Syllabus and Subjects for Bachelor of Arts [BA] (Psychology):   

BA Psychology Syllabus - Module 1.1 (Theory)

Part I (Paper I)

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Subjects of Study


Basic Psychological Processes


1. Introduction – Definition, Nature, Scope, Methods, Branches of Psychology

2. Sensory Processes and Perception -

a.) Sensation – Attributes, Modality, Characteristics of Sensory Processes.

b.) Difference between Sensation and Perception, Determinants of Perception. Gestalt Theory of perception.

c.) Attention – Determinants of Attention. Fluctuation, Oscillation and Shifts.

3. Emotion – Nature, Basic Emotions, Physiological Correlates of Emotion.


Biological Bases of Behaviour


4. a) CNS – Brain and Spinal Cord

b) PNS- Nerve Cell and its functions. Receptors and Effectors.

5. Endocrine Glands – Pituitary and Adrenal.

Module 1.2 (Theory)


Developmental Psychology


1. Introduction – Definition, scope, methods.

2. Heredity and Environment – Principles of heredity; Influence of Heredity and Environment on Development.

3. Child Development – Prenatal development; Postnatal development up to adolescence – physical and social.


Educational Psychology


4. Introduction: Definition, Scope and Methods. Relation of Psychology with Education.

5. Learning Theories – Trial and Error. Classical. Operant and Insight.

6. Memory and Forgetting –

a) Encoding, Storage, Retrieval. Sensory, STM, LTM.

b) Decay, Interference, Retrieval failure, Motivated forgetting.

7. Intelligence – a) Definition, Nature, Measurement

8. Exceptional Children – Gifted, MR.

Part II (Paper II A)

Module 2.1 (Theory)


Social Psychology


1. Introduction: Nature, scope and methods

2. Social Interaction: Conformity; Cooperation; Norms, Attitude and Values.

3. Group: Nature of groups; Influence of group on individual behaviour, crowd and mob behaviour

.4. Social issues: Public opinion and Propaganda.


Industrial Psychology


5. Introduction: Aim, Scope and Methods.

6. Work and Environment: Illumination, Ventilation, Temperature, Noise. Accidents in Industry: Causes and Prevention.

Module 2.2 (Paper II-B)




1. Frequency Distribution and Graphical Representation (Polygon, Histogram, Bar Diagram, Pie Chart).

2. Measures of Central Tendency (Both long and short method)

3. Span of Attention; Fluctuation of Attention (Determination using intensity)

4. Assessment of Intelligence by a suitable Culture Fair Test – (Raven’s Progressive Matrices Test).

5. Assessment of intelligence by a performance test – Dearborn’s Form board OR KOH’s block design.

Module 2.3 (Paper III-A)




1. Introduction: Definition of psychopathology. Concept of abnormality: Criteria of normality.

2. Determinants of Abnormal Behaviour:

a) Biological;

b) Psychological;


3. Methods of studying abnormal behaviour : Case History; Interview; Psychometric; Projective.

4. Symptoms of:

I) Schizophrenia – Paranoid; Disorganized; Catatonic; Undifferentiated and Residual Type.

II) Mood Disorders – Major Depressive and Dysthymic disorders.

III) Anxiety Disorders – Generalized Anxiety Disorder; Phobia; Obsessive and Compulsive Disorder.




5. Introduction: Concept of adjustment; Mental Health; Mental Hygiene; Criteria and factors of adjustment.

6. Stress: Concept, Types of Stress, Frustration and Conflict.

7. Reaction to stress: Generalized principles of adjustive behaviour; Task oriented and defence oriented reaction patterns.

8. Freudian Concept of Mind: Conscious, preconscious, and unconscious. Structure of Mind – Id, Ego and Superego.

Module 2.4 (Paper III-B)




1. Measures of variability – AD, SD, Quartile

2. Correlation – Rank difference.

3. Determination of the affective values of colours by the method of impression

4. Assessment of neurotic evidence of personality by any suitable test (KNPI).

5. Designing and conducting experiments on Memorial) Learning method using nonsense and meaningful materials. Whole vs. Part learning.

Part III (Paper IV-A)

Module 3.1 (Theory)


Guidance and Counselling I


1. Concept of Guidance and Counselling.

2. Special areas of Counselling – Educational, Vocational, Family, Marriage, Old age and Health.

3. a) Counselling Process – Steps of Counselling; Factors influencing counselling

b) Methods - Directive and Non-directive


Guidance and Counselling II


4. a) Psychological Tests: Types, Characteristics and Uses.

b) Aptitude, Interest and Personality tests.

6. Non-test Appraisal Techniques: Case Study, Cumulative Record Card.

Module 3.2 (Paper IV-B)




1. Personality test – EPQ

2. Verbal Intelligence Test – Terman- Merrill

3. Strong and Deb Vocational Interest Blank or Guildford Zimmerman Interest Inventory

4. Aptitude Test – D.A.T (Selected Parts- Spatial Relation and Mechanical Aptitude).