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Major Concentration Psychology (36 credits)

Offered by: Psychology     Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Program Requirements

The Major Concentration Psychology does not provide sufficient undergraduate background to enable students to apply for membership in the Ordre des Psychologues du Québec, even once the additional graduate requirements of the Ordre have been completed. Students who are interested in practising psychology in Quebec are advised to also complete the Minor Concentration Behavioral Science.

Recommended Background for Quebec CEGEP Students

Students planning on applying to a Bachelor of Arts degree with a Major Concentration Psychology or a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree with a Major Concentration Psychology are advised to take courses in Introductory Psychology and Human Biology at the collegial level.

Program Prerequisites

Students planning on entering the Major Concentration Psychology program are required to complete courses in Introductory Psychology and Human Biology at the collegial level or in their first year of study at McGill University.

Students are required to register for PSYC 100 during their first year at McGill University. Students who have completed 350-101 or 350-102 in CEGEP are exempt from the PSYC 100 requirement.

Bachelor of Arts students are required to complete BIOL 115 or BIOL 111 or BIOL 112 during their first year. Students who have completed one of Biology 101-301, 101-401, 101-911 or 101-921 in CEGEP are exempt from the Biology requirement.

  • BIOL 111 Principles: Organismal Biology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : An introduction to the phylogeny, structure, function and adaptation of unicellular organisms, plants and animals in the biosphere.

    Terms: Fall 2010

    Instructors: Irene Gregory-Eaves, Rajinder S Dhindsa, Claire Seizilles de Mazancourt (Fall)

    • Fall

    • 2 hours lecture and 3 hours laboratory

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken CEGEP objective 00UK or equivalent; or BIOL 115.

    • This course serves as an alternative to CEGEP objective code 00UK

    • May require departmental approval.

    • Open to all students wishing introductory biology.

    • Attendance at first lab is mandatory to confirm registration in the course.

    • This class will use a Student Response System (clicker) which can be obtained from the Bookstore.

  • BIOL 112 Cell and Molecular Biology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : The cell: ultrastructure, division, chemical constituents and reactions. Bioenergetics: photosynthesis and respiration. Principles of genetics, the molecular basis of inheritance and biotechnology.

    Terms: Winter 2011

    Instructors: Joseph Alan Dent, Jacalyn Vogel (Winter)

    • Winter

    • 2 hours lecture and 3.5 hours laboratory/seminar

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken or are taking CEGEP objective 00XU or equivalent; or BIOL 115; or AEBI 122

    • Attendance at first lab is mandatory to confirm registration in the course.

  • BIOL 115 Essential Biology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : An introduction to biological science that emphasizes the manner in which scientific understanding is achieved and evolves and the influence of biological science on society. Topics will include cell structure and function, genetics, evolution, organ physiology, ecology and certain special topics that change from year to year.

    Terms: Fall 2010

    Instructors: Robert Levine (Fall)

    • Fall

    • 3 hours lecture

    • Prerequisites: none.

    • Restrictions: Open only to non-Science students; not open to students who have had BIOL 111, BIOL 112, or equivalents.

  • PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Introduction to the scientific study of mind and behavior, including basic concepts and methods in psychology while also highlighting the relevance of psychology to everyday life; attachment, aggression, depression, parenting and personality change.

    Terms: Fall 2010, Summer 2011

    Instructors: Daniel Levitin (Fall) Jens Pruessner (Summer)

    • 2 lectures; 1 conference

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have passed an Introductory Psychology course in CEGEP: 350-101 or 350-102 or equivalent

Required Courses (18 credits)

* Advising note for PSYC 204: Students who have completed in CEGEP either Mathematics 201-307 or 201-337 or equivalent, or the combination of Quantitative Methods 360-300 with Mathematics 201-300, and who obtained a minimum grade of 75%, are exempt from the U1 required course PSYC 204.

Bachelor of Arts students exempt from PSYC 204 replace this course with 3 credits at the 300 level or above in Psychology (PSYC), Anthropology (ANTH), Linguistics (LING) or Sociology (SOCI).

Bachelor of Arts and Science students exempt from PSYC 204 replace this course with 3 credits in Psychology (PSYC) at the 300-level or above.

  • PSYC 204 Introduction to Psychological Statistics (3 credits) *

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : The statistical analysis of research data; frequency distributions; graphic representation; measures of central tendency and variability; elementary sampling theory and tests of significance.

    Terms: Fall 2010, Winter 2011, Summer 2011

    Instructors: Rhonda N Amsel (Fall) David J Ostry (Winter) Shahin Zangenehpour (Summer)

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have passed a CEGEP statistics course(s) with a minimum grade of 75%: Mathematics 201-307 or 201-337 or equivalent or the combination of Quantitative Methods 300 with Mathematics 300

    • This course is a prerequisite for PSYC 305, PSYC 406, PSYC 310, PSYC 336

    • You may not be able to receive credit for this course and other statistic courses. Be sure to check the Course Overlap section under Faculty Degree Requirements in the Arts or Science section of the Calendar.

