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Department of Psychology | Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Simon Fraser University Calendar | Summer 2019

Psychology Honours

Bachelor of Arts

Admission Requirements

Students who wish to pursue this honours program are first admitted to the major program and, once certain course work and grade requirements are met, then the student may apply for admission to the honours program.

To apply to the honours program, students must complete the application form located on the SFU Psychology website

Application deadline: June 1.

Note that applicants who meet the minimum admission requirements are not assured of program admission. Admission decisions are based on the student’s academic record, potential, and suitability for the program as assessed by a review of the application.

To be admitted to this program, students must have the following

  • Declared into the Psychology Major
  • Completion of 75 units with a minimum CGPA of 3.33
  • Completion of 15 SFU Psychology units with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Completion of PSYC 300 and PSYC 301* with a minimum grade of B
  • Approval and signature of a Psychology faculty member willing to supervise the Honours Project
  • Submit a brief outline of their planned project
  • Tri-Council Ethics Certificate or the Animal Care Services training (depending on the nature of the project)

*If the applicant does not have PSYC 301 completed before the application deadline, the following additional requirements must be met

  • The applicant must have a letter from their supervisor acknowledging that the student will be completing PSYC 301 in the Fall term, that if the student fails to achieve a minimum grade of B, he or she will be withdrawn from the honours program, and indicating agreement to supervise the student under these conditions
  • Have an UDGPA of at least 3.67
  • Enroll in PSYC 301 in the Fall term concurrent with PSYC 490

Note that students are not guaranteed admission to the Honours Program. If denied, the student can appeal through the Psychology Undergraduate Steering Committee. Appealing students would submit the following two documents to the undergraduate advisor within the two weeks of receiving the rejection letter

  • a letter of appeal
  • a letter of support from your supervisor

Continuation Requirements

To maintain enrollment in the honours program, the student must meet the following requirements

  • Maintain a minimum 3.0 CGPA for all courses taken each term
  • Maintain a minimum 3.0 CGPA for all Psychology courses taken each term
  • Complete PSYC 301 with a minimum grade of B
  • Satisfactory attendance at the graduate research seminar in the appropriate graduate area while enrolled in PSYC 490/499
  • Continuing permission of the primary honours supervisor

Students who do not meet the requirements may be withdrawn from the program, but may apply for readmission to the program the following year.

Program Requirements

Students complete 120 units, as specified below.

Lower Division Requirements

Students complete all of

PSYC 100 - Introduction to Psychology I (3)

Acquaints the student with the major issues in contemporary psychology and considers the historical antecedents. Special attention is given to questions of methodology and research design in psychology. Topics in physiological psychology, perception, learning and motivation are considered. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 George Alder
Mo, We, Fr 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby
PSYC 102 - Introduction to Psychology II (3)

Acquaints the student with major issues in contemporary psychology and considers their historical antecedents. Topics in learning, cognition, social psychology and abnormal psychology are considered. Recommended: PSYC 100 is recommended but not required. Breadth-Social Sciences.

PSYC 201W - Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology (4) *

An introduction to the procedures used in psychological research, and to the logic underlying them. Topics include the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to research, the formulation of testable questions, the control of extraneous influences, the measurement of effects, and the drawing of valid conclusions from empirical evidence. Provides a background for senior psychology courses since it offers a basis for the critical evaluation and conduct of research. Prerequisite: PSYC 100 or 102. Students with credit for PSYC 201 may not take this course for further credit. Writing/Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
C200 Distance Education
J100 Lesley Schimanski
Th 5:30 PM – 7:20 PM
HCC 1600, Vancouver
J101
Th 7:30 PM – 9:20 PM
HCC 1350, Vancouver
J102
Th 3:30 PM – 5:20 PM
HCC 1350, Vancouver
PSYC 210 - Introduction to Data Analysis in Psychology (4) *

