PSYC 1010

Introduction to Psychology

York University

A survey of psychology introducing basic terms, concepts and methods. Included are topics such as biological bases of behaviour, learning, perception, motivation, cognition, child development, personality, and abnormal and social psychology. Note: This course is required for all students who intend to pursue additional courses in psychology at the 2000, 3000 and 4000 levels. Students must pass the course with a minimum grade of C (4.00) in order to pursue further studies in psychology.
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Rebecca Jubis

PSYC 1010 Syllabus for Rebecca Jubis — Spring 2016

Faculty of Health
Department of Psychology
Friday/2:30 - 5:30/Location: CLH-L
Instructor: Dr Rebecca Jubis
Office: Rm 251 B.S.B. (Behavioural Sciences Building)
Office Hours: by appointment
Email: [email protected] Be sure to indicate your course, section, and sign with your full name
(please do not contact me via Moodle - you will not get a response).
Teaching Assistants (TAs): a list of TAs and their contact information is provided on Moodle
Psychology Undergraduate Office: Rm 291 BSB; [email protected] or call 416-736-5117
Course Prerequisite(s): None. However, York University Senate requires a minimum grade of
C (60%) in Psych 1010 to pursue a degree in Psychology or to enroll in further Psychology
courses even if you have no intention of majoring in Psychology.
Course Credit Exclusions: please refer to York Courses Website for a listing of any course
credit exclusions.
Course website: Moodle
Course Description:
This course is designed to provide you with a broad overview of the field of Psychology. We
will begin by examining research methods that are commonly used in Psychology and this will
be followed by an examination and comparison of the different perspectives that have been
adopted for viewing and interpreting human behaviour. Some of the topics that will be covered
are: Freudian theory, biological aspects of behaviour, personality, memory, motivation, social
influence, learning, and psychological disorders. (Please see the last pages of this syllabus for
assigned readings).
Program Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
1. Define psychology and explain how it meets the criteria of science.
2. Recognize key concepts, methods, theories and assumptions in psychology.
3. Describe basic characteristics of the scientific method in psychology.
4. Discern differences between personal views and scientific evidence.
David G. Myers and C. Nathan Dewall (2018). Psychology: 12th edition in MODULES,
Worth Publishers
IMPORTANT: The 12th edition in Modules is similar to the earlier 11th edition but there ARE
differences in content, and modules have been re-organized. Tests will be based on the 12th
edition in Modules and if you choose an earlier version of the text, “use at your own risk”. I
have made the 12th edition available at the Reserve Desk in the Scott Library if you want to
compare. (Please don’t ask me whether the 11th edition can be used; make your own
decision based on your comparison of both editions).
The textbook is bundled with LaunchPad, an excellent on-line resource that helps you study
and prepare for tests. LaunchPad includes practice quizzes, video activities, flashcards,
PowerPoint slides etc. Athough there is no obligation to use LaunchPad, I highly recommend it!
To activate LaunchPad see the link on Moodle or go to: and enter
your access code that was provided when you purchased the textbook. If you don’t have an
access code, you can go to this site and purchase one.
TEST 1 OCTOBER 26 (worth 28%) Modules 1-3; Modules 45-47; Video #14
TEST 2 - NOVEMBER 30 (worth 20%) Modules 20-22; Modules 41-44; Modules 7-9;
Modules 4-6; Video #19
TEST 3 FEBRUARY 15 (worth 28%) Modules 23-25; Modules 26-27: Modules 28-31;
Modules 32-35 (but only section 34-6 in Module 34); Modules 36-38; Video #16
(2% bonus)
TEST 4 MARCH 29 (worth 20%) Modules 39-40; Modules 48-52; Modules 53-55; Modules
17-19; Video #23
URPP (Research Participation) (worth 4%)
There will be 4 tests, URPP participation, and an optional “experiential exercise”.
There will be a total of 4 tests, and each will consist of about 100 multiple-choice questions and
a few short-answer questions. These tests will not be cumulative. For testing purposes, you are
responsible for assigned modules in the text (even if the material was not covered in class), and
all material presented in lectures and videos. (Videos are discussed below). Each test will contain
one or two multiple-choice questions from each assigned video.
IMPORTANT: Photo ID (YU-card preferable) is required to write all tests.
Tests/assignments are not returned to students, however, you can make arrangements with your
TA to view them. You will need to produce photo ID. The deadline for notifying your TA of
your wish to view any of your four tests is March 29.
Missing a Test : please see information on page 5
There are two options: research participation or the “paper stream” option.
