Introduction to Psychology - Psychology 1013
Course Outline

Text: Bernstein, D.A., Clarke-Stewart, A., Penner, L., Roy, E.J., & Wickens, C.D. (2000). Psychology. (5th ed.). Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Study Guide: Lebie, L., Allman, A., & Bernstein, D.A. (2000). Study Guide for Psychology. (5th ed.). Bernstein et al. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Welcome to Psychology 1013! Our main objective in this course is to help you to learn some things about the many different areas of psychology. Much of what you need to learn is contained in your textbook and you will be regularly testing your own understanding of this material by taking an "ACE Quiz" on a special Website specifically designed to go with your text. You will also be interacting with other features of this Website that will enhance your appreciation of the wide variety of issues addressed by psychology. (More about this Website later.)

In addition to your study of the text and your work on the Website, you are scheduled to meet with your professor once a week. (The day and time of this class meeting are shown above and you must attend your assigned section.) The course has been designed so that class size will be small - around 20 students per class - which will give you ample opportunity to talk (and listen) to your professor and fellow students as you discuss your weekly assignments.

Note: This course is a work in progress. That means we may make changes as we go along. But we'll give you plenty of notice before we do.

About the Website

Don't worry! If you're not familiar with computers or Websites, the Psychology 1013/1023 Computer Lab (EC G2) will be staffed by course Teaching Assistants (TAs) 40 hours per week. The day and time of your designated computer lab hour is shown above. At that time, the TA for your section will be present. The computer lab will also be open on a first come-first served basis for students in Psyc 1013 & 1023 at some times on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Additional times may be made available. We'll keep you posted.

EC G2 will be the only computer lab on campus on which you may use the Psychabilities Website.

When you are working in the Psychology Computer Lab in EC G2, the first thing you have to do is get to the Website is to log on to the computer. Your "log id" or "username" is shown on the bottom of you student card. Your initial password (which you can and should change) will be your PIN number shown on your course registration sheet. Once you are "ON" you will have to go through a number of screens to get to the good stuff. The first thing that pops up is a screen that say "Strike any key when ready". DO that and you'll get a screen that says "Set Windows password". Hit Esc. Then you'll get a screen that asks for a Printer Selection. Click your mouse anywhere in that screen and a cursor will start flashing. Hit "C". Then you'll get the DougMenu screen. Hit F10. Now - at last - you can click on the Psychabilites icon. That will take you to the Website for your text.

When you're at the Website, you'll see a page that has

"Intro Psychology Psychabilites" as header and "Bernstein et al. Psychology 5e" in a black ribbon. The chapters in the text are listed on that page and when you click on a chapter title you will be taken to a list of activities for that chapter.

You'll be starting work with Chapter One (1013), so just click on Chapter 0ne and you'll see a nice little list of things you can do with this chapter. Your professor will assign some activities for you to do for each chapter for each class meeting. (A schedule is given below.) And of course, you'll be taking the "ACE Quiz" for the chapter and submitting it by email to your TA. IF you're asked to do a "Thinking Critically" or "Evaluating Research" assignment, you'll respond to the questions that are part of these assignments and submit you responses to your TA as well. These assignments (or others) will be discussed at your weekly class meetings so you need to do the assignment and send your responses to your TA before your class meeting. If you're doing your assignment using someone else's email, make sure you identify yourself. You have to be signed on to your own personal account to be automatically recognized.

When you're finished working at the Website, click on the "X" in the upper right hand corner of the screen. To log off, hit the Start button in the lower left-hand corner of the screen, then click on "Log Off, etc."

Clear? Or clear as mud? Remember our first bit of advice. Don't worry! If you're still confused or unsure of what you're supposed to be doing or how to do it, your professor and/or your TA will be happy to give you one-on-one instruction.

(You can also reach the Website from home. To do that, open your browser and type the following address in the box:

http://college.hmco.com/psychology/psychabilities/intro/bernstein/psychology/index..html

If you're working at home, you will need to download Shockwave from the first page of the Website if it's not already installed on you computer. You'll need it to run some of the activities on the Website. And don't forget to identify yourself if you're emailing anything to your TA from home.)

How Grades are Assigned

These are the weightings that will be assigned to the various elements of the course:

Exam # 1 - Chapters 1 to 3 - 20%

Exam # 2 - Chapters 4 to 6 - 20%

Final Exam - Chapters 7 to 9 - 20%

Chapters 1 to 6 - 10%

Classroom Activities - 18%

9% Class attendance and participation

9% Submission of Netlab,

(Summarize one netlab per chapter, (your choice!) and submit it to the TA.) along with the self-test from every chapter

PsychAbilities Assignments 9%

4.5% (Thinking Critically Exercise from Chapter 8: Cognition and Language)

4.5% (Evaluating Research Exercise from Chapter 8: Bilingualism)

Research Participation - 3%

Total 100%

(Students who are unable to write Exams 1 and/or 2 at the scheduled times may be permitted to write a make-up exam in the week following the regular sitting of the exam provided they have documented reasons acceptable to the department. Students who are unable to write the final exam at the scheduled time must contact the Registrar.)

Letter Grade Equivalents

A+ 95-100 / A 90-94 / A- 85-89 / B+ 80-84 / B 75-79 / B- 70-74 / C+ 65-69 / C 60-64 / C- 55-59 / D 50-54

Academic Misconduct: Cheating and Plagiarism

University policies covering these matters are set out in the university calendar on pages 216 - 217. Good students take a dim view of cheaters being allowed to prosper. So do we.Good Luck!

We hope that your term starts well and that you have smooth sailing throughout. You are welcome to contact your professor whenever you want to discuss something, whether it be a problem with the course, something you don't understand, something you'd like to know more about, and so forth. We're here to help you and we're happy to do so!


Dr. Ian Fraser
Psychology 1013 - Introduction to Psychology
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Psychology 2123 - Perception


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