PSYC 100A (A01) - Introduction to Psychology I - Chim

PSYC 100A (A01) - Introduction to Psychology I - Chim
 Psychology 100A – Introductory Psychology I
Biological and Cognitive Emphasis
Summer (May – June) 2015, Section A01
MTWRF 10:30am-12:20pm
Cornett Building B112
Instructor: Dr. Louise Chim
Office: Cornett A265
Phone:(250) 472-4490
E-mail: [email protected]
Office hours: Wednesdays 1-2pm
Teaching Assistant: Reuven Sussman
Office: CORB312
E-mail: [email protected]
Office hours: Thursdays, 12:30-1:30pm
Psychology is an exciting and complex scientific discipline, and it is an essential part of the
helping professions as well. We designed PSYC 100A and PSYC 100B to provide an
overview of:
 the main areas, findings, and methods of modern psychology
 various theoretical perspectives and professional orientations within psychology
 scientific methods of gathering information and forming conclusions from the study of
human behaviour and functioning
 psychological principles that serve as a foundation for taking more advanced
courses in psychology and related disciplines
 how psychological principles have been used to help people lead better, healthier
lives, and to solve real world problems
 how to locate and utilize psychological research information
PSYC 100A focuses on the historical, methodological, biological, learning, and cognitive
aspects of psychology. PSYC 100B focuses on human intelligence, personality, child and
adult development, psychological disorders and psychological treatment. You do not have
to continue on to PSYC 100B after you have completed PSYC 100A, but you should be
aware that if you wish to take any further courses in Psychology at the University of Victoria
you have to complete both PSYC 100A and B.
This is a condensed and intensive course that meets for only three and a half weeks. We
will meet everyday (Monday through Friday) from 10:30-12:20pm and our meetings will
include a combination of lecture, class exercises and activities.
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We get a lot of e-mails from the 100+ students in this class. In order for us to answer your
questions in a timely fashion, please contact us only after you check if the answer is on the
full course syllabus (available on coursespaces) or on other documents in coursespaces.
You can also check if your peers know the answer to your question.
If you have questions regarding…
Teaching Assistant: Reuven Sussman
exam scoring, exam accommodations,
([email protected])
iClicker points, practice quizzes, critical
thinking exercises, and course content.
course content and questions your TA is not Dr. Chim ([email protected])
able to answer
research participation bonus points
Research participation coordinator: Dr.
Robert Gifford ([email protected])
Required Text
 Myers, D.M. (2010). Psychology (9th ed.) New York: Worth Publishers. You can
purchase this required edition of the textbook at the UVic Bookstore, and you should
have continuing access to it in order to master the material.
 A study guide comes included with the book if you purchase it through the UVic
Required Technology
 An iClicker 2 Personal Response System. The iClicker 2 can be purchased at the
bookstore new or used. Only the second-generation iClickers can be used. If you
use the original iClicker you may not be able to respond to all the questions in class.
In order to receive participation points, you must register your iClicker online. See
page 6 for more information.
Course Website
 All course materials, including lecture notes (after class), will be available through
CourseSpaces ( This site will be your guide on what
needs to get done every day. The course outline, practice quizzes, and other
material will be posted on the course website. You can sign into CourseSpaces
using your NetLink ID.
Optional Online Resource Material
 For extra resources to help you study you can access the Textbook Companion
Site: Worth Publishers Student Center for Psychology Ninth Edition.
 Access to this online site is provided free to all purchasers of the textbook, and
contains resources that are useful for study purposes.
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For each chapter there will be (1) assigned reading from the textbook, (2) practice quizzes
on CourseSpaces that are designed to be completed after reading the textbook but before
coming to class, and (3) possible topics for your critical thinking exercises. In class we will
cover material related to the chapter in various forms – through lecture, demonstrations,
discussion, and videos with guided questions.
Psychology is a scientific discipline, and as such it requires considerable thought and time
to develop an understanding of psychological research and principles. We expect students
to complete the assigned readings before each class, to attend and engage in the classes,
and to spend many hours a week towards mastering the course material.
Attend class regularly. Attending class regularly will help to increase your understanding
of the material by providing you with opportunities to engage with and discuss the material.
Prepare for class. To facilitate discussion and allow you to clarify any questions you may
have about the material, you should come prepared for class. Please complete the
assigned readings before each class.
Check the CourseSpaces website often. All of the course materials, including class
notes, will be available through CourseSpaces (
Conduct yourself appropriately. You should listen to and interact with others in a
respectful manner. We are all very diverse and have different values, beliefs, and opinions.
