Curriculum Guideline

Psychology, Applied (Bachelor of Arts)

Effective Date:
Program Code
BAAPSYC
Discontinued
No
Program
Faculty
Humanities & Social Sciences
Department
Psychology
Credential Type
Bachelor's Degree
Transcript Title
BA Applied Psychology
Date of First Offering
Start Term
201330
End Term
201510
Institutional Unit
Psychology
Credential
Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology
Length of Program
Eight semesters
Credits
120.00
Admissions Requirements

All applicants must meet the General College Admission Requirements. Admission to this program will normally occur after the completion of an Associate of Arts Degree, or equivalent, with a minimum Cumulative GPA of 2.0 and completion of the following prerequisite courses (or their equivalent) with a minimum grade of C (60%): 

Note: The above courses all require PSYC 1100 and PSYC 1200 as prerequisites.

 

Curriculum Framework

In addition to the 60 credits of first and second year coursework in the Associate of Arts, students must complete an additional 60 credits (120 total) of University Transfer coursework. Program requirements are as follows:

Required (Mandatory) Courses:

PSYC 3309 Critical Issues in Psychology 3 credits
PSYC 3330 An Introduction to Social Psychology 3 credits
PSYC 3390 Applications of Psychological Knowledge
(Service Learning & Research)
3 credits

One of:

PSYC 3320 Child Behavior and Development 3 credits
PSYC 3321 Adolescent Psychology 3 credits
PSYC 3322 Developmental Psychology: Adulthood and Aging 3 credits

One of:

PSYC 3300 Applied Intermediate Research Methods & Data Analysis 3 credits
PSYC 3301 Applied Organizational Research Methods 3 credits

Elective Courses:

Five (5) upper level psychology courses 15 credits
Five (5) upper or lower level University Transfer courses from any discipline 15 credits

Elective Courses:

Five (5) courses in one of the following applied areas 15 credits
  1. Applied Theory and Research or,
  2. Disability and Applied Behavior Analysis (DABA) or,
  3. Forensic/Criminology or,
  4. Leadership Management or,
  5. Pre-Counselling or,
  6. Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR).
 



Applied Areas of Specialization:

Applied Theory and Research

This specialization provides an opportunity for students to study a broad base of psychological theories and learn how they are applied across a variety of fields. Students who are likely going to continue their academic career in a graduate level psychology program may be interested in this specialization within the Honours Degree.

Five (5) of the following courses (at least 1 course from each of the 4 categories below)

A: Personality/Social Psychology (PSYC 3304, PSYC 3331, PSYC 3340, PSYC 3361)

B: Developmental/Health (PSYC 3320, PSYC 3321, PSYC 3322)

C: Cognition/Biological Psychology (PSYC 3315, PSYC 3341, PSYC 3365, PSYC 3370, PSYC 3385)

D: Clinical/Counsellilng/Forensic Psychology (PSYC 3314, PSYC 3342, PSYC 3375, PSYC 4360, PSYC 4373, PSYC 4375)

Below is an example of a course plan for the third and fourth year of the BA in Applied Psychology – Applied Theory and Research specialization.

Year 3

Fall Credits Winter Credits
PSYC 3330 3 Developmental:one of PSYC 3320, PSYC 3321, PSYC 3322 3
PSYC 3390 3 PSYC 3309 3
PSYC 3300 3 One of Group A 3
1000-4000 Level Elective 3 One of Group D 3
1000-4000 Level Elective 3 1000-4000 Level Elective

3

 Year 4

Fall Credits Winter Credits
One of Group C 3 One of Group B 3
One of Group A-D 3 3000-4000 PSYC Elective 3
3000-4000 PSYC Elective 3 3000-4000 PSYC Elective 3
3000-4000 PSYC Elective 3 3000-4000 PSYC Elective 3
1000-4000 Level Elective 3 1000-4000 Level Elective 3

Disability and Applied Behavior Analysis Specialization

If you are interested in education, health or human services, or if you want to specialize in the rewarding and challenging area of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), the concise, flexible and timely Disability and Applied Behaviour Analysis (DABA) advanced certificate is for you. The courses within this 15 credit specialization are a required step for behaviour consultants and other professionals towards becoming Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) ® Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts (BCaBA). The courses are also approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and the Teacher Qualification Service.

