PSYC 330 (A01) - Personality Psychology - Smith

PSYC 330 (A01) - Personality Psychology - Smith
Personality Psychology
Spring (Jan. - Apr. ) 2015 (201501)
(Section A01 Course Number 22612)
Class Time: Monday, Thursday 1:00 – 2:20 PM
Classroom: DTB A102
Instructor: Dr. Martin Smith
COR A270, (250) 721-8597, [email protected]
Office Hours: Monday 2:30 – 3:00; Wednesday 2:45 – 3:15; Thursday 2:30 – 3:00
Teaching Assistant: Meghann Pasternak COR A047 (250) 721-7488, [email protected]
Office Hours: The time slot after Exam 1 and 2 are returned: Monday or Thursday 2:30 – 3:00 PM
Course Content
“Students may best appreciate the value of personality psychology by first considering how
evolution has shaped human nature and then considering in sequence how individual
differences in traits, adaptations, and life narratives play themselves out in culture.”
[From McAdams, D. P. (2006), “A new big five: Fundamental principles for an integrative
science of personality”. American Psychologist, 61, 204 – 217.]
This course provides an overview of our contemporary scientific understanding of personality
psychology with a particular focus on topics such as the evolution of the human nature, how
culture influences personality, the basic human personality traits, how personality changes
across the lifespan, how our personalities influence what we want in life, and how we
construct stories to live by.
Course Objectives
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of:
•How evolution has shaped human nature.
•How social context shapes individual lives.
•The basic human personality traits, including their measurement and consistency.
•How a person’s personality influences their goals and desires.
•How thinking interacts with personality traits to modify behaviour.
•How people construct stories to make sense of their lives.
•How life stories provide identity and purpose in our modern lives.
Martin Instructor
Meghann –
PSYC 330 (Personality Psychology) 2015 Spring (A01) Course Outline p. 2
• Textbook: McAdams, D. P (2009). The Person: A New Introduction to Personality Psychology (5th
Edition). New Jersey: John Wiley. The textbook can be purchased in the UVIC bookstore, and
students must have access to it in order to master the course material.
• Student Personal Response System: iClicker. iClicker 2 (not the original iClicker). The iClicker 2
personal response system is necessary in order for you to participate in PSYC 330 classes, and 3% of
your final mark is based on that participation. You can purchase the iClicker 2 at the UVIC bookstore,
and it will be usable in other courses that use iClicker. Note that iClicker 2 can be sold back to the
UVIC bookstore just as with textbooks. You will need to have iClicker 2 in this course, not the
original iClicker. Note: Do not register your clicker at the web site, as UVic instructors
will only synchronize their iclicker rosters with the university's own registration system at (See the “iClicker registration “section of this course outline for details on
registering your iClicker.)
Textbook, iClicker Purchase, Buyback Inquiries: Please contact the UVIC Bookstore:; phone 250 721-8313; email [email protected]
Exam 1
Exam 2
Exam 3
Online chapter quizzes
Peer review assignment
Clicker participation
Although you are expected to complete all course requirements (Exams, Quizzes, Assignment, 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. An
“N” is a failing grade, and it factors into a student’s GPA as O.
Cutoff Points for Final Grades
The following is the grading policy of the University of Victoria effective May 1st, 2012.
90 - 100
85 - 89
80 - 84
77 - 79
73 - 76
70 - 72
65 - 69
60 - 64
50 - 59
0 - 49
UVIC Scale
PSYC 330 (Personality Psychology) 2015 Spring (A01) Course Outline p. 3
PSYC 330 (A01) 2015 Spring SCHEDULE
Jan. 5(M)
Ch. 1
Studying the Person
Jan. 8 (R)
Ch. 2
Evolution and Human Nature
Jan. 12(M)
Ch. 2
Evolution and Human Nature
Jan. 15(R)
Ch. 3
Social Learning and Culture
Jan. 19(M)
Ch. 3
Social Learning and Culture
Jan. 22(R)
Ch. 4
Personality Traits: Fundamental
Jan. 26(M)
Ch. 4
Personality Traits: Fundamental
Jan. 29(R)
Feb 2(M)
Quizzes Due
10 PM
Q1 Weds Jan 7 Jan. 18 is last day to drop
courses and receive 100% of
tuition fees
Q2 Sun Jan 11 Jan.21 is last day to add
Q3 Sun Jan 18
Q4 Sun Jan 25
Exam 1: Chapters 1 - 4
Ch. 5
Five Basic Traits
Q5 Sun Feb 1
Exams can be missed for
documented afflictions
In these cases, the makeup exam must be written
at the assigned makeup
Students who miss more than
one exam will be required to
provide documentation as to
the medical reason for
missing multiple exams.
