Introduction to Psychology PSYC 1010J
Last date to drop courses without receiving a grade Feb 15, 2013
TIME: Tuesday: 7:00-10:00
CLASSROOM: CLH I
DIRECTOR: Gerry Goldberg, Ph.D., C. Psych. (email: [email protected]
OFFICE HOURS: After Class and by appointment before class. Contact through email to secure
appointment or to ask questions.
Office: Behavioural Science Building (BSB): Room 277
SECRETARY: Zehra Bandhu office is 284 BSB, Email: [email protected]
Phone: 416 736 2100 Ext 66232.
REQUIRED TEXT: Weiten, W. & McCann, D. (2013). Psychology: Themes and Variations (3rd
Canadian Edition). Toronto, Canada: Nelson Education ISBN: 0176553746. The
Textbook package I have ordered for the course includes the textbook, Concept
Charts (an ideal tool for studying), plus APLIA and CourseMate (an Online
Homework and Studying Solution that many students have found useful for lecture
and exam preparation)Your APLIA Course Key is: MEJ4-VZYK-6CJT
Research Participation: TBA
• Student evaluation is based on two components. 4 exams constitute 96% of your final grade.
• Four percent of your grade comes from your participation in the URPP (Undergraduate Research
Participant Program) research opportunities. The URPP coordinator will visit our class in the first few
weeks of the course to describe the URPP program and your participation in it. All Introductory
psychology students can receive 4% for participating in 6 hours of research run by the URPP. The 4% is
added on to your exam grades to give you a final grade out of 100%. You can contact them at
If you have any concerns regarding urpp points or participation, email them, not your
instructor or TA.
• Students must present their York student ID card or a government (Can.) issued pictured ID.
Students will not be permitted to write without such documentation.
• As indicated below, there are two exams per semester, four in total each of different weight.
• Exams are non-cumulative and each cover roughly four chapters + class material.
• The 2 and 4 and final exam will take place during the official exam periods
• All questions will be drawn from the text, lectures and media presentations.
• Each exam will consist of approximately 75 multiple choice questions (= 80%) and a series of short
answer and/or essay questions (= 20%). NOTE: You will select 3 of 5 essay options.
• The multiple-choice answer sheets need be marked in pencil, so students should make sure they have an
adequate supply of pencils with erasers. Test 1: Oct 16 (24%) Chapters 1-4, Appendix B, plus lectures
Test 2: (exam period: Dec 5-21(24%) Chapters 6,7,10,11 plus lectures/media following previous test to and
including Nov 20.
Test 3: Feb 26 (24%) Chapters 5,8,12,13 plus lectures/media from Nov 27 to date.
Test 4: (exam period: Apr 4-20(24%) Chapters 14-16, 9 plus lectures/media following previous test to date.
SHOULD WEATHER OR OTHER PROBLEMS MAKE IT IMPOSSIBLE TO HOLD TESTS ON
THE DATE SCHEDULED, THEY WILL BE HELD THE NEXT LECTURE PERIOD
This course will be conducted in a lecture format with films and occasional in class demonstrations. The
lectures will discuss and expand upon text readings. The first lectures will follow the text fairly closely but
as the course progresses the lectures will deviate from the text. Although not all text material will be
discussed directly in class you are responsible for the material for test purposes. Some of the lectures
will discuss material not available in the text. Again, you are responsible for this material as well as
films shown in class. If you miss a class, try to borrow notes from a classmate.
When studying for tests, do not study just from the text or just from the lecture notes. Films and
videos will be shown from time to time and general questions derived from this material may appear on
tests. Periodically, research demonstrations and experiments will be conducted in class. These are generally
designed to illustrate important concepts or to give experience in participating in a subject role in research.
Although direct participation is voluntary, it is encouraged and the results of any such exercise will be
discussed in class where relevant and questions based on this material may appear on tests. If in doubt as to
the material to be examined on tests, please ask the TA or Dr. Goldberg.
(Posting of Grades, updates, PowerPoint slides, and other important information)
The Moodle course site has important information about the course (including a copy of this course
outline) and most of the lecture slides in PowerPoint format. These slides are not a substitute for
attending lectures and taking notes. The grades will also be posted on this site. New information
concerning the course, such as make-up exam information (date, time and room) will be posted.
It is your responsibility to check the Moodle site for this course frequently for updates.
Go to:http://moodle.yorku.ca/index.htm to learn how to access and use Moodle
FALL TERM 2012
DATE TENTATIVE SCHEDULE OF TOPICS READING
1. Sep. 11 Introduction Ch. 1
2. Sep. 18 Research Methods Ch. 2
3. Sep. 25 Looking at humans in action (Movie: Twelve Angry Men and discussion)
4. Oct 2 Biological Basis of Behaviour Ch. 3
5. Oct. 9 Sensation and Perception Ch. 4
6. Oct. 16 Test 1: Chapters 1-4, appendix plus lectures/media
7. Oct. 23 Learning Ch. 6
8. Oct. 30 Human Memory Ch. 7
9. Nov. 6 Motivation and Emotion Ch. 10
10. Nov. 13 Motivation and Emotion Ch. 10
11. Nov. 20 Human Development Ch. 11
12. Nov. 27 Variations in Consciousness. (this lecture and chapter will be tested on test 3)
Exam Test 2: Chapters 6,7,10,11 plus lectures/media from after Test 1 to and Ch. 5
period including Nov. 20 WINTER TERM 2013
DATE TENTATIVE SCHEDULE OF TOPICS TEXT
13 Jan. 8 Variations in Consciousness Ch. 5
14. Jan. 15 Language and Thought Ch. 8
15. Jan. 22 Language and Thought Ch. 8
16. Jan. 29 Personality Ch. 12
17. Feb. 5 Stress & Health Ch. 13
18. Feb.12 Stress & Health Ch. 13
Feb. 19 Reading week—NO CLASS
19. Feb. 26 Test 3: Chapters 5, 8, 12, 13 plus lectures/media from after Test 2 to
20. Mar. 5 Psychological Disorders Ch. 14
21. Mar. 12 Treatment of Psychological Disorders Ch. 15
22. Mar. 19 Social Behaviour Ch. 16
23. Mar. 26 Social Behaviour Ch. 16
24. Apr. 2 Intelligence, Testing and Ind/Organizational Psych Ch. 9
Exam Test 4: Chapters 9, 14 –16, plus lectures/media from T