PSYC 100

Principles of Psychology

Queen's University

An introductory survey of basic areas of psychology including perception, cognition, learning and motivation and their biological substrata. Also reviewed are child development, individual differences, social psychology and abnormal psychology. Research participation experience is provided for students on an individual voluntary basis. Students are encouraged to participate in up to five hours of research experimentation. The course is based on a blended model where on-line learning is supplemented with a weekly lecture and small-group learning lab.
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Course Description
Welcome to the fascinating world of psychology: the science of behaviour and the mind! Using a
combination of online lessons and activities, you will explore research in key areas of psychology,
including perception, cognition, learning, motivation, child development, individual differences, social
psychology and abnormal (clinical) psychology. In the process you will hopefully gain some scientific
insight into what makes people think, feel, and behave the way that they do.
This course follows a "blended model", meaning that the course material will be available in weekly
online lessons and in the text, with opportunities to further explore and discuss this material in an
hour-long lecture and an hour-long learning lab each week.
!Please note: Updates concerning your course will be sent to your Queen's NetID
University Operating Dates
Learning Outcomes
1. Summarize the major areas and themes of psychology.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the role of genes and environment in determining behaviour and
mental processes.
Sept 1 Tuition due
Sept 6 Fall Classes start
Sept 19 Last day to add courses
Last day to drop courses without financial penalty
Nov 2 Last day to change Fall exam centre
Last day to submit Fall exam accommodation requests (If applicable)
Dec 5-20 Fall Exam period
Jan 7 Winter Classes start
Mar 1 Last day to change Winter exam centre
Last day to submit Winter exam accommodation requests (If applicable)
Last day to drop without academic penalty
Apr 5 Winter Classes end
Apr 11-27 Winter Exam period
3. Describe the major psychological theories and the empirical evidence upon which they are based.
4. Apply the scientific method to the formulation and answering of questions related to psychology.
5. Assess the validity of, and provide accurate interpretations of, psychological findings.
Course Materials
Course Materials
Available from Queen's Campus Bookstore (
Pearson Student Access Code Card:The Pearson Student Access code (which contains your online
lessons) is required. It comes bundled with an e-text (Krause, Corts, Smith & Dolderman.An
Introduction toPsychological Science Canadian Edition). You have the option to buy a looseleaf or hard
copy version of the e-text along with the code if you wish. 
Your 2 options for course material:
Pearson Student Access code (incl. e-text) please
visitto purchase the stand alone
access code, or pick one up on the shelf, beside the textbooks. 
Pearson Student Accesscode (incl. e-text) + looseleaf printed text
Warning! If you buy a used copy of the text, you will still need to buy your own copy of the Pearson Media
card code and in the end you may spend more money than the code and e-text alone.
Lab Pages:Pages in which to do your learning lab work. The pages have duplicates such that you
handwrite your assignment on a page, hand that in, and keep the copy in your notebook.These are
mandatoryand can be purchased at the Campus Bookstore.
External Activities
This course makes use ofPearson MyPsychLab for some activities. Be aware that by logging into the
site, you will be leaving onQ, and accessing Pearson Education'swebsite. Your independent use of
that site, beyond what is required for the course (for example, purchasing the company’s products), is
subject to Pearson Education'sterms of use and privacy policy. You are encouraged to review these
documents, using the link(s) below, before using the site.
Suggested Time Commitment
Course Components
1. Weekly on-line lessons (See Pearson Media Card Access Code).
2. Weekly lectures. We will use mobile devices for class activities/surveys in this class so please bring
yours if you have one.
3. Small-group "Learning Labs" (see lab schedule). The Learning Labs are led by an upper year
undergraduate or graduate facilitator. (Learning labs are described in detail in a separate section).
For this large course to run smoothy, we rely on students to attend their assigned sections. If you
need to change your lecture section or learning-lab section, please use the "swap" function on
SOLUS. If you run into difficulties swapping sections, please see Andrea Labelle
( our Undergraduate Assistant, in Humphrey Hall, rm 225.
