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Chang School of Continuing Education – Psychology Program
CPSY102: Introductory Psychology
Spring/Summer, 2020, BA0
Designation: Professional/Professionally Related
Instructor Name: Dr. Paul Whissell
Virtual Office Hours: On Zoom Media (links in announcements) throughout term
Email Address: email@example.com. As this is an online course, students are
expected to receive and send electronic communications frequently. All official or formal
communications from students must be sent from their official Ryerson Email account.
This course introduces students to psychology, the scientific study of behaviour and cognition, by
examining the basic principles of psychology and their application to everyday experience. The
course surveys some core areas of psychology including research methods, biological bases of
behaviour, sensation and perception, memory and cognition.
This is a hybrid course, with synchronous and asynchronous components being posted to D2L
Brightspace. Lecture material will be delivered online asynchronously, with lecture recordings
(and associated lecture slides) posted every week. Students can view/download lecture
recordings and slides at any time. There are no live lectures. In contrast, assignments and course
assessments will be delivered at specific times.
Psychology: from Inquiry to Understanding. 3rd edition. 2018. Lilienfeld et al. 2018. Published by
Pearson Education Inc. ISBN: 978-0-13-387028-2.
If you choose to purchase the textbook from the University, information can be found here:
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Topics and Course Schedule
Lecture 01: Introduction to Psychology
Lecture 02: Research methods in Psychology – Part 1
Lecture 03: Research methods – Part 2; Assignment 1 Posted
Lecture 04: Biological Psychology – Part 1
VICTORIA DAY (HOLIDAY); No Assigned Work
Lecture 05: Biological Psychology – Part 2; Assignment 1 Due
TERM TEST 1 (Lectures 1 – 5 + Chapters 1 – 3)
Lecture 06: Sensation/Perception
Lecture 07: Consciousness
Lecture 08: Learning; Assignment 2 Posted
TERM TEST 2 (Lectures 6 – 8 + Chapters 4 – 6)
Lecture 09: Memory
Lecture 10: Thinking, Reasoning and Language; Assignment 2 Due
TERM TEST 3 (Lectures 1 – 10 + Chapters 1 – 8)
Evaluation Component + Due Date
Percentage of Final Grade
Test 1 (on Lectures 1 - 5 + Chapters 1 - 3) on May 25
Test 2 (on Lectures 6 - 8 + Chapters 4 - 6) on June 8
Test 3 (Cumulative; Lectures 1 - 10 + Chapters 1 - 8) on June 17
Written Assignment 1; Due May 20
Written Assignment 2; Due June 15
Research Participation via SONA (throughout term)
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Tests 1, 2 and 3 will be administered on D2L Brightspace at specific dates and times (see above).
Note that each test is based on different material.
Tests 1 and 2 will consist of 30 multiple choice questions (each worth 1 mark, 30 x 1 = 30 marks
total) and 7 short written answer questions, of which students must answer 6 (each worth 5
marks, 6 x 5 = 30 marks total). In total, Tests 1 + 2 will each be worth 60 marks. Tests 1 and 2
are timed and have a duration of 120 minutes (2 hours).
Test 3 will consist of 40 multiple choice questions (each worth 1 mark, 40 x 1 = 40 marks total)
and 9 short written answer questions, of which students must answer 8 (each worth 5 marks,
8 x 5 = 40 marks total). Test 3 will be worth 80 marks. Tests 3 is timed and will have a duration
of 180 minutes (3 hours).
Written Assignments 1 and 2 will test student’s understanding of experimental structure.
Guidelines for both assignments will be released during the term.
If you experience exceptional circumstances in finishing tests meeting deadlines for assignments,
please see the section below on Missed Class and/or Evaluations.
As this is an online course, assessments are effectively open book. However, you must work
independently to complete them. You may not collaborate with other students (or anyone
else) on tests or assignments. Plagiarism is considered academic misconduct (see below
section on Academic Integrity and Plagiarism). In keeping with Ryerson University’s dedication to
academic integrity, you will be asked to submit your assignment to Turnitin where it will be
reviewed for textual similarity to other assignments.
Missed Class and/or Evaluations
Students are required to inform their instructors of any situation which arises during the semester
which may have an adverse effect upon their academic performance, and must request any
considerations and accommodations according to the relevant policies and well in advance.
Failure to do so will jeopardize any academic appeals.
If a student misses the deadline for submitting an assignment, or the date of an exam or other
evaluation component because of illness, they must submit a Ryerson Student Medical Certificate
AND an Academic Consideration form within 3 working days of the missed date. Both documents
are available at (PDF) Student Medical Certificate Guidelines. If you are a full-time or part-time
degree student, then you must submit your forms to your own program department or
school. If you are a certificate or non-certificate student, then you submit your forms to
the staff at the front desk of the Chang School.
