PSYCHOLOGY

PSYCHOLOGY

PSYCHOLOGY 1000
Basic Concepts of Psychology

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

The subject matter and methods of psychology with emphasis on the neurological, comparative, cognitive and social foundations of behaviour.

PSYCHOLOGY 2030
Methods and Statistics

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week 3-0-0

Basic research methods and descriptive and inferential statistics used in psychology.

Prerequisite: A previous course (3.0 credit hours) in Psychology.

Note: Credit will not be granted for Psychology 2030 if Psychology 3010 was taken prior to 1997/1998. Credit is not allowed for Psychology 2030 and Sociology 2130.

PSYCHOLOGY 2110 (3110)
Introduction to Child Development

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Introduction to social, physical, and cognitive development from infancy to late childhood, and the major theoretical perspectives underlying research in each domain.

Prerequisite: A previous course (3.0 credit hours) in Psychology.

PSYCHOLOGY 2320
Cognition and Perception: Thinking and Seeing

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Thinking, remembering, talking, problem solving, seeing, hearing, feeling, smelling and tasting as cognitive and perceptual processes.

Prerequisite: A previous course (3.0 credit hours) in Psychology.

PSYCHOLOGY 2600
Brain and Behaviour

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Theories and research on brain function and its relation to behaviour in humans and other animals.

Prerequisite: Psychology 1000 or Biology 1010.

PSYCHOLOGY 2700
Introduction to Animal Behaviour

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

The concepts developed in the fields of comparative psychology, ethology, behavioural ecology, and evolutionary biology are presented and related to our understanding of the evolution of psychological mechanisms.

Prerequisite: Psychology 1000 or Biology 1020.

PSYCHOLOGY 2800
Social Psychology

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Issues pertaining to social behaviour, including topics such as the life ways of our early ancestors, mating strategies, family, friendships, cooperation, and aggression.

Prerequisite: A previous course (3.0 credit hours) in Psychology.

PSYCHOLOGY 3000
Issues in Psychology (Series)

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Prerequisite: A previous course (3.0 credit hours) in Psychology. Additional prerequisites and recommended backgrounds will be specified for individual offerings.

PSYCHOLOGY 3120
Psychology of Aging

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Current theories of adult development and aging; the effects of aging on sensation and perception, learning, personality and social adjustment.

Prerequisite: Any two 2000-level courses (6.0 credit hours) in Psychology.

Recommended background: Psychology 2030 and 2110 (3110).

PSYCHOLOGY 3130
Advanced Issues in Child Development

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Building on Psychology 2110 (3110), this course will provide in-depth analyses of current theories and research on selected topics in the development of the human child.

Prerequisites: Psychology 2110 (3110) and one other 2000-level course (3.0 credit hours) in Psychology.

PSYCHOLOGY 3320
Advanced Cognition

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Contemporary research, theory and controversy in the area of basic cognitive processes.

Prerequisite: Any two 2000-level courses (6.0 credit hours) in Psychology.

Recommended background: Psychology 2030 and 2320.

PSYCHOLOGY 3325
Cognition and Perception (Series)

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Offerings will focus on processes involved in thinking and perceiving. Specific offerings may include examination of the processes involved in memory, language, consciousness and vision.

Prerequisite: Any two 2000-level courses (6.0 credit hours) in Psychology.

Recommended background: Psychology 2320.

PSYCHOLOGY 3330
Social Cognition

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

This course will explore how individuals make sense of themselves and the people around them. We will study classic and contemporary social cognition research to examine how people process information about their social world.

Prerequisite: Any two 2000-level courses (6.0 credit hours) in Psychology.

Recommended background: Psychology 2030 and 2800.

PSYCHOLOGY 3360
Sensation and Perception

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

The study of sensation and perception is the evaluation of human reception and computation of incoming information about ourselves and the environment. This course will cover the five senses-sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell. It will also cover the changes in these senses over the lifespan, aspects of individual differences and sensory malfunction, the interaction between perception and cognition, and common characteristics of processing by all the systems.

Prerequisites: Psychology 2320 and 2600.

