Overview of Semester 1 Psychology Courses

Overview of Semester 1 Psychology Courses – Semester 1 Psychology Courses – Hello everyone, thank you very much for your enthusiasm in my previous article. I didn’t think it would be that scary. Before going to the article, I want to disclaim first that this article is based on my experience as a new student of Psychology batch 2021, where psychology is SAINTEK.

I hope that there are no over-expectations from this article, because my goal is to just give an initial overview for those of you who want to major in psychology based on my experience. I’m really sorry if the article is still lacking.


It’s the same, there’s no difference because students are still taught basic things and are still general. So the only difference is the entrance route. Those who enter the scientific path learn social and social media. For example, I myself took Sociology and Anthropology courses in semester 2.

On the other hand, those who enter the Social and Social Sciences route learn related to science and technology. For example, my campus biopsychology course is in semester 4, some campuses are already in the early semesters.

Overview of Early Semester Psychology Courses


In the first semester of studying General/Basic Psychology, this philosophy must be present on every campus (correct me if I’m wrong). The rest varies depending on the campus curriculum. For my own campus, there are statistics.

Semester 1 Psychology Courses

However, in some campuses, statistics are posted in the 2nd or 3rd semester. So those who say that psychology doesn’t have calculations are a big mistake.

•What is Statistics in Psychology for?

This became the basis for the next course, namely Psychometry and the construction of test kits.

Then, because later there will be a lot of practice for collecting data, rich in assessments, questionnaires, etc., so the basics of statistics are needed.

• PsiU or Psidas

General psychology or also known as basic psychology tends to study history, characters, understanding and schools of psychology. The point is, this matkul is our introduction to understanding human behavior later. For example, the famous one is Sigmund Freud with his psychoanalytic theory. Or that is not foreign to Abraham Maslow’s theory of humanism with a hierarchy of needs.

This PU also learns about brain systems, perception, attention, sensation, and memory. However, the discussion is not in-depth because it will be discussed in more specific courses such as biopsychology, developmental psychology, personality psychology, etc.

• Philosophy

If I myself got the philosophy of human existence in semester 1 and philosophy of science in semester 2. FEM itself discusses how humans exist according to different backgrounds and points of view.

For example, humans are seen from a biological or anthropological perspective. What’s fun in this matkul is that the task is not too heavy (in my opinion) and the method is fun. If the philosophy of science itself is explained by my lecturer, we will learn the history, characteristics, and later what distinguishes psychology from other sciences.

• Statistics

Hmmm, I think it’s a tough course. but it can still be digested, because learning from scratch again and repeating high school statistics material. Rich mean, median, mode, etc.

The only difference is that it is certainly more in-depth, rich in studying sample & population, parametric and non-parametric, T-test, etc. And this matkul uses excel and SPSS so it’s not manual like in high school, hehe, just click and then the data will come out. But it’s not that easy, Ferguso, it’s annoying if you don’t understand.

• Meta Competence

Well, this is the most fav matkul anyway! special courses from my campus. Maybe some campuses have different names. What do you learn? This is actually divided into 6 subjects which are spread over six semesters.

The first semester there is Andragogy. Yes, adult learning. Here I learned a lot, if you say this is a course that contains all meat, aka very insightful, the atmosphere in the class that is built is also cheerful, not serious and relaxing, it’s really fun.

In essence, this matkul taught me to know myself further and taught me to rely on myself.

It contains material about the skills students need, such as time management, independent learners, and even relaxation skills.

Yes, how do we rest ourselves from the limbs to the mind. If the second semester continues with mental health, I can’t really tell you much because it’s new.


Ahahaha it’s hard to get mixed up.


Yes, this is the task of being an artist at Psycho Unhas. His job is like making a resume, but in depth. It contains what happened, what happened with me, insight, and what next.

I don’t know if other campuses have this kind of work or not, but my friends who are in psychology don’t (CMIIW).

As the name implies, reflecting, looking into what you feel and what insights you take. The goal is that students can accept all emotions and find solutions for what has happened and what they have felt.

So far this task has helped me with the process. However, the task is every matkul and is collected at every meeting. So now I have 9 special matkuls, that means I have to do 9 reflections. It’s just a reflection task, there’s nothing else

Examples of common tasks

-Group presentation 🙂 This must be a lot of people using groups in assignments

-Essays, papers, papers, and reports (if there is already a practicum)

-Review journal (I haven’t got this yet)

Other assignments

– Watch & analyze movies. In semester 2, there are courses such as developmental psychology, personality psychology, and general psychology II.

– Read a novel. My Existence Philosophy course assignment in semester 1 is to read the World of Shopie novels, then there will be quizzes from the novels

That’s it for now, if anyone is still curious, just ask. So if you say it’s fun, it’s fun, but there are struggles that sometimes make you cry 🙂 I’m not talking about specializations and professions because that’s not my goal, and it’s no longer my domain to explain Thank you <3


bonus :

So excited for those who want to major in psychology.

Discussion Session:

1. Cool! Makes me more interested in psychologists, but I want to ask, right, they ask PSI can be HRD, so when we went to college, was there any matkul that I didn’t use when I was in the world of work (which is related to that) so when I entered the field I wasn’t surprised because I’ve been learn that..


Why is there, on my campus psychology is divided into 3 specializations

1. education

2. clinical

3. industrial and organizational psychology (PIO)

For those who want to be HRD usually take pio interests like me wkwk

but again there is a new matkul called forensic psychology, so it’s on the run to the clinic


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