  • PSYC 211 Introductory Behavioural Neuroscience (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : An introduction to contemporary research on the relationship between brain and behaviour. Topics include learning, memory and cognition, brain damage and neuroplasticity, emotion and motivation, and drug addiction and brain reward circuits. Much of the evidence will be drawn from the experimental literature on research with animals.

    Terms: Winter 2011

    Instructors: Yogita Chudasama (Winter)

    • Winter

    • 2 lectures

    • Prerequisite: PSYC 100 or equivalent

  • PSYC 212 Perception (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Perception is the organization of sensory input into a representation of the environment. Topics include: survey of sensory coding mechanisms (visual, auditory, tactile, olfactory, gustatory), object recognition, spatial localization, perceptual constancies and higher level influences.

    Terms: Fall 2010, Winter 2011, Summer 2011

    Instructors: Shahin Zangenehpour (Fall) Shahin Zangenehpour (Winter) Shahin Zangenehpour (Summer)

    • 2 lectures; 1 conference

  • PSYC 213 Cognition (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Where do thoughts come from? What is the nature of thought, and how does it arise in the mind and the brain? Cognition is the study of human information processing, and we will explore topics such as memory, attention, categorization, decision making, intelligence, philosophy of mind, and the mind-as computer metaphor.

    Terms: Winter 2011

    Instructors: Jelena Ristic (Winter)

    • Winter

    • 2 lectures, 1 conference

    • Prerequisite: One previous course in Psychology.

  • PSYC 215 Social Psychology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : The course offers students an overview of the major topics in social psychology. Three levels of analysis are explored beginning with individual processes (e.g., attitudes, attribution), then interpersonal processes (e.g., attraction, communication, love) and finally social influence processes (e.g., conformity, norms, roles, reference groups).

    Terms: Fall 2010, Winter 2011

    Instructors: Donald M Taylor (Fall) Michael John L Sullivan (Winter)

  • PSYC 305 Statistics for Experimental Design (3 credits) **

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : An introduction to the design and analysis of experiments, including analysis of variance, planned and post hoc tests and a comparison of anova to correlational analysis.

    Terms: Fall 2010, Winter 2011, Summer 2011

    Instructors: Rhonda N Amsel (Fall) Heungsun Hwang (Winter) Rhonda N Amsel (Summer)

    • Prerequisite: PSYC 204 or equivalent

    • This course is required of all students who propose to enter an Honours or Major program in Psychology

    • You may not be able to receive credit for this course and other statistic courses. Be sure to check the Course Overlap section under Faculty Degree Requirements in the Arts or Science section of the Calendar.

** Note: Students who wish to apply to the Honours program in Psychology must complete the required courses above apart from PSYC 305 in their U1 year to be eligible for admission. Students who have been exempted from PSYC 204 are advised to complete PSYC 305 in U1. All students must complete a minimum of 27 graded credits in U1 to be eligible for admission to the Honours program. For additional information about applying to Honours, please refer to the Honours program description.

Complementary Courses (18 credits)

18 credits selected as follows:

3 credits in Psychology from List A - (Behavioural Neuroscience, Cognition and Quantitive Methods)
3 credits in Psychology from List B - (Social, Health and Developmental Psychology)
12 credits in Psychology with at least 6 credits at the 400- or 500-level.

List A - (Behavioural Neuroscience, Cognition and Quantitive Methods)

  • NSCI 201 Introduction to Neuroscience 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Neuroscience : An introduction to how the nervous system acquires and integrates information and uses it to produce behaviour.

    Terms: Winter 2011

    Instructors: Evan Balaban (Winter)

    • Winter

    • Prerequisite: NSCI 200 or PSYC 211 or permission of instructor.

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken PSYC 308.

  • PSYC 301 Animal Learning & Theory (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Contemporary and historical research and theory on animal learning approached from a behavioural, cognitive and biological perspective. Classical and instrumental conditioning, cognitive learning, and biological constraints. The status and history of North American behaviourism will be discussed and compared with cognitive and other approaches.

    Terms: Fall 2010

    Instructors: Andrew G Baker (Fall)

    • Fall

    • Prerequisite(s): PSYC 211 or PSYC 213 or permission of instructor.

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken PSYC 211 prior to the 2000-01 academic year

  • PSYC 310 Human Intelligence (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : An introduction to the measurement, structure, development, and correlates of human intelligence; the role of environment and heredity in its formation; social, cultural, and race differences will be explored.

