1. NAME OF COURSE  / MODULE INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY
2. COURSE CODE ABA1063
3. NAME(S) OF ACADEMIC STAFF DR NURHAFIZAH MOHD SUKOR
4. RATIONALE FOR THE INCLUSION OF THE COURSE/MODULE IN THE PROGRAMME  

Professional counselors need to have strong foundations in psychology in order to understand themselves and others. As counseling is a discipline that is based on psychological knowledge, this course will introduce the psychological concepts and theories to students.

 

5. SEMESTER & YEAR OFFERED Semester 1 & Year 1
6. TOTAL STUDENT LEARNING TIME (SLT) Face to face:

L T P/SCL
28 13 12

Non-Face to face

O Preparation for final Final Exam
52 12 3

L=Lecture ; T=Tutorial; P=Practical/SCL; O=Others

Total Guided and Independent Learning:

28+13+12+52+12+3=120
7. CREDIT VALUE 120/40= 3 (3 credit)
8. PREREQUISITE (IF ANY) Nil
9. OBJECTIVES
  1. To introduce the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends in psychology.
  2. To explain different research methods used by psychologist.
  3. To explain how individual differences influence beliefs, values, and interactions with others.
10. LEARNING OUTCOMES Upon successful completion of this course students should have the ability to:

1.     Explain the basic concepts of psychology and theories in psychology (LO1-C2)

  1. Apply the psychological principles to promote personal development. (LO7-C3)
  2. Prepare a written report and brief oral presentation individually and/or in group related to the issues covered in Introduction to psychology (LO4-C3)
11. TRANSFERABLE SKILLS
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Communication skill
  • Leadership skill
  • Teamwork skill
12. TEACHING-LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT STRATEGY Teaching-learning strategy:

  • The course will be taught through a combination of formal lectures, exercise, group work, individual presentation and individual assignment.  Collaborative teamwork will be fostered throughout the course especially through content research. The use of examination and essay assignment will assess the student’s ability to apply theoretical concept in real context.

Assessment strategy:

  • Formative
  • Summative
13. SYNOPSIS The course is designed to acquaint students with the scientific study of human behavior and mental processes by providing them an overview of the history, perspectives, theories, fields, and challenges of psychology. The course also aims to aid students in understanding themselves and others better.
14. MODE OF DELIVERY Lectures and tutorial (SCL)
15. Assessment methods and types
Component %
Continuous Assessment

  • Individual assignment
  • Group assignment
  • Individual Presentation
  • Quizzes
20

20

10

10

Final examination 40
Total 100
16. CONTENT OUTLINE OF THE COURSE/MODULE AND SLT PER TOPIC
Topics FACE TO FACE SELF-STUDY EXAM   TOTAL SLT
Lecture Tutorial Practical/SCL Assignment Library search Revision Cont. Assessment  Prep. Final Exam FINAL EXAM
Introduction to Psychology 2 1 3
The Historical Perspectives of Psychology  

2

 

1 3
The Perspectives of psychology 2 1 1 1 2 1 8
Psychological Research 2 1 1 2 2 2 1 11
Biological perspectives: Neuroscience and behavior 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 8
Sensation and Perception 2 1 1 2 2 1 1 10
Consciousness: Sleep, Dreams and Drugs 2 1 1 2 1 1 1 9
Learning 2 1 1 2 2 1 1 10
Memory 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1  

9
Cognition: Thinking, Intelligence and Language 2 1 1 1 2 1 1 9
Motivation and Emotion 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 10
Sexuality and Gender 2 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 10
Stress and Health 2 1 1 1 1 1 7
Theories of Personality 2 1 1 2 1 2 1 10
Final exam 3 3
Total 28 13 12 15 8 20 9 12  3 120
17 References Main references supporting the courseMain text:

1.     Cicarelli, S.K & White, J.N.  (2014). Psychology (4th ed.). Boston: Pearson.

Additional text:

1.     Aisha Utz (2011). Psychology from Islamic perspective. International Islamic Publishing House:Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Retrieved from https://archieve.org/details/muslimz87_yahoo_PSY

2.     Kalat, J.W. (2010). Introduction to Psychology. (9th ed). Wadsworth Publishing

3.     Plotnik, R. & Kouyoumdjian, H. (2010). Introduction to Psychology: Study Guide. Wadsworth Publishing

4.     Feldman, R. S. (2008). Understanding Psychology (8th Ed.).

New York: McGraw-Hill

5.     Passer, M. W., & Smith, R. E. (2004). Psychology: The Science of Mind and Behavior (2nd Ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.

