PSK 101 introduction to psychology I

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Psychology has long past, yet its real history is short.

- Hermann Ebbinghaus

PSK 101 Introduction to Psychology I

Psychology has long past, yet its real history is short.” - Hermann Ebbinghaus

We cannot state a specific year when people talked about psychology of things around themselves. It appears that as Ebbinghaus stated, although psychology has a short written story, its past had begun with the evolution of the first human being. In this course, students will be able to get knowledge on how to look at different perspectives of psychology in order to solve the problems within each perspective. The basic topics include testing psychological research hypotheses and the theories of mind-body relationship. This course includes topics such as research methods, physiological bases of behavior, brain and behavior, sensation and perception, states of consciousness, learning, memory, language and intelligence.

At the end of this course students will be able to;
1. Think both as a scientist and psychologist,
2. Differentiate between the different psychological approaches and analyze psychological issues from the perspective of these different approaches,
3. Follow through the several steps of assessment in investigating a certain psychological research hypothesis,
4. Accumulate knowledge on the theories and research regarding the normal and abnormal functioning of the brain, the senses and the mind, and develop habits of critical inquiry on related issues.

Reading List
Main Textbook: King, L. (2017). The Science of psychology: An appreciative view (4th ed.). New York: McGraw Hill.

Evaluation and Grading
Mid Term (%40)
Part A (10%): A multiple choice exam in the midterm week.
Part B (30%): An essay exam in the midterm week.

Final Exam (%40)
Part A (10%): A multiple choice exam.
Part B (30%): An essay exam.

In Class Assignments and Homeworks (%20)
Quizzes, homeworks, questionnaires and other small exercises.

Tentative Course Schedule



Reading (Main Text)

Sep. 25

ORY - 100

Oct. 02

What is Psychology?

Chapter 1

Oct. 09

Human Brain

Chapter 3

Oct. 16

Zombie Brain

Chapter 3

Oct. 23

Sensation and Perception I

Chapter 4

Oct. 30

Sensation and Perception II

Chapter 4

Nov. 06

States of Consciousness

Chapter 5

Nov. 13 - Nov. 17


Nov. 20

Psychology’s Scientific Method I

Chapter 2

Nov. 27

Psychology’s Scientific Method II

Chapter 2

Dec. 04


Chapter 6

Dec. 11


Chapter 7

Dec. 18

Thinking, Intelligence, and Language

Chapter 8

Dec. 25

Summing Up

Chapters 1 - 8