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Faculty of Science (2009/2010)
8.10 Psychology

Psychology courses are designated by PSYC.

8.10.1 Non-Restricted Courses

These courses are open to all students who have the appropriate prerequisites Students who intend to major in Psychology should note the credit restrictions for PSYC 2010, 2100, 2440, 2610, 2810, 2920, and 3640 as taking any of these courses will reduce options in the Majors program

1000

Introduction to Psychology

is an introduction to Psychology as a biological and social science. Topics shall include research methodology, physiological processes, perception, learning, memory and cognition, human development, animal behaviour, emotion, motivation, consciousness, personality and individuality, psychological disorders and treatment, and social psychology.

1001

Introduction to Psychology

is an introduction to Psychology as a biological and social science. Topics shall include research methodology, physiological processes, perception, learning, memory and cognition, human development, animal behaviour, emotion, motivation, consciousness, personality and individuality, psychological disorders and treatment, and social psychology.

PR: PSYC 1000

2010

The Psychology of Human Development I

is a survey of principles underlying human development from the prenatal stage to adolescence. Topics covered will include sensorimotor, linguistic, perceptual, cognitive and motivational changes.

CR: PSYC 2025, PSYC 3050

PR: PSYC 1000 and 1001

2011

The Psychology of Human Development II

is an examination of relevant research on socialization and personality development with special emphasis on attachment, imitation, sex role and moral development in childhood and adolescence.

CR: PSYC 2025

PR: PSYC 1000 and 1001

2012

The Psychology of Human Development III

is concerned with the major physical, intellectual and interpersonal changes associated with maturity and aging. It completes the study of the life-span development of the human organism initiated in PSYC 2010 and 2011.

CR: the former PSYC 3052

PR: PSYC 1000 and 1001

2100

Attitudes and Social Cognition

is an examination of the concepts and principles involved in the interaction between the individual and others. Emphasis will be on the theoretical and empirical concerns of attitude formation and change, social perception, and social cognition.

CR: PSYC 2125, PSYC 3100

PR: PSYC 1000 and 1001

2120

Interpersonal and Group Processes

- inactive course.

2150

Introduction to Forensic Psychology

will provide an in-depth overview of the relationship between psychology and the law. A variety of topics will be discussed and critically evaluated, including the use and misuse of psychology-based investigative methods such as offender and geographic profiling, detection of deception, investigative interviewing, eyewitness testimony, jury decision-making, corrections and treatment, risk assessment, and criminal responsibility.

PR: PSYC 1000 and 1001

2151

Health Psychology

will explore the history, aims and future of health psychology. Topics covered will consider the contributions of a wide range of psychological theory within the context of psychosocial risk factors for illness, illness prevention, health promotion, and the health care system itself. These theories extend from rather individualistic notions of health and wellness (e.g., personality, attitudes, and behaviour) to concepts associated with characteristics of the broader social environment (e.g., social support, economic challenges, and organizational factors). An overall bio-psycho-social approach to health and wellness is explored.

PR: PSYC 1000 and 1001

2240

Survey of Learning

is a survey of learning phenomena and learning theories. Topics to be studied will include a selection of the following: the evolutionary context of learning, habituation and sensitization, Pavlovian conditioning, instrumental learning, and generalization and discrimination in learning. Applications of learning principles to topics such as child rearing, education, drug use and rehabilitation, as well as to other topics of contemporary interest, will also be discussed.

CR: PSYC 3250, the former PSYC 2225, the former PSYC 2250

PR: PSYC 1000 and 1001

2440

Human Memory and Cognition

is an introduction to the basic principles of human memory and information processing. Topics covered will include the organization, representation and retrieval of information in memory, attention, pattern recognition, language processing, mental imagery, reasoning, problem solving, and decision making. There will be an emphasis on the application of basic principles to real life situations.

CR: PSYC 3450, PSYC 2425

PR: PSYC 1000 and 1001

2530

Mathematical Psychology

- inactive course.

