PSY113 - Introduction to Psychology I

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Subject Title
Introduction to Psychology I

Subject Description
Psychology is the scientific study of human behaviour, emotion, and cognition. This course is the first of a two-part Introduction to Psychology series. It introduces psychology as both a natural and human science. This module emphasizes the methods, concepts, principles, and theories of psychology. The knowledge and skills acquired in this course ultimately allow students to successfully navigate personal, social, and professional life. Students are encouraged to draw from their own experience as the course progresses.

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Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. to appreciate psychology as a true science
  2. to identify the various historical perspectives from which the modern science of psychology developed
  3. to describe a variety of methods used by psychologists in researching the field 
  4. to gain a basic familiarity with major theories of psychology in selected topics
  5. to reframe information and concepts in ways which demonstrate comprehension
  6. to apply knowledge gained from the class to enhance personal thinking and behaviour
General Objective:
By the end of the second semester, students will be able to use psychological concepts, principles, theories, and methods in their intrapersonal, social, and professional lives.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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