B.Sc (Hons.) in Applied Psychology




B.Sc (Hons.) In Applied Psychology

3 12th standard pass with any stream at least 50% marks.

 Disclaimer: TNU reserves the right for relaxation in admission criteria for the most deserving candidates.

Note that TNU follows a Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) and students are expected to earn about 20% credit from course those are not directly related to psychology discipline.

The course attempts to nurture action oriented thinking. The students will be groomed to meet challenges in all domains of life. The aim of the course is to inculcate in students the spirit of autonomy, empathy, sensitivity and creativity; the ability to think freely without being bounded by structures and hegemonies. The students will be trained to be productive, independent thinkers and activists, who are ready to bring about positive changes in the society. To inculcate in them respect for fellow human beings and for individual differences. The uniqueness of the course is its focus on experiential learning, hands-on training and team working.

The pedagogical approach focuses more on application based, experience based and field based learning, emphasizing assimilation of the perspectives that emerge from engaging, not restricting the same to text book based learning. The pedagogy is trans-disciplinary in nature where the student will be motivated to push the boundaries of Psychology as we know it today. Students will also learn to integrate diverse viewpoints. The programme will ensure three summer trainings and internship in hospitals, NGOs, corporate houses and schools.  These training will make students ready to works after post-graduation in industry, hospital or community. TNU curriculum is holistic and provides opportunities to go out into the world as a work life coach, a harbinger of wellness and good health, as a mentor for a sportsperson or an interventionist and will be able to serve in hospitals, NGO’s Corporate Houses, Schools etc. Thus the course is highly job-oriented.

Further, the comprehensive Masters program will provide the student not just an M. Sc. degree, that is recognised all over the country, but also equip them to carry out research in a wide variety of fields ranging from clinical psychology, social psychology, industrial psychology, sports psychology, health psychology, developmental psychology, education psychology, psycho-diagnostic & interventions, work-life coaching, psychology of wellbeing, human resource development, management studies and counselling.



1st Semester

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Course Code 

Course Content



Introduction to  Psychology


Introduction: Definition of psychology. Perspectives on behavior; Methods of psychology; Subfields of psychology; Psychology in modern India. 

First experimental laboratory – History of Western psychology 

First experimental laboratory – History of psychology in  India

History & schools of Psychology- Structuralism, Functionalist, Behaviorist, & Gestalt

Perception Process: Perceptual processing, Role of attention in perception, Perceptual organization, Perceptual sets, Perceptual constancies, Depth perception, Illusions. 

Learning:  Principles and applications of Classical conditioning, Operant conditioning, and Perspectives on motivation, Types of motivation, Motivational conflicts.

Memory: Models of memory: Levels of processing, Parallel distributed processing, Information processing; causes of forgetting; Improving memory.



Statistical Methods in Psychological Research


Measures of Central Tendency and Measures of Dispersion

Standard (z) scores

Normal Probability

Correlation and Inferential statistics

T-test &chi square

Parametric and non – parametric statistics 




Exploring Self


Essay on ‘Aspects of Self’ which is experiential based in the form of self-report,

Collection of information about self which is based on the others’ perception of myself

               Evolving identity of my ‘self’ from perception of ‘myself and others perception of me



English for Creative Communication





Computer Programming (Theory)*





Computer Programming (Lab)*




Total Credits: 22

2nd Semester

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Educational Psychology


Meaning, History and Methods of Educational Psychology

Theories of Learning- Observational learning; Cognitive theories

Transfer of Learning 

Programmed Learning 

Concept and assessment of interest, aptitude, Intelligence and personality

Education for specially abled child and gifted child

Educational measurement and evaluation



Life Span Development



Concept and definition of development, prenatal development, role of genetic and environmental factors in development.  

Physical, Emotional, cognitive, moral and social development in each stage of life span.  


Indian Perspective of Development

Stages of life in Indian tradition – Bhramacharya, Grihasta, Vanaprastha, Sanyasa



Biological Basis of Behaviour


Nature and scope; Methods and ethics in biopsychology; Divisions of biopsychology

The Structure and function of neuron, synapse and neurotransmitters. 

