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LAKEHEAD CALENDAR 2009-2010

Lakehead 2009-2010 Academic Courses Undergraduate Courses Psychology
Psychology Courses

Arts/Science Credits

All required courses (Psychology 1100, 2101, 3201, 3911, 4111, and 4901) and all courses in each of the core areas are considered by the Department of Psychology to be Science courses that may also be taken for Arts credit. Core area A and B courses summarize NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada) supported research areas while core areas C and D courses summarize NSERC and SSHRC (Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada) supported research areas.

Core Courses

Core Group A - Biological Bases of Behaviour
Psychology 2401 - Foundations of Biopsychology
*Psychology 3161 - Sensation and Perception
Psychology 3401 - Behaviour and Drugs
Psychology 3511 - Animal Behaviour
Psychology 3531 - Research Methods in Animal Behaviour
Psychology 4411 - Biopsychology I
Psychology 4431 - Biopsychology II

Core Group B - Cognitive-Affective Bases of Behaviour
Psychology 2003 - Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
Psychology 2501 - Conditioning and Learning
*Psychology 3161 - Sensation and Perception
Psychology 3611 - Problem Solving, Thinking, and Cognition
Psychology 3913 - Memory and Cognition Laboratory
Psychology 4511 - Learning and Memory
Psychology 4531 - Motivation

*May be used as a full-course equivalent for either Core Group A or Core Group B but not for both core group requirements.

Core Group C - Social Bases of Behaviour
Psychology 2801 - Social Psychology
Psychology 3210 - Cross-Cultural Psychology
Psychology 3211 - Environmental Psychology
Psychology 3331 - Industrial Psychology
Psychology 4212 - Gender and Mental Health
Psychology 4215 - Community Psychology
Psychology 4331 - Advanced Social Psychology

Core Group D - Individual Bases of Behaviour
Psychology 2002 - Introduction to Child Psychology
Psychology 2301 - Personality Psychology
Psychology 3001 - Abnormal Psychology
Psychology 3081 - The Exceptional Child
Psychology 3131 - Psychology and Aging
Psychology 4011 - Research Topics in Developmental Psychology
Psychology 4151 - Advanced Studies in the Psychology of Aging

Courses not offered this academic year (fall/winter terms) are indicated by the words "NOT OFFERED THIS YEAR" below the course description. Nevertheless, students should refer to the Timetable as a final check.

(Information about Course Numbering System)

The following courses are offered for degree programs.

