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Welcome to Psychology 1200. In this course we will cover a wide range of applied topics in psychology. If you ever wanted to know why people think what they think what they do....this course should be of great interest to you. Welcome and I hope you enjoy the course.

Jeremy Jackson

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The Course Syllabus......
Jeremy Jackson
|    Jan 3rd, 2024
|     New Westminster
Carl Sagan: "Science is a way of thinking much more than a body of knowledge"


WATCH THESE VIDEOS FOR AN INTRODUCTION TO THE COURSE. Note: Please ignore specific dates in the videos.

1) VIDEO 1: How The Course Works: How The Course Works

2) VIDEO 2: The Rules: The Rules


Instructor Contact Information

Douglas email: jacksonj@douglascollege.ca. Please do not use this email adress. Email only from within the course in Blackboard. Thank you.

Email availability: I will be available between Tuesday and Thursday (9 am to 5 pm). If you have questions, please plan to ask them around these times.

Email Requirements: All emails should include: 1) Your name, student number and the number of the course you are enrolled in, 2) A salutation such as "Hello Dr Jackson....", 3) An appropriate ending to the email thanking the person for their time in considering your request.

Here is a webpage about how to write professional emails to a professor: http://www.wikihow.com/Email-a-Professor.

Office hours: Wednesdays 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on Zoom. Go to the Zoom link here or in Blackboard.

Required Text Information

Schacter, D. L., Gilbert, D. T., et al. (2024). Psychology (6th Canadian Ed.). Worth Publishers.

You may purchase the Schacter et al text at the Douglas College bookstore. The text is packaged with access to PsychPortal/Launchpad. Psychportal/Launchpad are Online course delivery platforms. They do something similar to Blackboard but they also contain the Schacter et al e-book (the e-book is an electronic version of the text). The e-book can not be accessed directly from Blackboard. The e-book can be purchased  here.

I do not use PsychPortal/Launchpad or Achieve, so there is no need for you to obtain an acess code or sign-up for this course on Launchpad.

If you still have difficulty obtaining an online text for whatever reason: 



Contact support at: https://mhe.my.site.com/macmillanlearning/s/chat-with-us

How Does The Course Work?

Each week, watch/ read the videos/lecture notes and the corresponding text chapter. Lecture notes can be found below linked to this syllabus. If you have difficulty with the lecture material, or would like more information about a lecture topic, post a specific question on the discussion board in the "Course Questions" thread. Other students and/or the instructor will respond to your question. If you need to contact the instructor privately, send an email to  the instructor in Blackboard.

Throughout the course there will be 2 multiple choice midterms. The syllabus indicates the weeks on which there will be a midterm. Each test will be completed Online. The tests will "open" at 11:00 am on Wednesday of the weeks indicated in the syllabus and "close" at 7:30 pm on the same day. You may sign on and do the quiz any time between these times. Midterm 1 and 2 have 60 multiple choice questions each. Do not be concerned if you have a technical problem. I can "see" all of your activity Online, so I can determine when and where you signed in and exactly what kind of technical problem occurred.


Lecture notes for five of the weeks in the course are associated with  discussion questions. Make sure you read the lecture notes early in the week so that you are prepared to respond to the discussion questions Online. Follow the instructions given in the lecture for each discussion question. Discussion questions are to be answered between 9 am Tuesday and 9 pm Friday of the week FOLLOWING the lecture that contains the question. I will assign a grade to your input based on the quality of your response and the timeliness of your response. Input at the last minute will receive low grades. The earlier you post your input, the better! THERE IS A DISCUSSION QUESTION IN WEEK 2. GET STARTED SOON.

Week 1 - Jan 3rd

Introduction to the course - required materials, reading, software requirements, assignments, etc.

Introduce yourself Online to the class. See the "Discussion" tab in the main menu on the Blackboard course website.

Familiarize yourself with the course environment. Watch the introductory videos linked above in this syllabus.

Week 2 - Jan 8th

Lecture 1 Power Point - The Scientific Method, Ethics, Research Design, Statistics. Video Lecture 1: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

Schacter - Chapter 2

Lecture: Empiricism, rationalism, dogmatism, falsification, informed consent, research design vs statistics, text vs lecture, experiments vs quasi-experiments, hypothesis testing. 

Discussion Question 1. See Part 3 of video lecture 1.

Week 3 - Jan 15th

No Lecture

Schacter - Chapter 8: Emotion and Motivation

Instructor example: Short example of drive reduction theory. Download Power-Point here. Download associated video here.

