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.
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
- 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
- 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.
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
Required text and materials
Students will receive the following:
- 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 DVD will be included with your course
materials package which contains media you will reference during the course.
- Print students: Access to a DVD player or a computer with a DVD drive
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
|Assignment 2 - The Brain and Mental States
|Assignment 3 - Sensation, Perception, and Learning
|Assignment 4 - Thinking, Memory, and Motivation
|Unit 1 Quiz
|Unit 2 Quiz
|Unit 3 Quiz
|Unit 4 Quiz
|Final Exam (mandatory)
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.