2540

Psychology of Gender

is an examination of the influence of gender on development and socialization, attitude formation, cognition, personality and mental health.

PR: PSYC 1000 and 1001

2560

Intelligence

- inactive course.

2610

Personality

is a review of the research and theory pertaining to a psychological understanding of human personality.

CR: the former PSYC 2620, PSYC 2625, PSYC 3620

PR: PSYC 1000 and 1001

2800

Drugs and Behaviour

is an examination of the neurophysiology of drug action, the measurable effect of drugs on experimentally controlled behaviour, and a survey of information available on common self-administered drugs and their immediate and long-term effects.

PR: PSYC 1000 and 1001

2810

Brain and Behaviour

is a broad survey of physiological psychology at an elementary level. Topics will include the following: structure of the nervous system, nerve conduction, sensory and motor systems, behavioural biology of reproduction, aggression, feeding and drinking, sleep and arousal, pleasure and pain, learning and memory.

CR: PSYC 2825, the former PSYC 2850, PSYC 3801

PR: PSYC 1000 and 1001

2920

Research Methods in Psychology for Non-Majors

provides an introduction to the design, understanding, and application of psychological research. Topics covered include understanding and applying scientific method, creating and testing hypotheses, constructing reliable and valid experiments, and the proper use of controls. An emphasis will be placed on thinking critically about psychology and common errors of judgment.

PR: PSYC 1000 and 1001

UL: cannot be used towards the Psychology major or any Psychology honours or joint honours programs

3430

The Psychology of Thinking

will present theories and experimental studies of problem solving, creativity and decision making. Topics covered will include the difficulties encountered in problem solving and solutions such as strategies for organizing and representing information, the production of ideas, transfer and discovery learning.

PR: PSYC 1000 and 1001

3501

Industrial Psychology

is an examination of the theories and concepts of industrial psychology. Topics covered will include research and testing methods, measuring job and performance appraisal systems, personnel selection methods, personnel training and development, work motivation, work stress, designing work for people, and human engineering.

PR: any 2000-level course in Psychology.

3533

Sexual Behaviour

covers the most important aspects of human sexuality with a psychology theory and research framework. The course will examine the biological, behavioural and socio-cultural bases of the human sexual response. Topics include sexual interaction and communication, contraception, sexually transmitted infections, reproduction, sexual orientation, transgender and intersex, variations in sexual behaviour, sex and gender, sexual dysfunction and therapy, and sexual coercion.

PR: PSYC 1000 and 1001

3577

Program Evaluation

- inactive course.

3640

The Psychology of Abnormal Behaviour

covers problems of definition, the history of beliefs about abnormal behaviour and the implication of a behavioural model for the understanding and control of behaviour problems.

CR: PSYC 3650, PSYC 3626

PR: any 2000 level course in Psychology

4810

Human Neuropsychology

- inactive course.

AR = Attendance requirement; CH = Credit hours are 3 unless otherwise noted; CO = Co-requisite(s); CR = Credit can be retained for only one course from the set(s) consisting of the course being described and the course(s) listed; LC = Lecture hours per week are 3 unless otherwise noted; LH = Laboratory hours per week; OR = Other requirements of the course such as tutorials, practical sessions, or seminars; PR = Prerequisite(s); UL = Usage limitation(s).
8.10.2 Majors Courses

These courses are restricted to Majors in Psychology and Behavioural Neuroscience.

2520

Mind and Brain

covers cognitive and neuroscience perspectives on two different themes (processing of visual information and awareness of the visual world). These themes will be used to convey the logic and methods used in modern-day psychological research, the development and use of theory to guide further research, the utility of multiple research perspectives for developing a full understanding of psychological issues, and basic concepts in cognition and neuroscience.