4. Self-Quizzes (each open for 2 week periods).
5. Textbook readings.
Suggested Time Commitment
Activities Time
Complete/review online lesson 4 hours every week
Prepare for your learning lab 1 hour every week
Learning lab participation 1 hour every week
Attend Lecture and review
notes 2 hours every week
Complete Quizzes ~ 1 hour every 2 weeks
Textbook readings 1.5 hours every week
Total Approximately10hours/week
Weighting of Assessments
All components of this course will receive numerical percentage marks. The final grade you receive
for the course will be derived by converting your numerical course average to a letter grade
according toQueen’s Official Grade Conversion Scale:
Component Description Weight
Lab* Prep work and participation 10%
exam Proctored Midterm exam    15%
Exam Proctored Midyear Exam 30%
Final Exam Final 3-hour Proctored Exam 40%
Lecture Answering questions using smart
device 5%
!*Note: You must pass the lab portion (attend a minimum of 14 labs)to pass the course.
Note:Students may substitute up to five hours of research participation for up to 5% bonus on top of
their final grade (1 hour for each percentage point). For example, if a student fulfilled all 5 hours of
research participation, and received 78% in the course, their final grade would be increased to 83%.
For more information, see Participant Pool/ Research Participation.
Self-Quizzes (bi-weekly)
Note: these quizzes donotcount toward your final grade, they are designed as practice for the
Multiple choice portion of the exams.
There are 12 quizzes, each open for two weeks. The quizzes will be made up of 10 multiple-choice
questions based on the online lessons covered in that two-week period. Quizzes will test ONLY the
relevant two weeks of material; they are not cumulative. The quizzes can be written from any
computer with high-speed internet access. Each quiz will be openfor a full two weeksfrom Monday
at 2 pm until the Monday 14 days later at 2 pm, during which timeyou can take the quiz as often as
you like. These quizzes are not graded, but rather intended for you to use to gauge your own
Notethat there are no copies of previous final exams available. However, the quizzes are excellent
preparation for the multiple-choice portions. If you stay on top of the material, do the quizzes as
described above, and practice short-answer questions, you will be well prepared.
Next Section
Learning Labs (see Lab Absence Policy for more details)
You will have been assigned to a small group (approximately 25 students) who will meet together
once a week all year, in HUM 131 or HUM 132. In the learning lab, you will be further divided into
groups of 5-7 students. In your groups, you will engage in activities designed to extend and broaden
your understanding of psychology. Details of each week’s learning lab will be posted on the Weekly
Checklist. Most weeks, you will be expected to complete some preparatory work prior to the learning
lab: you must come to the lab with this work complete (on your Lab pages), so that you can work with
your colleagues.
** Minimum expectations for lab work:
1. Academic Integrity
In general, informally acknowledge where you got information (“according to the text/on line
lessons”, “based on this figure from Wikipedia”, “according to [url] on [date]…” unless it is common
knowledge and comes from your head.
There is no need for formal referencing in these informal assignments (date, publishers, and
authors information is NOT required). You must acknowledge the source, though (as described
No cutting and pasting information from Wikipedia or any other webpage or source even if that
source is acknowledged put everything in your own words.
You can work on your lab with another student, but you must write up your prep work in your own
Failure to submit your work on the PSYC 100 lab pages will result in a ‘0’ starting in Week 4. You
must maintain a copy of your lab work until your final grade is posted and the 21 day appeal period
has passed.
If you are struggling to understand the boundaries for plagiarism, please see the following source:
2. Completing assignment as instructed
Follow instructions carefully and ask for clarification in the discussion forum if you don’t understand.
For example, if you’re asked to critique, don’t just summarize: give your opinion about the strengths
and weaknesses (make an evaluation) of the work. If you’re asked for a definition, be sure to put it in
your own words and provide examples if appropriate. If you do not complete the lab prep work as
outlined in the lab guide, you may receive only part marks for your work.
