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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%
Research Experience 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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