Course Offerings for 2016/17
The following course information is provided for your convenience. Schedules are subject to change and should be checked on LORIS, where location information can also be found. Full, official academic information, including prerequisites and exclusions, can be found on the academic calendars.
If you would like to take a course for which you are missing a prerequisite or are in the wrong year level or major, you will have to fill out the Psychology Override Form. Filling out the form does not guarantee entry into the course.
If no faculty member is named, the instructor is to be announced.
All courses detailed here are 0.5 credit and held on the Brantford campus.
Only Psychology courses held on the Brantford campus are listed here. For courses on the Waterloo campus, see the Faculty of Science's Department of Psychology.
Some courses are also available via Online Learning. Please note, the online versions of PS275 and PS276 do not offer a community service-learning component whereas the campus-based courses do. You can still take these online courses as long as you fulfil the requirement of one community service-learning course another way.
Not all courses are offered every academic year. Most required courses are offered (either in class or online); however electives are generally offered on alternate years. Please reference the PS Program Worksheet or book an appointment with Academic Advising to plan your ensure that you have all of the requirements you need in order to graduate.
In 2016/17, the following electives will be offered:
- PS283: Educational Psychology
- PS379: Psychology of Exceptional Children, Youth and Adults
- PS381: Introduction to Clinical Psychology
PS101: Introduction to Psychology I
Methods for understanding human and animal behaviour are introduced. This course introduces psychology and its history, and shows how the different areas of psychology are integrated. Topics such as research methods, biological bases, learning, consciousness, personality, disorders, and treatment are surveyed.
- BR1: 2:30-3:50 p.m. WF, Erin J. Strahan
- BR2: 7-9:50 p.m. T, Kris Gerhardt
PS102: Introduction to Psychology II
Methods for understanding human and animal behaviour are discussed. This course continues the introduction to psychology and shows how different areas are integrated by covering topics such as research methods, sensation and perception, memory, language and thought, intelligence and testing, motivation and emotion, development, stress and coping, community psychology, and social psychology.
- BR1: 8:30-9:50 a.m. WF, Erin J. Strahan
- BR2: 7-9:50 p.m. T, Kris Gerhardt
PS260: Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
A cognitive approach to psychological processes such as perception, attention, memory, language, thinking and problem solving. The emphasis is on theoretical issues and empirical studies within the cognitive tradition of human information processing.
- 4-5:20 p.m. MW
PS262: Introduction to Perception
Psychophysical, physiological and behavioural techniques and research findings concerning the visual, auditory, chemical and mechanical processing systems.
- 1-2:20 p.m. TR, Sybil Geldart
The central nervous system, peripheral nervous system and hormonal regulation of the psychological processes of perception, motivation, learning, memory, cognition and communication.
- 10-11:20 a.m. TR
PS270: Social Psychology
Introduction to the scientific study of how people think about, influence, and relate to one another. Topics include: social cognition, the self and identity; attitudes and attitude change; persuasion; conformity; group processes; cultural influences; prejudice and discrimination; helping; aggression; interpersonal attraction; intimate relationships; and applied issues (e.g., health, environmental, political and legal applications).
- 1-2:20 p.m. TR, Erin J. Strahan
PS275: Introduction to Developmental Psychology: Infancy and Childhood
Human development with emphasis on research and theories in the physical, cognitive, personality and social growth of infants and children. (A community service learning/field placement is required.)
- 8:30-9:50 a.m. TR, Danielle Law
PS276: Introduction to Developmental Psychology - Adolescence and Young Adulthood
Human development with emphasis on research findings and theories in the physical, cognitive, personality and social growth of adolescents and young adults. (A community service learning/field placement is required.)
- 2:30-3:50 p.m. TR, Danielle Law
PS280: Abnormal Psychology
An introduction to psychopathology theory and research in abnormal behaviour with a focus on historical and global perspectives. The course will focus on biological, psychological and societal factors in abnormal behaviour, including the role of cultural, personal and interpersonal context.
- 11:30 a.m. - 12:50 p.m. TR, Sybil Geldart
PS282: Community Psychology
Research in community settings with an emphasis on participatory action research, qualitative methods, program evaluation, needs assessment and research ethics. Experience will be gained in using research methods in community settings.
- 2:30-3:50 p.m. WF, Kerri Michalica
PS283: Educational Psychology
The application of psychology to educational environments, with consideration of topics such as social, moral and cognitive development, theories of learning, effective instructional techniques, individual differences and evaluation. (A community service learning/field placement is required.)
- 10-11:20 a.m. TR, Erin J. Strahan
PS295: Introduction to Research Methods
Fundamentals of the logic of science, research design and interpretation. Weekly laboratory sessions provide experience with various aspects of research, including demonstrations, experiments and preparation of reports.
- Lecture: 2:30-3:50 p.m. WF, Timothy Gawley
- Lab 1A: 2:30-3:50 p.m. R, Elizabeth A. Flynn-Dastoor
- Lab 1B: 4-5:20 p.m. R, Elizabeth A. Flynn-Dastoor
PS296: Introduction to Statistics
Fundamentals of data analysis and interpretation. Weekly laboratory sessions involve further discussion of lecture topics, data analysis and computer applications.
Lecture/Discussion: 3 hours; Lab: 1.5 hours
- Lecture: 10-11:20 a.m. WF, Doreen B. Weise
- Lab 1A: 11:30 a.m. - 12:50 p.m. W, Elizabeth A. Flynn-Dastoor
- Lab 1B: 1-2:20 p.m. W, Elizabeth A. Flynn-Dastoor
PS379: Psychology of Exceptional Children, Youth and Adults
People with special needs and their development in community settings. Awareness of thoughts and feelings, and effective question-asking, theory-building, and problem-solving in relation to individuals with special needs. (A community service learning/field placement is required.)
- 11:30 a.m. - 12:50 p.m. WF, Sybil Geldart
PS381: Introduction to Clinical Psychology
A survey of diagnostic and treatment procedures and resources; professional duties and skills of the clinical psychologist; history of clinical psychology and current problems.
- 8:30-9:50 a.m. TR, Sybil Geldart
If you need course outlines for past Psychology courses at the Brantford campus only, please email Nicole Zarazua at email@example.com and provide:
- the course number(s)
- the year and term the course was offered (e.g. Winter 2015)
- and your WLU student ID
The outlines will be forwarded to you as a PDF attachment.
Please note that outlines for Psychology courses that were done as online courses are only available through Online Learning.