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PSYC 100

PSYC 111 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY - 3 semester hours F, Sp A basic course in psychology, serving as the foundation for subsequent courses on specialized topics. Required of all psychology majors.

PSYC 117 THE PSYCHOLOGY OF EARLY CHILDHOOD - 3 semester hours F A course designed to emphasize personality development of young children at the pre-school and primary levels. Prerequisite: Psychology 212

PSYC 200

PSYC 210 ADOLESCENT PSYCHOLOGY - 3 semester hours Sp Characteristics of behavior during the adolescent phase of development; personal social adjustments of the individual between childhood and adulthood.

PSYC 212 HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT - 3 semester hours F, Sp A course designed primarily for students preparing to teach in elementary and secondary schools. It aids students in developing fundamental understanding of the patterns and sequence of development from conception through the adolescent period. Students are required to observe children under guidance and to apply some of the methods of child study.

PSYC 214 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY - 3 semester hours Sp An introduction to the current concepts and theories that attempt to explain the behavior of the individual in society. Major topics include culture and personality, social roles, leadership, prejudice and propaganda. Review and analysis of current concepts and experimentation in the field. Prerequisites: GEPS 124 or Psychology 111

PSYC 216 DEVELOPMENT AL PSYCHOLOGY - 3 semester hours F, Sp This is a course that aims to develop a comprehensive theoretical base in developmental psychology. Complex processes of human development throughout the life span will be analyzed in systematic form and the major premises of developmental theorists will be critically examined. Supplemented by required observation and participation in the Human Development and Learning Laboratory.

PSYC 300

PSYC 305 PRACTICUM - 8 HRS. PRACTICE - 2 semester hours F, Sp Supervised field experience in mental health.

PSYC 309 EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY LABORATORY - 1 semester hour F, Sp Experiments conducted that illustrate techniques of control and statistical analysis in various areas of psychology. Focuses on human performance and equipment and laboratory procedures used in the measuring of this performance. Must be taken concurrently with PSYC 310. Prerequisite: PSYC 315 - Quantitative Methods

PSYC 310 EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY - 3 semester hours F, Sp Experimental design of psychological research involving appropriate techniques of control and statistical analyses. Must be taken concurrently with PSYC 309. Prerequisite: PSYC 315 - Quantitative Methods

PSYC 311 MENTAL HYGIENE - 3 semester hours F A critical consideration of the literature on mental health and personal adjustment. Emphasis is placed on the maintenance of wholesome personal-social relations and the prevention of serious mental disturbances.

PSYC 313 COGNITIVE BEHAVIOR AND LEARNING - 3 semester hours F, Sp Focuses on an analysis of cognitive behavior, such as attention memory, thinking, problem solving and metacognition and theories of learning. Instructional strategies in the use of cognitive behaviors to enhance learning will be discussed. The effects of psychological variables on learning will also be examined. This course has practical applications for educators, psychologists, develop mentalists, and human service workers. Prerequisite: Psychology 212 or Psychology 216

PSYC 314 EDUCATIONAL TESTS AND MEASUREMENTS - 3 semester hours F, Sp A study of the general field of tests and measurements including elementary statistics. Concerned with the selection and administration of group tests of mental ability, aptitude, interest, achievement and personality. Prerequisite: Psychology 212 or Psychology 216

PSYC 315 QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY - 3 semester hours F, Sp A general introductory course to the study of methods and techniques of research in psychology with emphasis upon research design and statistical concepts. Some automatic data processing experience is also provided. Prerequisite: STAT 210

PSYC 316 ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY - 3 semester hours Sp A study of the origins and symptoms of psychopathological behavior. This course considers psychopathology from the major theoretical perspectives. The course is supplemented by required observations at Central State Hospital. Prerequisites: Psychology 111 and 216

PSYC 318 APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY - 3 semester hours F The application of psychological research in the solution of specific problems. Emphasis upon psychology in industry (training, human engineering, fatigue, other conditions affecting work) and in advertising (attention, motivation, imagery appeal).

PSYC 324 PROBLEMS IN PSYCHOLOGY - 2-4 semester hours. Sp, F A study of problems in psychology by intensive reading of the major periodicals and classical works in the field. Provides the student with the opportunity to pursue a research project through independent study.

