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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 2nd, 2019
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: metrixconsulting@shaw.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: Tuesday 2:30-4:00 and Wednesday 11:30-12:30.

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 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.

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". If you have difficulty with the lecture material, or would like mor 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 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! 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 - Jan 2 - 4th

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.

Week 2 - Jan 7 - 11th

Lecture 1 - Social Psychology

Schacter - Chapter 13: Agression, groupthink, deindividuation, group polarization, attraction.

Lecture: Experiments, attribution theory, cognitive dissonance

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

Week 3 - Jan 14 - 18th

Lecture 2 - Social Psychology

Schacter - Chapter 13: Conformity, Asch, Milgram, persuasion, social cognition

Lecture: Obedience and conformity, group interaction, the Challenger disaster, 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 (Jan 15 to Jan 18)

Week 4 - Jan 21 - 25th

Lecture 3 - Motivation

Schacter - Chapter 8 (pp 331-342): Instincts & drives, eating disorders, intrinsic vs extrinsic emotion, approach vs avoidance

Lecture: Research project, DRT, RHT, Maslow, Intrinsic vs extrinsic motivation

Quiz 1 - Open Thursday 7:30 pm to Saturday 7:30 pm (Jan 24 to Jan 26). Chapter 13 and Lectures 1 and 2.

Week 5 - Jan 28 - Feb 1st

Lecture 4 - Emotion

Schacter - Chapter 8 (pp 313 - 330): Theories of emotion, regulation of emotion, expressions of emotion, deceptive expression

Lecture: Theories of emotion, misattribution of arousal


Week 6 - Feb 4 - 8th

Lecture 5 - Issues in Psychological Measurement

Schacter - N/A

Lecture: Correlation, MS Excel, reliability, validity

Week 8 - Feb 11 - 15th

Lecture 6 - Intelligence

Schacter - Chapter 10 (all): IQ, IQ testing, what is intelligence, genetic influences, environmental influences, individual differences in intelligence, group differences.

Lecture: Intelligence vs IQ, history of intelligence measurement, what is intelligence, theories of intelligence, construct validity, operationism.

Week 9 - Feb 25 - Mar 1st

Lecture 7 - Personality

Schacter - Chapter 12 (all, except 480-484.5 on biology): Measurement of personality, the trait perspective, etc.

Lecture: Big 5, NEO-PIR, Freudian perspective, falsifiability, social cognitive perspective, locus of control

Quiz 2 - Open Thursday 7:30 pm to Saturday 7:30 pm (Feb 28th to Mar 2nd). Chapters 8 and 10, Lectures 3-6.

Week 10 - Mar 4 - 8th

Lecture 8 - Psychological disorders

Schacter - Chapter 15 (all)

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

Week 11 - Mar 11 - 15th

Lecture 9 - Psychological disorders

Schacter - Chapter 15 (all)

Lecture: Schizophrenia, depression, OCD, ADHD and others.

Discussion Question 2 - See lecture notes. Due 9:00 am Tuesday thru 9:00 pm Friday Mar 12th to Mar 15th)

Week 12 - Mar 18 - 22nd

Lecture 10 - Therapy

Schacter - Chapter 16

Lecture: Psychodynamic, Humanistic, Cognitive, Behavioral

Week 13 - Mar 25 - 29th

Lecture 11 - Projects

Schacter - None

Lecture: Mean, SD, bar chart, basic analysis in Excel

Quiz 3 - Open Thursday 7:30 pm to Saturday 7:30 pm (Mar 28th to Mar 30th). Chapters 12, 15 and 16, Lectures 7-10.

Week 14 - April 1 - 5th

Lecture 12 - No lecture notes

Schacter - None

Projects data collection, analysis and write-up

Week 15 - April 8

Projects Due - Monday April 8th 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 April 8th 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 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 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.