Course Descriptions

The statistics and ethics courses (PSYC 6001 - Statistics & Design I; PSYC 6002 - Statistics & Design II; PSYC 6003 - Multivariate Statistics; PSYC 6101 - Ethical Standards for Psychologists) and the Ph.D. thesis, are offered to students in both the Experimental and Clinical programs. Other courses offered to students in the Experimental program include:


Psyc 6005 Principles of Psychological Science                               

This course provides an overview of research methods in psychology. The first part of the course concerns general research methods and professional issues. The second part covers specific research methods relevant to areas of psychology available on both UNB campuses. Possible topics include: field research, industrial / organizational, psychophysics and signal detection, operant and classical conditioning, cognitive neuroscience, neuropsychology, developmental psychology, and applied research. The actual topics covered will be tailored to the needs and interests of the students enrolled in the course. This course is offered alternating years on the Fredericton and Saint John campuses. Required Course. Credit: 3.0


Psyc 6062 Social Psychology

This seminar addresses a wide range of themes in social psychology, with special attention given to the interrelationships between individuals, groups, and societies.  The course focuses on core areas of theory and empirical research, including social cognition, attitudes, persuasion, group conformity and cohesion, interpersonal attraction, and the self.  We examine recent theoretical and empirical advances in social psychology rather than focus on the “classics” alone.  Discussion emphasizes research models and techniques and how best to apply them to problems of current interest in social psychology. Credit: 3.0


Psyc 6111 Seminar in Perception

This seminar course covers various topics in sensation and perception, with emphasis on vision and hearing. Possible topics include: basic processes in vision and hearing, music perception, language perception, cerebral functions involved in perception, color perception, perception of size and distance, and sound localization. This course consists of weekly meetings where students present assigned readings for discussion. Credit: 3.0


Psyc 6191 Cognitive Science

This course investigates the fundamental principles of learning, memory and cognition. Topic areas such as attention, semantic and episodic memory, language comprehension and processing are covered. In addition, various theoretical frameworks of how information is represented in the brain are investigated. This course consists of weekly meetings where readings are discussed and critically evaluated. Evaluation involves a final paper summarizing various aspects covered in the course. Credit: 3.0


Psyc 6204 Brain and Behaviour

The course will examine various experimental approaches and models of brain, behaviour and cognitive functioning.  The focus will be on how neural processes, from molecules, to neurons, to brain systems function to control behaviour and cognition. The course will contain a lab component where students will dissect a brain, microscopically examine sections of brain tissue, and run simple experiments in laterality of sensory and motor function. Credit: 3.0


Psyc 6353 Teaching Apprenticeship I

All students in the Experimental program are expected to complete a teaching apprenticeship under the supervision of a faculty member. The course assignment may be broadly related but not identical to the thesis research. It is expected that the course will be selected from lower level rather than fourth year courses, and the choice of course may depend in part on the needs of the undergraduate program. Teaching should help the student develop a broader understanding of her or his field and facilitate confidence and skills in oral presentation. The teaching apprenticeship requirement involves responsibility for a term course under close faculty supervision and is divided into two parts: preparation and actual teaching. Teaching Apprenticeship I represents the preparation phase and should normally take place during the term immediately preceding the term in which the course is to be taught. In Teaching Apprenticeship I, students are expected to attend all lectures given by the supervisor in the relevant course. Weekly preparatory meetings between the student and the faculty supervisor are also required. These meetings are used to monitor the student-teacher's progress in planning all aspects of the assigned course, including preparation of a general teaching philosophy, a course outline and marking scheme, lectures, demonstration materials, assignments, and examinations. Course credit is awarded upon successful completion of the course requirements as determined by the teaching apprenticeship supervisor in conjunction with the student at the beginning of the term. Required course. Prerequisite: none. Credit: 3.0


Psyc 6354 Teaching Apprenticeship II

The teaching apprenticeship requirement involves responsibility for a term course under close faculty supervision and is divided into two parts: preparation and actual teaching. Teaching Apprenticeship II represents the actual teaching phase and should normally take place during the term immediately following completion of Teaching Apprenticeship I. In Teaching Apprenticeship II, the faculty supervisor will attend lectures on a regular basis, but will not be an active participant in the course. Ongoing regular meetings between the faculty supervisor and the student will be used to provide the student with feedback on the content and/or delivery of the course material. Course credit is awarded upon successful completion of the teaching assignment (i.e., final grades for the course are submitted). Required course. Prerequisite: Psyc 6353. Credit: 3.0


