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                                 Grant MacEwan University

                                  Course Title
                 Subject Code & Course Number – Section Number
                                 PSYC 104 – 570
                                   Fall 2011

   E-mail:        (Instructors should use their MacEwan email address)
   Web Page:

   Office Hours: (One office hour per three lecture hours)

   Lecture Time:

   Lecture Room:

   Course Description:            (Insert from the University Calendar)

   Course Prerequisite:

   Course Objectives:             (Learning objectives identified by the Instructor)

Required Textbook:        e.g., for Psychology 104 and 105, the textbook is
                          Lilienfeld, Lynn, Namy, Woolf, Cramer, Schmaltz. Canadian edition. PSYCHOLOGY: From
                          Inquiry to Understanding.

   Additional Recommended or Optional Learning Resources: e.g., for Psychology 104 and 105, the
   ancillaries available in the bookstore include a hard-copy Study Guide and online resources. If you
   do not wish to require an ancillary, then list it as an optional resource so that students can be aware
   of it.

   Grade Evaluation: (This is one example. Methods of evaluation, dates of exams and
   weightings are to be determined by the instructor. Please note that University policy requires
   that students shall receive the mark for at least one major piece of term work, in time for
   discussion with the instructor, prior to the last day to withdraw from the course without
   academic penalty.)

EXAMS                           WEIGHTING                        DATE
This is an example of course evaluation methods:
Midterm #1                             24%                       Oct. 17
Midterm #2                             30%                       Nov. 18
Research Participation (required)       6%                       see attachment
Final Exam                             40%                       Dec. 14 AM*

* WARNING: Students must verify this date when the Final Exam Schedule is posted.

Research Participation (Mandatory for PSYC 104 and 105)
Research participation in PSYC 104 and 105 is now a course requirement (as it is at U of A)
as opposed to an option that is available for bonus marks.

PSYC 104/105 students will now earn 6% of their course grade by participating in 3 research
studies worth 2% each. These will consist of one online study, one in-person study, and a 3rd
study that can be either online or in person. Alternative studies will be made available to
students who choose not to participate.

We have also made some important changes to the manner in which we disseminate
information about research participation to students:
1. There is a short DVD that explains the research participation program for both PSYC 104
and 105 classes (narrated by our very own Rodney Schmaltz; thanks to Rod for all his hard
work). We ask that you show this DVD to your classes, ideally in the first class period.
2. The administrative assistant will attach the one-page addendum for the particular term to
your PSYC 104/105 course outlines. This addendum directs students to the Psychology
Research - information site on Blackboard where students will be able to find all the
information they need to participate. (Instructors who wish to can also access the information
site on Blackboard. If no such link appears in your Blackboard courses, please contact Trudi

Apart from showing the DVD and the addendum included in your course outline, you do not
need to add any further information about research participation in your course outline.

Format of Exams:
    Method of evaluation is at the discretion of the instructor; however, the department
     policy is that student evaluation should be based on both recognition and free recall
     modes of responses. For first-year courses, no less than 30% of the course grade should
     be based on written responses (short answer or essay format; fill-in-blank items do not
     consitute written work).
    The department strongly encourages instructors to consider using a comprehensive final
    Instructors are expected to protect test banks by retaining the test bank portion of the
     exam after completion.

      According to department policy, supplemental exercises are not permitted unless the
       option is clearly stated in the course outline. This policy is designed to prevent students
       from asking for a make-up assignment to compensate for poor performance on an exam.
      Supplemental Final Exam (Policy C2020). The instructor may determine that if a
       student’s performance significantly declines in a course due to a poor final exam worth
       more than 40%, the student may write a supplemental final. Generally, this does not
       apply to final exams that have an increased weight due to an earlier missed course
       element. Final exams worth 40% or less are not subject to a supplemental examination.

Grade Criterion:
    Below are the percentage ranges and their grade equivalents for courses in Psychology.
      You should use these cut-offs; please consult with the Discipline Coordinator or
      Department Chair if a departure is being considered.
    The grade of A+ has been established across Alberta as standard grading practice, to
      identify exemplary performance. While the GPA for an A+ is the same as for an A at 4.0,
      this grade of excellence may be taken into consideration for scholarship purposes.
    The Department of Psychology & Sociology decided that the cut-off for an A+ will be
    Instructors should not feel compelled to give an A+ in each class; in fact, this grade may
      be a rare occurrence in many classes.