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If a student needs accommodation because of religious observance, they must submit a Request
for Accommodation of Student Religious, Aboriginal and Spiritual Observance AND an Academic
Consideration form within the first 2 weeks of the class or, for a final examination, within 2 weeks
of the posting of the examination schedule. If the required absence occurs within the first 2 weeks
of classes, or the dates are not known well in advance as they are linked to other conditions,
these forms should be submitted with as much lead time as possible in advance of the required
absence. Both documents are available at (PDF) Student Request for Accommodation of Student
Religious, Aboriginal and Spiritual Observance. If you are a full-time or part-time degree
student, then you must submit the forms to your own program department or school. If
you are a certificate or non-certificate student, then you submit the forms to the staff at
the front desk of the Chang School.
Students who need Academic Accommodation Support
Students who need academic accommodation support should register with Academic
Accommodation Support. Before the first graded work is due, registered students should inform
their instructors through an “Accommodation Form for Professors” that they are registered with
Academic Accommodation Support and what accommodations are required.
Late submission policy
Extensions requested before the assignment due date may be granted on medical or
compassionate grounds, at the discretion of the instructor. If no extension has been granted
before the due date, 10% per day late will be subtracted from the assignment grade.
Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
Ryerson’s Academic Integrity Policy applies to all students at the University. The policy and its
procedures are triggered in the event that the there is a suspicion that a student has engaged in
a form of academic misconduct.
Forms of academic misconduct include plagiarism, cheating, supplying false information to the
University, and other acts. The most common form of academic misconduct is plagiarism.
Plagiarism is a serious academic offence and penalties can be severe. In any academic exercise,
plagiarism occurs when one offers as one’s own work the words, data, ideas, arguments,
calculations, designs or productions of another without appropriate attribution or when one allows
one’s work to be copied.
All academic work must be submitted using the citation style approved by the instructor. Students
may refer to the Ryerson Library’s list of Citations and Style Guides for more information.
It is assumed that all examinations and work submitted for evaluation and course credit will be
the product of individual effort, except in the case of group projects arranged for and approved by
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the course instructor. Submitting the same work to more than one course, without instructor
approval, is also considered a form of plagiarism.
Students are advised that suspicions of academic misconduct may be referred to the Academic
Integrity Office (AIO). Students who are found to have committed academic misconduct will have
a Disciplinary Notation (DN) placed on their academic record (not on their transcript) and will be
assigned one or more of the following penalties:
A grade reduction for the work, include a grade of zero for the work.
A grade reduction in the course greater than a zero on the work.
o Note: this penalty can only be applied to course components worth 10% or less,
that any additional penalty cannot exceed 10% of the final course grade, and that
information explaining that such a penalty will be assigned must be included on
the course outline.
An F in the course.
More serious penalties up to and including expulsion from the University.
For more detailed information on these issues, please refer to the full online text for the (PDF)
Academic Integrity Policy and to the Academic Integrity website.
Students who do not want their work submitted to this plagiarism detection service must, by the
end of the second week of class, consult with the instructor to make alternate arrangements.
Turnitin.com is a plagiarism prevention and detection service to which Ryerson subscribes. It is a
tool to assist faculty members in determining the similarity between students’ work and the work
of other students who have submitted papers to the site (at any university), internet sources, and
a wide range of journals and other publications. While it does not contain all possible sources, it
gives faculty some assurance that students’ work is their own. No decisions are made by the
service; it simply generates an “originality report,” and faculty must evaluate that report to
determine if something is plagiarized.
Important Resources Available at Ryerson
Student Learning Support offers group-based and individual help with writing, math, study
skills and transition support, and other issues.
For more resources and information on significant dates, academic standings, exam
schedules, etc., visit the Current Students website.
The Student Guide summarizes the policies, fees, procedures and services you’ll need to
know as a Ryerson student.
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Students may wish to record lectures to assist in their learning process. This is permissible
provided the student obtains consent from the instructor first. Under no circumstance can
lecture content be posted online by a student without consent from the instructor first.
Class material is designed specifically for Ryerson University students enrolled in the course.
Other parties should not have free access to this material. Under no circumstances should
any material produced by the instructor or teaching assistants be uploaded online (e.g. to an
information-sharing website such as OneClass, Course Hero or Youtube) or circulated via
email to non-students. If you would like to share material with someone who is not a student,
please speak to the instructor first.
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