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School of Psychology
PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE
Course unit
BASIC CONCEPTS OF PSYCHOLOGY (C.I.)
PSP5070125, 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 SCIENCE
PS2192, 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 BASIC CONCEPTS OF PSYCHOLOGY (C.I.)
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Branch PADOVA
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit is available ONLY for students enrolled in PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE

Lecturers
Teacher in charge GIANLUCA CAMPANA M-PSI/01

Modules of the integrated course unit
Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge
PSP5070127 BASIC CONCEPTS OF PSYCHOLOGY (MOD. A) GIANLUCA CAMPANA
PSP5070126 BASIC CONCEPTS OF PSYCHOLOGY (MOD. B) ERIKA BORELLA

Course unit organization
Period  
Year  
Teaching method frontal

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

Syllabus
Prerequisites: Pre-requisites of this course are conceptual capabilities and knowledge typically shown by students with their High School certificate.

Particularly useful prior knowledge are thoset relating to 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 basic aspect of Psychology as a science at a conceptual and methodological level.

The two modules are complementary and tightly integrated.

Expected knowledge and skills are:

1. The definition, in its complexity of Psychology as a science. 2. The competences required for, and perspectives of a career in Psychology.
3. Knowledge about the history of Psychology through the various movements and the relative provileged methods of investigation. 
4. A consequent understanding of the meaning of the fundamental psychological concepts starting from their first formulation, and their subsequent evolution.
5. Ability to recognize and use the methods of investigation of psychological phenomena that have led Psychology to be characterized as an autonomous scientific discipline.
6. 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. Knowledge about learning theories, understanding of non-associative learning mechanisms, conditioning and complex learning.
7. Knowledge about the characteristics and models of human memory and mechanisms.
8. Understanding of the construct of intelligence, its measurement and the contribution of genes and environment. 

9. Knowledge about the fundamental concepts of Psychology of complex processes such as language, thought and text comprehension.
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. Ability to consider psychological phenomena from different theoretical perspectives, with particular emphasis on behavioral, cognitive and biological approaches.
For module B the memory part will constitute a core aspect.
Examination methods: Assessment of knowledge and learned skills is carried out through a written exam that includes 31 multiple choice questions covering all the topics of both modules.
There is no distinction between attending and non attending students.

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

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, ...)