2018 Fall Semester
10:30 - 11:20 Room 4M47
1:30 - 2:20 Room 4M31
Office Hours:by appointment.
TBA (To Be Announced)
Office Hours: by appointment
Myers and DeWall (2018) Psychology in Modules, 12th edition
General Course Description:
This course provides an introduction to the scientific analysis of behaviour and mental activity from the biological, social, and individual perspectives. Major topics include the following: perception, motivation, learning, memory, intelligence, personality, states of consciousness, social interaction, developmental processes, hereditary and environmental influences, abnormal psychology, therapeutic methods, and procedures for collecting and summarizing data. Students are expected to participate directly or indirectly in the Department's ongoing research program. This course is a prerequisite for all other Psychology courses.
The American Psychological Association (APA) has developed a list of goals for undergraduate education in psychology, and we are using these goals as guidelines for this course. By the end of this course you may not have fully attained all five of these goals, but you should be on the right path toward achieving them.
1. Knowledge Base of Psychology: Demonstrating familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
2. Research Methods in Psychology: Understanding and applying research methods in psychology.
3. Critical Thinking Skills in Psychology: Respecting and using critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific approach to solving problems related to behavior and mental processes.
4. Application of Psychology: Understanding and applying psychological principles to personal, social and organizational issues.
5. Values in Psychology: Valuing empirical evidence, tolerating ambiguity, acting ethically, and reflecting on other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a science.
Please note: Some adjustments may be made in the text material to be covered for each test. For example,sometimes a chapter may not be covered in class but will still be required for the exam, and/or some chapters may be reordered and possibly tested on a different dates than listed above. Announcement of changes will be made in class. If there are any changes you will know well in advance.
Missed material is your responsibility.
You must contact others in the class about
missed material when you are absent, NOT the
Instructor or Teaching Assistant. Obtain
contact information from four classmates
who you may want to contact if you need
to get missed materials.
Topic and Exam Schedule
1. Six tests (90%).
There are six tests across the year. Each is worth the same. (15% x 6 = 90%; the remaining 10% is the Learning Curve mark: 5% for Term 1, and 5% for Term 2).
(There is also a mandatory "Research Requirement" but that is not graded. It refers to the requirement to accumulate 6
research credits before the end of the course in April-see description of the Research Requirement below). All six tests are NON-cumulative,
(i.e, are based ONLY on the material since the preceding tests). Tests will be multiple choice and will assess BOTH material from the textbook and material from lectures. Distribution of questions between textbook and lectures is usually approximately 75% from the textbook and 25% from lecture material not in the textbook. Most lectures cover material that overlaps closely with the textbook.
Bring Photo-ID to all tests as well as two sharpened pencils.
Electronic devices (e.g. calculators, cell phones, etc.) are banned for all tests.
All tests are property of the Psychology Department. They must be returned to the instructor or teaching assistant following review, upon penalty of course failure.
We do not have a lot of extra lecture time so I will normally not hand back or go over tests during class time. To see your test, please arrange an appointment with myself or a teaching assistant
Students will be allowed to write a make-up test if absent with good reason on a test date.
Absences from tests will be excused for reasons relating to sickness,
death in the family, or religious holidays.
2. Research Requirement.
All students are expected to fulfill the research requirement
requirement by accumulating SIX credits worth of
research credit. Failure to accumulate 6 credits
by the end of the course in April would result in your final grade being
dropped one letter grade (e.g., from an A- to a B+).
See attached sheets at the end of the downloadable course syllabus pdf (link is near the top of this page)
or this document: Research Requirement for Introductory Psychology
Unofficial Cut-Offs for Letter Grades
Please note carefully that the cutoffs provided below are
are tentative guidelines that the course instructor will
follow, but unofficial grades based on these tentative
guidelines below do not necessarily correspond to the official
final grades awarded by the University administration. The Registrar retains
the right to modify grading cutoffs in cases involving unreasonably
lenient (or difficult) exams,
exceptionally skewed grade distributions, and
other unusual circumstances. In most cases offical final grades
correspond quite closely to the unofficial grades based on the
cutoffs provided below. Please be advised that this is not
always, or necessarily, the case, however. The following
should therefore be interpreted as unofficial cutoffs, not
absolutely final official grading cutoffs for this course.