    Terms: Winter 2011

    Instructors: Andrew G Baker (Winter)

    • Winter

    • 2 lectures

    • Prerequisite: PSYC 204 or any equivalent course

  • PSYC 311 Human Cognition and the Brain (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : The course is an introduction to the field studying how human cognitive processes, such as perception, attention, language, learning and memory, planning and organization, are related to brain processes. The material covered is primarily based on studies of the effects of different brain lesions on cognition and studies of brain activity in relation to cognitive processes with modern functional neuroimaging methods.

    Terms: Fall 2010, Summer 2011

    Instructors: Michalakis Petrides (Fall) Michalakis Petrides (Summer)

    • Fall

    • 2 lectures; 1 conference

  • PSYC 315 Computational Psychology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Application of computational methods to the simulation of psychological phenomena. Comparison of natural and artificial intelligence. Symbolic and neural network techniques. Methods for evaluating simulations.

    Terms: Fall 2010

    Instructors: Thomas R Shultz (Fall)

    • Fall

    • Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

    • Restriction: Not open to U0 or U1 students.

  • PSYC 317 Genes and Behaviour (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Focuses on current techniques employed to study which genes influence behaviour, and how they do so.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

  • PSYC 318 Behavioural Neuroscience 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : The physiological bases of motivational states, with respect to feeding, drinking, sexual behavior, drug use, and aggression. Physiological bases of learning and memory.

    Terms: Winter 2011

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

  • PSYC 329 Introduction to Auditory Cognition (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Listener's response to sound. Higher-level mental principles including perception, attention, memory, motor control, and emotion. Sensation and perceptual organization of sound. Perception/production of speech, music, and other auditory events.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    • 3 lecture hours per week.

    • Prerequisites: PSYC 212 or PSYC 213 or permission of the instructor.

  • PSYC 340 Psychology of Language (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : A survey of issues in psycholinguistics, focusing on the nature and processing of language (e.g., how we understand speech sounds, words, sentences, and discourse). Also surveyed: language and thought, the biological foundations of language, and first language acquisition.

    Terms: Winter 2011

    Instructors: Debra Ann Titone (Winter)

  • PSYC 341 The Psychology of Bilingualism (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : This course will examine issues in bilingualism, including second language acquisition in children and adults, critical period hypothesis, cognitive consequences and correlates of bilingualism, social psychological aspects of bilingualism, and bilingual education.

    Terms: Winter 2011

    Instructors: Fred H Genesee (Winter)

    • Winter

    • 2 lectures

    • Prerequisites: Introductory Psychology, and PSYC 340 or introduction to linguistics; or permission of instructor

  • PSYC 342 Hormones and Behaviour (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : The role of hormones in organization of CNS function, as effectors of behaviour, in expression of behaviours and in mental illness.

    Terms: Winter 2011

    Instructors: Jens Pruessner (Winter)

  • PSYC 352 Cognitive Psychology Laboratory (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Introduction to research methods and experimental techniques in cognitive psychology for exploring topics such as attention, memory, categorization, reasoning, and language processing.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    • Winter

    • 1 hour lecture, weekly lab

    • Prerequisite: PSYC 213 and PYSC 305.

    • Corequisite: PSYC 305 or equivalent.

    • Restriction: Requires departmental approval.

    • Students will be admitted on the basis of a written application on forms available from the Department (Room N7/9). Applications must be submitted by first day of class

  • PSYC 353 Laboratory in Human Perception (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Students will be introduced to standard psychophysical procedures and data analysis techniques, and will have the opportunity to design and carry out their own experiments. Research topics include: visual acuity, form and motion perception, and visual search. Evaluation based on individually written reports on lab experiments.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    • Winter

    • 1 hour lecture plus 3 hour lab

    • Prerequisites: PSYC 212, U2 level or above. Requires departmental approval.

    • Students will be admitted on the basis of a written application on forms available from the Department (Room N7/9). Applications must be submitted by August 15

  • PSYC 403 Modern Psychology in Historical Perspective (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : A survey of the scientific and ideological influences on psychology from its philosophical beginnings through the period of the schools to its modern situation.

    Terms: Fall 2010

    Instructors: Zbigniew Pleszewski (Fall)

    • Fall

    • 2 lectures

  • PSYC 406 Psychological Tests (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : An introduction to the theory and practice of psychological measurement in health, educational, clinical and industrial/organizational settings. Attention to procedures for developing and validating tests and questionnaires. Techniques include: intelligence tests, projective tests, questionnaires, structured interviews, rating scales, and behavioural/performance tests.

    Terms: Winter 2011

    Instructors: Debbie S Moskowitz (Winter)

    • Winter

    • 2 lectures

    • Prerequisite: PSYC 204 or equivalent

  • PSYC 410 Special Topics in Neuropsychology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Developments in cognitive neuroscience and cognitive neuropsychiatry via readings from primary sources. Topics include the neural bases of memory, emotion, social cognition and neuropsychiatric diseases. Integrating knowledge from studies in clinical populations and functional neuroimaging studies.