Research Participation:
The Department of Psychology requires that students earn 4% of their final grade by
participating in research. This research is conducted by faculty and graduate students and has
received ethical approval. The types of studies are quite varied and some of them are on-line
while others are lab studies. This 4% is earned by participating in a total of 8 hrs (8 credits) of
research. Each hour of participation is worth 1 credit = .5%. You must participate for 4 hrs in the
fall (worth 4 credits = 2%) and participate for 4 hrs in the winter (worth 4 credits = 2%), for a
total of 8 credits worth a total of 4%. IMPORTANT: you cannot earn all 8 credits (4%) in
just one term. If you complete all 8 credits in the fall, or all 8 credits in the winter, you will
earn only 2% and NOT 4%. Also, if you earn 4.5 credits in the fall, for instance, the extra
.5 credits will NOT be carried over into the winter term. At least 1 hr in the fall term and at
least 1 hr in the winter term must be spent in a laboratory study (they cannot all be on-line
You are strongly encouraged to partake in this research. Not only does it give you the
opportunity to experience what types of studies are conducted in Psychology, but 4% can make a
difference in your letter grade! Do not wait until the last minute to participate because your
choices might be limited, and all available studies might be filled.
URPP opens on Sept. 5 and the last day to participate in the fall term is Dec. 14.
URPP opens again on Jan 3 and the last day to participate in the winter term is Apr. 4.
“Paper Stream” Option:
If you prefer not to participate in research, you can choose to participate in the “paper stream”
option instead. For this alternative, you must analyse a published psychology research report
that will be assigned to you by the URPP office, after you notify them of your preference for
this option. Depending upon the quality of your responses, you can earn up to 4% of your final
URPP BY OCTOBER 19 ([email protected]) . The deadline for paper submission is Apr 1.
A link to URPP information will be set up on Moodle as soon as that information becomes
available. It will provide you with instructions about how to register with URPP, important
URPP rules, as well as important dates and deadlines. In addition, a URPP representative will
soon be visiting the class to provide details.
Be sure to provide your correct course section when you register with URPP or you may not
receive credit for your participation.
C) OPTIONAL “EXPERIENTIAL” EXERCISE (to be posted on Moodle)
This exercise is intended to encourage you to have a more direct experience with some
psychological concepts, and a greater appreciation of how psychological variables impact your
everyday lives.
Partaking in this exercise will also give you a chance to earn a BONUS 2% to be added to your
final overall grade (over and above the 100% accounted for by tests and URPP participation).
There is no obligation to complete this exercise, but if your final grade is borderline, this 2%
bonus could raise your mark to a higher letter grade. All that is required is for you to submit a
1-page paper.
Due date: Feb 15 in class when you write Test 3.
Supplemental Materials:
Lecture notes, taken by teaching assistants, will be posted on Moodle after every lecture,
but they should not be considered a substitute for attending classes.
Under the different topic headings posted on Moodle, you will sometimes find additional helpful
and interesting resources that relate to course material. These include exercises to test your
understanding of the textbook material, and short video-clips that demonstrate some of the
concepts presented in the text. (You will not be tested on this material, but I urge you to check it
LaunchPad is an excellent on-line resource that is bundled with your text (access it through the
access code provided when you bought your text). You are not required to use LaunchPad but I
recommend it because it includes great study tools such as quizzes, flashcards, video activities
etc. It also includes the publisher’s PowerPoint slides that correspond to the text. (Note: these
are not my slides and they do not correspond directly with my lectures).
On-Line Open-Forum Discussion:
You can participate in a general discussion forum on Moodle where you are free to discuss with
classmates, course-related issues or any psychology-related topic or concern. Discussions will be
monitored regularly by a teaching assistant.
Videos for Testing Purposes:
You will be required to view a few videos that are relevant to some of the topics that we will be
covering. Links to these 25-min long videos are posted on Moodle. One or two multiple-choice
questions from a given video will be asked on a test, and the questions will be quite general in
nature. If you have trouble accessing the videos try to simply “google” the title.
Video # Title Test
14 The Mind Hidden and Divided Test 1
19 The Power of the Situation Test 2
16 Testing and Intelligence Test 3
23 Health, Mind and Behaviour Test 4
Important Information about Grades:
If you require a particular grade in this course, please work now towards attaining it. This course
does not offer extra assignments or tests at the end of the course to accommodate students who
are a few marks short of their desired grade.
A letter grade will be “rounded up” when calculating your overall final grade if your final
percentage ends in .50 or higher. For example, if your final grade is 74.50% it will be rounded up
from a B to a B+. However, if your final percentage is 74.38% for example, your letter grade will
remain a B. You must draw the line somewhere and .50% is the designated cut-off.
