Singapore University of Social Sciences

Introduction to Psychology 1

Introduction to Psychology 1 (PSY107)


PSY107 Introduction to Psychology I introduces the basic principles, concepts and theories of the following key areas; Research Methods, Biological Psychology, and Cognitive Psychology. Psychology is fundamentally the science of behaviour and mental processes, and psychologists use scientific methods to test their ideas empirically. A better understanding of human behaviour can be achieved by studying the biological basis of behaviour and the various cognitive functions involved. Such core concepts will be covered by means of pre-recorded lectures, interactive and instructive online resources that supplement the textbook and study guide, multimedia tutorials, videos, simulations, animations, tests and quizzes that make learning accessible and stimulating.

Level: 1
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: EVERY REGULAR SEMESTER


  • Introduction to Psychology: History & Perspectives
  • Psychology as a Science
  • Psychological Research
  • Research Ethics
  • Neurons & Neurotransmitters
  • Nervous Systems and the Brain
  • Sensation
  • Perception
  • Memory Structure & Functions
  • Memory Processes
  • Cognition, Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Intelligence

Learning Outcome

  • Define major concepts of Psychology
  • Describe basic theories or principles of Psychology
  • Explain the biological or cognitive bases of human behaviour and mental processes
  • Discuss behaviour and mental processes using supporting theoretical/empirical evidence
  • Identify various components of a research article and research methods
  • Apply psychological concepts to explain everyday behaviour
  • Practise a research method
  • Present the references following American Psychological Association (APA) guidelines
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