Information for

New PSYCH Courses

The courses below are pending Senate approval.

PSYCH 238 - [Formerly PSYCH 338] - Organizational Psychology
PSYCH 389 - Social Science Advanced Research Methods Topics
PSYCH 390 - Natural Science Advanced Research Methods Topics
PSYCH 466 - Emergent Literacy
PSYCH 470 - Applied Topics in Psychology
PSYCH 493 - Data Analysis and Graphing in R

PSYCH 238 ( 0.50 ) DIS, LEC

[Formerly PSYCH 338)
Organizational Psychology

Survey of organizational, group, and individual processes involved in work motivation, group dynamics, leadership, organizational climate and organizational culture.

Prereq: PSYCH 101/101R or 121R.
Antireq: PSYCH 338, AFM 280, MSCI 211, BUS 288W/388W, SCBUS 225     
[Offered Fall and Winter]

PSYCH 389 ( 0.50 ) LAB, SEM

Social Science Advanced Research Methods Topics

Topics explore social science research methods in Psychology. Consult departmental listings for upcoming topics, which may include naturalistic observation, factorial experiment design, behavioural coding, survey/questionnaire construction, interviewing, and/or linguistic analysis. Activities may include research proposals, group and/or individual projects (e.g., lab experience, data collection), research reports, critiques of published/proposed research, and student presentations.

Prereq: PSYCH 211, 257/257R; PSYCH 238/338 or 253/253R; Level at least 3A Honours BA Psychology Research Intensive Specialization or Honours BSc Psychology or Make-Up Psychology.  
Coreq: PSYCH 391.
Antireq: PSYCH 393, 395, 397, 399

[Offered Fall only. First offering Fall 2016.]

PSYCH 390 ( 0.50 ) LAB, SEM

Natural Science Advanced Research Methods Topics

Topics explore natural science research methods in Psychology. Consult departmental listings for upcoming topics, which may include methods for studying psychophysiology, neuroanatomy, and/or cognitive processes (e.g., perception, attention, memory, information-processing, decision-making). Activities may include research proposals, group and/or individual projects (e.g., lab experience, data collection), research reports, critiques of published/proposed research, and student presentations.

Prereq: PSYCH 207, 211, 261; Level at least 3A Honours BA Psychology Research Intensive Specialization or Honours BSc Psychology or Make-Up Psychology.
Coreq: PSYCH 391.
Antireq: PSYCH 392, 394, 396, 398
[Offered Winter and/or Spring. First offering Winter 2017.]

PSYCH 466 ( 0.50 ) PRA, SEM

Emergent Literacy

Emergent literacy refers to the knowledge and skills children acquire from birth on through the preschool years that are important to the development of literacy (reading and writing). Students will learn about emergent literacy via a once-weekly seminar component and a once-weekly unpaid practicum placement at a local elementary public school where students will have the opportunity to read one-on-one with children who are at the beginning stages of reading. The practicum component will involve a commitment of up to 30 hours during the formal lecture period.

Students wishing to enter the course must obtain a police check prior to the second week of classes. Transportation to the apprenticeship/volunteer setting is the student's responsibility.

Please review the course application form for information on safety for students on unpaid work placement and insurance responsibilities. Course application forms and further details are available on the Psychology undergraduate website. Paid or volunteer positions that are obtained outside the context of this course are not eligible for credit in this course.

Prereq: PSYCH 211, 212/212R, 291, 292; Level at least 3A Honours Psychology or Four-Year General Psychology students only; cumulative Psychology average of at least 75% 
[First offering currently unknown. Not being offered Fall 2016 or Winter 2017]

PSYCH 470 ( 0.50 ) LEC

Special Topics in Applied Psychology                                                  

Topics cover practical applications of theory and research in one or more of the six areas of psychology. Consult departmental listings for upcoming topics. Topics may include applications of psychology to health, well-being, law, education, policy analysis, management, marketing, regulation, systems design, community organizing, conflict resolution, and/or communications.

Prereq: PSYCH 211, 257/257R, 291, 292; PSYCH 207 or 261; PSYCH 238/338 or 253/253R; Level at least 3A Psychology majors or Make-Up Psychology. 
Antireq: PSYCH 391

Fall 2016 topic: Adolescent Brain and Behaviour

Psych 470 is what we call a “Capstone” course, a course that caps off your academic training in Psychology. The objective is to become more effective in developing and voicing “educated” opinions to others - colleagues, friends, family, and community - about real-life issues. But how can you best inform yourself and make decisions about issues for which there are no certain answers published in scientific journals alone? How do you avoid our common tendency to voice knee-jerk opinions? How can you learn to collaborate on “committee” decisions that are well-founded and open to change?

While the design of the course is meant to strengthen capacities for critical, collaborative, and creative thinking in everyday life, we will practice these skills within the topic of adolescent brain and behavioural development. You can explore not only current research, but policies, programs, surveys, clinical reports, public opinion and practices in Canada and around the world.

Parents, teachers, communities, governments, and others are forced to make decisions and create structures that directly affect the lives of adolescents. They might ask:

  1. Should 16-year-olds be allowed to drive a a car with friends as passengers?
  2. Can teens legally start drinking alcohol at home in the safety of their families?
  3. Could the school day start later so that adolescents can get enough sleep in the morning?
  4. Can sex education programs be used to reduce teen pregnancy?

In Psych 470 you will learn to develop a valid knowledge base for thoughtful opinions about issues that can positively or negatively affect adolescent development.

PSYCH 493 (.50) SEM; PRJ

Data Analysis and Graphing in R

Cross listed with PSYCH 640.

The course aims to make students effective, autonomous users of R, a powerful statistics software program with fascinating graphical applications and utility in many careers. Students learn to code syntax, analyze, and graph data using R. Each student conducts an R-based data analysis project of particular interest to them.  

This course will have priority enrolment for graduate students; undergraduate student enrolment will be determined based on space available after graduate students have had a chance to enroll.

If you wish to be enrolled, please email Emily Mininger ( with the request, and outline your previous research experience and explanation of why you want to take the course. We will use this information in combination with student transcripts to determine which undergraduate students are enrolled, based on space availability.

[First offering Winter 2017]