Courses

I spend most of my time teaching learners in credit courses offered by the Psychology Department at UBC. My research methods and statistics (Psyc 217 and 218) courses aim to challenge majors to become scholars in our discipline by designing studies, analyzing data, and reporting conclusions. My section of the challenging Advanced Seminar in Psychology course is subtitled Applied Psychology of Teaching and Learning (formerly offered as a section of PSYC 417, forthcoming as a section of PSYC 427). We dig into primary research as you apply your understanding of psychological science to help people learn, while developing professional skills relevant to teaching (e.g., writing, speaking/presentations, peer evaluation of work, evidence-based decision-making).

My approach to course design reflects my teaching philosophy. In brief, the goal of my teaching practice is to help people develop ways of thinking and doing that are informed by the methods and evidence of quantitative psychology, and that will prepare them to engage in their social worlds throughout their lives.


Winter 2021/2022

Term 1. Psyc 217, Section 1 (MWF 9-10) and Section 2 (MWF 10-11): Research Methods. Here’s the current syllabus: Rawn.217.1.2.Syllabus.W21.T1.V1 (V1 August 2021).

Term 2. Psyc 218, Section 1 (MWF 9-10) and Section 2 (MWF 10-11): Analysis of Behavioural Data.  The syllabus will be ready in late December 2021 or early January 2022.


Winter 2020/2021

PSYC 218 Sections 1 and 2) Update 8 January 2021: Syllabus is ready!

Rawn Psyc 218 Syllabus 2020.21 V1.topost

PSYC 217 Update 4 September 2020: Syllabus is ready! Rawn.217.1.2.Syllabus.W20.T1.V1. Now in… Rawn.217.1.2.Syllabus.W20.T1.V2

Video update 20 August 2020 (Short version: Syllabus isn’t ready yet, but I’m working on it!)


Summer 2020 Term 2: July-August

PSYC 417A Seminar in Applied Psychology of Teaching and Learning. When I posted my revised syllabus in August 2019 (see below), there was no way to predict that we’d be doing this learning in the context of a global pandemic. I have now revised the course to accommodate our new reality of emergency remote teaching. Check it out! Feedback welcome.

Syllabus.SeminarApplPsychTeachLearn.2020.V3.1 (June 30 update)


Winter 2019/2020

Term 1. Psyc 217, Section 1 (MWF 9-10) and Section 2 (MWF 10-11): Research Methods. Here’s the current syllabus: Rawn.217.1.2.Syllabus.W19.T1.V2 to post (updated 3 September 2019).

Term 2. Psyc 218, Section 1 (MWF 9-10) and Section 2 (MWF 10-11): Analysis of Behavioural Data.  Here’s the current syllabus (updated 3 January 2020): Rawn Psyc 218 Syllabus 2019.20 V2 to post

Coming Summer 2020 Term 2. Seminar in Applied Psychology of Teaching and Learning. Course code to be determined. Here’s the current syllabus: Syllabus.SeminarApplPsychTeachLearn.2020.V1.TOPOST.August.2019 (This was prepared August 2019 and is subject to changes. Please download a fresh copy when the course begins.) See below for details…

New Course! Summer 2019 Term 1

PSYC 417 (3) Special Topics in Psychology
Pilot course: Seminar in Applied Psychology of Teaching and Learning.  Please see the syllabus for details: Syllabus.PSYC417.S2019.Rawn.SeminarApplPsychTeachLearn

Course Overview:

This course is designed as an intensive, active seminar to help you apply your understanding of psychological science to help other people learn, while developing professional skills relevant to teaching. You may begin to shift your identity from a student to a member of a teaching team.

If you enjoy this course, you might consider applying to become an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant in the Psychology Department or elsewhere. This course will help you strengthen that application. Yet this course is designed as a springboard for many future work or study endeavours (e.g., course/curriculum design, instructional design, management, teaching at any level, human resources/training, graduate school, group facilitation, academic advising).


