FALL/WINTER 2007/2008


Class Time: Thursdays, 2:30-5:30Place: CLH-I

Course Director:Dr. Jill B. Rich


Office:248A, BSB

e-mail: jbr@yorku.ca

Office Hour: by appointment 736-5115, X 30561

secretary: Barb Thurston, X66253 (283 BSB)


Access course website via http://www.yorku.ca/jbr for detailed course outline.

Registration for psychology experiments for research credit via http://www.psych.yorku.ca/urpp/


Important information for students regarding the Ethics Review process, Access/Disability, Academic Honesty/Integrity, Student Conduct, and Religious Observance Days is available on the CCAS webpage (see Reports, Initiatives, Documents):- http://www.yorku.ca/secretariat/senate_cte_main_pages/ccas.htm


Teaching Assistants:Messages:736-5115 X70580Office hours as listed or by appt (e-mail)


Name††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Room†††††††††††††††††††† e-mail†††††††††††††††††††††††††† office hour††††††††††††††† students

Navneet Dhami†††††††††††††† 067 BSB††††††††††††††† ndhami@yorku.ca††††††† Tues, 12:00-1:00††††† A-D†††††††††††††††††††††††

Lila Elkhadem†††††††††††††††† 057 BSB††††††††††††††† lila@yorku.ca†††††††††††††† Thurs, 1:00-2:00†††††† E-J

Gayle Goldstein††††††††††††† 043 BSB††††††††††††††† ggold@yorku.ca††††††††† Tues, 2:00-3:00††††††† K-N

Jen Hilborn††††††††††††††††††††† 269 BSB††††††††††††††† jhilborn@yorku.ca††††††† Fri, 9:30-10:30††††††††† O-S

Stephanie Hornyak†††††††† 041E Atkinson†††††† shornyak@yorku.ca†††† Mon, 1 :00-2 :00†††††† T-Z


Required Text:Weiten, W., & McCann, D (2006). Psychology: Themes and variations (Canadian ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Thomson Learning.


You have two options at the bookstore. When you purchase the book on its own, it automatically comes with InfoTrac, Concept Charts, and a Careers Module. For an additional cost, you can purchase the text (with all the material already listed), plus ThomsonNow. ThomsonNow is a dynamic online tool that can help you in this course by focusing your study time on the concepts that you are having the most difficulty mastering. It contains a pre-test for each chapter, and then generates a personalized learning plan based on your results. The Study Plan guides you through interactive learning modules, text files, and other media-rich tools (simulations, animations, video clips) - all of which are specially designed to tutor you on those concepts that you need help to master. A post-test will ensure you have understood all of the material. This is not required, but may be helpful and interesting to many of you.


Note: The textbook is the Canadian edition that was used in my and several other sections of Intro Psych last year. You should not be using the American text by Weiten alone. You may buy a used copy of Weiten and McCann, but then you wonít get a pincode to give you access to the ThomsonNow supplemental materials. I will also place a copy of the text on reserve in Scott library that you can access (but you canít take it out on loan).


Course Description and Objectives:


This course will provide you with a broad overview of the field of psychology.Through lectures, films, and demonstrations in class, as well as your own reading and thinking, you will gain an understanding of many ideas, theories, and principles of human behaviour. You will learn about a variety of separate areas of study within psychology, and will come to appreciate some of the many exciting research findings that have advanced the field. Your successful completion of this course will hopefully lead you to have a better understanding of yourself and others.


The 3-hour class period will encompass some combination of lecture, activities, and films. We will typically take a break for about 15 minutes around the middle of the class period. Films will usually take place in the last hour. Demonstrations of psychological principles and other activities will be integrated into the lectures in most cases.


Class attendance is important.Each session is intended to be interesting, challenging, and (hopefully) enjoyable for you. In addition, material presented in class--from lectures, films, and research demonstrations--will be included on the exams. The TAs will be able to explain or clarify specific concepts presented in the text or in class. However, they are not responsible for giving you an individual lecture if you miss a class. It is your own responsibility to find out what you missed. Thus, it is to your benefit to come to every class and to borrow notes from a fellow student when you do have to miss a class.


