Psychology

PSYC1003 is a prerequisite for PSYC1004 and PSYC1004 is a prerequisite for all remaining Psychology courses.

NOTE: See the beginning of Section F for abbreviations, course numbers and coding.

Psychology program description.

PSYC1003Introductory Psychology I3 ch (3C)

An overview of psychology as well as an introduction to the biological basis of behavior, motivation, learning, sensation, perception, memory, thinking and language. Students may be requested to participate in research and some course credit may be earned in this way.

PSYC1004Introductory Psychology II 3 ch (3C)

Examines social behaviour, personality, assessment, abnormal psychology, and psychological therapy. Students may be requested to participate in research and some course credit may be earned in this way.

PSYC1273Life Span Development3 ch (3C)

An introduction to theory, methods, and research findings in lifespan developmental psychology. The life cycle as a whole and basic processes in socialization, cognition, and personality development will be examined. This course is designed primarily for Nursing students. Enrollment of other students is by permission of the instructor. Students currently enrolled in the BN programme are exempt from the PSYC 1004 prerequisite requirement. NOTE: Students who take PSYC 1273 may not take PSYC 2201 or PSYC 3293

PSYC2102Research Methods in Psychology3 ch (3C 1L)

An introduction to the methods and theory of empirical and experimental research in psychology. The logic of hypothesis construction and testing in relation to various areas of psychology are examined. Students will be required to complete an experiment. This course is intended for students who plan to major or honour in either Psychology or Biopsychology. 

Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in PSYC 2901.

PSYC2201Child Development3 ch (3C)

A study of theory, methods and research findings in infancy and childhood. Examines social, cognitive, emotional and physical development. Credit will not be granted for both PSYC 2201 and ED 3021.

PSYC2401Social Psychology3 ch (3C)

The scientific study of how people think about, influence, and relate to one another. The course examines methods and findings related to topics such as the self in society, attitude formation, judging others, conformity, aggression, prejudice, and attraction. 

Prerequisite: PSYC 1004 or equivalent.
PSYC2901Introduction to Statistical Analysis for Psychologists3 ch (3C)

Designed to acquaint the student with the basic tools of statistics which are used to summarize and analyze psychological data. 

PSYC3033Health Psychology3 ch (3C) (LE)

An aggregate of the scientific and professional contributions of the discipline of psychology towards promotion of an holistic approach for the maintenance of health, the prevention and treatment of illness including etiologic as well as diagnostic correlates of health and illness.

Prerequisites: PSYC 1003 and PSYC 1004.

PSYC3222Sex Differences3 ch (3C)

Focuses on biological and behavioural differences between females and males. Examines the psychological implications from conception to maturity of both physical sex differences and differential treatment by family and society. 

PSYC3232Socialization3 ch (1C 2S)

The major theoretical and empirical approaches to the nature of the child, the socialization processes, and the development of personality are dealt with in lectures and discussions.

Prerequisite: PSYC 2201.

PSYC3263The Psychology of Criminal Behaviour3 ch (3C)

Examines psychological based theories of crime and the contribution of psychology to the understanding of criminal behaviour and the assessment and rehabilitation of offenders. 

Prerequisites: PSYC 1003 and PSYC 1004

PSYC3265Forensic Psychology3 ch (3C)

This course will focus on the application of psychological principles within legal contexts (e.g., legal decision-making, eye witness memory) and in relation to policing practices (e.g., interrogation practices, credibility assessment). 

Prerequisites: PSYC 1003 and PSYC 1004.

PSYC3293The Psychology of Aging3 ch (3C)

Focuses on changes in learning ability, memory, perception, physical development, personality and social development associated with aging, beginning in young adulthood and extending to late adulthood.

Prerequisites: PSYC 2201 or ED 3021.

PSYC3323Community Psychology and Mental Health3 ch (2C 1S)

Provides a detailed examination of how to evaluate programs in the community. Areas covered are mental health, criminal justice, and other systems that provide human services.

