E-mail: EnilaCenko@unyt.edu.al; enila.cenko@gmail.com

Office Hours:  Wed, 10.00-12.00 or by appointment

TURNITIN Class ID and Enrollment Password: 10909897/Genpsych


Course Description and Purpose:


The science of Psychology studies the human experience – our thoughts, feelings, and behavior. The aim of this course is to give you an overview of the many different fields of psychological study as well as to present the key concept of these fields. The course will offer not only the latest theories and findings from psychological research, but also presentations of the research methods that are used to collect scientific information. Furthermore, this course will enable you to expand your knowledge on diverse psychological phenomena as well as to construct a better understanding of yourself, others and the surrounding environment.


Course Objectives and Learning Outcomes:


The course aims to:


  • To teach you the science behind psychology and how it differs from media’s interpretation
  • To provide you with an introduction to the different areas in the field of psychology.
  • To aid you assimilate key concepts in the field and how to apply them to real world life.
  • To aid you in further developing cognitive and intellectual skills that apply to university-level learning, such as critical thinking skills, the ability to synthesize information and present it to others in an appropriate way, the ability to work in groups, and ability to transfer knowledge and skills attained in this course to other subject matters as well as the real world


Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:


  • Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
  • Use the concepts, language, and major theories of the discipline to account for psychological phenomenona.
  • Understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including literature review, research design, and data interpretation.
  • Understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.
  • Be able to synthesize information from various sources and evaluate the reliability of the sources.
  • Apply and analyze psychological concepts, theories, and research findings as they relate to everyday life.


Required Readings:


Wade, C., & Tavris, C. (2003) Psychology. New Jersey, Prentice Hall. (7th ed. or newer edition)


Copies of the PowerPoint lectures delivered in class are available for you at Rossi Copy shop, located near the UNYT campus.


Course Requirements and Assignments:

Readings: The textbook and additional reading assignments are crucial to your understanding of the course material. Note that not all the text material will be covered in class.

Attendance: Attendance in UNYT classes is mandatory. I will keep track of your attendance and punctuality every hour of class. Please note that only the Record’s Office can excuse an absence (for example, for illness). Also, please refrain from arriving late or leaving early from class, without talking to me before hand. Unless you receive prior approval, these hours will be counted as absences.

Participation: is as important as attendance. Throughout this course, you will be given the opportunity to engage in group work, case and example discussion, and other active learning activities. Participating in class discussions is a good tool to practice your communication and thinking skills. Sharing your experiences, opinions and raising questions will be beneficial to all. However, if you do not feel comfortable speaking in front of others, please see me.

Written work: Each student will prepare a term paper on a topic of his/her choosing, that should receive the instructor’s approval first. All papers:

  • Need to be your own original work
  • Should not exceed 6 pages
  • Must be typed, double-spaced and in APA format
  • Contain at least three scientific references (articles, book chapters etc.)

Note that there are several steps that you need to undertake in order to submit a successful final draft. The dates for these steps are outlined in the course schedule at the end of this syllabus. These steps include:

  • Selection of an appropriate topic and instructor’s approval
  • Submission of scientific references that you will use to write the paper
  • Submission of an outline for the paper
  • Submission of final draft.

Final drafts of the term papers will be accepted only after completion of the previous steps. Please note that late papers will be penalized with a 1 point deduction for each day that they are late. No papers will be accepted after the final exam date.


Group/individual presentation: The class will be divided into groups of two or more students. Each group will choose a different, specific topic of their interest, which is relevant to the course material. The topic needs to be approved by the instructor first. The purpose of the presentation is to demonstrate the ability to synthesize information on the selected topic from different sources, apply it to real world issues, and present it to the rest of the class in a professional yet engaging way. You will be given in class, a detailed presentation assessment rubric that contains information on how your presentation grade will be calculated.


The ability to work in groups is an essential skill for your future as professionals in the job field. Please note that the ability to engage in quality group work entails respecting deadlines and the work of other group members. As such, note that if one of the members of the group does not show up for the presentation on the scheduled day, then he/she will be penalized. Under these circumstances, the other group members have the choice to have an individual presentation, or to have a delayed and penalized presentation. For each delayed presentation, there will be a 5 point deduction from the overall grade.