PSYC 325 PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT - 3 semester hours Sp A survey of theory and research on the development of the personality. Primary emphasis is upon the factors that shape personality. Class projects involve some laboratory work with children. Prerequisites: GEPS 124 or Psychology 111 and Consent of Instructor.

PSYC 400

PSYC 400 SENIOR SEMINAR - 3 semester hours F An integrative course designed to show the relationship among the separate courses pursued by the student in the undergraduate experience by an in-depth review of some of the major concepts and issues in psychology. Prerequisite: Senior Status as a Psychology Major

PSYC 401 TOPICS IN PSYCHOLOGY - 3 semester hours Sp Involves a critical discussion of current theoretical and experimental issues in four areas of psychology: African-American experiences, Spiritual Experiences, Adulthood and Aging, and Selected Issues in Psychology. One topic will be offered each semester, and the course may be repeated once for credit.

PSYC 410 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING - 4 semester hours F Focuses on supervised intellectual assessment of children and adults using such instruments as W AIS, WISC, WPPSI and Stanford-Binet. Relevant literature on the concept of intelligence and test construction is required reading. Prerequisites: PSYC 216 and Department Permission

PSYC 411 DIAGNOSTIC PROCEDURES FOR EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN - 4 semester hours Sp A study of psychodiagnostic procedures useful in evaluating the abilities of exceptional children and youth. Includes how to select and administer appropriate tests of intelligence, personality, and specific disabilities, and how to utilize the findings in planning pupil experience. Prerequisite: Psychology 410

PSYC 412 PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY - 3 semester hours F A study of the physiological systems of the human organism as a basis for psychological reactions, with special reference to the endocrine and central nervous systems. Prerequisites: Biology 315 and 316

PSYC 413 HISTORY AND SYSTEMS OF PSYCHOLOGY - 3 semester hours Sp The history of scientific psychology through a critical analysis of the major psychological systems, stressing the problems, methods, and contribution of each and the philosophical and physiological foundations of the discipline. Prerequisite: Senior or Graduate Status

PSYC 414 PERCEPTION - 3 semester hours Sp The various theories of perception and the experimental research relating to them.

PSYC 415 CULTURE AND PERSONALITY - 3 semester hours Sp A course designed to enhance the general education of students regardless of their majors. A cross-culture approach to the study of personality and national character by examining the value systems, institutions, culture traits and childrearing practices of diverse cultures. Prerequisite: Junior Status or above

PSYC 416 THE TEACHING OF PSYCHOLOGY IN SECONDARY SCHOOL - 3 semester hours F Focuses on methods and materials of instruction in psychology at the secondary level, with emphasis on the design of laboratory activities. The implementation of ethical principles and arrangement of major topics within psychology under the core areas. Students will explore lecture, discussion inquiry, audiovisual presentations, core history analysis, role playing, simulation, field work, demonstration, experiments, research projects as techniques for making abstract conceptions of psychology more accessible.

PSYC 417 PSYCHOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT THROUGH THE PRIMARY YEARS - 3 semester hours F A course designed for teachers seeking certification in early childhood education (K-3), and for those students pursuing the master's degree in early childhood education. Aims to develop an understanding of psychological growth and personality development during the first decade of life. Not open to students having credit for Psychology 117.

PSYC 418 PSYCHOLOGY OF THE DISADVANTAGED - 3 semester hours Sp A course examining the dynamics of the behavior of disadvantaged groups. After an analysis of major historical revolutions, the focus is turned to contemporary groups who occupy disadvantaged positions in American society. Prerequisite: Upperclass or Graduate Status

PSYC 419 INTRODUCTION TO SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY – 3 semester hours Sp A course designed to acquaint the student with educational policies and procedures and the role of the school psychologist.

