Psychology 101 Spring Term, January 2010
Dr. Catharine Rankin
Kenny Rm. 3525,
Custom Edition of The Science of Behavior, 3
Canadian Edition by Carlson,
Buskist, Enzle, and Heth
: Dominique Levesque- office Kenny Bldg Rm
Wednesdays from 2-3
Most problems should be referred first to the teaching assistant for this course. I will be
available after class most days. Otherwise please phone my office to set up an appointment.
This is a one-term course on Introduction to Biological and Cognitive
This course is designed to introduce you to Psychology as a science.
will include materials that illustrate how research is done in psychology, and how the data are
viewed and analyzed.
It will then deal directly with the biological basis of behaviour (after all
we are living creatures).
It will next investigate how information is acquired from the external
world, which will involve the processes of sensation and perception.
We will finally turn to the
issues of learning, memory and consciousness.
It should be clear that this is intended to be a
broad ranging survey of the field of psychology, in order to introduce you to many of its
You will be responsible for reading the materials in the text in the order shown on the schedule.
text contains much material that will not be covered directly in the lectures.
You are, however, still
responsible for that material.
On the other hand, there is much material that will be covered in the
lectures that will not appear in the readings.
Every text is, by necessity, always several years out of
date in its coverage, and somewhat limited in its scope, hence the lectures will cover material which the
text does not, or can not, include. In any event, you will generally find that if you have done the reading
BEFORE the lectures, the material given in class will be clearer and more easily retained.
: In the fall term there will be 3 quizzes: they will be on February 4
, on March 23
and a final
quiz scheduled during the Spring exam period.
Each quiz including the final is worth 33.3% of your
Quizzes will be non-cumulative, and will consist of multiple-choice questions.
will cover only the material that you have not yet been tested on. Material covered in the exams
is about equally divided between the readings and the lecture material.
When you arrive for
exams you must have with you a pencil (not a pen). It should have dark lead, such as No. 2
This is because the exams will be machine scored whenever possible.
In addition you will
need your student number, which can be found on your library card.
You should always bring