                    Grade          Percentage           Grade Points
                     A+             95-100                 4.0
                     A              90-94                  4.0
                     A-             85-89                  3.7
                     B+             80-84                  3.3
                     B              76-79                  3.0
                     B-             72-75                  2.7
                     C+             68-71                  2.3
                     C              64-67                  2.0
                     C-             60-63                  1.7
                     D+             55-59                  1.3

                      D              50-54                  1.0
                      F               0 -49                 0

Please Note:
   1. The official grading system at Grant MacEwan University is the 12-point letter grade
       system. While instructors may use percentages to aid in their grade development,
       percentages are not part of Grant MacEwan University’s official grading system.
   2. A minimum grade of C- is required to receive university transfer credit or to satisfy a
       prerequisite for a higher level course.
   3. Some University career programs will accept a grade of D.

Lecture Schedule & Assigned Readings:
The chapter breakdown for Psychology 104 and 105 is as follows:
PSYC 104: Prologue, Chapters 1, 2,3, 4, 5, 6, 7, & 11.
PSYC 105: Chapters 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, & 16.

Week (dates optional)          Topic                        Readings
1                              Introduction                 Chapter 1
2                              Research Methods             Chapter 2

Student Responsibilities:
Students are expected to be aware of their academic responsibilities as outlined in the
Students’ Rights and Responsibilities section in the University Calendar.

   1. REGISTRATION STATUS: Students are responsible for ensuring the accuracy of
      their registration in courses. This can be checked at any time using Web Advisor.

   2. WITHDRAWING FROM THE COURSE: Students who stop attending class must
      officially withdraw from the course. This must be done by the official withdrawal
      deadline for the course, which is available at the Registrar's Office. Failure to withdraw
      properly will result in a grade being assigned that is based on completed course work.

   3. EXAMS: Your student photo I.D. is required at exams to verify your identity. At the
      discretion of the instructor, students may or may not be allowed to begin an examination
      after it has been in progress for 15 minutes. Students must remain in the exam room for at
      least 20 minutes from the time the exam commenced. Consumption of food is not
      allowed during exams. Electronic equipment, other than calculators, is not to be brought
      to exams and hats should not be worn.

   4. MISSED EXAMS: When students miss an exam, test, or quiz the instructor should be
      notified of the reason within 48 hours. In general, some type of official documentation is
      required in order to obtain an excused absence. When students seek an excused absence
      because of illness, an official medical note is required. Medical notes must include: the
      date you were examined, a clear statement indicating that due to the severity of the illness
      you were unable to write the exam on the scheduled date, and the signature of the doctor
      (signatures by office staff on behalf of the doctor are not acceptable). Notes obtained
      subsequent to the date of the exam are generally not accepted.

       It is the student’s responsibility to keep up with class work when they are absent from
       class. Absence from class will not be accepted as a legitimate reason for failure to attend
       an exam on time. In addition to illness, acceptable reasons for an excused absence can
       include jury duty, military assignments, etc. (see "Guidelines for Giving Students Special
       Consideration"). Instructors who are confronted with borderline or ambiguous excuses
       should consult with the Chair. A clear statement of how you will handle missed exams

       must be stated in the course outline. The following are some suggestions. The general
       practice of faculty in the department has been Option 1.

       OPTION 1: If a student misses the midterm because of illness (medical note required) or
       other circumstances approved by the instructor, then the student will receive an excused
       absence for the missed exam. The final exam mark (in percent) will then also be used
       as the midterm mark in the calculation of the final grade. No makeup exam will be
       given. (With this option, please ensure that the final exam is cumulative. Note: this option
       is equivalent to transferring the weight of the midterm to the final.)
       OPTION 2: If a student misses the midterm because of illness (medical note required) or
       other circumstances approved by the instructor, then the student will write that midterm
       at the time of the final exam, in addition to writing the final exam. (You must ensure that
       both exams can be written within the 3-hour time block.)
       OPTION 3: If a student misses the midterm because of illness (medical note required) or
       other circumstances approved by the instructor, then the option of writing a deferred
       exam may be granted. If possible, the student must arrange this with the instructor before
       the exam, by calling the office phone number listed above. The voice mail system
       records messages 24hrs/day.