PSYC 420 DRUGS AND BEHAVIOR – 3 semester hours Sp A course designed to aid students in understanding the chemistry of certain drugs and their effects upon the organism as well as the psychological changes that accompany them, and to aid service providers in dealing constructively with the problem. Prerequisite: Junior Status and above

PSYC 421 LANGUAGE AND COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT – 3 semester hours Sp An overview of recent advances in the understanding of language acquisition and cognitive development in the child. It emphasizes several major theoretical positions and associated empirical works. Prerequisite: Junior Status and above

PSYC 424 RESEARCH IN PSYCHOLOGY – 3 semester hours F, Sp A course designed to provide the student with the opportunity to pursue an original research project through independent study. Emphasis is placed upon planning and conducting research, analyzing and interpreting data, and communicating about research. Prerequisite: Department Permission

PSYC 429 CRISIS INTERVENTION STRATEGIES – 3 semester hours F A course designed primarily to give students an opportunity to learn how to select and utilize psychological knowledge for the determination of appropriate strategies for crisis intervention situations. The course is supplemented by field work in selected agencies. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor

PSYC 430 THE CLINICAL INTERVIEW – 3 semester hours Sp A seminar designed to provide an understanding of the relationship of theory to practical experience and skill-building in the use of the interview process. Emphasis is upon employing the interview to establish and maintain support with human service recipients. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor

Graduate Courses

PSYC 500

PSYC508: Psychotherapy I: Theories of Psychology. 3 semester hours

An overview of the major theories in psychology. Emphasis on the application of theories to the conceptualization of psychological disorders and practice of therapy.

Prerequisite: Admission into the graduate psychology program or permission of instructor

PSYC510: Pro-Seminar. 3 semester hours

Designed to give students an orientation to graduate study in psychology and to introduce them to the professional problems of the field. Required of all graduate students in psychology.

PSYC511: Advanced General Psychology. 3 semester hours

A seminar in general-theoretical psychology designed to assist the student in developing basic psychological concepts and orientations. Students are required to read extensively and to report on research literature with the aim of developing skill in writing reviews of literature in the various areas of psychology.

PSYC512: Human Growth and Development. 3 semester hours

The study of the principles of physical, mental, emotional and social growth of the individual and their implications for the learning process.

PSYC513: Educational Psychology. 3 semester hours

The application of psychological principles to teaching, learning, and classroom management. Review and analysis of research on learning, motivation, and assessment of pupil progress. A unit on test construction is included.

PSYC514: Experimental Social Psychology. 3 semester hours

Exploration of group dynamics and interpersonal influence. Mass communication, social attitudes, conformity, obedience, leadership, and normative behavior. Research projects on these and similar topics.

PSYC515: Learning Theory. 3 semester hours

A critical analysis of the major theories of learning, and a review of the current literature on learning and memory.

PSYC517: Advanced Psychopathology.   3 semester hours

This course teaches students the scientific and theoretical basis for understanding and treating psychological disorders. The underlying causes and courses of the disorders, as well as various treatment methods, are explored.

Prerequisite: Undergraduate Abnormal Psychology Course or permission of the instructor.

PSYC518: Psychopathology of Childhood. 3 semester hours

A study of deficits, injuries, learning disabilities, developmental difficulties as well as qualities of interpersonal relationships associated with disordered behavior in children.

PSYC519: Psychotherapy II: Techniques in Psychotherapy. 3 semester hours

Develop skills in intake interviewing, mental status exams, diagnostic interviewing, and other therapeutic techniques in psychotherapy. Role playing and other exercises are used to facilitate the student’s understanding the theories underlying the therapeutic practices.

Prerequisites: PSYC 517, Advanced Psychopathology; PSYC 508, Psychotherapy I

PSYC520: Psychological Assessment I: Intelligence and Achievement Testing. 3 semester hours

Focuses on supervised intellectual and achievement assessment of children and adults. Relevant literature on the concepts of intelligence and test construction is required reading. Practice in report writing is required.

Prerequisite: Admission into the graduate clinical or educational psychology program or permission of instructor

PSYC521: Psychological Assessment II: Personality and Projective Testing. 3 semester hours

A study of the administration, scoring, and interpretation of personality and projective assessment instruments, and the rationale underlying the construction of each.

Prerequisite: PSYC 520, Psychological Assessment I

PSYC522: Practicum I - Psychological Assessment Lab. 3 semester hours

Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Clinical or Clinical Health Programs

 

PSYC523: Practicum II. 3 semester hours

Prerequisite: PSYC 508, Psychotherapy I; PSYC 522, Practicum I

PSYC524: Practicum III. 3 semester hours

Prerequisite: PSYC 523, Practicum II

PSYC525: Introduction to Community Clinical Psychology. 3 semester hours

History and social implications of the de-hospitalization movement. Nature, organization, and delivery of community-based mental health services.

