The learning environment and methodologies will utilize all current andragogical techniques that enhance student learning. Faculty will adopt approaches that provide students with a participatory and collaborative learning environment that merges theory and research with experiential participation. These approaches include traditional classroom instruction, computer simulations and experiential web materials, small seminar groups, field trips to research facilities and medical units where appropriate and “hands-on” training and experience with industry/academic-specific methodological techniques. Faculty-supervised independent and/or collaborative student research will also be a key component of study in several courses with particular emphasis on in-depth research, both qualitative and quantitative, in both the practicum and Honours program courses.
Methodologies will be specifically aimed at enhancing student success in identified learning outcomes. Common themes to these outcomes beyond the knowledge-based aspects of the curriculum will be critical thinking, analytical skills, team building, communication skills and employability skills, as well as the ability to move beyond theoretical constructs to operationalization for the purpose of problem identification and problem solving. The goal will be the development of well-educated, critically aware and articulate graduates who demonstrate a thorough understanding of current issues, theory and research in the psychological sciences.
Anecdotal evidence suggests that many students are dissatisfied with traditional science offerings that are perceived as leading only to graduate studies or specialized professions. In addition to preparing students for more traditional pursuits, the B.Sc. in Applied Psychology degree offers job-focused, job-ready, innovated learning that prepares students for new types of positions in the science, health and pharmaceutical industries, and for constant change in today’s workplace.
The following core requirements are to be completed for the Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology:
• A minimum 120 credits and a minimum of 40 courses total at the post-secondary level
• A minimum 6 credits writing requirement
o ENGL 1100 and CMNS3100
• A minimum 6 credits mathematics, at least 3 credits of which are statistics
o MATH 1130 (or MATH 1120 )
o MATH 1230 (or MATH 1220 )
o PSYC 2300
• A minimum 72 science credits including at least 36 credits at the 3000 and 4000 level. Included in this are required courses in Biology, Chemistry, Psychology and Physics outlined below.
• A minimum 24 credits general education requirement, including at least 3 credits at the upper level
• A passing grade in all courses counting towards the Bachelor of Science, with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
• A minimum 60 credits taken at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, or approval to transfer a maximum of 90 credits.