Please maintain an open mind to these differences. You may argue with others who hold
opinions different from your own, but you must remain respectful at all times. Respect also
includes creating an environment conducive to learning, which means being on time, not
leaving class early, turning off cell phones, listening, and only using computers to take notes
and not to check e-mail or surf the web.
Provide constructive feedback. We are always looking for ways to improve the course to
facilitate learning. You are highly encouraged to provide constructive feedback about your
experiences in the course. Please see us in office hours to discuss your concerns or
Let us know if there are any special circumstances. We learn in different ways and with
varying degrees of success. If you know of any factors in your life that hinder your ability to
learn up to your potential in this course, please contact the Resource Centre for Students
with a Disability (RCSD; and let us know at once.
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We are available to help. We are available to help via e-mail and office hours. For e-mail,
please include “Psyc 100A:” in your subject headline and before you compose your e-mail,
check the course syllabus, notes, with your classmates, and on CourseSpaces for the
answer to your question.
Please attend office hours for your more detailed or complicated questions. We will be
available during office hours to discuss your grades, understanding of the material, or
discuss more generally your interest in Psychology.
We will upload class notes on CourseSpaces. Pre-class notes (a skeleton of the notes
that will be covered in class) will be uploaded before class and full slides will be uploaded
after class.
We will give and receive feedback. We will be available in office hours to give feedback
on the critical thinking exercises and exams. We are also open to receiving constructive
feedback about your experiences with the course.
Final grades will be based on the following criteria
Percent of grade
Evaluation tool
Exam 1 (Chapters 3, 4, 6)
Exam 2 (Chapters 7, 8, 9, 2)
Exam 3 (Prologue, App A, Ch 1)
Critical Thinking Exercises
Clicker Participation
May 19th
May 28th
June 3th
Due 11pm on May
17th, 24th, and 31st.
See syllabus for dates.
*Although you are expected to complete all course requirements (exams, critical thinking exercises, and
clickers), you must complete all three exams to receive credit for the course. Students who do not
complete all three exams will receive an “N” grade.
In addition, there are bonus points for research participation, up to a maximum of 5% (See
CourseSpaces for details).
Grading Criteria
90-100 85-89
Exam Format
You will write three in-class exams. 20-30% of the exam questions will be based on lecture
material; the remainder will be drawn from information in the textbook. Exams will cover
only material since the previous exam (i.e., they are not cumulative). The format of all three
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exams will be multiple-choice and written; be sure to bring a pen and your valid student
photo ID. You will have one and a half hours for each exam.
Exam Policies
You are responsible for attending exams as scheduled. You will have to be present to
write the exams during the scheduled class period. Be sure not to schedule any trips
that overlap with exam dates. If you miss one midterm exam due to illness, accident, or
family affliction, you must supply documentation for your absence (e.g., doctor’s note) within
4 days of missing the exam. If your documentation is approved, then we will inform you
when the make-up exam will be held. You will have to write the make-up exam at the
designated time.
All grades will be posted on CourseSpaces following each exam. Please take the time to
check this posting to make sure the grade is correct.
Critical Thinking Exercises (16%)
Sixteen percent of your grade in Psyc 100 is derived from Critical Thinking Exercises that
you will submit each week in CourseSpaces by 11pm on Sunday. To give you flexibility you
only need to complete 2 out of the 3 exercises. You have the option to complete all three
and your best two out of three grades will count towards your final grade. More information
about the exercises will be provided on coursespaces.
This aspect of the course is designed with the following goals in mind:
 To keep you involved in the course outside of classes and exams.
 To give you an incentive to read and think about the chapters prior to the class
where we will discuss that chapter.
 To provide you with an opportunity to ask questions that you did not think of in class
and to follow up on issues that we began to discuss in class.
Clicker Participation (4%)
We will base 4% of your final grade on your in-class participation using the iClicker Personal
Response System. See below for more details.
Register your iclicker using one of two ways:
1. Go to and sign in with your NetLink credentials and
you should be taken directly to the iclicker registration page; or
2. log into the UVic portal ( and click on: My page > Student
Services > iClicker.
Note that iClicker serial numbers do not contain letter O’s, only number 0’s. For FAQ about
the iClicker see:
Why do we use clickers in class?
Clickers are used as a way to work together through questions posed in class. When used
effectively, iclickers can increase your ongoing engagement and involvement, promote a
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safe environment to communicate your answers, and create lively discussions in class.
