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Academic and Professional Development in Psychology

Course Code: PSYC 2150
Faculty: Humanities & Social Sciences
Department: Psychology
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15
Learning Format: Lecture, Seminar
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course is recommended for students who plan to complete a BA degree in Psychology. The course addresses four areas of academic and professional skill development. First, students will learn how to write papers and research reports using the writing and referencing style of the American Psychological Association (APA). Second, students will develop the necessary skills to construct interview questions and conduct effective interviews. Third, students will develop the research and critical thinking skills necessary to find, review, and evaluate research on given topics in psychology. Finally, students will learn to apply ethical guidelines and other practical skills to research in psychology.

Course Content

  • APA Writing Style
  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Method
    • Participants
    • Procedure
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • References
  • Interviewing
    • Constructing interview questions
    • Probes and follow-up questions
    • Interviewing skills
  • Finding, Reviewing, and Evaluating Research
  • Psychology as a science
  • Peer review researchheory-testing
  • Operational definitions
  • Case studies
  • Correlation and causation
  • Experimental control
  • Representative samples
  • Converging evidence
  • Multiple causation
  • Inferential statistics and probability
  • Research Ethics
  • American Psychological Association Ethics Code.
  • Canadian Psychological Association Ethics Code.
  • Informed consent.
  • Confidentiality.
  • Deception.
  • Minimal-risk research.
  • Risk-benefit analysis.
  • Debriefing.

Methods of Instruction

The primary method of instruction will be the lecture, but the course may involve various other methods of instruction, such as small group activities, discussion groups, oral presentations, video tapes, and guest lectures.

Means of Assessment

The course evaluation will be based on the course objectives and in accordance with Douglas College policy

An example of a possible evaluation scheme would be:

APA Style research paper   20%
In-class writing assignments       30%
Interviewing assignment   10%
Midterm exam   20%
Final exam   20%
Total 100%

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course the successful student will be able to:

  1. Write a research report in APA style. 
  2. Construct well-designed interview questions, probes, and follow-up questions.
  3. Conduct an effective research interview.
  4. Critically evaluate empirical research.
  5. Apply ethical guidelines to psychological research.
  6. Work in teams to plan and conduct minimal risk research.

course prerequisites

PSYC 1100 or PSYC 1200

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.