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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSP4067769, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
PS1082, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (MOD. A)
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
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Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian


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 01/10/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2015 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined


Common characteristics of the Integrated Course unit

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 privileged 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. Students will have 34 minutes for responding to the multiple choice questions, and 30 minutes for responding to the two open questions (its is advised to dedicate about 15 minutes to each of the two open questions). 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 will have 17 minutes for responding to the multiple choice questions, and 15 minutes for responding to the 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.

Specific characteristics of the Module

Course unit contents: - Introduction to psychology (about 14 h): the relations between psychology and other disciplines, the object of psychology, the historical development of psychology from the first philosophical studies to modern psychology.
- The concept of science (about 4 h): the development of scientific disciplines, criteria for sciences and pseudo-sciences.
- Scientific research in psychology (about 4 h): identification of the topics of interest, variables and hypothesis formulation, executive plan and research designs.
- Methods and errors in scientific research (anout 4 h): experimental and non-experimental research designs, rival hypotheses.
- Measurement in psychology (about 4 h): statistical measurement, measurement scales, correlations and critical ratio.
- Learning (about 6 h): non-associative learning, classical and active conditioning, insight learning and script learning.
- Attention and executive Function (about 6 h): theories, models and assessment tools.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Teaching will include both face to face lessons and more interactive aspects such as exercises through the MOODLE platform or experiments related to the course topics to be discussed in class.
During each lesson, students will be encouraged to ask questions on the topics previously presented, in order to promote interactive discussions which constitute useful support for learning.
EXERCISES on some of the topics presented will be proposed through the Moodle platform. They will be corrected by the teacher and students must take charge to check for correction and requests of integration.
The proper performance of exercises is essential for active attendance and is one of the prerequisites for the access to the intermediate exam.
The exercises will also be available to non-attending students.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Files used class and 1 chapter about "Attention" will be provided through the Moodle platform:

Students are required to study the suggested books, supported by the material provided through Moodle. The program is the same for attending and non-attending students.

In the Atkinson and Hilgard textbook the chapters to be considered are: 1, 7 and the part of chapter 5 related to attention.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Cornoldi C. e Tagliabue M., Incontro con la Psicologia. Bologna: Il Mulino (seconda edizione), 2013. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Nolen-Hoeksema, Fredrickson, Loftus, Wagenaar., Atkinson & Hilgard's Introduzione alla Psicologia, sedicesima edizione. Padova: Piccin, 2017. Capitoli 1, 7 e parte del Capitolo 5 Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Auto correcting quizzes or tests for periodic feedback or exams
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

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

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