Psychology 1100      Introductory Psychology
Credit Weight: 1.0
Description: This introductory course is designed to provide an appreciation of the scope of psychology and its sub-specialities, to render an understanding of the research-based methods which are fundamental to all aspects of the discipline, to provide an awareness of the biopsychosocial bases of behaviour and to lay the groundwork for further study in psychology.
Offering: 3-0; 3-0
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Psychology 2002      Introduction to Child Psychology
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 1100
Description: A survey of theory and research on biological, social, personality, and intellectual development in infancy, childhood, and adolescence.
Offering: 3-0; 3-0
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Psychology 2003      Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 1100
Description: A systematic introduction to the theoretical and experimental foundations of higher mental processes, relating neural functions to mental processes, perception to categorization, representation to meaning, knowledge to skill, language to thought, and adult cognition to developmental stages in childhood cognition.
Offering: 3-0; 3-0
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Psychology 2101      Statistical Methods for Behavioural Research
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 1100
Description: Application of statistical methods to behavioral problems; description of behavioral data in terms of averages, measures of variability, and measures of relationships; problems of sampling theory and tests of statistical hypotheses.
Offering: 3-1; 3-1
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Psychology 2211      Introduction to Health Psychology
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 1100 or permission of the instructor
Description: Psychological aspects of health and illness. The behavioural and social factors that play a role in the etiology of health and illness, including the prevention and treatment of illness and the maintenance of wellness. Topics include stress and stress management, dealing with pain and serious illness, and the role of lifestyle factors in disease.
Offering: 3-0; 0-0
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Psychology 2301      Personality Psychology
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 1100
Description: This course will survey a variety of topics in contemporary personality psychology, including personality assessment, behavioural consistency, behavioural genetics, motives, the unconscious, personal efficacy, the five-factor model, the self-concept, self-esteem, self-consciousness, self-fulfilling prophecies, stress and illness, personality and relationships, moral character, sex and gender, and emotion. There will also be coverage of some traditional personality theories.
Offering: 3-0; 3-0
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Psychology 2401      Foundations of Biopsychology
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 1100
Description: Biopsychology is the branch of neuroscience concerned with how the brain, the peripheral nervous system, and the endocrine system control behaviour. Emphasis will be placed on the physiological mechanisms of behaviour including understanding organ, cellular and biochemical functions. Topics will include an introduction to brain anatomy, neurophysiology, behavioural endocrinology, sensory systems, motor systems, sleep physiology, physiology of learning and memory, biology of mood disorders, and neuropsychopharmacology.
Offering: 3-0; 3-0
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Psychology 2501      Conditioning and Learning
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 1100
Description: Major topics presented are: habituation, classical conditioning, instrumental conditioning, schedule control, stimulus control, conditioned reinforcement, generalization and discrimination, aversive control. Labs meet twice weekly, and focus on the experimental study of basic learning processes.
Offering: 3-0; 3-0
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Psychology 2801      Social Psychology
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 1100
Description: A survey of theory and research on the nature and causes of thoughts, feelings, and behaviours in social situations. Topics include person perception, social cognition, attitudes, prejudice and discrimination, interpersonal attraction, personal relationships, aggression, pro-social behaviour, conformity and compliance, and behaviour in groups.
Offering: 3-0; 3-0
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Psychology 2917      Research Opportunity I
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 1100
Corequisite(s): Psychology 2101
Description: An opportunity for student to work in a research project of a professor in return for course credit.
Offering: 0-3; 0-0
Notes: Before registering in this course, students must obtain the written permission of the professor who will direct their work, as well as the permission of the Department Chair.
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Psychology 2937      Research Opportunity II
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 1100
Corequisite(s): Psychology 2101
Description: An opportunity for student to work in a research project of a professor in return for course credit.
Offering: 0-0; 0-3
Notes: Before registering in this course, students must obtain the written permission of the professor who will direct their work, as well as the permission of the Department Chair.
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Psychology 3001      Abnormal Psychology
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 1100
Description:

A critical examination of concepts related to the understanding of adult psychopathology. The focus is on symptomatology, assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and causality of mental illnesses including depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and substance abuse/dependence.


