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First Semester 
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Lingua Insegnamento

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Course Curriculum CFU Length(h)
[30/34]   EDUCATION STUDIES [34/00 - Ord. 2019]  PERCORSO COMUNE 6 30


Learning objectives
This introductory course of Psychology is aimed at providing an hystorical, theoretical and methodological framework on the processes studied in General Psychology. The course will focus on methodological and theoretical aspects associated to cognitive, emotional, and motivational processes. In the examination of the various psychological processes, we will take into consideration the 0-3 years developmental phase.

Knowledge and understanding: At the end of the course, the student will develop a conceptual, historical, and methodological framework of the scientific and applied knowledge developed within General Psychology and a knowledge of the cognitive, emotional, and motivational processes.

Capacity to apply knowledge: At the end of the course, the student will be able to apply the acquired knowledge in order to develop critical skills and the ability to analyze the theoretical and methodological foundations of the discipline; she/he will have a basic knowledge of the cognitive and affective functioning of individuals that could be of use in the future work environment within the educational context.

Judgment skills: At the end of the course, the student will develop: the capacity for reflection and evaluation of the different theories and methodological approaches concerning General Psychology; the ability to analyze and interpret the empirical evidence derived from scientific literature.

Communicative ability: At the end of the course, the student will be able to use a specific technical language appropriately in a clear manner. He/she will also be able to formulate arguments based on the empirical evidence of scientific research.

Learning skills: At the end of the course, the student will be able to use bibliographic and web tools in order to improve his/her knowledge and skills.




General Psychology
Historical evolution of the discipline and research methods in General Psychology.
Perception and Attention
Thought and Reasoning,

Teaching Methods


Verification of learning

Written examination of around 75-90 minutes. The exam task generally includes around 15 items with multiple-choice response format (4 alternatives with penalty for wrong answers), 1 to 4 short open questions and one long open question. For multiple-choice response questions, 1 point is attributed for correct answers. Depending on the complexity of the question, 1 to 4 points can be attributed for the short questions. For the long open question, a maximum of 10 point is attributed.
The final mark is expressed in thirtieths and is given by the sum of the votes in the various sections of the task.
The general criteria for the attribution of the vote are the following:
knowledge of the various exam topics (multiple choice questions, short questions, open question);
ability to express ideas clearly and with appropriate language (short questions, open question);
synthesis ability (partially open questions);
ability to articulate the arguments logically (open question);
critical analysis skills (open question).

If the student will not pass the written exam twice, he/she must necessarily take the exam orally.

In the event of a new COVID emergency, the exam procedures may take place online in ways other than those indicated above and in accordance with any indications provided by the University.


Any introductory manual of General Psychology (e.g., Introduction to Psychology by Cooon & Mitterer or by Atkinson and Hilgard)
Chapters: Psychology, Critical Thinking, and Science; Methods; Perception and attention; Conditioning and Learning; Memory; Language; Cognition and Reasoning; Intelligence; Motivation; Emotion.

Attending is strongly recomended.

More Information

Students can meet Prof. Scalas on Monday from 10 to 12
Room 20 Building of the ex-Department of Psychology
Telephone 070-6757516

Any additional information will be available on the website of the professor. It is recommended that students first check any alerts on the site before they go to the office.

Students can always refer to the Disability Office which, as provided by Law n.17 / 99, allows upon request to make interventions as personalized as possible and meeting the needs of the individual student.

Erasmus students are invited to contact the teacher for special needs (please note that examination in Enghish is allowed upon request)

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