Fall 2019 - PSYC 100 D900

Introduction to Psychology I (3)

Class Number: 7826

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 3 – Dec 2, 2019: Tue, 2:30–5:20 p.m.
    Location: TBA

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 12, 2019
    Thu, 3:30–5:30 p.m.



Acquaints the student with the major issues in contemporary psychology and considers the historical antecedents. Special attention is given to questions of methodology and research design in psychology. Topics in physiological psychology, perception, learning and motivation are considered. Breadth-Social Sciences.


This course is the first half of an introduction to the field of psychology, the study of mind. We begin with a brief history of the field and go on to discuss many of the biological, sociocultural, and cognitive foundations of psychology. Students will learn about how the brain and mind are organized, and how that organization is influenced through the interaction of genetic programs and individual experience.


Online Quizzes:
Each week you will have access to a timed quiz on canvas that tests your understanding ofthat week’s topics. There will also be a final quiz at the end of the course will cover material from the whole semester. Each quiz will consist of 15 multiple choice questions. These quizzes are worth 1% each, and are graded as pass/fail. You will be permitted two attempts at
each quiz. (https://canvas.sfu.ca)

Research Participation :
Part of your grade will be earned through participation in research studies conducted by various labs in the SFU Psychology Department. This will be conducted through the Research Participation System (RPS) which you can log in using your SFU ID.



  • There will be five graded components:
  • Canvas online quizzes: 14%
  • Research participation: 6%
  • Midterm exam #1: 25%
  • Midterm exam #2: 25%
  • Final exam: 30%


There will be two midterms and a final exam. Any course material discussed during the lectures or assigned as reading may be tested. The first midterm will be scheduled for week 5 and will cover material from chapters 1-3. The second midterm will be scheduled for week 9 and will cover material from chapters 4, 5, and 10. The final exam time, date, and location will appear on your goSFU account. The final exam will cover material from all assigned chapters, with a strong emphasis on chapters 6-7.

The midterms and final exam will consist of 60 multiple choice questions worth one mark each, and an essay question worth ten marks. The essay question for each midterm and the exam will be drawn from a list of three questions that you will be provided with two weeks before each midterm and exam.

Concessions will NOT be made for missed exams. Requests for re-evaluation of course
work must be made within one week of the grade for the component being re-evaluated
being released on Canvas.



Weiten, W. & McCann, D. (2019). Psychology: Themes and Variations (5th Canadian edition).

Registrar Notes:

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