Fall 2023 - PSYC 100 D200

Introduction to Psychology I (3)

Class Number: 2388

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 6 – Dec 5, 2023: Mon, 2:30–5:20 p.m.

    Oct 10, 2023: Tue, 2:30–5:20 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 foundational course will familiarize students with foundational concepts and basic research methods used in psychology. .

Topics: In this course, we will examine topics such as the history of psychology, research methods, the biological underpinnings of behaviour and cognition, sensation and perception, learning, consciousness, memory, and emotion.


1. Familiarize students with the general foundational theories, concepts and research methods in psychology.
2. The application of basic concepts to see how they may apply to everyday life.
3. Gain familiarity of basic research methods and to practice applying such methods.


  • Research Participation: 6%
  • Exam 1 23.5%
  • Exam 2 23.5%
  • Exam 3 23.5%
  • Exam 4 23.5%


This course has 4 exams 23.5x4= 94% of the total grade. Each exam is based on two chapters only and are not cumulative. All exams must be written as there is no dropped score. 

Exams will consist of 4-6 questions with one of those questions being a 10-point 'application-based' question where students will apply the course concepts to a hypothetical scenario or generate their own unique content. This application portion can be seen as 'assignment-like' but integrated into the exam.  All exams are in-person NOT online and require hand-written answers (CAL students excluded).  All exams are closed book.

There is no final exam in exam period and an iclicker is not required. Research participation is worth 6% of the total grade.  In order to pass this course, all assessments, including RPS or an alternative, must be completed.


In addition to the other course requirements listed on the syllabus, each student in Psychology 100, 102 & 201W is required to complete three hours of research participation. For complete information regarding the research participation credit, please go to: http://www.sfu.ca/psychology/ugrad/research-participation.html



Ogden, Boyes, Field, Comer. and Gould (2018). Psychology Around Us.  (4th Canadian ed.). Wiley.
Wiley Plus is a practice-based 'addd on' to the textbook. Although students are encouraged to use this resource it is not a requirement for the course.


Textbook: Psychology Around Us. (2022). Ogden, Boyes, Field, Comer, and Gould. Canadian 4th edition. 


Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity website http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating. Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

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. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


Students with a faith background who may need accommodations during the semester are encouraged to assess their needs as soon as possible and review the Multifaith religious accommodations website. The page outlines ways they begin working toward an accommodation and ensure solutions can be reached in a timely fashion.