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You want to know about M.Sc psychology, so here I am providing you with the required information of the same:

Eligibility Criteria:

Bachelor’s degree from any recognized university.

Fees Structure:

1st year3000
2nd year2700

Duration (in years)

Minimum2 years
Maximum8 years
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Tamil Nadu Open University is a well known university situated in Tamil Nadu .. it is offer admission in many UG,PG and other courses ..

MSC psychology :
Eligibility :

You have to passed a Bachelor’s degree with science stream in respective branch from any recognized university with good marks …

Syllabus :
M.Sc., Psychology
First Year
Course code
Paper- I
- Advanced General Psychology
MSY 11
Paper- II
- Advanced Social Psychology
MSY 12
Paper- III
- Life Span Psychology
MSY 13
Paper- IV
- Research Methodology
MSY 14
Paper- V
- Psychological Testing (Practical)
MSY 15

Second Year
Paper- VI
- Organizational Behaviour
MSY 21
Paper- VII - Marketing Psychology and Consumer Behaviour
MSY 22
Paper- VIII - Human Resource Management
MSY 23
Paper- IX
- Counselling and Behaviour Modification
MSY 24
Paper- X
- Health Psychology / Project.
MSY 25

Paper I
Block – I :
Basic concepts – Definition of Psychology – Schools of Psychology –
Behaviorist – Gestalt – Psychoanalysis – Humanistic. Scientific methods in
Psychology – Application of Psychology – Psychology in Industry, community,
family, education, health, self development – Human relations.

Block – II :
Hereditary and environment – Experimental studies – Growth and
maturation – Physiological basis of behaviour – The brain and nervous system –
The sensory process – Some general characteristic of senses – Five senses –
Perception: Organization – The role of learning in perception – Perception and
attention – Perceptual process.

Block – III :
Learning – Principles and Methods – Classical conditioning – Operant
Conditioning – The principle of reinforcement – Multiple response learning –
Cognitive learning – Optimizing learning: Programmed learning and automated
instruction – Transfer of learning – Role of Reward and punishment in learning.

Block – IV :
Motivation and emotion – Physiological basis of motivation – Current status
of motivational concepts – Theories of motivation – Motivational factors in
aggression – Emotion – Emotional expression –Theories of emotions.

Block – V :
Memory and forgetting – Kinds of remembering – Retrieval processes – The
nature of forgetting – Two process theories of memory – Improving memory –
Language and thought – Symbols and concepts – Structure – Forms of thought -
thinking and reasoning – Concept formation.

Block – VI :
Intelligence – Theories of intelligence – Measuring Intelligence – Kinds of
intelligence tests – Ability – Formation of aptitude and attitude – Aptitude tests –
Creativity and its tests - Personality – Definition of Personality – Theories of
Personality – Assessment of Personality.

1. Clifford T. Morgan, Richard a. King, John R. Weis and John Schopler,
“Introduction to Psychology” – 7th Edition. Tata McGraw Hill Book Co. New
Delhi, 1993.
2. Ernest R. Hillgard, Richard C. Atkinson, Rita L. Atkinson, “Introduction to
Psychology” 6th Edition, Oxford IBH publishing Co. Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi,
3. Baron.A. Robert, Psychology, Pearson Education Vth Ed.,2002

Paper II
Block – I :
Basic concept of social psychology – scope – individual, society and culture
- Social Psychology in the new millennium - Research Methods in Social
Psychology: Systematic, Correlation and Experimental Methods.

Block - II
Social Perception - Nonverbal Communications - Attribution: Understanding
the causes of others Behaviour - Theories of Attribution- Kelley's model -
Impression Formation and Management - Social Cognition: Social Information-
Heuristics and Automated Processing - Sources of Error. Groups: Types and
formation - Theories of Group Formation - Co-ordination - Group Decision making -
Group Think.

Block – III
Interpersonal attraction – Factors determining Attraction - Sociometry -
Social Motives -types - Social Influences - Conformity- Compliance - Obedience -
Prosocial Behaviour- Why do we help others- Situational Factors- Individual
characteristics - Empathy - Altruism- Attitude: Components, Formation - influence
on Behaviour - Changing the Attitudes - Persuasion - Cognitive Dissonance.

Block --IV

Prejudice -Discrimination in Action - Origin - Methods to reduce it -
Aggression - Theories of Aggression - Types of Aggression - Determinants of
Aggression - Environmental causes - prevention and control of Aggression.

Block – V:
Environmental Influences: The urban environment and social behaviour -
Environmental Stress: The hazards of a noisy environment - Temperature and
weather as environmental stressors - Temperature and aggression - Air pollution –
Effects of negative ions - Personal space – Territorial behaviour – Territorial
dominance – architectural designs - Crowding - The effects of too many people
and too little space.

