Students of other departments study psychology as a "minor course" so that they become familiar with the essential features of human personality. It helps the students 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. It ensures the effective orientation of students toward the discipline of psychology so that they appreciate the diversity of the subject and understand its significance. 

Course Outline

  1. Introduction to Psychology
  2. Basic research Methods in Psychology
  3. Biological Basis of Behavior
  4. Sensation &Perception 
  5. Motivation and Emotion
  6. Learning
  7. Memory & Intelligence
  8. Personality development
  9. Social Psychology
  10. Stress and its Management


On successful completion of Introductory Psychology, students will have:

  1. Introductory knowledge of selected areas of basic psychological inquiry
  2. An ability to discuss different psychological topics
  3. Basic review skills in critically evaluating knowledge claims regarding psychological theory.
  4. Basic understanding of research methods in the discipline of Psychology
  5. An introductory knowledge about conventions for presenting written reports and essays that cover topics introduced within the syllabus.

Recommended Books

  1. Weiten, W. (2017). Psychology: Themes and variations (10th ed.). Cengage Learning.
  2. Kalat, J. W. (2013). Introduction to psychology (10th ed.). Cengage Learning.
  3. Nolen-Hoeksema, S., Hilgard, E. R. (2014) Atkinson & Hilgard's Introduction to Psychology(16th ed.).Cengage Learning.ISBN: 8601200752540.

Assessment Criteria

Midterm exam 30

Final term exam 25

Viva            25

Sessional marks  20 (assigments= 5, presentations= 10, class participation = 5)

Course Material