Psychology 2035A 650 SU23

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 

Summer 2023 


Psychology 2035A    Section 650 

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. 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. 


Prerequisite: Not applicable 


3 lecture hours; Course Weight 0.5 


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. Anjana Balakrishnan (feel free to call me Dr. B)  

Office and Phone Number: N/A  

Office Hours: TBA on OWL  



Time and Location of Classes: Asynchronous  

Delivery Method: Virtual  


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. 


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. 




Weiten, Dunn, & Hammer (2018) Psychology applied to modern life (12th ed.) Boston, MA: Cengage. Be sure to purchase the 12th edition. You are NOT responsible for purchasing MindTap software. 





Learning Outcome  

Learning Activity  


Depth and Breadth of Knowledge.  

  • Learning Outcome 1 
  • Learning Outcome 2 

Online lectures + supplementary videos 

Term Tests 


Term Tests 


Per-Unit Review Checks 

Knowledge of Methodologies.  

  • Learning Outcome 1 
  • Learning Outcome 2 

Online lectures + supplementary videos 

Term Tests 


Term Tests  


Application of Knowledge.  

  • Learning Outcome 1 
  • Learning Outcome 2 

Term Tests 



Term Tests 


Per-Unit Review Checks 

Communication Skills.  

  • Learning Outcome 1 
  • Learning Outcome 2 

Intro Forum 


Intro Forum 


Awareness of Limits of Knowledge. 

  • Learning Outcome 1 
  • Learning Outcome 2 

Online lectures 

Term Tests 



Autonomy and Professional Capacity. 

  • Learning Outcome 1 
  • Learning Outcome 2 

Online lectures + supplementary videos 

Term Tests 


Term Tests 


Per-Unit Review Checks 




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. 


Intro Forum (2%) 

This assignment will require students to post a response to a prompt posted on the Course Discussion Forum. To earn the full marks of 2.0%, a response must be provided by no later than June 5th, and ALL of the questions must be answered clearly & in full sentences. Submissions between June 6th and July 28th will get a maximum grade of 1.5 on the assignment. NOTE: No submissions will be accepted after July 28th.   


Per-Unit Review Checks (5%) 

During several weeks in the course, a 3-item short multiple choice review check of the previous unit’s material will be made available on the course site (presented with unit material as in-line questions visible by all). By completing a minimum of 5 total, a student can earn 5% of their course grade. Each completed review check will result in a grade of 1% up to a max of 5%. Completing more unit review checks will not result in more marks. However, doing so would give you practice with the nature of multiple-choice questions you may receive on an exam. Each review check will open on the day of when the course material is released as per the course outline The inline questions do not have a closing date. However, I will be tallying marks beginning July 28th. Therefore, no submissions will be accepted after July 27th 

Term Tests – Term Test 1; Term Test 2 (29% each) 

There will be 2 term tests in this course. Both term tests will be held online in a synchronous format with NO backtracking permitted (i.e., once you complete a question, you move on to the next question and cannot go back). Tests are closed-book and will be proctored via ProctorTrack. Term Test 1 will be held on Saturday June 3rd from 10-11:30 AM. Term Test 2 will be held on Saturday July 8th from 10-11:30 AM. Exams will be multiple-choice format. Please note the following information regarding tests. Test questions will be drawn from pools of question items (e.g., lecture-specific pool, chapter pools etc.). These tests will include content from the textbook, lecture material, as well as posted supplementary videos. Students are NOT expected to download and read through the articles cited in the lectures. However, it should be noted that such material covered in lectures is testable.  


Final Exam (35%) 

The final exam in this course will be held online in a synchronous format with NO backtracking permitted(i.e., once you complete a question, you move on to the next and cannot go back). The final exam is closed-book and will be proctored via ProctorTrack. The final exam will be scheduled by the Registrar’s Office during the Final Exam Period. The final exam will be multiple-choice format. Please note the following information regarding the final exam. Please note the following information regarding tests. Test questions will be drawn from pools of question items (e.g., lecture-specific pool, chapter pools etc.). These tests will include content from the textbook, lecture material, as well as posted supplementary videos. Students are NOT expected to download and read through the articles cited in the lectures. However, it should be noted that such material covered in lectures is testable.  





Intro Forum 

This assignment will be available on the OWL course site by the day of the first lecture (i.e., May 8th). To earn full marks (i.e., 2%) ALL questions must be answered in the OWL forum by June 5th. After that day, a MAXIMUM of 1.5 % can be earned by completing the assignment. Please note that NO submissions will be allowed after the last day of classes (i.e., July 28th)  


Per-Unit Review Checks 

These assignments are released at the same time that course material is released. All the review checks have the same end date for attempt (i.e., July 27th). This timeline should afford students ample opportunity to complete the 5 minimum to earn full marks. Beyond July 27th,submissions to this grading category will NOT be accepted. 


Term Tests and Final Exam 

Students who miss the scheduled term tests or Registrar-scheduled final exam with official accommodation (i.e., approved documentation from their faculty academic counselling office) will be given an opportunity to write a makeup exam. The makeup exam may adhere to a modified format from the original exam. Please note that vacations do not count as a valid reason for requesting accommodation.  


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. 




Term Test 1 (June 5th from 10-11:30 AM) 


Term Test 2 (July 8th from 10-11:30 AM) 


Final Exam (TBD by Registrar in the final exam period) 


Intro Forum (Due date June 5th, Jun 6th – July 28th max earnable grade 1.5%; no submissions after July 28th) 

Per-unit review checks (Must complete any 5 for full marks, no submissions after July 27th) 





Submission deadlines & time zone: Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) is the time zone in London, ON and this is the time-zone used for all submissions that students need to be mindful of. 








May 8  

Introduction to the Course + How to Thrive Guide 

[Intro Forum Opens] 



May 8 

Adjusting to Modern Life  

                Ch 1 


May 15 

  Careers and Work 

                Ch 13 


May 23 

Stress and its Effects [Released later due to holiday] 

                Ch 3 


May 29 

  Coping Processes + Psych and Physical Health 

   [Guidelines for studying for Test 1 will be given] 

                Ch 4; Ch 5(p. 150-155   

                 + Spotlight on Research) 


  June 3 

  Test 1- Online Synchronous Saturday 10-11:30 AM  

  Spans lecture + supplementary video + text        

  material from May 8-May 29 inclusive   



 June 5  


                Ch 2  


 June 12 


                Ch 6 


 June 19 

  Gender and Behaviour + Sexuality 

                 Ch 11; Ch 12 (p. 360- 363  

                 + Spotlight on Research)  


  June 26 

Friendship & Love    

[Guidelines for studying for Test 2 will be given] 

                Ch 9 

                Ch 7 


  July 3 

  Social Thinking & Social Influence                                                  



  July 8 

 Test 2-Online Synchronous Saturday 10-11:30 AM  

 Spans lecture + supplementary video + text material    

From June 5-June 26 inclusive  


  July 10 

   Interpersonal Communication                                                       

                Ch 8 


July 17 

 Psychological Disorders 

                Ch 14 


July 24 


   [Guidelines for studying for the Final will be given] 

                Ch 15 




   Spans lecture + supplementary video + text     

   material from July 3- July 24 inclusive   








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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.