Reviews for course code PSYCI (Psychiatry)

PSYCI 511: Biological Aspects of Psychiatry (2015)

Difficulty: 3.5/5

Textbook: Not required

Professor(s): Dr. E. Fujiwara + Guest Lecturers

Assessment: Midterm (30%), Term Paper (40%), Final (30%)

Review: This class examines the biological aspects of major psychiatric disorders as well as the mechanisms and side effects of drugs used to treat these disorders. The entire course essentially consists of guest lectures from professors and physicians discussing their area of specialty. Examples of specific topics covered in this course are: anxiety/mood disorders, anxiolytics/antidepressants/antipsychotics/drug metabolism, and more. The midterm exam is largely written and questions are straightforward. However, as most lectures are guests, sometimes it is difficult to know at what depth details will be tested on. Term paper is a topic of your choice pertaining to psychiatric disorders, 10 pages in length (not including figures or references) – Dr. Fujiwara is helpful and provides feedback on your term paper outline.


PSYCI 511: Biological Aspects of Psychiatry (2017)

Difficulty: 2.75/5

Course work: One Midterm (30%); Final (30%); Term Paper (topic of your choice; 40%)

Instructor: Varies per lecture

Review: Don’t let the 500 level course code scare you away from this class, it’s definitely doable for an individual in their 4th year. However, it’s a class based on memorization, so if you don’t like memorizing massive amounts of material such as diagnosis criteria, symptoms etc. this is maybe not the class for you. If you’re more interested in cognitive neuroscience though, then this is probably a course that you’ll enjoy. Almost every class is taught by a different lecturer based on their area of expertise, and the material, although not amazingly in depth, gives a broad overview on each topic (e.g., schizophrenia, major depressive disorder, women’s health, neuroimaging in psychiatry, antipsychotic drug metabolism) that is easy to understand and build on. Like any class with alternating instructors, some are more engaging than others, but exam questions from all are more than fair. It’s necessary to keep up with course material (this isn’t a class you can cram for the night before the exam), and the term paper is due very near to the thesis deadline of NEURO 499, so that is something to keep in mind and plan for accordingly. Overall, great course, and I’d 10/10 recommend.