DABA courses run as a cohort and are only offered in the specified semesters. Although you can complete other required and elective courses for the BA in Applied Psychology starting in the 2013 Fall semester, the first DABA courses will start in Fall 2014.

Required (Mandatory) Courses:
DACS 5111 Disability in Context 3 credits
DACS 5112 Autism Spectrum Disorder Community of Practice:
Selected Topics I
1.5 credits
DACS 5113 Autism Spectrum Disorder Community of Practice:
Selected Topics II
1.5 credits
DACS 5121 Applied Behavior Analysis Basic Principles 3 credits
DACS 5122 Applied Behavior Analysis Behavioral Techniques 3 credits
DACS 5123 Applied Behavior Analysis: Research and Applications 3 credits

Below is an example of a course plan for the third and fourth year of the BA in Applied Psychology – DABA specialization.

Year 3

Fall Credits Winter Credits
PSYC 3330 3 Developmental: one of PSYC 3320,  PSYC 3321, PSYC 3322 3
PSYC 3390 3 PSYC 3309 3
3000-4000 PSYC Elective 3 3000-4000 PSYC Elective 3
1000-4000 Level Elective 3 3000-4000 PSYC Elective 3
1000-4000 Level Elective 3 1000-4000 Level Elective 3

Year 4

Fall Credits Winter Credits
PSYC 3300 or PSYC 3301 3 3000-4000 PSYC Elective 3
DACS 5111 3 DACS 5112 1.5
DACS 5121 3 DACS 5122 3
3000-4000 PSYC Elective 3 1000-4000 Level Elective 3
1000-4000 Level Elective 3    

Year 4

Summer Credits
DACS 5113 1.5
DACS 5123 3

Those completing this specialization within the BA Applied Psychology Degree will not be eligible to enroll in the Disability and Applied Behavior analysis Advanced Certificate as the coursework is equivalent.

Those completing this specialization within the BA Applied Psychology Degree will not be eligible to enroll in the Disability and Applied Behavior analysis Advanced Certificate as the coursework is equivalent.

Forensic / Criminology Specialization

Students interested in both psychology and criminology may choose to specialize in the area of forensic psychology. This specialization will focus on psychology as it applies to the legal system, which may include a focus on courts, corrections, police, cognitive and social aspects of behaviour, mental health law, victimology, and policy work.

Required (Mandatory) Course:
PSYC 3314 Psychology and Law 3 credits
Elective Courses (choice of 4)

(Choices include, but are not limited to, the following)

PSYC 3341 Drugs and Behavior 3 credits
PSYC 3342 Developmental Psychopathology 3 credits
PSYC 3361 Social Cognition 3 credits
PSYC 4360 Psychological Assessment 3 credits
CRIM 3335 Human Rights and Civil Liberties 3 credits
CRIM 3340 Problem Solving and Interventions in Criminal Justice 3 credits
CRIM 3370 Sex Offenders and Sexual Offences 3 credits
CRIM 3375 Correctional Practice 3 credits
CRIM 3376 Restorative Justice 3 credits
CRIM 3385 Community Crime Prevention 3 credits
CRIM 4410 Canadian Law and the Mentally Disordered Offenders 3 credits

Below is an example of a course plan for the third and fourth year of the BA in Applied Psychology – Forensic/Criminology specialization.

NOTE: It is recommended to take CRIM 1100, CRIM 1150 and CRIM 1160 in your first 2 years. If not, they can be taken as your 1000-4000 Level Electives.