    Terms: Fall 2010

    Instructors: Amir Raz (Fall)

    • Fall

    • 2 lectures

    • Prerequisites: PSYC 311 or PSYC 308. Knowledge of basic neuropsychology at the level covered in PSYC 311 is assumed

  • PSYC 413 Cognitive Development (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : In-depth exploration of cognitive development in infants and children including knowledge representation and processing, conceptual development, language development, and theories and principles of cognitive development.

    Terms: Fall 2010

    Instructors: Kristine Onishi (Fall)

  • PSYC 427 Sensorimotor Behaviour (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : A systematic examination of the sensorimotor system, drawing on models and data from both behavioural and physiological studies. Topics include: cortical motor areas, cerebellum, basal ganglia, spinal mechanisms, motor unit properties and force production, prioception, muscle properties.

    Terms: Winter 2011

    Instructors: David J Ostry (Winter)

    • Winter

    • 2 lectures

    • Prerequisite: PSYC 308 or permission of instructor

  • PSYC 451 Human Factors Research and Techniques (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : The application of psychology to the analysis and design of systems and products to increase efficiency and reduce the probability and risk of human error. Topics include: workload and vigilance, control-display relationships, task analysis, and workstation design.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

  • PSYC 470 Memory and Brain (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Memory systems are studied with an emphasis on the neural computations that occur at various stages of the processing stream, focusing on the hippocampus, amygdala, basal ganglia, cerebellum and cortex. The data reviewed is obtained from human, non-human primates and rodents, with single unit recording, neuroimaging and brain damaged subjects.

    Terms: Winter 2011

    Instructors: Maria Rajah (Winter)

  • PSYC 501 Auditory Perception (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Auditory perception and its neural correlates, covering acoustics, auditory anatomy and neurobiology, and the neural correlates of perception of loudness, pitch, spatial location, frequency specificity, musical, speech sounds, and segregation of component sounds in multi-sound environments in both humans and animals.

    Terms: Fall 2010

    Instructors: Evan Balaban (Fall)

    • 2 lectures

    • Prerequisite: Undergraduate courses in perception or sound or neuroscience and permission of instructor.

    • Restrictions: For U3 and graduate students.

  • PSYC 502 Psychoneuroendocrinology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Neuroendocrinological mechanisms of action that underlie specific behaviors and their disorders. Hormones and cognitive functioning, sexual functioning, aggression, mood and stress in humans and will focus on methods of hypothesis-testing in these areas.

    Terms: Fall 2010

    Instructors: Barbara Sherwin (Fall)

  • PSYC 505 The Psychology of Pain (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : An introduction to pain research and theory, with emphasis on the interactions of psychological, cultural and physiological factors in pain perception. The role of these factors in clinical pain and its management by pharmacological and non-pharmacological means will be discussed.

    Terms: Winter 2011

    Instructors: Frances V Abbott (Winter)

  • PSYC 510 Statistical Analysis of Tests (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : This course aims to introduce students interested in developing or appraising tests to the important statistical problems and modern techniques associated with testing data. Testing situations discussed will range from one-shot classroom tests through special purpose scales to the highly refined large scale tests such as the SAT.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

  • PSYC 514 Neurobiology of Learning and Memory (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Properties of nerve cells that are responsible for learning and memory. Recent advances in the understanding of neurophysiological, biochemical and structural processes relevant to neural plasticity. Emphasis on a few selected model systems involving both vertebrate and invertebrate animals.

    Terms: Fall 2010

    Instructors: Oliver Hardt, Paola Virginia Migues Blanco (Fall)

  • PSYC 522 Neurochemistry and Behaviour (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Anatomical, biochemical and physiological aspects of neurotransmitter systems in the brain, current theories of the function of these systems in normal and abnormal behaviour, and the actions of psychotropic drugs.

    Terms: Winter 2011

    Instructors: Maria Pompeiano (Winter)

  • PSYC 526 Advances in Visual Perception (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : We examine in detail the structure of the visual system, and its function as reflected in the perceptual abilities and behaviour of the organism. Parallels are also drawn with other sensory systems to demonstrate general principles of sensory coding.

    Terms: Fall 2010

    Instructors: Frederick A A Kingdom, Kathleen T Mullen (Fall)

    • Fall

    • 2 lectures

  • PSYC 529 Music Cognition (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Interdisciplinary study of music cognition and perception, with an emphasis on cognitive and experimental approaches. Topics include: psychoacoustics, music memory, tonality, neuropsychology of music, performance, talent and expertise, and developmental aspects.