Nervous system a) Central – Structure and function of Brain and Spinal Cord, b) Autonomic Nervous System – Structure and function, c) Peripheral nervous system – Structure and neural central of behavior

Structure, functions and abnormalities of major glands: Thyroid, Adrenal, Gonads, Pituitary. Functional abnormalities of neurotransmitters: dopamine and serotonin hypothesis

Emotional behavior:  The role of cortex in emotion. Emotion and endocrine gland. 



Testing Human Behavior


Movie to identify individual behavior or Select snippets from films highlighting the individual behavior

Memory-  a) Effect of spaced and unspaced method of learning on memorization capacity of the subject b) Effect of retroactive inhibition on the memorization capacity of the subject 

Perception- To determine the rate of perceptual reversibility of the subject by using Human Profile/Flower Vase Card

On Reaction Time – Simple, Choice and Discriminative Reaction Time ( Emphasis on Physiological Explanation)

Diversity to be measured in terms of Ethnic Prejudice by Bogardus’ s Social Distance Scale (Revision of Goode and Hatt)


Environmental Studies 




Total Credits: 26

 3th  Semester

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Personality Dynamics


Nature of personality; Bio-psychosocial foundations of personality; Culture, gender and personality

Sigmund Freud – Critical Approach 

Neo – Freudian theories: Jung, Adler, Erikson, Sullivan

Trait Theories

Humanistic theories

Theory of Gordon Allport



Introduction to Social Psychology


Introduction: Nature and scope of social psychology; Overview of the history of social psychology (including development in India); Methods of Social Psychology, Relationship with sociology and anthropology.

Understanding and evaluating the social world: Social cognition, Social perception, Attitudes, Attitude-behaviour link; Strategies for attitude change. 

Social interaction and Influence: Interpersonal attraction, Pro-Social Behavior, Aggression, Social Influence

 Group Dynamics and Inter-group relations: Nature of groups, Consequences of belonging (performance, decision making, cooperation and conflict), Nature of intergroup relations (prejudice, inter-group conflict, intervention techniques).



Psychological Testing


Movie to identify defense mechanisms or Select snippets from films highlighting the defense mechanisms

16 Personality Factors Questionnaires

Intelligence Test – Progressive Matrices

Block designing 

Aptitude Test

Interest- Guilford, J.S. & Zimmman, W. S. (1963, 1989,Copyright). Guilford- Zimmerman Interest Inventory. Consulting Psychologists Press Inc.3803 E. Bayshore Road.  Palo Alto, CA 94303



Stress Management


Unit 1: Stress: Introduction, Nature of stress, symptoms of stress.
Unit 2: Various sources of stress: environmental, social, physiological and psychological
 Unit 3: Stress and health: effects of stress on health, eustress.
Unit 4: Managing stress: Methods - yoga, meditation, relaxation techniques, Problem focused and emotion focused approaches. 



Health & Hygiene 


To be provided by Hospital Management Department


Total Credits: 28

 4th  Semester

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Course Content



Health and Healing


Unit I- Introduction to Health psychology & positive psychology

Health Concept, Assumptions, Models (Biomedical and Biopsychosocial)  

Unit-II Theories: Social Cognitive Theory, Theory of Planned Behavior, Health Belief model, Protection – motivation theory, Trans – theoretical model of behavior change, Self-regulatory model, latest trends. 

 Unit-III Health Promotion and Illness Prevention: Health and Behavior; Changing health habits; Cognitive behavioural approaches to health behavior change




Introduction to

Abnormal Psychology


Introduction:-Concept of normality & abnormality

Models of abnormal psychology

Different Classificatory systems, Concept of Psychosis & neurosis Mental health & hygiene

Clinical picture and symptoms of different disorders- Anxiety Disorders

 Schizophrenia and Mood disorder  



Testing Psychological Process 



Coping Scale

On Group Cohesiveness by Sociogram Method

Dysfunctional Attitude Scale

Anxiety  State Trait Anxiety Inventory:  Spielberger, C.D., Gorsuch, R.L., & Lushene, R.G. (1970). STAI Manual; Palo Alto. Consulting Psychologists Press.

General Health Questionnaire (GHQ)


Happiness scale

Need Achievement-?? 

Social distance scale- Ethical Prejudice 

Emotion Regulation Questionnaire



Child protection law (?)