Ch. 5
Five Basic Traits
Feb. 5(R)
Feb. 9 - 13
Feb. 16(M)
Ch. 6
Traits Across the Lifespan
Feb. 19(R)
Ch. 6
Traits Across the Lifespan
Feb. 23 (M) Ch. 7
Feb. 26 (R)
Mar. 2 (M) Ch. 8
Mar. 5 (R)
Feb 8 is last day to drop
courses and receive 50% of
tuition fees
Reading Break: Feb 9-13 No classes this week
Ch. 7
Motives & Goals
Q6 Weds Feb 18 You must have at least one
clicker point showing on your
CourseSpaces record by
Friday Feb. 20 to receive any
Q7 Weds Feb 25 clicker points for the term.
This is so any clicker issues are
cleared up by Feb. 20, not later
in the term.
Motives & Goals
Feb 28 is last day to drop
courses without penalty of
Self & Others: Social Cognitive
Exam 2: Chapters 5 - 8
Q8 Sun Mar 1
Q9 Wed Mar 11 Students must be present
Mar 10 (Tues) at 10 to write the exams during
PM : Assignment
the scheduled class period.
10 Mar. 9 (M)
Ch. 9
Developmental Stages & Tasks
10 Mar. 12 (R)
Ch. 9
Developmental Stages & Tasks
11 Mar. 16 (M) Ch. 10 Life Scripts, Life Stories
11 Mar. 19 (R)
Ch. 10 Life Scripts, Life Stories
12 Mar. 23 (M) Ch. 11 Interpreting People’s Stories
12 Mar. 26 (R)
Ch. 12 Writing Stories of Lives
13 Mar 30 (M) Ch. 12 Writing Stories of Lives
13 Apr 2 (R)
Exam 3 Chapters 9 - 12
Q10 Wed Mar 18 Do not schedule any trips
Mar 17 (Tues) at 10 that overlap with exam dates,
PM : Commentaries and please notify your family
not to schedule any trips for
Q11 Wed Mar 25 you that overlap with the
Mar 24 (Tues) at 10 exams.
PM : Response
Q12 Sun Mar 29
PSYC 330 (Personality Psychology) 2015 Spring (A01) Course Outline p. 4
Note: Because extra “make‐up” quizzes (beyond those necessary to receive full marks) are already scheduled, additional make‐up quizzes, are not arranged. It is therefore important to submit quizzes well before the deadlines (to avoid technical problems) and complete all the quizzes by the due dates until you have reached the required number (10). See the “online Chapter Quizzes” sections below for details. Exams
Exams are a formal and scheduled part of almost all university courses.
Constructing, administering, grading and providing feedback on exams is a difficult and timeconsuming activity that requires many hours of instructor and Teaching Assistant time. Your
cooperation is required in order to make the examination system work.
Being present to write exams at the scheduled and assigned time is a requirement of students who
enroll in a course.
Each exam in this course will consist of both short answer (e.g., multiple-choice, fill in the blanks,
definitions), and questions requiring longer answers. Exams are closed-book, based on the textbook
and lecture material and will take a class period (80 minutes).
If you are not able to write the course exams in this course at the scheduled times, or are underprepared to write
university exams at the third year level for any other reasons, you should not enroll in or continue in this course
(with the exception of documented medical or other emergencies – see the section on Make-up exams below.)
Make-up Exams
Exams can be missed for serious documented medical or personal afflictions only. If you must miss the regular
exam for such a reason, you must provide documentation specifying that you were too ill to write the exam on the
scheduled date, and you are required to write the make-up exam at the scheduled make-up time.
Students who miss an exam should contact the Teaching Assistant as soon as they know that they will
miss the exam, and to arrange to write a make-up exam. Students missing exams are required to
provide medical/professional documentation as to why they had to miss the exam.
Students missing exams are also required to respond to T.A. email inquiries regarding their absence
within 24 hours of the exam. Students who do not respond to such messages may receive an “N” grade
in the course. (Failure due to not completing course requirements.)
Please be aware that by not writing an exam at the scheduled exam, you risk falling behind in the
course, and this may contribute to making the rest of your term more stressful. Among other issues,
you will not get feedback on your knowledge of the course material until much later than you would
otherwise, making it difficult to make decisions on issues like dropping the course or modifying your
study strategies.