Covers basic descriptive and inferential techniques most appropriately applied to the various forms of data from psychological research. Prerequisite: PSYC 201W and BC high school Math 12 with a minimum grade of C (2.0) or BC high school Math 11 with a minimum grade of B- (2.67) or any level MATH or STAT course with a C- (1.67) or FAN X99 taken at SFU with a minimum grade of C (2.00). Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Matthew Sigal
We, Fr 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
EDB 7618, Burnaby
D101
Mo, Th 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5020, Burnaby
D102
Mo, Th 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5014, Burnaby
D103
Mo, Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2522, Burnaby
D104
Mo, Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
BLU 10901, Burnaby
D105
Mo, Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2260, Burnaby
D106
Mo, Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
BLU 11911, Burnaby

and one course from the following group A courses

PSYC 221 - Introduction to Cognitive Psychology (3)

Introduction to the study of cognitive and perceptual processes. Topics include memory, perception, attention, language, mental imagery, creativity, judgment and decision-making, and an introduction to cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer's disease, dyslexia, aphasia and attention-deficit disorder. Prerequisite: PSYC 100.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
J100 Bertrand Sager
Mo 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
SUR 5100, Surrey
PSYC 280 - Introduction to Biological Psychology (3)

Surveys the major areas in biological psychology. Topics include the basics of neuroanatomy and nerve cell function, the behavioral and physiological effects of drugs and hormones in the nervous system, evolutionary perspectives on the brain and behavior, and the biopsychology of vision, the chemical senses, hearing, movement, biological rhythms, sex, and cognitive processes. Prerequisite: PSYC 100. Recommended: BISC 101. Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
D100 Neil Watson
Tu, Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 3159, Burnaby

and one course from the following group B courses

PSYC 241 - Introduction to Abnormal Psychology (3)

Introduces students to the area of abnormal psychology. Topics include the definition and classification of pathological behavior, factors involved in the development of pathology, and evaluation of therapy outcome. Prerequisite: PSYC 102.

PSYC 250 - Introduction to Developmental Psychology (3)

Considers the psychological and physical aspects of human development from conception through middle childhood. Topics include social, emotional, language, cognitive, perceptual and physical development. Prerequisite: PSYC 102.

PSYC 260 - Introduction to Social Psychology (3)

Examines methodology and content in social psychology. Topics include: attitudes and values; social perception and cognition; group behavior; social includence; prejudice, discrimination, and sexism; aggression; altruism, interpersonal attraction and interpersonal relationships. Prerequisite: PSYC 102. Breadth-Social Sciences.

PSYC 268 - Introduction to Law and Psychology (3)

An introduction to the area of law and psychology. The role and influence of psychology in the legal system will be discussed. Topics include: social psychology and law, developmental psychology and law, juvenile justice, experimental psychology and law, mental disability and law. Prerequisite: PSYC 102.

Section Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
C200 Distance Education

and a minimum of one additional course from either group A or group B (see above).

* with a final course grade of C (2.0) or better

Upper Division Requirements

Students complete a minimum of 60 upper division units, of which 50 upper division Psychology units with a minimum psychology cumulative grade point average (CGPA) and psychology upper division CGPA of 3.0 (calculated on Simon Fraser University PSYC courses only). These units must include

PSYC 300W - Critical Analysis of Issues in Psychology (4) *

Trains students to evaluate critically important issues from the main areas of Psychology (e.g., Cognitive and Neural, Clinical, Developmental, History, Quantitative and Theoretical, Law and Psychology, Social)and to communicate their ideas clearly in written form. The content may vary in different offerings of the course. Prerequisite: PSYC 201W. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Gordon Rose
Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 3182, Burnaby
D101
We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 6122, Burnaby
D102
We 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 6122, Burnaby
D103
We 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 6100, Burnaby
D104
We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5015, Burnaby
D105
We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5008, Burnaby
D106
We 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 5015, Burnaby
D107
Th 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
RCB 8104, Burnaby
D108
Th 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
RCB 7105, Burnaby
D109
Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 8104, Burnaby
D110
Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 7105, Burnaby
D111
Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 7105, Burnaby
D112
Th 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 4115, Burnaby
PSYC 301 - Intermediate Research Methods and Data Analysis (4) *

A continuation of PSYC 201 and 210. Provides extensions of the basic theory and methods of research design and data analysis. Includes discussions of the analysis of substantive problems, the choice of appropriate research designs, and special problems that arise in the analysis of psychological data. Prerequisite: PSYC 201 and 210 and a minimum CGPA of 2.67. Quantitative.

