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PSY-130 Introductory Psychology I

3 hours lecture, or distance (D), 3 credits


The course covers the following topics: research methods; biological bases of behaviour; consciousness; nature, nurture and diversity; development; sensation and perception; learning; and memory. Students are introduced to relevant psychological principles, theories and research findings, and are encouraged to develop an appreciation of the value of psychological research.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in one of English Studies 12, Provincial English 12, English First Peoples 12, NIC ENG 060, ENG 096, or ENG 098; or C+ in ESL 092 and ESL 095; or English Assessment.

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PSY-131 Introductory Psychology II

3 hours lecture, or distance (D), 3 credits


The course covers the following topics: research methods; thinking and language; intelligence; what drives us; emotions, stress and health; social psychology; personality; psychological disorders; therapy. Students are introduced to relevant psychological principles, theories and research findings, and are encouraged to develop an appreciation of the value of psychological research.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in one of English Studies 12, Provincial English 12, English First Peoples 12, NIC ENG 060, ENG 096, or ENG 098; or C+ in ESL 092 and ESL 095; or English Assessment. PSY 130 is not a prerequisite.

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PSY-202 Health Psychology

3 hours lecture, 3 credits


This course studies a variety of factors involving health and illness from a bio-psychosocial perspective. Topics include behaviours that affect health such as diet, exercise, stress and substance abuse. The impact of chronic and acute illness on the individual and the social support systems are also covered.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C+ in 1st year English and PSY 130 & 131

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PSY-204 Research Methods in Psychology

3 hours lecture, 3 credits


PSY 204 provides an introduction to basic research techniques in psychology; emphasis on the conceptual rather than the statistical rationale underlying various research strategies. Areas include the nature of variables, types of measurement, how to generate and test hypotheses, types of validity, and how to interpret and report results. Laboratory exercises and class demonstrations on the processes involved in conducting empirical research. Research process (theory, models, hypotheses, predictions); research ethics; experimental methods; non-experimental methods; validity; reliability; sampling; descriptive statistics; central tendency; variability; inferential statistics; and experimental design.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C+ in PSY 130 & PSY 131

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PSY-215 Biological Psychology

3 hours lecture, 3 credits


An introduction to the biological bases of behaviour and mental functioning. Topics include neural structure, neural communication, motor and sensory processes, brain structure and function, rhythms and sleep, and regulation of internal body states. The biological basis for emotions, learning, and memory will be covered.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in PSY 130 & PSY 131. BIO-12 or an introductory college level biology course is strongly recommended but not required.

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PSY-218 Intro to Data Analysis in Psychology

3 hours lecture, 3 credits


The course is an introduction to quantitative data analysis. Both descriptive and inferential statistical techniques will be explored. Students will be introduced to probability theory as well as hypothesis testing. Students will be given a conceptual and practical understanding of data analysis techniques used in experimental research psychology.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in one of Principles of Math 11, Applications of Math 12, Foundations of Math 11, Pre-Calculus 11 or MAT 053; or Math assessment.
  • C in one of PSY 204, CRM 220, or SOC 220.

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PSY-218 Intro to Data Analysis in Psychology

3 hours lecture, 3 credits


The course is an introduction to quantitative data analysis. Both descriptive and inferential statistical techniques will be explored. Students will be introduced to probability theory as well as hypothesis testing. Students will be given a conceptual and practical understanding of data analysis techniques used in experimental research psychology.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in one of Principles of Math 11, Applications of Math 12, Foundations of Math 11, Pre-Calculus 11 or MAT 053; or math assessment.
  • C in one of PSY 204, CRM 220, or SOC 220.

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PSY-235 Abnormal Psychology

3 hours lecture, or distance (D), 3 credits


The course covers selected disorders listed in the current version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), focusing on the nature of each disorder, biopsychosocial explanations of each disorder, and relevant treatments. Legal and ethical issues are also addressed. Students are introduced to relevant psychological theories and research findings, and are encouraged to develop an appreciation of the value of psychological research.


Prerequisite(s):

  • PSY 130 & 131 Minimum Grade C

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PSY-250 Human Development From Conception Through Childhood

3 hours lecture, 3 credits


This course provides an overview of child development up to, but not including adolescence. The impact of genetics and environment, major theories of human development, methods for studying child development, cultural diversity, and development in the physical, cognitive, emotional and social spheres are included.


Prerequisite(s):

  • PSY 130 & 131 Minimum grade C

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PSY-251 Human Development From Adolescence Through Adulthood

3 hours lecture, 3 credits


This course provides an overview of human development from adolescence through old age. Topics include the impact of genetics and environment, development in adolescence and adulthood, cultural diversity, change and development in the physical, cognitive, emotional and social spheres, and death, dying and grieving.


Prerequisite(s):

  • PSY 130 & PSY 131. Students may take PSY 251 without PSY 250 but must read Chapters 1 and 2 in the text before starting PSY 251 Minimum grade C

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PSY-260 Psychological Explanations of Criminal and Deviant Behaviour

3 hours lecture, 3 credits


The course introduces psychological perspectives on criminal behaviour, emphasizing theoretical and developmental issues, before considering specific crimes (e.g., white collar, domestic violence), and specific offender populations (e.g., sexual offenders, mentally disordered offenders). Students are introduced to relevant theories and research findings, and are encouraged to develop an appreciation of the value of psychological research. CRM 101, PSY 130 and PSY 131 are recommended.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in one of English Studies 12, Provincial English 12, English First Peoples 12, NIC ENG 060, ENG 096, or ENG 098; or C+ in ESL 092 and ESL 095; or English Assessment.

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