Your best strategy almost always to write the exam at the scheduled time – delaying it unless you must
for reasons of illness is usually a mistake.
The make-up exam must be written at the assigned makeup time. Students who miss the assigned
make-up time must provide additional documentation (besides the documentation for missing the
regular exam) testifying that they were too ill to write the make-up exam at the assigned make-up date.
Students who miss more than one exam will be required to provide documentation as to the medical reason for
repeatedly missing exams.
If you find that your life circumstances are such that you are repeatedly unable to write the course exams at the
regularly scheduled time, you should take the course at a time when you are able to fulfill this aspect of the
course requirements.
PSYC 330 (Personality Psychology) 2015 Spring (A01) Course Outline p. 5
Online Chapter Quizzes
Rationale for the Online Quizzes
We have designed the Online Chapter Quizzes to give you an added incentive to keep up with your
reading in the course and 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, we have arranged for you to complete online quizzes on a regular
basis. If your experience matches that of students in previous years, you’ll find that the quizzes help to
structure your coverage and familiarity with the course material.
Completing the Online Quizzes
• CourseSpaces will close the quizzes automatically at the time designed on the schedule. Please make
sure you can COMPLETE the quiz by the due time.
• You will have 12 quiz opportunities during the semester - one for each text chapter. You will only
receive marks for the best 10 out of 12 quizzes that you complete. Your best bet is, of course, to do them
all. This will allow the best chance to process the material for the exams. The worst strategy is for you
to skip one of the first quizzes and plan on doing all of the last remaining quizzes. The 10 out of 12
system is designed to give you flexibility in case you have a week where personal or other
circumstances keep you from completing the quizzes on time. If you discard your flexibility early in the
semester and then something comes up later, you find yourself with no other option than to accept a
low (or zero) mark on a quiz.
• You have the opportunity to miss a quiz and still obtain full marks for the Quiz component in order
to provide you with “extra” Quizzes that you can miss in case of illness or personal emergency.
Because the “extra” quizzes are there for this reason, there is not an additional opportunity to do makeup quizzes for illness or other reasons, as the “extra” quizzes are the make-up quizzes.
Peer review assignment
Twelve percent of your final grade is derived from the assignment and peer review component, as
You will be provided with an online assignment, and with criteria to apply to answers to the
assignment. You will be expected to apply the posted criteria to the assignment responses of several
other students, and your assignment responses will be assessed by several other students.
This process is designed to increase your awareness of the kind of criteria that instructors apply in
grading your assignments, as well as allow you to benefit from reviewing the ideas of your fellow
students on topics in personality psychology.
Your mark on the peer review assignment will be derived from your application of the posted criteria
to other student’s assignments, as well as the accuracy, completeness and originality of your own
One of the advantages of the peer review system for university courses is that, compared to standard
essays, the process is more social and peer-oriented. Individuals other than the instructors can view
and learn from your ideas, and you also learn and develop your reasoning, communication and
critiquing skills by reviewing and commenting upon the work of your peers. This learning opportunity
is not generally part of the standard end of term essay, and providing this experience is aimed at
helping you increase your critical thinking and analytic skills.
PSYC 330 (Personality Psychology) 2015 Spring (A01) Course Outline p. 6
Because of the peer commentary and response components, the length of the “target” assignments is
less than standard essays: 5 pages (1500 words) versus the usual 10 page (3000 word) essay. More
information on the Peer Review Assignment, including due dates, will be provided later.
• We will base a small percentage of your final mark (3%) on your in-class participation and performance with the iClicker
Personal Response System. This course utilizes the iClicker Personal Response System as a means of encouraging you to
attend lectures and to participate in problem solving exercises, to participate in surveys and mini-tests that serve to
increase your ongoing engagement and involvement with the course, and to provide you with immediate feedback
regarding your understanding of the class material.
• Many recent studies have shown that such personal response systems generally increase students’ engagement and
participation in university classes, and thereby provide an incentive for students to keep up with the course material and to
attend the lectures.
• Clicker points will be based on participation in classes on the following 17 dates:
Jan 19, 22, 26, Feb 2, 5, 16, 19, 23, 26, Mar 2, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
• If you participate in clicker questions in 80% or more of the above 17 classes (i.e. in 14 or more classes), you will receive
the maximum 3% of your final grade.