Course Evaluation:


There will be a total of FOUR EXAMS: one during each semester and one during the December and April exam periods. The exams will be noncumulative (i.e., only material covered since the previous exam will be tested). The structure of the exams will be a combination of multiple-choice and short-answer questions. Approximately 80% of each exam will be based on the textbook, and the remaining 20% will be based on material presented in class (from lectures, films, and demonstrations).


In addition to your performance on the exams, part of your final grade will be determined by your participation in research studies in the Department of Psychology, which will give you the opportunity see the research process up close and personally. Research credit will be given in Ĺ-hour increments. You may earn 1.5% toward your grade for 3 hours of research in the Fall term, and 1.5% for 3 hours of research in the Winter term. If you complete all 6 hours of participation, you will earn a bonus point, which would result in 4% toward your final grade in the course. This will be explained in greater detail in class. Detailed information is also provided at http://www.psych.yorku.ca/urpp/.


Your total grade will be determined by the following weights: Exam 1 (24%), Exam 2 (24%), Exam 3 (24%), Exam 4 (24%), research participation (4%).


Your grade for this course will be based on the following scale:


†††††††††††††††† Percentage†††††††† Letter Grade†††††††††††††††††††††† Percentage†††††††††† Letter Grade

†††††††††††††††††† 90 - 100††††††††††††††††††† A+††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 60 - 64†††††††††††††††††††††† C

††††††††††††††††††† 80 - 89†††††††††††††††††††† A††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 55 - 59†††††††††††††††††††††† D+

††††††††††††††††††† 75 - 79†††††††††††††††††††† B+††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 50 - 54†††††††††††††††††††††† D

††††††††††††††††††† 70 - 74†††††††††††††††††††† B††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 40 - 49†††††††††††††††††††††† E

††††††††††††††††††† 65 - 69†††††††††††††††††††† C+†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 0 - 39††††††††††††††††††††††† F


note: E and F are both failing grades.


Minimum Requirement for Continuing in Psychology at York:


The Senate of York University has passed a regulation stating that students must obtain a minimum grade of C (4.0) in AS/AK/SC/PSYC 1010 6.0 to be permitted to pursue a degree in Psychology as well as to take courses for which PSYC 1010 6.0 is a prerequisite. This regulation applies to students wishing to take Psychology courses in the Faculty of Arts, Atkinson, and the Faculty of Pure and Applied Science. You may take the course again and then may take other psychology courses if you receive at least a C.


Missed Exams:


According to University Policy, the only legitimate excuse for missing an exam is a medical problem. A make-up exam will be offered ONLY for a personal medical problem or a serious personal/family problem (e.g., death in the family). If you must miss an exam, it is essential that you notify me within 48 hours after the exam. Notification received after that time will result in a score of 0 for that exam. You must bring a note from your physician to the make-up exam at the time specified by myself or one of the teaching assistants. Make-up exams will NOT be provided for someone who completes an exam and then says he or she was not feeling well at the time.




DON'T DO IT!! The University does not look favourably on cheating of any kind, and the penalties are very harsh for doing so. Become familiar with the rules and regulations regarding cheating/plagiarism. These are published in the Undergraduate Programme Calendar.





Date††††††††††††††† Topic††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Text Assignment


Sep. 6†††††††††††† The Evolution of Psychology††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† chap 1


Sep 13†††††††††† NO CLASS (Rosh Hashanah)


Sep. 20*†††††††† The Research Enterprise in Psychology††††††††††††††††††††††††††† chap 2

††††††††††††††††††††††† Film: Methodology: The Psychologist and the Experiment VC2327 (1975, 31 min)


Sep. 27††††††††† Biological Bases of Behavior I:†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† chap 3

††††††††††††††††††††††† Neurons and Genetics††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pp. 77-86; 107-116


Oct 4*†††††††††††† Biological Bases of Behavior II:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† chap 3

††††††††††††††††††††††† The Nervous System; Brain and Behavior†††††††††††††††††††††††† pp. 87-107; 117-123