In sum, read the instructions carefully and follow them. Put the answer in your own words, and
informally refer to any source from which you used information that isn’t common knowledge.
The lab grade will be equally divided between submitting accurate and complete lab work on time
(5%) and actively participating (5%).
In Class quiz questions:
In addition, lectureswill include severalquestionsthat check your comprehension or ask you to
consider a problem or new information. You can use a smart phone, tablet or laptop to answer these
questions. You are expected to come to each lecture with a fully charged device. If you do not have
access to a device, please contact
Our goal is to get you thinking actively about the material and providing the instructor with feedback
about areas in which there is confusion. You will earn points therefore for answering each question
regardless of whether you are correct or not. These lecture questions are worth 5% of your final
grade. If you answerat least 80%of the lecture questions across the course, you will earn 5/5. If you
answer fewer than 80% of all possible questions, your grade will be pro-rated accordingly.
Life Happens!
We anticipate that there may be times when you cannot attend a lab or lecture, and/or forget to
charge your phone or laptop before the lecture.
We have taken this into account and, when final marks are calculated, we will
drop your lowest two lab grades
set the threshold for the lecture questions at 80%
Proctored Midterm Exam
The midterm exam is 1.5 hours in length and is scheduled for Saturday, Oct 13, 2018 at 9am. It
contains multiple choice as well as short answer questions based on the online lessons, text, lectures
and learning labs from the first 4 weeks.
Proctored Midyear Exam
The midyear exam is 3 hours in length and includes multiple choice as well as short answer questions
based on the online lessons, lectures, text and learning labs. It is held in December during the official
exam period.
Proctored Final Exam
The Final exam is three hours in length and includes multiple-choice and short answer questions
based on the winter term material,and 2 longer answer questions which require you to provide some
theory or evidence from material covered in both terms.
The specific dates for the December and April exams will be announced later in the term by the
Registrar’s office. Once the exam schedule has been finalized the exam date will be posted on your
SOLUS account.
Learning Lab Absence Policy/FAQ
The learning lab component is integral to this course and our policy is thatall students must attend a
minimum of 14 of the 21 learning labs to pass the course. Therefore, if you miss more than 7 labs,
you will automatically fail the course (regardless of your grade).
Note: we take the highest 19 lab marks out of the total 21 labs when calculating your lab grade.
There may be times during the term when you will miss a learning lab. If it is a Documented Absence
(DA), instead of a 0, your lab grade for that week will be prorated. If it is an unexcused absence, you
will receive 0 for that week (remember that your lowest 2 labs grades are dropped).
Even if absences are documented, students must attend at least 14/21 labs to pass the course.
Documented absence= extenuating circumstance + appropriate documentation
Unexcused absence = no documentation
Step 1:
To report an absence, please provide documentation bygoing through Queen's online portal for
approval to attend another lab section or receive a documented absence. 
Requirements for documentation will be provided via the portal.
The portal link can be found here When asked to
specify contact person, please direct the documentation to
Note:For any absences due to athletic events, please forward an emailfromthe Coordinator of
Athletic Service at Queen’s, Milana McNamee (), to verify a varsity
athletic event. This should be emailed to
Step 2:
Once you have reported your absence, if you would like to attend another lab as a
guest,emailwith the following information:
a) the lab section number you are in (ie. #5)
b) the lab section number you plan to attend for this week, (click HEREforthe learning lab schedule)
You should hand in your prep work at that lab (You will be marked present and have your prep work
If you cannot attend another lab that week, with appropriate documentation you will receive a
Documented Absence (DA) and your lab grade that week will be prorated.
A Documented Absence is still an absence and will count toward your total number of missed labs.
Remember: if you miss more than 7 learning labs for any reason, you are not able to pass the course.
You must attend the same lab each week (unless you have received permission to switch)
Religious observances that conflict with your lab must be declared by the end of September to
You are welcome to emailif you have any questions/concerns about what
situations would constitute as an excused/unexcused absence and the documentation that would be
considered appropriate.