Psyc 6541 Master’s Research Apprenticeship                                                                                                                                             

Research experience and training is considered an integral part of graduate training in experimental psychology. During the Master's year, all students are required to participate in a master's research apprenticeship with their thesis supervisor. Work will begin in the fall term and continue into the summer. It is expected that students will be exposed to most phases of the research process, including background reading, study design, data collection, data analysis, and manuscript preparation. By the end of the summer term, the student should have prepared a written research report in journal article format. The supervisor will assign a letter grade when the student has completed the apprenticeship requirements. In most cases, the student will collaborate with the supervisor on revisions to the research report prior to submission for conference presentation and/or publication. Required course. Prerequisite: None. Credit 6.0


Psyc 6542 Ph.D. Research Apprenticeship 

During their first year in the experimental PhD program, all students are required to participate in a research apprenticeship under the supervision of their supervisor. It is expected that students will design, conduct, analyze and write up an independent research study. At the end of the summer term, students are expected to submit a written report of this research, in journal article format, to their supervisor for feedback evaluation and feedback. The supervisor will assign credit (CR/NR) when the student has completed the apprenticeship requirements. Required course.  Prerequisite: Psyc 6541.  Credit: 6.0

Psyc 6814 Dissertation Proposal                                                                                                                                

The intent of this requirement is to use the dissertation proposal to demonstrate students’ comprehensive knowledge of their dissertation area. Students shall prepare a proposal document including complete Introduction, Method, Proposed Analyses and Reference sections, as well as any necessary appendices. The Introduction section should include a broad consideration of the literature in the relevant area(s).  It should demonstrate the student’s comprehensive and broad knowledge and understanding of the relevant literature, in addition to the background and rationale for the proposed study.  This material may be presented within the Introduction section, or in an Introduction with accompanying Appendix.  If the latter model (with an Appendix) is adopted by the student, it is expected that the Introduction section will be in a form that is appropriate for use as the Introduction section of a journal article.  In this case, the Appendix should contain the comprehensive literature review.  Although modifications may be required at various points in the process, this document is intended to be ready to use in the final dissertation write-up.  Credit for Psyc 6814 will be assigned after satisfactory completion of Psyc 6833 (Oral Presentation of the Dissertation Proposal) and final approval of the dissertation proposal by the student’s supervisory committee. Required course. Credit: 3.0


Psyc 6823 Comprehensive Project                                                                                                                             

The purpose of the comprehensive project is to provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate the integration of theory, critical thinking and evaluation in an experimental or applied context. The project must be on a topic that is not connected with the doctoral thesis. The student is expected to take initiative in proposing a suitable project and to work quite independently with consultation from a designated faculty member of the department who will offer guidance and advice as needed. All comprehensive projects must have prior approval of the Experimental Program Committee before implementation. Upon completion the project will be evaluated by two faculty members approved by the Experimental Program Committee. The comprehensive project can be a review paper, a grant proposal, or a research project in a minor area with a member of the GAU other than the supervisor. Students are strongly encouraged (but not required) to submit their comprehensive project to an appropriate journal/grant agency.  Required course. Credit: 3.0


Psyc 6833 Oral Presentation of the Dissertation Proposal                                                                                      

The oral presentation of the dissertation proposal is intended to demonstrate the student’s comprehensive knowledge of the area, to inform the department of the student’s research (the dissertation’s rationale, hypotheses, and methods), and to allow the student and the supervisory committee to receive input from faculty and graduate students. All members of the supervisory committee are required to attend the oral presentation, and should be prepared to initiate the discussion that will follow the presentation.  Based on the presentation and ensuing discussion, the supervisory committee may identify additional revisions to be made to the proposal document.  This process is intended to serve as the student’s (and committee’s) assurance that the proposal is acceptable to the department, and that it contains no serious flaws or other problems that would ultimately make it unacceptable as a dissertation. Required course. Credit: 3.0 

In addition, the following four courses are offered on the Saint John campus:

Psyc 6103 Proseminar I: Cognitive-Affective Bases of Behavior

Psyc 6203 Proseminar II: Biological Bases of Behavior

Psyc 6303 Proseminar III: Social Bases of Behavior

Psyc 6403 Proseminar IV: Individual Differences

Finally, most of the elective courses that students in the Clinical Program take to fulfill credits needed outside the clinical area are open to students in the Experimental program.