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PSY101 : Introduction to Psychology

Course Overview

Course Synopsis

This course will give you an opportunity to flavor the field of psychology and this introductory course encompasses basic concepts of psychology; concepts like learning, memorizing, retention, emotions and process of thinking will be discussed. Issues like what is normal and what is abnormal behavior, the interventions used for treating psychological problems, along with an overview of main and popular areas of psychology will also be tackled. The main focus of the course will be on introducing essential terminology, theories, themes, concepts and trends relevant to modern day psychology. Practical application of knowledge, besides know-how of theoretical constructs, will be encouraged. How to relate learned psychological concepts to every day life is an essential component of this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course; you should be able to:

  • Explain and use basic terminologies of psychology.
  • Describe and identify the various applications of the discipline as well as its scientific nature.
  • Identify situations where psychological intervention may be required.
  • Choose areas of their interest for higher academic qualification in future.
  • Gain insight into human behavior and into ones own personality or personal relationships.

Course Calendar

Introduction to Psychology1Handouts1-5
Historical Roots of Psychology2Handouts6-15
Schools of Thoughts3,4,5,6,7Handouts16-26
Research Methods in Psychology8,9Handouts49-56
Physical Development And Nature Nurture Issue10, 11Handouts57-70
Quiz 01
Nervous System12,13,14Handouts71-87
Assignment (After lecture 13)
Sensation & Perception15,16,17,18Handouts88-113
Altered States of Consciousness19Handouts114-119
Grand quiz
Cognition And Thinking29,30Handouts167-177
Personality31,32,33, 34Handouts178-203
Graded Discussion Board (After lecture 32)
Psychopathology And Abnormal Behavior35,36,37,38,39Handouts204-227
Quiz 02 (After lecture 35)
Popular Areas of Psychology40,41,42,43,44,45Handouts228-256
Final-term Examination
Disclaimer: This is a tentative plan for the semester. It can be changed if needed and students will be informed via announcement.
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