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Honours Thesis II

Course Code: PSYC 4410
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

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).

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:

Draft Methods Section                            20%

Research Presentation                            40%               

Research Paper                                      40%                 

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.

course prerequisites

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

PSYC 4400

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.