   5. DEFERRED FINAL EXAMS: Deferred examinations are only offered to students who
      have documented reasons deemed appropriate and formally approved by the Chair.
      (Note: According to University Policy C2005, personal vacations are not a sufficient
      reason for a deferral to be granted.) Application for a deferred exam must be made
      within 48 hours from the missed final exam. If you know beforehand that you will be
      unable to attend the final exam at the scheduled time, the instructor must be informed
      prior to the final exam.

   6. LATE ASSIGNMENTS: (Omit if inapplicable. The manner in which late assignments
      are handled is at the discretion of the instructor. One suggestion is to deduct 10% for
      every day that the assignment is late.)

   7. CELL PHONES: Cell phones are to be turned off during lectures, labs, seminars, and
      exams (except under exceptional circumstances in which approval has been granted by
      the instructor).

   8. STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: Students who require accommodation in this
      course due to a disability are advised to discuss their needs with Services to Students with
      Disabilities located in the Student Resource Centre, and to advise the instructor(s). See
      Policy E3400 Students with Disabilities.

   9. OTHER: (Omit if inapplicable)

Disclaimer: The information in this Course Outline is subject to change; any changes will be
announced in class.

                            Academic Integrity at MacEwan

MacEwan's Academic Integrity Policy (C1000) promotes honesty, fairness, respect, trust, and
responsibility in all academic work.

According to the policy, "Academic dishonesty involves participating in acts by which a person
fraudulently gains or intentionally attempts to gain an unfair academic advantage thereby
compromising the integrity of the academic process."

Here are four common forms of academic dishonesty:

Cheating on Tests and Examinations: Copying the work of others; or the use, or attempted
use, of unauthorized notes, information, materials, study aids, or devices in any academic
exercise or activity.

Plagiarism: The use and submission of another's words, ideas, results, work, or processes
without providing appropriate credit (ie. documentation).

Multiple Submission: Submitting the same material for credit in two courses, without
permission of the instructor(s).

Improper Collaboration: Inappropriate sharing of work on an assignment that was intended as
an individual assignment. Or when students work together in groups beyond the degree of
permissible collaboration set out by the instructor.

A more detailed description of types of academic dishonesty can be found in the Academic
Integrity Policy. Students are responsible for understanding what constitutes academic

All incidents of academic dishonesty are reported to and recorded by the Office of Academic

The penalties and sanctions for academic dishonesty include the following:

      a mark reduction up to zero on a piece of academic work
      a grade reduction up to an F in the course
      suspension or expulsion (with transcript notation) from the University

                                      Avoiding Plagiarism
    Plagiarism is the use and submission of another's words, ideas, results, work, or processes
    without providing appropriate credit to the individual(s) responsible. According to the
    Academic Integrity Policy (C1000), plagiarism is one form of Academic Dishonesty, and it
    can result in a range of penalties and sanctions, the most common being a mark of zero on
    the piece of academic work.

    What constitutes plagiarism?
    Plagiarism is often misunderstood. It is not only the act of copying text word-for-word;
    plagiarism also occurs when
     a student hands in work done wholly or in part by another person
     portions of a submitted work are taken from another source without proper reference to
        that source
     a student paraphrases sections of another work without acknowledging the source
     ideas in a work are borrowed, derived or developed from another source without
        reference to that source (for example, "checking a few internet sites for ideas")
    How to avoid plagiarism
    The simplest way to avoid plagiarism is to reference any sources properly (using both in-
    text, parenthetical citations in the body of your assignment and a "Works Cited" or
    "References" page at the end). While it is commonplace in academia to build upon the
    knowledge of others, it is necessary to clearly state the sources and foundations of that
    knowledge. Referencing must conform to an accepted system of documentation (such as
    MLA or APA style).

    Penalties and sanctions for plagiarism
    Plagiarized work generally will receive a mark of zero. All instances of plagiarism are also
    recorded by the Office of Academic Integrity. Repeat instances of plagiarism will result in
    additional sanctions, such as a grade reduction, up to grade of F, in a course; or suspension
    or expulsion from the University (with transcript notation indicating " Academic

    If you have any questions about plagiarism, please consult your instructor, a reference
    librarian, or the Office of Academic Integrity.


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