Principles of Psychology - Online psychology courses | Arts and Science ONLINE

Principles of Psychology

PSYC 100/6.0

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.

Please note: This course is typically offered every term

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

  1. Summarize the major areas and themes of psychology.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the role of genes and environment in determining behaviour and mental processes.
  3. Describe the major psychological theories and the empirical evidence upon which they are based.
  4. Apply the scientific method to the formulation and answering of questions related to psychology.
  5. Assess the validity of, and provide accurate interpretations of, psychological findings.

Course Topics

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Research Methods
  • Genetics and Evolution
  • Learning
  • Neurons
  • Neurobiology
  • Introduction to Sensation and Perception
  • The Visual World
  • Consciousness and Sleep
  • Attention and Memory
  • Memory
  • Language, Language Use, and Development
  • Cognitive Development
  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Adolescence, Emerging Adulthood, and Aging
  • Intelligence and Decision Making
  • Motivation and Emotion
  • Interacting with Tough Content, Self-Care, and Wellness
  • Psychopathology I
  • Psychopathology II
  • Psychopathology, Psychopathy, and Therapeutic Orientations
  • Personality
  • Social Thinking and People in Groups
  • Relationships and Self-Identify


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.

This course is a mix of independent and small group learning.  It is therefore important that you progress through the material at the prescribed rate.


Fall-Winter 2022-23
Course Dates: 
Sept. 6, 2022 - April 10, 2023
Exam Dates: 
Dec. 8 - 22, 2022 & April 14 - 28, 2023


10% - Weekly Online Labs
10% - Peer Review Assignments (x2)
10% - Midterm Tests (x2)
30% - Proctored December Midyear Exam
40% - Proctored April Final Exam
5% - Bonus Research Participation Opportunities

**Evaluation Subject to change**

Midterm, Midyear & Final Examinations

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.


  1. You may choose to write your exam(s) online using Examity proctoring services where you will be charged the additional $100 exam fee; or
  2. You may choose to write your exam(s) in-person on Queen's campus in Kingston where you will NOT be charged the additional $100 exam fee.


Once the exam schedule has been finalized the exam date will be posted on your SOLUS account. The exam dates for each Term are listed on the Faculty of Arts and Science webpage under "Important Dates." Student exam schedules for the Fall Term are posted via SOLUS immediately prior to the Thanksgiving holiday; for the Winter Term they are posted on the Friday before Reading Week, and for the Summer Term they are individually noted on the Arts and Science Online syllabi. Students should delay finalizing any travel plans until after the examination schedule has been posted. Exams will not be moved or deferred to accommodate employment, travel/holiday plans or flight reservations.


Professor Meghan Norris (

Time Commitment

To complete the readings, assignments, and course activities, students can expect to spend, on average, about 9-10 hours per week (221 hours per term) on the course.

Course Resources


SOLUS is Queen’s Student On-Line University System. You’ll have access to a SOLUS account once you become a Queen’s student. You’ll use SOLUS to register for courses, add and drop courses, update your contact information, view financial and academic information, and pay your tuition.

About OnQ

onQ is Queen's online learning platform. You'll log into onQ 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 onQ 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 or BSc requires a total of 90 credit units.

Computer Requirements

To take an online course, you’ll need a high speed internet connection as well as a microphone and speakers to be able to watch videos, hear sounds, and participate in interactive online activities. A webcam is recommended but not necessary.

System Requirements:

Computer Specifications

  • Windows 8.1 or newer
  • OSX 10.13 (High Sierra) or newer
  • Dual Core 2 GHz processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Soundcard
  • USB Headset
  • Webcam

Supported Browsers

  • Chrome (preferred - latest version)
  • Firefox (latest version)
  • Safari is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ
  • Edge is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ

Internet Connection

  • Wired high speed access: Cable or better
  • Wifi is not recommended


  • Latest version

Media Player

  • Flash (latest version)

Adobe Reader

  • Latest Version


The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are in our Upcoming Application Dates section.

Grading Scheme

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

GPA Calculators
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
Please follow this link to the FAQ's

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for Summer Term 2018 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Domestic students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $685.90; for a 6.0-unit course, $1371.80 See also Tuition and Fees.

Campus Bookstore

All textbooks, if required, can be purchased at Queen’s Campus Bookstore.

Non-Queen’s Students

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.

Academic Integrity

Please see Queen’s policy statement on academic integrity for information on how to complete an online course honestly.