Psychology 101G W13
Introductory Psychology Winter Syllabus
Instructor: Kathy Foxall
Email: MyLearningSpace course mail. ([email protected]
) This e-mail address can be reached
only from within myls course mail.
Classroom: BA201 Bricker, 6:30-9:20 PM Tuesdays
Office: 2003 Science building
Office hours: Mondays 5:15-6:10, Tuesdays 5:15-6:10 and other times by appointment.
Textbook: Wade, C. Tavris, C., Saucier, D., Elias, E. (2013). Psychology (4th Canadian edition). Toronto,
ON: Pearson Education.
Teaching Assistant: Shaan Dhillon [email protected]
It is important that you have the textbook for this course. Mypsychlab that comes with the textbook is
helpful for studying, but it is not essential that you have it. I will not be giving assignments with mypsychlab.
Note that if you use the wrong textbook, it probably will have an adverse effect on your grades.
Exclusion: PS100: You cannot receive credit for PS101 or PS102 if you have received a credit for PS100. If
you wish to take 2ndyear and other upper year psychology courses in the future, you must pass this course
This is the first of two half credits in introductory psychology. Methods for understanding human
and animal behaviour are introduced. This course introduces psychology and its history, and shows
how the different areas of psychology are integrated. Topics such as research methods, biological
bases,sensation & perception, states of con sciousness,personality, disorders, and treatment are
The course syllabus and lecture notes will be posted on MyLearningSpace. In order to save yourself time and
frustration, please check the syllabus first if you have questions. The syllabus includes information such as
upcoming topics and readings, test dates, test format, topics on the test, grade breakdown, etc. Although
the posted notes are fairly detailed, they do not negate the need to attend class. All activities that take
place in class are considered fair game for tests and the exam. MyLearningSpace will also be used to post
announcements or changes that may occur through the semester. Please feel free to speak to me after
class, and in person during office hours. Note that during class breaks I need a break too, so it is best to
wait to speak with me after the class ends. Please use MyLearningSpace mail to contact me rather than
regular e-mail. Remember, you can only contact me at mylearningspace course mail by using course mail.
1. Knowledge of psychology. This includes
(a) awareness of major psychological approaches to the study of the behaviour of organisms
(b) awareness of the major problems in psychology
(c) knowledge of its origins and important contributors
(d) knowledge of research findings, concepts and basic terminology
(e) understanding of research methodology and limitations.
1 2. Development of scientific values and skills. Some of these are testable, others will evolve slowly,
perhaps not completely during the term. Included here also
(a) stimulation of intellectual curiosity about human and animal behaviour
(b) appreciation of the scientific method
(c) critical appraisal of reports of research findings.
3. Personal Development. You will be the best judge of whether this goal has been attained; however, the
evidence might not be manifest for a long time. Ideally, contact with psychological knowledge should
(a) increase your understanding and tolerance of the behaviour of other people, especially a greater
acceptance of what is labelled "deviant", "abnormal", "pathological", "crazy" or "different"
(b) a better understanding of the forces acting upon you to limit or prevent your freedom of choice and
action--those in your past (guilt, traumatic memories, obligations, bad contracts, unrewarded experiences,
punishment, low self-esteem, shyness and others), those in the present (social pressures to conform, comply,
obey, perform, to do what others reward you for, and personal pressures to be recognized, approved of,
accepted and maybe even loved, and others) and those in the future (your unrealistic expectations,
aspirations, concern for liabilities and responsibilities, security, death and others)
(c) stimulation of your curiosity to explain why people (and you) behave as they do
(d) development of intelligent skepticism about unwarranted psychological "truths", in every-day life, those
in the mass media, as well as those made by experts.
You will have the opportunity to participate in research studies offered on campus and also offered online.
If you prefer to not participate in research, alternative assignments will be made available to you. Please
look on MyLearningSpace under the heading “Course information” for information on research participation.
Mid-terms and final examination
The mid-term tests and final exam will consist of multiple-choice questions. The mid-terms and final will
cover lecture, videos, and class activities, along with assigned readings.
Activity WEIGHT DATE
Test 1 23% For information about what is on the test, please see the
January 29. The test will start at schedule.
7 PM to allow enough time to
prepare the classroom.
Test 2 34% For information about what is on the test, please see the
March 12 The test will start at 7 schedule.
PM to allow enough time to prepare
Final Exam 40% The exam will be held during exam schedule in April. The exam
During exam session, April 11-30. covers all material, with extra questions on material that was
The examinations office schedules not previously tested (chapters 15 & 16).
the exam, date TBA. Do not
schedule any trips or events during
this time period.
Research participation. Note that 3% During the course.
this is *not* a bonus grade. It
comprises 3% of your final grade.
2 Policy on missed tests
Note that you are expected to write the tests when they are scheduled. You may miss a test or exam only
under unusual circumstances, such as documented illness or personal emergency. Once you miss a test, the
onus is on you to contact the teaching assistant promptly and arrange for a makeup test in a timely fashion.
(Note that the examinations department deals with all exam arrangements, and you will need to contact
examinations if you miss a final exam). If you are in need of writing a makeup test, you are expected to
initiate, read, and respond to messages about this issue through mylearningspace course mail within 72 or
fewer hours after the missed test (exceptions will be made in cases of serious illness or significant family
emergency). It is an inconvenience for the teaching assistant to proctor missed tests, and your prompt
cooperation and courtesy in facilitating scheduling and writing make up tests is necessary. If you do not
cooperate in scheduling a makeup test by contacting the teaching assistant promptly and responding in a
timely fashion to e-mails about scheduling arrangements, you may lose your right to have a makeup test. In
that case, you will receive a grade of 0 for the missed test.
Please note that if you can document an illness or personal emergency you do not need to obtain advance
permission to miss a test. Note as well that if there is a legitimate personal emergency, such as a loved one
being seriously ill or a death in the family, you do not need to ask for my permission in advance in order to
miss a test. In legitimate cases you will be able to obtain corroborating evidence, e.g. a letter from medical
personnel, funeral information about arrangements, etc., and you may present me with this information after
the test. I wish that I did not need corroborating evidence, but unfortunately, fraudulent claims are very
common. In fairness to those with legitimate claims and for the rest of the students who write tests as
scheduled, I will require documentation if you miss a test.
Recently, a number of students have asked me to discount a test grade after writing a test. Students
indicate that they were ill on the day of the test, but that they wrote the test anyhow. Now that they see
their grade, they want the test to be discounted. If you are unwell, the onus is on you to make a decision and
accept the consequences of writing or not writing the test. If you decide to write a test despite illness, I
will not discount the grade after the fact. The only