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Psychology

Complete course descriptions can be found in the Grenfell Campus section of the Calendar. The University Calendar is the authority for all course information.

 

Fall 2017 Courses

1000 - Introduction to Psychology             

is an introduction to Psychology as a biological and social science. Topics shall include research methodology, physiological processes, perception, learning, memory and cognition, human development, animal behaviour, emotion, motivation, consciousness, personality and individuality, psychological disorders and treatment, and social psychology.

PR: Psychology 1000 is a prerequisite for Psychology 1001

 

1001 - Introduction to Psychology             

is an introduction to Psychology as a biological and social science. Topics shall include research methodology, physiological processes, perception, learning, memory and cognition, human development, animal behaviour, emotion, motivation, consciousness, personality and individuality, psychological disorders and treatment, and social psychology.

PR: Psychology 1000 is a prerequisite for Psychology 1001

 

2025 - Survey of Developmental Psychology             

is a survey of the cognitive, social, and personality development of people. Development will be tracked from the prenatal stage to old age. Topics to be studied shall include: research methodology, genetics, prenatal development, environmental effects during prenatal development, attachment, emotional development, language development, intelligence, cognitive development, socialization, sex-roles and gender identity, adolescence, adulthood and aging.

CR: Psychology 2010, Psychology 2020, the former Psychology 2011

 

2125 - Survey of Social Psychology      

is a survey of how the behaviour of individuals is influenced by others. Topics to be studied shall include: methodology and ethics, social cognition, social perception, attitude formation and change, interpersonal attraction, social influence, group processes and leadership. Additional topics may include: aggression, prosocial behaviour, sex and gender, environmental effects, organizational behaviour, health, stress and psychology and the law.

CR: Psychology 2100 and Psychology 2120

 

2625 - Survey of Personality             

is a survey of the theories of personality and relevant selected areas of research in the area of personality. Issues related to the application of this information to understanding abnormal behaviour will also be discussed. Theoretical systems covered will include: psychodynamic theory, behaviourism and cognitive-behavioural theory, humanism, traits and dispositions, social learning theory, psychological constructivism, information processing and biological theories of personality.

CR: Psychology 2610, the former Psychology 2620, and the former Psychology 2200.

 

2825 - Survey of Biological Psychology             

is a survey of the biological bases of behaviour. Topics to be studied shall include: the structure and function of the nervous system, sensory structures and sensory coding, homeostasis, emotions, circadian rhythms and sleep, sexual behaviour, psychopharmacology, consciousness and language, behavioural evolution and behaviour genetics.

CR: Psychology 2810 and the former Psychology 2850

 

2950 - Research Methods and Data Analysis in Psychology II             

will cover basic experimental methods and supporting statistical concepts and techniques. Basic designs will include one factor designs (independent and repeated measures). Supporting statistical concepts will include statistical sampling distributions (t and F), internal and external validity, hypothesis testing, and simple interactions. Supporting statistical techniques will include independent and repeated measures t-tests, one-factor independent and repeated measures ANOVA, and selected multiple comparisons techniques. Students will also learn how to write a description of an experiment in APA style, how to critically analyse a report of an experiment, how to use and interpret a statistical package to analyse experimental data, and how to conduct literature searches.

CR: the former Psychology 2901, Statistics 2501, and Statistics 2560

LH: a weekly laboratory      

PR: Psychology 2925 or equivalent

 

3025 - Contemporary Issues in Developmental Psychology             

examines in depth one or more areas of research within developmental psychology. Some topics that may be examined include cognitive development, social development, developmental psychopathology, and child eyewitness testimony.

PR: Psychology 2025 and Psychology 2925

 

3126 - Contemporary Issues in the Psychology of Women             

explores the psychology of women from varying cultural perspectives, such as racial, sexual orientation, age and class. Topics include the history of women in psychology, women’s development across the life span, women and social relationships, and violence against women.

PR: Six credit hours in 2000 level psychology courses

 

3225 - Contemporary Issues in Learning             

examines in depth one or more areas of research in learning and cognition. Topics may include associative learning, instrumental conditioning, discrimination learning, category formation, memory, navigation, social cognition and learning, intelligence, concepts of time and number, self-awareness and communication and language.

PR: Psychology 2225 and Psychology 2925

 

3533 - Sexual Behaviour             

covers the most important aspects of human sexuality with a psychology theory and research framework. The course will examine the biological, behavioural and socio-cultural bases of the human sexual response. Topics include sexual interaction and communication, contraception, sexually transmitted infections, reproduction, sexual orientation, transgender and intersex, variations in sexual behaviour, sex and gender, sexual dysfunction and therapy, and sexual coercion.

