Introduction to Psychology
You’ll examine the basic concepts, theories and approaches of psychology and analyse how individual behaviour is affected by sensation, perception, cognition, learning, personality and developmental process.
|Available semesters||Semester 1 2023|
What you will learn
After successfully completing this course, you’ll be able to:
- Outline the origins and focus of scientific psychology.
- Define psychology and describe the range of approaches and areas of research it encompasses.
- Explain central themes and theories in these areas (e.g. biological basis of behaviour, social and cultural diversity, individual differences, theories of perception, development, motivation, etc.).
- Identify and explain, in basic terms, the major methods used in psychological research.
- Outline the major anatomical features of the human nervous system and explain the functioning of neurons.
- Describe the anatomy and function of the visual and auditory sensory systems of humans and explain the principal sensory processes (e.g. sensory adaptation).
- Identify and explain basic principles and processes of human perception.
- Outline the main developmental stages in humans and distinguish and explain the different aspects of human development.
- Explain major developmental theories (e.g. Piaget’s, Erickson’s, and Kohlberg’s).
- Explain the principles of classical conditioning, operant conditioning and observational learning and provide examples of each.
- Clearly discuss the structure of human memory (sensory, short-term, long-term) and its major features (processes of encoding, storage, retrieval, forgetting, motivated remembering, etc.).
- Outline principles of thought especially in terms of the theory of human information processing, and explain basic concepts (e.g. ‘concept’).
- Describe the main features of the structure of language and its development and acquisition in humans.
- Define motivation and explain theories of human motivation (e.g. drive-reduction, arousal theories).
- Explain the biological and social bases of emotions.
- Identify and explain the main approaches to understanding personality.
- Outline the main categories and symptoms of psychological disorders and identify the principal types of causes involved.
- Describe the basic process of scientific research.
- Frame critical questions concerning psychological theories, methods and findings.
- Identify the ethical dimensions of, and explain the ethical issues encountered in, psychological research.
Professor Kevin Moore
Faculty of Environment, Society and Design[email protected]