Honours Thesis II

Curriculum Guideline

Effective Date:
Course Code
PSYC 4410
Honours Thesis II
Humanities & Social Sciences
Start Date
End Term
Not Specified
Semester Length
Max Class Size
N/A; independent study with supervisor
Contact Hours
2 hrs. per week/semester
Method(s) Of Instruction
Learning Activities

Faculty supervised independent research, with supervision provided weekly throughout the semester.

Course Description
In this course, honours students will continue to develop their research skills under the supervision of a faculty member. Students will collect data using the approved methods from their research project in PSYC 4400. Honours students will analyze and interpret their results, and present their thesis both orally and in writing.
Course Content

A specific topic area will be agreed upon by the supervisor and student. The student and, if necessary, the supervisor will identify a list of readings for the literature review. The content and design of the research project must be approved by the supervisor and the Research Ethics Board (if necessary).

Learning Outcomes
  1. To complete the research project proposed in PSYC 4400.
  2. To collect data on a topic using appropriate methodology.
  3. To analyze the data using appropriate statistical methods.
  4. To interpret the results in light of the literature review conducted in PSYC 4400.
  5. To write a publishable-quality APA style research paper describing the study, methods and results.
  6. To orally present results at a research conference and/or to their thesis supervisor.
Means of Assessment

Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy.  Evaluation will be based on course objectives. The supervisor will provide the student with clear outcomes depending on the nature of the project.

The following is an example of a possible evaluation scheme:

Draft Methods Section                            20%

Research Presentation                            40%               

Research Paper                                      40%                 

Textbook Materials

Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students

To be determined by the topic and thesis supervisor.


Admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology Honours Program or Department permission.


PSYC 4400