PR: PSYC 1000 and 1001 and admission to a Major in Psychology or Behavioural Neuroscience; minors may be permitted to take this course if space permits

2570

Understanding Individual Differences

uses current conceptualizations of personality and ability as a focus. The course will review issues related to the measurement of individual differences, including test characteristics and ethics. Research from a variety of perspectives will be used to illustrate the contributions of different areas of psychology to our understanding of individual differences.

PR: PSYC 1000 and 1001 and admission to a Major in Psychology or Behavioural Neuroscience; minors may be permitted to take this course if space permits

2910

Research Methods in Psychology I

is an introduction to the design and application of psychological research with particular concentration on understanding and applying scientific method, creating and testing hypotheses, constructing reliable and valid experiments, managing and analysing data sets, using statistical software, and scientific writing. Specific topics include descriptive statistics including measures of central tendency, variability and relative standing, inferential statistics such as t tests for one and two sample designs, correlation and regression, and non-parametric statistics.

CR: Statistics 2500, 2510, 2550, the former PSYC 2900, 2925

LH: one laboratory period weekly

PR: PSYC 1000 and 1001; Mathematics 1000 or two of 1090, 1050 and 1051 (or equivalents) and admission to a Major in Psychology or Behavioural Neuroscience

2911

Research Methods in Psychology II

covers research methods in psychology with a focus on more complex research designs and statistical approaches, within the realm of experimentation and beyond the laboratory. Specific topics include controlling participant variables, using between and repeated measures designs within the context of Analysis of Variance (ANOVA). Particular ANOVA approaches include one-way and factorial designs, within subject design, and two-way mixed designs.

CR: Statistics 2501, 2560, the former PSYC 2901, 2950

LH: one laboratory period weekly

PR: PSYC 2910 and admission to a Major in Psychology or Behavioural Neuroscience

3050

Developmental Psychology

is an examination of the methods of study and an evaluation of current findings and theoretical issues of importance to an understanding of development. Topics will be drawn from perception, learning, cognition, social learning, memory and language development.

CR: PSYC 2010, PSYC 2025

PR: PSYC 2520, 2570 and 2911 and admission to a Major in Psychology or Behavioural Neuroscience

3100

Social Psychology

is an examination of the concepts and principles involved in social behaviour. Topics covered will include attitudes, social cognition, interpersonal relations, and group processes.

CR: PSYC 2100, PSYC 2125

PR: PSYC 2520, 2570, and 2911 and admission to a Major in Psychology or Behavioural Neuroscience

3250

Learning

examines how organisms adjust their behaviour to regularities in the environment as a result of experience.

CR: PSYC 2240, the former PSYC 2225, the former PSYC 2250

PR: PSYC 2520, 2570, and 2911, and admission to a Major in Psychology or Behavioural Neuroscience

3350

Perception

(formerly PSYC 2360) is a broad survey of theory and research in sensation and perception.

CR: the former PSYC 2360

PR: PSYC 2520, 2570 and 2911 and admission to a Major in Psychology or Behavioural Neuroscience

3450

Human Cognition

is an introduction to the experimental study of the mental representations and processes involved in human cognition. Topics such as attention, perception and pattern recognition, concepts and the organization of knowledge, language processes, mental imagery, reasoning, problem solving, decision making and skilled performance will be covered with an emphasis on experimental analysis and techniques.

CR: PSYC 2440, PSYC 2425

PR: PSYC 2520, 2570 and 2911 and admission to a Major in Psychology or Behavioural Neuroscience

3620

Personality Theory and Research

is a survey of personality theory and research.

CR: PSYC 2610, PSYC 2625, and the former PSYC 2620

PR: PSYC 2520, 2570 and 2911 and admission to a Major in Psychology or Behavioural Neuroscience

3650

Abnormal Psychology

is an examination of the nature, explanation and treatment of psychological disorders with an emphasis on research methods and current findings.