Past Courses

In the past, I have taught many courses, which are listed below. In brief: My introduction to psychology courses (Psyc 101 and 102) aimed to help learners who are new to university to explore the foundational concepts that make psychology what it is. My upper level course, Psyc 325, was a single offering for the 2015/2016 academic year. We explored the topic of The Psychology of Self in Social Media using peer-driven pedagogies in a large course. My graduate seminar, Psyc 508, aimed to guide graduate students to develop as Teachers of Psychology. We grapple with lesson design, course design, and pedagogy broadly, while developing a personal narrative about what it means to be a teacher.

2018-2019

Psyc 217, Section 1 (MWF 9-10) and Section 2 (MWF 10-11): Research Methods. Here’s the current syllabus: Rawn.217.1.2.Syllabus.W18.T1.V1

Psyc 218, Section 1 (MWF 9-10) and Section 2 (MWF 10-11): Analysis of Behavioural Data.  Here’s this year’s current syllabus: Psyc 218 Syllabus 2018.19 V3.2

2017-2018

Psyc 101, Section 5 (MWF 12-1): Intro Psych Part 1 of 2. Here’s the current syllabus: Psyc 101 Syllabus 2017.18 Section 5 V2

Psyc 217, Section 1 (MWF 9-10) and Section 2 (MWF 10-11): Research Methods. Here’s the current syllabus: Rawn.217.1.2.Syllabus.W17.T1.V2

Psyc 102, Section 6 (MWF 1-2pm): Intro Psych Part 2 of 2. We’ll be using the same textbook as my section of Psyc 101 (Section 5). Here’s the current syllabus: Psyc 102 Syllabus 2017.18 Section 6 V1.

Psyc 218, Section 1 (MWF 9-10) and Section 2 (MWF 10-11): Analysis of Behavioural Data.  Here’s the current syllabus: Psyc 218 Syllabus 2017.18 V1

[I did not teach any courses during the 2016/2017 academic year, as I was on sabbatical.]

2015-2016

Psyc 102, Section 4 (MWF 10-11): Intro Psych Part 2 of 2. We’ll be using the same textbook as my section of Psyc 101 (Section 5). Here’s the current 2015/2016 syllabus.

Psyc 218, Section 3 (MWF 12-1): Analysis of Behavioural Data. Here’s the current 2015/2016 syllabus.

Psyc 325, Section 3 (TTh 11-12:30): Psychology of Self in Social Media (official title — Socialization: Media content and effects). The course syllabus is its own website and is available here. My course development process is available here. Media Coverage: http://psych.ubc.ca/faculty-q-a-catherine-rawns-course-with-a-hashtag/

Psyc 101, Section 5 (MWF 12-1): Intro Psych Part 1 of 2. Here’s the current syllabus.

Psyc 217, Section 1 (MWF 9-10) and Section 2 (MWF 10-11): Research Methods. Here’s the current syllabus.

2014-2015

Psyc 101, Section 5 (MWF 12-1): Intro Psych Part 1 of 2. Here’s the syllabus.

Psyc 102, Section 4 (MWF 12-1): Intro Psych Part 2 of 2. We’ll be using the same textbook as my section of Psyc 101 (Section 5). The syllabus is available here.

Psyc 208, Section 2 (TTh 11-12:30): Special topics — How Social Psychology Can Help You Succeed. Here is the syllabus. Note: The content of Psyc 208 changes depending on the instructor. If you’re interested in my content, please select my section (Section 2) when registering.

Psyc 217, Section 1 (MWF 9-10) and Section 2 (MWF 10-11): Research Methods. Here’s the syllabus.

Psyc 508 , Section 2 (Thursdays 2-5pm): Teaching of Psychology (Graduate Seminar). The syllabus is available here.

2013-2014

Psyc 101, Section 5 (MWF 12-1): Intro Psych Part 1 of 2. Here’s the syllabus.