1. Kuppusamy .B An introduction to Social psychology – Bombay – Asia
Publishing House – 1965.
2. Baron and Byrne . Social Psychology, Tata McGraw Hill, 1998.
3. Lindgren, Introduction to Social Psychology.
4. David G Myers, Social Psychology, McGraw Hill Book Company, New Delhi

Paper III
Block – I :
Basic Concepts – Aspects of Development, Life Span periods – Methods –
Non Experimental, Experimental - Stages of Development – Principles of
Development – Prenatal period – Birth – Neonatal stage – First year of Life – Early
childhood, Middle childhood – Adolescence, Adulthood and old age.

Block – II:
Physical Development – Motor Skills – Growth rate – Physical health during
Adulthood, Physical fitness & energy – Motor functions in old age. Intellectual
Development –Approaches: Psychometric, Piagetian and Information processing
approach – Cognitive Development – Piaget’s model – Language Acquisition and
Development of language, Memory, Intelligence and Moral Development.

Block – III :
Personality and Social Development – Emotions – emergence of Self – Role
of parents and siblings – peer group influence – Psychoanalytic, social learning
and cognitive perspectives in the personality development – Emotional problems of
childhood – identity crisis in adolescence, relationship with parents and peers,
sexual identity- Teenage problems.

Block – IV :
Personality and Social issues in young adulthood - Parenthood – Career
planning – Intimate relationship and personal life styles – work life – personal
relationship in family and work life

Block – V :
Old age – Physical changes - Psychomotor functioning – Health & fitness –
Health problems – Memory changes – Work and Retirement – Adjustment to Old
age - Personal Relations in Late life – Death Bereavement – Purpose and meaning
of life.

1. Elizabeth B. Hurlock, Developmental Psychology – A Life Span
Approach, Fifth Edition, Tata McGraw Hill Publishing co. Ltd., New Delhi.
2. Zubek J.P. and Solberg, P.A., Human Development, New York, McGraw
Hill Book Co. Ltd., 1954.
3. Papalia, Diane E and Old, Human Development V Ed 1992, Tata
McGraw Mill Publishing Co., Ltd

Paper IV
Block I :
Scientific Method and its goals - Research process – Criteria of good
research – Research problem – Criteria for selecting the problem –Defining the
research problem – Hypotheses – Types of Hypotheses – Testing of Hypotheses
and their limitations.

Block II :
Research Design – Meaning, needs for research design - Important
concepts relating to research design – Different Research Designs. Sampling
design- Steps in sampling design – Characteristics of good sampling design –
Sampling techniques - Sample size and its determination – the approach based on
Precision rate, Confidence level and on Bayesian statistics.

Block III :
Research Methods – Survey – Experimental, Exploratory – Case study –
Cross sectional and longitudinal methods – Selection of Tools – Criteria for
selection of tools – Different types of tools- Observation, interview, questionnaire,
check list, inventories – rating scale, attitude scale – Criteria of good research tool
– Reliability, Validity, objectivity and practicability – Standardization of test and
Item Analysis.

Block IV :
Measurement – Concepts of Hypothesis testing - Procedure for hypothesis
testing – Important Parametric tests – Hypothesis testing – Hypothesis testing
using ‘t’ test, Correlations, ANOVA - Non-parametric tests – Chi-square test –
Multivariate analysis.

Block V:
Research Proposal – Meaning of Interpretation- Significance of Report
writing – Steps in writing report- Types of Reports – Role of computers in

1. Guilford J.P. Fundamental Statistics Psychology and Education – New York
– McGraw Hill Booth Co. 1965.
2. Fred N. Kerlinger, Foundations of Behaviour Research, Surjeet
Publications, 1983.
3. Kothari, C.R. Research Methodology, Willy Eastern Limited, New Delhi.

Paper V
Fifteen tests from the following areas will be selected by the University and
conducted during the I year of the course.
1. Intelligence
2. Memory
3. Creativity
4. Aptitude
5. Interest
6. Personality
7. Stress
8. Study Skills
9. Interpersonal relations
11.Organizational Climate
12.Job involvement
13.Job satisfaction
15.Self esteem

1. Cronbach, L.J. Essentials of Psychological Testing, 1972. New Delhi,
Prentice Hall Inc.
2. Woodworth R.S. and Scholsberg, 1981, Experimental Psychology, New
Delhi, Taa McGraw Hill Co. Ltd.,
3. Udaipreek, T. Venkateswara Rao. Handbook of Psychological and Social
Instruments. Samashti, B-2, Chamelibagh, Baroda-2.

