Introduction to Psychology is a journey through all of the major psychological concepts and principles. The knowledge gained from this course will allow students to critically evaluate psychological research and have a more in-depth understanding of human thought and behavior. This subject is designed to give students a general idea of what psychology is, how information is developed, what we have learnt about ourselves, and how psychology is applied to help improve people's live.
- Course Objectives
- To ensure an effective orientation of students towards the discipline of psychology so that they may come to appreciate the diversity of the subject and its pragmatic significance.
- To make students familiar with the essentials features of human personality.
- To inculcate a sense of personal relevance of Psychology as a subject with the potential of gaining better insight into one’s own self and others.
- Credit hour: 3
Introduction to Psychology
- Definition of psychology
- Goals of psychology
- Major schools of thought in psychology
- Major fields of psychology
Basic research Methods in Psychology
- Survey research
- Experimental research
- Case study method
Biological Basis of Behavior
- Brain and nervous system
- Structure and function of major brain areas
- Neurotransmitters and their functions
- Difference between sensation and perception
- Principles of perception
- Role of perception in human cognition
Motivation and Emotion
- Concept of motivation and emotions
- Theories of motivation
- Theories of emotion
- Definition of Learning
- Types of Learning
- i. Classical Conditioning ii. Operant Conditioning
- Observational Learning
- Definition and stages of human memory
- Types of memory
- Concept of intelligence
- Basic theories of intelligence
- Concept of personality
- Theories of personality development
- Tips to improve personality
- On successful completion of Introductory Psychology, students will have:
- An introductory knowledge of selected areas of basic psychological enquiry
- An ability to discuss different psychological topics
- Basic review skills in critically evaluating knowledge claims regarding psychological theory.
- Basic understanding of research methods in the discipline of Psychology
- An introductory knowledge about conventions for presenting written reports and essays that cover topics introduced within the syllabus.
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- Nolen-Hoeksema, S., Hilgard, E. R. (2014) Atkinson & Hilgard's Introduction to Psychology(16th ed.).Cengage Learning.ISBN: 8601200752540.
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- Flanagan, C., Berry, D., Jarvis, M. and Liddle, R. (2015). AQA psychology. Cheltenham: Illuminate Publishing.
- Collin, C. (2011). The psychology book. London: Dorling Kindersley.
- Colman, A. (2009). A dictionary of psychology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Gross, R. (2015). Psychology: The Science of Mind and Behavior. (7th ed). Hodder Education.
- FINAL TERM EXAM: 50 MARKS
- MID TERM EXAM: 30 MARKS
- SESSIONAL: 20 MARKS
- ASSIGNMENT :5
- ATTANDENCE: 5
- PRESENTATION : 10
- CLASS TIMING
- BS LIS 5th Regular (Monday: 10:00 - 11:30 AM) (Friday: 09:30 - 11:00 AM)
- BS LIS 5th SS (Monday: 02:30 - 04:00 PM) (FRIDAY: 02:00-03:30 PM)