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Honours Thesis I

Course Code: PSYC 4400
Faculty: Humanities & Social Sciences
Department: Psychology
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15
Learning Format: Tutorial
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

The honours thesis provides students with an opportunity to conduct independent research within a specific area of interest in psychology. Under the supervision of a faculty member students will complete a literature review, and analysis of published empirical work on their selected topic. Students will be required to submit a paper outlining a summary of the previous literature, and the design for an original research project, which may include a completed research ethics review form.

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).

Methods of Instruction

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

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:

Literature Review                                40%

Research Ethics Board application         20%               

Research Proposal                              40%                 

Learning Outcomes

  1. To conduct a literature review of the published work in a specific topic area in Psychology.
  2. To critically analyze previous work in the topic area and identify potential limitations.
  3. To develop a testable hypothesis in the area of interest.
  4. To design a methodology to test an original hypothesis related to Psychology.
  5. To complete a Research Ethics Board application for research involving Human subjects.

course prerequisites

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


PSYC 4390

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.


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