Psychology 1000

Introduction To Psychology

Western University

An introductory survey of the methods and findings of modern scientific psychology. The following topics will be covered: history and methodology, biological psychology, sensation and perception, learning and motivation, verbal and cognitive processes, developmental psychology, social psychology, individual differences (intelligence and personality), and clinical psychology.
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Psychology 1000 Syllabus for L. Fazakas-Dehoog — Fall 2018

WESTERN UNIVERSITY
LONDON CANADA
Department of Psychology
2018-2019
Psychology 1000 Section 002
Introduction to Psychology
1.0 CALENDAR DESCRIPTION
An introductory survey of the methods and findings of modern scientific psychology. The following
topics will be covered: history and methodology, biological psychology, sensation and perception,
learning and motivation, verbal and cognitive processes, developmental psychology, social
psychology, individual differences (intelligence and personality), and clinical psychology.
Antirequisites: Psychology 1100E, the former Psychology 1200
Antirequisites are courses that overlap sufficiently in content that only one can be taken for
credit. So if you take a course that is an antirequisite to a course previously taken, you will lose
credit for the earlier course, regardless of the grade achieved in the most recent course.
3 lecture hours, 1.0 course
Unless you have either the prerequisites for this course or written special permission from your
Dean to enrol in it, you may be removed from this course and it will be deleted from your record.
This decision may not be appealed. You will receive no adjustment to your fees in the event that
you are dropped from a course for failing to have the necessary prerequisites.
2.0 COURSE INFORMATION
Instructor: Dr. Laura Fazakas-deHoog
Office and Phone Number: SSC 7302 519-317-7025
Office Hours: Wednesday evenings by appointment or after class
Email: lfazak[email protected] or llfazak[email protected]ail.com
Course Coordinator: Dr. Mike Atkinson
Teaching Assistants:
Fall Only
Erin Shumlich [email protected]o.ca
Adrian Sardinas as[email protected]uwo.ca
Avital Stemin as[email protected]uwo.ca
Winter Only
Kaitlyn Parks kparks[email protected]
Jaclyn Siegel js[email protected]wo.ca
Both Fall and Winter
Alexander McGregor amcgr[email protected]
Lynden Jensen lje[email protected]o.ca
Huilan Yang yhuil[email protected]o.ca
Ana Ruiz Pardo arui[email protected]o.ca
TA Office & Office Hours: To Be posted on OWL
Time and Location of Classes: Mondays and Wednesdays 4:30-6:30 p.m. NCB 101
If you or someone you know is experiencing distress, there are several resources here at Western to
assist you. Please visit: http://www.uwo.ca/uwocom/mentalhealth/ for more information on these
resources and on mental health.
Please contact the course instructor if you require material in an alternate format or if you require any
other arrangements to make this course more accessible to you. You may also wish to contact Services
for Students with Disabilities (SSD) at 519-661-2111 ext 82147 for any specific question regarding an
accommodation.
COURSE WEBSITE
The course website is located at: https://owl.uwo.ca/portal
3.0 TEXTBOOK
Passer, M.W., Smith, R.E., Atkinson, M.L., Mitchell, J. B., & Muir, D.W. (2017). Psychology: Frontiers
and Applications. Sixth Canadian Edition. Toronto: McGraw Hill Ryerson
4.0 COURSE OBJECTIVES
This course is an introductory level survey of the methods and findings of modern scientific psychology.
The goal is to provide students with an overview of various topic domains within the realm of psychology.
As such, students will be exposed to diverse theoretical viewpoints and various methods and procedures
for the scientific investigation of psychological issues. Note: Modern psychology is scientific in nature.
Consequently, we will spend a lot of time discussing science-related topics such as research design,
research findings, neural functioning, sensory mechanisms, etc.
4.1 STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
Each chapter in the text covers a major interest area in psychology. By the end of this course, the
successful student will be able to:
o Identify the major concepts, theories and topics in Psychology
o Distinguish between and identify the relative strengths and weaknesses of various theories in
Psychology
o Apply concepts and theories from Psychology to everyday problems
o Interpret statistical information presented in tables or graphs
o Ask questions about topics in Psychology
