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Course Code: 
PSY 101
Course Period: 
Spring
Course Type: 
Core
Theoric: 
3
Practice: 
0
Lab: 
0
Credits: 
3
ECTS: 
6
Course Language: 
English
Course Objectives: 
This course aims at providing students with a general and broad introduction to the field of psychology. At the end of this course, the student will develop an understanding of core psychological concepts and theories, as well as the scientific study of behavioral and mental processes.
Course Content: 

Introduces Psychology as an empirical science and discusses biological and evolutionary bases of behavior. Examines basic psychological processes such as motivation, emotion, learning, development, and social behavior.

Course Methodology: 
1: Lecture, 2: Discussion, 3: Seminar, 4: Research, 5: Simulation/Case study/Role playing, 6: Problem session, 7: Guest speaker
Course Evaluation Methods: 
A: Exam, B: Assignment, C: Presentation, D: Research, E: Debate, F: Quiz, G: Participation

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Course Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Program

Outcomes

Teaching Methods

Assessment Methods

Ability to explain psychology, as the science of behavior and mental processes, and subfields of psychology

1,2,11,12,13,

14,15,16

1,2

A

Ability to describe core psychological concepts and theories

1,3,9,15,16

1,2

A

Ability to explain the principles of scientific methods to study behavior and mental processes, and show  examples of research conducted in the various areas of psychology

2, 3, 5, 6, 8,15,16

1,2

A

Course Flow

Week

Topics

Study Materials

1

Introduction to the course

 

2

What is Psychology?

Research Methods in Psychology

Textbook Chapters 1, 2

3

Biological and Evolutionary Roots of Behavior

Textbook Chapter 3

4

Learning 1

Textbook Chapter 6

5

Learning 2

Textbook Chapter 6

6

Revision

Textbook Chapters 1,2,3 & 6

7

Midterm exam

Textbook Chapters 1,2,3 & 6

8

Human Development 1

Textbook Chapter 10

9

Human Development 2

Textbook Chapter 10

10

Motivation

Textbook Chapter 11

11

Emotion, Stress and Health 1

Textbook Chapter 12

12

Emotion, Stress and Health 2

Textbook Chapter 12

13

Social Psychology

Textbook Chapter 16

14

Social Psychology

Textbook Chapter 16

Recommended Sources

Textbook

Gerrig, R. J. (2010). Psychology and Life, 20th Edition. Allyn & Bacon (Pearson). ISBN-13: 978-0-205-87327-2, ISBN-10: 0-205-87327-8

Additional Resources

Mypsychlab (Pearson Learning Website)

Introductory Psychology Video Series

Material Sharing

Documents

 

Assignments

 

Exams

 

Assessment

IN-TERM STUDIES

NUMBER

PERCENTAGE

Mid-terms

1

100

Total

 

100

Contribution of Final Examination to overall grade

 

60

Contribution of in-term studies to overall grade

 

40

Total

 

100

 

 

COURSE CATEGORY

Basic Professional Courses

Course’s Contribution to Program

No

Program Learning Outcomes

Contribution

1

2

3

4

5

1

Mastering the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, and historical trends of psychology as a scientific discipline.

 

 

 

 

X

2

Demonstrating familiarity with the subfields of psychology and their methods and applications.

 

 

X

 

 

3

Incorporating the theories and empirical bases of psychology.

 

 

X

 

 

4

Comparing the similarities and differences of other scientific disciplines with psychology, understanding their potential contribution to psychology, and develop an awareness of interdisciplinary studies.

X

 

 

 

 

5

Understanding the basic characteristics and principles of psychological research, and research ethics.

 

 

X

 

 

6

Understanding the basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data collection, data analysis and interpretation by using recent information technologies.

 

X

 

 

 

7

Designing and conducting research studies to answer psychological questions by using relevant research methods, knowledge and skills.

X

 

 

 

 

8

Learning to access knowledge, to use it effectively, to review interdisciplinary literature, and to use the relevant database and other resources.

 

X

 

 

 

9

Applying critical thinking and scientific approach to understand theories, research methods and applications in psychology.

 

X

 

 

 

10

Developing analytical, critical and creative thinking and expression—being both logical and fluent.

X

 

 

 

 

11

Developing an awareness of potential application areas of main research findings in psychology.

 

X

 

 

 

12

Incorporating theoretical and practical knowledge in the area of psychology and its related areas of specialization.

 

X

 

 

 

13

Learning the application areas and methods of psychology, and understanding the importance of the commitment to the professional code of ethics.

 

X

 

 

 

14

Integrating psychological knowledge and theories to produce social, cultural and theoretical explanations within the framework of professional code of ethics. Exhibiting an awareness of social sensitivity and individual responsibility.

 

X

 

 

 

15

Working effectively both as a team, as well as independently.

 

 

 

 

X

16

Thinking, reading, writing, and communicating in English effectively.

 

 

 

 

X

ECTS

Activities

Quantity

Duration
(Hour)

Total
Workload
(Hour)

Course Duration (Including the exam week: 14x Total course hours)

14

3

42

Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice)

14

6

84

Mid-terms

1

12

12

Final examination

1

12

12

Total Work Load

 

 

150

Total Work Load / 25 (h)

 

 

6

ECTS Credit of the Course

 

 

6