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PSP5070126, A.A. 2018/19

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Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
PS2192, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination BASIC CONCEPTS OF PSYCHOLOGY (MOD. B)
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English

Teacher in charge ERIKA BORELLA M-PSI/01

Integrated course for this unit
Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Basic courses M-PSI/01 General Psychology 6.0

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

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

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

Examination board
Examination board not defined


Common characteristics of the Integrated Course unit

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. The time given for responding to all questions is 40 minutes.
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.

Specific characteristics of the Module

Course unit contents: The following topics will be covered:
- psychology as a science
- psychology as a profession
- history of psychology (short background)
- research methods in psychology
- memory and mechanisms related to this mechanisms (i.e. cognitive inhibition)
- intelligence
- complex learning
- reading comprehension and short background on language
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Teaching will include frontal and interactive lessons, as well as class exercises (i.e. discussion on scientific articles,video related to the topics treated) where students will be invited to cast in context the learned information.
Expert on some of the theme treated will be invited.
The two modules are complementary and closely integrated.

Students’ active intervention will be appreciated and stimulated.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Slides of the lessons can be found on Moodle.
For attending students the slides will have to be integrated with the manual.

Scientific Articles, that will be uploaded on the platform, will also be recommended during the course.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, Barbara L. Fredrickson, Geoff R. Loftus, Willem A. Wagenaar, Atkinson & Hilgard's Introduction to Psychology 16th Edition. --: Wadsworth Pub Co, 2014. capitoli 1 (Nature of Psychology), 8 (Memory), 9 (Language and Thought), 12 (Intelligence) Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Use of online videos

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