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

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

            Introductory Psychology I                                              3 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.

            Introductory Psychology II                                             3 ch (3C)
Examines social behavior, 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.

            Life Span Development                                                  3 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 for
this course only. Note: Students who take PSYC 1273 may not take PSYC 2201 or PSYC
3293 .

            Research Methods in Psychology                                      3 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 .

            Child Development                                                      3 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 .

            Fundamentals of Social Psychology                                      3 ch (3C)
The scientific study of how people think about, influence, and relate to one another. The
course examines methods and findings related to such topics as the self in society, judging
others, attitudes, persuasion, social thinking processes and conformity.

            Introduction to Statistical Analysis for Psychologists                 3 ch (3C)
Designed to acquaint the student with the basic tools of statistics which are used to
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summarize and analyze psychological data.

            Health Psychology                                                 3 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 .

            Sex Differences                                                         3 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.

            Socialization                                                       3 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 .

            The Psychology of Criminal Behaviour                                    3 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 .

            The Psychology of Aging                                                 3 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 .

            Introduction to Psychological Testing                                3 ch (3C/L)
An introduction to 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.
Prerequisite: PSYC 2102 .

            Community Psychology and Mental Health                              3 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.

            Human Sexuality                                                         3 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.

            Developmentally Handicapped Children and Adults                         3 ch (3C)
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A survey of sensory, physical and intellectual dysfunction in interaction with developmental

            Introduction to Guidance and Counselling                               3 ch (3C)
A survey of the concepts, theories, and resources involved in the guidance and counselling

            Perception                                                             3 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

            Systems of Therapy                                                     3 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.

            Advanced Social Psychology                                             3 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.

            Cross Cultural Psychology (O)                                          3 ch (3C )
Cross cultural influences on behaviour, cognition, motivation, and personality variation.
Methodological issues are examined. Prerequisite: PSYC 1003 ,PSYC 1004 .

            Theories of Personality                                                3 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.

            Changing Behaviour                                                     3 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.

            Learning                                                               3 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.

            Human Factors                                                          3 ch (3C)
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Human factors are physical, cognitive, or social capabilities of an individual that influence
our ability to complete specific tasks, use machines (or computers), and successfully behave
in different environments. Human factors in psychology focuses on the interactions between
psychological and environmental factors and takes into account the fact that humans have
limitations and capabilities. This course will outline theories of human performance, with a
specific emphasis on perceptual and cognitive systems.

            Psychopathology                                                          3 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.

            Selective Attention and Memory                                       3 ch (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.

            Motivation                                                               3 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.

            Cognitive Processes                                                      3 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.

            Biological Psychology                                              3 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 .

            Introduction to Human Neuropsychology                                    3 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 .

            Introduction to Clinical Neuropsychology                                 3 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 .

            The Dementias                                                            3 ch (3C)
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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.
Prerequisites: PSYC 1003 and PSYC 1004 .

            Comparative Psychology                                                 3 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 & PSYC 1004 .

            Drugs and Behaviour                                                    3 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.

            Industrial Psychology                                                  3 ch (3C)
Application of psychological knowledge to business and industrial problems.
Prerequisite(s): PSYC 1003 , PSYC 1004 .

PSYC        Introduction to Statistical Inference and Experimental
                                                                                   3 ch (3C)
3913        Design in Psychology
This course provides an introduction to research design and statistical inference 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. Prerequisite: A grade of C or
higher in PSYC 2901 .

            Psychophysiological Research                                        3 ch (2C 1L)
Deals with measurement techniques of the autonomic and central nervous systems of
humans functioning under cognitive or situational challenges. The measurements reflect
processes and conditions related to stress, cognitive functioning, motivation and individual

            History of Psychology                                                  3 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.

            Basic Research                                                         3 ch (3S)
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.

            Basic Research II                                                      3 ch (3S)
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Continuation of PSYC 4111 .

            Honours Research Seminar                                               0 ch (3S)
A non-credit seminar for Honours students. Topics include problems of research design and
discussions of student Honours research projects.

            Honours Research Seminar                                               0 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 .

            Designing Research Proposals                                                3 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.

            Honours Thesis                                                              3 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

            Practicum in Child Studies I                                        3 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

            Practicum in Child Studies II                                       3 ch (4C/S)
A continuation of PSYC 4213 . Prerequisite: PSYC 4213 .

            Programme Evaluation                                                   3 ch (3C)
A 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 , PSYC 2901 (or SOCI 3100 ).

            Field Placement in Community Corrections I                             3 ch (LE)
The field placement is designed to provide students with practical experience in a
community correctional setting that provides services for federal parolees. The course has
limited enrollment and is open to 3rd - 4th year psychology & sociology majors.
Prerequisites: PSYC 3263 and PSYC 3493 andSOCI 2611 and SOCI 3614 ; 3rd - 4th year
PSYC/SOCI, Cumulative GPA=B (exceptions may be made at the discretion of the

            Field Placement in Community Corrections II                            3 ch (LE)
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The field placement is designed to provide students with additional practical experience in a
community correctional setting that provides services for federal parolees. 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

            Field Placement in Clinical Psychology                                  3 ch (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 , PYSC 3493 , and either PSYC 3362 or PSYC 3393 az.

            Attachment and Human Relationships                                    3 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.
Prerequisite: PSYC 3461 .

            Developmental Psychopathology                                        3 ch (3C/S)
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 2201 and 3353 or permission of instructor.

            Advanced Perception                                                    3 ch (3C)
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. Prerequisite: PSYC 3383 .

            Learning Theory                                                      3 ch (3C/S)
An examination of some of the persistent theoretical questions in learning.
Prerequisite: PSYC 3503 .

            Cognitive Neuroscience                                               3 ch (3C/S)
This course 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 3711 and
either PSYC 3383 or PSYC 3693 .

            Substance Abuse and Dependence                                         3 ch (3C)
This course 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. Prerequisite: PSYC 3752 or PSYC 4833 .

            Psychopharmacology                                                     3 ch (3C)
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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. Prerequisite: PSYC 3711 .

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