Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Third-year psychology courses

 

PSYC 3000: Psychiatric Clinical Disorders (3)
PSYC 3010: Disorders Across the Lifespan (3)
PSYC 3020: Infancy (3)
PSYC 3030: Psychological Testing (3)
PSYC 3060: Principles of Animal Behaviour (6)
PSYC 3080: Social Psychology (6)
PSYC 3100: Clinical Psychology (6)
PSYC 3110: Clinical Psychology: Theories and Systems of Psychotherapy (3)
PSYC 3140: Health Psychology (3)
PSYC 3150: Childhood and Adolescence (3)
PSYC 3190: Experimental Design and Quantitative Methods (6)
PSYC 3200: Personality (3)
PSYC 3220: Adulthood and Aging (3)
PSYC 3230: Conditioning & Behavioural Control (3)
PSYC 3240: History and Systems of Psychology (3)
PSYC 3250: Community Psychology (3)
PSYC 3360: The Psychology of Language (3)
PSYC 3380: Psychology of Emotion (3)
PSYC 3390: Human Neuropsychology (3)
PSYC 3400: Psychology and the Law (3)
PSYC 3410: Forensic Psychology (3)
PSYC 3510: Visual Processes (3)
PSYC 3520: Auditory, Tactile and Chemical Processes (3) 
PSYC 3540: Cognition: Attention & Memory (3)
PSYC 3550: Cognition: Language & Thought (3)
PSYC 3560: Psychopharmacology   (3)
PSYC 3570: Neuroscience of Motivation & Emotion (3)
PSYC 3580: Neuroscience of Learning & Memory (3)
PSYC 3610: Research Methods & Statistics for Psychology (3)
PSYC 3710: Special Topics in Psychology 1 (3)
PSYC 3720: Special Topics in Psychology 2 (3)


PSYC3000 Behaviour Disorders (3,0,0)(3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

PSYC 3000 Behaviour Disorders (3,0,0)(3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students gain a detailed scientific overview of psychopathology such as mood disorders, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia spectrum disorders, substance abuse, and personality disorders. Students examine the history, definitions and characterisations, and etiology, maintenance and treatment of these disorders. Prerequisites: Completion of 45 credits AND PSYC 1110 AND PSYC 1210 OR instructor's written consent
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PSYC3020 Infancy (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

PSYC 3020 Infancy (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students examine biological, social, and cognitive development from conception to the third year of life. The transition to parenthood and influences on parenting (including social policy) are a secondary focus. Content includes theoretical and methodological issues, research findings, and practical implications. Students are introduced to important primary sources as well as secondary texts. Prerequisites: Completion of 45 credits AND PSYC 1110 AND PSYC 1210 OR Instructor's written consent
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PSYC3030 Psychological Testing (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

PSYC 3030 Psychological Testing (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students learn about the theory and practice of mental measurement, including test reliability and validity, its uses, administration, scoring, and interpretation. Prerequisites: Completion of 45 credits AND PSYC 1110 AND PSYC 1210 OR Instructor's written consent
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PSYC3060 Principles of Animal Behaviour (3,0,0)(3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

PSYC 3060 Principles of Animal Behaviour (3,0,0)(3,0,0)

Credits: 6 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students examine animal behaviour from the perspective of evolutionary theory. Among the topics are an introduction to the theory of evolution and behavioural genetics; social systems as ecological adaptations; mating and parental strategies; learning, instincts, and evolution; and the evolution of human behaviour. Prerequisites: Completion of 45 credits AND PSYC 1110 AND PSYC 1210 OR Instructor's written consent Recommended Requisites: PSYC 2110 OR PSYC 2210
Note: Students cannot receive credit for both PSYC 3060 and BIOL 3100
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PSYC3080 Social Psychology (3,0,0)(3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

PSYC 3080 Social Psychology (3,0,0)(3,0,0)

Credits: 6 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students discuss theory and research in the areas of individual social behaviour; social motivation; social attitudes; group interaction; socialization; racial prejudice; and other related topics.
Prerequisite: PSYC 1110 and PSYC 1210 or permission of the instructor
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PSYC3100 Clinical Psychology (3,0,0)(3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

