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Course Description

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This is an introduction to the content and methods of psychology. It will cover the major areas such as neuroscience, sensation and perception, learning, cognition, motivation, human development, personality, psychopathology and its treatment, and social psychology.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Identify basic terminology in the core areas of psychology;
  2. Explain how the basic terms are defined in the context of psychological research;
  3. Apply their knowledge to explain specific behaviours beyond the laboratory; and
  4. Analyze critical issues in psychology.

Course Topics

  • Psychology as a Science
  • Biological Psychology
  • Sensation, Perception and Consciousness
  • Learning and Memory
  • Thought and Intelligence
  • Lifespan Development:  Cognitive and Social Dimensions
  • Motivation
  • Personality
  • Social Psychology
  • Health, Stress and Coping
  • Psychological Disorders
  • Therapies

Additional Requirements

Restriction(s): PSYC*1100, PSYC*1200


Assessment Item Weight
Midterm 1 30%
Midterm 2 30%
Essay (2 x 5%) 10%
Online Final Exam 30%
Total 100%


Additional Technical Requirements

This course will use the Respondus tool to invigilate one or more exams. In order to use Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor, you must meet the following technical requirements: 

  1. Operating Systems: Windows 10, 8, 7; Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. 

  1. Memory: Windows 2 GB RAM; Mac 512 MB RAM. 

  1. For Mac users: Safari must function properly on the computer. 

  1. Mac users must have Adobe Flash Player installed to Safari, even if a different browser is normally used. 

  1. Functioning webcam and microphone. The webcam and microphone can be built into your computer or can be the type that plugs in with a USB cable. (You will be required to do an environment scan of your room, so please ensure you can move your computer, laptop or webcam for this scan.) 

  1. A broadband Internet connection. It is recommended that you access the Internet via a wired connection. 

Technical Requirements

You are responsible for ensuring that your computer system meets the necessary system requirements. Use the browser check tool to ensure your browser settings are compatible and up to date (results will be displayed in a new browser window).

*Course details are subject to change.


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Section Title
Introduction to Psychology
September 10, 2020 to December 04, 2020
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Domestic Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $683.39 Click here to get more information
International Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $2,748.00 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
0.5 units
Section Notes

Note:  If you are in a degree program at the University of Guelph, please DO NOT register using the link above.  You must register through WebAdvisor.

The S20 link for Revel is:  https://console.pearson.com/enrollment/gtksmp

Section Materials
  • e-book (Unconfirmed) (Mandatory) An Introduction to Psychological Science (eBook plus Revel Access Code) by M. Krause, D. Corts, S. Smith, D. Dolderman © 2021 Pearson Education Canada 3rd Canadian edition ISBN 9780135424025
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