This course provides students with an introduction to psychology,
the science of behaviour and mental processes. Basic concepts,
theories and research findings are examined within biological,
behavioural, psychoanalytical, humanistic and cognitive
perspectives. Core topics covered include: scientific
methodologies; biopsychology; learning;
memory and cognition; motivation and emotion; and personality
theories. Two optional topics from the following list are also be
addressed during the course: sensation, perception, consciousness,
development, health, psychological disorders, psychological
treatment, and social psychology. Students have the
opportunity to apply psychology to their personal life.
This course is part of the
General Education curriculum
which is designed to
contribute to the
of the students'
consciousness of the
diversity, complexity, and
richness of the human
experience; their ability to
establish meaning through
this consciousness; and, as
result, their ability to
creatively, and positively
the society in which they
live and work. General
Education courses strengthen
students' generic skills,
such as critical analysis,
problem solving, and
communication, in the
of an exploration of topics
with broad-based personal
and/or societal importance.
This course is also offered
in the following Programs:
Community & Justice
Services, Community Worker-
Outreach & Development,
General Arts & Science,
& Private, Police
Foundations, Social Service
Worker and Child & Youth
|Cross College Courses
||Program Coordinator: Sherri Steele
Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the
ability to explain the fundamental concepts, research findings,
theories and perspectives of scientific psychology.
To achieve the critical performance, students will have demonstrated
the ability to:
1. Outline the scientific method and the scientific attitude
fundamental to the understanding and appreciation of
psychological theories and knowledge.
2. Summarize the key concepts, strengths and limitations of the bio-
psychological (e.g., neuroscience, evolutionary), psychoanalytic,
humanistic, behavioural and social-cognitive perspectives.
3. Explain classical and operant conditioning and social and
4. Examine human memory and cognition (e.g., thinking, language,
5. Outline perspectives on motivation and emotion.
6. Examine the several alternate approaches to personality.
7. Outline the basic concepts, theories and research associated with
two of the following content areas as designated in the topical
outline: sensation, perception, consciousness, development,
health, psychological disorders, psychological treatment, and
8. Apply the scientific methodology, the terminology, the concepts
and the perspectives of psychology to one's personal life.
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:
In-Class Quizzes and Activities 10%
TEST AND ASSIGNMENT PROTOCOL
To encourage behaviours that will help students to be successful in
the workplace and to ensure that students receive credit for their
individual work, the following rules apply to every course offered
within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.
1. Students are responsible for staying abreast of test dates and
times, as well as due dates and any special instructions for
submitting assignments and projects as supplied to the class by
2. Students must write all tests at the specified times. Missed
tests, in-class activities, assignments and presentations are
awarded a mark of zero. If an extension or make-up opportunity
is approved by the professor as outlined below, the mark of zero
may be revised by subsequent performance. The penalty for late
submission of written assignments is a loss of 10% per day for up
to five business days (excluding weekends and statutory
holidays), after which, a grade of zero is assigned. Business
days include any day that the college is open for business,
whether the student has scheduled classes that day or not.
3. Students who miss a test or in-class activity or assignment or
fail to submit an assignment on time due to exceptional
circumstances are required to notify their professor in advance
of the class whenever possible. A make-up test may be supplied
for students who provide an acceptable explanation of their
absence and/or acceptable documentation explaining their absence
(e.g., a medical certificate). All make-up tests are to be
written at a time and place specified by the professor upon the
student's return. Alternately, students may be given an
opportunity to earn the associated marks by having a subsequent
test count for the additional marks. Exceptional circumstances
may result in a modification of due dates for assignments.
4. Unless otherwise specified, assignments and projects must be
submitted at the beginning of class.
5. Students must complete every assignment as an individual effort
Unless, the professor specifies otherwise.
6. Since there may be instances of grade appeal or questions
regarding the timely completion of assignments and/or extent of
individual effort, etc., students are strongly advised to keep,
and make available to their professor, if requested, a copy of
all assignments and working notes until the course grade has been
7. There will be no resubmission of work unless this has been
previously agreed to or suggested by the professor.
8. Students must submit all assignments in courses with practical
lab and field components in order to pass the course.
The course meets the following Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities requirements:
Essential Employability Skills emphasized in the course:
||Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
This General Education course relates to the following themes as specified by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.
||Arts In Society
||Social and Cultural Understanding
||Science and Technology
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact (if course is PLAR-eligible) : Office of the Registrar
Students may apply to receive credit by demonstrating achievement of the course learning outcomes through previous relevant work/life experience, service, self-study and training on the job. This course is eligible for challenge through the following method(s):
||Not Eligible for PLAR