Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
707002432012BASIC PSYCHOLOGYElective232
Level of Course Unit
First Cycle
Objectives of the Course
The purpose of this course is to provide students an introduction to main concepts of psychology. The ultimate goals of this course is to examine of human behavior and cognitive process with related to scientifically The course covers human behavior and cognitive process, theories and principles of psychology. By the end of the course the students will understand individual differences and psychological constructs. Because psychological experiences are part of the every student's life, the lectures allow discussions.
Name of Lecturer(s)
Doç. Dr. Mehmet Koyuncu
Learning Outcomes
1To be able to understand the nature of general psychology
2To be able to understand the basic concepts of psychology
3To be able to explain general theories of psychology
4To be able to comprehend the basic concepts of psychology with related theories
5To be able to apply critical and analytical thinking skills tom main issues in psychology
6To be able to apply at daily life problems of psychological concepts, theories and research results
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face
Prerequisites and co-requisities
None
Recommended Optional Programme Components
None
Course Contents
Theories of science of psychology and schools, psychological research methods, psychobiology, brain, heredity and behavior, sensation and perception, sleep and dreaming, psychoactive drugs, learning, memory.
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
WeekTheoreticalPracticeLaboratory
0To be able to apply at daily life, problems of psychological concepts, theories and research resultsIntroduction and overview of the syllabus
1Definition of psychological science and context Fields of psychology Historical roots of psychology and schools Lecture and discussion (Plotnik, chp.1., pp. 4-25)
2Research methods in psychology Ethics in Psychology Lecture and discussion (Plotnik, chp.2., pp. 28-45)
3Psychobiology and control of behavior The central nervous system The peripheral nervous system Lecture and discussion (Plotnik, chp.3&4., pp.48-91)
4Sensory proccessing Sensory threshold Sensations( Vision, pain, etc)Lecture and discussion (Plotnik, chp.53. pp. 94-119)
5Perception Perception of form (figure and ground, the principles of Gestalt ) Depth perception Perceptual disordersLecture and discussion (Plotnik, chp.6., pp.120-145)
6Consciousness Theories of consciousness The stages of sleep and functions Dreaming Lecture and discussion (Plotnik, chp.7., pp. 146-167)
7Consciousness Drugs and behaviour Psychoactive drugs (depressants, stimulants, halluciogens) Lecture and discussion (Plotnik, chp.8., pp. 168-193)
8Midterm Exam
9Learning and characteristics Classical conditioning and components Lecture and discussion (Plotnik, chp.9., pp.196-211)
10Learning Operant conditioning and components Cognitive learning Lecture and discussion (Plotnik, chp.10., pp. 212-237)
11Memory Sensory memory Short-term memory (working memory) Long-term memory(episodic & semantic memory, explicit & implicit memory) Lecture and discussion (Plotnik, chp.11, pp.246-256)
12Memory Reconstruction of memory Lecture and discussion (Plotnik, chp. 12., pp. 256-275)
13IntelligenceLecture and discussion (Plotnik, chp. 13., pp. 280-303.)
14Evaluation and general discussion end of the term Article report and discussion.
15Final Exam
Recommended or Required Reading
Required: Plotnik, R. (2007). Psikoloji’ye Giriş. İstanbul: Kaknüs Psikoloji. Recommended: Morris, C.G. (1996). Psikoloji Anlamak, Türk Psikologlar Derneği Yayınları Cüceloğlu, D. (1991). İnsan ve davranışı, Remzi kitapevi, İstanbul. Morgan, C.T.(1995). Psikolojiye Giriş, Meteksan, Ankara.
Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Activities are given in detail in the section of "Assessment Methods and Criteria" and "Workload Calculation"
Assessment Methods and Criteria
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Language of Instruction
Turkish
Work Placement(s)
None
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Midterm Examination122
Final Examination122
Attending Lectures14228
Individual Study for Mid term Examination11010
Individual Study for Final Examination11818
TOTAL WORKLOAD (hours)60
Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes
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* Contribution Level : 1 Very low 2 Low 3 Medium 4 High 5 Very High
 
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