FAQ (Frequently asked questions)
I’m missing my learning lab this week, but don’t have the appropriate documentation. What should
I do?
Feel free to attend another learning lab as a guest to catch up on the material you missed (click
HEREfor the learning lab schedule).However, without formal documentation, you will not receive
credit for attending another lab. You donotneed to emailto attend another
learning lab as a guest, nor do you need to inform your TA. Remember we drop your lowest 2 lab
marks when we calculate your final lab grade.
I’m missing my learning lab this week. I have appropriate documentationAND I’m able to attend
another lab this week. What should I do?
1) Review the days/times for the other learning labs(click HEREfor schedule).
2) Submit documentation to the portal. Clickhere.
3) Emailwith the following information: a) the lab section number you are in, b)
the lab section number you plan to attend for this week.
4) Make sure to sign the attendance sheet as a guest and submit your prep work to the TA in the lab
section you attend that week.
I’m missing my learning lab this week. I have appropriate documentationbut I’m NOT able to attend
another lab this week. What should I do?
1)Submit documentation by going through Queen's portal. The portal link can be found
here When asked to specify contact person, please
direct the documentation to
2) Once the appropriate documentation is received, you will be provided with a Documented
Absence and the lab you missed will be prorated (i.e., replaced with the average of your other lab
I forgot to bring my prep work to my learning lab this week. Can I still submit it?
All prep work is due at the start of every learning lab, and late prep work will not be marked by your
Can I still receive credit for my prep lab work if I miss my learning lab this week?
Due to how lab work is graded you must attend your lab session to receive credit for lab work.
However, if you have a Documented Absence then your entire lab grade (lab work and participation)
will be prorated.
Can my TA provide me with a Documented Absence or approve me as a guest?
No, your TA does not have the authorization to approve Documented Absences or guest attendance.
Documentation must be processed through the Queen's portal (listas the
contact person).
ParticipantPool (Volunteer Research Participation)/FAQ
Students in PSYC 100 have the option of volunteering in psychological research being conducted by
faculty and advanced students in the Psychology Department.This is a voluntary activity that is
acknowledged by awardingup to 5% bonus marks on your final grade (if you complete all 5 hours of
research participation). These bonus marks will be added to your final grade at the end of the year.
Research participationcannot improve a failing grade to a pass.
Although participation is not a requirement, we do consider it to be an integral part of the course and
encouragestudents to contribute up to 5 hours of their time throughout the Fall-Winter Session,
ending on the last day of classes. Students gain valuable direct experience in methods of
psychological investigation, and contribute to research.
Some of the material in PSYC 100 that you are required to learn and think about has to do directly
with psychological experimentation. For example, how can you ensure that you are measuring what
you think you are measuring? Research questions such as these are not easily answered by textbook
examples. Participation in aresearch study will help you see some of the research methodology of
Each study in which your participation is solicited has been reviewed in detail and cleared by the
Department’s Ethics Review Committee. Nevertheless, you may decline to participate, for any reason
at all, in any study for which you sign up. You may also direct any ethical concerns to the researcher or
Participant Pool Officer.
At the conclusion of each study in which you participate, you should be provided with information
about the purpose of the study and other relevant details. The idea is to ensure that your
participation will benefit your education, as well as add to the fund of knowledge in psychology. You
are warmly encouraged to ask questions about the research in order that you understand fully why
the study is being conducted, and what your role is, as a participant.
Each student will receive an email containing instructions and a password to book appointments
using the on-line ParticipantPool sign-up system (SONA). This email will be sent to your Queen's
emailafter the end of the add/drop period (around the 3rd week of Sept)
For each ½ hour, or portion thereof, of participation in a study, students will receive 0.5% bonus
added to their final grade.If you can't find the original email sent to you about the participant pool,
just click on theParticipant Pool linkand follow the instructions for a forgotten password.
Signing up for studies is done through the Participant pool website (click here). 
Note: If you have completed the voluntary Participant Pool prescreening questionnaire (done the
first week of classes), you may be contacted directly by researchers.
