Psychology

INTRODUCTION

GCU has the unique distinction of starting MA classes in Psychology in 1926, making it the second institute after the University of Clacutta, to launch a Postgraduate Programme at that time. The MA Psychology Programme was launched jointly with the Department of Psychology of Forman Christian College (FCC) Lahore.

For a long period of time, the discipline of Psychology remained a part of Philosophy and classes were held jointly till 1961. In 1962, the Department of Psychology was established as an independent Department under the Chairmanship of Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ajmal, a renowned Psychologist, teacher, scholar and mentor.

Mission Statment

The mission statement of the department is to produce knowledgeable, self aware, thoughtful, responsible and well adjusted individuals who are responsive to the needs of rapidly changing social world. To achieve these objectives, the Department of Psychology GCU endeavors to enhance the understanding of students about social, environmental and cultural factors relevant to mental health and also enable them apply this knowledge in their own lives for better adjustment and learning.

Facilities

Departmental Publications

a. Research journal

The Department of Psychology is publishing an HEC recognized research journal namely “Pakistan Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology” (PJSCP) which provides a forum for dissemination of findings related to social and clinical areas of psychology. In addition to other fields, the journal aims to enhance the understanding of social, environmental and cultural factors in the etiology and outcomes of mental health problems as they affect individuals and society. This is biannual publication which is also indexed in the American Psychological Association’s database PsycINFO.

b. GCU PsycABSTRACT

GCU PsycABSTRACT is another publication of Department of Psychology. Its purpose is to provide abstracts of research theses undertaken and completed at the department, articles by faculty and students published in professional journals, articles presented in conferences/ seminars and brief reviews of books authored/ edited by faculty at the department.

c. Newsletter

The Department of Psychology is also publishing PsyNews on biannual basis.

Seminars/Workshops/Conferences

The department offers its students ample opportunities to interact with the international scientific community. The students and faculty members are encouraged to participate and attend the seminars/workshops and listen to the guest speakers (national and international) for meaningful exposure. The department organizes national and international conference every year.

Academic/ Professional Links

The PhD and MPhil faculty of the department has international exposures, diverse specializations and research interests. The department has links with numerous hospitals and organizations for academic and research purposes. Apart from that, two international links with University of Birmingham and University of Warwick had been established for capacity building and research development along with many research links with University of Vienna, University of Connecticut and University of ULM Germany.

Future Prospects

Students who graduate with BSc (Hons) in Psychology have a number of job options. Their consumption in different fields is very quick. They can work at hospital as clinical psychologists and educational institutes as teachers. They are also hired by the Armed Forces of Pakistan, the Federal and the Punjab Public Service Commissions. Psychologists are also in demand at human rights’ organizations and NGOs.

The Clinical Psychology Unit

The Clinical Psychology Unit, GC University Lahore was set up in 2005 in order to develop a comprehensive training program for professional Clinical Psychologists in Pakistan and expand the role of Clinical Psychology to deal with a wide range of problems of the individual as well as the community at large. More information can be by

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At present, the Department offers:

  • BSc (Hons.)
  • MSc (Evening Programme)
  • MS in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology Unit
  • MPhil
  • PhD

MS in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology

The Department of Psychology is now introducing MS in Industrial/Organizational psychology for the first time in Pakistan. Pakistan has seen considerable growth in a wide range of industry and financial institutions. At the moment there are over a hundred multinational companies invested in Pakistan and even more are entering every year despite the security environment and energy crisis.

 Psychologists are needed wherever there is the human factor. There is a great need for psychologists in the industry, to help in product design, effective marketing, ensuring productivity, enhancing motivation, providing counseling and support, and conflict resolution. The program in I/O Psychology will be a two year professional training program with an emphasis on hands on experience. A strength of the program would be the involvement of industry.