    Terms: Winter 2011

    Instructors: Caroline Palmer (Winter)

  • PSYC 531 Structural Equation Models (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : The course introduces basic concepts underlying structural equation models (SEM). SEM, which combine regression analysis and factor analysis, are quite useful and are currently very popular in analyzing data that arise in social, developmental and clinical psychology. The students are expected to get first-hand experiences in fitting SEM, and learn how to interpret and report the results from SEM.

    Terms: Fall 2010

    Instructors: Yoshio Takane (Fall)

    • Fall

    • one 2-hour lecture plus one lab

    • Prerequisite: PSYC 536, PSYC 651, or equivalent, or permission of instructor.

  • PSYC 532 Cognitive Science (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : The multi-disciplinary study of intelligent systems. Problems in vision, memory, categorization, choice, problem solving, cognitive development, syntax, language acquisition, and rationality. Rule-based and connectionist approaches.

    Terms: Fall 2010

    Instructors: Thomas R Shultz (Fall)

    • Fall

    • Prerequisites: Admission to the Cognitive Science Minor or permission of instructor. Students should ideally have some cognitive science background in at least two disciplines

  • PSYC 536 Correlational Techniques (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : The statistical analysis of relations among a number of variables in situations common in psychology, ecology, and other fields. Methods include regression analysis, principal components analysis, and other techniques for modelling the structure of correlation matrices.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    • Winter

    • Prerequisites: PSYC 204 and PSYC 305 or their equivalents, and MATH 133 or equivalent.

    • Restriction: Requires departmental approval.

  • PSYC 537 Advanced Seminar in Psychology of Language (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Topics may include: the neural basis of language, evolutionary approaches to language, pragmatics and figurative language processing, disordered language processing, models of spoken word recognition.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    • Fall

    • Prerequisites: PSYC 213 and one of: PSYC 340, LING 200, or LING 201.

    • Note: Prior background in the psychology of language, cognitive psychology, or linguistics is essential.

  • PSYC 541 Multilevel Modelling (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Basic concepts of multilevel linear and nonlinear models and applying these methods to empirical data.

    Terms: Winter 2011

    Instructors: Hsiu-Ting Yu (Winter)

    • Winter

    • Prerequisite: PSYC 305 or equivalent or permission of the instructor.

    • Limited enrolment.

  • PSYC 545 Topics in Language Acquisition (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Psychological mechanisms and theories of first language acquisition in infancy and early childhood. Topics such as: infant speech perception, acquisition of grammar, word learning, pidgin and Creole languages, critical and sensitive periods, genetic and evolutionary bases of language.

    Terms: Fall 2010

    Instructors: Yuriko Oshima-Takane (Fall)

    • Fall

  • PSYC 561 Methods: Developmental Psycholinguistics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Approaches and methods used in investigations of the development of language and communication. A case study approach, observational-correlational approach versus experimental-manipulative approach, cross sectional design versus longitudinal design.

    Terms: Winter 2011

    Instructors: Yuriko Oshima-Takane (Winter)

    • Winter

    • 3 hour lectures

    • Prerequisites: PSYC 340 and LING 355 or equivalent or permission of instructor.

  • PSYC 562 Measurement of Psychological Processes (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : The properties of measurements and techniques for the measurement of psychophysical variables such as brightness and loudness and of attitudinal variables such as similarity, preference, and utility. Data analysis tools of value to experimenters. Emphasis on current problems in experimental psychology.

    Terms: Fall 2010

    Instructors: Yoshio Takane (Fall)

    • Fall

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken PSYC 336.

List B - (Social, Health and Developmental Psychology)

  • PSYC 304 Child Development (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Psychology of children, covering critical issues, theories, biological underpinnings, experimental methods, and findings in perceptual, cognitive, language, emotional, and social development.

    Terms: Fall 2010

    Instructors: Jessey Bernstein (Fall)

  • PSYC 316 Psychology of Deafness (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Basic introduction to the field of deafness from a psychological perspective. Topics include effect of deafness on sensory, perceptual, cognitive, intellectual and linguistic processes. Impact of deafness on children and families.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    • Fall

    • 2 lectures; 1 conference

    • Prerequisite: PSYC 100 or equivalent or permission of instructor

  • PSYC 331 Inter-Group Relations (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : The course focuses on the social psychology of societal groups such as racial minorities, aboriginal groups and women. The ideological biases of current theories is first established. This is followed by a review of current theories and finally current controversies are explored including new forms of racism and affirmative action.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    • Winter

    • 2 lectures

    • Prerequisite: PSYC 215

  • PSYC 332 Introduction to Personality (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : This course examines some of the major theories of personality, e.g., those of Freud, Rogers, and Bandura. Empirical research inspired by these theories will also be examined. Topics include the nature of human motivation, the role of the self-concept, and the consistency and stability of personality.

