Singapore University of Social Sciences

Everyday Psychology

Everyday Psychology (ABS103)


We deal with psychology every day, yet how much do we really understand of what we have to deal with at work, at home, and when hanging out with friends? Most of what we do every day can be explained through psychological theories and principles. Being able to link our behaviours and those of others to these theories enables us to respond to situations more appropriately and learn from our responses to them. Understanding relevant concepts in psychology helps us to enhance our interpersonal skills, solve problems more effectively, and make informed decisions about how to deal with real-life situations that affect us on a day-to-day basis. This course will appeal to those who have always wondered what psychology is about and how it relates to everyday life. Using scenario-based learning, a popular e-learning approach, this course is designed to reveal direct links between theory and real-life situations so that students can learn about psychology through five different scenarios in everyday life covering some key concepts in psychology.

Level: 1
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: EVERY JULY
E-Learning: BLENDED - Learning is done MAINLY online using interactive study materials in Canvas. Students receive guidance and support from online instructors via discussion forums and emails. This is supplemented with SOME face-to-face sessions. If the course has an exam component, this will be administered on-campus.


  • The Individual Mind: (a) Personality; (b) Nature vs. Nurture
  • Growing and Nurturing: (a) Human Development; (b) Learning
  • Perceiving and Feeling: (a) Sensation and Perception; (b) Emotion; (c) Memory (short-term memory and long-term memory)
  • Thinking and Remembering: (a) Intelligence; (b) Memory (working memory)
  • Connecting and Performing: (a) Social Behaviour; (b) Motivation; (c) Stress and Coping

Learning Outcome

  • Identify key concepts in psychology relating to day-to-day life and work
  • Relate psychological principles to one’s own experiences to enhance interpersonal skills and communication
  • Describe relevant theories of psychology in everyday behaviour and events
  • Recognise the importance of applying various theories and concepts to understand human behaviour
  • Apply psychological theories, principles and concepts to real-life situations
  • Explain human behaviour across a variety of everyday settings from various perspectives
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