o Apply DSM criteria to provide the most plausible diagnosis for a set of psychological problems
o Identify common research designs used in Psychology
Learning Outcomes, Activities, and Assessment
Learning Outcome
Learning Activity
Assessment
Identify major concepts, theories,&
topics in Psychology
Reading and attendance at
lectures
Multiple choice exams
Distinguish between & identify the
relative strengths & weaknesses of
various theories of Psychology
Reading and attendance at
lectures
Multiple choice exams
Apply theories & concepts from
Psychology to everyday problems
Reading and attendance at
lectures
Multiple choice exams
Ask questions about topics in
Psychology
Develop powerpoint
assignment
Quality of powerpoint
assignment
Interpret statistical information
presented in tables or graphs
Apply DSM criteria to provide the
most plausible diagnosis for a set of
psychological symptoms
Identify common research designs
used in Psychology
Reading and attendance at
lectures
Reading and attendance at
lectures
Reading and attendance at
lectures
Multiple choice exams
Multiple choice exams
Multiple choice exams
5.0 EVALUATION
October Midterm will consist of 75 multiple choice questions based on both the text
(Chapters 1-4 and Appendix A) and lecture material. The October midterm is worth ………………. 20%
December Exam will consist of 75 multiple choice questions based on both the text
(Chapters 5-8) and lecture material. The December midterm is worth …………………..…………. 20%
March Midterm will consist of about 75 multiple choice questions based on both the text
(Chapters 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13) as well as lecture material. The March midterm is worth ...…….…. 20%
The Final Exam will consist of 100 multiple choice questions based on material from the text
(chapters 14 -17) as well as the lecture material. The Final midterm is worth ……..………………. 30%
Assignment Component is worth (Details will be posted on OWL) .................................................10%
___________________________________________________________________________
Assignment:
Students are expected to complete (an) assignment(s) worth 10%. Further details, deadlines, and grading
criterion will be covered in lecture and posted on OWL.
___________________________________________________________________________________
REQUIRED RESEARCH COMPONENT
In addition to the exams and the assignment, there is a research participation requirement. Please note
that this is a Department of Psychology requirement and does not add marks to your grade. Failure to
meet the research requirement will result in a loss of 10 points on your final grade.
To fulfil this research requirement, students must either
(i) participate in 6 research studies in the department of Psychology (i.e., obtain 6 full research
credits). Instructions for this research component will be reviewed in the lectures.
OR
(ii) Complete a written one page review of 6 different research articles in the area of
Psychology. Packages of articles and related questions may be obtained from:
Daniella Chirila (SSC 7416) 519-661-2111 (x84690) or from the research participation website.
NOTE: It is also possible to combine participation and article review (e.g., do 5 studies and review 1
article).
ALSO NOTE: a maximum of 2 of the research credits may be earned through online research studies.
Although the Psychology Department does not require instructors to adjust their course grades to
conform to specific targets, the expectation is that course marks will be distributed around the following
averages:
70% 1000-level and 2000-level courses
72% 2100-2990-level courses
75% 3000-level courses
80% 4000-level courses
The Psychology Department follows Westerns grading guidelines, which are as follows (see
http://www.uwo.ca/univsec/pdf/academic_policies/general/grades_undergrad.pdf)
A+ 90-100 One could scarcely expect better from a student at this level
A 80-89 Superior work that is clearly above average
B 70-79 Good work, meeting all requirements, and eminently satisfactory
C 60-69 Competent work, meeting requirements
D 50-59 Fair work, minimally acceptable
F below 50 Fail
6.0 TEST AND EXAMINATION SCHEDULE
OCTOBER EXAM Saturday October 27, 2018 from 9-11 a.m.
DECEMBER EXAM During December examination period in December- TBA
MARCH EXAM Saturday March 09, 2019 from 3-5 p.m.
FINAL EXAM During the final examination period in April- TBA
7.0 LECTURE SCHEDULE
LECTURE CHAPTER TOPIC
Mon. Sept. 10 1 Introduction
Wed. Sept. 12 1 History of Psychology
Mon. Sept. 17 2/Appendix Methodology/Data Analysis/Statistics
