Class website: www.paultrapnell.com/1000
Required Textbook: Myers and DeWall (2018): Psychology in Modules, 12th Edition.
LaunchPad (Online e-Book, Learning Curve, and Study Guides):
Test 1 ppts (for Test 1 only): Week1-2 (part1) Week1-2 (part2) Week1-2 (part3) Week3 Week4 (part1) Week4 (part2)
10:30 - 11:20 Room 1L12
1:30 - 2:20 Room 1L12
Office Hours:by appointment.
TBA (To Be Announced)
Office Hours: by appointment
Myers and DeWall (2018) Psychology in Modules, 12th edition
This course provides an introduction to the scientific analysis of behaviour and mental activity from the biological, social, and individual perspectives. Major topics include the following: perception, motivation, learning, memory, intelligence, personality, states of consciousness, social interaction, developmental processes, hereditary and environmental influences, abnormal psychology, therapeutic methods, and procedures for collecting and summarizing data. Students are expected to participate directly or indirectly in the Department's ongoing research program. This course is a prerequisite for all other Psychology courses.
The American Psychological Association (APA) has developed a list of goals for undergraduate education in psychology, and we are using these goals as guidelines for this course. By the end of this course you may not have fully attained all five of these goals, but you should be on the right path toward achieving them.
1. Knowledge Base of Psychology: Demonstrating familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
2. Research Methods in Psychology: Understanding and applying research methods in psychology.
3. Critical Thinking Skills in Psychology: Respecting and using critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific approach to solving problems related to behavior and mental processes.
4. Application of Psychology: Understanding and applying psychological principles to personal, social and organizational issues.
5. Values in Psychology: Valuing empirical evidence, tolerating ambiguity, acting ethically, and reflecting on other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a science.
Please note: Some adjustments may be made in the text material to be covered for each test. For example,sometimes a chapter may not be covered in class but will still be required for the exam, and/or some chapters may be reordered and possibly tested on a different dates than listed above. Announcement of changes will be made in class. If there are any changes you will know well in advance.
Missed material is your responsibility. You must contact others in the class about missed material when you are absent, NOT the Instructor or Teaching Assistant. Obtain contact information from four classmates who you may want to contact if you need to get missed materials.
6 NON-cumulative tests + Introductory Psychology Research Requirement.
(The Research Requirement is not graded. It refers to the requirement to accumulate 6 research credits before the end of the course in April. See Research Requirement below).
1. Six term tests: 100%. There are six tests across the year. The final grade is the sum of these 6 test scores. Three tests are in Term I (Dr. Trapnell). In that term, each test is worth 16.7% toward your course grade (16.7% + 16.7% + 16.7% = 50%). The remaining 3 tests are in Term II (Dr. Lall). In Term II, the first test counts for 10%, and the next two each count for 20% of your course grade (10%+20%+20% =50%). All six tests are NON-cumulative, (i.e., are based ONLY on the material since the preceding tests). Term I tests are multiple choice questions only. Term II tests *might*, or might not, include some fill-in-the-blank questions, or short-answer questions (Dr. Lall will decide that at the beginning of Term II). All tests will be based on assigned textbook chapters + any additional material from class lectures. Distribution of questions between textbook and lectures is usually something like 70% from the textbook chapters and 25-30% unique to the lectures but keep in mind that lectures overlap quite a bit with textbook information. You are responsible for taking lecture notes (or obtaining lecture notes from another class member-please see above) if a class is missed.
Students will be allowed to write a make-up test if absent with good reason on a test date. Absences from tests will be excused for reasons relating to sickness, death in the family, or religious holidays.
All students are expected to fulfill the research requirement requirement by accumulating SIX credits worth of research credit. Failure to accumulate 6 credits by the end of the course in April would result in your final grade being dropped one letter grade (e.g., from an A- to a B+). See attached sheets at the end of the downloadable course syllabus pdf (link is near the top of this page) or this document: Research Requirement (downloadable PDF)
Please note carefully that the cutoffs provided below are are tentative guidelines that the course instructor will follow, but unofficial grades based on these tentative guidelines below do not necessarily correspond to the official final grades awarded by the University administration. The Registrar retains the right to modify grading cutoffs in cases involving unreasonably lenient (or difficult) exams, exceptionally skewed grade distributions, and other unusual circumstances. In most cases offical final grades correspond quite closely to the unofficial grades based on the cutoffs provided below. Please be advised that this is not always, or necessarily, the case, however. The following should therefore be interpreted as unofficial cutoffs, not absolutely final official grading cutoffs for this course.