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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSN1031056, 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
PS1085, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 12.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY
Department of reference Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied 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

Teacher in charge SERGIO RONCATO
Other lecturers MASSIMO GRASSI M-PSI/01

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Basic courses M-PSI/01 General Psychology 12.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 12.0 84 216.0 No turn

Start of activities 01/10/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
7 2019/20 01/10/2019 30/11/2020 GRASSI MASSIMO (Presidente)
CAMPANA GIANLUCA (Membro Effettivo)
CASCO CLARA (Membro Effettivo)
6 2018/19 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 RONCATO SERGIO (Presidente)
CAMPANA GIANLUCA (Membro Effettivo)
CASCO CLARA (Membro Effettivo)
GRASSI MASSIMO (Membro Effettivo)
5 2017/18 01/10/2017 30/11/2018 RONCATO SERGIO (Presidente)
CAMPANA GIANLUCA (Membro Effettivo)
CASCO CLARA (Membro Effettivo)
GRASSI MASSIMO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: The student doesn't need to possess any prior knowledge. However, as far as the first part of the course is concerned (i.e., history, epistemology, philosophy and methodology of science) the student may benefit of basic motions of history and philosophy of the IXX and XX century.
Target skills and knowledge: The aim of the course is to provide the basic information about cognitive science and experimental psychology. In the first part (prof. Grassi), the student will be provided with knowledge on the history of psychology, philosophy of psychology and methodology of psychology. In the second (prof. Roncato), the student will be provided with the basic motions about cognitive science such as sensation, perception, memory, intelligence, language, and emotions.
Examination methods: The exam is divided in two parts. The first part is about the contents taught by prof. Grassi, the second is about the contents taught by prof. Roncato.

The first part is a pc questionnaire with 33 questions (true or false, multiple choice). Each question has one correct answer. Each correct answer scores one point, each incorrect scores -1/3 of a point and blank answers score no points. The final mark is the sum of the points added to 3.5. and rounded. If the resulting score is equal of greater than 32 the students receives the "lode". If the score is equal to "31" the student's mark is "30", in all remaining cases the score corresponds to the mark (e.g., score equal to "24"", mark equal to "24"). Scores equal or lower than 17 are insufficient.

The second part is written. The students has to answer to eight open questions via pen and paper. Each question is evaluated on a scale from 0 to 4. The sum of the scores is the mark of the student. If the student's score is equal or higher than 31 s/he receives the "30 e lode". If the score is equal or lower than 17 the mark is insufficient.

The final mark of the student is the average of the two marks weighted by the number of CFU of each part.
Assessment criteria: As far as the first part of the exam is concerned, answers will be classified as correct, incorrect or not given.

As far as the second part of the exam is concerned the answers will be evaluated for clarity and correctness of the contents.
Course unit contents: First part of the course (21 hours) - Prof. Grassi
1. History and methods in psychology

Second part of the course (63 hours)- Prof. Roncato
2. Sensation
3. Perception
4. Consciousness
5. Learning
6. Memory
7. Thinking and reasoning
8. Language
9. Intelligence
10. Emotions
11. Motivation
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lessons and laboratories. Because proper laboratory practice is difficult with such a large number of students, we will implement mainly questionnaires and experiments via Google form.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The program, the textbook and the materials are valid for all students regardless they attend or not the lessons. Prof. Grassi and Roncato are available for any further information in their office hours. Face to face chat is preferred to email exchange.

For the first part of the course prof. Grassi suggests the following readings:
Chambers, C. (2017). The seven deadly sins of psychology: A manifesto for reforming the culture of scientific practice. Princeton University Press.
Dienes, Z. (2008). Understanding psychology as a science: An introduction to scientific and statistical inference. Palgrave Macmillan.
The reading these books is not compulsory. However, topics and materials of these two books will be discussed and presented during the lessons. Prof. Grassi will provide alternative materials (e.g., slides) that will be taken from these books.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Nolen-Hoeksema, S., Frederickson, B.L., Loftus, G.R., Lutz, C., "Atkinson & Hilgardd's INTRODUZIONE ALLA PSICOLOGIA". PADOVA: PICCIN, 2017. Capitoli 4, 5, 6 , 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

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

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