CR: PSYC 3640, PSYC 3626

PR: PSYC 2520, 2570 and 2911 and admission to a Major in Psychology or Behavioural Neuroscience

3750

Animal Behaviour I

is an introduction to the mechanisms, development, function and evolution of behaviour in animals. Topics include the history of ethology and comparative psychology, and behavioural ecology; methods of animal behaviour study, behaviour of animals in relation to physiology, learning, communication, mating systems, and other areas in Biology and Psychology.

CR: Biology 3750

PR: Biology 1001, 1002 and PSYC 2520, 2570 and 2911 and admission to a Major in Psychology or Behavioural Neuroscience

3800

Neuroscience

addresses the structure and function of neurons and neural circuits and examines principles of electrochemical neural communication at the macroscopic, microscopic and molecular level. The relevance of this knowledge to understanding brain mechanisms of normal and diseased brain functions will be touched upon. The molecular basis of the formation of some types of memories will be explored.

PR: PSYC 2520, 2570 and 2911 and admission to a Major in Psychology or Behavioural Neuroscience

3801

Behavioural Neuroscience

is a survey of knowledge about brain mechanisms of behaviour. Topics will include the following: basic neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, somatosensory systems and pain, reward, mental illness, sleep and arousal, developmental neurobiology, sexual development and behaviour, regulation of eating and body weight, learning and memory, and cortical function, including cortical mediation of language.

CR: PSYC 2810, PSYC 2825, the former PSYC 2850

PR: PSYC 2520, 2570 and 2911 and admission to a Major in Psychology or Behavioural Neuroscience

3900

Design and Analysis III

is a course on complex and specialized research design in Psychology. Multifactor research designs that employ both between- and within-subjects independent variables. Advantages and disadvantages of using multifactor research designs to test psychological hypotheses. Hierarchical designs and incomplete factorials. The use of covariates and blocking to increase experimental precision. Problems created by missing data. Single subject designs. How to answer specific psychological questions in the context of complex designs. The design and analysis of non-experimental psychological research. Applications of such techniques as the analysis of variance and multiple linear regression to the data obtained with these research designs, with special attention to problems inherent in psychological research.

CR: PSYC 3950, Statistics 3520

LH: one laboratory period weekly

PR: PSYC 2911 and admission to a Major in Psychology or Behavioural Neuroscience

4050

Selected Topics in Developmental Psychology I

PR: PSYC 3050 or the former 3051and admission to a Major in Psychology or Behavioural Neuroscience

4051

Selected Topics in Developmental Psychology II

PR: PSYC 3050 or the former 3051 and admission to a Major in Psychology or Behavioural Neuroscience

4070

Research Experience in Development Psychology

allows students to gain research experience in selected areas of developmental psychology.

PR: PSYC 2520, 2570, 2911, and 3050 and admission to a Major in Psychology or Behavioural Neuroscience

4150

Selected Topics in Social Psychology I

PR: PSYC 3100 or the former PSYC 3160 and admission to a Major in Psychology or Behavioural Neuroscience

4151

Selected Topics in Social Psychology II

- inactive course.

4152

Selected Topics in Applied Social Psychology

- inactive course.

4160

Psychology and the Law

allows students, upon completion of this course, to demonstrate an advanced understanding of psychology and the law. Specifically, students will be able to discuss and critically evaluate topics related to the Canadian legal system, police investigations, memory in legal contexts, jury selection, jury decision-making, sentencing, parole, offender assessment and treatment, fitness to stand trial, and forensic civil psychology.

PR: PSYC 3100 or the former PSYC 3160 and admission to a Major in Psychology or Behavioural Neuroscience

4170

Research Experience in Social Psychology

will provide research experience in a selection of areas typically studied by social psychologists such as attitudes, prejudice, groups and social cognition. Students will acquire experience with research methods that are used to advance the body of knowledge in social psychology.

