Psychology Undergraduate Programme

 

Introduction

The department of military psychology and leadership serves two purposes. First, the degree programme in psychology provides a university level education that will meet the needs of those enrolled in B.A. Honours Psychology or a B.A. Psychology, as well as students taking psychology courses out of interest in the discipline. Second, the department offers a suite of courses under the core curriculum that provide officer cadets with the foundation of leadership, ethics, and military professionalism.

The department of military psychology and leadership has three primary objectives:

  1. to provide a theory-based understanding of human behaviour and mental processes;
  2. to teach critical thinking and the scientific method as they apply to psychology; and
  3. to show students how to apply their knowledge of psychology in their day-to-day lives as well as throughout their military careers, regardless of their military occupations.

The programme focuses on the application of psychology in particular and behavioural science in general, to the military workplace and military operations. Thus, the courses of the programme examine topics in the general domains of military psychology; personnel psychology; leadership and ethics; basic experimental psychology; and special topics. A psychology degree from RMC of Canada provides an excellent grounding for professional development and represents an exceptional way to develop the leadership abilities of graduates.

Core Curriculum Courses

The military psychology and leadership department recognizes the need to provide leadership education, raise social consciousness and positively impact the psychological, philosophical and moral development of students. To achieve these goals, the department offers mandatory courses as part of the core curriculum required by students. The focus and scope of each is described below.

100-level Courses

PSE103: Introduction to Human Psychology and PSE105: Social Psychology.

Meeting the increasingly unique and complex challenges of an officer in the Canadian Forces requires a combination of conceptual, technical, interpersonal, and professional skills which were not required only a short while ago. To prepare officers for their future leadership responsibilities, the psychology programme promotes an appreciation of human behaviour by providing introductory courses for arts, science and engineering students that focus on basic psychological phenomena such as learning, perception, memory, personality and emotion. Beyond self-awareness, an officer must be able to determine the appropriate type and degree of influence required for effective leadership of individuals and groups. Students examine human behaviour in organizational and social contexts by studying such topics as values, attitudes, obedience, aggression, racial and gender relations, and prejudice.

300-level Course

PSE301: Organizational Behaviour and Leadership

An important element of successful leadership is an officer's ability to diagnose organizational performance, adapt effective leadership approaches to various situations, and convey the appropriate leadership style to followers. This course has been designed to help students understand leadership theory, human motivation, power and politics, organizational culture, and managing resistance to change.

400-level Course

PSE401: Military Professionalism and Ethics

An officer's ability to function will be greatly impaired if his/her leadership is perceived to lack integrity. Thus, the department focuses on the necessity for personal integrity, the importance of human dignity, and the need to reflect continually on one's own values and professional conduct in fourth year. The department reinforces these concepts by readings and discussions centered on the function of ethics in social and organizational life, ethical theories and decision criteria which distinguish between right and wrong, the impact of situational factors on ethical behaviour, the nature of military professionalism and ethical obligations, specific codes of conduct extant in war, and value conflicts and moral dilemmas inherent in military service.

General Information

Students successfully completing their first year in arts are eligible for entry into the programme leading to a B.A. Honours Psychology, a B.A. Psychology, or a Minor in Psychology. Students are normally admitted to these programmes after first year with permission of the department head. Students normally apply for B.A. Honours Psychology at the beginning of the third year. Students in B.A. Honours Psychology are required to complete a thesis in the fourth year.

Excerpt from Academic Regulation 3.1:
"To earn an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree within a discipline, a student must successfully complete the required courses set out in the applicable Honours Programme of Study, with at least 20 credits within the discipline, must maintain a minimum B average in the Honours courses in all 300 and 400 level courses in their Honours Programme of Study, and must attain at least a B- average in the 400 level courses."

