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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 25%
Midterm 2 25%
Essay (2 x 5%) 10%
On Campus Final Exam 40%
Total 100%

*Course details are subject to change.


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Section Title
Introduction to Psychology
January 06, 2020 to April 03, 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) $2,504.99 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
0.5 units
Section Notes

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Section Materials
  • e-book (Confirmed) (Mandatory) An Introduction to Psychological Science (eBook plus Revel Access Code) by M. Krause, D. Corts, S. Smith, D. Dolderman © 2018 Pearson Education Canada 2nd Canadian edition ISBN 9780134729428
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