PR: PSYC 2520, 2570, 2911, and 3100 and admission to a Major in Psychology or Behavioural Neuroscience

4250

Selected Topics in Learning and Motivation I

PR: the former PSYC 2250 or PSYC 3250 and admission to a Major in Psychology or Behavioural Neuroscience

4251

Selected Topics in Learning and Motivation II

PR: the former PSYC 2250 or PSYC 3250 and admission to a Major in Psychology or Behavioural Neuroscience

4260

Learning Processes and Drug Effects

focuses on explanations of the behavioural effects of drugs that can be found in learning and conditioning theory. This course will provide a careful examination of such processes as drug state conditioning and discrimination, drug effects on operant behaviour, drug self-administration and tolerance.

PR: the former PSYC 2250 or PSYC 3250 and admission to a Major in Psychology or Behavioural Neuroscience

4270

Research Experience in Learning

allows students to gain research experience in selected areas of learning.

PR: PSYC 2520, 2570, 2911, and 3250 and admission to a Major in Psychology or Behavioural Neuroscience

4350

Selected Topics in Perception I

is an intensive examination of a specific topic of current interest in perception.

PR: the former PSYC 2360 or PSYC 3350 and admission to a Major in Psychology or Behavioural Neuroscience

4351

Selected Topics in Perception II

is an intensive examination of a specific topic of current interest in perception.

PR: the former PSYC 2360 or PSYC 3350 and admission to a Major in Psychology or Behavioural Neuroscience

4370

Research Experience in Perception

allows students to gain research experience in selected areas of perception.

PR: PSYC 2520, 2570, 2911 and 3350 and admission to a Major in Psychology or Behavioural Neuroscience

4400

Selected Topics in Cognition I

PR: PSYC 3450 and admission to a Major in Psychology or Behavioural Neuroscience

4401

Selected Topics in Cognition II

PR: PSYC 3450 and admission to a Major in Psychology or Behavioural Neuroscience

4402

Selected Topics in Cognitive Science

provides an in-depth examination of current issues in cognitive science from a psychological perspective.

PR: two courses chosen from PSYC 3050, 3250, 3350, 3450, 3801 and admission to a Major in Psychology or Behavioural Neuroscience

4452

Selected Topics in Cognition: Reading

is a survey of the research literature on the development of reading skills including a discussion of dyslexia.

PR: PSYC 3450 and admission to a Major in Psychology or Behavioural Neuroscience

4461

Psycholinguistics

(formerly 3400) is the psychological approach to the study of language concentrating particularly on the areas of speech, meaning, grammar and communication. The research topics to be discussed include the child’s acquisition of language, bilingualism, teaching language to animals, and social factors in language use.

PR: PSYC 3050 or 3450 and admission to a Major in Psychology or Behavioural Neuroscience

4462

Human Memory

surveys theories and research about how humans remember information and why they forget. Topics include research on sensory memory, short-term working memory, amnesia, forgetting, memory development, and semantic memory as well as practical issues such as how to improve memory.

PR: PSYC 3450 and admission to a Major in Psychology or Behavioural Neuroscience

4470

Research Experience in Cognition

allows students to gain research experience in selected areas of cognition.

PR: PSYC 2520, 2570, 2911, and 3450 and admission to a Major in Psychology or Behavioural Neuroscience

4610

Selected Topics in Personality I

PR: the former PSYC 2620 or PSYC 3620 and admission to a Major in Psychology or Behavioural Neuroscience

4620

Selected Topics in Personality II

PR: the former PSYC 2620 or PSYC 3620 and admission to a Major in Psychology or Behavioural Neuroscience

4650

Selected Topics in Abnormal Behaviour I

PR: PSYC 3650 and admission to a Major in Psychology or Behavioural Neuroscience

4651

Selected Topics in Abnormal Behaviour II

PR: PSYC 3650. and admission to a Major in Psychology or Behavioural Neuroscience

4660

Developmental Psychopathology

is a review of current theory and research related to the developmental course of maladaptive behaviours in children and adolescents. Topics will include behavioural, emotional and developmental disorders. Research concerning the role of individual, family, community and cultural factors will be discussed.