Clickers can also provide immediate feedback about your understanding of the class
material and help us figure out how to improve your understanding of a concept.
In order to receive the full 4%, you need to participate in 75% of the questions per
class in at least 9 of the 12 lecture classes.
There are no opportunities to make up clicker points as the level of participation required to
receive maximum points is set at 75% of all classes to allow you to occasionally miss a
class, forget your clicker, or run out of batteries and still receive the maximum amount of
clicker points.
It is an academic infraction to use or bring another student’s clicker to class or to lend your
clicker to another student. This will be treated similarly to other academic infractions (such
as cheating on an exam) and will be subject to university disciplinary procedures. Please
remember that the clickers provide you with an opportunity to enhance your in-class
learning, and it is expected you will cooperate in making the system work to help you and
your colleagues learn.
Check that you have completed all the work. Keep up with the reading and the critical
thinking exercises. These are designed to help you keep up with the reading in our
condensed semester.
Check your performance early in the course. Make sure you check your grades for
iClickers, critical thinking exercises, and research participation ahead of time so that any
discrepancies can be resolved early on in the semester. It is also important to check your
marks on the exams. If you are not getting the marks you want, immediately come to office
hours to ask for help improving the way you study the material. At the end of the term, if you
are short of your target (pass, C+, A+), there are no extra opportunities to improve your
Create study groups. You can meet regularly in groups of 2-4 people to work through the
material together. Not only can it be helpful to have others explain concepts to you but it can
also be helpful to have to explain concepts to others!
Complete the practice quizzes before class. The online practice quizzes are designed to
give you some practice in utilizing and applying the concepts and studies discussed in the
textbook. Because it is much easier to start learning the course material well in advance
than on the night before the exam, you should try to complete the practice quizzes on a
regular basis.
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Tentative Course Outline
Lecture Topic
Part I: The Story Our Mind Constructs; Why we are the Same – and difference
Mon May 11
Course outline / Ch. 3 Consciousness
Tues May 12
Ch. 3 continued
Wed May 13*
Thurs May 14*
Ch. 4 Nature, Nurture, and Diversity
Ch. 4 continued / Ch. 6 Sensation and Perception
Fri May 15*
Ch. 6 continued
Mon May 18
Victoria Day (No Classes)
Tues May 19
Exam #1 (Ch. 3, 4, 6)
The Architecture of Mind: Storing, Processing, and Using Information
Wed May 20*
Ch. 7 Learning
Thurs May 21* Ch. 7 continued / Ch. 8. Memory
Fri May 22*
Ch. 8 continued
Mon May 25*
Ch. 9 Thinking, Language
Tues May 26*
Ch. 9 continued / Ch. 2 Biology of Mind
Wed May 27*
Ch. 2 continued
Thurs May 28 Exam #2 (Ch. 7, 8, 9, 2)
Psychology as a Developing Science and Profession
Friday May 29*
Prologue: Story of Psych / App A: Careers in Psych
Mon June 1*
Ch. 1 Research Methods
Tues Jun 2*
Ch. 1 Research Methods
Wed Jun 3
Exam #3 (Prologue, App A, Ch. 1)
*iClicker responses will count for marks on these days.
Last day to drop the course with 100% fee reduction or add the course is May 14th.
Last day to drop the course with 50% fee reduction is May 19.
Last day to drop the course without penalty of failure is May 26.
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Psyc 100A Schedule
May 10
Week 1
May 17
Week 2
CTE 1 due
May 24
Week 3
CTE 2 due
May 31
Week 4
CTE 3 due
May 11
May 12
May 13
Ch. 3 cont’d
Ch. 4 Nature,
Nurture, &
May 18
May 19
May 20
Victoria Day (No
EXAM #1 (Ch.
3, 4, 6)
Ch. 7 Learning
May 25
May 26
May 27
May 28
May 29
Ch. 2 Cont’d
EXAM #2 (Ch. 7,
8, 9, 2)
Prologue: Story of
Psych /
App A: Careers in
Course outline /
Ch. 3
Ch. 9 Thinking,
June 1
Ch. 1 Research
Ch. 9 cont’d /
Ch. 2 Biology of
June 2
Ch. 1 Cont’d
May 14
Ch. 4 cont’d /
Ch. 6 Sensation &
May 21
Ch. 7 cont’d /
Ch. 8 Memory
June 3
(Prologue, App
A, Ch. 1)
Red: Critical Thinking Exercise due at 11pm on CourseSpaces.
Bolded: In-class exams.
