CBSE 11th Class Psychology Syllabus


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Course Structure

Part/Unit Topics Marks
A Theory 70
1 What is Psychology 7
2 Methods of Enquiry in Psychology 10
3 The bases of Human Behaviour 8
4 Human Development 6
5 Sensory, Attentional and Perceptual Processes 8
6 Learning 9
7 Human Memory 8
8 Thinking 7
9 Motivation and Emotion 7
B Practical 30
1 Practical (Experiments) file 5
2 Project File 5
3 Viva 5
4 One Experiment 15
Total 100

Course Syllabus

Unit I: What is psychology?

  • Introduction

  • What is Psychology?

    • Consciousness (From the CBSE Supplementary Reading Material) −

      • Psychology as a Discipline

      • Psychology as a Natural Science

      • Psychology as a Social Science

  • Understanding Mind and Behaviour

  • Popular Notions about the Discipline of Psychology

  • Evolution of Psychology

  • Development of Psychology in India

  • Branches of Psychology

  • Themes of Research and Applications

  • Psychology and Other Disciplines

  • Psychologists at Work

  • Psychology in Everyday Life −

    • Linkages across psychological processes (From the CBSE Supplementary Reading Material)

Unit II: Methods of Enquiry in Psychology

  • Introduction

  • Goals of Psychological Enquiry −

    • Steps in Conducting Scientific Research

    • Alternative Paradigms of Research

  • Nature of Psychological Data

  • Some Important Methods in Psychology −

    • Observational Method

    • Experimental Method

    • Correlational Research

    • Survey Research

    • Psychological Testing

    • Case Study

  • Analysis of Data

    • Quantitative Method −

      • Concepts and computation of the Measures of Central Tendency

      • Graphical Presentation of Data: Bar, Histogram, Polygon (From the CBSE Supplementary Reading Material)

    • Qualitative Method

  • Limitations of Psychological Enquiry

  • Ethical Issues

Unit III: The Bases of Human Behaviour

  • Introduction

  • Evolutionary Perspective

  • Biological and Cultural Roots

  • Biological Basis of Behaviour −

    • Neurons

  • Structure and Functions of Nervous System and

  • Endocrine System and their Relationship with

  • Behaviour and Experience −

    • The Nervous System −

      • Sleep and Wakefulness (From the CBSE Supplementary Reading Material)

    • The Endocrine System

  • Heredity −

    • Genes and Behaviour

  • Cultural Basis: Socio-Cultural Shaping of Behaviour −

    • Concept of Culture

  • Enculturation

  • Socialisation

  • Acculturation −

    • Globalization (From the CBSE Supplementary Reading Material)

    • Diversity and Pluralism in the Indian Context (From the CBSE Supplementary Reading Material)

Unit IV: Human Development

  • Introduction
  • Meaning of Development −
    • Life-Span Perspective on Development
  • Factors Influencing Development
  • Context of Development
  • Overview of Developmental Stages −
    • Prenatal Stage
  • Infancy
  • Childhood
  • Challenges of Adolescence
  • Adulthood and Old Age

Unit V: Sensory, Attentional, and Perceptual Processes

  • Introduction
  • Knowing the world
  • Nature and varieties of Stimulus
  • Sense Modalities −
    • Visual Sensation
    • Auditory Sensation
  • Attentional Processes −
    • Selective Attention
    • Sustained Attention
  • Perceptual Processes −
    • Processing Approaches in Perception
  • The Perceiver
  • Principles of Perceptual Organisation
  • Perception of Space, Depth, and Distance
    • Monocular Cues and Binocular Cues
  • Perceptual Constancies
  • Illusions
  • Socio-Cultural Influences on Perception −
    • Person Perception

Unit VI: Learning

  • Introduction
  • Nature of Learning
  • Paradigms of Learning
  • Classical Conditioning
  • Determinants of Classical Conditioning
  • Operant/Instrumental Conditioning −
    • Determinants of Operant Conditioning
    • Key Learning Processes
  • Observational Learning
  • Cognitive Learning
  • Verbal Learning
  • Concept Learning
  • Skill Learning
  • Transfer of Learning −
    • Learning Curve (From the CBSE Supplementary Reading Material)
  • Factors Facilitating Learning
  • The Learner −
    • Learning Styles
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Applications of Learning Principles

Unit VII: Human Memory

  • Introduction

  • Nature of memory

  • Information processing Approach: The Stage Model

    • An alternative approach - The Information Processing Perspective (From the CBSE Supplementary Reading Material)

  • Memory Systems − Sensory, Short-term and Long-term Memories

  • Levels of Processing

  • Types of Long-term Memory

    • Declarative and Procedural; Episodic and Semantic

  • Knowledge Representation and Organisation in Memory

  • Memory as a Constructive Process

  • Nature and Causes of Forgetting

    • Forgetting due to Trace Decay, Interference and Retrieval Failure

    • Pathologies related to Memory (From the CBSE Supplementary Reading Material)

  • Enhancing Memory

    • Mnemonics using Images and Organisation

Unit VIII: Thinking

  • Introduction

  • Nature of Thinking

    • Building Blocks of Thought

  • The Processes of Thinking

  • Problem Solving

  • Reasoning

  • Decision-making

  • Nature and Process of Creative Thinking

    • Nature of Creative Thinking

    • Process of Creative Thinking

  • Developing Creative Thinking

    • Barriers to Creative Thinking

    • Strategies for Creative Thinking

  • Thought and Language

    • Stages of Cognitive Development Introduction to the ideas of Piaget, and Vygotsky (From the CBSE Supplementary Reading Material)

  • Development of Language and Language Use

Unit IX: Motivation and Emotion

  • Introduction

  • Nature of Motivation

  • Types of Motives

    • Biological Motives

    • Psychosocial Motives

  • Maslow‟s Hierarchy of Needs

  • Nature of Emotions

  • Physiological Bases of Emotions

  • Cognitive Bases of Emotions

  • Cultural Bases of Emotions

  • Expression of Emotions

    • Culture and Emotional Expression

    • Culture and Emotional Labelling

  • Managing Negative Emotions

  • Enhancing Positive Emotions

    • Human Existence (From the CBSE Supplementary Reading Material)

    • Competence (From the CBSE Supplementary Reading Material)

    • Self-efficacy (From the CBSE Supplementary Reading Material)

    • Intrinsic motivation (From the CBSE Supplementary Reading Material)

    • Development of positive emotions (From the CBSE Supplementary Reading Material)

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