††††††††††††††††††††††† Film: The Two BrainsVC1203 (1984, 60 min)


Oct. 11*††††††††† Sensation and Perception†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† chap 4

††††††††††††††††††††††† Film: Sensation and Perception VC 2054 (1990, 30 min)


Oct. 18††††††††††† EXAM 1†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† chapters 1-4


Oct. 25††††††††††† Variations in Consciousness†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† chap 5


Nov. 1*††††††††††† Learning Through Conditioning†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† chap 6

††††††††††††††††††††††† Film: LearningVC 2055 (1990, 30 min)


Nov. 8†††††††††††† Learning Through Conditioning, cont††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† finish chap 6

††††††††††††††††††††††† Human Memory I: Encoding, Storage, & Retrieval††††††††††† chap 7, pp. 267-285


Nov. 15*†††††††† Human Memory II: Forgetting, †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† chap 7

††††††††††††††††††††††† Memory Systems, and Memory Improvement†††††††††††††††††† pp. 286-309

††††††††††††††††††††††† Video clip: Expert Memory (not available in library)


Nov. 22*†††††††† Language and Thought††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† chap 8

††††††††††††††††††††††† Film1: Language Development VC2053 (1990)

††††††††††††††††††††††† Film2: Cognitive ProcessesVC2063 (1990)


Nov 29*††††††††† Intelligence and Psychological Testing†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† chap 9

††††††††††††††††††††††† Film: Testing and Intelligence VC 2063 (1990, 30 min)

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (note: this chapter will be covered on Exam 3)



Mon, Dec 17EXAM 2†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† chapters 5-8

Tait McKenzie Student Fieldhouse East (A-K)††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (NOT chapter 9)

Tait McKenzie Student Fieldhouse West (L-Z)




Jan. 3*††††††††††† Motivation and Emotion I††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† chap 10, pp. 391-418

††††††††††††††††††††††† Film: Portraits of AnorexiaMP 3969 (1986, 25 min)


Jan. 10†††††††††† Motivation and Emotion II†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† chap 10, p. 418-435

††††††††††††††††††††††† Human Development I:Early Development††††††††††††††††††††† chap 11, pp. 437-462


Jan. 17*††††††††† Human Development II: Adolescence & Adulthood††††††††† chap 11, pp. 462-489

††††††††††††††††††††††† Film: The Developing ChildVC 2052 (1990, 30 min)


Jan. 24†††††††††† Personality I: Theories of Personality†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† chap 12, pp. 494-519


Jan 31††††††††††† Personality II: Traits, Research, and Assessment†††††††††††† chap 12, pp. 491-494;

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† and pp. 520-533




Feb 7††††††††††††† EXAM 3†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† chapters 9-12

††††††††††††††††††††††† (note: donít forget that the lecture for chap 9 was in Dec.)


Feb. 14†††††††††† Reading Week, NO CLASS


Feb. 21*†††††††† Stress, Coping, and Health††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† chap 13

††††††††††††††††††††††† Film: Health, Mind BehaviorVC2070 (1990, 30 min)


Feb. 28†††††††††† Psychological Disorders I††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† chap 14, pp. 575-590


Mar. 6†††††††††††† Psychological Disorders II†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† chap 14, pp. 590-621


Mar. 13*†††††††† Treatment of Psychological Disorders†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† chap 15

††††††††††††††††††††††† Film: Poundmakerís LodgeVC 2627 (1987, 29 min)


Mar. 20†††††††††† Social Behavior I: Attributes, Attraction, & Attitudes†††††††† chap 16, pp. 663-687


Mar. 27*†††††††† Social Behavior II: Conformity, Obedience, Prejudice††††† pp. 687-705

††††††††††††††††††††††† Film: Obedience VC 0822 or 2321 (1965, 45 min)


Apr. 25†††††††††† EXAM 4: 9:00-11:00 a.m.††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† chapters 13-16

Last names beginning with A-K in CLH-I (regular classroom)

Last names beginning with L-Z in CLH-L


* indicates that a film or video clip will be shown that day