PSYC 3100 Clinical Psychology (3,0,0)(3,0,0)

Credits: 6 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students are provided a comprehensive overview of clinical psychology. The topics include the role of personality theory in clinical psychology, an overview of descriptive psychopathology, a consideration of issues in diagnosis and classification of disorders, an examination of the techniques used in assessment of intellectual and personality functioning, and a review of various approaches to therapeutic intervention. Areas of clinical psychology research are discussed, in addition to issues of professionalism, and models of training. Students are given a sense of what it means to be a "Clinical Psychologist" today, recent developments in clinical psychology, and future directions in the field.
Prerequisite: One of PSYC 2120, PSYC 2160, PSYC 3000
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PSYC3110 Clinical Psychology: Theories and Systems of Psychotherapy (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

PSYC 3110 Clinical Psychology: Theories and Systems of Psychotherapy (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students are provided an overview of various psychotherapeutic approaches in the field of clinical psychology. The therapeutic systems and models examined in this course include psychoanalysis, Adlerian psychotherapy, analytic psychotherapy, client-centered therapy, rational emotive behaviour therapy, behaviour therapy, cognitive therapy, existential psychotherapy, Gestalt therapy, and multimodal therapy. Prerequisites: Completion of 45 credits AND PSYC 1110 AND PSYC 1210 AND one of PSYC 2160 OR PSYC 3000 OR instructor's written consent
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PSYC3140 Health Psychology (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

PSYC 3140 Health Psychology (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students will review basic research findings and theory on the relation between psychological factors (including behaviour, emotion, cognitive, personality, and interpersonal relationships) and health. Topics include health-related behaviours such as smoking and drug use, the effects of stressful events on health, methods of coping with stress, the impact of chronic illness on the family, and social support systems. Prerequisites: Completion of 45 credits AND PSYC 1110 AND PSYC 1210 OR Instructor's written consent
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PSYC3150 Childhood and Adolescence (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

PSYC 3150 Childhood and Adolescence (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students examine biological, social, and cognitive development from the third year of life through to adolescence. The development of prosocial and antisocial behaviours are a special focus. Content includes theoretical and methodological issues, research findings, and practical implications. Students are introduced to important primary sources as well as secondary texts. Prerequisites: Completion of 45 credits AND PSYC 1110 AND PSYC 1210 OR instructor's written consent
Exclusion: Students cannot receive credit for both PSYC 3150 and PSYC 3151
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PSYC3200 Theories of Personality 1 (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

PSYC 3200 Theories of Personality 1 (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students examine psychoanalytic and dispositional theories on the development of personality. Topics include research findings, applications, and limitations with respect to the two approaches. Prerequisites: Completion of 45 credits AND PSYC 1110 AND PSYC 1210
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PSYC3210 Theories of Personality 2 (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

PSYC 3210 Theories of Personality 2 (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students examine environmental and representational theories on the development of personality. Topics include research findings, applications, and limitations with respect to the two approaches.
Prerequisite: PSYC 1110/1210
Note: Students with PSYC 3050 may not take this course for credit
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PSYC3220 Adulthood and Aging (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

PSYC 3220 Adulthood and Aging (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students learn about human development during adulthood through to old age. Students are provided a background in basic issues, theories, and psychological research regarding adulthood and the aging process. Prerequisites: Completion of 45 credits AND PSYC 1110 AND PSYC 1210 OR instructor's written consent
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PSYC3230 Principles of Conditioning (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

PSYC 3230 Principles of Conditioning (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students examine the procedures and processes involved in Classical (Pavlovian) and Operant (instrumental) conditioning. A majority of the course material is comprised of research findings from animal studies. Prerequisites: PSYC 1110 AND 1210 AND completion of 45 credits OR permission of the instructor
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PSYC3240 History and Systems of Psychology (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

PSYC 3240 History and Systems of Psychology (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students are provided a broad overview of psychology's history, beginning with the ancient Persians, and progressing through to the mid-twentieth century. Key figures and thinkers are highlighted, and major philosophies and their founders discussed, all within the context of the political and social climate prevalent at the time.
Prerequisite: PSYC 1110 and PSYC 1210, and a minimum of six (6) additional psychology credits. Excluding PSYC 2100, 2110, or 3190
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PSYC3250 Community Psychology (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