    Terms: Winter 2011

    Instructors: Richard Koestner (Winter)

    • Winter

    • 3 lectures

    • Prerequisite: PSYC 100

  • PSYC 333 Personality and Social Psychology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : The course builds on and is an extension of Social Psychology (PSYC 215). Traditional approaches to person-situation interactions and a more dynamic approach based on recent research on goals and social cognition.

    Terms: Fall 2010

    Instructors: John Lydon (Fall)

    • Fall

    • 2 lectures

    • Prerequisite: PSYC 215

  • PSYC 337 Introduction: Abnormal Psychology 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : A survey of the genetic, physiological and environmental origins of intellectual and emotional disorders.

    Terms: Fall 2010

    Instructors: Robert O Pihl (Fall)

    • Fall

    • 2 lectures, 1 conference

    • This course is prerequisite for PSYC 338

  • PSYC 338 Introduction: Abnormal Psychology 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : An introduction to psychotic behaviour problems, character disorders and behaviour modification.

    Terms: Winter 2011

    Instructors: Michael John L Sullivan (Winter)

    • Winter

    • 2 lectures; 1 conference

    • Prerequisite: PSYC 337

    • This course is prerequisite for PSYC 491

  • PSYC 343 Language Learning in Children (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : This course will examine the human capacities that make the profound feat of language acquisition possible. Topics will include analyses of empirical, methodological, and theoretical issues in language acquisition and will draw upon evidence from the cognitive neuroscience, psycholinguistic, linguistic and philosophical literatures.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    • 2 lectures plus conference

  • PSYC 351 Research Methods in Social Psychology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Designed to introduce students to the issues, strategies, and applications of various research methodologies in social psychology. Through demonstrations, exercises, and pilot studies, students will gain experience with lab and field methods using both correlational and experimental procedures. Classic and contemporary approaches will be examined.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    • Fall

    • 1 hour lecture, 6 hour lab and/or field work

    • Prerequisite: PSYC 215. Pre-/Co-requisite: PSYC 305.

    • Restriction: U2 level and above. Requires departmental approval.

    • Students will be admitted on the basis of a written application on forms available from the Department (Room N7/9). Applications must be submitted by August 1st

  • PSYC 408 Principles of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : An introduction to the theory, research and practice of cognitive behaviour therapy. The experimental approach to understanding human behaviour is used to follow basic principles of learning and their clinical application. Certain psychiatric disorders such as alcoholism and depression are highlighted to illustrate how a behaviour therapist conceptualizes problems and formulates treatments.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

  • PSYC 409 Positive Psychology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Didactic instruction and experiential learning in its coverage of three issues central to this field: positive emotions, positive individual traits, and positive institutions. Topics covered include sensory savoring, expressing gratitude, optimism, identifying and building strengths, kindness, and meaning.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    • Prerequisites: PSYC 215 Social Psychology

    • Note: Permission from instructor is required.

  • PSYC 412 Developmental Psychopathology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Introduction to the field of behavior disorders of childhood and adolescence, including core issues, theoretical and methodological underpinnings, descriptions and discussions of many disorders, clinical and research data, and treatment approaches. Three major assumptions will be woven through the course.

    Terms: Winter 2011

    Instructors: Melanie Dirks (Winter)

    • Winter

    • 2 lectures; 1 conference

    • Corequisite: PSYC 304 or PSYC 337 or permission of instructor

  • PSYC 414 Social Development (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Advanced study of the development of social behaviour and social cognition in children. Topics include: socialization, attachment, aggression, exploration, role taking, communication, family and peer relations, self and person perception. The development of these social processes within the framework of three general theories of development: behaviour genetics, learning, and cognitive-developmental.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

  • PSYC 416 Topics in Child Development (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Theory and recent research on child development. Topics will vary, but will concern psychological issues related to infants, children, and adolescents, and will take account of contexts, such as families, schools, peer groups, and cultures.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    • 3 lectures

    • Prerequisite: PSYC 304 or permission of instructor

  • PSYC 436 Human Sexuality and Its Problems (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : This course will deal with typical sexual behavior and its variations. Topics will include the history of sex research, the sexual response cycle, sexual dysfunction, gender identity, sexual orientation, etc. Current research and theory will be emphasized.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    • Fall

    • Prerequisite: either PSYC 337 or permission of the instructor

  • PSYC 471 Human Motivation (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : The course is designed to explore questions such as "Why do people often fail to reach their personal goals?" Current goal-based and need-based theories of human motivation will be reviewed. The instructor will highlight the relevance of motivation research to the domains of education, sports and management.

