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School of Psychology
PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCES AND TECHNIQUES
Course unit
CLASSICS OF PSYCHOLOGY
PSN1032142, 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
PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCES AND TECHNIQUES
PS1842, Degree course structure A.Y. 2011/12, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination CLASSICS OF PSYCHOLOGY
Department of reference Department of Developmental Psychology and Socialisation
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Branch PADOVA
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

Lecturers
Teacher in charge CHIARA MENEGHETTI M-PSI/01

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Basic courses M-STO/04 Contemporary History 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method distance e-learning

Type of hours Credits Teaching
hours
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 01/10/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
6 2018 01/10/2018 30/09/2019 MENEGHETTI CHIARA (Presidente)
BORELLA ERIKA (Membro Effettivo)
CARRETTI BARBARA (Membro Effettivo)
DE BENI ROSSANA (Membro Effettivo)

Syllabus
Prerequisites: Basic command of English language, sufficient to read and understand original publications.
Target skills and knowledge: By the end of the course students will know:
- some of the main authors and their publications, and current theoretical approaches in the field of perception, memory, mental images and thinking;
- some of the main classic experiments: historical setting, methods and, in some cases, associations with present-day experiments
By the end of the course students will be able to:
- understand and critically analyze an original publication
- discuss a classic topic
- apply their knowledge to identify stimuli, materials and methods of classic research in present-day settings
Examination methods: The final exam will be held on the official dates proposed by the School of Psychology.
The assessment will cover all the topics included in the lecture notes “Classic authors, writings and experiments in psychology” and in the text “Experiments in Psychology” (see references below)

It will be a written exam lasting one hour and including:
a) true/false questions
b) open questions

The exam will be the same for students whether or not they attend lectures.
For students who attend, there will be the chance to answer some optional additional open questions on more detailed materials.
Assessment criteria: The assessment criteria concern:
- appropriate use of terminology and precise expressions on content;
- argumentative accuracy and use of comments pertinent to the context;
- the ability to discuss aspects of the course content
Course unit contents: The course content includes:
- an introduction to some of the main authors who have influenced the birth and development of psychology from the early 20th century onwards
- the presentation of the assumptions, orientation and methodology of Wundt and James;
- the presentation of original writings and authors who introduced the study of perception and thinking (the Gestalt theory; Wertheimer and Kohler), the principle of learning (the behaviorism model; Watson and Tolman), memory (Ebbinghaus and Bartlett and their experimental methods), mental images (Galton and his experimental method), the development of thinking (the Piagetian model). Cognitive and social-cognitive approaches will also be introduced.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Learning activities:

The course is online via the moodle platform (https://psy-net.psicologia.unipd.it/psynet/; Classics of psychology academic year 2018/2019)

The course is organized into modules, and each module is divided into three parts:
1. study materials (video, video lessons, Word documents and Powerpoint files)
2. tools for active participation in the classroom (forums and weekly activities)
3. tests on learning gains


Materials for further study are provided for some modules.

Teaching methods:

The teaching involves active and interactive didactic activities using moodle tools (forum for discussion, activities, questions to self-test learning with feedback), and others (e.g. Perusall)

Active participation (based on recording participation in the activities) facilitates learning. Active students (as recorded by the system) will be awarded bonus points in the exam.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The course proposes video-lessons, documents and interactive didactic activities on references material.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • D’Urso, V. e Giusberti, F., Esperimenti di psicologia.. Bologna: Zanichelli, 2000. Tutti i capitoli Cerca nel catalogo
  • Menghetti, C., “Autori, scritti ed esperimenti classici della psicologia” (ULTIMO AGGIORNAMENTO 30/09/2017). Dispensa: Dispensa, 2017. La dispensa è reperibile presso centro stampa della biblioteca “Metelli” (via Venezia, 12/2 - 35131 Padova; http://bib.psy.unipd.it/).

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Questioning
  • Auto correcting quizzes or tests for periodic feedback or exams
  • Active quizzes for Concept Verification Tests and class discussions
  • Video shooting made by the teacher/the students
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • Kaltura (desktop video shooting, file loading on MyMedia Unipd)
  • Camtasia (video editing)