Spring 2022 - PSYC 383 D100

Psychopharmacology (3)

Class Number: 1636

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    BLU 9660, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 19, 2022
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    SSCC 9002, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    PSYC 201 and 280.



A survey of how psychoactive drugs affect brain function to alter consciousness and behaviour. Topics will include cellular effects of drugs that affect the central nervous system and discussions of the psychological and social effects of those drug-induced changes in the brain. Research on drug abuse and addictions and means of treating them will be covered. Historical, social and legal aspects of non-medical drug use will be discussed, as will the use of medications for the treatment of anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, dementias and other psychological disorders.


Overview:  In this course we will explore the neurochemical components of brain function that underlie human perception, affect, cognition, and behaviour.  We will also explore how psychotropic drugs influence the brain and behaviour.


  • Weekly Canvas Quizzes: 10%
  • Assignment Outline: 5%
  • Midterm Exam: 30%
  • Written Assignment: 25%
  • Final exam: 30%


The midterm will cover material from weeks 1-6, the exam weeks 7-13. Anything discussed during the lectures or assigned as reading may be tested on the midterm and exam.

Midterm & Exam Format:
● Multiple Choice Questions (1 mark each)
○ Midterm & Exam: 45 questions
● Short Answer Questions (5 marks each)
○ Midterm & Exam: 9 questions (from a provided list of 18)

Written Assignment:
● Assignment Outline:
○ Write a single-page bullet point outline of the written assignment described
below. In the outline (and written assignment) you will choose one of the
topics listed below and provide an overall argument structure. Provide a
separate brief (not necessarily thorough) list of references that you intend to
use as support.
● Written Assignment (APA format):
○ Write a 5-6-page paper on the topic of your outline.
● Topics:
○ To be announced



Textbook: Meyer, J.S. & Quenzer, L.F. (2019). Psychopharmacology: Drugs, the Brain, and Behavior 3e.
Oxford University Press.

Purchasing option: https://www.redshelf.com/search/?terms=9781605355559

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in spring 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with safety plans in place.  Some courses will still be offered through remote methods, and if so, this will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the spring 2022 term.