Principles and Theories of Learning

General Course Information

Course Lecturer Name(s):  Lenise Paul

Course Director Name:  Dr. Ian Baptiste

Course Lecturer(s) Contact Information:

Course Director Contact Information:                       ; x3651 

Course Lecturer(s) Office Hours:  By Appointment 

Course Director Office Hours: Mon & Wed: 2:00 – 5:00 PM

Course Lecturer(s) Office Location:  Online

Course Director Office Location:  Online

Course Support:   Technology-enhanced learning through the use of the SAKAI course management software, and the Examplify testing platform. Readings specific to each topic are posted on SAKAI. These include PowerPoint presentations (PPTs) on every topic (they serve as study guides). Augmenting the PPTs are pdfs of selected textbook chapters, journal articles, and links to instructional audio-visuals.

Course Management tool: To learn to use Sakai, the Course management tool, access the link

Course Curriculum Information

Course Description: 

This course does not present a single, incontestable conception of learning. Instead, it offers different perspectives on the phenomenon, paying attention to the applicability of each perspective in different spheres of human endeavour. Each student is then left to compare and contrast the different perspectives to arrive at a personal conceptualization of learning that s/he can defend and apply. The course uses the Flipped Classroom method of delivery. Students are expected to review the course topics prior to class and come prepared to reveal what they have learned and areas of struggle, BEFORE THE INSTRUCTOR INTERVENES. When the instructor intervenes it is to reinforce students’ learning and to address gaps in students’ knowledge and understanding

Course Objectives: 

To conceptualize learning such that the phenomenon may be applied to a range of human endeavors, including but not limited to: everyday life (cooking, shopping, recreation, and so on); counseling and other psychological services; and formal education and training.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Students who successfully complete this course would be able to do the following:

  1. Describe select behavioral, cognitive and developmental perspectives on learning,
  2. Discuss the applicability of these perspectives to a range of human endeavors,
  3. Discuss the relationship between learning, and related terms such as cognition, behavior change, maturation, development and performance, and
  4. Articulate and defend their own conception of learning.

Program Outcomes Met By This Course:

Upon completion of the course, students should be able to execute the following program goal:

1. Utilize psychological knowledge in the understanding of self, and how it relates to others.

SAS Grading Scale: Grades will be assigned as follows:

A  = 89.5% or better

B+ = 84.5 - 89.4%

B  = 79.5 - 84.4%

C+ = 74.5 - 79.4%

C = 69.5 - 74.4%

D = 64.5 - 69.4%

F = 64.4% or less 

Course Materials:

Text: We will not be using a textbook for this course. Required readings will be provided via class handouts and postings on Sakai. You are strongly advised to take your own notes. You are more likely to succeed in this course if you supplement the lectures and course materials with your own personalized notes.

Course Grading Requirement:

Students are graded as follows:

  1. Quiz 1 (MCQs) (Feb 09)   10%
  2. Panel discussion (Jan 31, Feb 16, 23) 15%
  3. Midterm exam (MCQs)  20%
  4. Video analysis (team assignment; Apr 06 – 27) 30%
  5. Final exams (MCQs) 25%

Course Schedule



Week 1

Jan 17, 19

Course introduction

Week 2

Jan 24, 26

Preparation for panel discussions 

Week 3 31, 02

Student Panels on Connectionism and Classical Conditioning Instructor Review of Connectionism

Week 4

Feb 07, 09

Independence Day (Feb 08, public holiday) Quiz 1 – MCQs on Connectionism

Week 5

Feb 14, 16

Instructor review of Classical Conditioning

Student Panels on Operant Conditioning and Gestalt Theory

Week 6

Feb 21, 23

Instructor Review of Operant Conditioning

Student Panels on Social Cognitive Theory and Genetic Epistemology

Week 7 28, 02

Instructor Review of Gestalt Theory Instructor Review of SCT

Week 8 Mar 07 -11

Midterm week – no classes Midterm exam

Week 9 Mar 14, 16

Activity Theory

Week 10 Mar 21, 23


Week 11 Mar 28, 30

Course Review

Week 12 Apr 04, 06

Course Review

Video Analysis- Team Presentations

Week 13 Apr 11, 15

Video Analysis - Team Presentations

Week 14 Apr 21

Apr 18 – Easter Monday – no class Video Analysis - Team Presentations

Week 15 Apr 25, 27

Video Analysis - Team Presentations

Week 16 May 2-6

Final exams week – no classes

School of Arts and Sciences Master Syllabi — Info for All Sections

Plagiarism Policy

Academic Integrity

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

Plagiarism is regarded as a cardinal offense in academia because it constitutes theft of the work of someone else, which is then purported as the original work of the plagiarist. Plagiarism draws into disrepute the credibility of the Institution, its faculty, and students; therefore, it is not tolerated” (p. 48).

Plagiarism also includes the unintentional copying or false accreditation of work, so double check your assignments BEFORE you hand them in.

Be sure to do good, honest work, credit your sources and reference accordingly and adhere to the University’s Honor Code. Plagiarism and cheating will be dealt with very seriously following the university’s policies on Plagiarism as outlined in the Student Manual.

Your work may be subject to submission to plagiarism detection software, submission to this system means that your work automatically becomes part of that database and can be compared with the work of your classmates.

Attendance Requirement

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

Students are expected to attend all classes and or clinical rotations for which they have registered. Although attendance may not be recorded at every academic activity, attendance may be taken randomly. Students’ absence may adversely affect their academic status as specified in the grading policy. If absence from individual classes, examinations, and activities, or from the University itself is anticipated, or occurs spontaneously due to illness or other extenuating circumstances, proper notification procedures must be followed. A particular course may define additional policies regarding specific attendance or participation” (p. 9).

Examination Attendance

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

All matriculated students are expected to attend all assigned academic activities for each course currently registered. Medical excuses will be based on self-reporting by students. Students who feel they are too sick to take an examination or other required activity on a specific day must submit the online SAS medical excuse, which is available on Carenage. Students are only allowed two such excuses a year. Upon consultation with the Director of University Health Service, the third excuse will result in a mandatory medical leave of absence. The policies regarding make-up examinations are at the option of the Course Director” (p.46).

For additional specific examination policies and procedures, refer to the St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020), pages 31 through 37.

Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services Policy

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

A student with a disability or disabling condition that affects one or more major life activities, who would like to request an accommodation, must submit a completed application form and supporting documentation to the Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services (SAAS) located in the Dean of Students Office. It is highly recommended that students applying for accommodations do so at least one month before classes begin to allow for a more efficient and timely consideration of the request. If a fully completed application is not submitted in a timely fashion, an eligibility determination may not be made, and accommodations, where applicable, may not be granted prior to the commencement of classes and/or examinations” (p. 8).


It is the responsibility of the student to read and understand the policies, laws, rules and procedures that while they could affect your grade for a course, have not been specifically outlined in the course syllabus. These are contained in the St. George’s University Student Manual.