General Psychology (Revision 7)
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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online
Area of Study: Social Science
Prerequisite: PSYC 289 is recommended.
Precluded Course: PSYC 206 (PSYC 290 may not be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for PSYC 206.)
PSYC 290 has a Challenge for Credit option.
Psychology 290: General Psychology provides an introduction to behavioural areas of study, as outlined below.
- Unit 1: The Evolution of Psychology
- Unit 2: The Research Enterprise in Psychology
- Unit 3: Intelligence and Psychological Testing
- Unit 4: Motivation and Emotion
- Unit 5: Human Development across the Life Span
- Unit 6: Personality: Theory, Research, and Assessment
- Unit 7: Stress, Coping, and Health
- Unit 8: Psychological Disorders
- Unit 9: Treatment of Psychological Disorders
- Unit 10: Social Behaviour
To receive credit for PSYC 290, you must complete five quizzes, two journal article critiques, a research paper, and a final examination. You must achieve a composite course grade of at least “D” (50 percent) and a grade of at least 60 percent on the final examination. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:
|Five Graded Quizzes (6% each)||Journal Article Critique 1||Journal Article Critique 2||Research Paper||Final Exam||Total|
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Weiten, W., & McCann, D. (2013). Psychology: Themes and variations (Third Canadian ed.). Toronto: Thomson Education Ltd.
All other materials are available online.
The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.
Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.
To receive credit for the PSYC 290 challenge registration, you must complete a research paper and an exam and achieve a grade of at least "C-" 60 percent on the final exam and a composite grade of “D” (50 percent).
Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 7, January 9, 2015.
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Updated May 17 2017 by Student & Academic Services