(As per Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) Syllabus-)
From the academic year 2021-22
TYBA- Semester VI
DSE 1 D (3): EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY (THEORY) + (1) RESEARCH PROJECT
After completing the course, student should be able to:
CO1: Describe the process of experiment in psychology, concept of psychophysics.
CO2: Explain problem, hypothesis, variables, sampling in experiment.
CO3: Identify and classify the learning system, methods of psychophysics.
CO4: Compare laws of psychophysics, types of hypotheses.
CO5: Conduct research based project.
UNIT-1: INTRODUCTION AND HISTORY OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
1.1: What is experiment? Characteristics, types
1.2: Contribution of eminent psychologists in experimental psychology
1.3 Scientific method: definition, nature
1.4: Social scientific research
UNIT-2: PROBLEM AND HYPOTHESIS IN RESEARCH
2.1: What is problem? Definitions, origin, sources and selection
2.2: Statement of problem
2.3: Hypothesis: Definition, formulation, sources
2.4: Types of hypotheses
UNIT-3: VARIABLES AND SAMPLING
3.1: What is variable? Definitions, types
3.2: Controlling of variables
3.3: Sampling: Meaning and types
3.4: Sampling distribution and sampling error
UNIT-4: PSYCHOPHYSICS AND HUMAN LEARNING
4.1: What is psychophysics? Methods of psychophysics
4.2: Weber’s law and Fechner’s law, Signal detection theory (SDT)
4.3: Definition and nature of Human learning.
4.4: Methods of Human learning.
1. Serial Learning,2. Distributed Vs Undistributed,3. Partial Vs Whole 4 Structured
For 1 Credit: PROJECT:
1. For project, a sample of at least 30 subjects should be taken
2. Project report should be structured as follows
a. Introduction and definition of basic concepts
b. Rationale/significance of the study
c. Hypothesis / Or Exploratory Study if Qualitative
e. Tools for data collection
f. Statistical analysis / Qualitative Analysis
g. Results, discussion and conclusion
h. Limitations and suggestions
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