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Department of Psychology Simon Fraser University Calendar | Spring 2018

Psychology, Applied Behaviour Analysis Concentration Major

Bachelor of Arts

This program, offered jointly by Simon Fraser University and Douglas College, provides students with comprehensive training in psychology and thorough training in applied behavior analysis.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to this program, students must complete

  • PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology I (3)
  • PSYC 102 Introduction to Psychology II (3)
  • PSYC 210 Introduction to Data Analysis in Psychology (4)

and must obtain a final course grade of C (2.0) or better in

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

The above requirement applies to courses transferred from other institutions as well as to courses completed at Simon Fraser University. After admittance to Simon Fraser University's psychology major program, students then apply for admittance to Douglas College's Disability and Applied Behaviour Analysis program.

Upon admission to the Douglas College program (described below), students may apply to the psychology advisor for declaration of the bachelor of arts psychology major, concentration in applied behaviour analysis.

Course Selection

Students should complete PSYC 100, 102 and 201 as soon as possible to gain better access to upper division PSYC courses. Students who plan a major in psychology should also complete PSYC 210 and 300 as soon as possible.

The department strongly recommends that students do not leave any of these required courses to the end of their degree. If a student is unable to obtain the required grade in PYSC 201, he or she will not be able to graduate with a major in psychology.

To enrol in psychology courses, students are required to meet the prerequisites or special instructions that may be stipulated for each. The listed prerequisites indicate the minimal background expected by instructors. See PSYC courses for details.

The department reserves one hundred per cent of all 300 and 400 division PSYC courses for approved psychology major, minor or honours students. Those who are not approved cannot enrol in these upper division courses until the open enrolment date.

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
Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
Th 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby
RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby
D900 Sherrie Atwood
Mo 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SUR 2600, Surrey
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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Russell Day
Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
Th 3:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby
RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby
D900 Trishia Coburn
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SUR 2600, Surrey
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
D100 Gordon Rose
Fr 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SWH 10081, Burnaby
D101
We 1:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 3531, Burnaby
D102
We 1:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 3517, Burnaby
D103
Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
BLU 11911, Burnaby
D104
We 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 3513, Burnaby
D105
We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
TASC2 7201, Burnaby
D106
We 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2531, Burnaby
D107
We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 8106, Burnaby
D108
We 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
RCB 8106, Burnaby
D109
Th 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
RCB 5125, Burnaby
D110
Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2260, Burnaby
D111
Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
BLU 11901, Burnaby
D112
Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5050, Burnaby
D113
Th 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 5029, Burnaby
D114
Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2523, Burnaby
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. Should be completed by majors and honours before the end of term 4. 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 better. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Matthew Sigal
Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 3182, Burnaby
D101
We 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 3511, Burnaby
D102
We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2268, Burnaby
D103
We 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2523, Burnaby
D104
We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2523, Burnaby
D105
Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 3251, Burnaby
D106
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 3513, Burnaby
D107
We 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 5048, Burnaby
D108
Tu 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5051, Burnaby
D109
Tu 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
BLU 11911, Burnaby
D110
We 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
RCB 5120, Burnaby
D900 Joe Thompson
Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SUR 5080, Surrey
D901
Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SUR 5060, Surrey
D902
Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SUR 5060, Surrey

and all of

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
D100 Tom Spalek
Tu 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 3520, Burnaby
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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Sarah Farstad
We 4:30 PM – 7:20 PM
AQ 3182, Burnaby
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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Michelle Kline
Tu 8:30 AM – 11:20 AM
SSCB 9201, Burnaby

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

Upper Divison Requirements

Students complete a minimum of 36 upper division PSYC units with a minimum psychology cumulative grade point average (CGPA) and psychology upper division CGPA of 2.0 (calculated on Simon Fraser University PSYC courses only), and which includes all of

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 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5028, Burnaby
D102
We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 8106, Burnaby
D103
We 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2521, Burnaby
D104
We 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 4125, Burnaby
D105
We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2521, Burnaby
D106
We 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
RCB 8105, Burnaby
D107
Th 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 4125, Burnaby
D108
Th 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5009, Burnaby
D109
Th 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
SWH 10075, Burnaby
D110
Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5047, Burnaby
D111
Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2521, Burnaby
D112
Th 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 5026, Burnaby
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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Timothy Racine
Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SWH 10081, Burnaby
D900 Joe Thompson
We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SUR 3090, Surrey
PSYC 356 - Developmental Psychopathology (3)

Examines theoretical approaches, research findings, and treatment outlooks concerning problems and disorders in childhood development. Prerequisite: PSYC 201, 241 and 250.

or PSYC 359 - Developmental Disabilities (3)

Developmental disorders and disabilities. Topics include genes and environment, peer and parent-child relationships, social attitudes, diversity, ethical issues, and behavioural therapies. Prerequisite: PSYC 201 and PSYC 250 (or PSYC 241). Students who have credit for PSYC 391, Selected Topics in Psychology:Developmental Disabilities, may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Grace Iarocci
Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SWH 10041, Burnaby
PSYC 371 - Intervention: Process and Outcome (3)