Note: Credit is not allowed for Psychology 3360 and Psychology 3200 (Sensory Systems and Perception), Psychology 3325 (Sensation and Perception), or Psychology 4325 (Sensation and Perception).

PSYCHOLOGY 3400
Advanced Research Design and Data Analysis

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-1
Other hours: 0-0-25

Advanced discussion of research design and data analysis with emphasis on sophisticated research designs, high-level statistical computer packages and current controversies in the area.

Prerequisite: Any two 2000-level courses (6.0 credit hours) in Psychology.

Recommended background: Psychology 2030.

PSYCHOLOGY 3450
Applied Statistics in Psychology

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-1

Traditional application of descriptive and inferential statistical techniques of behavioural analyses with an emphasis on hands-on analysis of data. Topics include: univariate and multivariate testing, correlation and prediction and frequency analysis.

Prerequisite: Any two 2000-level courses (6.0 credit hours) in Psychology.

Recommended background: Psychology 2030.

PSYCHOLOGY 3500
Abnormal Psychology

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of various forms of mental illness.

Prerequisite: Any two 2000-level courses (6.0 credit hours) in Psychology.

Recommended background: An additional 2000-level course (3.0 credit hours) in Psychology.

PSYCHOLOGY 3525
Hormones and Behaviour

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

This course will explore how hormones, external environmental signals and the nervous system interact to produce complex behaviour.

Prerequisite: Any two 2000-level courses (6.0 credit hours) in Psychology.

Recommended background: Psychology 2700.

PSYCHOLOGY 3535
Drugs and Behaviour

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

This course will explore the interaction between the cellular and molecular effects of psychotropic drugs on brain function, and the resulting effects on behaviour.

Prerequisite: Any two 2000-level courses (6.0 credit hours) in Psychology.

Recommended background: Psychology 2600.

PSYCHOLOGY 3570/HEALTH SCIENCES 3570
Contemporary Issues in Mental Health

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

An exploration of some of the myths, controversies and realities surrounding mental health and illness in the 21st Century. Specific topics will include critiques of the modern psychiatric establishment and the biological model of mental illness, gender issues, the 'psychiatric survivor' movement, first nations' issues, self-help groups, children's issues, senior's issues, the role of modern pharmaceutical companies in the mental health system, and the lived experience of mental health and illness.

Prerequisite: Any one 2000-level course (3.0 credit hours) in either Psychology or Health Sciences, or third-year standing (a minimum of 60.0 credit hours).

Note: Credit is not allowed for Psychology 3570/Health Sciences 3570 and Health Sciences 3850 (Topics in Contemporary Mental Health Issues).

PSYCHOLOGY 3600
Fundamental Neurobiology

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

The basic principles of brain structure and function.

Prerequisite: Psychology 2600 or Biology 2000.

PSYCHOLOGY 3605
Research Methods in Neuroscience

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Other hours: 0-0-25

An introduction to the techniques and methods used in modern neuroscience research.

Prerequisite: Any two 2000-level courses (6.0 credit hours) in Psychology.

Recommended background: Psychology 2600 or Biology 2000.

Note: Students who wish to pursue graduate studies in neuroscience should take Psychology 3605.

PSYCHOLOGY 3610
Human Neuropsychology

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Theories and research on human brain function and the diagnosis of brain damage in humans. Study of brain asymmetry and effect of neurological disorders on complex psychological functions such as language, perception, memory and personality.

Prerequisite: Any two 2000-level courses (6.0 credit hours) in Psychology.

Recommended background: Psychology 2600.

PSYCHOLOGY 3615
Functional Neuroanatomy

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

A detailed examination of the functional organization of the mammalian brain. Although the majority of the lecture material covered will focus on the human brain, the functional anatomy of other mammals will be examined in the lab component. Students are expected to have an introductory-level understanding of the brain.

Prerequisite: Any two 2000-level courses (6.0 credit hours) in Psychology.

Recommended background: Psychology 2600.

PSYCHOLOGY 3625
Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Genetic and environmental influences on the regulation of cellular and molecular processes underlying brain function and behaviour. The implications of these processes for understanding diseases of the nervous system will be emphasized.

Prerequisite: Biology 2000.

Recommended background: Psychology 2600.