Wed. Sept. 19 2/Appendix Methodology/Data Analysis/Statistics
Mon. Sept. 24 3 Brain/Nervous System/Neurophysiology
Wed. Sept. 26 3 Brain/Nervous System/Neurophysiology
Mon. Oct. 01 3 Brain/Nervous System/Neurophysiology
Wed. Oct. 03 3 Brain/Nervous System/Neurophysiology
Oct. 08 -12 - NO CLASSES (FALL READING WEEK)
Mon. Oct. 15 4 Genetics & Evolution
Wed. Oct. 17 4 Genetics & Evolution
Mon. Oct. 22 5 Sensation/Perception
Wed. Oct. 24 5 Sensation/Perception
SATURDAY OCTOBER 27 OCTOBER EXAM
Mon. Oct. 29 5 Sensation/Perception
Wed. Oct. 31 6 Consciousness
Mon. Nov. 05 6 Consciousness
Wed. Nov. 07 6 Consciousness
Mon. Nov. 12 7 Learning
Wed. Nov. 14 7 Learning
Mon. Nov. 19 8 Memory
Wed. Nov. 21 8 Memory
Mon. Nov. 26 8 Memory
Wed. Nov. 28 8 Memory
Mon. Dec. 03 - Study/Review
Wed. Dec. 05 - Study/Review
TBA DECEMBER EXAM
Mon. Jan. 07 9 Language & Thinking
Wed. Jan. 09 9 Language & Thinking
Mon. Jan. 14 10 Intelligence
Wed. Jan. 16 10 Intelligence
Mon. Jan. 21 11 Motivation & Emotion
Wed. Jan. 23 11 Motivation & Emotion
Mon. Jan. 28 12 Development (Prenatal/child Development)
Wed. Jan. 30 12 Development (Prenatal/child Development)
Mon. Feb. 04 12 Development (Adolesecence/Adulthood)
Wed. Feb. 06 12 Development (Adolesecence/Adulthood)
Mon. Feb. 11 13 Behavior in a Social Context
Wed. Feb. 13 13 Behavior in a Social Context
Feb. 18 - Feb. 22 - NO CLASSES (SPRING READING WEEK)
Mon. Feb. 25 13 Behavior in a Social Context
Wed. Feb. 27 13 Behavior in a Social Context
Mon. Mar. 04 14 Personality
Wed. Mar. 06 14 Personality
SATURDAY MARCH 09 MARCH EXAM
Mon. Mar. 11 16 Psychological Disorders
Wed. Mar. 13 16 Psychological Disorders
Mon. Mar. 18 16 Psychological Disorders
Wed. Mar. 20 17 Psychological Treatment
Mon. Mar. 25 17 Psychological Treatment
Wed. Mar. 27 15 Stress Health Coping
Mon. Apr. 01 15 Stress Health Coping
Wed. Apr. 03 - Study/Review
Mon. Apr. 08 - Study/Review
FINAL EXAM (Date TBA)
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8.0 STATEMENT ON ACADEMIC OFFENCES
Students are responsible for understanding the nature and avoiding the occurrence of plagiarism and
other scholastic offenses. Plagiarism and cheating are considered very serious offenses because they
undermine the integrity of research and education. Actions constituting a scholastic offense are described
at the following link:
http://www.uwo.ca/univsec/pdf/academic_policies/appeals/scholastic_discipline_undergrad.pdf
As of Sept. 1, 2009, the Department of Psychology will take the following steps to detect scholastic
offenses. All multiple-choice tests and exams will be checked for similarities in the pattern of responses
using reliable software, and records will be made of student seating locations in all tests and exams. All
written assignments will be submitted to TurnItIn, a service designed to detect and deter plagiarism by
comparing written material to over 5 billion pages of content located on the Internet or in TurnItIns
databases. All papers submitted for such checking will be included as source documents in the reference
database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of papers subsequently submitted to the system. Use of
the service is subject to the licensing agreement, currently between Western and Turnitin.com
(http://www.turnitin.com).
Possible penalties for a scholastic offense include failure of the assignment, failure of the course,
suspension from the University, and expulsion from the University.
9.0 POLICY ON ACCOMMODATION FOR MEDICAL ILLNESS
Westerns policy on Accommodation for Medical Illness can be found at:
http://www.westerncalendar.uwo.ca/2017/pg117.html
Students must see the Academic Counsellor and submit all required documentation in order to be
approved for certain accommodation:
http://counselling.ssc.uwo.ca/procedures/medical_accommodation.html
10.0 OTHER INFORMATION
Office of the Registrar web site: http://registrar.uwo.ca
Student Development Services web site: http://www.sdc.uwo.ca
Please see the Psychology Undergraduate web site for information on the following:
http://psychology.uwo.ca/undergraduate/student_responsibilities/index.html
- Policy on Cheating and Academic Misconduct
- Procedures for Appealing Academic Evaluations
- Policy on Attendance
- Policy Regarding Makeup Exams and Extensions of Deadlines
- Policy for Assignments
- Short Absences
- Extended Absences
- Documentation
- Academic Concerns
- 2017 Calendar References
No electronic devices, including cell phones, will be allowed during exams.

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