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Course name PSYC 1000U - 001 Introductory Psychology

CRN 40424


Wednesday from 8:10 am - 11:00 am Regent Theatre

Instructor: Dr. Fiore Sicoly


I DO NOT HAVE ANY OFFICE SPACE AT UOITAND SO NO OFFICE HOURS You will have plenty of opportunity to ask questions and seek clarification during class. You are also welcome to talk to me after class. If necessary we can schedule an appointment for the earliest, mutually convenient time. The best strategy is to communicate by e-mail, which I check several times per day. I respond promptly to messages that I receive.
Textbook: Psychology: A Journey, 3rd Edition Dennis Coon; John O. Mitterer; Patrick Brown; Rajesh Malik; Sue McKenzie E-Book version of text should also be available (inquire at bookstore) Class notes on WEBCT (see details below)

Course Description
Psychology is the scientific study of observable behaviour and mental processes (thoughts, feeling, emotions) that we experience as we interact with our world. Contrary to popular belief, psychology is more than just abnormal behavior, mental disorders, and therapy. As you progress through this course, it is my hope that you will come to understand and appreciate the broad scope and diverse areas of psychology. We will look at theories, research, controversial issues, and the impact psychology has on our world. Above all, psychology gives us useful information about real life. You will gain a new understanding of everyday mysteries like seeing, dreaming, intelligence, and emotions (fearhappiness), as well as insights into the elegant complexity of the brain, the mind-body link, learning and memory, and human development across the lifespan. You will also gain insight into how psychological knowledge has been applied in an effort to improve the quality of our lives. You already have many years of personal experience, observations, and knowledge. We often cling to such personal knowledge and beliefs because they seem to make sense and have gotten us through years of life. The scientific method is a very specific way of studying the world, with very stringent criteria for the acceptance of something as true. The course will help to develop your critical thinking skills mental tools that allow you to think logically, weigh evidence, and make well-informed decisions. Such skills will help you become a more critical consumer of information (e.g., mass media claims). We will cover nearly all of the textbook chapters but some chapters much more thoroughly than others. The lectures are intended to explain important textbook material but also to present new material not covered in the textbook. Not all topics presented in the text will be covered in class. I will try to relate concepts to reallife, occasionally show video clips, and try demonstrations or activities that are designed to illustrate important or interesting concepts. As described below, I will be providing detailed notes on WebCT. This should allow more class time for in-depth discussion of important or interesting topics (I want the class to be interactiveso try to get involved). Tests will place a very heavy emphasis on concepts covered in class lectures, notes and class discussions. I recognize the fact that you all have lives outside of this class. If for some reason you have a concern, please come and talk to me. I am willing to work with you ahead of time to avoid problems before they occur; there tend to be fewer options available afterwards.

Notes on WEBCT and Attendance: I will make available an electronic copy of notes for each chapter through WEBCT. I provide class notes so that you can focus on understanding the concepts instead of writing furiously every minute of the class. I also want to make sure that all students have a common base of information that does not depend on how quickly or accurately you are able to take notes. Finally, I tend to bring in a lot of important extra material that it is not in the textbook and the course notes summarize most of this new material. WARNING! These notes cover some of the major concepts but they are not complete...each week there will be important aspects of material covered during class sessions only. Class attendance is essential if you want receive a good mark. ABOUT 65%-70% OF COURSE MATERIAL WILL BE IN THE NOTESTHE REST IN LECTURE

Assessment and Evaluation

Participation (virtual clickers used during class) TEN Weekly Quizzesmust do at least 5 quizzes. For each missed quiz up to 5, 3.2% will be added to the midterm or the exam. - Do 10 quizzestwo worst marks are dropped - Do 9 quizzesworst mark is dropped I prefer that you do all the quizzes because it is an easy way to improve your overall course grade, since the worst quiz marks are dropped. Doing the quizzes also spreads your studying across the semester so you are better prepared for the midterm and exam. Studying for the midterm or exam by cramming the night before is not the most effective strategy. Each quiz will likely have about 12-15 questions. OTHER OPTIONS: You can replace TWO of the quizzes with Question Development Assignment OR with Mini-papers (see description below). These are treated as quizzes and are worth the same amount (i.e., 3.2% each).

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Midterm Exam Final Exam

I may need to make minor changes in % mark allocation during the semester. If this occurs you will be informed. For example, I dont know if using the ResponseWare system described below, will go as planned since this is the first time I have tried it.

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Extra Credit Option (5%): You can receive up to 5% bonus in this course by participating in research studies. Extra Credit Option (5%): You can receive up to 5% bonus in this course by participating in research studies. Throughout the term, available studies that have been approved by UOITs Research Ethics Board will appear on the participant pool website ( under Studies. If you see a study that interests you, the announcement for that study will tell you how many credits the study is worth and what you must do to participate (e.g., follow a link to a web survey, use an email address or phone number to contact someone to schedule a time for the study). You will not be penalized in any way if you do not participate in the studies. You can, conceivably, receive 100% in the course without participating in any research. SEE EXTRA CREDIT OPTION IN COURSE CONTENT ON WEBCT FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT THIS