 Business leaders, managers and employees from all tiers of management will be involved in the delivery of this course, making it truly an interactive and market driven program. The program will have 36 credits over the two years with 6 credits each given to research dissertation and internship. Assessment would vary from course to course but in general a continuous assessment paradigm will be followed.

  • Minimum 16 years of education in Psychology or Business Management from a HEC Recognized Institute.
Following research groups have been constituted in the department

    • Experimental Research
    • Qualitative Research
    • Emotion Recognition
    • Positive Psychology
    • Emotional Intelligence
    • Child Psychopathalogy

Following courses have been constituted in the department

    • B.Sc (Hons.) Psychology
    • Psychology as an Allied Subject
    • M.Sc (Evening Programme)
    • MS in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology
    • M.Phil Psychology
    • PhD Psychology

Year – 1

Semester – I

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

PSY – 1101 Introduction to Psychology (F)

3

Semester – II

PSY – 1201 Theories of Personality (F)

3

Year – 2

Semester – III

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

PSY – 2102 Principles of Learning (F)

3

Semester – IV

PSY – 2203 Sensation and Perception: Introduction  (F)

3

PSY – 3101 Neuroscience & Behavior  (F)

3

Year – 3
Semester – V

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

PSY-2201 Cognitive Psychology (M)

3

PSY-2202 Social Psychology (F)

3

PSY-3102 Statistics in Psychology (M)

3

PSY-3102P Statistics in Psychology (SPSS) (M)

1

PSY-3103 Research Methods (F)

3

PSY-3105 Psychological Assessment (M)

3

PSY-3105P Psychological Assessment (M)

1

Semester – VI
PSY-3104 Abnormal Psychology (M)

3

PSY-3104P Abnormal Psychology (M)

1

PSY-4202 Positive Psychology (M)

3

PSY-3203 Developmental Psychology (M)

3

PSY-3203P Developmental Psychology (M)

1

PSY-4106 Organizational Behavior (M)

3

PSY-4201 Neuroscience & Psychopathology (M)

3

Year – 4 

Semester – VII

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

PSY – 3204

Clinical Psychology  (M)

3

PSY – 4109

Culture and Gender Studies

3

Elective-I

3

Elective-II

3

PSY – 4299 Research Project  (M)

3

Semester – VIII

PSY – 4206 Educational Psychology in Practice (M)

3

PSY – 4103 Counseling Psychology (M)

3

Elective-III

3

Elective-IV

3

PSY – 4299 Research Project  (M)

3

  • 4 Credit Hours must include Lab Work/Practical

  • Total No. of Credit Hours (For Major) = 79

  • Total No. of Courses (For Major) = 24

  • In Year I & II the courses will only be of 3 Credit Hours but it can be divided as 2+1 if the course requires Lab Work/Practical

Elective Courses
Semester – VII
Module A for Elective-I & II

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

PSY-4105 Forensic Psychology

3

PSY-4104 Psycholinguistics

3

PSY-4107 Health Psychology

3

PSY-4108 Qualitative Research

3

PSY-4110 Sports Psychology

3

PSY-4207 Human Resource Management

3

Semester – VIII
Module B for Elective- III & IV
PSY-3201 Experimental Design and Data Analysis

3

PSY-4203 Music Psychology

3

PSY-4204 Indigenous Perspective in Psychology

3

PSY-4205 Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Psychology

 3

PSY-4208 School Psychology

 3

    • In each of the Semester VII & VIII, two elective courses will have to be opted.

    • Students will have to choose 4 total courses (two in Semester VII & two in Semester VIII) out of the 11 given above such that two courses are selected from each Module.