• If you participate in fewer than 14 classes, you will receive the following percentages:
13 classes: 2.8
12 classes: 2.6
11 classes: 2.4
10 classes: 2.1
9 classes: 1.9
8 classes: 1.7
7 classes: 1.5
6 classes: 1.3
5 classes: 1.1
4 classes: 0.9
3 classes: 0.6
2 classes: 0.4
1 class: 0.2
0 classes: 0
• The level of participation required to receive maximum points is set at 80% of all classes to allow you to not participate
for up to four classes (due to illness, sports competitions, low batteries or missing clickers, technical malfunction, etc.)
and still receive your maximum clicker points. For this reason, there is not an opportunity to “make up” or prorate clicker
points if you do not participate in class.
• 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.
• Updated clicker records will generally be posted to the Course CourseSpaces Website (Grade link) within two weeks after
Exam 1 and Exam 2. We hope to have your final clicker totals posted on the CourseSpaces Grade link shortly before
Exam 3. If you have a question about your clicker points, you should deal with it prior to Exam 3 as the final grades are
calculated after Exam 3, and your clicker totals as posted will be used to calculate your final grades.
• It is important that you check your clicker record by Friday Feb. 20 to make sure that you have at
least one clicker point posted, and you are receiving correct credit for your clicker participation.
Only students who have a posted record on CourseSpaces of at least one clicker point by Friday Feb. 20
will be eligible to receive any clicker points for the term. Students who do not have any posted clicker
points by Friday Feb. 20 will receive 0 on their final clicker total (out of 3%) regardless of clicker
activity after that date. This deadline is in place to ensure that any clicker registration issues are rectified
early in the term, and to encourage students to begin their clicker participation as early as possible.
• If you have questions about your clicker points, please contact the Instructor via email [email protected] .
PSYC 330 (Personality Psychology) 2015 Spring (A01) Course Outline p. 7
iClicker Registration
Note: More detailed information on iClicker registration and other issues is provided at
iClickers are a relatively new technology and technical problems do sometimes arise. However, YOU are responsible for
resolving these issues in order to receive course points. The resources to solve your clicker problems are available! Start by
following these steps:
1. Go to – 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
• iClicker serial numbers do not contain letter O’s, only number 0’s.
• Do not register your clicker at the web site, as UVic instructors will only synchronize their iclicker rosters with
the university's own registration system at
Additional Information:
• iClicker Purchase/Buyback Inquiries: Please contact the UVIC Bookstore:;
phone 250 721-8313; email [email protected]
• iClicker Usage and Troubleshooting Inquiries: Please view the link
For additional questions, contact the UVIC Computer Helpdesk: [email protected] Telephone: 250-721-7687.
In Person: Clearihue A004 or McPherson Library
iClicker Frequently Asked Questions
• Why do we use clickers in class?
iClickers 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 safe environment to communicate your
answers, and create lively discussions in class. iClickers can also provide immediate feedback about your
understanding of the class material and help us figure out together ways to improve your understanding of a
• I use my iClicker remote for multiple classes with different professors. Do I have to register online for
each individual class?
No. You only need to register once online for your registration information to apply to all of the classes in
which you are using iClicker
• I registered my iClicker remote last year (or last term). Do I have to register it again?
No. iClicker registrations do not expire. If you registered your iClicker 2 to your Netlink ID at previously, you need not register again. If you cannot remember if you have registered or not,
just go ahead and register. Re-registration will just overwrite the existing registration information that is
associated with your student ID.
• Should I purchase iClicker 1 or iClicker 2? Can I use either in PSYC 330?
You will need iClicker 2 in this course. We use it because it allows some cool things (polling broken down by
age and gender, for instance) that the outdated iClicker 1s did not allow. iClicker 2s can be sold back to the
UVIC bookstore just as with textbooks, whereas the Bookstore does not accept the original iClicker for resale.
• What is the cost of registering my iClicker?
There is no cost. After purchasing your iClicker, it is yours to use in as many classes as required without any
additional costs or recurring registration fees
PSYC 330 (Personality Psychology) 2015 Spring (A01) Course Outline p. 8
• Can I use a used iClicker? How do I register a used iClicker?
You can use a used iClicker 2 (but not iClicker 1). You register a used iClicker 2 remote in the exact same
manner as a new iClicker 2 remote (instructions above). You need not do anything special or different in order
to register a used remote.
• How do I un-register my remote?
There is no need to un-register your remote, even if you will no longer be using it. Registration does not alter
the iClicker 2 remote in any way.
• I lost my iClicker and had to buy a new one. What do I do?