PSYC3343Human Sexuality3 ch (3C)

Provides an introduction to the psychology of human sexuality, including examination of topics such as sexual anatomy, sexual behaviour, sexual response, sexual dysfunction and therapy, sexual variation and other topics of interest.

PSYC3352Developmentally Handicapped Children and Adults3 ch (3C)

A survey of sensory, physical and intellectual dysfunction in interaction with developmental processes.

PSYC3362Introduction to Guidance and Counselling3 ch (3C)

A survey of the concepts, theories, and resources involved in the guidance and counselling area.

PSYC3383Perception3 ch (3C)

Provides a broad introduction to visual and auditory perception. Topics include the structure and neural functioning of auditory and visual systems and contemporary approaches to traditional problems of perception. The course may include reviews of other sense modalities.

PSYC3393Systems of Therapy3 ch (3C)

The array of contemporary psychotherapeutic techniques is examined with emphasis on the relationship that exists between the theoretical and historical background of a therapy and the form it assumes when put into practice.

PSYC3412Advanced Social Psychology3 ch (3C)

Further examines the scientific methods and findings that pertain to the functioning of individuals in social contexts. Topics include advanced methods used to study groups, aggression, prejudice, attraction and altruism. 

PSYC3453Cross Cultural Psychology (O)3 ch (3C)

Cross cultural influences on behaviour, cognition, motivation, and personality variation. Methodological issues are examined.

Prerequisites: PSYC 1003 and PSYC 1004

PSYC3461Theories of Personality3 ch (3C)

Theory formation is greatly influenced by the assumptions, beliefs and experience of the theorist. In surveying formal theories of personality, an attempt is made to demonstrate the influence of personal-subjective factors in the development of theory.

PSYC3493Changing Behaviour3 ch (3C)

An examination of the application of basic principles of learning to human behavioural processes. A study of the treatment techniques and assessment procedures employed in behaviour modification programs.

PSYC3503Learning3 ch (3C)

A survey of principles of both instrumental and classical conditioning focusing on animal subjects. Such topics as biological constraints on learning, cognitive interpretations of learning, and memory processes will be included. There will be various demonstrations throughout the course. 

PSYC3553Psychopathology3 ch (3C)

This course will provide the student with a comprehensive picture of maladaptive behaviour from a biological and psychosocial perspective. Problems associated with diagnostic systems, the role of stress, and other causative factors implicated in the traditional clinical syndromes will be discussed.

PSYC3603Selective Attention and Memory3ch (3C/SL)

Open to 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students who have completed PSYC 1004. An examination of the processes involved in the reception, election and storage of information.

PSYC3632Motivation3 ch (3C)

A critical examination of the concept of motivation in terms of its power to explain findings in the experimental literature and its capacity to generate research. 

PSYC3693Cognitive Processes3 ch (3C)

The scientific study of higher mental processes. This course examines experimental methods and findings related to attention, memory, mental imagery, the organization of general knowledge, language, problem solving and creativity.

PSYC3711Biological Psychology3 ch (3C) (LE)

An introduction to the anatomy and physiology of nervous systems with a special emphasis on behavioural indices of function. Illustrative examples of both human and animal research are surveyed.

Prerequisites: PSYC 1003 and PSYC 1004.

PSYC3723Introduction to Human Neuropsychology3 ch (3C)

A review of human neuroanatomy with a focus on recent theories and findings regarding the functional organization of the brain. The principles of cerebral asymmetry, disconnection syndromes, and the functions of the occipital, parietal, temporal, and frontal lobes are examined. A special emphasis is placed on the role of brain systems in sensory motor skills, higher order cognitive functions and personality. 

Prerequisite: PSYC 3711.

PSYC3724Introduction to Clinical Neuropsychology3 ch (3C)

Explores the neuropsychological sequelae of the most common neurological and psychiatric disorders seen in the practice of clinical neuropsychology, including vascular disorders, traumatic head injuries, epilepsy, tumours, multiple sclerosis, anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, dementia, and neuro-degenerative conditions, such as Alzheimer's Disease. 

Prerequisite: PSYC 3723.

