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Thompson Rivers University

PSYC 1211: Introduction to Psychology 2

Students explore selected topics in contemporary psychology, including intelligence, development, personality, social psychology, emotion, motivation, and psychopathology.

Learning outcomes

  • Describe key concepts, principles, and overarching themes in psychology.
  • Describe how psychological ideas and knowledge apply to everyday life.
  • Demonstrate scientific reasoning to interpret psychological phenomena.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills for different purposes.
  • Demonstrate how sociocultural factors relate to scientific inquiry into psychological questions.

Course topics

  • Unit 1: Information Processing
  • Unit 2: Lifespan Development and Personality
  • Unit 3: Social Psychology, Motivation, and Emotion
  • Unit 4: Psychological Disorders and Treatment

Required text and materials

The following Open Education Resources (OER) textbook, free of charge, is required for this course:

  1. Walters, S. (2020). Psychology (1st Canadian ed.) PressBooks. Thompson Rivers University.

Additional requirements

Print students will require computer with internet access to download the OER textbook.


Please be aware that should your course have a final exam, you are responsible for the fee to the online proctoring service, ProctorU, or to the in-person approved Testing Centre. Please contact with any questions about this.

To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory exam.

Assignment 1 - Information Processing 18%
Assignment 2 - Lifespan Development and Personality 18%
Assignment 3 - Social Psychology, Motivation, and Emotion 18%
Assignment 4 - Psychological Disorders and Treatment 18%
Final Exam (mandatory) 28%
Total 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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