Psychology 2035B 001 FW23

Understanding Yourself and Others

If there is a discrepancy between the outline posted below and the outline posted on the OWL course website, the latter shall prevail.



LONDON               CANADA 

Department of Psychology 

Winter 2024 


Psychology 2035B    Section 001 

Understanding Yourself and Others 





This course examines ways in which recent research findings in psychology may be applied in the individual's life. Emphasis on psychology as an empirical science and on avenues of self-understanding and personal growth. Topics include: personality, stress and coping, person perception, interpersonal communication, friendship and love, sexuality, vocational development.  


Antirequisite: Psychology 2050.  


Antirequisites are courses that overlap sufficiently in content that only one can be taken for credit. So 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. 


3 lecture hours, 0.5 course 




Instructor: Dr. Graeme Haynes  

Office: SSC 7440  

Office Hours: TBA  



Teaching assistant: Michelle Praymayer  

Office Hours: TBA  



Time and Location of Classes: In-person, see Student Centre for location


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. You may also contact Accessible Education at  or 519-661-2147. 







Lectures are intended to complement the textbook.  Thus, I will present some material that is not in the book, and will be tested on the exams.  Class attendance will significantly increase how much you get out of this course.  I post the lecture slides in advance with blanks that you are expected to fill in during class, and then post the completed slides within a few days following a lecture.  


I expect that each of you will respect your classmates and me by arriving to class on time, ready to listen and participate.  Please turn off your cell phone ringers when you arrive to class.  Devoting class time to non-academic activities such as watching videos or listening to music is disruptive and creates a negative impression of the students engaging in such activities.  In addition, a growing research literature strongly demonstrates that inappropriate use of technologies during classes negatively impacts students’ ability to learn material.  As such, students are kindly requested to turn off their device WiFi during lecture. Give yourself the best chance to do well and to be engaged! 


In a class this large, some students will be unaware that their private conversations are distracting to other students.  If you feel that students are distracting your attention from the material, then you should ask them to be quiet.  If you feel uncomfortable doing this (or if the problem persists), then please see me and I will make an announcement to the class and/or arrange to meet privately with the students. 


During class, you are encouraged to ask questions about concepts that are unclear; I’m also happy to answer questions during the 10 minute break or at the end of the lecture. Outside of class, I encourage you to meet with me during office hours (or set an appointment) to discuss any questions or concerns. E-mail is the best way to contact me outside of class.   


When sending me an email, please make sure to use proper email etiquette (e.g., start with a greeting), and include the following information: your name, the course you are in (I’m teaching several different courses this semester), and your question.  


Sample email: 


Hi Prof. Haynes,  


This is [insert name here] from your Psychology 2035b class.  After reading the lecture slides on [insert topic here], I was wondering if you could explain [insert concept here] in greater detail?  






If you adhere to these guidelines, I promise to reply to all emails within 24 hours. 


Please note: For courses delivered in an online format, that 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. 



Weiten, W., Dunn D. S., & Hammer, E. Y. (2018). Psychology Applied to Modern Life, Twelfth Edition. Boston, MA: Cengage 


Note: Be sure to purchase the 12th edition. You are NOT responsible for purchasing anything from the website. 




This course will provide an overview of the study of psychology and how it can be applied to our everyday lives to better understand ourselves and others. 



Learning Outcome  

Learning Activity  


Depth and Breadth of Knowledge.  

- Define and describe the key theoretical concepts and research programs in psychological areas relevant to understanding the self and others. 

Assigned readings, lectures, and class discussions 


Knowledge of Methodologies.  

- Identify various tools, techniques, measurement methods, and research designs used by psychologists to produce evidence-based theories and concepts grounded in empirical findings. 

Assigned readings, lectures, and class discussions 


Application of Knowledge & Communication Skills 

-Applying course concepts to novel situations and one’s own life. Identifying how daily experiences relate to core psychological theories. 

Assigned readings, lectures, and class discussions 

Mini-assignments (discussion forums) 




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. 


  1. Exams (30%, 30%, and 30%) 


For the exams, you are responsible for material assigned in the textbook, as well as material covered in supplementary online lectures.   


Each exam is non-cumulative, and will consist of multiple choice or true/false questions.  


The first midterm exam, covering material from Chapter 1-4, 6, will take place on Monday, Feb. 5th, from 7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.  


The second midterm exam, covering material from Chapter 7-10, will take place on Monday, Mar. 11th, from 7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.  


The final examination, covering material from Chapter 11-15, will take place during the April exam period (Apr. 11 –30, specific time TBA).    


  1. Discussion Forums (10%) 

Five of the weekly lessons will have a discussion question, which you will access on OWL via the Assignments tab.  You will be required to submit a post of a minimum of 200 words by Sunday at 11:59 P.M. of the week in which a discussion occurs.  The rubric below is meant to act as a general guideline, illustrating expectations for both the quantity and quality of participation. If, at any point in the term, you have questions about how you are doing in terms of your participation, please feel free to ask the professor or your TA via email. Each discussion is worth 2% of your final course grade (2% x 5 discussions). Late discussions will not be graded. 