PR: PSYC 1000 and 1001

UL: cannot be used towards the Psychology major

 

3626 - Contemporary Issues in Abnormal Psychology             

explores the definition of abnormal behaviour, clinical assessment, classification, and diagnosis. The core theoretical perspectives on psychological disorders are examined. For each disorder the diagnostic criteria, etiology, treatment, and prognosis is presented. This course enhances the students’ ability to think critically about issues pertaining to mental health and illness.

CR: Psychology 3640, Psychology 3650, and the former Psychology 3600

PR: Psychology 2625 and Psychology 2925

 

4910 - Systems of Psychology             

is a study of paradigms and explanations in contemporary psychology in the context of their historical antecedents.

PR: at the St. John’s campus, 30 credit hours in Psychology courses required in the majors program and admission to a Major in Psychology or Behavioural Neuroscience or, at the Grenfell campus, 30 credit hours in Psychology courses including Psychology 3950

 

4925 - Senior Seminar in Psychology             

is weekly seminars for faculty and senior students in Psychology. Current issues in academic and professional psychology shall be discussed.

PR: 30 credit hours in Psychology including Psychology 3950 or permission of the Chair of Psychology

 

4951 - Honours Project in Psychology I             

is under the supervision of a Faculty member and each student will independently review an area of psychology and prepare a thesis proposal for further investigation.

CR: Psychology 4950

PR: 30 credit hours in Psychology including Psychology 3950 or permission of the Chair of Psychology and admission to the Honours program in Psychology

 

Winter 2018 Courses

 

1000 - Introduction to Psychology             

is an introduction to Psychology as a biological and social science. Topics shall include research methodology, physiological processes, perception, learning, memory and cognition, human development, animal behaviour, emotion, motivation, consciousness, personality and individuality, psychological disorders and treatment, and social psychology.

PR: Psychology 1000 is a prerequisite for Psychology 1001

 

1001 - Introduction to Psychology             

is an introduction to Psychology as a biological and social science. Topics shall include research methodology, physiological processes, perception, learning, memory and cognition, human development, animal behaviour, emotion, motivation, consciousness, personality and individuality, psychological disorders and treatment, and social psychology.

PR: Psychology 1000 is a prerequisite for Psychology 1001

 

2125 - Survey of Social Psychology      

is a survey of how the behaviour of individuals is influenced by others. Topics to be studied shall include: methodology and ethics, social cognition, social perception, attitude formation and change, interpersonal attraction, social influence, group processes and leadership. Additional topics may include: aggression, prosocial behaviour, sex and gender, environmental effects, organizational behaviour, health, stress and psychology and the law.

CR: Psychology 2100 and Psychology 2120

 

2225 - Survey of Learning             

is a survey of learning phenomena and learning theories. Topics to be studied shall include: the evolutionary context of learning, habituation and sensitization, imprinting, Pavlovian conditioning, instrumental learning, generalization and discrimination in learning and neural mechanisms of learning.

CR: Psychology 2240 and the former Psychology 2250

 

2425 - Survey of Cognitive Psychology      

is a survey of how humans process and retain information. Topics to be studied shall include: perception and pattern recognition, attentional processes and memory. The influence of stored information on selected behaviours will be considered. Selected behaviours may include language processing, concept formation, problem solving, decision making and practised and skilled performance.

CR: Psychology 2440 and Psychology 3450

 

2925 - Research Methods and Data Analysis in Psychology I             

will cover basic research methods and supporting statistical concepts and techniques. Basic methods will include observational techniques, correlational studies, and surveys. Supporting statistical concepts will include populations and samples, measures of central tendency and variability, basic probability, correlation, simple linear regression and validity and reliability. Supporting statistical techniques will include producing tables and graphs, and the calculation and interpretation of measures of central tendency, variability, probabilities, correlation, and simple linear regression. Students will also learn how to write a description of a simple study in basic APA style, and how to use a statistical package to analyse surveys and calculate correlation. Basic ethical principles in conducting research will be introduced. This course includes a weekly laboratory.

CR: Psychology 2910, Statistics 2500, Statistics 2550, the former Psychology 2900, and the former Statistics 2510

LH: 3

 

3125 - Contemporary Issues in Social Psychology             

examines in depth one or more areas of research within social psychology. Some topics that may be examined include the psychology of prejudice, criminal behaviour, social influence, and aggression.

