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Principles of Psychology
An introductory survey of basic areas of psychology including perception, cognition, learning and motivation and their biological substrata. Also reviewed are child development, individual differences, social psychology and abnormal psychology.
Welcome to the fascinating world of psychology: the science of behaviour and the mind! The purpose of this course is to introduce you to the broad range of topics that we study in the field of psychology, including perception, cognition, learning and motivation and their biological bases. Also reviewed are child development, individual differences, social psychology and abnormal (clinical) psychology. In the process you will hopefully gain some insight into what makes people think, feel, and behave the way that they do. This course is not intended to help you solve behavioural or emotional problems requiring professional attention.
The course is based on a blended model where on-line learning is supplemented with small-group discussion conducted on the internet (through Moodle).
- Summarize the major areas and themes of psychology
- Demonstrate how topics in psychology can be fruitfully addressed at different levels of analysis and with different perspectives (e.g., developmental, clinical, comparative)
- Describe the major psychological theories and the empirical evidence upon which they are based.
- Apply the scientific method to the formulation and answering of questions related to psychology
- Assess the validity of, and provide accurate interpretations of, psychological findings
- Communicate the relevant and potential contributions of psychology to everyday life and society as a whole.
|Average of 10 highest marks out of 12 participation quizzes||10% total|
|5 Assignments||35% total|
|5 discussion participation||15% total (3% / discussion)|
You must write and pass the final exam in order to pass the course.
Note: The late penalty for assignments is 0.5 marks (out of 5) for each day late. Assignments that are more than 1 week late will not be accepted and/or marked unless documentation is provided.
Students must write their exam on the day and time scheduled by the University. The start time may vary slightly depending on the off-campus exam centre. Do not schedule vacations, appointments, etc., during the exam period.
MODULE 1 – Introduction to Psychology and Clinical Psychology
- Scientific research in the field of psychology
- Research methods, Experimental Design and Ethics
- Health Psychology and Health Management
- The Biological, Psychological and Social Causes of Mental Disorders
- Treatment of Mental Disorders
MODULE 2 - Neuropsychology
- Brain and Behaviour
- Functional Anatomy of Sensation
- Cognitive Neuroscience, Consciousness and Attention
- Attention, Memory, Reasoning and Decision-making
MODULE 3 – Developmental Psychology
- Genetics and Intelligence
- Lifespan Development
- Major Theories of Developmental Psychology
- Self and Others: A comparative perspective
- Social Development
MODULE 4 - Evolution, Social and Personality Psychology
- Evolution, Heredity and Behaviour
- Personality Theories
- Social psychology
Textbooks and Materials
CDS reserves the right to make changes to the required material list as received by the instructor before the course starts. Please refer to the Campus Bookstore website at http://www.campusbookstore.com/Textbooks/SearchEngine/ to obtain the most up-to-date list of required materials for this course before purchasing them.
Required Course Materials
Texts may be ordered online from Queen's Campus Bookstore: http://campusbookstore.com/
Textbook with Pearson Media Card (Required)
Krause, Mark. Psychological Science (Hardcover or Loose Leaf or eText). ISBN13: 9781269547635 (Hardcover); 9781269525459 (Loose Leaf); 9781269440905 (eText)
Please note that you cannot buy just the Pearson Media Card.
|Completing/reviewing online lessons||9 hours every week|
|Reading/reviewing the text||3 hours every week, as required|
|Discussion participation||2 hours (approx.) every other week|
|Assignment write up||4 hours (approx.) every other week|
|View Video Lectures||2 hours every week|
|Quizzes||30 minutes every week|
|Total:||Approximately 17.5 hours/week|
Moodle is Queen's online learning platform. You'll log into Moodle to access your course. All materials related to your course—notes, readings, videos, recordings, discussion forums, assignments, quizzes, groupwork, tutorials, and help—will be on the Moodle site.
About Credit Units
Queen’s courses are weighted in credit units. A typical one-term course is worth 3.0 units, and a typical two-term course is worth 6.0 units. You combine these units to create your degree. A general (three-year) BA requires a total of 90 credit units.
To take an online course, you’ll need a good-quality computer (Windows XP/Vista/7, Pentium III, or Mac OS X 10.5, G4 or G5 processor, 256 MB RAM) with a high-speed internet connection, soundcard, speakers, and microphone, and up-to-date versions of free software (Explorer/Firefox, Java, Flash, Adobe Reader). See also Preparing For Your Course.
The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are in our Dates and Deadlines section.
Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for 2014-15 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Canadian students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $605.31; for a 6.0-unit course, $1210.62. See also Tuition and Payment.
The information below is intended for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Academic Regulations in other Faculties may differ.
|Letter Grade||Grade Point|
Have your SOLUS grade report handy and then follow the link to the Arts and Science GPA calculators.
How does this affect my academics?
See the GPA and Academic Standing page.
Follow the link above for an explanation of how the GPA system affects such things as the Dean’s Honour List, requirements to graduate, and academic progression.
Frequently Asked Questions on the Grading Scheme
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All textbooks can be purchased at Queen’s Campus Bookstore.
All Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are open to students at other universities. Before applying as a visiting student, request a Letter of Permission from your home university that states that you have permission to take the course and apply it to your degree. See also Apply.
Please see Queen’s policy statement on academic integrity for information on how to complete an online course honestly.