PSYC3725The Dementias3 ch (3C)

An introduction to a devastating group of diseases which cause irreversible decline in cognitive functioning and for which the incidence is expected to triple by the year 2031. The etiological models, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral changes, treatment, care, and management issues of the most common types of dementias are explored including cortical (e.g., Alzheimer's disease, Vascular Dementia, Frontal Lobe Diseases) and subcortical (e.g., Parkinson's Disease, Huntington's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and AIDS) dementias.

PrerequisitesPSYC 1003 and PSYC 1004.
PSYC3743Comparative Psychology3 ch (3C)

Development of psychological theory by the comparison of data from different species. Emphasizes the evolution and adaptive significance of behaviour. 

Prerequisites: PSYC 1003 and PSYC 1004.

PSYC3752Drugs and Behaviour3 ch (3C)

A survey of all classes of psychoactive drugs, their effects on human and animal physiology and behaviour, their history of use, and various drug-related issues such as abuse, dependency, and legality.

PSYC3803Industrial Psychology3 ch (3C)

Application of psychological knowledge to business and industrial problems.

Prerequisites: PSYC 1003 and PSYC 1004.

PSYC3913Introduction to Statistical Inference and Experimental Design in Psychology3 ch

This course provides an introduction to research design and statistical interference in psychology. Topics covered are computational procedures and theory up to analysis of variance, including multiple comparisons and multiple regression. Students will also learn how to analyse data using one or more statistical packages.

PrerequisitesPSYC 2102 and PSYC 2902.

PSYC4021Cognitive and Psychophysiological Research3 ch (3C)

Deals with research scenarios that involve measuring cognitive and physiological correlates of human functioning. Measurements reflect processes and conditions related to stress, cognitive functioning, motivation and individual differences.

Prerequisite: PSYC 2102.
PSYC4053History of Psychology3 ch (3C)

This course traces the origins and development of modern psychology from its roots in ancient Greece through the philosophical and scientific developments in Europe that have culminated in the broad polymorphic discipline of today.

PSYC4111Conducting Research Studies3 ch

The purpose is to enable students to become actively involved in basic research. This involvement will take the form of participation in research, reading and discussion of research topics, and development of research skills.

PrerequisitePSYC 2102.
PSYC4122Basic Research II3 ch (3S)

Continuation of PSYC 4111.

PSYC4131Honours Research Seminar0 ch (3S)

A non-credit seminar for Honours students. Topics include problems of research design and discussions of student Honours research projects.

PSYC4142Honours Research Seminar0 ch (3S)

A non-credit seminar for Honours students. Topics include problems of research design and discussions of student Honours research projects. 

Prerequisite: PSYC 4131.

PSYC4143Designing Research Proposals3 ch

Under the direction of a supervisor a student develops a proposal which is assessed and approved by the Department.

Prerequisite: Eligibility for the Honours programme. A letter grade will be assigned.

PSYC4145Honours Thesis3 ch

Under the direction of a supervisor a student conducts, completes and defends the research. 

Prerequisite: A grade of B+ or higher in PSYC 4143. A letter grade will be assigned.

PSYC4213Practicum in Child Studies I3 ch (4C/S)

This practicum is designed to provide students with experience in the school setting. The major emphasis is on field placement, where students will gain practical experience working with children. This course has limited enrolment, and is open to fourth year Psychology majors and honours students. 

Prerequisites: PSYC 2201, PSYC 3493, and permission of instructor.

PSYC4214Practicum in Child Studies II3 ch (4C/S)

A continuation of PSYC 4213

Prerequisite: PSYC 4213

PSYC4233Programme Evaluation3 ch (3C)

A seminar course focusing on review of the principles and methods used in planning and conducting programme evaluations. A basic introduction to the review and assessment of applied/clinical research using meta-analytic methods. 

Prerequisites: PSYC 2102 and PSYC 2901; Sociology Majors take SOCI 3104 in lieu of PSYC 2901.

