DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY Introduction to Psychology II PSYC 102 (3), D900 Simon Fraser University Instructor: Joe Thompson Office: Joe’s Office Hours: email: [email protected] SUR 5186 By appointment (appointments run Wednesdays, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm) TA: Unnati Patel Unnati’s Office Hours: By appointment in RCB 7206 (Mondays, 1-2pm) Course Description Calendar description: Acquaints the student with major issues in contemporary psychology and considers their historical antecedents. Topics in learning, cognition, social psychology and abnormal psychology are considered. My description: My introductory psychology courses have two main objectives. First, I hope to provide students with a survey of what you will find in the discipline of Psychology. That means we will cover a ton of material at a relatively superficial level. My second objective is to illustrate the value of psychology to the lives of my students whenever possible. This includes advice on how to use psychology to improve as a student. Required Text Required Readings/Materials: Weiten, W. & McCann, D. (2019) Psychology: Themes and Variations (5th ed). Nelson Publishing. Please be aware that I do not know how the fifth edition differs from other versions of the textbook. I cannot guarantee that you will be able to do well in this class by studying from an old textbook. Booking appointments with Joe This semester I will book appointments through Canvas’ scheduling tool. You can sign up by clicking on ‘Calendar’ within canvas, and then clicking on ‘Scheduler’ (see attachment below). You will then see available times to book Joe. You are, of course, free to come by Joe’s office hour without an appointment, but there is a chance he will be with another student or he will be away from his office temporarily. Use of online tools and websites I love the idea of using technology to make our lives better. However, it is important to be aware of the privacy concerns associated with using online technologies. Simon Fraser University wants to protect your student data and, consequently, we want be careful about using online tools and websites that might record student information in a database that is not controlled by Simon Fraser University. Here are some examples of uncontrolled websites and tools that you might want to use in this course: polleverywhere.com/ - This is a site that allows for in-class polls. It will allow you to participate in class anonymously and without raising your hand. Appear.in/ - this is a Skype-like application that allows us to have meetings with students Textbook website (https://login.nelsonbrain.com/cb/entitlement.htm?code=MTPP-F6LP-KBDZ) This website contains a number of useful resources such as practice questions for each chapter. You will need to create an account and use the code provided with your textbook. *You are not required to use external websites such as these for this course.* None of these websites are controlled by Simon Fraser University, and so any personal data you put on those websites could end up under someone else’s control. If you do want to use these tools, my suggestion is to use fake personal information when possible. End of semester questions and grade rounding: Just a reminder, I cannot round final grades. I also cannot regrade assignments that are more than two weeks after they are due. Breakdown: Assignment Value Fact-Check Assignment Part I 4 Fact-Check Assignment Part II 10 Fact-Check Assignment Part III 10 Midterm I 20 Midterm II 25 Final 25 Research Participation 6 Fact-Check Assignment Part I, II, and III (24%) Psychology is ridiculously difficult. Human beings are highly variable and the resources of science limited. This means that, when surveying how psychological concepts have been applied to the study of real world behaviour, we will encounter oversimplifications, misunderstandings of research, and other errors. This means we need to employ our critical thinking capacities even when we are learning from experts who know more than us. For your term project, you will identify a passage from the textbook that strikes you as especially important, surprising, or unlikely. You will then undergo a research project with the intention of verifying this claim from textbook. This will involve finding the primary sources cited by the text, and reviewing it in detail. You will ultimately conclude, based on a deeper appraisal of the evidence, whether the paper cited by the textbook actually provides evidence for the textbook’s assertion. More details about the term paper will be discussed in class and posted on course website. You may work on portions of this term project in groups, but only with permission from Joe. Exams (70% total): In class exams will be a combination of multiple choice questions and short answer questions. I may also include fill in the blank questions, or questions involving graphs and diagrams. Anything discussed in the textbook or class is testable, but material that I highlight as important is more likely to be examined. Be prepared to provide written explanations of key concepts that I highlight in class as especially important. I also reserve the right to ask you questions about your own research project on the exam. Research Participation (6%): For