a plant nursery, began to write in earnest, and maintained a consulting business.  The nursery morphed into ClearView Garden Center in Weston which he ran for 6 years.  He moved to Springstead in 1997, where he continues in the nursery business.  Chad has written several books and many articles, mostly about and connected to plants and the outdoors.  Cross-country skiing is a passion. He is currently on the adjunct faculty at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau and has taught for Lac Courte Oreilles College out of Hayward.       

Course size: Minimum 6 students, maximum 20 students

Course fee: $42.00

To register: For questions or to register by phone, call Wendy at 715-476-2881. When registering by phone, be prepared to fill out a registration form and pay at the first class session. To register by mail or in person, send your registration form and payment made out to the Iron County UW-Extension to:

Mercer Public Library
2648W Margaret Street
Mercer, Wisconsin 54547