Year – 1

Semester – I

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

PSY – 1101 Introduction to Psychology (F)

3

Semester – II

PSY – 1201 Theories of Personality (F)

3

Year – 2

Semester – III

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

PSY – 2102 Principles of Learning (F)

3

Semester – IV

PSY – 2203 Sensation and Perception: Introduction  (F)

3

PSY – 3101 Neuroscience & Behavior  (F)

3

Year – 3
Semester – V

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

PSY-2201 Cognitive Psychology (M)

3

PSY-2202 Social Psychology (F)

3

PSY-3102 Statistics in Psychology (M)

3

PSY-3102P Statistics in Psychology (SPSS) (M)

1

PSY-3103 Research Methods (F)

3

PSY-3105 Psychological Assessment (M)

3

PSY-3105P Psychological Assessment (M)

1

Semester – VI
PSY-3104 Abnormal Psychology (M)

3

PSY-3104P Abnormal Psychology (M)

1

PSY-4202 Positive Psychology (M)

3

PSY-3203 Developmental Psychology (M)

3

PSY-3203P Developmental Psychology (M)

1

PSY-4106 Organizational Behavior (M)

3

PSY-4201 Neuroscience & Psychopathology (M)

3

Year – 4 

Semester – VII

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

PSY – 3204

Clinical Psychology  (M)

3

PSY – 4109

Culture and Gender Studies

3

Elective-I

3

Elective-II

3

PSY – 4299 Research Project  (M)

3

Semester – VIII

PSY – 4206 Educational Psychology in Practice (M)

3

PSY – 4103 Counseling Psychology (M)

3

Elective-III

3

Elective-IV

3

PSY – 4299 Research Project  (M)

3

  • 4 Credit Hours must include Lab Work/Practical

  • Total No. of Credit Hours (For Major) = 79

  • Total No. of Courses (For Major) = 24

  • In Year I & II the courses will only be of 3 Credit Hours but it can be divided as 2+1 if the course requires Lab Work/Practical

Elective Courses
Semester – VII
Module A for Elective-I & II

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

PSY-4105 Forensic Psychology

3

PSY-4104 Psycholinguistics

3

PSY-4107 Health Psychology

3

PSY-4108 Qualitative Research

3

PSY-4110 Sports Psychology

3

PSY-4207 Human Resource Management

3

Semester – VIII
Module B for Elective- III & IV
PSY-3201 Experimental Design and Data Analysis

3

PSY-4203 Music Psychology

3

PSY-4204 Indigenous Perspective in Psychology

3

PSY-4205 Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Psychology

 3

PSY-4208 School Psychology

 3

    • In each of the Semester VII & VIII, two elective courses will have to be opted.

    • Students will have to choose 4 total courses (two in Semester VII & two in Semester VIII) out of the 11 given above such that two courses are selected from each Module.

In each of the Semester VII & VIII, two elective courses will have to be opted. Student will have to choose 4 total courses (two in Semester  VII & two in Semester VIII) out of the 11 given above such that two courses are selected from each Module MSc in Psychology program is designed to cater students who have done BA/BSc (two-year degree). The program intends to provide a thorough study of all major offshoots of Psychology with a special emphasis on developing research skills in students. In year II the students will be required to produce an original research dissertation in any area of psychology. The overall objective of the Program is a rich exposure to all areas and topics in Psychology so as to increase their chances of recruitment in diverse professional settings.

Year – 1

Semester – I

Course Code

 Course Title

 Credit Hours
PSY-301 Positive Psychology 3
PSY-302 Theories of Personality 3
PSY-303 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSY-303P Abnormal Psychology Lab 1
PSY-304 Cognitive Psychology 3
PSY-305 Social Psychology 3
PSY-305P Experimentation in Social Psychology 1

Semester – II

PSY-351 Quantitative Research Methods 3
PSY-352 Statistics In Psychology 3
PSY-353 Developmental Psychology 3
PSY-353P Developmental Psychology 1
PSY-354 Neuropsychology 3
PSY-355 Health Psychology 3

Year – II

Semester – III

PSY-401 Qualitative Research Methods 3
PSY-402 Statistical Analysis on Computer 3
PSY-403 Psychological Testing 3
PSY-403 Psychological Testing 1
PSY-404 Psychology of Gender, Culture and Religion 3
PSY-405 Clinical Psychology 3
PSY-499 *Thesis 3
* Students will start the thesis in Semester III and it will be continued through Semester IV

Year-1

Semester I

Course Code.

