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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSP4067767, A.A. 2018/19

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
PS1082, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (I.C.)
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit


Modules of the integrated course unit
Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge

Course unit organization
Teaching method frontal

Start of activities 01/10/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2015 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
5 2019 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 TAGLIABUE MARIAELENA (Presidente)
CAMPANA GIANLUCA (Membro Effettivo)
GRASSI MASSIMO (Membro Effettivo)
MOE' ANGELICA (Membro Effettivo)
STABLUM FRANCA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Basic conceptual capabilities and knowledge typically shown by students with their High School certificate.
With reference to the prerequisites assessed in the admission test to the Degree Course, the most relevant ones are those relating to "knowledge of human and social sciences" and to "logical, numerical and verbal skills". Also useful is a level of "mathematical knowledge" that allows a correct understanding of graphs and functions, as well as basic knowledge of cell biology and biological evolution.
Target skills and knowledge: Students learn the conceptual and methodological notions that are constitutive of psychological science. Module A provides the tools necessary to better follow the topics that are developed in module B and that concern the sensory, perceptive, cognitive, emotional and motivational processes.

The knowledge and skills that are expected to be learnt are:
1. Knowledge about the history of Psychology through the various movements and the relative provileged methods of investigation.
2. A consequent understanding of the meaning of the fundamental psychological concepts starting from their first formulation, and their subsequent evolution.
3. Ability to recognize and use the methods of investigation of psychological phenomena that have led Psychology to be characterized as an autonomous scientific discipline.
4. Understanding of the relationships between sensations and the environment through the psychophysical investigation method.
5. Knowledge of the mechanisms of processing of sensations and knowledge of the different functions of (visual) perception.
6. Understanding of the characteristics of attention and executive functions.
7. Knowledge of the characteristics and models of human memory.
8. Knowledge of learning theories, understanding of non-associative learning mechanisms, conditioning and complex learning.
9. Knowledge of the fundamental concepts of psychology of thought and language.
10. Knowledge and understanding of emotional and motivational mechanisms, with particular reference to the different components of emotions and the distinction between drive theories and incentive theories.
11. Understanding of the construct of intelligence, its measurement and the contribution of genes and environment.
12. Ability to consider psychological phenomena from different theoretical perspectives, with particular emphasis on behavioral, cognitive and biological approaches.
Examination methods: Assessment of the knowledge and skills learned is carried out through a computer-administered written exam. The assessment includes 26 multiple choice questions and 2 open questions covering all the topics of both modules. The correct acquisition of the content and methodological concepts that characterize the course program is verified through these questions. Multiple choice questions require more detailed knowledge. In open questions it is required to place the required topics in the appropriate theoretical framework and to describe the various topics in an exhaustive way.

Students have to register for the exam session 10 to 4 days before the date established through Uniweb platform.
The two modules are tightly integrated. Lessons, exam preparation and scores, as well as the exam dates are organized in collaboration by the two teachers.

Attending students have the possibility of taking an intermediate exam at the end of module A. This test is written and administered by computer, and includes 13 multiple choice questions and 1 open question. Students who successfully pass the intermediate exam and attend module B lessons can complete the assessment of the second module (consisting of 13 multiple choice questions and one open question) in the two sessions available in winter (it is possible to present oneself to either one or both, in case the outcome of the first session was not sufficient or was in any case considered unsatisfactory).
The final result is the arithmetic average of the marks obtained in each of the two modules, provided that the mark is equal or higher than 18 in each of the two modules.
The exam program is the same for attending and non-attending students.
Assessment criteria: Assessment criteria are:
1. Completeness of the acquired knowledge.
2. Degree of understanding of the mechanisms that underlie the functions considered.
3. Ability to describe historical, theoretical and methodological contents in a precise and exhaustive manner.
4. Properties of the technical terminology used.

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Questioning
  • Active quizzes for Concept Verification Tests and class discussions
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)