Paper VI
Block – I
Organisational Behaviour – Definitions- Fundamentals of Organizational
Behaviour – Dynamics of people and organization – Theoretic Frameworks -
Models and Approaches of organizational behaviour.

Block – II
Foundations of Individual Behaviour –Perception: Selectivity and
Organisation – Personality: Meaning and Determinants of Personality- its influence
on Organisation- Learning: Principles- Reinforcement Schedules – Punishment.
Motivation: Types of Motives – theories of Motivation- Content and Process –
Attitude- Components, Functions and Changing – Job Satisfaction: Determinants
and Effects.

Block – III
Foundations of Interpersonal Behaviour – Groups: Meaning, Formation,
Types – Team Building – Group Decision making. Leadership: Styles, Power and
Theories of Leadership – Traditional and Modern. Communication: Meaning,
Types – Upward, Downward, and Interactive- process.

Block – IV
Stress and Conflict Management – Stress: Individual and Organisational
Stressors, Effects and Management – Types of Counselling – Conflict: Types,
Interpersonal and Intra-individual Conflicts- Conflict Resolution and Management.

Block – V
Organisational Culture – Functions - Organisational Change and its effects
–Managing Change and Resistance to change – Organisational Structure –
Designs - Organizational Behaviour Modification process - Quality of Work Life –
Employee Assistance Programs.

1. John W. Newstrom and Keith Davis – Organizational Behaviour – Human
Behaviour at Work. 10th ed. Tata McGraw Hill, 2002.
2. Fred Luthans – Organisational Behaviour, McGraw Hill- Irwin, 9th Ed.2002.
3. Stephen P. Robbins - Organisational Behaviour, Prentice Hall of India,

Paper VII
Block – I
Understanding Marketing Management – Basic concepts of marketing ––
Market oriented strategic planning – Corporate and Division Strategic Planning –
Identifying and Analyzing competitors.

Block – II
Developing Market Strategies – Differentiating and positioning –Challenges
in New Product Development – Market testing – Customer Adoption Process.
Components of Marketing Information System – Marketing Intelligence System -
Marketing Research – Marketing Decision Support System - Marketing research
program for a new product - common errors.

Block – III
Managing marketing communications – Developing Effective
Communications – Developing and Managing an Advertising Program – Media
Decisions - Sales Promotion and Public Relations.

Block – IV
Understanding Consumer Behaviour – Definition – Influencers Building
customer satisfaction– Attracting and Retaining Customers - Analyzing consumer
markets buying behaviour – Buying Decision Process – Stages in the process-
Marketing strategies – Market segmentation- Levels and patterns of Market

Block – V
Influences on Consumer Behaviour – Environmental influences: culture –
subcultures – social class – Social groups – Family – Personal influence and
diffusion of Innovations – Individual determinants of consumer behaviour –
Personality and self concept – Motivation and Involvement – Information
processing – Learning and memory attitudes.

1. Kotler, P. (2003), Marketing Management, (Eleventh Edition). Prentice Hall.
2. Mamoria, C.B. and Joshi, R.L. (1998), Marketing Management, Analysis,
Planning, Implementation and control, (Ninth Edition) Prentice Hill.
3. Loudon, D.L. and Della Bitta, A.J. (2002) Consumer Behaviour (forth
edition) Tata McGraw Hill.
4. Advertising Management, Aaker & Myers, Batra.

Paper VIII
Block – I
Nature and scope of Human Resource Management – Human Resource
Planning – Job Analysis - Job description - Job specification - Recruitment and
Selection – Types – Interview types and selection process.
Block – II
Employee testing – Importance of Selection – Psychological tests – Other
informations - Development of Human Resources - Types of training and
Executive Development - Performance appraisal – Methods and uses.

Block – III:
Maintenance of Human Resource – Motivation and Reward System.- Job
evaluation - Compensation – Wage and salary, Incentive patterns - Collective
Bargaining – Types and process - Importance.

Block – IV :
Employee problems – Disciplining, Promotion, Transfer and Separations -
Employee welfare safety health benefits and services - Industrial Counseling and
Intervention Programmes.

Block – V
Human relations – Participative management – Quality circles – Total
quality management – Industrial relations – Employee communication – Human
Engineering – Working conditions – Improvement in work environment –
International Human Resource Management.

1. David A. De Cenzo – “Personnel / Human Resource Management”, 3rd Ed.
Prentice – Hall of India Private Limited, New Delhi – 11000/1998.
2. K. Aswathappa - Human Resource and Personnel Management, 3rd Edition,
Tata McGraw Hill, New Delhi.
3. Gary Dessler - Human Resource Management, 9th Edition – Pearson
Education 2003.