Psyc 102, Section 4 (MWF 12-1): Intro Psych Part 2 of 2. We’ll be using the same textbook as my section of Psyc 101 (Section 5). The syllabus is available here.

Psyc 208, Section 2 (TTh 11-12:30): Special topics — How Social Psychology Can Help You Succeed. Here is the syllabus. Note: The content of Psyc 208 changes depending on the instructor. If you’re interested in my content, please select my section (Section 2) when registering.

Psyc 217, Section 1 (MWF 9-10) and Section 2 (MWF 10-11): Research Methods. Here’s the syllabus.

Psyc 218, Section 2 (MWF 9-10): Analysis of Behavioural Data. The syllabus is ready!

2012-2013

Psyc 100, Section 2 (MWF 12-1): Intro Psych, Terms 1 and 2. Here’s the syllabus.

Psyc 208, Section 2 (TTh 11-12:30): Special topics — How Social Psychology Can Help You Succeed. Here is the 208 Syllabus January 2013.

Psyc 217, Section 1 (MWF 9-10) and Section 2 (MWF 10-11): Research Methods. Here’s the  syllabus.

Psyc 508: Teaching of Psychology. Psyc 508 Syllabus January 2013 is the syllabus.

2011-2012

Psyc 100, section 2 (MWF 1-2): Intro Psych, Terms 1 and 2. See the syllabus here.

Psyc 217, sections 1 (MWF 9-10) and 2 (MWF 10-11): Research Methods, Term 1. See the Research Methods Syllabus here.

Psyc 218, section 4 (MWF 11-12): Analysis of Behavioural Data, Term 2. Here is the syllabus.

Psyc 208, section 2 (TTh 11-1230): Special topics — How Social Psychology Can Help You Succeed. See the syllabus here.

2009-2010 and earlier

Psyc 100, section 6 (MWF 1-2): Intro Psych, Terms 1 and 2. See the Syllabus here!

Psyc 217, sections 1 (MWF 10-11) and 901 (Tuesday 7-10): Research Methods. See the daytime syllabus here, and night class syllabus here.

Psyc 208, section 2 (TTh 11-12:30): Special topics — How Social Psychology Can Help You Succeed. Scroll down for more info. Note: The content of Psyc 208 changes depending on the instructor. If you’re interested in my content, please select my section (Section 2) when registering

Psyc 217: Thinking Clearly about Psychology (Research Methods) — Scroll down for more info, or see the Psyc 217 Syllabus.

Psyc 100: Introduction to Psychology (Part 2 of 2, second half of 6 credit course, January offering, Dr. Peter Graf taught the fall Part 1 of 2). For more info, please see the Syllabus for details about my portion of the course (Psyc 100 Section 4 Syllabus; Psyc 100 Section 5 Syllabus).

Psyc 208: Psychology in your life: How social psychology can help you succeed (*New course Winter 2009/2010 Term 1! Read on for more info, or see the Syllabus.) Do you want to find out how to be a more effective student? Join us in an exploration about how the psychology of goal setting, self-control, self-knowledge, group dynamics, and related topics can help you succeed in your current classes and in the future. Because of the nature of “Special Topics” courses, every instructor selects his or her own content and approach. If you are considering enrolling, carefully select which section you prefer. Here is my syllabus for Fall 2009. Based on feedback from learners that semester, and my own personal reflections on the course, I revamped it substantially for January 2011 and made just a few tweaks for January 2012. This course has no pre-requisites. I welcome all UBC students from across campus.

Psyc 101: Introduction to Psychology (Part 1 of 2, 3 credits, Winter 2009/2010 Term 1) — Syllabus.

Psyc 217: Thinking Clearly about Psychology (Research Methods) — Winter 2008/2009 Terms 1 and 2, Winter 2009/2010 Term 1

Social Psychology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Personality Psychology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Past Courses (Teaching Fellow)

Psyc 546B: Graduate level Analysis of Variance

Psyc 359: Advanced Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences

Psyc 308: Social Psychology (tutorial section)

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