Offering: 3-0; 3-0
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*Psychology 3041      Directed Reading
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 2101 and two FCEs in Psychology
Description: A reading and research course intended for students with special interests and abilities. Students will meet with an appropriate professor for tutorials throughout the year.
Notes: *Before registering in this course, students must obtain the written permission of the professor who will direct their work, as well as the permission of the Department Chair.
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Psychology 3081      The Exceptional Child
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 2002 or permission of the instructor
Description: An in-depth examination of various forms of atypical development. The emphasis is on cognitive, social, and emotional effects of physical and sensory impairment, intellectual retardation, emotional disturbances and giftedness.
Offering: 3-0; 3-0
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Psychology 3131      Psychology and Aging
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: An examination of developmental processes that occur in later life, with a focus on theory, research, and practical issues. Topics will include theoretical perspectives on change in old age, biological changes, cognitive changes, social and personality changes, stressful life events, death, assessment and intervention with the elderly.
Cross-List(s): Gerontology 3131
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Psychology 3161      Sensation and Perception
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 1100
Description: An introduction to the study of our senses and the ways in which we perceive through them. Emphasis will be placed on studying the underlying mechanisms of visual function such as colour, form, depth and movement perception. This will include an introduction to neurophysiology, psychophysical measurement and cognitive processing. Many of the principles established from vision research will then be applied to some of the other modalities such as audition, somesthesis and olfaction.
Offering: 3-0; 3-0
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Psychology 3201      Introduction to Psychometric Theory
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 1100 and 2101
Description: Theory and principles underlying the construction and use of psychological tests. A critical evaluation of intelligence, learning, achievement, aptitude, interest and personality tests.
Offering: 3-0; 3-0
Notes: This is a required course for students intending to enter the MA in Clinical Psychology at Lakehead University.
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Psychology 3210      Cross-Cultural Psychology
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 1100
Description: A review of research and theory on how culture influences psychological processes. Dimensions of cultural variability, including individualism and collectivism, will be discussed. How these dimensions ultimately affect cognition, emotion, and behaviour through culturally-defined practices such as child-rearing will also be explored. Topics will include the role of culture in development, personality, social behaviour, language, gender, health, and abnormal psychology. The psychological process of adjusting to a new culture will also be explored.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Psychology 3211      Environmental Psychology
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 2801 or permission of the instructor
Description: An in-depth review of how social, cultural, and cognitive psychological factors interact to produce, maintain, and resolve environmental problems, with a particular focus on food security. The role of these factors in adaptation to climate change and cultural shifts to sustainability is also explored. Specific topics will include social influence, attitudes, motivation, cultural values, and implicit cognitive processes. The course includes a laboratory component that focuses on the development and completion of a community-based research project.
Offering: 3-1; or 3-1
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Psychology 3331      Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 1100
Description: A survey of the application of Psychology in business and industry emphasizing research methodology and the results of relevant research.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Psychology 3401      Behaviour and Drugs
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 1100
Description: Critical examination of the interaction between behaviour and drugs, i.e. how drugs affect the body and behaviour, development of tolerance to, and dependence on drugs, and therapeutic applications of all drug groups. Discussions focus on drug effects over the entire life span.
Offering: 3-0; 3-0
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Psychology 3511      Animal Behaviour
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 1100
Description: An historic, methodological and substantive introduction to animal behaviour is presented from the perspectives of comparative psychology, ethology, sociobiology and ecology.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Psychology 3531      Research Methods in Animal Behaviour
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 3511 or permission of the Department
Description: The class consists of projects illustrating the use of observational and experimental techniques in animal behaviour research. Facilities to work with fish, birds and small rodents are available.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Psychology 3611      Problem Solving, Thinking, and Cognition
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 1100
Description: Investigates human thinking and problem solving, emphasizing current theories of mental representation and current research on human symbolic processing. Particular emphasis is given to an information processing analysis of problem-solving, outlining techniques for analyzing cognition into processes, strategies, and knowledge structures. Also included is a description of recent research on everyday thinking, expert problem solving, and analogical reasoning.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Psychology 3811      Special Topics in Psychology
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 1100
Description: This course will cover a specific topic in Psychology. The topic may vary from year to year and will be announced in advance by the Department.
SpecialTopic: Y
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Psychology 3911      Introduction to Research Processes
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 2101
Description: This course will examine the theoretical and practical aspects of conducting research in behavioural science such as (a) searching for a worthwhile research problem, (b) planning and conducting research, (c) examining issues in the analysis of the data, and (d) interpreting and communicating research findings. Topics related to research will be covered, such as ethics, validity, variables, controls, and designs.
Offering: 0-0; 3-0
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Psychology 3913      Memory and Cognition Laboratory
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 1100 and 2101, and one of the following: Psychology 2003, 2401, 2501 or 3161; or permission of the instructor
Description: Examines issues and methods in experimental psychological research. Students conduct supervised research projects, and read, critique, and write research articles. Exercises and demonstrations, followed by experiments done jointly with other members of the class, and a final individual research project, in the broad area of human perception, memory, and cognition.
Offering: 0-3; or 0-3
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Psychology 4011      Research Topics in Developmental Psychology