Examinations: There will be 2 exams (1 midterm and 1 final exam) during the semester. Each of the exams will cover the materials, lectures, readings and discussion up to the date of the exam. The final exam is not comprehensive and will cover all the materials covered after the mid-term exam. The exams may contain various types of questions, such as multiple-choice, short-answer, true-and-false, and short essay. Make-up exams will not be given unless there is a case of documented emergency, in which case you are urged to contact the instructor as soon as possible.


Opportunities for extra credit points: Throughout the course, the instructor will give opportunities for you to attain extra points to be calculated toward your final course grade. These opportunities are optional and will consist in the completion of several homework exercises that will be further specified in class. Please note that in order to qualify for these extra points, you need to submit the assignments on the day that are due. The maximum number of extra credit points that you can accumulate for this class is 5.


Student Evaluation Breakdown



Attendance & Participation


Midterm 20%
Presentation 20%
Term paper 25%

Final Exam











Letter Grade Percent Generally Accepted Meaning
      A 96-100 Excellent
      A- 90-95
      B+ 87-89 Good, above average
      B 83-86
      B- 80-82
      C+ 77-79 Acceptable
      C 73-76
      C- 70-72
      D+ 67-69 Significantly below average
      D 63-66
      D- 60-62
      F 0-59 Failing grade



General Requirements


Conduct: Please avoid disruptive behavior such as talking with your classmates and turn off your cell phones before class time. I would like us to enjoy our learning experience, but also to act appropriately for the situation.  Since this is a 3hr class, we will have at least one break depending on our pace.

Office Hours: I encourage all students to drop by my office at any time with any questions or concerns you may have.

Format: All written assignments must adhere to APA format: A4 size, Times New Roman font, 12 pt, double spaced with standard margins and page numbers. You should always check your work for spelling and grammar. The paper should be submitted to TURNITIN program. If you do not have a TURNITIN account, then you should create one. Please keep in mind that you have to submit your papers at TURNITIN by the deadline indicated in the syllabus. Other ways of paper submission are NOT accepted.

Late Assignments:  Make-up exams will not be given unless there is a case of documented emergency. Written assignments must be submitted before midnight on the day they are due or TURNITIN will automatically consider them late

Academic Dishonesty/Turnitin: UNYT does not tolerate academic dishonesty. Read and familiarize yourself with the UNYT Student Honor Code for a more detailed description of plagiarism and cheating. Please be aware that assignments submitted via TURNITIN must not receive an overall plagiarism mark of over 10%, otherwise they will be graded down significantly. Any assignment with a plagiarism rate of 25% or higher will be automatically graded as an F (0%).

Learning Difficulties: If you feel that you have encountered special learning difficulties or serious problems that interfere with your studies, please make an appointment with the UNYT’s Counseling Office, Dr. E.Cenko (enilacenko@unyt.edu.al) and/or Academic Support Center, Dr. A. Canollari (albanacanollari@unyt.edu.al). For more information, please contact me, or your academic advisor.


Course Schedule:


Dates Topics, Readings and Assignments
Oct 16 What is Psychology?

Historical origins and modern approaches

Readings: Wade, ch. 1

Oct 23 How psychologists do research

Scientific method; Research Methods in Psychology

Readings: Wade, ch. 2

Oct 30 Biology and Behavior

Nature vs. Nurture debate

Readings: Wade, ch. 3 & 4

Nov 6 Development over the lifespan

Readings: Wade, ch. 14

Topic & scope of the presentation due

Nov 13 Body rhythms and mental states

Sleep, altered mental states, hypnosis, psychoactive substances

Readings: Wade, ch. 5

Nov 20 Learning

Classical & operant conditioning, social learning theory

Readings: Wade, ch. 7

Topic & scope of the paper due

Nov 27 National holiday/Day off
Dec 4 Midterm Examination
Dec 11



Short-term & Long-term memory

Readings: Wade, ch. 10

Scientific references for the paper due

Dec 18 Thinking and Intelligence

Readings: Wade, ch. 9

Jan 8 Emotion

Readings: Wade, ch. 11

Jan 15 Motivation

Readings: Wade, ch. 12

Jan 22 Theories of Personality

Psychoanalysis, Humanism, Behaviorism, Big Five Personality

Readings: Wade, ch. 13

Outline of the paper due

Jan 29 Psychological Disorders

Treatment of Psychological Disorders and Therapy

Readings: Wade, ch. 16&17

Feb 5 Final Examination

Revised: October 2015