Year 3

Fall Credits Winter Credits
PSYC 3330 3 Developmental: one of PSYC 3320, PSYC 3321, PSYC 3322 3
PSYC 3390 3 PSYC 3309 3
PSYC 3314 3 3000-4000 CRIM Elective 3
1000-4000 Level Elective – CRIM 1100 (if not taken in first 60 credits) 3 1000-4000 Level Elective – CRIM 1160 (if not taken in first 60 credits) 3
1000-4000 Level Elective – CRIM 1150 (if not taken in first 60 credits) 3 1000-4000 Level Elective – CRIM
3342 (if not taken in first 60 credits
3

Year 4

Fall Credits Winter Credits
PSYC 3300 or 3301 3 3000-4000 CRIM Elective 3
1000-4000 Level Elective – CRIM 2140 recommended 3 3000-4000 CRIM Elective – CRIM 4410 highly recommended 3
3000-4000 CRIM Elective 3 3000-4000 PSYC Elective 3
3000-4000 PSYC Elective – PSYC 3341 recommended 3 3000-4000 PSYC Elective 3
3000-4000 CRIM Elective 3 1000-4000 Elective 3

Leadership and Management Specialization

Students interested in combining psychology with business, leadership and/or marketing would be interested in this specialization.

Five (5) 3000 or 4000 level courses. Possibilities include, but are not limited to:

BUSN 1111 Small Business Management 3 credits
BUSN 3310 Organizational Management Skills 3 credits
BUSN 3350 Human Resource Management 3 credits
BUSN 4410 Organizational Business Decision Making 3 credits
BUSN 4460 Leadership: Theory and Practice 3 credits
BUSN 4490 Applied Legal and Ethical Decision Making for Managers, Professionals and Executives 3 credits
MARK 2150 Personal Selling 3 credits
MARK 3215 Buyer Behavior 3 credits
MARK 3340 Promotional Strategy 3 credits
MARK 3360 Customer Relationship Management 3 credits
MARK 3441 Marketing Research 3 credits
MARK 3470 Professional Services Marketing 3 credits
MARK 4270 Marketing Intelligence 3 credits
SOSC 3140 Organizational Theory and Design 3 credits


Below is an example of a course plan for the third and fourth year of the BA in Applied Psychology – Leadership and Management specialization.

Year 3

Fall Credits Winter Credits
PSYC 3330 3 Developmental: one of PSYC 3320, PSYC 3321, PSYC 3322 3
PSYC 3390 3 PSYC 3309 3
3000-4000 PSYC Elective 3 3000-4000 CRIM Elective 3
BUSN 1210 3 CICS 1110 3
MARK 1120 3 3000-4000 BUSN or MARK 3

Year 4

Fall Credits Winter Credits
PSYC 3300 or 3301 3 3000-4000 BUSN or MARK 3
3000-4000 BUSN or MARK 3 3000-4000 BUSN or MARK 3
3000-4000 BUSN or MARK 3 3000-4000 PSYC Elective 3
SOSC 3140 3 3000-4000 PSYC Elective 3
3000-4000 PSYC Elective 3 1000-4000 Elective 3

Pre-Counselling Specialization

Counselling psychology typically focuses on therapeutic practices that facilitate social, educational, occupational, health, emotional and developmental functioning. Many counsellors have a Masters degree in a field such as counselling psychology or educational psychology, which allows them to register as a Clinical Counselor in most provinces. Our Pre-Counselling specialization will provide students with introductory courses in the discipline of counselling as well as the pre-requisite courses needed to enter into most graduate programs in counselling psychology.

Required (Mandatory) Courses:
PSYC 3375 Theories of Counselling and Psychotherapy 3 credits
PSYC 4360 Psychological Assessment 3 credits
PSYC 4370 Counselling Skills Fundamentals 3 credits
Elective Courses (choice of 2):
PSYC 3321 Adolescent Psychology 3 credits
PSYC 3322 Adulthood and Aging 3 credits
PSYC 3341 Drugs and Behavior 3 credits
PSYC 3342 Developmental Psychopathology 3 credits
PSYC 3365 Psychology of Learning 3 credits
PSYC 4373 Vocational Assessment and Counselling 3 credits
PSYC 4375 Clinical Psychology 3 credits
PSYC 5001 Mental Health Services and Systems: History and Trends 3 credits

Below is an example of a course plan for the third and fourth year of the BA in Applied Psychology – Pre-Counselling specialization.