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 2002
Description: A minimum of three areas of research are given in-depth treatment. The topics vary from year to year.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Psychology 4032      Psychotherapy I - History
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 3001
Description: An in-depth overview of the different therapeutic modalities that will be useful for students who are considering graduate studies in clinical psychology. Topics to be covered include an overview of the history of clinical psychology, professional training requirements and career opportunities for clinical psychologists, evidence-based practices, and a critical examination of the cognitive and behavioural modalities of psychotherapeutic techniques. The theoretical framework and application of each modality will be discussed.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Students who have previously taken Psychology 4020 may not take Psychology 4032 for credit.
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Psychology 4033      Psychotherapy II - Therapeutic Modalities
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 3001 and 4032
Description: An in-depth overview of the different therapeutic modalities that will be useful for students who are considering graduate studies in clinical psychology. Topics to be covered include psychoanalysis, humanistic and systemic psychotherapeutic techniques. The theoretical framework and application of each modality will be critically examined and discussed. Intervention strategies, used with the younger populations (children and adolescents), will be considered that are based on therapeutic modalities covered in the current course and in Psychotherapy I.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Students who have previously taken Psychology 4020 may not take Psychology 4033 for credit.
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Psychology 4111      Advanced Statistics for Behavioural Research
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 2101 or another introductory statistics course covering descriptive and inferential methods
Description: Application of analysis of variance and related techniques to psychological research. Topics will include randomized groups designs, repeated measures and mixed designs, a priori and post hoc comparisons, and simple effects analysis. Emphasis will be on the advantages and limitations of different designs, their analysis using the SPSS package, and the interpretation of findings.
Offering: 3-1; 0-0
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Psychology 4151      Advanced Studies in the Psychology of Aging
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 3131 or permission of the instructor
Description: An in-depth examination of selected topics in normal aging, with emphasis on both research methodology and the practical utilization of findings. Measurement and research design issues associated with the use of primary versus secondary data (e.g., survey data and administrative data) will be explored. The topics included will range from physical performance through cognition to psychosocial well-being, with the main theoretical perspective being on the promotion of a higher quality of life in older people.
Cross-List(s): Gerontology 4151
Offering: 0-0; 3-0
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Psychology 4212      Gender and Mental Health
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 3001 or permission of the instructor
Description: A gender perspective on mental health and related health issues. Topics will include the influence of gender and sex roles on people's behaviour, mental health diagnosis, treatment and research. Although the analysis of mental health issues will be conducted in relation to men and women, the emphasis will be placed on women's health concerns.
Cross-List(s): Women's Studies 4212
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Psychology 4215      Community Psychology
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 2801 or permission of the instructor
Description: An in-depth review of how the interactions between person and society impact upon individual and community functioning. Research will be explored on the ways in which individuals interact with other individuals, social groups, institutions, communities, the larger culture, and environment. A specific focus will be the effects of various social issues on individual and community well-being. Topics will include, unemployment, discrimination, environmental degradation, intergroup conflict, immigration, and diversity.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Psychology 4331      Advanced Social Psychology
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 2801 or permission of the Department
Description: Applications of social psychology and selected research and theoretical issues (e.g., aggression, social cognition, health, cooperation, relationships, conflict, social influence). Required readings for each class that will be discussed by the group.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Psychology 4411      Biopsychology I
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 2401 or permission of the Department
Description: Advanced study of the biological bases of behaviour. Selection of specific topics may vary from year to year.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Psychology 4431      Biopsychology II
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 2401 or permission of the Department
Description: Analysis and application of research techniques and paradigms in Biopsychology. Selection of topics and orientation may vary from year to year.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Psychology 4511      Learning and Memory
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 2101 and two FCEs in Psychology, or permission of the instructor
Description: Neurological, information processing, and cognitive perspectives on human learning and memory. The topics include acquisition, storage, and retrieval of memory, the durability of memory, the development of specific skills, everyday/applied memory, and disorders of memory.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Psychology 4531      Motivation
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 2101 and two FCEs in Psychology, or permission of the instructor
Description: Systematic study of the theories and principles of motivation with implications for human behaviour.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Psychology 4611      History of Psychology
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 2101 and two FCEs in Psychology, or permission of the instructor
Description: The historical and theoretical foundations of psychology from its philosophical and scientific antecedents to the early studies of the nervous system will be reviewed. Main currents in psychological thought such as the emergence of experimental psychology and the development of clinical psychology will be emphasized.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Psychology 4811      Special Topics in Psychology
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 2101 and two FCEs in Psychology, or permission of the instructor
Description: This course will cover a specific topic in Psychology. The topic may vary from year to year and will be announced in advance by the Department.
SpecialTopic: Y
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Psychology 4901      Honours Thesis
Credit Weight: 1
Corequisite(s): Psychology 4111
Description: Restricted to students in the fourth year of the Honours BSc or the fourth year of the Specialized Honours in Psychology (HBA or HBSc) programs, unless permission of the Department has been obtained.
Notes: Students registered in the Honours thesis are required to take Psychology 4111.
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