Spring 2021 - PSYC 100 D200

Introduction to Psychology I (3)

Class Number: 2063

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 21, 2021
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM



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 of a two-part introduction to the main concepts and theories in psychological science. The course begins by exploring historical approaches to psychology, as well as scientific reasoning, critical thinking, and research methodology as it applies to current psychological investigation. Then, the modern understanding of various psychological concepts will be explored, including the relationship between brain and behaviour, the senses, learning and memory, emotion, motivation, and states of awareness. Students will be encouraged to apply their understanding of psychological theory by evaluating research/scientific claims regarding real world circumstances. This course provides an understanding of the basic mechanisms necessary for complex human behaviour, and is followed by PSYC 102 in which the further influences of personality, culture and social interaction are examined.

There will be 30-60 minutes of synchronous lecture time held weekly in the scheduled meeting time. All lectures will be recorded.

Office Hours:  Via Zoom TBA


  • Tests: Tests (4) will be held online during scheduled meeting times 64%
  • Assignments and Participation: 20%
  • Research Assignment: 10%
  • Research Participation: 6%


In addition to the other course requirements listed on the syllabus, each student in Psychology 100, 102 & 201 is required to complete three hours of research participation.

For complete information regarding the research participation credit, please go to internet location:


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Criteria for the determination of letter grades in this course will be presented during the first week of lectures. This course may be counted towards a certificate in liberal arts.



Weiten, W. & McCann, D. (2019). Psychology: Themes and Variations (5th Canadian edition).  Available at the SFU bookstore as an eBook or with MindTap. 

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in spring 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).