PSYC 3250 Community Psychology (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students will learn about various topics in community psychology. Topics include research methods and social change and intervention strategies within various community settings, such as the legal and justice system, the health care system, the mental health care system, and the educational system. Prerequisites: Completion of 45 credits AND PSYC 1110 AND PSYC 1210 OR instructor's written consent
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PSYC3360 The Psychology of Language 1 (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

PSYC 3360 The Psychology of Language 1 (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students consider the fundamental psychological abilities underlying human language. Representative topics include animal versus human communication, language processing, lexical representation, and the principles of on-line conversation.
Prerequisite: PSYC 1110/1210 or instructor's written consent. PSYC 2210 recommended.
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PSYC3380 Psychology of Emotion (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

PSYC 3380 Psychology of Emotion (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students discuss the theories and research on emotion from cognitive, behavioral, physiological, social, and evolutionary perspectives in the discipline of psychology. Students examine where emotions come from, their function, and meaning. Topics include development and communication of emotion, emotions and decision making, emotion regulation, and the relationship between emotion and psychological well-being. Prerequisites: Completion of 45 credits AND PSYC 1110 AND PSYC 1210 OR instructor's written consent
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PSYC3390 Human Neuropsychology (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

PSYC 3390 Human Neuropsychology (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students learn about clinical and experimental approaches to human neuropsychology as a basis for understanding brain-behaviour relationships in both typical and impaired functioning. Students discuss the impacts of brain disorders, including traumatic brain injury, dementia, and tumors. Students distinguish the structure and function of the human brain, with particular emphasis on the cerebral cortex; gain knowledge and understanding of how behaviour can be used to infer brain function; and think critically about key ideas and research findings in neuropsychology. Prerequisites: Completion of 45 credits AND PSYC 1110 AND PSYC 1210 OR permission of the instructor. Recommended requisite: PSYC 2040
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PSYC3400 Introduction to Psychology and the Law (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

PSYC 3400 Introduction to Psychology and the Law (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students examine psychological theories and research to the legal system. Topics covered include the legal system, police investigations, jury decision-making, eyewitness identification and testimony, expert evidence, and sentencing. Prerequisites: Completion of 45 credits AND PSYC 1110 AND PSYC 1210 OR permission of the instructor
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PSYC3410 Forensic Psychology (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

PSYC 3410 Forensic Psychology (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students examine the application of clinical psychology (assessment and intervention) to the field of forensics. Topics covered include fitness to stand trial; Not Criminally Responsible By Reason of Mental Disorder (NCRMD); psychopathy, risk assessment and the prediction of dangerousness; Dangerous Offender/Long Term Offender assessments; criminal profiling; parental capacity assessments; assessment and treatment of special populations; and professional responsibilities and ethical issues.
Prerequisite: PSYC 1110 and PSYC 1210, and one of PSYC 2160, PSYC 3000, PSYC 3010 or PSYC 3100, and completion of 45 credits or permission of instructor
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PSYC3510 Sensation and Perception 1 - Visual Processes (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

PSYC 3510 Sensation and Perception 1 - Visual Processes (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students learn about the basic research findings and models for visual sensation and perception. Topics include the perception of brightness, contrast, colour, objects, depth, size, and movement. In addition, students discuss the physiological mechanisms of the visual system. Prerequisites: Completion of 45 credits AND PSYC 1110 AND PSYC 1210 OR instructor's written consent
Exclusion: Students cannot receive credit for both PSYC 3510 and PSYC 3130
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PSYC3520 Sensation and Perception 2 (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

PSYC 3520 Sensation and Perception 2 (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students examine basic research findings and models for auditory, somatosensory, olfactory, and gustatory sensation and perception. Topics include the physics of sound, physiology of the auditory system, basic sound perception, auditory scene analysis, music perception, language perception, physiology of touch and pain, and the physiology of smell and taste. Prerequisites: Completion of 45 credits AND PSYC 1110 AND PSYC 1210 Or instructor's written consent
Exclusion: Students who have credits for PSYC 3130 may not receive additional credit for this course
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PSYC3540 Cognition 1: Attention and Memory (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

