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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 7th, 2019
NW 3428
|     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

Email: Use the "Mail" function in the main menu of the course site on Blackboard. DO NOT use any other email adress. I WILL NOT RESPOND to emails sent to email adresses outside our Blackboard Course.

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 and student number and the number, 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 : Tuesday 2:30-3:30, Monday & Wednesday 1:30-2:30. Room number NW 3428.

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 here in the course syllabus. Just click the link given each week for that week's lecture notes. 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, 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 50 minutes to complete quiz 1, 60 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 questions from the "Learning Objectives" document. This document can be found here. 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! THERE IS A DISCUSSION QUESTION IN LECTURE 1. GET STARTED SOON.

At the end of the course your term assignment will be due. Your term assignment requires that you design and conduct a small experiment. EACH STUDENT must complete their own final paper, this is NOT a group paper. Details will be given in the course notes. For explicit instuctions on the term assignment go to the "Term Assignment" page.

Week 1 - May 6th

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 in this syllabus and the "Blackboard Tutorials" (course main menu) if you need help.

No lecture material

Week 2 - May 13th

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 20th

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 21st to May 24th)

Week 4 - May 27th

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 (May 30th to June 1st). Chapter 13 and Lectures 1 and 2.

Week 5 - June 3rd

Lecture 4 - Emotion

Schacter - Chapter 8 (pp 313 - 330)

Theories of Emotion, Misattribution of arousal


Week 6 - June 10th

Lecture 5 - Issues in Psychological Measurement

Schacter - N/A

Operational definitions, test validity, norms, psychometrics

Week 7 - June 17th

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 24th

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 27th to June 29th). Chapters 8 & 10, Lectures 3-6.

Week 9 - July 1st

Lecture 8 - Psychological disorders

Schacter - Chapter 15

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

Week 10 - July 8th

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 9th to July 12th)

Week 11 - July 15th.

Lecture 10 - Therapy

Schacter - Chapter 16

Psycho dynamic, Humanistic, Cognitive, Behavioral

Quiz 3 - Open Thursday 7:30 pm to Saturday 7:30 pm (July 18th to July 20th). Chapters 12, 15 and 16, Lectures 7-10.

Week 12 - July 22nd

Lecture 11 - Group Projects

Schacter - N/A

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

Week 13 - July 29th

Lecture 12 - Analysis Lecture

Schacter - N/A

Group projects data collection, analysis and write-up

Week 14 - Aug 5th

Projects Due - Monday August 5th at 12:00 noon. To be submitted in pdf format on Blackboard under the "Assignments" tab in the main menu.


Students are required to complete 1 term assignment, worth 25% of the final course grade. This assignment will be due on August 5th at noon. The assignment is to be handed in using the course "Assignments" tool on the Blackboard course website. Each student will submit his or her own final report of the research project.

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 final day of the course - August 5th. Failure to hand in the assignment may result in automatic failure in the course as the assignment is a required course element. YOU MUST RECEIVE APPROVAL FROM ME ON BLACKBOARD BEFORE CONDUCTING YOUR FINAL PROJECT. FAILURE TO DO SO IS EQUIVALENT TO NOT COMPLETING YOUR FINAL PROJECT!



Students are required to complete 3 quizzes. Quiz 1 is worth 15%, Quiz 2 is worth 20% 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.