Grading as per Senate Policy:
The grading scheme for the course conforms to the 9-point grading system used in undergraduate
programs at York (e.g., A+ = 9, A = 8, B+ = 7, C+ = 5, etc.). Assignments and tests will bear
either a letter grade designation or a corresponding number grade:
A+= 90-100, A=80-89, B+=75-79, B=70-74, C+=65-69, C=60-64, D+=55-59, D=50-54, E= 40-
49, F=below 40
(For a full description of York grading system see the York University Undergraduate Calendar -
Grading Scheme for 2018-19)
Missed Tests and Make-Up Test Session:
Students with a documented reason for missing a test, such as illness, compassionate grounds,
etc., which is confirmed by supporting documentation, may request accommodation from the
course director. Further extensions or accommodation will require students to submit a formal
petition to the Faculty.
If you miss a test for medical reasons, your physician must complete an Attending Physician
Statement which can be found at:
physicians-statement.pdf To be deemed valid, the document must be the original, contain the
doctor’s signature, office stamp and be dated close to the time of illness. Be sure to look over
this form before leaving the doctor’s office because if it is incomplete or filled out inaccurately,
it will not be accepted. Alternative medical notes will not be accepted.
If you miss a test, you must notify your teaching assistant by email NO LATER THAN 48
HOURS after the test. You must have appropriate documentation for your absence and you
should submit it at the time of the make-up test.
IMPORTANT: THERE WILL BE ONE MAKE-UP SESSION for this course and it will
take place on at the end of the winter term. (Details will be provided during the winter
Add/Drop Deadlines:
For a list of all important dates please refer to: Fall/Winter 2018-19 - Important Dates
Last date to add a course without permission of
instructor (also see Financial Deadlines)
Sept. 18
Sept. 18
Jan. 16
Last date to add a course with permission of
instructor (also see Financial Deadlines)
Oct. 2
Oct. 23
Jan. 30
Drop deadline: Last date to drop a course without
receiving a grade (also see Financial Deadlines)
Nov. 9
Feb. 8
March 8
Course Withdrawal Period (withdraw from a
course and receive a grade of “W” on transcript –
see note below)
Nov. 10 -
Dec. 4
Feb. 9 -
Apr. 3
March 9 -
Apr. 3
*Note: You may withdraw from a course using the registration and enrolment system after
the drop deadline until the last day of class for the term associated with the course. When you
withdraw from a course, the course remains on your transcript without a grade and is
notated as "W". The withdrawal will not affect your grade point average or count towards the
credits required for your degree.
Electronic Device Policy:
Laptops are permitted in lectures provided that they are used solely for note-taking. Using
laptops for other purposes (social media etc) tends to be a distraction, not only for the user, but
also for other surrounding students.
Attendance Policy:
Attendance is not a requirement, however, it is strongly recommended.
Academic Integrity (Honesty) for Students
York University takes academic integrity very seriously; please familiarize yourself with
Information about the Senate Policy on Academic Honesty.
It is recommended that you review Academic Integrity information SPARK Academic
Integrity modules. These modules explain principles of academic honesty.
Test Banks:
The offering for sale of, buying of, and attempting to sell or buy test banks (banks of test
questions and/or answers), or any course specific test questions/answers is not permitted in the
Faculty of Health. Any student found to be doing this may be considered to have breached the
Senate Policy on Academic Honesty. In particular, buying and attempting to sell banks of test
questions and/or answers may be considered as “Cheating in an attempt to gain an improper
advantage in an academic evaluation” (article 2.1.1 from the Senate Policy) and/or “encouraging,
enabling or causing others” (article 2.1.10 from the Senate Policy) to cheat.
Electronic Devices During a Test/Examination:
Electronic mobile devices of any kind are not allowed during a test or examination. Students are
required to turn off and secure any electronic mobile device in their bag which is to be placed
under the chair while a test/exam is in progress. Any student observed with an electronic devise
during a test/exam may be reported to the Undergraduate Office for a potential breach of
Academic Honesty.
Academic Accommodations for Students with Disabilities:
If you are registered with the Counselling and Disability Services (CDS) and will be writing
your tests through Alternate Exams (arranged by the Registrar’s Office), you must provide me
with your letter of accommodation at the beginning of the course. It is important that, at the
beginning of the year, you schedule ALL four tests with that office. If you miss a test re-
schedule it with Alternate Exams as soon as possible. You will have to submit a test-
reschedule form, along with my permission to re-shedule your test with the alternative exams
center. Be sure that you understand all rules and procedures and any questions should be
directed to your counsellor.