PSYC526: Motivation. 3 semester hours

A study of the dynamics behavior as viewed from various theoretical standpoints. Analysis of such concepts as instinct, need, value, conscious and unconscious motive.

PSYC527: Personality Theory. 3 semester hours

A critical analysis of the major theories of personality development.

PSYC528: Experimental Design and Data Analysis in Psychological Research. 3 semester hours

A course providing a broad survey of methodologies and special problems in psychological research. The focus on selection and application of techniques and interpretations of results, rather than on computational procedures per se. Topics covered include experimental and quasi-experimental design, nonparametric statistics, psychological tests, statistics and selected multivariate methods. The course also allows the student to develop competency in the use of mainframe and microcomputer statistical packages.

Prerequisite: The equivalent of one course in undergraduate statistics.


PSYC529: Crisis Intervention Strategies. 3 semester hours

A course designed to primarily give students an opportunity to learn how to select and utilize psychological knowledge for the determination of appropriate strategies for crisis intervention situations. Students are expected to demonstrate the strategies learned. The course is supplemented by field work in selected agencies.

Prerequisite: Admission into the graduate psychology program or permission of instructor


PSYC530: Ethics and Professional Standards of Practice. 3 semester hours

Seminar reviews ethical principles and practice issues relevant to psychology.

Prerequisite: Admission into the graduate psychology program or permission of instructor

 PSYC531:   Introduction to Group Therapy. 3 semester hours

A review of basic group psychotherapy.

Prerequisite: Admission into the graduate psychology program or permission of instructor


PSYC532: Diagnosis and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders. 3 semester hours

Basic diagnostic and treatment practices for treating persons with substance abuse disorders. A review of the major categories of psychoactive drugs, as well as the medical, psychological and social impact of each substance use. Prerequisite: Admission into the graduate psychology program or permission of instructor

 PSYC533: Introduction to Neuroscience. 3 semester hours

An introduction to the research methodology of neuroscience, and an investigation of the neural basis of sensation, cognition, learning, and psychological disorders.


PSYC581: Statistical Methods in Health Psychology I. 3 semester hours

Quantitative methods for graduate students in psychology. Collection, storage, retrieval, analysis and interpretation of health data. Design and analysis of health related surveys and experiments. Emphasizes inferential techniques and focuses on the application of these methods to health psychology research. Students learn to manipulate data using statistical software.

 PSYC582: Statistical Methods in Health Psychology II. 3 semester hours

An introduction to multivariate tests, such as MANOVA, structural equation modeling, and multiple regression.

PSYC 600

PSYC603: Health Psychology. 3 semester hours

An introduction to health psychology that provides a general overview of the discipline of health psychology, including its origins, concepts and methods. A number of types of intervention efforts will be explored, including risk factor modification, secondary preventive/rehabilitative efforts for chronic illness and community/ public health interventions. Some of the major areas and topics in health psychology are explored. Students will acquire skills and knowledge that should enhance their critical thinking and their understanding of the relationship of cognition, emotion, motivation, and behavior on health.

PSYC609: History and Systems. 3 semester hours

Covers the history and various systematic theories of psychology. Explores the conceptual foundations of psychology from its inception to the present day.

PSYC612: Research Methods in Clinical and Health Psychology. 3 semester hours

Analysis of the role of research in clinical and health psychology and experimental design issues in psychotherapy research. Students are expected to be familiar with research methodology designs and ethics in psychological research. Prepare individual research proposals for critical evaluation.

Prerequisites: PSYC581 - Statistical Methods I; PSYC582 – Statistical Methods II

PSYC620: Clinical Practicum I (1 hr).

Practical application of skills developed in Psychotherapy II. Students will complete intake interviews, mental status exams, and diagnostic interviews with clients/patients.

PSYC621: Clinical Practicum II (2 hrs).

Students will develop skills in individual psychotherapy with children and/or adults clients/patients.