Discussion Question 1 - See lecture 1 notes. Due WEEK 3, 9:00 am Tuesday thru 9:00 pm Friday (Jan 16 to Jan 19)

Week 4 - Jan 22nd

Lecture 2 Power Point - Social Psychology Video Lecture 2

Schacter - Chapter 13

Lecture: Conformity vs obedience, Milgram, Asch, Zimbardo, group think, group polarizaton,

Discussion Question 2. See the "Discussion" tab on the course website.

Week 5 - Jan 29th

No Lecture

Schacter - Chapter 9: Language and Thought

Instructor Insight: Analogical problem solving video here.

Discussion Question 2 - See lecture 2 notes. Due WEEK 5, 9:00 am Tuesday thru 9:00 pm Friday (Jan 30 to Feb 2)

Week 6 - Feb 5th

Midterm 1 - Open Wednesday 11:00 am to 7:30 pm (Feb 7th). Chapters 2, 8, 9 and 13, Lectures 1 & 2.

There are 60 MC questions and you have 60 minutes to complete the test. If you have accomodations, stay in the test when the timer runs out. There is no bactracking in the test. The test is worth 20% of your final grade. Work hard to prepare and then relax and focus. The way to do everything! Good luck.

Week 7 - Feb 12th

Lecture 3 Power Point - Intelligence. Video Lecture 3

Schacter - Chapter 10: Intelligence

Lecture: The measurement problem of psychology, Operationism, Construct Validity Theory, IQ, Validity, Reliability,

Discussion Question 3. See video lecture 3.

Week 8 - Feb 19th

No Class: Spring Break

Week 9 - Feb 26th

No Lecture

Schacter - Chapter 12: Personality

Discussion Question 3 - See lecture 3 notes. Due WEEK 9, 9:00 am Tuesday thru 9:00 pm Friday (Feb 27 to Mar 1)

Week 10 - Mar 4th

Lecture 4 Power Point - Psychological disorders. Videos Lecture 4, part 1, part 2, part 3

Schacter - Chapter 15: PSYCHOLOGICAL Disorders

Lecture: Definitions, symptom and criteria, DSM-V, medical model

Discussion Question 4. See part 3 of video lecture 4.

Week 11 - Mar 11th

No Lecture

Schacter - Chapter 15: Psychological disorders

Discussion Question 4 - See lecture 4 notes. Due 9:00 am Tuesday thru 9:00 pm Friday Mar 12th to Mar 15th)

Week 12 - Mar 18th

Lecture 5 Power Point - Treatment Video Lecture 5, Part A; Video Lecture 5, Part B

Schacter - Chapter 16: Treatment of PSYCHOLOGICAL Disorders

Lecture: Definitions, symptom and criteria, DSM-V, medical model

Discussion Question 5. See video lecture 5.

Week 13 - Mar 25th

Midterm 2 - Open Wednesday 11:00 am to 7:30 pm (Mar 27th). Chapters 10, 12, 15 and 16, Lectures 3, 4 & 5.

There are 60 MC questions and you have 60 minutes to complete the test. If you have accomodations, stay in the test when the timer runs out. There is no bactracking in the test. The test is worth 25% of your final grade. Work hard to prepare and then relax and focus. The way to do everything! Good luck.

Week 14 - Apr 1st

Discussion Question 5 - See lecture notes. Due next week.

Week 15 - April 8th

Discussion Question 5 - See lecture notes. Due 9:00 am Tuesday thru 9:00 pm Friday (Apr 9th to Apr 12th)

Discussion Questions

Students are required to complete 5 discussion questions worth 55% of the final course grade. Students must engage in discussion with classmates. Single posts will receive failing grades. Late posts are not accepted. Medical reasons for missing a discussion must be provided IN ADVANCE of the discussion period. NO EXCEPTIONS.


Students are required to complete 2 Tests. Test 1 is worth 20% and Test 2 is worth 25% of the final course grade. Test dates and times are given in the syllabus above. Response patterns will be analyzed to ensure that cheating is not occurring.

ONLY MEDICAL extensions are accepted for quizzes. Supporting medical documentation must be provided for a missed test BEFORE the quiz opens.


Academic Dishonesty (Plagiarism and Cheating)

Cheating , which includes plagiarism, occurs where a student or group of students uses or attempts to use unauthorized aids, assistance, materials or methods. Cheating is a serious educational offense.

Plagiarism occurs where the student represents the work of another person as his or her own. Douglas College condemns all forms of cheating.

The college will discipline students found to be cheating. Discipline may include:

1. a grade of zero may be awarded for the affected assignment, test, paper, analysis, etc.;

2. a failing grade may be assigned in the affected course;

3. referral to the College President for the assignment of discipline, which may include suspension from the college.