While all individuals are expected to satisfy the requirements of their program of study and to
aspire to do so at a level of excellence, the university recognizes that persons with disabilities
may require reasonable accommodation to enable them to do so. The York University
Accessibility Hub is your online stop for accessibility on campus. The Accessibility Hub
provides tools, assistance and resources. Policy Statement.
Policy: York University shall make reasonable and appropriate accommodations and adaptations
in order to promote the ability of students with disabilities to fulfill the academic requirements of
their programs. The nature and extent of accommodations shall be consistent with and supportive
of the integrity of the curriculum and of the academic standards of programs or courses. Provided
that students have given sufficient notice about their accommodation needs, instructors shall take
reasonable steps to accommodate these needs in a manner consistent with the guidelines
established hereunder.
For Further Information please refer to: York university academic accommodation for students
with disabilities policy.
Course Materials Copyright Information
These course materials are designed for use as part of the this course at York University and are
the property of the instructor unless otherwise stated. Third party copyrighted materials (such as
book chapters, journal articles, music, videos, etc.) have either been licensed for use in this
course or fall under an exception or limitation in Canadian Copyright law.
Copying this material for distribution (e.g. uploading material to a commercial third-party
website) may lead to a violation of Copyright law. Intellectual Property Rights Statement.
READINGS (in order of instruction) AND TEST SCHEDULE 2018-2019
Module 1 What is Psychology?
Module 2 Research Strategies: How Psychologists Ask and Answer Questions
Module 3 Statistical Reasoning in Everyday Life
Module 45 Introduction to Personality and Psychodynamic Theories
Module 46 Humanistic Theories and Trait Theories
Module 47 Social-Cognitive Theories and the Self
TEST 1 OCTOBER 26 (worth 28%)
Modules 1-3; Modules 45-47; Video #14 (The Mind Hidden and Divided)
Module 20 Basic Learning Concepts and Classical Conditioning
Module 21 Operant Conditioning
Module 22 Biology, Cognition, and Learning
Module 41 Social Thinking
Module 42 Social Influence
Module 43 Antisocial Relations
Module 44 Prosocial Relations
Module 7 Basic Consciousness Concepts
Module 8 Sleep and Dreams
Module 9 Drugs and Consciousness
Module 4 Neural and Hormonal Systems
Module 5 Tools of Discovery, Older Brain Structures, and the Limbic System
Module 6 The Cerebral Cortex
TEST 2 NOVEMBER 30 (worth 20%)
Modules 20-22; Modules 41-44; Modules 7-9; Modules 4-6; Video #19 (The Power of the
Module 23 Studying and Encoding Memories
Module 24 Storing and Retrieving Memories
Module 25 Forgetting, Memory Construction, and Improving Memory
Module 26 Thinking
Module 27 Language and Thought
Module 28 What is Intelligence?
Module 29 Assessing Intelligence
Module 30 The Dynamics of Intelligence
Module 31 Genetic and Environmental Influences on Intelligence
Module 32 Basic Motivational Concepts
Module 33 Hunger
Module 34 Sexual Orientation ONLY (section 34-6, pgs 409-415)
Module 35 Affiliation and Achievement
Module 36 Introduction to Emotion
Module 37 Expressing Emotion
Module 38 Experiencing Emotion
TEST 3 FEBRUARY 15 (worth 28%)
Modules 23-25; Modules 26-27; Modules 28-31; Modules 32-35 (but only section 34-6 for
Module 34); Modules 36-38; Video #16 (Testing and Intelligence)
Module 39 - Stress and Illness
Module 40 - Health and Coping
Module 48 Introduction to Psychological Disorders
Module 49 Anxiety Disorders, OCD, and PTSD
Module 50 Depressive Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Suicide and Self-Injury
Module 51 Schizophrenia
Module 52 Dissociative, Personality, and Eating Disorders
Module 53 Introduction to Therapy and the Psychological Therapies
Module 54 Evaluating Psychotherapies
Module 55 The Biomedical Therapies and Preventing Psychological Disorders
Module 17 Basic Concepts of Sensation and Perception
Module 18 Vision: Sensory and Perceptual Processing
Module 19 The Nonvisual Senses
TEST 4 MARCH 29 (worth 20%)
(Modules 39-40; Modules 48-52; Modules 53-55; Modules 17-19; Video #23 (Health, Mind
and Behaviour)
MARCH 29 - DEADLINE for NOTIFYING your TA that you wish to view any tests.
Tests don’t have to be viewed by this date, but you must have contacted your TA by Mar
29 to set up an appointment. You will need to provide photo ID to view your test.

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