PSY100 - Introduction to Psychology

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Subject Title
Introduction to Psychology

Subject Description
The discipline of Psychology is the study of human behaviour. It is concerned with the observation behaviour of an individual and its relationship to unseen mental and physical processes, as well as of external events. Introduction to Psychology will provide a framework within which the student can begin to explore the human personality.

Co-requisite: EAC149 or equivalent.

Credit Status
One General Education elective credit in the Sciences and Social Sciences category.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Appreciate psychology as a true science.

2. Describe the major theories of psychology.

3. Analyze and evaluate personal behaviour and demonstrate a greater sensitivity to the behaviour of others.

4. Discuss the psychological factors behind group behaviour.

5. Explain the social processes of conformity and obedience.

6. Explain the relationship between biology and behaviour.

7. Describe the different stages of human development.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Corequisite: EAC149 or equivalent.

Topic Outline
The topics covered include child behaviour, motivation, emotions, awareness, learning, psychological testing, personality, abnormal psychology, and social psychology. 

  • history of psychology, including behaviourism, cognitive, psychodynamic and humanist perspectives;
  • psychological research, methods and issues including psychological tests:  questionnaires, experiments, interviews, naturalistic observation, case studies, etc.;
  • biological bases of behaviour:  genetics, environmental influences, hormones, the nervous system (central and autonomic), neuronal electrochemical  transmission (electrical and chemical);
  • the brain and its relationship to sensation and perception;
  • learning:  classical, operant and observational.  Human memory (the short and the long of it);
  • motivation and emotion:  drive reduction, emotional expression;
  • need for food, sex, belonging and achievement:  stress and personality (e.g.:  type A);
  • Maslow and other humanistic theorists with a focus on self-actualization;
  • major theories of emotion; (James-Lange, Cannon-Bard etc.)
  • drugs and altered states of consciousness (sleep, dreams etc.);
  • intelligence testing;
  • personality theories including a brief outline of Freud's psychosexual stages;
  • Carl Rogers and other psychotherapists and their therapeutic approaches:  Gestalt, behaviour modification; 
  • abnormal psychology: schizophrenia, manic depression, etc.;
  • influence of group dynamics on behaviour. 

Mode of Instruction
There are two modes of delivery for this course:

1. In-class: Students attend classes on campus each week. All instruction is delivered in a face to face environment.

2. Online: All class work is completed in a fully online environment. Students do not attend any classes on campus; however, the final exam must be written in-person at the Test Centre.

* Students interested in pursuing online studies must have strong time management skills and regular access to a home or office computer with an Internet connection and web access.

Teaching and Learning Methods:
To ensure that students are engaged as much as possible in the learning process, instructors can use such teaching methods as class and small group discussions, essays and research, individual and group presentations, readings, lectures, workshops, in-class exercises, and/or web-based instruction. The mode of delivery will dictate the most appropriate teaching methods available to an instructor.

Prescribed Texts
Required Texts (In-Class):
Myers, David. Exploring Psychology & Psychportal Access. 10th Ed. Worth Publishers Inc. ISBN# 9781319061487.

Required Text (Online Only):
Wood, Wood, Boyd, Desmarais.The World of Psychology DSM5 Update with Mypsychlab. 8th Cdn. edition. Pearson. ISBN#9780134650333

Reference Material
Students are referred to the following web site for the Seneca College Library APA Style Guide and Guide to Integrating Quotations (APA Style):

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

To be successful in this course, you must complete all course work as specified and achieve an overall grade of 50% or higher. For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of the Academic Policy available at Seneca registration offices.

Term Work:
All term work assignments must be completed prior to the time of the final exam or last class.  Students must contact faculty in advance of the assignment due date to discuss the possibility of an extension.  Late assignments may be subject to the awarding of a penalty resulting in a lower grade assigned. 
Make-up opportunities for assignments must also be made in advance of the scheduled due date.  If an assignment is missed due to class absence, official documentation must be submitted to the faculty member on or before the next scheduled class. Make-up opportunities may not apply to all graded assignments.

In-Class Sections:

Quiz(s) 15%
Research paper 25%
Presentation/Assignment 15%
Midterm Examination 20%
Final Examination 25%

Online Sections:

Assignments 40%
On-line Chapter Tests (2) 30%
Final Exam (in Person) 30%

Student Success:
Please come prepared to participate in class. Make sure you bring your course text to each class, participate in class discussions, hand in any assigned work on time and attend each and every class. Following these suggestions will increase your chances of success.
Please access the course every week (or more) and keep up with assigned readings. Make sure you participate in online discussions and hand in any assigned work on time. Following these suggestions will increase your chances of success.

Students should keep all assignments (including drafts and outlines and exercises) until they receive their final grade.Students may appeal any final grade in a subject or any decision by the College, following the recommendation of a Promotion Committee, with respect to the student's academic standing, continuation or status in a program, School, Faculty or the College. It is the policy of the College that a student who invokes this appeal process will be given a fair hearing. For further information on appeals, please see Section 12 of the Academic Policy Handbook. 

Approved by: Fiona Bain-greenwood