    Terms: Fall 2010

    Instructors: Richard Koestner (Fall)

    • Fall

    • 3 hours lectures

    • Prerequisite: PSYC 215

  • PSYC 473 Social Cognition and the Self (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : This course examines the social psychological literature emphasizing a) social cognition - how people think about and make sense of their social experiences; and b) self theory - how people create and maintain a sense of identity. These frameworks will be applied to social psychological topics including close relationships, attitudes and self-esteem.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

  • PSYC 474 Interpersonal Relationships (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Psychological science approach to interpersonal relationships. Organized in terms of the development of relationships, focusing first on impression formation as a platform for the development of relationships. Then we focus on close relationships, examining interpersonal constructs (intimacy, trust, commitment) and reconsidering social cognitive constructs (attributions, schemas) in an interpersonal context.

    Terms: Winter 2011

    Instructors: John Lydon (Winter)

  • PSYC 483 Seminar in Experimental Psychopathology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Design of experiments in psychopathology, interviewing techniques and clinical diagnosis.

    Terms: Winter 2011

    Instructors: Gillian O'Driscoll (Winter)

    • Winter

    • 2 lectures

    • Prerequisite: PSYC 305 or equivalent.

    • Restriction: For U3 students only.

    • Note: Students will be admitted based on written application. Forms available from the Department (Room N7/9). Applications must be submitted by August 1st

  • PSYC 491D1 Advanced Study: Behavioural Disorders (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : A critical examination of topics in abnormal and clinical psychology. Emphasis will be on analysis of theoretical positions and empirical findings as they relate to both etiology and treatment.

    Terms: Fall 2010

    Instructors: Blaine Ditto (Fall)

    • 1-2 hours lecture or tutorial per week plus a field experience requirement

    • Prerequisites: PSYC 337 and PSYC 338. Departmental permission required.

    • Students will be admitted on the basis of a written application on forms available from the Department (Room N7/9). Applications must be submitted by August 1st

    • Students must register for both PSYC 491D1 and PSYC 491D2.

    • No credit will be given for this course unless both PSYC 491D1 and PSYC 491D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms

  • PSYC 491D2 Advanced Study: Behavioural Disorders (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : See PSYC 491D1 for course description.

    Terms: Winter 2011

    Instructors: Blaine Ditto (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: PSYC 491D1

    • No credit will be given for this course unless both PSYC 491D1 and PSYC 491D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms

  • PSYC 507 Emotions, Stress, and Illness (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Emotional effects on peripheral physiology and the development, course, and outcome of physical disorders such as high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, ulcers, asthma, and cancer.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

  • PSYC 511 Infant Competence (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Basic research on the nature of infant competence - both the development of mental representations/operations and expressive/communicative ability - will be examined. Implications for clinical assessment and intervention including information processing procedures as an alternative to conventional tests and treatment procedures for developmental delays will be covered.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

  • PSYC 512 Advanced Personality Seminar (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Advanced topics in personality. Focus on power, status, and dominance and how these are manifested in social behavior. Dominance in nonhuman species, biological substrates of dominance, relations of status and dominance to social cognition, affect, and health; gender, role and cultural influences on dominance.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: PSYC 332 or permission of instructor.

    • Restrictions: Open to psychology students. Enrollment limited. Students must be in U3 or above. Departmental permission required.

  • PSYC 528 Vulnerability to Depression (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : This course will examine in depth cognitive, behavioral, psychodynamic, biological, and developmental psychopathology models of the etiology of depression. Within each theoretical perspective, core issues, theoretical and methodological underpinnings, and research data will be examined.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: PSYC 337 or PSYC 412 or permission of instructor. Requires departmental approval.

  • PSYC 530 Applied Topics in Deafness (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Covers fundamental topics in deafness (sensory, perceptual, cognitive, social, linguistic, education and health issues) from an applied psychological perspective. Lectures and seminar presentations plus field work involving ASL/LSQ.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    • Fall

    • Prerequisite: PSYC 340 or PSYC 316 or equivalent. Permission of instructor

  • PSYC 533 International Health Psychology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : The focus will be on health and illness in developing countries, in particular, on health problems (malnutrition, alcohol abuse, mental illness, family planning, and HIV) where psychosocial factors play a large role in the problem and the solution. Attempted solutions based on community participation, health education, non-governmental and international agencies will be discussed.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

  • PSYC 535 Advanced Topics in Social Psychology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Classic and contemporary readings in a specific content area within social psychology will be assigned in order to examine the sub-area in depth. The focus will vary depending upon the specialty area of the instructor. These areas include interpersonal relationships, intergroup relations, the self, and social cognition.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    • Winter

    • Prerequisites: PSYC 215; and PSYC 333 or PSYC 351 or PSYC 380.

    • Restriction: Departmental permission required.

    • Restriction: Graduate Students, enrolment limited

Unclassified Courses

Students may also select complementary courses from the research and topics courses below:

  • PSYC 395 Psychology Research Project 1 (6 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Supervised research project.