PSYCHOLOGY 3635
Vision and Neural Plasticity

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

This course is an introduction to the anatomy, cell biology, physiology, function, and plasticity of the visual system with an emphasis on human vision. How the visual system creates visual perception, how the visual system develops, and how diseases of the visual system affect vision are among the topics covered in this course.

Prerequisite: Psychology 2600 or Biology 2000.

Recommended background: Chemistry 2200 or 2600.

Note: Credit is not allowed for Psychology 3635 and Psychology 3680 (Developmental Visual Plasticity).

PSYCHOLOGY 3640
Brain Plasticity and Memory

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Molecular and morphological bases of experience-induced changes in the brain.

Prerequisite: Any two 2000-level courses (6.0 credit hours) in Psychology.

Recommended background: Psychology 2600.

PSYCHOLOGY 3680
Neuroscience (Series)

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Offerings will focus on the relationship between the structure and the function of the nervous system. Specific offerings may include the cellular basis of nervous system disorders, the biological basis of behaviour, and the neural substrates of cognitive processes.

Prerequisite: Any two 2000-level courses (6.0 credit hours) in Psychology.

Recommended background: Psychology 2600.

PSYCHOLOGY 3700
Research Methods in Animal Behaviour

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Other hours: 0-0-20

Topics include methods of experimental control, between and within subject designs and analyses, small-n designs and ethical concerns in the use of animals for research. Emphasis on the performance of laboratory and field studies, reading and writing of research reports and data interpretation. Participation in all-day field trips on three weekends is required.

Prerequisite: Any two 2000-level courses (6.0 credit hours) in Psychology.

Recommended background: Psychology 2030 and 2700.

PSYCHOLOGY 3705
Evolution of Brain and Behaviour

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

This course will examine how understanding the function and evolutionary origins of behaviour can enhance our understanding of the organization and function of the brain. Emphasis will be placed on problems, such as finding food and avoiding predators, finding mates, and communicating with social partners, that have shaped the relationship between brains and behaviour.

Prerequisite: Psychology 2700.

Recommended background: Psychology 2600.

PSYCHOLOGY 3720
Learning

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Basic principles underlying behavioural changes resulting from experience in all animals, including humans.Topics include: classical and operant conditioning, biological constraints on learning and artificial intelligence.

Prerequisite: Any two 2000-level courses (6.0 credit hours) in Psychology.

Recommended background: Psychology 2600.

PSYCHOLOGY 3740
Primate Minds

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Comparative analysis of the behaviour of human and nonhuman primates and its psychological foundations.

Prerequisite: Any two 2000-level courses (6.0 credit hours) in Psychology.

Recommended background: Psychology 2700.

PSYCHOLOGY 3750
Concepts in Comparative Psychology

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Selected topics in the theory and practice of comparative psychology will be discussed.

Prerequisite: Any two 2000-level courses (6.0 credit hours) in Psychology.

Recommended background: Psychology 2700.

PSYCHOLOGY 3835
Social Psychology (Series)

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Offerings will focus on the interaction of the person and the environment. Specific offerings may include the psychology of attitudes, social comparison, health psychology and the psychology of the self.

Prerequisite: Any two 2000-level courses (6.0 credit hours) in Psychology.

Recommended background: Psychology 2800.

PSYCHOLOGY 3845
Sex and Gender Diversity

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

A critical examination of Western Culture's binary construction of sex and gender through such topics as the medical/clinical management of intersexuality, cross-dressing, trans-sexuality and transgenderism. The existence of 'third' sexes and genders in non-Western cultures will also be discussed.

Prerequisite: Any two 2000-level courses (6.0 credit hours) in Psychology.

Note: Credit is not allowed for Psychology 3845 and Psychology 3850 (Sex and Gender).

PSYCHOLOGY 4000
Issues in Psychology (Series)

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Prequisites and recommended backgrounds will be specified for individual offerings.

PSYCHOLOGY 4325
Advanced Cognition and Perception (Series)

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Advanced seminar in cognition and perception. Offerings will focus on processes involved in thinking and perceiving. Specific offerings may include examination of the processes involved in memory, language, consciousness and vision.