Reviews the major approaches to psychological intervention in terms of theory, practice and outcome evaluation. The course will examine both the scientific and practitioner components of intervention. Prerequisite: PSYC 201 and 241. PSYC 270 (or 370) is recommended.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Yael Mayer
Th 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
WMC 3520, Burnaby

PSYC 4XX (15) - Douglas College transfer units

and eight additional upper division PSYC units

and completion of

EDUC 315 - Individual and Developmental Differences in Language Acquisition (3)

A review of theories of language acquisition and their relationship to child communication disorders. Topics include: theories of language acquisition; individual and developmental differences in language acquisition; language structure and use in children with diverse disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, sensory disabilities and emotional and behavioral disabilities, interdisciplinary approaches to early intervention in the home, school and community. Prerequisite: EDUC 220 or PSYC 250 or LING 100. Students may be required to successfully complete a Criminal Record Check.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Maureen Hoskyn
Th 4:30 PM – 7:20 PM
HCC 2540, Vancouver
EDUC 422 - Learning Disabilities (4)

A study of conceptual and historic foundations of learning disabilities and an introduction to the methodologies of diagnosis and of learning disabilities. Prerequisite: PSYC 250 or corequisite of EDUC 315 or 473. Students may be required to successfully complete a Criminal Record Check.

Section Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education

No more than six directed studies units may be applied to the program. A minimum of 21 upper division psychology units must be completed at Simon Fraser University.

* with a final course grade of C- (1.67) or better

Douglas College Requirements

Students also complete the following courses at Douglas College which, upon successful completion with a CGPA of 2.00, will transfer to Simon Fraser University as PSYC 4XX-15.

DACS 5111  Disability in Context (3) or DACS 3430  ASD Across the Lifespan (3)

DACS 5112  ASD Community of Practice I (1.5)

DACS 5113  ASD Community of Practice II (1.5)

DACS 5121  Applied Behavior Analysis: Basic Principles (3)

DACS 5122  ABA: Behavioral Techniques (3)

DACS 5123  ABA Research and Applications (3)

Recommended Courses and Program

Students are encouraged to complete

LING 350 - First Language Acquisition (3)

Introduction to the study of language acquisition from the point of view of linguistic structure. Prerequisite: LING 221 and one of LING 301W, 309W or 482W. Students who have taken LING 250 may not take this course for further credit.

PSYC 354 - Development of Children's Thinking (3)

Examines research and theory concerning the origins and development of cognition in humans. Traces the development of language and children's thinking about the physical and social world from birth to adulthood, with a focus on infancy and childhood. Prerequisite: PSYC 201 and 250.

PSYC 365 - Health Psychology (3)

Explores applications of psychological principles to health and health care. The development of the field of health psychology is traced and major topics introduced. Topics include health promotion, the hospital experience, communication in medical settings, coping with serious illness, psychoneuroimmunology, and field-specific methodology. Prerequisite: PSYC 201.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 David Cox
Th 8:30 AM – 11:20 AM
SSCK 9500, Burnaby
PSYC 450 - Selected Topics in Developmental Psychology (4)

Course can be repeated for credit. Students may not take this course for further credit if similar topics are covered. See Psychology department website for course description. Prerequisite: PSYC 201, 210, 250 and 60 units, and a CGPA of 3.0. Other prerequisites vary by topic offering.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Michelle Kline
Mo 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 6152, Burnaby

Also recommended is the completion of the minor in learning and developmental disabilities in the Faculty of Education.

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 CGPA of 3.0, and permission of the department. See the Directed Studies Courses section within the undergraduate Department of Psychology section.

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 CGPA of 3.0, and permission of the department. See the Directed Studies Courses section within the undergraduate Department of Psychology section.

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 CGPA of 3.0, and permission of the department. See the Directed Studies Courses section within the undergraduate Department of Psychology section.

Enrolment enables an individual or small group to work with a faculty member on a reading or research project of mutual interest. Common reasons for a student requesting such a course are

  • to continue a reading or research project begun in a 400 division seminar
  • to cover material not included in regular courses

The minimum requirement is a B (3.0) average, at least 60 units and department permission. Directed studies students complete an application form (available at http://www.sfu.ca/psychology/ugrad/course-information/directed-studies.html) 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 Degree Requirements

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

  • at least 60 units that must be completed at Simon Fraser University
  • at least 45 upper division units, of which at least 30 upper division units must be completed at Simon Fraser University
  • at least 65 units (including 21 upper division units) in Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences courses
  • satisfaction of the writing, quantitative, and breadth requirements
  • an overall cumulative grade point average (CGPA) and upper division CGPA of at least 2.0, and a program (major, joint major, extended minor, minor) CGPA and upper division CGPA of at least 2.0

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.