    Terms: Fall 2010, Winter 2011

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    • Fall or Winter

    • Prerequisites: 24 credits of the psychology program, PSYC 305 or equivalent and CGPA above 3.00.

    • Restriction: Requires departmental approval.

    • Restriction: Registration is by special arrangement with Psychology staff, and project proposals must be approved by the Department before registration.

    • For more information see the Psychology Department website.

  • PSYC 450D1 Research Project and Seminar (4.5 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Under supervision of an adviser approved by the Department, students design and carry out a research project. Students report their research in seminars throughout the year and in a final written report.

    Terms: Fall 2010

    Instructors: Yuriko Oshima-Takane (Fall)

    • Prerequisites: PSYC 204, PSYC 305.

    • Restriction: Requires departmental approval.

    • Restriction: Only for Major or special students in U3 who intend to proceed to graduate school

    • Students will be admitted on the basis of a written application on forms available from the Department (Room N7/9). Applications must be submitted by August 1st

    • Students must register for both PSYC 450D1 and PSYC 450D2.

    • No credit will be given for this course unless both PSYC 450D1 and PSYC 450D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms

  • PSYC 450D2 Research Project and Seminar (4.5 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : See PSYC 450D1 for course description.

    Terms: Winter 2011

    Instructors: Yuriko Oshima-Takane (Winter)

    • Winter

    • Prerequisite: PSYC 450D1

    • No credit will be given for this course unless both PSYC 450D1 and PSYC 450D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms

  • PSYC 488D1 Special Topics Seminar (1.5 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Topics in Psychology.

    Terms: Fall 2010

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    • Restriction: Requires departmental approval.

    • Students must register for both PSYC 488D1 and PSYC 488D2.

    • No credit will be given for this course unless both PSYC 488D1 and PSYC 488D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms.

    • Note: A written proposal detailing the plans for the seminar must be prepared by the student and the professor and must be approved by the undergraduate program director before registering for this course. This proposal must be received by the Director well before the beginning of the term. Consult the departmental handbook for additional information.

  • PSYC 488D2 Special Topics Seminar (1.5 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : See PSYC 488D1 for description.

    Terms: Winter 2011

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: PSYC 48D1.

    • No credit will be given for this course unless both PSYC 488D1 and PSYC 488D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms.

  • PSYC 492 Special Topics Seminar 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : These seminars are offered by special arrangement between interested Psychology staff and students. Note: A written proposal detailing the plans for the seminar must be approved by the Department Curriculum Committee before the student is permitted to register for this course. This proposal must be received by the Departmental Curriculum Committee well before the beginning of the term for which the seminar is proposed. Consult the Departmental Handbook for additional information.

    Terms: Fall 2010, Winter 2011

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    • Fall or Winter

    • Restriction: U3 students. Requires departmental approval.

  • PSYC 493 Special Topics Seminar 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : These seminars are offered by special arrangement between interested Psychology staff and students. Note: A written proposal detailing the plans for the seminar must be approved by the Department Curriculum Committee before the student is permitted to register for this course. This proposal must be received by the Departmental Curriculum Committee well before the beginning of the term for which the seminar is proposed. Consult the Departmental Handbook for additional information.

    Terms: Fall 2010, Winter 2011

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    • Fall or Winter

    • Restriction: U3 students. Requires departmental approval.

  • PSYC 494D1 Psychology Research Project (4.5 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Supervised research project.

    Terms: Fall 2010, Winter 2011

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    • Prerequisites: 30 credits of the psychology program, PSYC 305 or equivalent and CGPA above 3.00.

    • Restrictions: Requires departmental approval. Registration is by special arrangement with Psychology staff, and project proposals must be approved by the Department before registration.

    • For more information see the Psychology Department website.

    • Students must register for both PSYC 494D1 and PSYC 494D2.

    • No credit will be given for this course unless both PSYC 494D1 and PSYC 494D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms.

  • PSYC 494D2 Psychology Research Project (4.5 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : See PSYC 494D1 for course description.

    Terms: Fall 2010, Winter 2011

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: PSYC 494D1.

    • No credit will be given for this course unless both PSYC 450D1 and PSYC 450D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms.

  • PSYC 495 Psychology Research Project 2 (6 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Supervised research project.

    Terms: Fall 2010, Winter 2011

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    • Fall or Winter

    • Prerequisite: PSYC 395 or equivalent.

    • Restriction: Registration is by special arrangement with Psychology staff, and project proposals must be approved by the Department before registration.

    • For more information see the Psychology Department website.

  • PSYC 499 Reading Project (1 credit)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Under the guidance of an instructor with the relevant expertise, the student explores the literature on a special topic.

    Terms: Fall 2010, Winter 2011

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    • Prerequisites: PSYC 211, 212, 214, 215 and 305.

    • Restriction: Open only to U3 students.

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