Email your old serial number to the instructor at [email protected] Let me know who you are and that you’ll
be registering a new iClicker 2 serial number on a certain date. Then, register your new iClicker 2 just like you
did your old one.
• I can’t read the serial number on the back of my iClicker. What do I do?
This is not on issue on iClicker 2s (2nd-generation iClicker remote) as you’ll see the serial number on the
device’s LCD each time you turn it on. (This was not the case on the original iClicker).
• Are there zeroes or the letter “O” on my serial number?
Those are zeroes.
• I registered online but my professor says I have not registered yet?
This could be caused by three possible factors.
• Have you voted in class with your remote yet? If you have not voted with your iClicker
remote, then your professor’s gradebook will not recognize your registration.
• Double-check that you’ve registered at, not
• If at any point in the past you used a different iClicker remote which you also registered to your
name, your previous registration will have been deactivated. In other words, you’ll need to register
the iClicker remote that you’re currently using again.
• Course Website: The PSYC 330 Website will be accessible through the UVIC CourseSpaces system.
This site includes links for emailing course instructors, as well as an online copy of the course
outline, posted lecture notes, and other course information and links.
• Netlink ID: You will require a valid UVIC Netlink ID to access both the CourseSpaces system and the
PSYC 330 CourseSpaces WebPage. To register, go to the Netlink Website at and
follow the directions there. If you cannot access the PSYC 330 website after receiving your NetLink
ID, please contact the Computer Help Desk in Clearihue A004 ([email protected];, or at
their desks in the Library and Residence,o r by phone: (250) 721-7687.
• CourseSpaces Online Learning System: To find out how to log into the CourseSpaces online learning
system, please go to CourseSpaces.
• If you need assistance in using CourseSpaces, please view the CourseSpaces Student Orientation
Video on the CourseSpaces student site or email CourseSpacesStudentHelp.
If you contact the Computer Help Desk with problems accessing the CourseSpaces Website, please indicate that you are
having a NetLink or CourseSpaces problem, as almost all problems relating to accessing the CourseSpaces Website are
related to issues or instructions involving NetLink or CourseSpaces.
PSYC 330 (Personality Psychology) 2015 Spring (A01) Course Outline p. 9
Course Experience Survey
I value your feedback on this course. Near the end of term, you will have an opportunity to
complete an anonymous survey regarding your learning experience in this class. The CES
provides vital information that I will use to improve future courses. The survey will also be
used by the Department of Psychology to evaluate my performance as an instructor. I will not
receive the results until after I have submitted marks for this course. Responses are
anonymous unless you choose to say things in optional open-ended comments that identify
you (which I do not recommend).
The more students complete the survey, the more meaningful and informative the results. Please
ensure that your current email address is listed on MyPage ( ). When the
class is 5/6 over, an email will be sent inviting you to complete the CES online. But please
wait and complete the CES in class on Monday 30 March. I will set aside approximately 15
minutes at the beginning of class that day for students to complete the CES. We will do the
CES in class primarily because doing so increases the percentage of students who complete
the survey compared to when students are asked to complete it on their own time. I will
remind you of the date a week in advance, via an announcement in class and/or via an email
announcement. You will need your UVic netlink ID to access the survey via a laptop, tablet,
or mobile device; if you do not own such a device then please try to borrow one for that class
session. If you do not complete the CES during that class, you can complete it at a time of
your choosing during the last two weeks of classes.
Keys to Success in this Course
Success in university courses generally requires consistent, sustained attention to the course material. If you
wish to be successful in mastering the material in this course, you should spend several hours engaged in the
following activities each week:
Before class:
• Complete the assigned reading from the textbook.
• Complete and submit the Online Chapter Quizzes.
• (Optional but recommended): Complete the Chapter Study Questions.
• (Optional but recommended): Think about the course material. Look for examples,
illustrations and questions relating to the course material in the things you read, the
media you view, and the people you interact with.
During class:
• Attend all lectures, and make notes that elaborate, expand, question or provide
examples for the material discussed.
• Stay focused on the class activities.
• Participate in class discussions and activities.
• Be respectful of your class colleagues, and make an effort to know them.
PSYC 330 (Personality Psychology) 2015 Spring (A01) Course Outline p. 10
Department of Psychology
Important Course Policy Information
Winter 2014-2015
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, 2013-14, p. 35)
What to do if you miss an exam other than one scheduled during the formal examination period
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 miss an exam scheduled during the formal exam period
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 (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 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 implementation.
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. 32-34 in
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:
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