Discussion rubric: 





Discussion Post 

The post displays little or no understanding of the course material; the post does not directly answer the question(s) being asked. 

The post displays excellent understanding of the course material, connects the course material to personal experiences, current events in the media, other literature (and in the case of media or literature, provides references, web links, etc.) 

__ / 1 

Quality of writing, 

netiquette, and proof- 



The post is unorganized or contains inappropriate content or is filled with spelling errors, poor sentence structure, etc. 

The post is very well written. The post is clear, concise, comments are easy to read and understand, free of grammatical or spelling errors. 

__ / 1 






Make-Up Exams:  Exams must be written on the scheduled dates unless you have a legitimate excuse recognized by the university administration.  Valid reasons include medical or compassionate reasons, internet access issues (in the case that exams are on-line), and religious holidays, and must be substantiated by proper documentation (e.g., a medical certificate, obituary, accident report) which you must present to a counsellor from your home faculty’s academic counseling office.  A student who misses a regularly scheduled exam for other reasons, or who cannot justify a claim, will be assigned a 0 for the exam.  Students with approved absences for any exam must write a makeup exam, which will be scheduled by your prof or T.A.   

***Please refer to Section 11.0 for the full policy regarding make-up exams.*** 

Discussion Forums: Students who are unable to submit a discussion forum post by the due dates specified in this syllabus must contact their professor explaining the circumstances.  It is at the discretion of the professor to decide whether the due date will be extended and/or a late penalty will apply.     


Department Grading Policies: 


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 


Note that 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. To maximize your grade, do your best on each and every assessment within the course. 


To ensure fairness, please be aware that final grades in this course are based exclusively on students’ performance on the three exams and the five discussion forum posts. Exams may not be rewritten, nor will the exams or discussion forums be reweighted in calculating final grades. Grades will not be adjusted on the basis of need or a subjective evaluation of effort, and students will not be able to improve their marks by completing additional assignments.  







Material covered 


Midterm #1 

Mon. Feb. 5, 7:00 P.M.  

Chapters 1-4, 6* 


Midterm #2 

Mon. Mar. 11, 7:00 A.M. 


Chapters 7-10* 


Final exams 

Apr. 11 – 30 (Time TBA)  

Chapters 11-15* 


Discussion questions  

Due Jan. 21, Jan. 28, Mar. 3, Mar. 31, Apr. 7 (all at 11:59 PM Eastern Time)  



*and all related lecture material 


Note 1:  There will be no lecture after the exams. 


Note 2:  You must go to your assigned room!  Room assignments will be announced in class, and posted on the course website a few days before each exam. Please do not contact the department secretaries for this information!! 

Note 3:  Electronic devices (e.g., cell phones, dictionaries, ipods/earbuds) are NOT permitted during exams. Please leave these devices at home or in your book bag. 








Jan. 8 


Adjusting to Modern Life 

Chapter 1 

Jan. 15 

Theories of Personality 


[DQ1: due Jan. 21  

@11:59 PM] 


Chapter 2 

Jan. 22 

Stress & Its Effects;  

Coping Processes 


[DQ2: due Jan. 28  

@11:59 PM] 


Chapter 3 & 4  

Jan. 29 

The Self 

Chapter 6 

Feb. 5 

Midterm #1 

Chapter 1-4, 6 

Feb. 12 

Social Thinking &  

Social Influence 

Chapter 7 

Feb. 19 

Winter Reading Week –  

no class 


Feb. 26 

Interpersonal Communication 


[DQ3: due Mar. 3  

@11:59 PM] 


Chapter 8 

Mar. 4 

Friendship & Love; Marriage & The Family 

Chapter 9 & 10 

Mar. 11 

Midterm #2 

Chapter 7-10 

Mar. 18 

Gender & Behaviour; Development & Expression of Sexuality 

Chapter 11 & 12 

Mar. 25 

Careers & Work 


[DQ4: due Mar. 31  

@11:59 PM] 


Chapter 13 

Apr. 1 

Psychological Disorders & Psychotherapy 


[DQ5: due Apr. 7  

@11:59 PM] 



14 & 15 

Apr. 11-30 








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Students are responsible for understanding the nature and avoiding the occurrence of plagiarism and other scholastic offences. Plagiarism and cheating are considered very serious offences because they undermine the integrity of research and education. Actions constituting a scholastic offence are described at the following link: 


As of Sept. 1, 2009, the Department of Psychology will take the following steps to detect scholastic offences. All multiple-choice tests and exams will be checked for similarities in the pattern of responses using reliable software, and records will be made of student seating locations in all tests and exams. All written assignments will be submitted to TurnItIn, a service designed to detect and deter plagiarism by comparing written material to over 5 billion pages of content located on the Internet or in TurnItIn’s databases. All papers submitted for such checking will be included as source documents in the reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of papers subsequently submitted to the system. Use of the service is subject to the licensing agreement, currently between Western and ( 


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. 