PSYC4263Field Placement in Community Corrections I3 ch (LE)

The field placement is designed to provide students with practical experience in a community correctional setting that provides services for federal paroles. The course has limited enrollment and is open to 3rd - 4th year psychology & sociology majors. 

Prerequisites: PSYC 3263 and PSYC 3493 and SOCI 2611 and SOCI 3614; 3rd - 4th year PSYC/SOCI, Cumulative GPA=B (exceptions may be made at the discretion of the instructors).

PSYC4264Field Placement in Community Corrections II3 ch (LE)

The field placement is designed to provide students with additional practical experience in a community correctional setting that provides services for federal paroles. The course has limited enrollment and is open to 3rd - 4th year psychology & sociology majors. 

Prerequisites: PSYC 3263 and PSYC 3493 and SOCI 2611 and SOCI 3614; 3rd - 4th year PSYC/SOCI, Cumulative GPA=B (exceptions may be made at the discretion of the instructors).

PSYC4265Field Placement in Clinical Psychology3 ch (3C) (LE)

Exposure to community mental health settings, with the goal of gaining applied supervised experience with individuals who have mental health, behavioural and/or intellectual challenges. Enrolment is limited to Psyc Major/Honour students with a minimum CGPA of 3.3 (B+) and is subject to permission of the instructor. 

Prerequisites: PSYC 1003, PSYC 1004, PSYC 3553, PSYC 3493, and either PSYC 3362 or PSYC 3393.

PSYC4293Adolescence(3ch) (3C/S)
A seminar course examining physical, cognitive, social and emotional development in adolescence.

PrerequisitesPSYC 2201 or PSYC 1273, and PSYC 2102

PSYC4313Psychological Testing3 ch (3C/L)

A seminar course focusing on Psychometric Theory and principles of psychological testing as they arise in consideration of relevant statistical concepts and methods and of historical experience in development and use of tests for general intelligence, differential abilities and personality traits. 

PrerequisitePSYC 2102.

PSYC4463Attachment and Relationships3 ch (C/S)

A seminar course focusing on an in-depth analysis of selected topics in personality theory and research. Possible topics include attachment, interpersonal relations and communication, intimacy, loneliness, solitude, and issues in personality assessment.

Prerequisites: PSYC 2102 and PSYC 3461

PSYC4493Developmental Psychopathology3 ch (3C/S)

A seminar course that introduces students to the literature of maladaptive behavior within the developmental perspective. Specific disorders of childhood and adolescence will be included in the seminar topics.  

Prerequisites: PSYC 2102 and PSYC 2201 and PSYC 3353 or permission of instructor.

PSYC4583Advanced Perception3 ch (3C)

A seminar course that provides an in-depth discussion and analysis of selected problems in perception. Topics may include temporal factors in perception, optical illusions, spatial frequency representation, perceptual development, motion perception. 

Prerequisites: PSYC 2102, PSYC 3383

PSYC4693Learning Theory3 ch (3C/S)

An examination of some of the persistent theoretical questions in learning. 

Prerequisite: PSYC 3503

PSYC4733Cognitive Neuroscience3 ch (3C/S)

A seminar course that deals with contemporary neurological models of perception and cognition. Topics will be selected to reflect the expertise of faculty. They may include computational networks, blindsight, prosopagnosia, lateralization, etc. 

Prerequisites: PSYC 2102, PSYC 3711, and either PSYC 3383 or PSYC 3693

PSYC4813Substance Use Disorders3 ch (3C)

A seminar course that covers a broad spectrum of topics in the area of addiction including the epidemiology of substance abuse and dependence, the biopsychosocial bases of addiction, as well as, issues of comorbidity and treatment. 

Prerequisites: PSYC 2102 and one of PSYC 3752 or PSYC 4833.

PSYC4833Psychopharmacology3 ch (3C)

A seminar course focusing on the drugs used in the treatment of depression, anxiety, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, phobias, schizophrenia, dementias, and related disorders. The emphasis is on the biological bases of these syndromes and the pharmacological agents used to alleviate them. 

Prerequisites: PSYC 2102 and PSYC 3711.