Psychology 1003B 001 SU24

Psychology as a Natural Science

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LONDON               CANADA 

Department of Psychology 

Summer Online 2024 


Psychology 1003b    Section 001 

Psychology as a Natural Science 





An introductory survey of the methods and findings within modern scientific psychology. This course focuses on the social aspects of human behavior. The following topics will be covered: verbal and cognitive processes, intelligence, developmental psychology, social psychology, individual differences (intelligence and personality), and clinical psychology. 



Antirequisite(s):  Psychology 1000, Psychology 1000W/X, Psychology 1015A/B, Psychology 1100E 


Antirequisites are courses that overlap sufficiently in content that only one can be taken for credit. If you take a course that is an antirequisite to a course previously taken, you will lose credit for the earlier course, regardless of the grade achieved in the most recent course. 


Prerequisites: Psychology 1002a 

2 lecture hours; 1 tutorial hour, 0.5 course 


Unless you have either the prerequisites for this course or written special permission from your Dean to enrol in it, you may be removed from this course and it will be deleted from your record. This decision may not be appealed. You will receive no adjustment to your fees in the event that you are dropped from a course for failing to have the necessary prerequisites. 





Instructor: Dr. Laura Fazakas-deHoog  

Office and Phone Number: 519-317-7025  

Office Hours: Mondays 8 p.m. by zoom  

Email: or  


Teaching Assistant: N/A 

Office: N/A  

Office Hours: N/A  

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Time and Location of Classes:  Lectures will be Online and Asynchronous.  Lecture material will be posted weekly on the course Brightspace site.  


Delivery Method:  Tutorials will be Online and Synchronous through Zoom. Zoom links will be posted on Brightspace.  


2.1 Online Learning Notice:

Please note: For courses delivered in an online format, include an online component, or are required to pivot online, students must have a reliable internet connection and computer that are compatible with online learning system requirements. Some courses may also require the use of a remote proctoring platform to ensure assessments are taken fairly in accordance with Western’s policy on Scholastic Discipline for Undergraduate Students and Scholastic Discipline for Graduate Students. Please refer to the course syllabus for further information. 




Required Text:         

Passer, M.W., Smith, R.E., Atkinson, M.L., & Mitchell, J.B., (2020). Psychology: Frontiers and Applications. Seventh Canadian Edition. Toronto: McGraw Hill Ryerson. 


Note: For this course you do not require a copy of the ask Dr. Mike” book. Also, you do not require a passkey for the CONNECT website unless you want to use CONNECT for studying. 

Also, it is important to purchase the 7th edition—it has content that is not available in earlier editions. 


Recommended Text: Ellis, Toft, & Dawson (2012). Becoming a Master Student. Nelson 




This course is an introductory level survey of the methods and findings related to the biological and methodological elements of modern scientific psychology. The goal is to provide students with an overview of various topic domains within this realm of psychology. As such, students will be exposed to diverse theoretical viewpoints and various methods and procedures for the scientific investigation of psychological issues. Note: Modern psychology is scientific in nature. Consequently, we will spend a lot of time discussing science-related topics such as research design, neural functioning, sensory mechanisms, brain structure, etc. 


Each chapter in the text covers a major interest area in psychology. By the end of this course, the successful student will be able to: 

Learning Outcome 

Learning Activity 


Depth and Breadth of Knowledge  

Identify major concepts, theories, and topics in Psychology 

Reading & 

watching lectures, & tutorials 

Multiple choice exams & participation 

Knowledge of Methodologies 

Identify major methodologies and understand the strengths and weaknesses of the methodologies 

Reading & watching lectures, & tutorials 

Multiple choice exams & participation 

Application of Knowledge 

Apply concepts and theories from Psychology to everyday problems 

Reading & watching lectures, & tutorial 

Multiple choice exams, participation 

Communication Skills 

Ask questions about topics in Psychology and answer questions about Psychology 

Tutorial discussions 

Quality of answered questions 

Awareness of Limits of Knowledge 

Identify strengths and limitations of theories and information 

Reading & watching lectures, & tutorials 

Multiple choice exams, participation 

Autonomy and Professional Capacity 

Identify ethical dilemmas and principles 

Reading & watching lectures, & tutorials 

Multiple choice exams, participation 





The evaluation and testing formats for this course were created to assess the learning objectives as listed in section 4.0 and are considered necessary for meeting these learning objectives. 


There will two exams during the term plus tutorial participation. Each exam is worth 40%. 

    The first exam covers chapters 9 – 13, and will consist of multiple-choice questions from both the text and lecture material. The second exam will cover chapters 14-17 and will consist of multiple-choice questions from both the text and lecture material. 


Exams will be written in the following manner: During the exam periods, you will be directed to log into Brightspace. Once you are in Brightspace, you will receive a link to log onto the exam.  

Questions will be answered in a strict linear fashion. Once you move from question 1 to question 2, you cannot go back to question 1. So, you should answer each question as it appears. Remote proctoring will be used for exams. 


Weekly tutorials count for 20% of your grade (2% per tutorial for 10 tutorials). For each tutorial, you will be asked to discuss topics and answer questions related to the chapters we are currently covering in the text. The grading scheme will be posted on Brightspace. Tutorials missed with a valid excuse will be graded by submitting answers by email within 48-hours of scheduled tutorial. Tutorials will be scheduled on Monday and Wednesday nights. 



If you miss the exam for a legitimate reason (legitimate reasons are those approved by academic counselling in your home faculty), you will be allowed to write a makeup. NOTE:  in order to receive credit for this course, you must write the exam. Make-Up exams will be available for the midterm and for final exams.  