Midterm and Exam: These will include only multiple choice questions. Many of the questions will be similar to those on the quizzes. It will therefore be to your advantage to complete as many quizzes as possible. but will be primarily short answer questions. IN CLASS I GIVE OUT LOTS OF HINTS ABOUT THE QUESTIONS THAT ARE MOST LIKELY TO BE ON THE EXAM KEEP TRACK OF THESE HINTS AND THEY WILL HELP YOU TO FOCUS WHEN YOU STUDY. If you cannot write the exam on the assigned date you must obtain a Deferral of Final Examination form at the Registrars office or website and present it to the Faculty Office. If an unexpected emergency prevents you from writing the Midterm, discuss the circumstances with me as soon as possible. Class Participation: You are expected to be active participants in this course and not just passive recipients of information. Active learning is critical for the development of research skills. It is through your involvement in class activities and discussions that you will enhance your learning and enjoyment of the course. Class participation includes the following: regular attendance, making comments (humour is welcome), asking questions, being a good listener, and reading of class notes. ResponseWare web-enabled interactive polling: This feedback system allows the instructor to ask questions during class and poll students to get their answers immediately. Responses from the class are aggregated to produce graphs that are displayed quickly on the screen so you and I can see the number and percentage of correct responses, and where mistakes are being made. This system gives instructors realtime data and gives students immediate feedback about comprehension that takes some of the guesswork out of whether students understand or not. It also allows for greater student participation and helps to keep the class attentive and focused. Question Development: If you choose to replace a quiz with a Question Development Assignment, it will be due no later than one week after the quiz. Each assignment will require you to develop 15 multiple choice questions related to the course material that was covered during the quiz that you missed. The purpose of the question development assignments is to help you review the course material, think critically about it, and prepare for the midterm/exam. Developing questions will help you review and understand the course material. More detailed requirements will be provided later. These assignments will be submitted through WebCT. Psychology in the News Mini-papers -One purpose of this assignment is to connect course content with material outside the classroom. You will identify media items that have relevance to the course material from lectures, notes, textbook, or class discussions. These media reports may come from newspapers, magazines, TV or movies, Internet sources, and your own personal life experiences. Include a copy of the media information or a brief description. If you are referring to a TV show episode or movie, a video clip would be good if you can manage itotherwise, a description is enough. For each media item, try to find one or two relevant articles from library databases and list these as references. PLEASE DO NOT SIMPLY USE WIKIPEDIA OR THE TEXTBOOK to find background information related to your topics. It should NOT be a simple repetition of the material in lectures, notes, or textbook. Go beyond these sources and learn more about the topic that you are focusing on.raise questions or concernsidentify information that is missingraise some questions that could be addressed by further research, and so on. I would like to see evidence of critical thinking and also that you have learned something about the topic. (LENGTH about 2- 2 pages in length EXCLUDING title page & referencessingle spaced) These assignments will be submitted through Blackboard.

What are my expectations of you? You are expected to be active participants in this course and not just passive recipients of information. It is through your involvement in class activities and discussions that you will enhance your learning and enjoyment of the course. Class participation includes the following: regular attendance, making comments (humour is welcome), asking questions, being a good listener, reading of class notes prior to each class, and above all, showing respect for other students in our class. Academic Honesty and Integrity: Georgian College expects students to be committed to the following fundamental principles and values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility (See website for details) Students with Special Needs: If there is any student in this course, who, because of a disability, may have a need for special accommodations, please come and discuss this with me after you have contacted The Centre for Students with Disabilities (also known as REACH). In compliance with University of Ontario Institute of Technology policy and disability laws, I am available to discuss appropriate academic accommodations that you may require as a student with a disability. Requests for academic accommodations need to be made during the first week of the semester so arrangements can be made. I encourage you to register with REACH for disability verification and for determination of reasonable academic accommodations.

COURSE TOPICS (ORDER OF CHAPTERS MAY CHANGE DURING COURSE) The material to be covered each week will be posted two-or three days before each class. Week 1 Sept 15 Ch1 - Introduction Week 2 Sept 22 Quiz#1 Ch2 - Brain and Behaviour Week 3 Sept 29 Quiz#2 Ch3 - Human Development Week 4 Oct 6 Quiz#3 Week 5 Oct 13 Quiz#4 Ch5 - Consciousness Week 6 Oct 20 Quiz#5 Ch6 - Conditioning and Learning Ch8- Cognition and Intelligence

Week 7
Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11 Week 12 Week 13

Oct 27
Nov 3 Nov 10 Nov 17 Nov 24 Dec 1 Dec 8

Ch4 - Sensation and Perception Ch7 - Memory Ch9 - Motivation and Emotion Ch11 - Psychological Disorders Ch12 - Health, Stress, & Coping Ch13 - Therapies Quiz#6 Quiz#7 Quiz#8 Quiz#9 Quiz#10

Ch14 - Social Behaviour Week 14 Dec 10 -22 Final Exam Period As indicated earlier, you can replace TWO of the quizzes with Question Development Assignments OR with Mini-papers. These are treated as quizzes and are worth the same amount (i.e., 3.2% each). These substitutes would be due 10 days after the quiz that you missed. For example, if you miss Quiz#3 on Oct 6 and want to substitute questions or a minipaper, this would be due on Saturday Oct 16. If you decide to do a Question Development Assignment, this should focus on the same material that was covered by the missed quiz.