PSYC 3540 Cognition 1: Attention and Memory (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students learn about research findings and models of attention and memory, both past and present. Topics include basic attentional processes and models, short-term and working memory, long-term processes, semantic and episodic distinctions, physiology of memory, and false memory. Prerequisites: Completion of 45 credits AND PSYC 1110 AND PSYC 1210 OR permission of the instructor
Exclusion: Students who have credits for PSYC 3090 may not receive additional credit for this course
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PSYC3550 Cognition 2: Language and Thought (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

PSYC 3550 Cognition 2: Language and Thought (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students learn about research findings and models for various aspects of language and thought. Topics include language processing, reasoning, decision-making, problem-solving, and the theoretical nature of consciousness. Prerequisites: Completion of 45 credits AND PSYC 1110 AND PSYC 1210 OR permission of the instructor
Exclusion: Students who have credits for PSYC 3090 may not receive additional credit for this course
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PSYC3560 Psychopharmacology (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

PSYC 3560 Psychopharmacology (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students gain a detailed introduction to psychoactive drugs at behavioural, neural and cellular levels of examination. Students learn to define and understand how drugs are processed by the body and how they interact with neurotransmitter systems. Students identify and discuss the major neurotransmitters; gain insight into the therapeutic use of psychotropic drugs to treat affective disorders, anxiety disorders, and schizophrenia; understand the properties of major classes of abused drugs (CNS depressants, stimulants, opiates, hallucinogens, etc.); and think critically about pharmaceuticals and the pharmaceutical industry. Prerequisites: Completion of 45 credits AND PSYC 1110 AND PSYC 1210 AND one of PSYC 2040 OR BIOL 1050 OR BIOL 1110 OR instructor's written consent
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PSYC3570 Physiology of Motivation and Emotion (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

PSYC 3570 Physiology of Motivation and Emotion (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students learn about the concepts of motivation and emotion, emphasizing neural and endocrine mechanisms. Students explore the contributions of human and animal research in understanding temperature regulation, hunger and thirst, sleep and biological rhythms, exploration and curiosity, reproductive and parental behaviour, substance abuse, aggression, stress, positive and negative emotions, and feelings. Interaction between physiology and external influences are emphasized, as well as causal and functional explanations. Students think critically about key ideas and research findings in motivation and emotion, and consider how they can be applied practically to issues experienced in their own lives. Prerequisites: Completion of 45 credits AND PSYC 1110 AND PSYC 1210 AND one of PSYC 2040 OR BIOL 1050 OR BIOL 1110 OR permission of the instructor
Exclusion: Students may not take this course if they have credit for the former PSYC 3040 or PSYC 3070.
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PSYC3580 Physiology of Learning and Memory (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

PSYC 3580 Physiology of Learning and Memory (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students learn about the different types of learning and memory, emphasizing neural mechanisms. Students discuss the interplay of human and animal research (including that with invertebrates) in understanding synaptic plasticity involving long-term potentiation and depression, perceptual learning, classical and instrumental conditioning, and relational learning. Learning disabilities, memory impairment, and recovery from brain injury are also considered. Prerequisites: Completion of 45 credits AND PSYC 1110 AND PSYC 1210 AND One of PSYC 2040 OR BIOL 1050 OR BIOL 1110 OR permission of the instructor
Exclusion: Students who have credits for PSYC 3040 may not receive additional credit for this course
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PSYC3610 Research Methods and Statistics for Psychology (2,0,1)Thompson Rivers University

PSYC 3610 Research Methods and Statistics for Psychology (2,0,1)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students learn about design considerations and statistical methods in an integrated way. Students focus on analysis of research designs with multiple independent variables and a single dependent variable, though the material covered will not be limited to these types of designs. Topics covered include reliability, validity, power, sampling, t-tests, correlation, regression, analysis of variance, nonparametric procedures, and sampling. Prerequisites: PSYC 2100 with a minimum B AND 2110 with a minimum B AND Completion of 45 credits or permission of the instructor
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