Summer 2021 - PSYC 100 D100

Introduction to Psychology I (3)

Class Number: 3817

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Aug 17, 2021
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM

  • Instructor:

    Dinesh Ramoo
  • Instructor:

    Dinesh Ramoo



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.


In response to the COVID-19 pandemic SFU administration has mandated that most instruction, including first-year classes, be delivered through remote methods. As such, for the current semester Psychology 100 will be offered remotely.

I will upload the lecture slides and videos on Canvas each week. We will have periodic Zoom meetings to discuss each chapter as well as any questions you may have regarding the assignments and quizzes.

In this class students will explore selected topics in contemporary psychology, including:
• History of Psychology
• Research Methods
• Biopsychology
• Sensation and Perception
• Learning
• Consciousness
• Memory
• Motivation and Emotion

Successful completion of this course should enable students to:
• Identify and describe the major theoretical perspectives in psychology
• Describe the types of methods applied in psychological research
• Describe the organization and function of the nervous system
• Identify the major states of consciousness involved in various biological rhythms, states of sleep, and drug use
• Think critically about how genetic and evolutionary processes contribute to the formation of human brain processes and the expression of human behavior
• Think critically about how sensory information is processed by the human brain to enable perception
• Describe the basic neural and behavioral principles that underlie different forms of learning.
• Describe the basic neural and behavioral processes involved in explicit and implicit memory formation as well as forgetting
• Explore motivation and emotion


  • There will be three exams worth 24% each. Exams may include multiple-choice and short-answer questions: 72%
  • Learning activities linked to the discussion forums for each chapter: 12%
  • Quizzes: 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:

To sign-up:



Weiten, W. & McCann, D. (2019). Psychology: Themes and Variations (5th Canadian edition).
ISBN: 13: 9780176794064

Registrar Notes:


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Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University.


Teaching at SFU in summer 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods, but we will continue to have in-person experiential activities for a selection of courses.  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 ( or 778-782-3112).