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INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY 1010 6.0G
FALL 2010/ WINTER 2011
LECTURES: Tuesday 11:30-2:30 in CLH-I
COURSE WEBSITE: www.psych.yorku.ca/mongrain/teaching
COURSE DIRECTOR: Dr. Myriam Mongrain
Office Hours: By appointment in 132 BSB
Phone Messages: 736-5115 Ext. 66193
Email: [email protected]
TEACHING ASSISTANTS: OFFICE HOURS
Adi Aviram [email protected] Thurs. 10:30-11:30 a.m. 305 BSB (grading)
Caroline Barnes [email protected] Fri. 12:00-1:00 p.m. 022 BSB (discussion/moodle)
Laura Branscombe [email protected] Wed. 10:00-11:00 a.m. 065 BSB (make-ups)
Jacqueline McKinnon [email protected] (contact for grades)
Kimberley Mercer [email protected] Tues. 10:00–11:00 a.m. 306 BSB (grading)
Ashley Miles [email protected] Thurs. 1:30-2:30 072A BSB (grading)
Susan Sergeant [email protected] Wed. 1:30-2:30 022 BSB (Winter tutorials)
Leah Shapira [email protected] (contact for grades)
Jessica Schroeder [email protected] Wed. 9:30-10:30 043 BSB (Fall tutorials)
Genevieve Vrana [email protected] Tues. 2:30-3:30 p.m. 409E BSB (grading)
Phone Messages: 736-5115 and press 2 to leave message with a TA.
TEXT: Weiten & McCann (2010). Psychology: Themes and Variations, 2nd Canadian
Edition.
COURSE FORMAT: 3 hour lecture (with break) and optional tutorials.
EVALUATION:
Test 1: October 19th (20%)
Test 2: December 7th (20%)
Test 3: February 15th (25%)
Final Exam: During final examination period (April 7-23rd) (31%)
Research points: 4% (register at www.psych.yorku.ca/urpp)
Tests and Final Exam: 80% multiple choice; 20% short answers
The first three tests are non-cumulative.
A small proportion (10%) of the final exam will be cumulative for the Winter lecture
material only.
***Research points: 4% of your final grade will be based on your participation in
research studies in both the Fall and Winter terms. You earn 2% by participating in 3 hours
of research in the Fall, and an additional 2% by participating in 3 more hours in the
Winter (6 hours total).
Note: The last day to drop the course without receiving a grade is February 11th, 2010.
MISSED TESTS:
1. If you cannot write an exam, you must contact my secretary Barbara Thurston at
[email protected] within 48 hours of the test (or call Ext. 66253). Be sure to include the
course number “1010G” in the subject line of your email, otherwise it will be considered
trash mail. If you are unable to call or email during this 48-hour period, subsequent
documentation accounting for the delay must be provided.
2. Appropriate documentation verifying the circumstances for the missed test must be
provided at the time of the make-up exam. Failure to provide appropriate documentation will
result in a grade of F on the missed test.
A. Tests missed on the grounds of medical circumstances must be supported by
an Attending Physician's Statement or a Statement by a Psychologist or Counsellor.
The Physician's Statement must include (i) the full name, mailing address and
telephone number of the physician, (ii) state the nature of the illness and its duration
(i.e. specific dates covered), and (iii) an indication of whether the illness and/or
medication prescribed would have SERIOUSLY affected your ability to study and
perform over the period in question.
B. Tests or examinations missed on the grounds of non-medical circumstances must
be supported by appropriate documentation, i.e., death certificates, obituary notice,
automobile accident reports, airline/train/bus tickets/receipt for emergency travel (with date
of booking on ticket), etc.
3. A make-up opportunity will be provided, within approximately one month of the missed
test. It is your responsibility to check with a teaching assistant as to the date/time of the
make-up. A conflict in another course during the time of the make-up is not an acceptable
reason for missing the make-up (unless there is an examination in the other course at that
time). Missed make-ups must be supported by appropriate documentation (see 2. A. and 2.
B. above).
** Note: All examinations must be written. Grades will not be pro-rated.
ADMISSION IN OTHER PSYCH. COURSES:
Students must obtain a minimum grade of C (60%) in this course in order to be permitted to
continue as a Major or Minor in Psychology, as well as to take any further Psychology
courses.
York’s Policy on Academic Honesty
http://www.yorku.ca/academicintegrity/students/index.htm
http://www.yorku.ca/secretariat/policies/document.php?document=69#_Toc89156096
Will be applied for the tests and final exam administered in this course.
Serious Offences against the Standards of Academic Honesty:
Examples of cheating include:
(i) cheating on examination or test, or providing unauthorized assistance to another
(ii) obtaining test or examination questions in advance
(iii) unauthorized collaboration on tests or assignments
Examples of plagiarism include:
(i)
submission of another's work as own, in part or whole
(ii) paraphrasing/reproducing another's work on an exam
(iii) using unauthorized documents (e.g. notes) during an exam
Range of penalties:
(i) reprimand to student
(ii) grade on test reduced (may be down to "0")
(iii) final grade in course lowered
(iv) transcript notation
There is heavy surveillance during the exams which are held in class. Students suspected of
cheating have their exam confiscated. An inquiry is then conducted to confirm unauthorized
aid (cheating) on the exam and the student’s grade typically is lowered (maybe down to “0”).
Depending on the seriousness of the offence, a complaint against the student may be
communicated to the Officer of Student Affairs.
LECTURE TOPICS AND REQUIRED READINGS
PSYC 1010 6.0G
FALL SEMESTER 2010
Date
Topic
Chapter in Text
September 14th
Introduction
Ch. 1
September 21st
Domain of Psychology
Research Methods
Ch. 1 & 2
September 28th
Biological Basis of Behaviour Ch. 3
October 5th
Perception
Ch. 4
October 12th
Reading Week
No class. Study hard!
October 19th
Test #1
Chapters 1-4
October 26th
Dreams
Ch. 5
November 2nd
Hypnosis and Drugs
Ch. 5
November 9th
Learning
Ch. 6
November 16th
Memory
Ch. 7
November 23rd
Thinking
Ch. 8
November 30th
Intelligence
Ch. 9
December 7th
Test #2
Chapters 5-9
*** HAPPY HOLIDAYS! ***
LECTURE TOPICS AND REQUIRED READINGS
PSYC 1010 6.0G
WINTER SEMESTER 2011
January 4th
Motivation
Ch. 10
January 11th
Emotion
Ch. 10
January 18th
Child Development
Ch. 11
January 25th
Adolescence and Adulthood
February 1st
Personality
Ch. 12
February 8th
Stress & Health
Ch. 13
February 15th
Test #3
Chapters 10-13
February 22nd
Reading Week
No class
March 1st
Psychological Disorders
Ch. 14
March 8th
Psychological Disorders
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March 15th
Treatment of Psychological
Disorders
Ch. 15
March 22nd
Social Influences
On Behaviour
Ch. 16
March 29th
Social Interaction
& Course Evaluation
Ch. 16
April 6th-23rd
Final Exam
Chapters 14-16
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Final (during final exam period):
90% of questions are non-cumulative (everything since the 3rd midterm –Ch. 14-16)
10% of questions are cumulative for the lectures only in 2011 (not the textbook).
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