Overview

Learning Methods
Students can expect to use up to date technology and interactive online and in-class learning tools that engage students and promote critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Major Focus
The Associate of Arts Degree (Psychology) is 2-year, 60 credit, multidisciplinary program that includes arts courses with a focus on psychology (minimum 18 credits).

The AC Difference
AC students gain from small class sizes and access to instructors with varied expertise in psychology that guarantees AC offers students a wide range of transferable psychology courses.

Career Outlook
Graduating students may move to entry-level positions in health and social services, human resources, and sales, to name a few, or may also choose to work towards advanced degrees.


Course Descriptions

Select a course below to see full descriptions. (#) Indicates amount of credits per course.

PSYC 101 Introduction to Biological and Cognitive Psychology (3)

Introduction to Methods and Statistics, Biopsychology, Learning, Perception, Memory, and Cognition.

Prerequisite(s):
ENGL 098

Transfers to:
UBC PSYC 101 (3)
SFU PSYC 100 (3) B-Soc
UVic PSYC 100A (1.5)
UNBC PSYC 101 (3)
TRU PSYC 1110 (3)

PSYC 102 Intro to Developmental, Social, Personality, & Clinical Psychology (3)

Introduction to Methods and Statistics, Motivation, Assessment, Developmental, Personality, Clinical, and Social Psychology.

Prerequisite(s):
ENGL 097

Transfers to:
UBC PSYC 102 (3)
SFU PSYC 102 (3) B-Soc
UVic PSYC 100B (1.5)
UNBC PSYC 102 (3)
TRU PSYC 1210 (3)

PSYC 217 Thinking Clearly about Psychology (3)

Thinking about psychological science, with an emphasis on common errors of judgment.

Prerequisite(s):
ENGL 098 or PSYC 101

Transfers to:
UBC PSYC 217 (3)
SFU PSYC 201 (3) -Q
UVic PSYC 201 (1.5)
UNBC PSYC 215 (3)
TRU PSYC 2110 (3)

PSYC 218 Analysis of Behavioural Data (3)

Introduces behavioural data analysis; the use of inferential statistics in psychology and conceptual interpretation of data; experimental design (laboratory, field research methods); presentation of data analyses in reports.

Prerequisite(s):
ENGL 098, PSYC 101

Transfers to:
UBC PSYC 218 (3)
SFU PSYC 210 (3) Q
UVic PSYC 200 Lev (1.5)
UNBC PSYC 2XX (3) - For PSYC Majors UNBC PSYC 315 (4)
TRU PSYC 2100 (3)

PSYC 241 Abnormal Psychology (3)

This course covers historical and contemporary models and epidemiology of deviant behaviour with emphasis on the psychological factors that contribute to its etiology and treatment. This course introduces an overview of the biological, psychoanalytic, cognitive, behavioural and psycho-social paradigms of maladaptive behavior in children and adult.

Prerequisite(s):
ENGL 099, PSYC 102

Transfers to:
UBC PSYC 2ND (3)
SFU PSYC 241 (3)
UVic PSYC 200 Lev (1.5)
UNBC PSYC 200 (3)
TRU PSYC 2160 (3)

PSYC 250 Developmental Psychology: Childhood and Adolescence (3)

This course covers the major theories and research findings pertaining to the physical, cognitive, and social dimensions of childhood and adolescent.

Prerequisite(s):
ENGL 099, PSYC 102

Transfers to:
SFU PSYC 250 (3)
UVIC PSYC 243 (1.5)
UNBC PSYC 2XX (3)

PSYC 260 Social Psychology (3)

The course description is: This course introduces theories, research findings, and research methods as well as issues and problems encountered in the study of people as social beings. It addresses the scientific investigation of human cognition and behaviour in social contexts by examining topics such as self-concept, social influence processes (e.g., conformity, compliance, and obedience), altruism, interpersonal attraction, aggression, attribution theories, attitude formation and attitude change, and leadership.

Prerequisite(s):
PSYC 102, ENGL 098

Transfers to:
UBC PSYC 308A (3)
SFU PSYC 260 (3)
UVic PSYC 200 Lev (1.5)
UNBC PSYC 301 (3)
TRU PSYC 2220 (3)

PSYC 280 The Brain and Behaviour (3)

This course will focus on understanding the brain and its underlying structure to explain behaviour in humans and animals. Students will examine the neural basis of sensation, perception, learning, memory as well as behavioural, neurological and neurodegenerative disorders that arise from nervous system dysfunction. Students will learn to identify and describe parts of the nervous system, the neural basis of behaviour and to evaluate and give examples on how malfunctioning of the nervous system affects behaviour.

Prerequisite(s):
ENGL 099, PSYC 101

Transfers to:
SFU PSYC 280
UNBC PSYC 2XX (3)

Dr. Bahman Najarian

Instructor

Dr. Bahman Najarian

Instructor

I am interested in designing and conducting research projects in the areas of personality and behaviour disorders Educational Background: Bachelor of Science (1973-77), Psychology, University of Texas at Arlington, USA. Master of Arts (1977-79), Behavioural Science, University of Houston, USA. Doctor of Philosophy (1986-89), Psychology, University of York, U.K.

