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Course Description

An introduction to the major facts, principles, methods, and theories of psychology. Topics include the history of psychology, sensory and perceptual processes, learning and cognition, motivation and emotion, psychological development, clinical and abnormal psychology, and biological, social, and personality determinants of behavior. (Not open to students who have aken both Psychology 1 and 2.)

Professor Tran -- Course manager

Professor: Ivy Tran
Course Name: PSYC1000 Introductory Psychology

Office Hours

Please email me to set up an appointment for office hours via Zoom video conferencing.

I am generally available after class on Saturday until 2pm, but please email me for office hour visit at least 2 days in advance of when you would like to meet. I also have availability Monday and Tuesday afternoons.

Appointments can also be arranged with the course tutor via email.

About Professor Tran

I am a graduate student at Hofstra University in the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology. My clinical work involves evidence-based treatment of phobias, trauma, and anxiety. My research explores motivation and learning in psychosis and schizophrenia spectrum disorders, particularly in first-episode and early psychosis. During undergrad, I studied Psychology at Boston University with a minor in history and am happy to talk about my experiences during undergrad or to answer career/school questions if you are interested in pursuing further study in psychology.

My favorite hot sauce is Texas Pete's, my favorite dog is a German Shepherd, and my favorite move is Inglorious Basterds. I love plants and baking and hope that you find something in this course that you love!


Syllabus spelled out in wood blocks on books

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Click on "Add / Reorder" and then select "Document / File"

Course Goals, Learning Objectives & Evaluation

Course Goals and Learning Objectives:

  1. To understand and apply common terms and fields of study within psychology (i.e. clinical, social, cognitive, etc.) You will leave familiar with major concepts, theoretical perspectives, history of the field, and empirical findings in psychology that will support future study.
  2. Develop critical thinking skills in consuming scientific literature and understanding the scientific process. Though this is not a research methods course, you should leave feeling confident in the key terms, steps in the scientific method, and how to evaluate the quality of research you consume.
  3. Understand key differences and similarities between subdisciplines of psychology and to find one area (or many!) that interest and excite you.

Evaluation of Course Goals and Learning Objectives:  Students will demonstrate their achievement of the learning objectives by:

  • Performance on three exams
    • 2 exams = 30 multiple choice and 3 short response
    • final exam = 40 multiple choice and 4 short response
  • Three research article summaries
  • Five pop quizzes on reading material

Textbook (Required)

Introductory Psychology textbook cover

Noba Textbook Series: Psychology Compiled by Ivy Tran
Citation: R. Biswas-Diener & E. Diener (Eds), Noba textbook series: Psychology. Champaign, IL: DEF publishers.

Textbook is FREE.

Can access directly from the NOBA site  by clicking the link above

Or by downloading the pdf (if you like to highlight material) via the "resources" tab on the course website.