PR: PSYC 3650 and admission to a Major in Psychology or Behavioural Neuroscience

4661

Family Psychology

is a study of the reciprocal relationship between family processes and abnormal behaviour. The course will focus on the role of family dynamics in the etiology of abnormal behaviour, the impact of psychological disorders on family functioning and the application of family therapy to create therapeutic change.

PR: PSYC 3650, or all of 2520, 2570, 2911 and 3640 and admission to a Major in Psychology or Behavioural Neuroscience

4662

Clinical Psychology and Theories of Psychotherapy

will introduce students to the science and profession of clinical and counselling psychology. Course content will include a review of approaches to assessment and psychotherapy and a look at some of the major research questions and findings in this area.

PR: PSYC 3650 and admission to a Major in Psychology or Behavioural Neuroscience

4670

Research Experience in Abnormal Psychology

allows students to gain research experience in selected areas of clinical psychology.

PR: PSYC 2520, 2570, 2911 and 3650 and admission to a Major in Psychology or Behavioural Neuroscience

4671

Research Experience in Personality

allows students to gain experience in selected areas of personality research.

PR: PSYC 2520, 2570, 2911 and 3620 and admission to a Major in Psychology or Behavioural Neuroscience

4701

Animal Behaviour II

- inactive course.

4750

Selected Topics in Animal Behaviour I

will examine in detail a specific topic of current interest in animal behaviour.

PR: PSYC 3750 or Biology 3750 and admission to a Major in Psychology or Behavioural Neuroscience

4751

Selected Topics in Animal Behaviour II

will have the topics to be studied announced by the Department.

PR: PSYC 3750 or Biology 3750 and admission to a Major in Psychology or Behavioural Neuroscience

4770

Research Experience in Animal Behaviour

allows students to gain research experience in selected areas of animal behaviour.

PR: PSYC 2520, 2570, 2911 and 3750 and admission to a Major in Psychology or Behavioural Neuroscience

4850

Selected Topics in Behavioural Neuroscience I

will have the topics to be studied announced by the Department.

PR: PSYC 2810, 3800 or 3801 and admission to a Major in Psychology or Behavioural Neuroscience

4851

Selected Topics in Behavioural Neuroscience II

will have the topics to be studied announced by the Department.

PR: PSYC 2810, 3800, or 3801 and admission to a Major in Psychology or Behavioural Neuroscience

4870

Neuroscience Research

allows students to gain research experience in selected areas of neuroscience.

PR: PSYC 2520, 2570, 2911, and either 3800 or 3801 and admission to a Major in Psychology or Behavioural Neuroscience

4910

Systems in Contemporary Psychology

is a study of paradigms and explanations in contemporary psychology in the context of their historical antecedents.

PR: 30 credit hours in Psychology courses required in the majors program and admission to a Major in Psychology or Behavioural Neuroscience

499A and 499B

Honours Dissertation

is a linked course, based on independent study of an approved problem in Psychology. The topic will be chosen in consultation with the Faculty Advisor. The first semester will normally involve directed reading in this area, and preparation of a dissertation proposal. The second semester will be devoted to conducting the study, gathering data, data analysis and preparation of a formal written report. The dissertation must be submitted for grading before the end of the tenth week of the semester in which the student is registered for 499B.

CH: 6

PR: admission to the Honours Program

AR = Attendance requirement; CH = Credit hours are 3 unless otherwise noted; CO = Co-requisite(s); CR = Credit can be retained for only one course from the set(s) consisting of the course being described and the course(s) listed; LC = Lecture hours per week are 3 unless otherwise noted; LH = Laboratory hours per week; OR = Other requirements of the course such as tutorials, practical sessions, or seminars; PR = Prerequisite(s); UL = Usage limitation(s).