To be provided by Law department 



 5th  Semester

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One month Summer Internship





Basic Research Methods


Definition of Psychological Research, Goals of Psychological Research, Paradigms of Research, Principles of Good Research, Ethics in Psychological Research.   

Research Traditions :Quantitative & Qualitative orientations towards research & their steps, Comparing Qualitative & Quantitative Research Traditions, Formulating a problem & developing a testable research question / research hypothesis. 


Problem and Hypothesis, 

Sampling, Experimental design, 

Data Collection methods including quasi experiment, survey, questionnaire, case study, interview etc

Development and standardization of Psychological Tests

Research Report writing



Child Psychopathology


Overview of the clinical picture and symptoms of different disorders:

Neuro-developmental disorders- Intellectual disbabilities,ADHD,ASD

Externalizing disorders- ODD,Conduct

Internalizing disorders-childhood depression, Separation anxiety



Psychological Assessment


1. Semi Projective Techniques- 1. Semi Structured Interview on Coping compared with Coping Scale by Rao, K., Subbakrishna, D.K. & Prabhu,G.C. (1989). Development of a Coping Checklist- A Preliminary Report. Indian Journal of Psychiatry, 31 (2), 128-133.

2.  Sentence Completion Test:  Sacks, J.M & Levy, S. (1950).  Sentence Completion Test (SSCT). Dr. Joseph M. Sacks & other Psychologists of the New York Veterans Administrative Mental Hygiene Service.

3.Temperament Scale 

4. Bell Adjustment Scale



7. Draw A Person Test





Life Saving Techniques


To be provided by Hospital Management



Total Credits: 26

 6th  Semester

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Counseling and Guidance


Counseling: meaning, purpose and steps. Differences between counseling and psychotherapy, different schools of counseling. Basic Skills of Counsellor ,Ethics in counselling

Areas of counselling, Scope of counselling

Concept of guidance, different areas of guidance, difference between counselling & guidance




Psychology of work and Human Resources


Introduction: Historical antecedents of Organizational Behavior: Scientific management & Human Relations Movement; Contemporary Trends and Challenges; Organizational Behavior: Challenges in the Indian Setting.

Individual level processes: Employee attitudes: Job satisfaction, Organizational Commitment, Organizational Citizenship Behaviour. 

Work Motivation; Early theories: Maslow, McClelland, Two factor; Contemporary theories and applications: Goal setting & MBO, Equity, Expectancy, Job Characteristics Model & Job Redesign.

Leadership: Basic approaches: Trait theories, Behavioral theories, Contingency theories; Contemporary Issues: Inspirational approaches to leadership, Challenges to the leadership construct; Indian perspective on leadership



Consumer Behavior


To be provided by Management Department 







Total Credits: 22

 Grand Total: 146 Credits


Dr. Shivani Santosh, HOD and Associate Professor

Dr. Santosh has 6 years of teaching experience and an overall 10 years of industry experience. She has 9 years of research experience in the area of Clinical Psychology. She is RCI licensed Clinical Psychologist. She did her M.Phil from Central Institute of Psychiatry, Ranchi. She did her Ph.D. in Psychology from Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata. She has had 10 National and 4 International Publications in her name. She has won various awards and recognition such as the prestigious “Leelabati Bholanath Award” for Best Oral Presentation in the 35th Annual Conference of Indian Psychiatric Society (Eastern Zonal Branch). Also, she has thrice been selected to receive a foreign travel grant from Indian Statistical Institute for presenting papers at International Conferences. She has attended 7 National and 4 International Conferences.

Dr. Gouranga Mitra, Assistant Professor

Dr. Mitra has 8 years of teaching experience and an overall 10 years of research experience. He did his Ph.D. in Applied Psychology and has had 2 National and 6 International Publications in his name. He has attended 3 National and 10 International Conferences.

Dr. Sudeshna Roy, Assistant Professor

Dr. Roy has 8 years of teaching experience and an overall 5 years of research experience. She did her Ph.D. in Applied Psychology and her research area was the Correlates of Dysfunctional Belief related to OCD. She has had 2 National Publications. She has attended 2 National along with 2 International Conferences well.