B.A. Honours Psychology

Of the 40 credits required for the B.A. Honours Psychology, including the core courses for arts programmes. A minimum of 20 credits must be from psychology, as approved by the department, including:

Mandatory Courses (14 credits):

  • PSE103: Introduction to Human Psychology
  • PSE105: Social Psychology
  • PSE211: Research Methodology in Psychology
  • PSE213: Statistics for the Behavioural Sciences
  • PSE236: Cognition and Learning
  • PSE240: Personality
  • PSE301: Organizational Leadership and Behaviour
  • PSE312: Applied Military Psychology
  • PSE350: Advanced Research Methods
  • PSE352: Advanced Statistical Analysis for the Behavioural Sciences
  • PSE401: Military Professionalism and Ethics
  • PSE424: Thesis (2 credits)
  • PSE454: Advanced Leadership

Optional Courses (6 credits from the following): Footnote 1

  • BAE326: Human Resources Management
  • PSE302: Brain and Behaviour
  • PSE324: Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • PSE328: Group Dynamics
  • PSE330: Introduction to Abnormal Psychology
  • PSE332: Introduction to Interviewing and Counselling
  • PSE334: Introduction to Human Sexuality
  • PSE346: Persuasion and Influence
  • PSE360: Human Development through the Lifespan
  • PSE370: Recruitment and Selection
  • PSE380: Psychology and Philosophy of Religious Conflicts
  • PSE410: Psychology, Morality, and Ethics
  • PSE413: Foundations of Evidence-based Therapies
  • PSE415: Tests and Measures
  • PSE426: Advanced Cognitive Psychology
  • PSE430: Stress
  • PSE444: Sports Psychology
  • PSE450: Advanced Social Psychology
  • PSE462: Human Factors in Applied Military Science
  • PSE464: Directed Studies in Psychology
  • PSE465: Directed Studies in Leadership
  • SOE320: Sociology of the Armed Forces

B.A. Psychology

Of the 40 credits required for B.A. Psychology, including the core courses for arts programmes. A minimum of 16 credits must be from psychology, as approved by the department, including:

Mandatory Courses (10 credits)

  • PSE103: Introduction to Human Psychology
  • PSE105: Social Psychology
  • PSE211: Research Methodology in Psychology
  • PSE213: Statistics for the Behavioural Sciences
  • PSE236: Cognition and Learning
  • PSE240: Personality
  • PSE301: Organizational Leadership and Behaviour
  • PSE312: Applied Military Psychology
  • PSE401: Military Professionalism and Ethics
  • PSE454: Advanced Leadership

Optional Courses (6 credits from the following): Footnote 2

  • BAE326: Human Resources Management
  • PSE302: Brain and Behaviour
  • PSE324: Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • PSE328: Group Dynamics
  • PSE330: Introduction to Abnormal Psychology
  • PSE332: Introduction to Interviewing and Counselling
  • PSE334: Introduction to Human Sexuality
  • PSE346: Persuasion and Influence
  • PSE350: Advanced Research Methods Footnote Major3
  • PSE352: Advanced Statistical Analysis for the Behavioural Sciences
  • PSE360: Human Development through the Lifespan
  • PSE370: Recruitment and Selection
  • PSE380: Psychology and Philosophy of Religious Conflicts
  • PSE410: Psychology, Morality, and Ethics
  • PSE413: Foundations of Evidence-based Therapies
  • PSE415: Tests and Measures
  • PSE426: Advanced Cognitive Psychology
  • PSE430: Stress
  • PSE444: Sports Psychology
  • PSE450: Advanced Social Psychology
  • PSE462: Human Factors in Applied Military Science
  • PSE464: Directed Studies in Psychology Footnote Major 2
  • PSE465: Directed Studies in Leadership Footnote Major 2
  • SOE320: Sociology of the Armed Forces

Programme Outline Tables

The programme outline tables are an example of a typical course load of a student enrolled in B.A. Honours Psychology or a B.A. Psychology.