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May 15
May 16
Ch 6. cont’d
May 22
May 23
Ch. 8 cont’d
May 30
Department of Psychology
Important Course Policy Information
Summer 2015
Students who remain in courses for which they do not have the prerequisites do so at their own
risk. Students who complete courses without prerequisites ARE NOT exempt from having to
complete the prerequisite course(s) if such courses are required for the degree program.
Program Requirements
For more information see pages 215-217 of the UVic Calendar 2014-15.
Registration Status
Students are responsible for verifying their registration status. Registration status may be
verified using My Page, View Schedule. Course adds and drops will not be processed after the
deadlines set out in the current UVic Calendar.
Commitment to Inclusivity and Diversity
The University of Victoria is committed to promoting, providing and protecting a positive and
supportive and safe learning and working environment for all its members.
In the Event of Illness, Accident or Family Affliction (See UVic Calendar, 2014-15, p. 35)
What to do if you miss the final exam scheduled on the last day of classes
Apply at Records Services for a “Request for Academic Concession”, normally within 10 working
days of the date of the exam. Records Services will forward the form to the instructor. If the
concession is granted, the instructor will determine how to deal with the situation (for example, a
deferred exam). Where a concession is not applied for or where such application is denied, an N
grade will be entered on the student’s academic record.
OR, you can download the Request for Academic Concession form here:
What to do if you miss an exam other than one scheduled on the last day of classes
Do not apply at Records Services for a “Request for Academic Concession”. Instead submit
documentation of the illness, accident or family affliction directly to your course instructor (or
designated teaching assistant).
What to do if you require additional time to complete course requirements
Apply at Records Services for a “Request for Academic Concession”, normally within 10 working
days of the end of the formal examination period. Records Services will forward the form to the
instructor. If the concession is granted the instructor will determine how to deal with the situation.
Where a concession is not applied for or where such application is denied, an N grade will be
entered on the student’s academic record.
OR, you can download the Request for Academic Concession form here:
Policy on Academic Integrity including Plagiarism and Cheating
The Department of Psychology fully endorses and intends to enforce rigorously the Senate Policy on
Academic integrity ( , p. 32-34, UVic
Calendar 2014-15). It is of utmost importance that students who do their work honestly be protected
from those who do not. Because this policy is in place to ensure that students carry out and benefit
from the learning activities assigned in each course, it is expected that students will cooperate in its
The offences defined by the policy can be summarized briefly as follows:
1. Plagiarism. You must make sure that the work you submit is your work and not someone
else’s. There are proper procedures for citing the works of others. The student is responsible
for being aware of and using these procedures.
2. Multiple Submission. Only under exceptional circumstances may a work submitted to fulfill an
academic requirement be used to satisfy another similar requirement. The student is responsible
for clarifying this with the instructor(s) involved.
3. Falsifying Materials Subject to Academic Evaluation. This includes falsification of data,
use of commercially prepared essays, using information from the Internet without proper
citation, citing sources from which material is not actually obtained, etc.
4. Cheating on Assignments, Tests, and Examinations. You may not copy the work of others
in or out of class; you may not give your work to others for the purpose of copying; you may not
use unauthorized material or equipment during examinations or tests; and you may not
impersonate or allow yourself to be impersonated by another at an examination. The
Department of Psychology has a policy of not making old examinations available for study
purposes. Therefore, use of old exams without the express written permission of the instructor
constitutes cheating by the user, and abetting of cheating by the person who provided the exam.
5. Being an Accessory to Offences. This means that helping another student to cheat (for
instance, by showing or communicating to them answers to an assignment, or by allowing them
to view answers on an exam) is an academic offence.
Instructors are expected to make every effort to prevent cheating and plagiarism. This may include the
assignment of seating for examinations, asking students to move during examinations, requests to see
student identification cards, and other measures as appropriate. Instructors also have available to them
a variety of tools and procedures to check for Internet and electronic media-based cheating. In
instances of suspected or actual plagiarism or cheating, instructors, following prescribed procedures, are
authorized to take steps consistent with the degree of the offence. These measures will range from a
zero on the test or assignment or a failing grade for the course, probation within a program to
temporary or even permanent suspension from the University.
Rights of Appeal are described in the Policy on Academic Integrity in the University calendar (on p. 3234 in 2014-15).
The definitive source for information on Academic Integrity is the University Calendar (p. 32-34 in
2014-15) (
Other useful resources on Plagiarism and Cheating include:
1. The Learning Skills program:
2. The Ombudsperson’s office:
3. The English Department:
Dept Syllabus info Summer 2015.rtf
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