Block – I
Basic concepts – Meaning of Guidance and Counseling and their
differences – Approaches to counselling, person centred, Gestalt, Psychoanalytic,
Cognitive, Trait factor, Behavioral and eclectic approach - Assessment Techniques
- Important Factors – Tools of Assessment.
Block – II
Goals of counselling – counselling process – characteristics of counselor –
Group counselling – special areas of counselling - applied areas multicultural
counselling – Ethical issues.

Block – III
Basic concepts of Behaviour Modification: Behaviour Counselling: Salient
Features Enhancement of Client’s Involvement – Some Misconceptions about
Behavioral Approach. Relaxation Techniques: Jacobson’s Deep Muscle Relaxation
Training, Autogenic Training, Yoga and Meditation.

Block – IV
Assertion Training – Basic Dimensions – Training procedure – Components
of Social Skill Training – Uses of social skill training – Precautionary points –
systematic desensitization -. Operant Conditioning Techniques – Basic Paradigm –
Schedules of Reinforcement – Aversive Conditioning and application – Token
Economy – Shaping – Chaining – Other Operant Procedures, Premack’s Principle
and Prompting.

Block – V
Cognitive Behaviour Modification – Fundamental Aspects – Cognitive
Restructuring – Meichenbaum’s Self Instructional training – Beck’s Model –
Rational Emotive Therapy (Ellis) – Thought Stopping and Variations – Problem
Solving Techniques.

Nelson-Jones, R. (1994). - The theory of practice of counseling
psychology – Cassel London.
Rimm, D.C. and Masters, J.C. (1974), - Behaviour Therapy: Techniques
and Empirical Findings. New York: John Wiley and Sons.
Robert C. Carson. James. N. Butcher and Susan Mincka (1996) -
Abnormal Psychology and Modern Life, 10th Edition, New York; Harper
Collins College Publishers.
4. Swaminathan V.D. and Kaliappan, K.V. (1997), Psychology for effective
living – Behaviour modification, Guidance, Counselling and Yoga,
Chennai. The madras Psychology society publication.

Paper X
A Student can take up “Project Course” during 2nd year.

The objective of the project is to help the student develop ability to apply
various psychological concepts, tools and techniques to solve day–to-day life

Types of Project
1. Case study of any organization
2. Field study (Empirical Study)
3. Survey

Selection of project :
Students are guided to select projects of their interest in consultation with
resource persons.

Project Report Formulation :
The report may be organized into five or six chapters. The length of the
project may be atleast 50 double space types pages not exceeding 1000 words.
However 10% variation on either side is permissible.

Submission Project Report :
Two typed copies of the project report are to be submitted and one copy can
be retained by the student.

Project Evaluation :
Two external examiners will be evaluating the project for a maximum of 100

Paper – X
Block –I
An Introduction to Health Psychology: Meaning of Health Psychology -
Relating Health Psychology to other fields -Nervous and Body system functions –
The Endocrine System – The digestive System – The respiratory system – The
Cardiovascular System – The Immune System.

Block – II:
Enhancing Health and Preventing Illness: Smoking – Reasons for smoking
– Smoking and Health – Preventing and Quitting smoking – Alcohol use and
abuse: Alcoholics– Reasons for use and abuse of alcohol– Preventing and treating
for Alcohol abuse. Drug use and Abuse: Preventing and Stopping drug abuse.
Nutrition: Consumption – Nutrition and Health – Weight control and diet – Exercise.

Block – III:
Becoming Ill and Getting Medical Treatment: Health Services – Perceiving
and Interpreting systems – Using and misusing health services – The Patient-
Practitioner relationship – adhering to medical advice. The hospital – Being
hospitalized – Psychological problems of hospitalized patients.

Block – IV:
Stress Management: Stress - Definitions- Models of Stress – Theories of
Stress - Stress reactions – Coping and Stress Management techniques- Pain and
its management - Psychological reactions of a patient to loss – Stages of
Acceptance by Kubler-Ross.

Block - V
Management of Ill and Yoga: Management of Chronic and Terminally ill –
Quality of Life – Social support and rehabilitation. Role of Indian Treatment - Yoga
Asanas – Principles in Yoga Practice – Pranayama.

1. Shelley E. Taylor. Health Psychology Third Edition. McGraw Hill
International Editions, 1995.
2. Neil Niven, Health Psychology Second Edition. Churchill Livingstone,
3. Taimini. L.K. (1973). Glimpses into the Psychology of Yoga – The
Theosopihical Publication House, Chennai.
4. Swaminathan, V.D, Latha Sathish, Psychology for Effective Living,
Department of Psychology, University of Madras

Contact details :
Tamilnadu Open University
No 577, Anna Salai, Saidapet, Attucheri, Nandanam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600015 ‎
044 2430 6600 ‎

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