Course Title

Credit Hours

IOPSY-7101 Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Behavior

3

IOPSY-7102 Organizational Culture & Development

3

IOPSY-7103 Consumer Behavior & Marketing

3

IOPSY-7104 Psychological Assessment in Organizations

3

Semester II

IOPSY-7202 Leadership

3

IOPSY-7203 Human Resource Management

3

IOPSY-7204 Research Method and Data Analysis 3
IOPSY-7205 Statistics and Data Analysis 3
Year-2

Semester III & IV

IOPSY-7301 Organizational Conflicts and Management 3
IOPSY-7302 Seminars in I/O Psyhcology Non Credit
IOPSY-7498 Internship 3
IOPSY-7499 Research Dissertation 6
40% Marks will be dedicated to the P work in each course. Internship is base on hand-on experience in industry supervision.  it is non credited but internship report will be evaluated for three credits. The external supervisors feed back will be essential component for evalution.

Dr. Muhammad Mussaffa Butt

Course Coordinator

Assistant Professor

Email: mussaffa@gcu.edu.pk

Year – 1

Semester – I

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

PSY – 7101 Research Methods

3

PSY – 7102 Seminar -I (Seminar in Qualitative Research)

3

PSY – 7108 Perspectives in Psychology

3

Optional Courses: The students will Select one from the following four options

PSY – 7104 Industrial/Organizational Psychology I:

Organizational Behavior

3

PSY – 7105 Educational Psychology I

3

PSY – 7106 Clinical Psychology I: Psychology and Assessment

3

PSY – 7107 Counseling Psychology I

3

PSY – 7109 Forensic Psychology

3

PSY – 7110 Social Psychology

3

Semester – II

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

PSY – 7201 Psychological Assessment

3

PSY – 7203P Seminar -II (Statistical Analysis on Computer)

3

PSY – 7208 Statistics in Psychology

3

Optional Courses: The students will study paper II of the area selected in Semester I

PSY – 7204 Industrial/Organizational Psychology II: Human Resource Management

3

PSY – 7205 Educational Psychology II

3

PSY – 7206 Clinical Psychology II: Therapeutic Interventions

3

PSY – 7207 Counseling Psychology II

3

Year – 2
Semester III & IV

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

PSY – 7499 Thesis

12

* Optional Courses (Subject to the availability of the faculty)

Semester – I

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

PSY – 8101 Research Foundation Course

3

PSY – 8102 Seminar on Core Areas of Psychology

3

PSY – 8103 Seminar on Research Methods

3

Semester – II

PSY – 8201 Teaching in Psychology

3

PSY – 8202 Research Instrument Development

3

PSY – 8203 Advanced Statistics on Computer

3

PSY – 8204 Qualitative Research

3

PSY – 8205 Psychological Testing

3

Faculty

Dr. Syeda Salma Hasan,
M.Sc., PhD (PU)

Designation:
Chairperson

Dr. Syeda Shahida Batool,
M.Sc., PhD (PU) Post Doctorate, University of Sussex (UK)

Designation:
Professor

Dr. Iffat Batool,

M.Phil, PhD (QAU)

Post Doctorate, University of Wisconsin(U.S.A)

Designation:
Associate Professor

Dr. Amina Hanif Tarar,
M.Phil (PU), PhD (GCUL)

Designation:
Assistant Professor

Dr. Muhammad Mussaffa Butt
PhD (GCUL), M.Phil (GCUL), LLB(BZU)

Designation:
Assistant Professor

Dr. Nasreen Akhtar,
MPhil, PhD (GCUL)

Designation:
Assistant Professor

Samra Tanveer,
MPhil (PU))

Designation:
Lecturer