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8.25.3 Psychology Course Descriptions-3000 Level
Course Code
PSYC 3070  Credits View Details
Title Adult Development 
Description This course deals with psychological changes during young adulthood, middle age, and old age. Students may not hold credit for both PSYC 3070 and the former PSYC 2370. Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in PSYC 2290 or PSYC 2291] or written consent of department head. 


Course Code
PSYC 3110  Credits View Details
Title Research in Social Psychology 
Description This course will provide an introduction to conducting research in social psychology. Students will gain experience in all facets of the research process including experimental design and preparation, human ethical review, data collection and analysis, and report writing. Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in PSYC 2260 or PSYC 2261] and [a grade of "C" or better in PSYC 2540 or PSYC 2541 or the former PSYC 2410 or the former PSYC 2411 or the former PSYC 2420 or the former PSYC 2421]. 


Course Code
PSYC 3130  Credits View Details
Title Introduction to Health Psychology 
Description This course offers a survey of psychological issues in health and illness. Major topics will include the biopsychosocial approach, mental models of illness, pain, stress and coping, health-damaging and health-promoting behaviours, and psychological issues in medical care. Students may not hold credit for PSYC 3130 and any of: PSYC 3131 or PSYC 3530 when titled "Health Psychology." Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in PSYC 2540 or PSYC 2541 or the former PSYC 2410 or the former PSYC 2411 or the former PSYC 2420 or the former PSYC 2421] or written consent of department head. 


Course Code
PSYC 3150  Credits View Details
Title Behaviour Modification Applications 
Description Guidelines for designing, implementing, and evaluating behaviour modification applications are described in detail. Students may also conduct supervised projects in applied areas or in basic behavioural research. Students may not hold credit for PSYC 3150 and any of: PSYC 3151 or the former PSYC 2450 or the former PSYC 2451. Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in PSYC 2440 or PSYC 2441] or written consent of department head. 


Course Code
PSYC 3160  Credits View Details
Title Perception and Attention 
Description This lecture course will provide you with a basic introduction to the characteristics and processes of human perception. A scientific approach will be used with specific emphasis on exploring the relation between experimental evidence and theory. Topics to be covered include transmission of information through the visual and auditory systems, visual and auditory pattern recognition, selective and divided attention, and the role of attention and interpretation in perception. Students may not hold credit for both PSYC 3160 and PSYC 3441. Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in PSYC 2480 or PSYC 2481] or written consent of department head. 


Course Code
PSYC 3170  Credits View Details
Title Research in Cognitive Psychology 
Description This course will provide an introduction to conducting research in human perception and cognition. Students will gain experience in all facets of the research process including: critical reading of relevant literature, experimental design and preparation, data collection and analysis, and report writing. Activities may include critiques of published research, research proposals, individual and/or group projects, research reports, and individual and/or group presentations. Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better PSYC 2480 or PSYC 2481] or written consent of department head. 


Course Code
PSYC 3200  Credits View Details
Title Thinking Critically About Psychological Research 
Description This course will teach students to apply critical thinking skills in the evaluation of psychological research. Core components will include the logic of research design, analysis and interpretation, the description of psychological studies, and the critical reading of published research. Activities will include the preparation of critiques of research claims published in both academic journals and in the main-stream press, sample research proposals, individual and/or group projects, and individual and/or group presentations. Prerequisite: [a grade of "B" or better in PSYC 2260 or PSYC 2261 or the former PSYC 2300] and written consent of department head. 


Course Code
PSYC 3310  Credits View Details
Title Adolescent Development 
Description This course deals with normal psychological development from puberty until adulthood. Results of scientific research are emphasized. Students may not hold credit for PSYC 3310 and any of: PSYC 3311 or the former PSYC 2310 or the former PSYC 2311. Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in PSYC 2290 or PSYC 2291] or written consent of department head. 


Course Code
PSYC 3340  Credits View Details
Title Design and Analysis for Psychological Experiments 
Description Methods for controlling sources of internal validity in psychological experiments, such as randomization, blocking, factorial configuration, and repeated measurements, will be discussed. Descriptive and multivariate methods of analysis will also be introduced. The use of statistical packages will be illustrated. Students may not hold credit for PSYC 3340 and any of: PSYC 3341 or the former PSYC 4570. Prerequisite: [a grade of "B" or better in PSYC 2260 or PSYC 2261 or the former PSYC 2300] and written consent of department head. 


Course Code
PSYC 3350  Credits View Details
Title Behavioural Neuroscience 
Description This course presents the fundamentals of the neurobiology of behaviour. Special importance is placed on the information-processing properties of the nervous system in order to provide a uniform framework for the understanding of such topics as perception, attention, sleep and wakefulness, motivation, and learning. Students may not hold credit for PSYC 3350 and any of: PSYC 3351 or the former PSYC 3330 or the former PSYC 3331. Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in PSYC 2360 or PSYC 2361] or written consent of department head. 