PR: Psychology 2125 and Psychology 2925

 

3325 - Contemporary Issues in Sensation and Perception             

examines the functioning of human sensory systems and how physical stimuli are transformed into signals that can be understood by the nervous system. In both human and animal models how the brain receives and processes information from the visual, auditory, gustatory, olfactory, and somatosensory systems may be examined. Basic psychophysics may also be examined.

PR: Psychology 2925 and Psychology 2425 or Psychology 2825

 

3525 - Contemporary Issues in Emotion             

introduces the biological, cognitive, and social influences on emotions. Attention is given to unconscious (automatic) processes, nonverbal emotional expressions, and understanding specific emotions. Contemporary research may be highlighted in such areas as the effects of hormones, emotional intelligence, the consequences of problems in emotional development, or emotions in therapy.

PR: Psychology 2925 and any Survey Course in Psychology from the Grenfell Campus Psychology Program

 

3625 - Contemporary Issues in Personality             

examines in depth one or more areas of research with personality psychology. Some topics that may be examined include stress and health, psychoanalysis, psychology of motivation, and personality in work organizations.

PR: Psychology 2625 and Psychology 2925

 

3628 - Contemporary Issues in Psychological Testing and Measurement             

explores the development and application of tests and techniques for psychological assessment. A review of test construction and evaluation examines methods of item analysis, reliability, validity, and test norms. The major domains of applied psychological assessment are examined. Ethical issues in psychological assessment are presented throughout the course.

PR: Psychology 2950 and any one of Psychology 2025, Psychology 2425, Psychology 2625.

 

3825 - Contemporary Issues in Physiological Psychology             

includes one or more areas of research in neuroscience and/or behavioural neuroscience. Topics may include neurophysiology and neuroanatomy, methodology including brain imaging, developmental disorders, sensory-perceptual and motor systems, physiological basis of attention, memory, language, emotion and spatial behavior, alterations of consciousness, neurological disorders, plasticity, recovery and rehabilitation and neuropsychological assessment.

PR: Psychology 2825 and Psychology 2925

 

3950 - Research Methods and Data Analysis in Psychology III             

will cover advanced research methods, including survey methods, and supporting statistical concepts and techniques. Designs will include single factor designs and multi-factor designs with both random and fixed factors. Supporting statistical concepts will include analysis of variance (ANOVA) from a linear model perspective, statistical power, and multiple regression, including model building. There may be a general introduction to multivariate statistical techniques. Ethical issues in research will be discussed in detail. Students will be required to design and carry out at least one research project from the design to the writeup stage, including an ethics review.

CR: Psychology 3900, Statistics 3520, the former Psychology 3520

LH: a weekly laboratory

PR: Psychology 2950 or equivalent

 

4950 - Independent Project in Psychology             

is under the supervision of a Faculty member where students will independently carry out approved projects and prepare reports of their findings.

CR: Psychology 4951

PR: 30 credit hours in Psychology including Psychology 3950 or permission of the Chair of Psychology

 

4959 - Honours Project in Psychology II             

is a continuation of Psychology 4951. Under the supervision of a Faculty member, each student will independently carry out an approved project which will result in an honours thesis.

PR: Psychology 4951 or the permission of the Chair of Psychology and admission to the Honours program in Psychology

 

Intersession 2018 Courses

1000 - Introduction to Psychology             

is an introduction to Psychology as a biological and social science. Topics shall include research methodology, physiological processes, perception, learning, memory and cognition, human development, animal behaviour, emotion, motivation, consciousness, personality and individuality, psychological disorders and treatment, and social psychology.

PR: Psychology 1000 is a prerequisite for Psychology 1001

 

2150 - Introduction to Forensic Psychology             

will provide an in-depth overview of the relationship between psychology and the law. A variety of topics will be discussed and critically evaluated, including the use and misuse of psychology-based investigative methods such as offender and geographic profiling, detection of deception, investigative interviewing, eyewitness testimony, jury decision-making, corrections and treatment, risk assessment, and criminal responsibility.

PR: PSYC 1000 and 1001

UL: cannot be used towards the Psychology major

 

2800 - Drugs and Behaviour             

is an examination of the neurophysiology of drug action, the measurable effect of drugs on experimentally controlled behaviour, and a survey of information available on common self-administered drugs and their immediate and long-term effects.

PR: PSYC 1000 and 1001

UL: cannot be used towards the Psychology major

Chair, Psychology

Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland
20 University Drive, Corner Brook, NL
A2H 5G4, Canada

Office: AS335
Phone: (709) 639-2504
Email: pstewart@grenfell.mun.ca