PSYC 308 - History and Systems of Modern Psychology (3)

Examines the development of modern psychology from the founding of the first laboratories in the late 19th century to the present. The development and revisions of the major theoretical systems of psychology are examined from a comparative and critical perspective. Prerequisite: PSYC 201. Students with credit for PSYC 207 may not take this course for further credit.

PSYC 490 - Honours Project (4) **

An in-depth investigation of a topic in psychology, culminating in a critical literature review and the formulation of a research proposal. Prerequisite: PSYC 300 and 301, both with a minimum grade of 3.0.

PSYC 499 - Honours Project (9) **

The research proposed in PSYC 490 is executed and the results are written up in thesis format. Prerequisite: PSYC 490.

* required for program admission

** together comprise the honours project and are completed only after completion of 90 units, with at least 20 units in upper division psychology courses

Directed Studies Courses

PSYC 493 - Directed Studies (3)

Independent reading or research in topics selected in consultation with the supervising instructor. Prerequisite: PSYC 201, 210, 60 units, a UDGPA of at least 3.0, and permission of the department.

PSYC 494 - Directed Studies (3)

Independent reading or research in topics selected in consultation with the supervising instructor. Prerequisite: PSYC 201, 210, 60 units, a UDGPA of at least 3.0, and permission of the department.

PSYC 495 - Directed Studies (3)

Independent reading or research in topics selected in consultation with the supervising instructor. Prerequisite: PSYC 201, 210, 60 units, a UDGPA of at least 3.0, and permission of the department.

Enrollment enables an individual or small group to work with a faculty member on a reading or research project of mutual interest.

The minimum requirement is an upper division GPA of at least 3.00, at least 60 units and department permission. Directed studies students complete an application form from the SFU Psychology website with the intended instructor.

Letters of Permission

See Courses at Other Institutions/Letters of Permission for information. The department does not normally approve letters of permission for enrolled Simon Fraser University students to complete PSYC 201, 210 and 301 at a different institution. Such permission may be granted for other courses. Enquire of the psychology undergraduate advisor.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Honours Degree Requirements

For all bachelor of arts (BA) honours programs, students complete at least 120 units, which includes

  • at least 60 units that must be completed at Simon Fraser University
  • satisfaction of the writing, quantitative, and breadth requirements
  • students complete at least 60 upper division units, which must include at least 48 units in upper division courses in a Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences honours program; no more than 15 upper division units that have been transferred from another institution can be used toward this requirement
  • at least 65 units (including 21 upper division units) in Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences courses
  • students complete lower division requirements for at least one Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences honours program
  • students are required to achieve an overall cumulative grade point average (CGPA) and upper division CGPA of at least 3.0, and an honours program CGPA and upper division CGPA of at least 3.0

Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements

Students admitted to Simon Fraser University beginning in the fall 2006 term must meet writing, quantitative and breadth requirements as part of any degree program they may undertake. See Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements for university-wide information.

WQB Graduation Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required to earn W, Q or B credit

Requirement

Units

Notes
W - Writing

6

Must include at least one upper division course, taken at Simon Fraser University within the student’s major subject
Q - Quantitative

6

Q courses may be lower or upper division
B - Breadth

18

Designated Breadth Must be outside the student’s major subject, and may be lower or upper division
6 units Social Sciences: B-Soc
6 units Humanities: B-Hum
6 units Sciences: B-Sci

6

Additional Breadth 6 units outside the student’s major subject (may or may not be B-designated courses, and will likely help fulfil individual degree program requirements)

Students choosing to complete a joint major, joint honours, double major, two extended minors, an extended minor and a minor, or two minors may satisfy the breadth requirements (designated or not designated) with courses completed in either one or both program areas.

 

Residency Requirements and Transfer Credit

  • At least half of the program's total units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.
  • At least two thirds of the program's total upper division units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.

Elective Courses

In addition to the courses listed above, students should consult an academic advisor to plan the remaining required elective courses.