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Psychology (PSYC)

Psychology (PSYC)
Faculty of Arts and Science

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(s):
One course (3.0 credit hours) in Psychology or Neuroscience
Substantially Similar:
Sociology 2130

Psychology 2110

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(s):
One course (3.0 credit hours) in Psychology or Neuroscience
Equivalent:
Psychology 3110 (prior to 2004/2005)

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(s):
One course (3.0 credit hours) in Psychology or Neuroscience

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(s):
One of Biology 1020 or a course (3.0 credit hours) in Psychology or Neuroscience

Psychology 2800

Social Psychology
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
An introduction to the major theoretical perspectives used in social psychology and the research methods used in the study of social behaviour. Topics include: attitudes and persuasion, prejudice and discrimination, aggression, and love and friendship.
Prerequisite(s):
One course (3.0 credit hours) in Psychology or Neuroscience

Psychology 3000

Issues in Psychology (Series)
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Prerequisite(s):
One course (3.0 credit hours) in Psychology;
Additional prerequisites may be specified (including any recommended background) 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(s):
Two 2000-level courses (6.0 credit hours) in Psychology or Neuroscience
Recommended Background:
Psychology 2030;
Psychology 2110

Psychology 3130

Developmental Psychopathology
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Current theories and research into atypical child development with a focus on biological, cognitive, social, emotional, and environmental influences on disordered development from conception to adolescence.
Prerequisite(s):
Psychology 2110;
One additional 2000-level course (3.0 credit hours) in Psychology or Neuroscience

Psychology 3140

Introduction to Organizational Psychology
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
The application of psychological principles, theory, and research methods to the workplace. Topics include employee selection, productive and counterproductive workplace behaviours, performance appraisal, employee attitudes, work motivation, work stress, and leadership.
Prerequisite(s):
Two 2000-level courses (6.0 credit hours) in Psychology or Neuroscience
Recommended Background:
Psychology 2800
Equivalent:
Psychology 3000 (Introduction to Organizational Psychology) (prior to 2009/2010)

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(s):
Two 2000-level courses (6.0 credit hours) in Psychology or Neuroscience
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(s):
Two 2000-level courses (6.0 credit hours) in Psychology or Neuroscience
Recommended Background:
Psychology 2030;
Psychology 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.
Equivalent:
Psychology 3325 (Sensation and Perception) (prior to 2004/2005);
Psychology 4325 (Sensation and Perception) (prior to 2004/2005)

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(s):
Two 2000-level courses (6.0 credit hours) in Psychology or Neuroscience
Recommended Background:
Psychology 2030

Psychology 3450/Health Sciences 3450

Applied Statistics for Clinical Practice
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-1-0
Traditional application of descriptive and inferential statistical techniques used in applied disciplines such as health sciences and clinical psychology. Topics include choosing statistical tests, data entry and coding, parametric and non-parametric tests, correlation, chi-square, t-tests, ANOVA, interpretation of statistical tests, statistical significance versus clinical significance, and clinical implications of statistical testing.
Prerequisite(s):
Two 2000-level courses (6.0 credit hours) in Psychology, Neuroscience, or Health Sciences
OR
Third-year standing (a minimum of 60.0 credit hours)
Corequisite(s):
Nursing 3360 (for NESA students only)
Recommended Background:
One of Psychology 2030 or Health Sciences 3260
Equivalent:
Health Sciences 3259 (prior to 2007/2008)

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(s):
Two 2000-level courses (6.0 credit hours) in Psychology or Neuroscience
Recommended Background:
One additional 2000-level course (3.0 credit hours) in Psychology or Neuroscience

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(s):
Two 2000-level courses (6.0 credit hours) in Psychology or Neuroscience
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(s):
Two 2000-level courses (6.0 credit hours) in Psychology or Neuroscience
Recommended Background:
Neuroscience 2600

Psychology 3570/Health Sciences 3570

Contemporary Issues in Mental Health
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Mental health issues, including mental health research, the mental health care system, the nature of mental health, the DSM diagnostic system, the interplay between the pharmaceutical industry and the mental health care system, gender issues, mental health treatments, the role of trauma in mental health, and various specific mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, ADHD, and eating disorders.
Prerequisite(s):
One 2000-level course (3.0 credit hours) in Psychology, Neuroscience, or Health Sciences
OR
Third-year standing (a minimum of 60.0 credit hours)
Equivalent:
Health Sciences 3850 (Topics in Contemporary Mental Health Issues) (prior to 2002/2003)

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(s):
Two 2000-level courses (6.0 credit hours) in Psychology or Neuroscience
Recommended Background:
Neuroscience 2600

Psychology 3815

Psychology of Crime
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
An overview of recent scientific findings in the psychological study of antisocial behaviour, aggression, and violence. Particular attention is paid to developmental continuity, looking at factors that lead to persistence or desistence of antisocial behaviour. Special topics are examined, such as sexual crimes, the assessment of risk to reoffend, and psychological treatment.
Prerequisite(s):
Two 2000-level courses (6.0 credit hours) in Psychology or Neuroscience
Recommended Background:
Psychology 2030;
Psychology 2800
Equivalent:
Psychology 3000 (Psychology of Crime) (prior to 2007/2008)

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(s):
Two 2000-level courses (6.0 credit hours) in Psychology or Neuroscience
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, transsexuality and transgenderism. The existence of ‘third’ sexes and genders in non-Western cultures will also be discussed.
Prerequisite(s):
Two 2000-level courses (6.0 credit hours) in Psychology or Neuroscience
Equivalent:
Psychology 3850 (Sex and Gender) (prior to 2003/2004)

Psychology 4000

Issues in Psychology (Series)
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Prerequisite(s):
Will be specified (including any recommended background) 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(s):
Two 3000-level courses (6.0 credit hours) in Psychology or Neuroscience
Recommended Background:
Psychology 2030;
One 3000-level course (3.0 credit hours) in Cognition or Perception (Psychology 3325 or Psychology 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.
Prerequisite(s):
One of Neuroscience 3705 or Linguistics 2300;
One additional 3000-level course (3.0 credit hours) in Psychology or Neuroscience
Recommended Background:
Psychology 2700;
One of Psychology 2320 or Neuroscience 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.
Prerequisite(s):
Psychology 3500;
One additional 3000-level course (3.0 credit hours) in Psychology or Neuroscience

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(s):
Two 3000-level courses (6.0 credit hours) in Psychology or Neuroscience
Recommended Background:
Psychology 2030;
One 3000-level course (3.0 credit hours) in Social Psychology (Psychology 3330 or Psychology 3835)

Psychology 4995

Undergraduate Thesis
Credit hours: 6.0
Contact hours per week: 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 of an undergraduate thesis which will be made publicly available.
Prerequisite(s):
Fourth-year standing (a minimum of 90.0 credit hours);
A cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher;
A minimum GPA of 3.50 in the last 20 courses (60.0 credit hours);
One Independent Study or Applied Study (3.0 credit hours) in Psychology;
Application to the Department of Psychology
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. 98), 6.c. (p. 100), and 7.c. (p. 101).