full marks in this course, you also need to get credit for three hours of research participation. It is best to get it out of the way early on. For details, about research participation and for details about alternatives to research participation, see https://www.sfu.ca/psychology/ugrad/researchparticipation.html. To actually sign up for research participation, go to https://www.psyc.sfu.ca/rps/part/part_login.htm Last day to Withdraw without extenuating circumstances October 8 Class Contribution and Attendance While I will not give course credit for attendance, attendance is required required for a good grade in this course. The exams will be extremely difficult for students who do not come to class. Students who actively participate in class are also likely to perform better than those who do not. Policy on Late Assignments/Missed Exams: Assignments are submitted on Canvas at 11:59pm the day of the due date. We are not responsible for network lag, so be sure to submit your assignment well before 11:59pm in order to ensure that Canvas registers your assignment as being submitted on time. There is a 25% late penalty per day for late assignments. I can only reschedule exams due to exam hardship or extenuating circumstances, and I will require documentation to grant these requests. Documentation for sick notes: Please use the SFU Health Care Provider form as evidence of illness: http://students.sfu.ca/forms.html Note: It Is not the department policy to record lectures Grade Appeals: If you feel that your work warrants a better grade, then please ask for a regrade. I will remove the mark from the online system, wait at least a few days, and then assign you a new grade. Of course, this process implies that your grade may go up or down after a regrade. However, if you have faith in your work, then I encourage you to get a second opinion. You can only ask for a regrade within two weeks of receiving your mark. Canvas announcements: I will sometimes make important announcements through Canvas. It is your obligation to check Canvas regularly to ensure that you do not miss important information! Code of academic integrity and good conduct: It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that they are familiar with SFU’s code of conduct: http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student.html Further resources for what constitutes academic honesty can be found at: https://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity/resources/academichonestyguide.html Student Resources: • The Centre for Students with Disabilities: Students are encouraged to contact the CSD early in the semester to register and arrange for accommodations during the midterm and final exams. Accommodations must be submitted to the instructor in writing at least 1 week before the exam date. http://www.sfu.ca/students/disabilityaccess • SFU Health and Counseling Services: http://www.sfu.ca/students/health Tentative grade cutoffs: Note that these are tentative. Cut-offs are usually adjusted at the end of the semester in order to achieve a distribution of letter grades that is in keeping with other lower-division psychology classes. For example, under usual circumstances the top 20 students in this class of 150 will receive an A- or better, so I may adjust Cut-offs to make sure that there are at least 20 students in the A- to A+ category. The grade cut-offs presented here are, in my experience, on the strict side and are unlikely to be made more strict. Therefore, if you get 92% in the course you are unlikely to score below an A-, but you may get an A depending on the performance of your peers (e.g., your more likely to get an A if you score at the top of the class). Note that the Cut-offs are not entirely determined by the distribution of grades in other lower division psychology classes. They also depend on my judgement of the classes overall ability (e.g., I may give out more A’s than usual if I have concrete evidence that this class is better than the typical introductory psychology class). Finally, remember that the Cut-offs will be applied to the entire class. Different students will not be held to different Cut-offs, so please do not ask me to adjust a Cut-off entirely for your own sake. A+ A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D F 97-100% 93-96% 89-92% 85-88% 80-84% 76-79% 72-75% 67-71% 60-66% 50-59% 0-49% Reading List: W Week DATE TOPIC READING E E K 1 Sep 5 Introduction 2 Sep 12 Human Development across the Life Span Chapter 11 3 Sep 19 Human Development across the Life Span Chapter 11 4 Sep 26 Language and Thought Chapter 8 5 Oct 3 Intelligence and Psychological Testing Fact-Check the Text Part I Due Chapter 9 6 Oct 10 Midterm Chapter 8, 9, 11 7 Oct 17 Personality: Theory, Research, and Assessment Chapter 12 8 Oct 24 Special Topics 9 Oct 31 Stress, Coping, and Health Fact-Check the Text Part II Due Chapter 14 10 Nov 7 Midterm II Chapter 12,14 11 Nov 14 Social Behaviour Chapter 13 12 Nov 21 Psychological Disorders Chapter 15 13 Nov 28 Treatment of Psychological Disorders Fact-Check the Text Part III Due Chapter 16 Final Exam Chapter 13, 15, 16 TBA Note: Syllabus is subject to change. Its your responsibility to pay attention to lecture announcements and Canvas announcements. Check with me if you plan on reading more than two weeks ahead.