Students will be able to cancel appointments electronically up to 3 hours prior to their
appointment. Please note that students must contact the researcher via email if they need to
cancel an appointment 3 hours prior to the appointed time. Students who do not cancel the
appointment and fail to show up will be penalized. The penalty is equal to the credit value for the
study that is missed. You will never lose credits already accrued, regardless of the penalty. For
example, you could have 3 credits in penalties, but if you have already earned 4 prior credits, you
will still receive your 4 marks. You will only have to make up the time for a missed study before
additional credits can be earned.
Students will be able to track their current appointments, cancelled appointments, penalties
assessed and their mark to date, by logging onto the participantpool website.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your participantpool marks, or should you have any
ethical or procedural concerns regarding the conduct of an experiment or experimenter, please
contact the Participant Pool Officer, Dr. Stanka Fitnevaby email ator
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
I’m having difficulty logging in to the PSYC 100 ParticipantPool to register for a study.
Please go to the Psyc Dept website, click on the Undergraduate drop down to go to to Quick Links (in
the bottom right corner),click on Participantpool information and click the‘Forgot your
Once you click on this link, type in your Queen's email address and you will be sent instructions on
how to reset your password so you can log in to thePSYC 100Participant Pool website.
I want to be removed from the prescreen emailing list. Who do I contact?
If you no longer want to be contacted by researchers recruiting participants, email Dr. Lee Fabrigar
atto request that your name be removed from the prescreening lists.
I completed a study through the PSYC 100 Participant Pool but haven’t received my credit. Who
should I contact?
Please email the Participant Pool Coordinator,Cheryl Hamilton, stating your name, student number,
the name of the study, and the date you completed it. 
For other FAQs, please visit the main Participant Pool website on the dept of Psychology webpage.
All components of this course will receive numerical percentage marks. The final grade you receive
for the course will be derived by converting your numerical course average to a letter grade
according to Queen’s Official Grade Conversion Scale:
Queens Official Grade Conversion Scale
Grade Numerical Course
Average (Range)
A+ 90-100
A 85-89
A- 80-84
B+ 77-79
B 73-76
B- 70-72
C+ 67-69
C 63-66
C- 60-62
D+ 57-59
D 53-56
D- 50-52
F 49 and below
Contacting the Teaching Team
The teaching team contact information is located on the Homepage of the course (see “Teaching
Our teaching staff is here to support you in your learning. For questions related to course content,
please first post in the OnQ General Discussion Forum. Our teaching team frequents the forum
regularly during business hours, and your peers can also respond. Please note: on weekends and
holidays, the teaching team may not see your post. Please ensure that you are proactive, and ask your
questions during business hours. Otherwise, the teaching team will be back and eager to assist on
Monday morning (or the next business day).
If you have a personal question, please email using your email
address. We cannot send personal information to emails other than your account.
Course Feedback
At various points during the course, studentsmay be asked to take part in a variety of feedback
activities (such as questionnaires and exit tickets).
This feedback enables the team to make any adjustments necessary to improve the online learning
environment. Additional student feedback will be sought throughout the course. All surveys are
anonymous, and directly related to activities, assessments, and other course material.
In any course you often communicate with your peers and teaching team through electronic
communication. You are expected to use the utmost respect in your dealings with your colleagues or
when participating in activities, discussions and online communication.
Here is a list of netiquette guidelines. Please read them carefully and use them to guide your
communication in this course and beyond.
1. Make a personal commitment to learn about, understand, and support your peers.
2. Assume the best of others and expect the best of them.
3. Acknowledge the impact of oppression on the lives of other people and make sure your writing is
respectful and inclusive.
4. Recognize and value the experiences, abilities, and knowledge each person brings.
5. Pay close attention to what your peers write before you respond. Think through and re-read your
writings before you post or send them to others.
6. It’s ok to disagree with ideas, but do not make personal attacks.
7. Be open to be challenged or confronted on your ideas and challenge others with the intent of
facilitating growth. Do not demean or embarrass others.