B.A. Honours in Psychology

Semester Fall
year 1
Winter
year 1
Fall
year 2
Winter
year 2
Courses
  • ENE110 (cont'd)
  • HIE102 (cont'd)
  • MAE113
  • PSE105
  • ECE103 or ECE104
  • ENE210 (cont'd)
  • HIE203
  • PSE213
  • PSE240
  • Elective
    • 1 credit
Semester total 5 credits 5 credits 5 credits 5 credits
Semester Fall
year 3
Winter
year 3
Fall
year 4
Winter
year 4
Courses

B.A. Psychology

Semester Fall
year 1
Winter
year 1
Fall
year 2
Winter
year 2
Courses
  • ENE110 (cont'd)
  • HIE102 (cont'd)
  • MAE113
  • PSE105
  • ECE103 or ECE104
Semester total 5 credits 5 credits 5 credits 5 credits
Semester Fall
year 3
Winter
year 3
Fall
year 4
Winter
year 4
Courses
  • POE205
  • PSE454
  • Elective
    • 3 credits
Semester total 5 credits 5 credits 5 credits 5 credits
 

Double Major or Combined Major

Double Majors with other arts programmes are possible. Students who choose to follow a double major in psychology and one other arts programmes are required to follow the core courses for arts programmes.

Combined Majors with science programmes are possible. students who choose to follow a combined major in the sciences and psychology are considered to be science students, and as such are required to follow the core courses for science programmes. Please consult one of the department's undergraduate advisors for details.

Psychology and Business Administration Degree

Honours = 42 credits or Major = 40 credits

Core Courses for Arts Programmes

  • BAE220 counts as the Information Technology credit required in the core courses for arts programmes.
  • Within the Common Arts Core ECE103 and PSE105 will be preferred

Psychology Requirements

  • PSE211: Research Methodology in Psychology
  • PSE213: Statistics for the Behavioural Sciences
  • PSE236: Cognition and Learning
  • PSE240: Personality
  • PSE312: Applied Military Psychology
  • PSE346: Persuasion and Influence or PSE328: Group Dynamics
  • PSE350: Advanced Research Methods Footnote Joint Degree 7
  • PSE352: Advanced Statistical Analysis for the Behavioural Sciences Footnote Joint Degree 7
  • PSE370: Recruitment and Selection
  • PSE424: Thesis (2 credits) Footnote Joint Degree 7
  • PSE430: Stress or PSE450: Advanced Social Psychology
  • PSE454: Advanced Leadership
  • 2 Optional Psychology credits at the 300 or 400 level Footnote Joint Degree 8

Business Administration Requirements

  • BAE202: Financial Accounting
  • BAE220: Information Technology
  • BAE238: Introduction to Strategic Management
  • BAE262: Business Analysis and Reporting
  • BAE300: Finance
  • BAE314: Marketing Fundamentals
  • BAE326: Human Resources Management
  • BAE330: Organizational Theory
  • BAE344: Operations Management
Note: Follow this link for the details of the B.A. Business Administration and Psychology degree programme.

Concentration

Note: The Concentration is not open to ROTP/RETP Cadets

A concentration in psychology consists of a minimum of 12 credits in psychology approved by the department, including the core courses for arts programmes. Of these 12 credits in psychology, a minimum of 6 credits must be at the 300 or 400 level.

Students who select the concentration in psychology are required to take the following courses or their equivalent from a recognized university:

Mandatory Courses (3 credits):

  • PSE103: Introduction to Human Psychology (1 credit)
  • PSE301: Organizational Leadership and Behaviour (1 credit)
  • PSE401: Military Professionalism and Ethics (1 credit)

Optional Courses (2 credits from the following):

  • PSE105: Social Psychology (1 credit)
  • PSE211: Research Methodology in Psychology
  • PSE213: Statistics for the Behavioural Sciences
  • PSE312: Applied Military Psychology

Optional Courses (7 credits)

  • Any Psychology course offered, or approved by the department.

Minor

Students taking a minor in Psychology must complete a minimum of 8 credits in psychology, including the core courses for arts programmes.

Mandatory Courses (6 credits)

  • PSE103: Introduction to Human Psychology
  • PSE105: Social Psychology
  • PSE211: Research Methodology in Psychology
  • PSE213: Statistics for the Behavioural Sciences
  • PSE301: Organizational Leadership and Behaviour
  • PSE401: Military Professionalism and Ethics

Optional Courses (2 credits)

  • Any Psychology course offered, or approved by the department.

Note: Students may take up to two credits as optional programme courses from St-Lawrence College or Queen's University, with the approval of the Department Head.

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