Environmental Psychology (ICM242) Course Detail

Course Name Course Code Season Lecture Hours Application Hours Lab Hours Credit ECTS
Environmental Psychology ICM242 2 0 0 2 2
Pre-requisite Course(s)
Course Language Turkish
Course Type N/A
Course Level Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle)
Mode of Delivery Face To Face
Learning and Teaching Strategies Lecture, Demonstration, Discussion, Question and Answer.
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
  • Bölüm Öğretim Elemanı
Course Assistants
Course Objectives The objectives of the course are to increase environmental adaptation to a higher level and to better understand human behavior in the public and private environment.
Course Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Be aware of the physical environment and its impact,
  • To use the physical environment in accordance with human needs,
  • To design new physical environment projects in line with changing needs,
  • To gain responsibility in the individual exchange related with physical environment,
  • To gain responsibility in the social exchange related with physical environment.
Course Content Human behavior and its relations to the design of environments; with the use of Environmental Psychology and its major assumptions, perception, cognition, needs, activities and responses are explored in the private and public spaces.

Weekly Subjects and Releated Preparation Studies

Week Subjects Preparation
1 Introduction to the course To gain information about course content from source books
2 Environment and it’s components Case studies
3 Human perception Homework
4 Cognitive systems and human behavior Case studies
5 Environmental Psychology and some major assumptions Case studies
6 Observation, discussion and examples Case studies
7 Mid-term Mid-term exam preparation
8 People and environment researches in the environmetal design Case studies
9 The role of cultural factors in environment-human behavior interaction Homework
10 Public behavior and public setting Case studies
11 Social factors Case studies
12 Physical environment systems in public Case studies
13 People and environment researches in the environmetal design Case studies
14 Observation, discussion and examples Case studies
15 Observation, discussion and examples Case studies
16 Final exam Final exam preparation


Other Sources 1. Alexander, Christopher. (1977) A Pattern Language. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
2. Altman, Irwin. (1990) Environment and Culture. New York: Plenum.
3. Canter, David. (1975) Psychology for Architects. London: Applied Science Publishers Ltd.
4. Cüceloğlu, Doğan. (1991) İnsan ve Davranışı. İstanbul: Remzi Kitabevi.
5. Gifford, Robert. (1987) Environmental Psychology. Massachusetts: Allyn and Bacon Inc.,.
6. Goffman, Erwing. (1963) Behavior in Public Places. New York: Free Press.
7. Gutman, Robert. (1972) People and Environment. New York: Basic Books.
8. Gür-Öymen, Şengül. (1996) Mekân Örgütlenmesi. Trabzon: Gür Yayıncılık.
9. Hall, Edward. (1969) The Hidden Dimension. New York: Anchor Doubleday Books.
10. Halohan, Charles. (1978) Environment and Behavior. New York: Plenum Press.
11. Ittelson, W., H.M. Prohansky, L.G. Rivling, G.H. Winkel. (1974) An Introduction to Environmental Psychology. USA:Holt Rinehart and Winston Inc.
12. Lasswell, Thomas. (1985) Designing Places for People. USA.
13. . Rapoport, Amos. (1990) The Meaning of the Built Environment. Tuscon: University of Arizona Press.

Evaluation System

Requirements Number Percentage of Grade
Attendance/Participation - -
Laboratory - -
Application - -
Field Work - -
Special Course Internship - -
Quizzes/Studio Critics - -
Homework Assignments 1 20
Presentation - -
Project - -
Report - -
Seminar - -
Midterms Exams/Midterms Jury 1 40
Final Exam/Final Jury 1 40
Toplam 3 100
Percentage of Semester Work 60
Percentage of Final Work 40
Total 100

Course Category

Core Courses X
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

The Relation Between Course Learning Competencies and Program Qualifications

# Program Qualifications / Competencies Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Having knowledge and awareness of the design and construction decisions influenced by geographical variations in social, economic, cultural, and physical contexts. X
2 Being able to collaborate in a multidisciplinary manner at the national and international levels, independently or jointly planning design projects in interdisciplinary work, and taking on responsibilities to execute/manage them in the field of interior architecture.
3 Having knowledge about the principles, laws, regulations and standards related to the field of interior architecture; being aware of professional ethics, duties and responsibilities.
4 Being able to obtain the necessary data using accurate research methods and techniques, interpreting the results, and transforming the theoretical knowledge acquired by generating counter-arguments/syntheses, evaluating them, and applying them to alternative design solutions in the practical domain in the field of interior architecture.
5 Expressing data, ideas, design solutions and projects accurately and effectively by using oral, written and/or visual communication techniques and technology in the interior architectural design process. X
6 Having knowledge of interior space systems in a way that considers the relationship between the base building construction and the interior construction in the interior architectural design process.
7 Providing a holistic design approach by developing details through the appropriate selection of furnishing, product and material in the interior architectural design process.
8 Creating space with the influence of psychology, sociology, philosophy, architecture and art by using scientific and technical knowledge that will respond to aesthetic and functional needs in the field of interior architecture. X
9 Developing user-oriented design solutions with human factors, ergonomics, universal and inclusive design principles in the interior architectural design process. X
10 Having knowledge within the scope of the historical development of architecture and art in the interior architectural design process, having the competence to make decisions by exhibiting a respectful and sensitive attitude towards cultural heritage and historical/natural environment.
11 Designing to increase spatial comfort and wellbeing with the impact of physical environmental systems such as lighting, color, acoustics, air conditioning, etc. in the interior architectural design process. X
12 Having the ability to develop a sustainable design by using natural and built environment information in the interior architectural design process.
13 Keeping up with new developments in the field of interior architecture and design, having a consciousness of lifelong learning, and contributing to the field. X

ECTS/Workload Table

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Total Workload
Course Hours (Including Exam Week: 16 x Total Hours) 16 2 32
Special Course Internship
Field Work
Study Hours Out of Class 10 1 10
Presentation/Seminar Prepration
Homework Assignments 2 2 4
Quizzes/Studio Critics
Prepration of Midterm Exams/Midterm Jury 1 2 2
Prepration of Final Exams/Final Jury 1 2 2
Total Workload 50