8. Encourage others to develop and share their ideas.
Queen's Email
The university communicates with students via Queen's email. Please check your email regularly to
ensure you do not miss important information related to your course.
The material on this website is copyrighted and is for the sole use of students registered in PSYC 100
at Queen's University. The material on this website may be downloaded for a registered student’s
personal use, but shall not be distributed or disseminated to anyone other than students registered in
PSYC 100. Failure to abide by these conditions is a breach of copyright, and may also constitute a
breach of academic integrity under the University Senate’s Academic Integrity Policy Statement.
Queen's University is committed to achieving full accessibility for people with disabilities. Part of this
commitment includes arranging academic accommodations for students with disabilities to ensure
they have an equitable opportunity to participate in all of their academic activities. The Senate Policy
for Accommodations for Students with Disabilities was approved at Senate in November 2016 (click
here ). If you are a student with a disability and think you may need academic accommodations, you
are strongly encouraged to contact theQueen's Student Accessibility Services (QSAS)and register
as early as possible.For more information, including important deadlines, please visit the QSAS
website at: 
Academic Considerations for Students in Extenuating Circumstances
Queen’s University is committed to providing academic considerationto students experiencing
extenuating circumstances that are beyond their control and are interfering with their ability to
complete academic requirements related to a course for a short period of time, not to exceed three
months. Students receiving academic consideration must meet all essential requirements of a course.
The Senate Policy on Academic Consideration for Students in Extenuating Circumstances was
approved at Senate in April, 2017 (click here ). Each Faculty has developed a protocol to provide a
consistent and equitable approach in dealing with requests for academic consideration for students
facing extenuating circumstances. Arts and Science undergraduate students can find the Faculty of
Arts and Science protocol and the portal where a request can be submitted at: Students in other Faculties and Schools who are
enrolled in this course should refer to the protocol for their home Faculty.
If you need to request academic consideration for this course, you will be required to provide the
name and email address of the instructor/coordinator. Please use the following:
Instructor/Coordinator Name: Meghan Norris
Instructor/Coordinator email address:
Academic Integrity
Academic Integrity is constituted by the six core fundamental values of honesty, trust, fairness,
respect, responsibility and courage (see These values are central to the
building, nurturing and sustaining of an academic community in which all members of the community
will thrive. Adherence to the values expressed through academic integrity forms a foundation for the
"freedom of inquiry and exchange of ideas" essential to the intellectual life of the University (see
theSenate Report on Principles and Priorities).
Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the regulations concerning academic
integrity and for ensuring that their assignments conform to the principles of academic integrity.
Information on academic integrity is available in the Arts and Science Calendar (seeAcademic
Regulation 1 ), on the Arts and Science website (see, and from the
instructor of this course. Departures from academic integrity include plagiarism, use of unauthorized
materials, facilitation, forgery and falsification, and are antithetical to the development of an
academic community at Queen's. Given the seriousness of these matters, actions which contravene
the regulation on academic integrity carry sanctions that can range from a warning or the loss of
grades on an assignment to the failure of a course to a requirement to withdraw from the university.
Computer Requirements
Students Studying or Travelling Abroad
If you plan to travel, we strongly recommend that you confirm Internet availability in your host
country prior to departure. In the past, students in other countries have been blocked from accessing
certain websites relevant to their courses, as well as onQ. It is the responsibility of all students to
book travel around course work, as we cannot change the format or timing on assessments or
assignments as a result of travel plans.
Microsoft Windows Client
Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8
Intel Core 2 Duo processor
Soundcard with speakers and microphone or
preferably a headset
Mac Client
OS X 10.8 or higher
Intel i5 processor
Internal, USB or external iSight microphone or
preferably a headset
Supported Browsers
Chrome (latest version)
Firefox (latest version)
Safari (latest version on 64-bit Intel processors
Internet Connection
Wired high speed access: Cable or better
(wifi is not recommended)
Latest version
Media Player
Flash (latest version)
Adobe Reader
Latest Version

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