02.218TS Introduction to Psychology

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This course is an introduction to the study of psychology.  It is designed for students with a limited background in psychological studies and may serve as a foundation for more advanced level courses in psychology; however, it also serves students for whom this knowledge is a general contribution to a broad-based undergraduate education. Topics include research methods, biological basis of mind, learning, memory, thinking, language, intelligence, emotion, social influence, social cognition, altruism, human development, personality, and psychopathology.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe basic psychological concepts and themes.
  • Identify major psychological perspectives on common human behavior.
  • Apply basic research skills in their course project.
  • Communicate effectively, both in verbal and written form, in interactive academic discussions and group presentations, and research project reports.

Measurable Outcomes

  • Articulate the basic psychological dimension of human experiences, such as the biological basis of the human mind, classical and instrumental conditioning, thinking errors and biases.
  • Compare and contrast major theoretical perspectives on common psychological phenomena, such as short-term vs. long-term memory, conformity vs. compliance vs. obedience.
  • Apply research skills gained from the course through the development and conduct of their own research project (e.g., literature search, research hypothesis formation, data collection, statistical analysis, report writing and project presentation).
  • Communicate their knowledge gained from the course via delivering an oral and a written presentation of their own research project targeted at peers and instructors.

Course Requirements

Assessment Percentage
WEC – Course Participation:

  1. WEC – Attendance (10%)
  2. WEC – Research Participation (8%)
  3. WEC – Course Evaluation (2%)
WEC – Midterm Exam 20
WEC – Article Analysis Paper 20
WEC – Research Project Report 20
WEC – Research Project Presentation 20

Weekly Schedule

Week 1 – Overview

Week 2 – Brain, Sensation, and Perception

Week 3 – Learning

Week 4 – Memory and Cognitive Processes

Week 5 – Intelligence and Language

Week 6 – Human Development; Mid-Term Exam

Week 7 – Recess Week

Week 8 – Social Psychology

Week 9 – Motivation and Emotion

Week 10 – Personality

Week 11 – “Abnormality”

Week 12 – Health

Week 13 – Project Presentations

Yow Wei Quin