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Introduction to Psychology: Course Outline

The course focuses upon those basic concepts of psychology, which are related to the human behavior within organization.

Reference Book

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Course Content


  • Nature of psychology
  • Relationship of psychology with other social sciences.
  • Psychology as a science of human nature.
  • Application of psychological theories and principles in management sciences


  • What is learning?
  • Theories of learning
  • Classical conditioning
  • Operant conditioning
  • Social learning
  • Reinforcement and its schedules?
  • Punishment use and consequences


  • What is personality?
  • Personality determinants: Heredity, Environment, Situation
  • Personality traits
  • The big five models
  • The development of personality

  • Nature of cognition.
  • Thinking  process
  • Basic elements of thought, Concepts, Proposition, Images
  • Reasoning and Errors in reasoning


  • Nature of perception
  • Sensation, perception and attention
  • Perceptual selectivity
  • Perceptual organization
  • Attribution, Stereotyping, Halo effect.



  • Importance, services, types
  • Personal values and ethics?
  • Services, types, and functions of attitudes
  • Attitudes and consistency


  • Definition
  • The causes of stress
  • Impacts of stress
  • Coping strategies with stress


Final exam

Learning Outcome

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • By the end of this course students will be able to:
  • Understand the vocabulary and concepts of psychology. 
  • Understand the research upon which the knowledge of human thought and behavior is based  Understand how critical thinking skills are developed 
  • Be a cautious and analytical consumer of information that is proclaimed to be scientific or based on research 
  • Have a greater understanding and accepting of him/herself and others 
  • Describe the critical developments that led to the present discipline of psychology
  • Contrast and compare the three major 
  • Describe and apply psychological theory in some areas of his/her life


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