PSYC 1111: Introductory Psychology I

This companion course to PSYC 1211 introduces students to the scientific study of human behaviour. Topics covered include an overview of psychological theories and research methods as well as current information on such topics as the brain and nervous system, sensation and perception, learning, problem solving, memory, and motivation.

Learning outcomes

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
  • Apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design and interpretation.
  • Analyze and evaluate information using critical thinking, skeptical inquiry, and knowledge of the scientific method.
  • Apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.
  • Evaluate the application of values in psychology such as tolerance of ambiguity, and ethical ideals.
  • Recognize, understand, and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity in the study of psychology.
  • Describe recent psychological findings in the study of the brain, nervous system, sensation, perception, learning, memory, thinking, intelligence, and motivation.

Course topics

The course is divided into four units, each of which covers two or three chapters in the textbook. There is one assignment for each unit. There is also an open-book quiz for each unit, and then a final exam at the end of the course. The units are further divided into topics of study as follows:

Unit 1: An Invitation to Psychology

  • What is Psychology?
  • How Psychologists Do Research

Unit 2: The Brain and Mental States

  • The Brain: Source of Mind and Self
  • Body Rhythms and Mental States

Unit 3: Sensation, Perception, and Learning

  • Sensation and Perception
  • Learning and Conditioning

Unit 4: Thinking, Memory, and Motivation

  • Thinking and Intelligence
  • Memory
  • Motivation

Required text and materials

Students will receive the following:

  1. Wade, C., Tavris, C., Garry, M., Saucier, D., & Elias, L. (2016). Psychology (5th Cdn. ed., with MyPsychLab). Toronto, ON: Pearson
    Type: Textbook ISBN: 978-0134004242

MyPsychLab: The publisher of your textbook provides a companion website that contains a variety of useful resources, such as interactive lectures, flashcards, a glossary, and other study aids. If you are registered in the print version of this course, you are encouraged to use the online resources if you have access to them, but you will be able to complete the course successfully using the print materials alone.

For print-based students only: a PSYC 1111 course USB will be included with your course materials package which contains media you will reference during the course.

Additional requirements

  • Computer with USB port.


Please be aware that due to COVID-19 safety guidelines all in-person exams have been suspended. As such, all final exams are currently being delivered through ProctorU, which has an approximate fee of $35 involved. There will be more information in your course shell, on how to apply, if your course has a final exam.

To complete this course successfully, you must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course and 50% or higher on the mandatory Final Exam. The following table shows how your final grade will be determined for this course.

Assignment 1 - An Invitation to Psychology 12%
Assignment 2 - The Brain and Mental States 12%
Assignment 3 - Sensation, Perception, and Learning 12%
Assignment 4 - Thinking, Memory, and Motivation 14%
Unit 1 Quiz 2.5%
Unit 2 Quiz 2.5%
Unit 3 Quiz 2.5%
Unit 4 Quiz 2.5%
Final Exam (mandatory) 40%
Total 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is through the Learning Environment's "Mail" tool or by phone. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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