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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
|    May 2nd, 2017
NW 3431
|     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: Layout of the course in Blackboard: Intro_video_1

2) VIDEO 2: Course Syllabus and Learning Objectives: Intro_video_2


Instructor Contact Information

Douglas email: jacksonj@douglascollege.ca.

Email availability: I will be available between Monday 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 : Thursday 4:30-6:30. Room number NW 3431.

Required Text Information

Schacter, D. L., Gilbert, D. T., et al. (2014). Psychology (3rd Canadian Ed.). Worth Publishers.

You may purchase the Schacter et al 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.

I do not use Launchpad, so there is no need for you to obtain an acess code or sign-up for this course on Launchpad. If you would like to get access to launchpad in order to use the digital text:

1) Go to the main registration page at:


2) Enter your activation code from the access code that came with the purchase of your new textbook, or select ‘purchase Access’. Rather than selecting a specific professor’s section, simply select ‘my instructor is not listed’ or ‘no instructor’. This will give you access to a full Launchpad course.

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


Call tech support at: 1-877-587-6534


How Does The Course Work?

Each week read the lecture notes and the corresponding text chapter. Lecture notes can be found in the "Learning Modules" item in the course "Main Menu".

Each week do the exercises in the lecture. If there are no formal exercises, replicate the illustrations given in the lecture. If you have difficulty with the lecture material, 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, message the instructor in Blackboard.

Throughout the course there will be 3 multiple choice and SA quizzes. The syllabus indicates the weeks on which there will be a quiz. Each quiz will be completed Online. The quiz will "open" at 7:30 pm on Thursday evening of the weeks indicated in the syllabus and "close" at 7:30 pm on Saturday of the same week. You may sign on and do the quiz any time between these days/times. Quiz 1 has 25 multiple choice questions and 1 SA question, quiz 2 has 40 multiple choice questions and 2 SA questions, and quiz 3 has 40 multiple choice questions and 2 SA questions. Students will have 35 minutes to complete quiz 1, 50 minutes to complete quiz 2 and 60 minutes to complete quiz 3. If you have a technical issue with the quiz, do not panic. Email me and I will address the problem for you. 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.

Each quiz  contains at least 1 SA  question. I will select the SA question from the "Learning Objectives" document. This document can be found in the" Learning Modules" (found in the main menu). PREPARE YOUR ANSWERS TO THESE QUESTIONS AHEAD OF TIME. You will not have time during the quiz to construct your answer. Prepare your answers in an MS Word document so you can simply cut and paste them into the window provided in the quiz.

Lecture notes for two of the weeks in the course contain 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 not receive as high a grade as input made in the first and second day of the session. The earlier you post your input, the better!


At the end of the course your term assignment will be due. Your term assignment requires that you complete a group research project. Groups MUST be 2 people in size. EACH GROUP must complete their own proposal and EACH STUDENT must complete their own final paper. Details will be given in the course notes.

Week 1 - May 8th

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

Introduce yourself Online to the class. See the "Discussion" tab on the course website.

Familiarize yourself with the course environment. Watch the videos in this syllabus and the "Blackboard Tutorials" (course main menu) if you need help.

No lecture material

Week 2 - May 15th

Lecture 1 - Social Psychology

Schacter - Chapter 13

Attribution Theory

If you have not already done so, introduce yourself Online to the class. See the "Discussion" tab on the course website.

Week 3 - May 22nd

Lecture 2 - Social Psychology

Schacter - Chapter 13

Obedience and conformity and Self-serving bias

Discussion Question 1 - See week 2 lecture notes (Lecture 1). Due WEEK 3, 9:00 am Tuesday thru 9:00 pm Friday (May 23rd to May 26th)

Week 4 - May 29th

Lecture 3 - Motivation

Schacter - Chapter 8 (pp 331-342)

Cognitive dissonance theory, RHT, DRT, Maslow, Intrinsic vs extrinsic motivation

Quiz 1 - Open Thursday 7:30 pm to Saturday 7:30 pm (June 1st to June 3rd). Chapter 13 and Lectures 1 and 2.

Week 5 - June 5th

Lecture 4 - Emotion

Schacter - Chapter 8 (pp 313 - 330)

Theories of Emotion, Misattribution of arousal


Week 6 - June 12th

Lecture 5 - Issues in Psychological Measurement

Schacter - N/A

Operational definitions, test validity, norms, psychometrics

Week 7 - June 19th

Lecture 6 - Intelligence

Schacter - Chapter 10

Intelligence vs IQ, history of intelligence measurement, what is intelligence, theories of intelligence, issues in intelligence testing


Week 8 - June 26th

Lecture 7 - Personality

Schacter - Chapter 12

Big 5, NEO-PIR, Freudian perspective, social cognitive perspective, falsifiability and Freud

Quiz 2 - Open Thursday 7:30 pm to Saturday 7:30 pm (June 29 to July 1). Chapters 8, and 10, Lectures 3-6.

Week 9 - July 3rd

Lecture 8 - Psychological disorders

Schacter - Chapter 15

Definitions, symptom and criteria, DSM-IV, medical model

Group project proposal due Tuesday July 4th by 12:00 noon.

Week 10 - July 10th

Lecture 9 - Psychological disorders

Schacter - Chapter 15

Schizophrenia, Depression, OCD, ADHD and others.

Discussion Question 2 - See lecture notes. Due 9:00 am Tuesday thru 9:00 pm Friday July 11th to July 14th)

Week 11 - July 17th. NOTE: I will be away this week and not able to respond to email. Please plan accordingly.

Lecture 10 - Therapy

Schacter - Chapter 16

Psycho dynamic, Humanistic, Cognitive, Behavioral

Week 12 - July 24th

Lecture 11 - Group Projects

Schacter - N/A

IV, DV, Confound, random assignment, Mean, SD, Bar chart, Basic Excel, APA

Quiz 3 - Open Thursday 7:30 pm to Saturday 7:30 pm (July 27th to July 29th). Chapters 12, 15 and 16, Lectures 7-10.

Week 13 - July 31st

Lecture 12 - No lecture notes

Schacter - N/A

Group projects data collection, analysis and write-up

Week 14 - Aug 7th

Group Projects Due - Monday August 7th at 12:00 noon.


Students are required to complete 1 term assignment, worth 20% of the final course grade. This assignment will be due on August 7th at noon. The assignment is to be handed in using the course "Assignments" tool on the course website. Each student will submit his or her own final report of the research project. Each group is required to complete one proposal. The proposal is worth 10% of the final course grade. The proposals will be handed in using the "Assignments" tool in the course menu. Each student will submit his or her own final paper and each group will submit 1 proposal.

Late assignments will receive a penalty of 5% per day late including weekends/holidays. The instructor reserves the right to refuse to accept late assignments. Assignments will not be accepted past the date and time given above. Failure to hand in the assignment may result in automatic failure in the course as the assignment is a required course element.



Students are required to complete 3 quizzes. Quiz 1 is worth 15%, Quiz 2 is worth 15% and Quiz 3 is worth 20% of the final course grade. Quiz 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 quiz.


Discussion Questions

Students are required to complete 2 discussion questions. Each question is worth 10% of the final course grade. Question dates and times are given in the syllabus above. DO NOT MISS THESE. There are NO extensions given for discussion questions.


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.