Courses Taught at AC: PSYC101: Introductory Psychology (basic processes and applications), PSYC102: Introductory Psychology (Areas of Application), PSYC217: Thinking Clearly about Psychology (Research Methods), PSYC218: Analysis of Behavioural Data, PSYC241: Abnormal Psychology, PSYC260: Social Psychology

Dr. Kevin Hamilton

Instructor

Dr. Kevin Hamilton

Instructor

I am interested in a broad range of topics in applied psychology which fall under the general themes of Human Factors, Ergonomics and Environmental Psychology Educational background: B.A. (Philosophy / Psychology-Honours: University of Prince Edward Island); M.E.S (Environmental Studies: York University); Ph.D. (Expt. Human Factors Psychology-York University), Postdoc (NSERC-Defence Canada - Toronto). Professor: Department of Psychology Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Adjunct Professor: Department of Psychology University of British Columbia

Adjunct Professor: Royal Roads University

Member: Standing Academic Standards Committee Alexander College

Courses Taught at AC: PSYC 101: Introductory Psychology (basic processes and applications), PSYC 102: Introductory Psychology (Areas of Application), PSYC 218 Analysis of Behavioural Data

Dr. Lina Sweiss

Instructor

Dr. Lina Sweiss

Instructor

In addition to my passion for teaching, I enjoy doing research in psychology. When I am not teaching, I run my own consulting business where I use my research skills to assist organizations with their research needs.

Educational background: B.A. (Psychology; Justice Studies - Honours: Northeastern Illinois University); M.A. (Social Sciences / Human Development: University of Chicago); Ph.D. (Educational Psychology: University of British Columbia).

Instructor: School of Computing and Academic Studies: Psychology at British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)

Instructor: Psychology at Alexander College

Courses Taught at AC: PSYC 101: Introductory Psychology (Basic Processes and Applications), PSYC 102: Introductory Psychology (Areas of Application)

Dr. Laurence David

Instructor

Dr. Laurence David

Instructor

I am interested in a broad range of topics in Neuroscience and Biopsychology including Brain and Behaviour, Drugs and Behaviour, Neuropsychology and Neurobiology. In addition to teaching, I am also passionate about research in Neuroscience and Nervous System Disorders.

B.Sc. (Biology: Centro Escolar University) M.E.T, (Environmental Toxicology: Simon Fraser University), Ph.D. (Neuroscience-University of British Columbia), Postdoc: (Neuroscience and Mental Health and Physiology – The Hospital for Sick Children and University of Toronto), Postdoc: (Psychology, Neuroscience and Cell Biology and Anatomy –University of Calgary)

Course Taught at AC:PSYC 102: Introductory Psychology (Areas of Application)

Jasdev Makkar, PhD (SFU)

Instructor

Jas Makkar, PhD (SFU)

Instructor

Courses Taught: Introductory Psychology, Introductory Psychology- areas related to Applied Psychology, Life-span Development, Health Psychology, Seminar in Behavior Disorders.

Areas of Interest: stress; health psychology; coping with chronic illness; social support; behavioral disorders, and development of social cognition.

Dr. Wendy Comeau, PhD

Instructor

Dr. Wendy Comeau, PhD

Instructor

I am interested in the relationship between the brain and our behavior, ultimately asking the question of why we behave the way that we do.

Educational Background: B.A. (Psychology- Honours at Okanagan University College – transferred to University of British Columbia B.A. degree); MSc. (Psychology/Neuroscience: University of Lethbridge, CCBN); PhD. (Neuroscience: University of Lethbridge, CCBN); Postdoc (Neuroscience, Physiology and Behaviour, UBC); Research Associate (Neuroscience, Physiology and Behaviour, UBC); Instructor: Department of Psychology University of British Columbia; Instructor: Psychology Department Thompson Rivers University

Instructor: Corpus Christi College

Instructor: Alexander College

Courses taught at AC: Psyc 101: Introductory Psychology (basic processes and applications, Psyc 102: Introductory Psychology (Areas of Application), Psyc 217: Thinking Clearly about Psychology (Research Methods)

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Renira Vellos

Instructor

Renira Vellos

Instructor

As an educator I believe every student should experience a classroom environment that draws from the extensive research about learning and school climate.

As a researcher I strive to constantly explore how educational policy plays a role in the experiences of students in school. My areas of interest include, alternative learning environments, critical discourse analysis, educational policy, sociocultural theory, and development.

Educational Background: B.A. (Psychology: Wheeling Jesuit University); M.A. (Human Development: University of British Columbia); Ph.D (Educational Psychology: University of British Columbia)

Courses Taught at Alexander College: PSYC101: Introductory Psychology (basic processes and applications), PSYC102: Introductory Psychology (Areas of Application), PSYC217: Thinking Clearly about Psychology (Research Methods)

AC provides a wide range of library and online resources to help students explore psychology literature both in and beyond the classroom. Our two libraries offer a range of reference material which includes the Publication Manual for the American Psychological Association, Psychology Dictionaries, and Guides to Scientific Writing for Students and Researchers. Online resources include research access to ‘Academic Search Premier’, ‘ERIC’, ‘PsychArticles/ PsychINFO’, ‘General Sciences Index’, and ‘Social Sciences Index’.



The Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)

The Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) is the national association for the science, practice and education of psychology in Canada. With over 7,000 members and affiliates, CPA is Canada’s largest association for psychology. The website includes information on a variety of psychology topics as well as a section devoted to students of psychology.

www.cpa.ca


AllPsych Online Psychology Dictionary

AllPsych Online Psychology Dictionary defines and provides examples for 521 psychology related terms.

www.allpsych.com

The American Psychological Association

The American Psychological Association is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States, with more than 122,500 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students as its members. The website includes up to date information on a variety of psychology topics as well as links to publications and data bases.

www.apa.org

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