Course Code
PSYC 3360  Credits View Details
Title Experimental Child Psychology 
Description Research methods for developmental psychology are reviewed: ethics, conducting experiments with child participants in a group project, research design, data analysis, writing research papers in APA format, and creating a poster presentation. Prerequisite: a grade of "C" or better in PSYC 2290 or PSYC 2291


Course Code
PSYC 3380  Credits View Details
Title Nature, Nurture and Behaviour 
Description This course provides an overview of behavioural genetics. It will introduce students to the basic principles of Mendelian, population, and quantitative genetics, as well as how they are used for the study of neuro-behavioural phenotypes, characteristics and traits in human, animal and insect systems, and how genes contribute to behaviour. Societal and ethical implications of the results of behavioural genetics are considered. Students may not hold credit for both PSYC 3380 and PSYC 3530 when titled "Nature, Nurture, and Behaviour." Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in PSYC 2360 or PSYC 2361] or written consent of department head. 


Course Code
PSYC 3390  Credits View Details
Title Thinking 
Description The class surveys work in cognitive science. Topics include probabilistic reasoning, heuristics and biases, artificial neural networks, mental representation of number, and the cognitive unconscious. Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in PSYC 2480 or PSYC 2481] or written consent of department head. 


Course Code
PSYC 3430  Credits View Details
Title Sensory Processes 
Description A review of the structure and function of biological receptor systems and how they mediate information about the environment. It includes such topics as receptor transduction, neural correlates of sensation, and neural models of sensory discrimination. Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in PSYC 2360 or PSYC 2361] or written consent of department head. 


Course Code
PSYC 3470  Credits View Details
Title Dyadic Relations 
Description This course covers friendship formation and dyadic relations – linking, liking, loving, and leaving – from an empirically oriented psychological perspective. Students may not hold credit for both PSYC 3470 and the former PSYC 2460. Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in PSYC 2540 or PSYC 2541 or the former PSYC 2410 or the former PSYC 2411 or the former PSYC 2420 or the former PSYC 2421] or written consent of department head. 


Course Code
PSYC 3490  Credits View Details
Title Individual Differences 
Description This course is concerned with the systematic way in which individuals vary. Topics include individual differences as a function of sex, age, race, and socioeconomic status. Specific behaviours to be studied include reaction-time differences, differences in intelligence, differences in aptitudes and interests, and differences in motor abilities. The reasons for some of these differences will also be delineated. Hence genetic and physiological factors, as well as psychological explanations for individual differences, will be studied. Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in PSYC 1200 or the former PSYC 1201] or [a grade of "C" or better in both PSYC 1211 and PSYC 1221] or written consent of department head. 


Course Code
PSYC 3520  Credits View Details
Title Independent Research in Psychology 1 
Description Students carry out a research project and write a paper. Research may include historical, theoretical or experimental analyses of psychological problems. Normally available only to third and fourth year students who are in Honours Psychology or who are Psychology Majors and have completed one of: both PSYC 2250 and PSYC 2260, or both PSYC 2251 and PSYC 2261, or the former PSYC 2300. A student may not hold credit for more than two of PSYC 3520 or PSYC 3560 or PSYC 3590. Prerequisite: prearranged written consent of an individual instructor and written consent of department head. 


Course Code
PSYC 3530  Credits View Details
Title Contemporary Issues 1 
Description The content of this course will vary from year to year, but in general it will entail either some specific topic of prominent interest in psychology or a psychological analysis of some problem of current public interest. Students may not hold credit for both PSYC 3530 and PSYC 3531. Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in PSYC 1200 or the former PSYC 1201] or [a grade of "C" or better in both PSYC 1211 and PSYC 1221] and written consent of department head. The course content may vary. Students can earn multiple credits for this course only when the topic subtitle is different. 


Course Code
PSYC 3540  Credits View Details
Title Contemporary Issues 2 
Description The content of this course will vary from year to year, but in general it will entail either some specific topic of prominent interest in psychology or a psychological analysis of some problem of current public interest. Students may not hold credit for both PSYC 3540 and the former PSYC 3541. Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in PSYC 1200 or the former PSYC 1201] or [a grade of "C" or better in both PSYC 1211 and PSYC 1221] and written consent of department head. The course content may vary. Students can earn multiple credits for this course only when the topic subtitle is different. 


Course Code
PSYC 3560  Credits View Details
Title Supervised Field Study in Psychology 
Description Students usually do supervised field work in a community setting and write a paper. Normally available only to third and fourth year students who are in Honours Psychology or who are Psychology Majors. A student may not hold credit for more than two of: PSYC 3520, PSYC 3560, PSYC 3590. Prerequisite: prearranged written consent of an individual instructor and written consent of department head.