Learning Outcomes

Psychology Major

  1. Students will be able to identify psychological issues, develop positions on these issues, and critically evaluate evidence for and against these positions, when reading psychological literature.
  2. Students will demonstrate an ability to orally communicate issue positions and evidence to an audience of peers without relying on a written script.
  3. Students will be familiar with multiple sources of psychological research and other scholarly works including primary research journals, secondary text sources, on-line writing, and non-print media. They will gain this familiarity both by being presented with sources important in the history of psychology and by actively pursuing multiple sources through investigations of topics of their own individual interest.
  4. Students will be able to demonstrate their ability to access these sources and to demonstrate skills required to critically appraise the scientific rigour presented by information in these sources.
  5. Students will produce written reports of psychological subject matter using the organization, documentation style and scientific language used by psychological professionals.
  6. Students will demonstrate their ability to apply research methods and statistical techniques to develop a psychological research question into scientifically appropriate procedure and corresponding data. They will conduct at least one original empirical investigation in which these skills are used throughout the development of a research project.
  7. Students will have an understanding of the basic ethical principles underlying psychological research, and will be able to use those principles to guide their research design.
  8. Students will demonstrate an understanding of at least six major theoretical philosophies of psychological thought (cognitive, biological, psychodynamic, behavioural, humanistic, and socio-cultural), and show an appreciation for the need to apply multiple theoretical perspectives in the investigation of psychological phenomena.
  9. Students will be able to describe psychological findings from a variety of subfields within psychology, and will be able to describe the potential relevance of these findings to the understanding of people and interpersonal situations.
  10. Students will demonstrate an understanding that psychology is a study of human development, and will be knowledgeable of multiple developmental theories that study the interrelationships between the role of physiological development and the impact of environmental influences on the nature of human developmental change.
  11. Students will be able to apply knowledge and process in psychology to self knowledge and self change.
  12. Students will demonstrate effective group collaboration and leadership in discussions, projects, and presentations.

Psychology Honours

  1. Students will be prepared to participate in the broader research community, including preparing findings for the purposes of dissemination and presenting findings to a broader audience.
  2. Students will demonstrate complex thought and knowledge and develop competence at the skills required for success in graduate studies or careers.
  3. Students in individualized programs of study (including Honours Program and Directed Studies) will experience a process of designing a path of inquiry, executing the logistics of the study of their selected topic and being responsible for the presentation of the results of this inquiry for peer and /or faculty evaluation.
  4. Students will apply specific scientific research methods and tools of statistical analysis to design and evaluate a psychological question. This experience will expose these students to the ethical and logistical demands of research protocols, the demands of professional peer review procedures, and the creative dimensions within scientific study.
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