The medium of instruction for this course is English. This course is designed to introduce you to the science of Psychology, and provide an overview about the broad and diverse disciplines in Psychology.
The topics to be covered in this course include: the history and theories of psychology, research methods, neuroscience and behaviour, sensation and perception, lifespan development, learning and memory, cognitive psychology, social and personality psychology, health psychology, abnormal psychology, and psychological disorders and interventions.
There will be a special topic lecture at the final class, and the content will be determined and voted by the class. I am giving you the autonomy to decide what you want to learn more about Psychology. Please tell me what interests you!
The lectures will review and expand on the assigned readings, through incorporating relevant research findings, videos, and guest lectures.
Frequently Asked Questions with Answers
Q: What is this course like?
A: The course will have a midterm and a final exam. You will be asked to participate in online class forums and complete pop quizzes/reflections, which are designed to consolidate learning and facilitate the development of critical thinking skills. There is one writing task assignment, and there are opportunities to get easy bonus marks.
Q: Do I need to attend lectures and do the assigned readings?
A: Attending lectures and completing readings before class is for your benefit – it can help you maximize the learning outcome of this course. The lectures will elaborate on the assigned readings, and exam questions may come from both lectures and readings.
There will be five marked pop quizzes and reflection exercises to be done in class throughout the term.
Q: What should I do if I missed a lecture?
A: You will have a chance to find a “study buddy” in the first lecture. The purpose is to help each other take notes, which can help you catch up with class.
Q: What should I do if I missed the midterm exam?
A: There will be no makeup exams. The midterm exam grade can be replaced by the final exam grade.
After taking this course, you should be able to:
1. Understand the historical development of Psychology.
2. Understand different research methods in Psychology.
3. Apply basic psychological concepts to your everyday life (e.g., how to enhance learning and study habits).
4. Describe different disciplines in Psychology and explore what interests you.
5. Develop critical thinking skills.
6. Search, read, synthesize, evaluate, and cite academic papers appropriately.
The class schedule is tentative and may be subject to changes in course content/topics. Changes will be notified to students.
*I am flying back to Taiwan weekly to teach this course in person. However, if there are unforeseen circumstances (e.g., flights being cancelled), the lecture may be delivered online or pre-recorded.
|Expectations for this course
Prior to each lecture, you are highly encouraged to read the assigned readings. The lectures will elaborate on the content in the textbook by bringing in research findings, demonstrations, videos, or guest lectures. Students are encouraged to ask questions or contribute to discussions. However, if you are a bit shy to speak up, you can engage by using our online class forum.
There will be pop quizzes/reflection exercises to be delivered in class during the term. This aims to facilitate the consolidation of learning. Students are expected to review materials covered both in lecture and assigned readings when preparing for exams.
Please aim to arrive and depart on time in order not to disturb your own learning experience and your fellow classmates’. If you have any special circumstances, feel free to speak to me/email me beforehand. Electronic devices can be used to take notes or engage in class activities. However, it should not be used to audio/video/photo record the lecture without permission.
As a side note, research has shown that taking notes by hand can prevent distraction which helps you and your classmates perform better (i.e., higher grades)!
|另約時間 備註： Office hours
Students are welcomed to email me (email@example.com) with any questions about the class.
I understand sometimes it may be hard to afford schooling and nutritious food at the same time as a student. Therefore, there is no required textbook for this course. Use this saved penny for healthy food that nourishes your mental and physical health!
I will assign readings from Noba, which is a freely accessible collection of articles written by Psychology experts (https://nobaproject.com/textbooks/introduction-to-psychology-the-full-noba-collection). The specific links to the assigned readings will be posted. The PowerPoint slides from the lectures will be posted after class.
|Engagement in class discussions
|Students are expected and encouraged to participate in class discussions. Discussion is what makes learning fun and relatable!
Participation in discussions will also be good evidence that you are keeping up with the assigned readings and can enhance your critical thinking skills.
Although I encourage you to ask questions/make comments/offer answers or thoughts by speaking up in class, I understand that may be intimidating for some students. To accommodate this, you could still earn full marks if you make contributions through the online class forum.
I encourage you to think about the following points when doing the readings:
1) What are the interesting points that you have learned from the readings (please summarize)?
2) Does the reading connect with previous lectures? Or does the reading connect to your personal life? If so, how?
3) Is there anything you disagree about?
4) Is there anything unclear that you would like to ask or discuss more with me or with your classmates?
Throughout the term, you could earn full marks by contributing to the discussions (in-person or online) at least five times. You could earn up to 1 mark per class, by answering one of the four thinking points above or responding to your classmates’ comment. Participation on the online forum after each lecture ends will not count toward your mark.
|Pop quizzes or reflection
|There will be six (pass/fail) pop quizzes/reflection to be done during the term in class. It will be related to the course material covered in that day’s lecture.
I recognize that you may have to miss a class (for any reason) during the term. To accommodate for this, only five out of the six quizzes/reflection will be counted to your final grade. Therefore, failing to take one of them will not impact your grade.
|The midterm will cover materials from weeks 1 to 7. The exams will be in multiple choice format. Exams may encompass materials found in the assigned readings but not further discussed in lectures. Similarly, materials covered in lectures (e.g., videos, guest lectures) but not in the assigned readings may also be tested.
|The final exam will be cumulative, but more weighting will be on materials from weeks 9-14. The exams will be in multiple choice format. Exams may encompass materials found in the assigned readings but not further discussed in lectures. The format will be the same as the midterm.
*Grade replacement policy: Developing good time management skills is something you gradually achieve during University. A balanced university life should include time for adequate study, sleep, and social activities. It is completely understandable to do poorly on an exam, as you learn to find balance. Thus, if you obtained a higher mark in your final exam, you could choose to replace your midterm exam grade.
|Critical writing task
|You will submit a two-page summary (in APA format) of a psychology paper that is related to the course content and interests you. The paper needs to be published in a peer-reviewed journal and should be a primary research article. The purpose is to train you to use the library to find research articles, synthesize research findings in a concise manner, and to accurately cite the source of the paper. Specific guidelines and rubric will be provided. Due date: Week 10 November 6th 08:10 A. M. on NTU COOL, but you are welcomed to submit earlier. Plagiarism is not allowed. I may upload your work to Turnitin to do plagiarism checks.
|Optional bonus mark (up to 3%)
|1. Feedback to me: (0.5% at midterm, 0.5% at the end of course): I will launch two anonymous surveys that give you the chance to give me feedback. The purpose is to let me know what is going well/unwell with the course, which may help cultivate a better learning space.
2. Research Participation (up to 2%): Providing records of participating in psychology research in the department. You will receive 1 bonus mark per 1 hour participation.
|Welcome & Introduction
|Introduction to Psychology and Research Methods
|Neuroscience and Behavior
|Sensation and Perception
|National Holiday - No Class
|Learning and Memory
|Psychological Disorders and Interventions
|Emotions and Motivation
|Health Psychology and Well-Being
|Special Topic: To be announced (TBA)
|Review - No class