- The above grades may be changed in either direction.
Use these examples as a rough guide only.
In addition, examples assume that subject pool requirements, including
any imposed penalties, have been met.
- The final date for withdrawals without academic penalty from this course
is Friday, February 15th.
NOTE: You must formally withdraw from a course.
If you simply stop going to classes, you may
receive an "F" on your transcript and loss of
tuition credit. If you are considering withdrawing
from this course, I encourage you to talk to me
in case I can help in anyway.
- You have rights and responsibilities outlined in Section VII
of the Calendar concerning information on appeals (p.52) and
academic misconduct (p.50).
Please consult your University Calendar
http://uwinnipeg.ca/academics/calendar/index.html for more information.
- You may be requested to show picture ID during any exam.
Please be sure to bring your Library Card or Driver's License to each exam.
Disability Services and Resource Centre: Students with
documented disabilities requiring academic
accommodations for lectures or tests (e. g., access
to volunteer note-takers, private space) are
encouraged to contact the Coordinator of
Disability Services at 786-9771, or go to
All information about disability is confidential.
If you are seeking academic accommodations,
please discussion the situation with me the
first week of classes or within one week of
making arrangements with DS.
Counselling and Career Services:
For career or academic guidelines,
for personal problems, for STUDY SKILLS and
note-taking, anxiety, etc., take advantage of
the range of free counseling services to get
the help you need to survive and succeed in
university. Check out the Counselling homepage
NOTE: If you feel that you have a medical or
personal problem that is interfering with your
work, you should contact me, Disability
Services or Counselling Services as soon as
possible. Problems may be documented and
possible arrangements to assist you can be
discussed at the time of occurrence
rather than on a retroactive basis.
In general, retroactive requests for
grade revisions on medical or
compassionate grounds will not
Academic Misconduct: Students are responsible for understanding the nature of and avoiding the occurrence of academic offenses. There is a section in the General Calendar on academic misconduct dealing with regulations on student discipline and grade appeals.
Classroom Etiquette: Unauthorized talking-in-class and other seemingly minor disruptions (e.g., students arriving late or leaving early) have a negative impact on the class environment (ranging from being somewhat annoying to the rest of us to being downright rude and offensive). Attendance is voluntary. If you attend I expect you to be attentive and polite to others. Do not sit near others who seem to always want to communicate with you or amuse you through words, whispers, or smiles. You are expected to change your seat next class, if necessary. Resist being an accessory no matter how innocent it seems. If you must leave class early, please sit near the door. (Otherwise, early departures can be quite disruptive, no matter how carefully you try to arrange your exit.)
Email Policy: I strongly prefer to interact with students in person but you are welcome to communicate with me by e-mail. However, e-mail should be used only to provide me with information or to ask a question that requires a brief response. For more lengthy discussions, you should raise questions during class or office hours. Should you decide to email me, please do so this way: First Term (Dr. Trapnell) use: .
Office hours and appointments: If you have questions about the course material, would like to discuss issues related to the course in more detail, or would like to see your tests, you are always welcome to drop by my office or make an appointment to meet with me or a teaching assistant. I will not use office hours to go over course material you missed without a valid reason for missing class.
Instructor’s expectations: I expect you all to work hard and learn a great deal from this course. I also expect to be challenged by what you already know, or wish to know. I do not approach the courses I teach from a position of absolute authority and total knowledge. The field of psychology is so vast and ever changing that we must strive to keep up with the latest findings, while putting everything into the framework of our basic knowledge.
I want to remind you that this course should be taken seriously. I understand that many of you have second jobs (because university is a job!), families, and other personal obligations. However, this is no excuse to minimize the importance of this class or your university education. For those of you who have outside obligations, you must learn time management skills and how to plan accordingly. Through my experience, I have learned that planning ahead is the best tool that can be used throughout a university education and in the professional world. You must understand how to follow guidelines and complete work by deadlines.
(Term2: Schnerch) Topic and Exam Schedule
This will be available later in the term.