In classes that involve the use of a personal response system (PRS), data collected using the PRS will only be used in a manner consistent to that described in this outline. It is the instructor’s responsibility to make every effort to ensure that data remain confidential. However, students should be aware that as with all forms of electronic communication, privacy is not guaranteed. Your PRS login credentials are for your sole use only. Students attempting to use another student’s credentials to submit data through the PRS may be subject to academic misconduct proceedings.  


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. 



Tests and examinations for online courses will be conducted using a remote proctoring service. By taking this course, you are consenting to the use of this software and acknowledge that you will be required to provide personal information (including some biometric data) and the session will be recorded.  Completion of this course will require you to have a reliable internet connection and a device that meets the technical requirements for this service. More information about this remote proctoring service, including technical requirements, is available on Western’s Remote Proctoring website at: 

In the event that in-person exams are unexpectedly canceled, you may only be given notice of the use of a proctoring service a short time in advance. 






Western’s policy on Accommodation for Medical Illness can be found at: 


If you experience an extenuating circumstance (e.g., illness, injury) sufficiently significant to temporarily make you unable to meet academic requirements, you may request accommodation through the following routes:  

  1. For medical absences, submitting a Student Medical Certificate (SMC) signed by a licensed medical or mental health practitioner in order to be eligible for Academic Consideration;  
  1. For non-medical absences, submitting appropriate documentation (e.g., obituary, police report, accident report, court order, etc.) to Academic Counselling in their Faculty of registration in order to be eligible for academic consideration. Students are encouraged to contact their Academic Counselling unit to clarify what documentation is appropriate. 


Students must see the Academic Counsellor and submit all required documentation in order to be approved for certain accommodation. 


Students seeking academic consideration: 

  • are advised to consider carefully the implications of postponing tests or midterm exams or delaying handing in work;   
  • 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 


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. 




In the event of a COVID-19 resurgence or any other event that necessitates the course delivery moving away from face-to-face interaction, all remaining course content will be delivered entirely online, either synchronously (i.e., at the times indicated in the timetable) or asynchronously (e.g., posted on OWL for students to view at their convenience). The grading scheme will not change. Any remaining assessments will also be conducted online, as determined by the course instructor. 




In courses involving online interactions, the Psychology Department expects students to honour the following rules of etiquette: 

  • please “arrive” to class on time 
  • please use your computer and/or laptop if possible (as opposed to a cell phone or tablet) 
  • please ensure that you are in a private location to protect the confidentiality of discussions in the event that a class discussion deals with sensitive or personal material 
  • to minimize background noise, kindly mute your microphone for the entire class until you are invited to speak, unless directed otherwise 
  • In classes larger than 30 participants please turn off your video camera for the entire class unless you are invited to speak 
  • In classes of 30 students or fewer, where video chat procedures are being used, please be prepared to turn your video camera off at the instructor’s request if the internet connection becomes unstable 
  • Unless invited by your instructor, do not share your screen in the meeting 


The course instructor will act as moderator for the class and will deal with any questions from participants. To participate please consider the following: 

  • If you wish to speak, use the “raise hand” function and wait for the instructor to acknowledge you before beginning your comment or question. 
  • Please remember to unmute your microphone and turn on your video camera before speaking. 
  • Self-identify when speaking. 
  • Please remember to mute your mic and turn off your video camera after speaking (unless directed otherwise). 


General considerations of “netiquette”: 

  • Keep in mind the different cultural and linguistic backgrounds of the students in the course. 
  • Be courteous toward the instructor, your colleagues, and authors whose work you are discussing. 
  • Be respectful of the diversity of viewpoints that you will encounter in the class and in your readings. The exchange of diverse ideas and opinions is part of the scholarly environment. “Flaming” is never appropriate. 
  • Be professional and scholarly in all online postings. Use proper grammar and spelling. Cite the ideas of others appropriately. 


Note that disruptive behaviour of any type during online classes, including inappropriate use of the chat function, is unacceptable. Students found guilty of Zoom-bombing a class or of other serious online offenses may be subject to disciplinary measures under the Code of Student Conduct. 




Office of the Registrar:   


Student Development Services:  


Psychology Undergraduate Program: 


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 to the Undergraduate Chair in Psychology ( 


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Policy on the Recording of Synchronous Sessions: Some or all of the remote learning sessions for this course (if scheduled) may be recorded. The data captured during these recordings may include your image, voice recordings, chat logs and personal identifiers (name displayed on the screen). The recordings will be used for educational purposes related to this course, including evaluations. The recordings may be disclosed to other individuals participating in the course for their private or group study purposes. Please contact the instructor if you have any concerns related to session recordings. Participants in this course are not permitted to privately record the sessions, except where recording is an approved accommodation, or the student has the prior written permission of the instructor.