PSYC 700

PSYC701: Health Psychology: Methods and Interventions. 3 semester hours

An introduction to health psychology that provides a general overview of the discipline of health psychology, including its origins, concepts, and methods. A number of types of intervention efforts will be examined, including risk factor modification, secondary preventive/rehabilitative efforts for chronic illness, and community/ public health interventions. Major areas and topics in health psychology will be explored.


PSYC702: Neuropsychological Assessment. 3 semester hours

This course covers the theory and practical use of major neuropsychological assessment devices. Students are taught to administer and interpret major neuropsychological tests and batteries. The focus of the course is on practical knowledge, report writing and neuropsychological clinical practice.


PSYC703: Assessment and Evaluation of Community Health Programs. 3 semester hours

The student will focus on community needs assessment and evaluating changes in community services, programs, and community status. Establishes a scope of evaluation efforts and methods for designing and conducting program evaluation and research in community settings. Analyzes parameters of effective consultative relationships. The use of community and behavioral analysis as a basis for establishing objectives, determining appropriate methods for interventions, carrying out planned programs and evaluating behavioral change outcomes.


PSYC704: Clinical Psychopharmacology. 3 semester hours

This course covers the general principles underlying the use of drugs to treat the major classes of mental illness. This will include antipsychotics (conventional and atypical), antidepressants, anxiolytics, mood stabilizers, and other psychotropic medications. Mechanism of action, drug interactions, and pertinent aspects of differential diagnosis will be discussed. Psychiatric aspects of general medical conditions will be presented.


PSYC705: Health Education and Behavioral Science. 3 semester hours

An introduction to the underlying principles and theories of health education and behavior change for public health. Prerequisite: Admission into the graduate psychology program or permission of instructor


PSYC706: Professional Issues in Behavioral Medicine Consultation. 3 semester hours

The objective of this course is to focus on issues facing clinical health providers and other health consultants in traditional and non-traditional health care settings. Themes focus on malpractice risks related to health services, including managed health care; privacy, consent and access to hospital records; quality assurance, quality control and mechanisms of review; interdisciplinary relationships, hospital privileges, multiple codes of ethics/legal constraints and hierarchical levels of professional responsibility for medical regimens; consultation services with diverse and under-served populations; and anticipating future directions in behavioral health and illness.


PSYC711: Research Seminars in Health Psychology - Seminar. 3 semester hours

Lecture series - The student will interact with professionals in the field and discuss relevant topics in health psychology. Each guest speaker will discuss the impact of behavior and the influence of health and disease in relation to their topic area. Emphasis will be placed on analyzing current research and programs in health psychology and communicating effectively with health professionals.


PSYC713: Health Services Administration. 3 semester hours

This course focuses on planning, organization, administration, management and policy analysis of health care systems and health programs. Long range strategic planning, reporting program performance, promoting programs, reviewing policy and recognizing appropriate laws and regulations relating to public health. Emphasis on management tasks and styles, decision making and building effective coalitions and teams


PSYC714: Epidemiology of Health Behaviors/ Community Epidemiology. 3 semester hours.

Distribution and determinants of disease, disabilities and death in human populations; the characteristics and dynamics of human populations, and the natural history of disease and the biologic basis of health.

Prerequisite: PSYC603 - Health Psychology


PSYC715: Social and Cultural Aspects of Health and Illness. 3 semester hours

Investigate physical, social, emotional and intellectual factors influencing health behaviors. Identify major responsibilities of the health educator in the practice of health education. Assessment of psychosocial, cultural and situational factors in the voluntary behavior change process. Analysis of communication pathways, influence and power, social norms and social marketing, coordinating provisions of health education services, and roles of institutions in relation to learning and the behavior change process. Special attention will be given to addressing cultural competence in healthcare settings.


PSYC720: Health Psychology Practicum (3 hrs).

Supervised experience with assessment, consultation, and intervention in a health care setting. 

PSYC721: Advanced Clinical Practicum (3-6 hrs).

Students choose specialized training experiences from a variety of community settings. This practicum can be taken more than once. 

PSYC725: Community Health Psychology Practicum. 2 semester hours

Practicum training is designed to provide students with a practical application of their skills and training. This supervised training develops competencies and gives students necessary feedback and applied community based participatory experience from a variety of settings.

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