Sunday, April 19, 2009

SYLLABUS OF PSYCHOLOGY

KATHMANDU UNIVERSITY
Bachelor in Media Studies
Introduction to Psychology (PSYC251)

Objectives of the Course:
To provide a conceptual knowledge of psychology and the understanding regarding its wider application. To update the students with the use of psychology in media affairs.

Course Contents:

Unit I- Introduction
• Meaning and Definition of Psychology
• Psychology as a Science
• Methods of Psychology
• Scope of Psychology

Unit II- Biological Bases of Behavior
• Human body: Neuron as the basic unit of the nervous system
• Organization of the Nervous System- Central and Peripheral
• Endocrine System

Unit III- Motivation and Emotion
• Concept of motivation (need, drive, incentives, motivational cycle)
• Types of Motivation: Primary and Secondary

Emotion
• Concept of Emotion
• Physiological changes in emotion
• External Expression of emotion

Unit IV- Learning and Memory
• Concept of learning
• Theories of Learning: Trial and Error, Conditioning (Classical, Operant), Insight
• Shaping: Schedule of reinforcement and Behavior modification
• Transfer of Learning
• Practical Implications of all the Forms of Learning

Memory
• Concept of Memory
• Memory Processes: Encoding, Storage, and Retrieval
• Types of Memory: Short Term and Long Term Memory
• Concept of Forgetting
• Causes of Forgetting
• Ways to Improve Memory

Unit V- Intelligence and Personality
• Concept of intelligence
• Approaches to Intelligence
• Assessment of Intelligence
• Individual Differences in Intelligence
Personality
• Concept of Personality
• Determinants of Personality
• Approaches to the Study of Personality
• Assessment of Personality

Unit VI- Thinking and Problem Solving
• Concept of thinking
• Types of Thinking: Divergent and Convergent
• Concept of Problem Solving
• Stages in Problem Solving
• Set in Problem Solving

Unit VII- Clinical Psychology
• Concept of Clinical Psychology
• Concepts of Normality and Abnormality
• Criteria of Abnormality: Statistical, Behavioral, and Cultural
• Causal Factors related to abnormal behavior

Unit VIII- Community Psychology
• Concept of Community psychology
• Understanding Community (understanding of human diversity, understanding of sense of community))
Unit IX- Psychology of Professionals
• Stress and Stress Management
• Emotional Intelligence
• Personality Dimensions
• Leadership

Unit X- Adjustment of Counseling
• Concept of Adjustment (personal, social, occupational adjustment)
• Coping Behaviors
• Concept of Counseling
• Approaches to Counseling: Directive, Non-Directive, Eclectic
• Types of Counseling

Unit XI- Psychology in Media
• Importance of Knowledge of Psychology in Media
• Use of psychological theory and expertise to the development of media across a wide array of applications.
• Social Learning Theory (Influence of media in fostering aggression and violence)

Text Book
Morgan, C.T.; King, R.A.; Weisz, J. R.; Schopler, J. (2000) Introduction to Psychology. New Delhi: Tata McGraw Hill.

References
Baron, R. A. (2006). Psychology. New Delhi: Printice Hall of India Private Limited.

Fieldman, R.S. (2005). Understanding Psychology. New Delhi: Tata McGraw Hill.

Mangal, S.K. (1998). General Psychology. New Delhi: Sterling publishers Pvt. Ltd

Morgan, C.T. (any latest edition) A Brief Introduction to Psychology. New Delhi: Tata McGraw Hill.


Basis of Internal Evaluation:
Areas Marks Allocated
Attendance & class participation 5
Assignment 10
Presentation 10
Class test 5
Total 40

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