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PSY100 Syllabus Fall 2013(1).pdf

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Ashley Waggoner Denton

Tuesdays 11-12pm & Thursdays 11-1pm Convocation Hall ______________________________________________________________________________ Instructor Dr. Ashley Waggoner Denton Office: Sidney Smith Hall (SS) Room 5016D Phone: (416) 978-3020 Twitter: @DrAshleyWD Office Hours (drop-in): Fridays 2-4pm Virtual Office Hours: TBD Teaching Assistants Amy Wilkinson April Au Have a question that doesn’t require a face -to- face discussion? See below for online course Nick Diamond Vanessa Vogan communication policies! Drop-In Office Hours (remember to seek help as soon as you need it!) Where: Sidney Smith (SS) Room 5016F (PSY100 Instruction Centre) When: TBD (will be posted under “Announcements” in Blackboard) Note: TAs will also hold pre-test tutorials before each test/exam, as well as test review sessions after the marks have been posted for each test (see the section on “Reviewing Your Tests” below). Date, times, and locations of tutorials and review sessions will be announced in class and posted on Blackboard. Course Website You should see this course when you log into portal ( ) using your UTORid and password. Use the links on the left to navigate through the site: Check announcements, download lecture notes, access the experiment sign -up system, etc. Piazza & Course Communication Policies Email: [email protected]  Use this address for all email* (if you need to contact me specifically, just address your email to me and it will be forwarded accordingly) Email should only be used for personal/private matters, NOT for general questions about course content, policies, experiments, tests, etc. For these types of questions, please use PIAZZA (discussion board system). *Note: Questions regarding experiment participation must be sent to [email protected] (see “Experiment Participation” below) How to log-in to Piazza: Simply go to: (or use the link on Blackboard) to sign -up for this class on piazza (if the link doesn’t work, you can also just search for “PSY100H1, L0101” from the piazza homepage) . Once you have access to the course, using Piazza is very easy and intuitive. Post away! 1 Required Textbook Gazzaniga, M. S., et al. Psychological Science , 3rd Canadian Edition, W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., NY. ISBN: 9780393911527 (available at the U of T Bookstore). One copy of the textbook will be available for short-term (2-hr) loan from Robart’s Library. Note: Using an older (or US) edition of the textbook is NOT recommended. COURSE OVERVIEW Course Description Psychology is defined as the science of the mind , brain, and behaviour. The purpose of this course is to provide you with an overview of the major themes and areas of study in the field of psychology. You will learn about the history of the discipline, the research methods used by psychologists, and the major theoretical persp ectives in psychology. We will cover concepts from different content areas such as cognitive psychology, physiological psychology, developmental psychology, and social psychology. Effort will be made to connect course material to your everyday life, in order to help you better understand yourself and those around you. This is a survey course, thus the emphasis is on breadth rather than depth - we cover a huge range of topics in a very short amount of time. In order to provide a sense of coherence, material will be presented in terms of overarching themes (e.g., “The Mind is Adaptive”) rather than simply jumping from one major content area to the next. This means that you must pay special attention to the reading schedule, as the assigned reading for any given week may involve sections from multiple chapters. Lectures will serve to highlight the connections across the readings, as well as provide additional examples and explanations. Learning Objectives At the conclusion of this course, you should be able to: • Describe the six overarching themes of psychology that are highlighted in this class, and be able to provide illustrations of how each theme plays out in multiple content areas • Describe the various research methods used by psychologists to test h ypotheses about human behaviour, and understand the strengths and weaknesses of each method (e.g., correlational versus experimental designs) • Properly use and understand common terms and concepts used by psychologists in th e various domains of psychology • Name some of the most influential psychologists in each content area and describe their contributions to the field (e.g., Jean Piaget, Sigmund Freud) • Demonstrate a basic understanding of neural communication as well as the basic structures of the brain and their functions • Describe how biological, social, and psychological variables work together to determine outcomes (e.g., physical and mental health outcomes) • Explain the importa nce of research-based evidence (e.g., using evidence-based assessment in the clinical evaluation of clients) and understand the importance of the scientific method to psychological research and practice • Understand how psychological research is shaped by the sociohistorical context • Recognize the important role that culture plays in your life, and the influence that it has on your own psychological experience 2 Experiment Participation As you will see below, a small portion of your grade in this class is based on participation in psychological experiments conducted by researchers on the St. George campus. Information on using the PSYNup system is posted on Blackboard. If you encounter te chnical difficulties, or have general questions about experimental participation, please email the PSY100 pool coordinator at [email protected] . Please make sure you follow the guidelines for