Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Second-year psychology courses

PSYC 2040: Introduction to Biological Psychology
PSYC 2050: Drugs and Behaviour
PSYC 2100: Analysis of Psychological Data
PSYC 2110: Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology
PSYC 2120: Introduction to Personality
PSYC 2130: Introduction to Developmental Psychology: Childhood and Adolescence
PSYC 2160: Introduction to Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 2210: Introduction to Cognition
PSYC 2220: Introduction to Social Psychology
PSYC 2230: Introduction to Developmental Psychology: Adulthood and Aging
PSYC 2300: Human Sexuality


PSYC 2040
PSYC 2040
Introduction to Biological Psychology (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
AR
PSYC
Students consider the relationship between psychological and biological processes. The anatomy of the brain and neutral activity as well as the endocrine system is examined as it relates to the sensory and motor abilities, learning and memory, language, motivation, states of consciousness and sexual behaviour. Research methods of studying the brain are also discussed.
Prerequisite: PSYC 1110, PSYC 1210, or permission of the instructor
PSYC 2050
PSYC 2050
Drugs and Behaviour (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
AR
PSYC
This course surveys topics related to drugs and behaviour. Basic mechanisms of pharmacology and the nervous system are introduced in the context of psychoactive drugs. Students discuss the historical and cultural influences that have shaped the roles played by drugs and addiction in Canadian society. Impacts of drug use and abuse on society and the individual are emphasized.
Prerequisite: PSYC 1110/1210 or instructor's written consent
PSYC 2100
PSYC 2100
Analysis of Psychological Data (2,0,2)
Credits: 3
Campus
AR
PSYC
Students are provided with a conceptual and practical introduction to types of data analysis most commonly used in psychology. Topics include descriptive statistics, correlation, t-tests, chi-square, and ANOVA. This is a required course for students intending to major in Psychology and recommended for students intending to take Psychology courses numbered in the 3000's or 4000's.
Prerequisite: PSYC 1110/1210 or instructor's written consent Required Lab: PSYC 2100L
Note: Students may normally receive credit for only one of the following: BIOL 3000, BUEC 2320, MATH 1200, PSYC 2100, SOCI 2710, SOCI 3710, STAT 1200, STAT 2000
PSYC 2110
PSYC 2110
Introduction to Research Methods (3,0,1)
Credits: 3
Campus
AR
PSYC
Students are introduced to the procedures and designs used in psychological research and the critical evaluation of research. Topics include the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to research, including non-experimental, experimental, and quasi-experimental designs; research ethics; measurement; validity of methods; control of extraneous influences; and the drawing of valid conclusions from empirical evidence. This is a required course for students majoring in psychology.
Prerequisite: PSYC 1110/1210 or instructor's written consent Required Lab: PSYC 2110L
PSYC 2120
PSYC 2120
Introduction to Personality (2,1,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
AR
PSYC
Students examine the major theories of personality formation, including psychodynamic, cognitive, humanistic, and behavioural approaches. Students are provided an opportunity to relate this material to personal growth and development.
Prerequisite: PSYC 1110/1210 or instructor's written consent Required Seminar: PSYC 2120S
PSYC 2130
PSYC 2130
Introduction to Developmental Psychology: Childhood and Adolescence (2,1,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
AR
PSYC
Students explore the developmental process from conception to adolescence. Theoretical perspectives and research data are examined as they relate to physical, cognitive, and psychosocial aspects of development.
Prerequisite: PSYC 1110/1210 or instructor's written consent Required Seminar: PSYC 2130S
PSYC 2160
PSYC 2160
Introduction to Abnormal Psychology (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
AR
PSYC
Participants examine psychopathology from historical, contemporary and cross cultural perspectives. Students consider evolving models and issues including biological, psychological, and social behavioural approaches to assessment, causes, and treatment of a wide range of disordered behaviours.
Prerequisite: PSYC 1110/1210 or instructor's written consent
PSYC 2210
PSYC 2210
Introduction to Cognition (3,0,1)
Credits: 3
Campus
AR
PSYC
This course is a detailed introduction to empirical and theoretical aspects in the following core areas of psychology: human memory, perception, attention, language, and thinking.
Prerequisite: PSYC 1110/1210 or instructor's written consent. PSYC 2110 recommended. Required Lab: PSYC 2210L
PSYC 2220
PSYC 2220
Introduction to Social Psychology (2,1,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
AR
PSYC
Students examine the effects of social environment on human behaviour, attitudes, and personality. Specifically, the topics considered include theories and methods of social psychology, social perceptions, affiliation, attraction and love, aggression and violence, prejudice and discrimination, cooperation and altruism, attitude change, group behaviours, and conformity and social influence.
Prerequisite: PSYC 1110/1210 or instructor's written consent Required Seminar: PSYC 2220S
PSYC 2230
PSYC 2230
Introduction to Developmental Psychology: Adulthood and Aging (2,1,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
AR
PSYC
This course is an inquiry into the developmental changes from adolescence onwards with an emphasis on adolescent adjustment, adult maturity and growth, middle age, retirement, old age, dying and death. Current research is examined as it relates to physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development.
Prerequisite: PSYC 2130 or instructor's written consent Required Seminar: PSYC 2230S
PSYC 2300
PSYC 2300
Human Sexuality (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
AR
PSYC
Students examine the full range of sexual attitudes and behaviours as seen in contemporary society. Frank and open discussions in both lecture and small group format is stressed.
Prerequisite: PSYC 1110/1210 or permission of the instructor