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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): This is a Priority Access Course. Enrolment may be restricted to particular programs or specializations. See department for more information.


Assessment Item Weight
Unit Quizzes 15%
Online Midterm 1 25%
Online Midterm 2 25%
Essay 1 5%
Essay 2 5%
Online Final Exam 25%
Total 100%


Additional Technical Requirements

This course will use the following:

  • Respondus tool to invigilate one or more exams. 

Please view the Technical Considerations.

Technical Requirements

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*Course details are subject to change.

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Section Title
Introduction to Psychology
May 11, 2023 to August 04, 2023
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Domestic Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $683.39 Click here to get more information
Domestic Tuition Fee - Non-Ontario (0.5 units) $713.81 Click here to get more information
International Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $3,106.72 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.

Note:  A course invite code for Revel will be provided.


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 © 2021 Pearson Education Canada 3rd Canadian edition ISBN 9780135424025
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