NOTE: PSYC 2341 (Abnormal Psychology) and PSYC 2207 (An Introduction to Educational Psychology) are strongly recommended in first 2 years.

Year 3

Fall Credits Winter Credits
PSYC 3375 3 Developmental: one of PSYC 3320, PSYC 3321, PSYC 3322 3
PSYC 3330 3 PSYC 3309 3
PSYC 3390 3 3000-4000 PSYC Elective – Cognitive course recommended (PSYC 3365, PSYC 3370, PSYC 3361) 3
1000-4000 Level Elective 3 3000-4000 PSYC Elective 3
1000-4000 Level Elective 3 1000-4000 Level Elective 3

Year 4

Fall Credits Winter Credits
PSYC 3300 or 3301 3 PSYC 4360 3
PSYC 4370 3 Developmental: one of PSYC 3320, PSYC 3321, PSYC 3322, PSYC 3342* 3
One of PSYC 4373, PSYC 4375 or PSYC 4001 3 3000-4000 PSYC Elective 3
3000-4000 PSYC Elective 3 3000-4000 PSYC Elective 3
1000-4000 Level Elective 3 1000-4000 Level Elective  

*If choosing this course, it is recommended to take PSYC 3320 in a prior semester.

Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) Specialization

Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) approaches include programs, services and practices with well-documented effectiveness in facilitating the recovery of persons living with serious mental illness, substance use problems or concurrent disorders. PSR approaches focus on programs and services in the major life domains of employment, education, leisure, wellness, housing, family and peer support. PSR approaches are enhanced in their effectiveness by other treatment approaches and practices, including cognitive retraining, cognitive behaviour therapies and motivational interviewing.

Students who complete the set of PSR courses, including the practicum will have the knowledge and skills to conduct strengths based PSR assessments and to prepare and implement psychosocial rehabilitation plans in community mental health and substance use programs. Upon completion of this specialization, you will be eligible to write the Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioners (CPRP) exam, which is recognized throughout Canada and the US.

PSR courses generally run as a cohort and are only offered in specified semesters.
Although you can complete other required and elective courses for the BA in Applied Psychology starting in the 2013 Fall semester, the first PSR courses will start in Fall, 2014.

Required (Mandatory) Courses:

PSYC 5001 Mental Health Services and Systems: History and Trends 3 credits
PSYC 5002 Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery 3 credits
PSYC 5003 Psychosocial Rehabilitation Practitioner Competencies 3 credits
PSYC 5004 Psychosocial Rehabilitation: Best and Promising Practices 3 credits
PSYC 5005* Seminar and Practicum in Psychosocial Rehabilitation 3 credits

*PSYC 5005 will be accepted in lieu of PSYC 3390 – Applications of Psychological Knowledge

Below is an example of a course plan for the third and fourth year of the BA in Applied Psychology – PSR specialization.

NOTE: PSYC 2341 (Abnormal Psychology) is a pre-requisite for PSR courses.

Year 3

Fall Credits Winter Credits
PSYC 3330 3 Developmental: one of PSYC 3320, PSYC 3321, PSYC 3322 3
PSYC 3341 3 PSYC 3309 3
3000-4000 PSYC Elective 3 3000-4000 PSYC Elective 3
1000-4000 Level Elective 3 3000-4000 PSYC Elective 3
1000-4000 Level Elective 3 1000-4000 Level Elective 3

Year 4

Fall Credits Winter Credits
PSYC 3300 or 3301 3 PSYC 5003 3
PSYC 5001 3 PSYC 5004 3
PSYC 5002 3 3000-4000 PSYC Elective 3
3000-4000 PSYC Elective 3 1000-4000 Level Elective 3
1000-4000 Level Elective 3    

Year 4

Summer Credits
PSYC 5005 - Seminar & Practicum in Psychosocial Rehabilitation 3

Those completing this specialization within the BA Applied Psychology Degree will not be eligible to enroll in the Graduate Diploma in Psychosocial Rehabilitation as the coursework is equivalent.