6.     Plotnik, R. (2002). Introduction to Psychology (Casebound Edition with Infotrac) (6th Ed).Cengage Learning.

 

Mapping of the course/module to the Program Learning Outcomes

TOPIC Contact hours (week) Lesson Learning Outcome PLO KI Teaching & Learning Activities Assessment Tasks
TOPIC 1: Introduction to psychology

2

(WK1)

  1. Be able to define what is psychology, recognize psychology as a scientific study and state the differences between psychologist, counselor and psychiatrist
  2. Be able to write their own understanding of psychology
 

LO1

 

 

LO3

 

 

CS3

 

 

LL3

 

Each student will describe and explain the concept of psychology

Individual assignment/homework

Lecturer comments on the ideas and points given and provides advice for further reading.
TOPIC 2: The Historical Perspectives of Psychology

2

(WK2)

  1. Be able to name the pioneers of psychology
LO1

 

LO1

CS3

 

CS2

Each student will explain the types of psychological theories from history Lecturer comments on the points given and provides advice for improvement.
TOPIC 3: The Perspectives of Psychology

2

(WK3)

  1. Be able to describe the different perspectives of psychology.
LO1

 

LO1

CS3

 

CS2

Each student will explain the types of psychological perspectives Lecturer comments on the points given and provides advice for improvement.
TOPIC 4: Psychological Research

2

(WK4)

  1. Be able to identify the types of  research design
LO1 CS3 Search for the journal of psychology and explain orally to the peers the research design used by researcher

Group discussion activity

Lecturer comments on the points given and provides reference for further reading.
TOPIC 5: Biological Perspectives: Neuroscience and Behavior

2

(WK5)

  1. Be able to describe the biological perspectives of human’s behavior.
  2. Collaborate with members in team
LO3

 

LO4

TS3,

LS4

TS2,

LS3

Each student will explain the biological perspectives on human behavior

Group discussion activity

Lecturer comments and provides advice for improvement.
TOPIC 6:  Sensation and Perception

2

(WK6)

  1. Be able to appreciate the process of interpreting the sensations we experience
LO1 CTPS2 Each student will relate the concept of sensation and perception. Lecturer will ask the students to prepare for oral presentation.
TOPIC 7: Consciousness: Sleep, Dreams and Drugs

2

(WK7)

  1. Be able to identify the forms of consciousness such as sleep, dream, etc.
LO1 CS1 Each student will discuss the form of consciousness. Lecturer will give comment for further readings.
TOPIC 8: Learning

2

(WK8)

  1. Be able to describe the different perspectives on learning
LO4 CS2 Each student will be able to describe those point of view related to learning. Lecturer will give comments on the opinions of students and advise for further readings.
TOPIC 9: Memory

2

(WK9)

  1. Be able to distinguish different types of memories.
  2. Collaborate with members in team
LO5 CTPS2

 

LS3

Each student will identify the types of memories. Group presentation and lecturer provides advice for improvement.
TOPIC 10: Cognition : Thinking, Intelligence and Language

2

(WK10)

  1. Be able to explain  the types of intelligences, the stages involved in language development of an individual from child.
  2. Collaborate with members in team
LO5 TS3,

 

LS4

Each student will describe the types of intelligences and explain the stages of language development of an individual from child. Lecturer will give comments on students’ opinions and advice for further readings.
TOPIC 11: Motivation and Emotion

2

(WK11)

  1. Be able to explore the factors that motivates one’s action and  the origins and influences of emotions.
  2. Collaborate with team members in team-related assessment task.
LO4

 

LO5

CTPS2

 

LS3

Each student will explain the concept of motivation, the origins and influences of emotions. Individual presentation and lecturer will advise for further readings.
TOPIC 12:  Sexuality and Gender.

2

(WK12)

  1. Be able to differentiate between the terms gender and sexuality.
  2. Collaborate with team members in team-related assessment task.
LO4

 

LO5

CS2

TS3,

LS4

Group presentation Group report
TOPIC 13:  Stress and Health

2

(WK13)

  1. Be able to explain the factors contributing to stress and the ways to handle the stress
LO3 CPTS2 Each student will explain the factors contribute to stress and the ways to handle the stress. Group presentations and lecturer give advice for further improvement.
TOPIC 14:  Theories of Personality

2

(WK14)

  1. Be able to explain different theories on personality.
  2. Collaborate with team members in activity related to psychological theories of personality.
LO4

 

LO5

CT5

TS3,

LS4

Each student will be able to explain psychological theories of personality. Individual presentation and lecturer gives advice for further improvement.