Psychology (PSYC) 290

General Psychology (Revision 7)

PSYC 290

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online (with eTextbook)

Credits: 3

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.)

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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PSYC 290 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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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
30% 5% 5% 20% 40% 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Registration in this course includes an electronic textbook. For more information on electronic textbooks, please refer to our eText Initiative site.

Weiten, W., & McCann, D. (2013). Psychology: Themes and variations (3rd Canadian ed.). Toronto: Thomson Education Ltd.

A print version of the eText may be available for purchase from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided on the course website; you can also acquire the textbook on your own if you wish.

Other Resources

All other materials are available online.

Challenge for Credit Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you 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 about Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

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).

Research paper Exam Total
30% 70% 100%

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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