using the PSYNup system and do not sign -up for experimental credits you do not need. Marking Scheme All tests will be multiple choice and conducted during regular class time (except for the final exam which will be held during the final exam period) . Item th Weight Notes Term Test 1 – Oct 10 30% 60 multiple choice questions; 1 hour & 45 minutes Term Test 2 – Nov 14 th 30% 60 multiple choice questions; 1 hour & 45 minutes Final Exam – TBA 35% 90 multiple choice questions; 3 hours Experimental Credits 4% See the experiments page on the course website Class Participation 1% See “ABCD Cards” below; Photo due by Nov 21 Every student in this class will receive exactly the grade which he or she deserveIf you are caught cheating on a test/exam, it will be dealt with through official university channels and the results can be severe. Please save yourself the trouble by not cheating! Please see below for information regarding my expectations for you (and what you can expect from me), as well as information on academic integrity at U of T (also see: ). Taking Tests in PSY100 Tests will not be written in our regular classroom (thankfully!), and you will need to check Blackboard for the location of each test (rooms will be assigned based on surname). On test days, make sure you arrive at your test location on time, bring a pencil, an eraser, and you r T- card (or other photo ID). Try to leave valuables at home, as you will need to leave all other items at the front of the testing room. If you wish to keep your phone (or other electronic device) at your desk, you may bring an opaque bag into which you may put your cellphone or other electronic device – after it has been turned off – and then put it under or beside your desk. Students who quarantine their cell phones in this way will not be deemed in possession of an unauthorized aid. Missed Term Tests (**Please note that if you miss the final exam, we cannot help you – you will need to file a petition for a deferred exam with yo ur College Registrar’s Office. ) You are expected to make every possible effort to compl ete the scheduled tests and arrive on time. Failure to take a scheduled test may result in a zero on th e test. What do you need to do to avoid getting a zero? • If you miss a test for a legitimate medical reason, you will need to submit the appropriate medical documentation . The Verification of Illness & Injury form is now the only acceptable medical documentation at U of T and must be used for all students who are requesting special academic considerat ion based on illness or injury. The form must be submitted to myself or a TA within one week of missing the test (forms may also be 3 submitted to room SS4027) . Medical documentation must show that the physician was consulted within one day of the missed ter m test. If you have missed the test for a reason other than illness, an official email from your College Registrar’s office or Accessibility Services may also be considered acceptable documentation. What happens after you submit the documentation? • If you miss one term test due to a legitimate absence, your other term test and the final exam will be reweighted (at 45% and 50%, respectively) to make up for the missing test (i.e., that missing 30% of your grade). A missing grade in Blackboard (“ -“) means that your documentation has been accepted and your grade will be reweighted. You do not need to do anything else. If a “0” appears as your mark for the missed test, this means that either we never received your documentation or that it was unacceptable for some reason. Please feel free to contact us in this case. If you miss BOTH term tests for documented reasons, you will need to take a make-up test. In this rare case, please send an email to [email protected] to make arrangments for the make-up test as soon as possible after missing the second term test. Reviewing Your Tests The tests and exams for PSY100 are restricted, meaning that you will not be able to keep your test or answer papers. You are strongly encouraged, however, to review your test, in order to see which questions you you got correct, and more importantly, which questions tripped you up. Test review sessions will be held after the g rades have been posted for each test. Please check Blackboard and listen in class for announc ements about when and where to review your tests. LECTURE INFORMATION Class Participation: ABCD Cards In order to participate in class and communicate with myself and your classmates, you will make your own unique set of “ABCD” cards. Because Con Hall is huge, and the letters themselves may be difficult for me to see, please also colour -code your cards, as indicated below (so that if the answer to a question is “C” and I see a sea of red cards being held up across the classroom, I know that something is wrong!). Be as creative as you want with your cards, so long as the proper colour/letter is dominant. A  Red B  Blue C  Yellow D  Green Bring your cards (large enough to be seen by me) to class every day in order to participate (note: you could also hold up an iPad/tablet with the appropriate colour/letter ). Also feel free to participate as a pair or group (up to 4 people) . To receive your participation point, s imply submit a photo of yourself with your cards to Blackboard by the deadline (November 21). Even if you use your cards as a group, you must each submit your own photo . A small prize will be given to the person or group with the most creative/clever/fun set of ABCD cards, and this will be announced on the last day of class. Lecture Slides Incomplete versions of lecture slides will be posted before the start of class (typically the day before). These slides are meant to aid in note -taking, not to replace coming to lecture. If you 4 miss a lecture, you mu
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