PSYC 1111
Introductory Psychology I

3.0 Credits


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.

Delivery Method

Print- and Web-based.




Students with credit for PSYC 106 (SFU PSYC 100) may not take this course for further credit.


The goals of this course are to help you acquire current scientific knowledge of theories, methods, and scientific findings from the field of psychology and an understanding of the importance of critical thinking when evaluating psychological material.

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

  • Understand major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, andhistorical trends in psychology.
  • Apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design andinterpretation.
  • 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 ofambiguity, and ethical ideals.
  • Recognize, understand, and respect the complexity of sociocultural andinternational 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 Outline

The course is divided into four units, each of which covers two or three chapters inthe textbook. There is one assignment for each unit. There is also an open-book quizfor 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

Maximum Completion

30 weeks.

Required Text and Materials

Students will receive all course materials including the textbook in their course package.

  1. Wade, C., Tavris, C., Saucier, D., & Elias, L. Psychology. 4th Canadian Edition with DSM-5 update + MyPsychLab. Toronto, Ontario: Pearson Education Canada, Inc., 2015.
    Type: Textbook, ISBN: 978-0-13-388756-3

Students enrolling in this course will receive a custom reprint of the textbook. The ISBN number will differ from the one noted above.

  1. Wade, C., Tavris, C., Saucier, D., & Elias, L. Psychology. 4th Canadian Edition with DSM-5 update + MyPsychLab. Toronto, Ontario: Pearson Education Canada, Inc., 2015.
    Type: Textbook, Custom Reprint, ISBN 1323259449

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 DVD will be included with your course materials package which contains media you will reference during the course.

Optional: If you have sourced your own textbook and do not have access to MyPsychLab, you are encouraged to purchase the Study Guide, available for the textbook, that contains learning objectives, chapter outlines, and practice exams.

  1. Wade, C., Tavris, C., Saucier, D., & Elias, L. Psychology: Study Guide. 4th Canadian Edition. Toronto, Ontario: Pearson Education Canada, Inc., 2013.
    Type: Textbook, ISBN: 978-0-205-24750-9

Additional Requirements

Computer with Internet access is required for the Web-based version of the course. Refer to the TRU- OL Website or the TRU-OL Calendar for requirements.

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is by phone if you are taking the print version of the course or by e-mail if you are taking the Web-based version. You will receive the necessary contact information when you start your course.


In order to successfully complete this course, students must obtain at least 50% on the final mandatory examination and 50% overall. It is strongly recommended that students complete all assignments in order to achieve the learning objectives of the course. The total mark will be determined on the following basis:

Assignment 1 12%
Assignment 2 12%
Assignment 3 12%
Assignment 4 14%
Unit 1 Quiz 2.5%
Unit 2 Quiz 2.5%
Unit 3 Quiz 2.5%
Unit 4 Quiz 2.5%
Final Exam * 40%
Total 100%

* Mandatory