Dr. Pranam Paul, Assistant Professor

Mr. Paul has 15 years of teaching and research experience. He did his Ph.D. in Engineering where he specialized in Cryptography and his research areas were primarily Cryptography, Data Security, DBMS, Computer Graphics, Image Processing, LTP, etc. His current research project titled “A Solution towards Big Data Storage and Data management for Efficient Data Handling in Secured File System Based Cloud Environment through Services” is under the process of review in WOS – B, Department of Science and Technology (DST), Govt. of India. He had featured in the “Top 100 Engineers, 2011” and “Outstanding 2000 Intellectuals of the 21st Century, 2012” lists selected by International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England. He has 11 National and 79 International Publications in his name. He has been to 7 National and 4 International conferences organized by various groups.

Dr. Mostaid Ahmed, Assistant Professor

Dr. Ahmed has 2 years of teaching experience. He did his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics and his research areas were Solid Mechanics, Theory of Elastic Waves, Geodynamics, and Mathematical Modeling. He has had 11 International Publications to his name and has attended 3 International Conferences as well.

Dr. Abhishek Ghosh, Assistant Professor

Dr. Ghosh has 6 years of research experience in the adoption & diffusion of innovation and nutrition-sensitive agriculture. He did his Ph.D. in Agricultural Extension and has 4 International Publications. He has attended a National and an International Conference.

Ms. Anwesha Bhattacharyya, Teaching Associate

Ms. Bhattacharyya has been teaching for more than four years now. She has an industry experience of five years along with three years of research experience on “Clinical Psychology: Child and Adolescent Psychopathology, Psychological Trauma, etc.” She did her MPhil in Clinical Psychology from Ranchi University where she had secured the first rank. Earlier, she had completed her M.Sc. in Applied Psychology from Calcutta University. To date, she has 21 National Publications to her name. She has attended 3 National Conferences.

Ms. Suvosree Bhattacharya, Faculty (Visiting)

Ms. Bhattacharya has 6 years of teaching experience and an industry experience of 2 years. She has research experience of 4 years on Anxiety Disorders and Child Psychology. She did her MPhil in Clinical Psychology from the Central Institute of Psychiatry, Ranchi. She was awarded the Best Paper Award in the IACP Annual Conference, 2008. She has 3 National and 3 International Publications to her name. She has attended 2 National and an International conference.

Dr. Samadrita Saha, Faculty (Visiting)

Dr. Saha has 10 years of teaching experience. She is a certified Cognitive Behaviour and Narrative therapist. She did her Ph.D. in Psychology where her research area is Social Psychology. She has 2 National Research Journal Publications to her name.

Ms. Aritrika Lahiri, Faculty (Visiting)

Ms. Lahiri has 3 years of teaching and has more than 5 years of research experience in mental health issues. She did her MPhil in Clinical Psychology. She has attended National and 5 International Conferences.

Mr. Sushmit Bhattacharya, Soft Skills Trainer, Training & Placement

Mr. Bhattacharya has 16 years of teaching and 2 years of industry experience. He is currently pursuing his MA in English. He has been recognized by the AIMA, New Delhi as an Accredited Management Teacher.


Dr. Puja Chatterjee

HOD, Department of Psychology, Asutosh College

Dr. Deepsikha Roy

Professor, University of Calcutta

Dr. Prasanta Kr Roy

Head, Clinical Psychology Department, Institute of Psychiatry, SSKM Hospital 

Dr. Ranjan Bhattacharjee

Head, Clinical Psychology, Murshidabad Medical College and Hospital

Dr. Leena Nair Sengupta

Professor, Gokhale Memorial Girls College



Students successfully presented their Paper in State Level Conference on CBT & Beyond

Shaireen Ali and Sneha Roychoudhury, successfully Presented their Paper at State Level Conference on CBT & Beyond organized by Department of Clinical Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry - A Centre of Excellence (IOP-COE), Kolkata.

Shaireen Ali won the 'Best Paper Award'.  



Applied Psychology graduates and post graduates have a vast range of career options. They can decide to be Clinical Psychologists, Industrial-Organizational Psychologists, Counselors, Genetics Counselors, Forensic Psychologists, School Psychologists, Sports Psychologists, Special Education Teachers, utilising tools that include personality assessments, interest inventories, and a host of other evaluation measures.


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