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School of Psychology
PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE
Course unit
BASIC CONCEPTS OF PSYCHOLOGY (C.I.)
PSP5070125, 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
PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE
PS2192, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2019/20
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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 MARCO BERTAMINI 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) MARCO BERTAMINI
PSP5070126 BASIC CONCEPTS OF PSYCHOLOGY (MOD. B) MARCO BERTAMINI

Course unit organization
Period  
Year  
Teaching method frontal

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

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 will learn the fundamental aspects of Psychology as a science and its methodologies.

The knowledge and skills to be acquired are:
1. Knowing how to define, in its complexity, Psychology as a science.
2. Knowledge of the skills required and the prospects of a career in Psychology.
3. Knowledge of the history of psychology through the various movements and the relative privileged methods of investigation.
4. A consequent understanding of the meaning of 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 independent scientific discipline.
6. Understanding the relationships between sensations and the environment through the psychophysical investigation method.
7. Knowledge of the processing mechanisms of sensations and knowledge of the different functions of perception (visual).
8. Knowledge of learning theories, understanding of non-associative learning mechanisms, conditioning and complex learning.
9. Understanding of the construct of intelligence, its measurement and the contribution of genes and the environment.
10. Knowledge and understanding of emotional and motivational mechanisms, with particular reference to the different components of emotions and to the distinction between drive theories and incentive theories.
11. Ability to consider psychological phenomena from different theoretical perspectives, with particular attention to behavioral, cognitive and biological approaches.
Examination methods: The assessment of the knowledge and skills is done through a written exam which includes 31 multiple choice questions covering all the topics of the course. The time available is 40 minutes. There is no distinction between exam for attending and non-attending students. An additional mark can be secured with an optional group presentation in class.

Students must register for the exam session through the Uniweb platform.
The lessons, exam preparation and scores, as well as 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.