Prerequisite: Any two 3000-level courses (6.0 credit hours) in Psychology.

Recommended background: Psychology 2030 and a 3000-level course (3.0 credit hours) in Cognition or Perception (Psychology 3320, 3325, 3330).

PSYCHOLOGY 4350
Evolution of Language

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

This course will critically evaluate alternative hypotheses for language evolution. The emphasis will be on the biological foundations of language and relevant social and psychological abilities.

Prerequisites: One of Psychology 3705, 3740, or Linguistics 2300, and one other 3000-level course (3.0 credit hours) in Psychology.

Recommended background: Psychology 2700 and one of Psychology 2320 or 2600.

PSYCHOLOGY 4550
Abnormal Psychology (Series)

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Offerings will focus on issues and concepts involved in psychological abnormality through evaluation of specific disorder categories.

Prerequisites: Psychology 3500 and any 3000-level course (3.0 credit hours) in Psychology.

PSYCHOLOGY 4630
Neuroscience (Series)

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Advanced seminars in Neuroscience. Offerings will focus on the relationship between the structure and the function of the nervous system. Specific offerings may include the cellular basis of nervous system disorders, the biological basis of behaviour, and the neural substrates of cognitive processes.

Prerequisite: Any two 3000-level courses (6.0 credit hours) in Psychology.

Recommended background: A 3000-level course (3.0 credit hours) in Neuroscience (Psychology 3525, 3535, 3600, 3605, 3610, 3640, 3680).

PSYCHOLOGY 4700
Advanced Research in Animal Behaviour

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Other hours: 0-0-25

Seminar discussion of contentious work in animal behaviour. Individual research projects of participants will also be presented and discussed.

Prerequisite: Any two 3000-level courses (6.0 credit hours) in Psychology.

Recommended background: Psychology 3700.

PSYCHOLOGY 4880
Advanced Social Psychology (Series)

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Advanced seminars in social psychology. Offerings will focus on the interaction of the person and the environment. Specific offerings may include the psychology of attitudes, social comparison, health psychology and the psychology of the self.

Prerequisite: Any two 3000-level courses (6.0 credit hours) in Psychology.

Recommended background: Psychology 2030 and a 3000-level course (3.0 credit hours) in Social Psychology (Psychology 3330 or 3835).

PSYCHOLOGY 4995
Undergraduate Thesis

Credit hours: 6.0
Contact hours: Variable

This is a challenging, work-intensive, research-oriented course in which students will conduct empirical research, report orally on the work, and submit a report in the form an undergraduate thesis which will be made publicly available.

Prerequisites: Fourth-year standing (a minimum of 90.0 credit hours) with a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher.

A minimum GPA of 3.50 in the last 20 courses (60.0 credit hours).

Completion of an Independent Study or an Applied Study (3.0 credit hours) in Psychology.

Application to the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience.

Recommended background: Psychology 3400.

Note: Contact hours will vary. Students should be aware that this course involves regular contact with the Thesis Supervisor as well as considerable independent work.

See Part 7 - Arts and Science, Sections 5.c. (p. 90), 6.c. (p. 92), and 7.c. (p. 93).


GRADUATE COURSES

PSYCHOLOGY 5020
Contemporary Problems in Brain Behaviour and Cognitive Science

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

In-depth study of specific topics in, approaches to and contemporary research in psychology and neuroscience. Discussion of preparation of talks and research posters. Includes seminars on various contemporary problems in brain, behaviour and cognitive science by staff, invited speakers and graduate students.

Prerequisite: Admission to the M.Sc. program.

PSYCHOLOGY 5650
Cortical Function

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

In-depth study of selected topics in cortical organization and function.

Prerequisite: Admission to the M.Sc. or Ph.D. Program.

Recommended background: B.Sc.

PSYCHOLOGY 7020
Contemporary Problems in Brain Behaviour and Cognitive Science

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

In-depth study of specific topics in, approaches to and contemporary research in psychology and neuroscience. Discussion of preparation of talks and research posters as well as preparation for comprehensive examinations. Includes seminars on various contemporary problems in brain, behaviour and cognitive science by staff, invited speakers and graduate students.

Prerequisite: Admission to the Ph.D. program.