Psychology

Topics: Psychology, Education, Student Pages: 9 (2872 words) Published: September 18, 2013
Psychology 101—Introductory Psychology
Fall Term 2013 (Section 3)
 
Instructors:| Courtney PlanteCrystal Tse| PAS 3240F cplante@uwaterloo.caOffice Hours: Monday, Tuesday: 2-4 PMPAS 3240C ctse@uwaterloo.caOffice Hours: Wednesday & Thursday 4-6 PM | Assistants:| Christie Haskell| PAS 4043; Office Hours: Friday, 11:30-12:30 AMe-mail: crmhaske@uwaterloo.ca| |

 Lectures: Tuesdays 6:30-9:20 in DC 1351.
 
Required Text: Myers, D. (2013). Psychology: Tenth Edition in Modules. New York: Worth Publishers.*

We strongly recommended that you use the Myers’ Psychology: Tenth Edition in Modules. While earlier, used editions may be available in the campus bookstore, and differences between the two versions are relatively minor, you do so at your own risk.

*Note that we have placed 2 copies of the text on reserve at the Data Porter Library (24 hour loan period). A link to access the course reserves appears on the course web site (below).

Course Description and Objectives
 
This is an introductory course in psychology, which means that we will be covering all areas of psychology in the course. It is designed to introduce you to the field of psychology as a whole, and to the major theories and findings in the discipline. The course is designed so that you can meet the following objectives:  

1.     Become familiar with the broad range of topics that make up the discipline of psychology.  
2.     Become familiar with the methods of investigation used in psychology, and the strengths and limitations of these methods.  
3.     Develop an understanding of the vocabulary and concepts of psychology that will allow you to study further in advanced courses or through independent reading.  
4.   Develop the ability to relate the findings of psychological research to your life and to important issues in our society and the world at large.

5. Think critically about your preconceptions of what psychology is so you can become an informed consumer of psychological information (in the media, journals, etc…)

Course Website (http://learn.uwaterloo.ca):

The course website will include PowerPoint slides shown in lectures, the course syllabus and any announcements. You will also be able to check your grades on the course website. The PowerPoint slides will be posted at least 24 hours before lecture, as many students prefer to take notes directly on the slides. That said, having the slides will not replace regularly attending lectures. Attendance is critical for success in this course.

Course Content:

You will be responsible for materials from two sources in this course: the lectures and the textbook. 20% of exam questions will come exclusively from lecture materials, while 20% will come exclusively from the textbook. The remaining 60% of questions will come from materials that were covered both in lectures and in the textbook. To do well in this course it is necessary to both attend lectures and keep up with the assigned textbook readings.

Questions and Contacting the Instructors:

The greatest disadvantage of a course this size (250+ students) is the minimal number of individual interactions you will have with your instructors. We strongly encourage you ask questions in class/after class or to come to our office hours with questions. If you have questions about:

* Content: Please direct them to the relevant instructor (see schedule below) or to teaching assistants. * Missed tests: Please contact teaching assistants.
* Course website problems: Please contact teaching assistants. * Questions about exams/assignments: Please contact teaching assistants. * Other inquiries: Please contact teaching assistants.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING
 
Requirements
 
1.      Tests (32% each): You will take three in-class multiple-choice tests during the semester. The tests will cover material that is presented in the text and in lectures. The tests will not be cumulative. There...
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