The expectation for course grades within the Psychology Department is that they will be distributed around the following averages: 


70% 1000-level to 2099-level courses 

72% 2100-2999-level courses 

75% 3000-level courses 

80% 4000-level courses 


The Psychology Department follows Western’s grading guidelines, which are as follows (see: 


A+ 90-100 One could scarcely expect better from a student at this level 

A 80-89 Superior work that is clearly above average 

B 70-79 Good work, meeting all requirements, and eminently satisfactory 

C 60-69 Competent work, meeting requirements 

D 50-59 Fair work, minimally acceptable 

F below 50 Fail 


In the event that course grades are significantly higher or lower than these averages, instructors may be required to make adjustments to course grades. Such adjustment might include the normalization of one or more course components and/or the re-weighting of various course components. 


Policy on Grade Rounding:  


Please note that although course grades within the Psychology Department are rounded to the nearest whole number, no further grade rounding will be done. No additional assignments will be offered to enhance a final grade; nor will requests to change a grade because it is needed for a future program be considered.  




       Saturday July 13, 2024              2 – 4 p.m.                EXAM 1 on Brightspace 40% 

        Monday July 29, 2024                7 - 9 p.m.                 FINAL EXAM on Brightspace 40% 




Monday June 17, 2024              Chapter 9                     Language/Thinking  


Monday June 24, 2024              Chapter 10               Intelligence: Theories & Assessment 

                                      Chapter 11              Motivation & Emotion 


Tuesday July 02, 2024               Chapter 12A            Development across the Lifespan 

                                                   Chapter 12B            Development across the Lifespan 


Monday July 08, 2024                Chapter 13A            Social psychology 

                                Chapter 13B            Social psychology 


       Saturday July 13, 2024               2 – 4 p.m.               EXAM 1 on Brightspace 


Monday July 15, 2024                 Chapter 14             Personality: Theory & Assessment 

                                                           Chapter 15             Health, Stress & Coping 


Monday July 22, 2024                 Chapter 16             Psychological Disorders 

                                                           Chapter 17            Psychological Treatment 


Monday July 29, 2024                  7 - 9 p.m.               FINAL EXAM on Brightspace 



* For tutorials each chapter entry (e.g. 3A) is worth 2%. As we cover two chapter entries every tutorial, each tutorial is worth 4% of your final  grade. Chapter 9 will not be graded.  


  1. Academic Integrity

Scholastic offences are taken seriously, and students are directed to read the appropriate policy, specifically, the definition of what constitutes a Scholastic Offence, at the following Web site:

Possible penalties for a scholastic offence include failure of the assignment/exam, failure of the course, suspension from the University, and expulsion from the University. 


Statement on Use of Electronic Devices 

Computers are permitted during tutorials, but cell phones and other electronic devices are not permitted during tutorials or exams.  


Multiple Choice Exams 

Computer-marked multiple-choice tests and/or exams will be subject to submission for similarity review by software that will check for unusual coincidences in answer patterns that may indicate cheating. 


Exam Proctoring Software 

Tests and examinations for online courses may be conducted using a remote proctoring service. More information about this remote proctoring service, including technical requirements, is available on Western’s Remote Proctoring website at:


  1. Academic Accommodations and Accessible Education

View Western’s policy on academic accommodations for student with disabilities at this link. 

Accessible Education provides supports and services to students with disabilities at Western. 

If you think you may qualify for ongoing accommodation that will be recognized in all your courses, visit Accessible Education for more information. Email: Phone: 519 661-2147 


  1. Absence & Academic Consideration

View Western’s policy on academic consideration for medical illnesses this link 

Find your academic counsellor here: 

Students must see the Academic Counsellor and submit all required documentation in order to be approved for certain academic considerations. Students must communicate with their instructors no later than 24 hours after the end of the period covered SMC, or immediately upon their return following a documented absence. 


Medical Absences 

Submit a Student Medical Certificate (SMC) signed by a licensed medical or mental health 

practitioner to Academic Counselling in your Faculty of registration to be eligible for Academic Consideration. 


Nonmedical Absences 

Submit appropriate documentation (e.g., obituary, police report, accident report, court order, etc.) to Academic Counselling in your Faculty of registration to be eligible for academic consideration. Students are encouraged to contact their Academic Counselling unit to clarify what documentation is appropriate. 


Religious Consideration 

Students seeking accommodation for religious purposes are advised to contact Academic Counselling at least three weeks prior to the religious event and as soon as possible after the start of the term. 


  1. Other Information


Students who are in emotional/mental distress should refer to Health and Wellness@Western for a complete list of options about how to obtain help. 

Please contact the course instructor if you require material in an alternate format or if you require any other arrangements to make this course more accessible to you. 


If you wish to appeal a grade, please read the policy documentation at: Please first contact the course instructor. If your issue is not resolved, you may make your appeal in writing to the Undergraduate Chair in Psychology ( 


Copyright Statement 

Lectures and course materials, including power point presentations, outlines, videos and similar materials, are protected by copyright. You may take notes and make copies of course materials for your own educational use. You may not record lectures, reproduce (or allow others to reproduce), post or distribute any course materials publicly and/or for commercial purposes without the instructor’s written consent. 


  1. Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that Western University is located on the traditional territories of the Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee, Lūnaapéewak, and Chonnonton. Nations, on lands connected with the London Township and Sombra Treaties of 1796 and the Dish with One Spoon Covenant Wampum. This land continues to be home to diverse Indigenous Peoples (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) whom we recognize as contemporary stewarts of the land and vital contributors of our society.