Undergraduate Bulletin

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

840-104 PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN ADJUSTMENT GS 3 cr

Focuses on the processes of decision-making, conflict resolution, and value judgments. Emphasis will be on understanding practical methods for handling interpersonal relationships. Effective use of coping devices for college students and others will be studied. Enhancing the psychological resources for personal change and growth will be stressed.

840-105 INDIVIDUAL AND SOCIETY - PSYCHOLOGY
GS/Core 3 cr

An introduction to the study of individual behavior and experience as affected by biological, situational, social and cultural variables. Theories and research data relating to development, perception, learning, memory, emotion, language, social behavior, and behavior disorders are examined. Emphasis is placed upon what all human beings share in common as members of the human species, and upon variations in behavior and experience attributable to social and cultural differences. May not be taken on a satisfactory/no credit grade basis.

840-202 PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN GS 3 cr

Inquiry into the psychology of women with an emphasis on theory and research. Study of gender differences in behavior and personality from intrapsychic and sociocultural viewpoint. Personality development and life stages of women.

840-211 INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY GS 3 cr

A survey of contemporary psychology covering human development, intelligence, abilities, sensation, perception, motivation, emotion, learning, personality structure, disordered behavior, social psychology, and the physiological bases of behavior. Includes an overview of current theory, research methods, and controversial issues in the field.

840-215 BASIC STATISTICAL METHODS 3 cr

An introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics include preliminary concepts, frequency distribution, graphic methods, measures of central tendency and variability, percentiles, probability, normal distribution, correlation analysis, sampling theory, parametric and selected non-parametric hypotheses-testing procedures. Lectures are supplemented by computational laboratory sessions.
Prereq: 760-143 or 760-152.

840-216 RESEARCH METHODS 4 cr

A laboratory course in the methodology of psychological research with emphasis on design, measurement, and statistical analysis appropriate for testing hypotheses in perception, learning, memory and other areas of general psychology. Students design and conduct experiments and write reports.
Prereq: 840-211 and 840-215.

840-301 PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY GS 3 cr

A survey of the biological and physiological bases of human and animal behavior, with particular attention to the following: Basic principles of the anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry of the nervous system; sensory and motor systems; sleep; circadian rhythms; sexual behavior; emotion and stress; motivation; learning, memory, and language; neurological disorders; psychopathology.
Prereq: 840-211 or 5 credits of biology.

840-303 LEARNING AND CONDITIONING GS 3 cr

Studies the basic processes of how organisms modify their behavior. Topics include classical and instrumental conditioning, reinforcement, extinction, punishment and avoidance, generalization and discrimination, and biological constraints on learning.
Prereq: 840-211 or junior standing.

840-304 PSYCHOLOGY OF PERSONALITY GS 3 cr

An introduction to the study of the uniqueness of the individual. Emphasis will be on research methods and on theories as well as on some of the more important characteristics on which individuals differ.
Prereq: 840-211 or junior standing.

840-305 PSYCHOLOGY OF PERCEPTION GS 3 cr

A study of how sensations emerge from physical energies falling upon sense receptors and get organized into the percepts we call events, objects and object properties of the real world including our self image. Topics include illusions, hallucinations, and normal experiences with all the senses, especially touch, hearing, and vision.
Prereq: 840-211 or junior standing.

840-323/523 ANALYSIS OF HUMAN BEHAVIOR 3 cr

Examines the relations of environmental variables to stability and change of individual human behavior by applying principles of respondent (reflexive behavior) and operant (non-reflexive behavior) analysis to such topics as personality, emotion, development, social behavior, learning, skill acquisition, self-concepts, behavior disorders and therapy, etc.; and includes a critical consideration of assumptions of behavioristic approaches in psychology.
Prereq: 840-211 or junior standing.

840-331 PSYCHOLOGY OF CHILDHOOD GS 3 cr

An introduction to the psychological research on child development with emphasis on physical, cognitive, social and emotional development.
Prereq: 840-211 or junior standing.

840-332 PSYCHOLOGY OF ADOLESCENCE GS 3 cr

An introduction to the psychological research on adolescent development with emphasis on physical, cognitive, social, emotional, sexual and moral development.
Prereq: 840-211 or junior standing.

840-345/545 BEHAVIOR DISORDERS 3 cr

An introductory survey of abnormal psychology covering the clinical syndromes includes in the diagnostic classification system of the American Psychiatric Association. Current research regarding causal factors, treatment, and outcomes supplement descriptions of maladaptive patterns of behavior.
Prereq: 840-304 or 6 credits in psychology and junior standing.

840-351 COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY 3 cr

An experimental and theoretical treatment of the processes of thought, memory, language, and problem solving. Students will explore various theories of cognition, examine empirical evidence relevant to them, and design and conduct experimental studies to test and extend them.
Prereq: 840-315

840-355 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY GS 3 cr

The study of the individual (thus psychological) in social contexts (thus sociological), emphasizing such topics as interpersonal attractions, prejudice, leadership, formal and informal social roles, conflicts, brainwashing, social power, social influence, persuasion, stereotyping, conformity, obedience, group effectiveness, self-perception, and validation in social interaction of beliefs, values, attitudes, self-concepts.
Prereq: 840-211 or junior standing.

840-387 FIELD TRAINING IN PSYCHOLOGY 1-3 cr

An opportunity is presented to introduce psychology majors and minors to a work-study experience in a selected agency or institution. Repeatable for a maximum of 3 credits in major and a maximum of 6 credits in degree.
Prereq: 9 psychology credits, psychology major or minor, and permission of field training emphasis committee.

840-391 HISTORY AND SYSTEMS OF PSYCHOLOGY 3 cr

An overview of major psychological theories and theoretical issues designed to assist the advanced student in organizing and integrating his knowledge of factual content in psychology and in completing a strong foundation for graduate study.
Prereq: 9 credits in psychology.

840-394/594 DIRECTED RESEARCH IN PSYCHOLOGY 2 cr

Students, under faculty supervision, participate in some or all phases of research projects, literature search, design, data collection and analysis, and preparation of research reports. Repeatable for a maximum of 6 credits in the psychology major or minor. Topics vary from term to term.
Prereq: 840-315 and/or permission of instructor and junior standing.

840-415/615 RESEARCH DESIGN 3 cr

Several research strategies will be investigated. These will include using questionnaires, attitude and personality research, and interview research. Some of the statistical techniques covered will be: t-tests, chi-square, and various correlational techniques. A thorough discussion of numerous analysis of variance techniques will constitute a major portion of this course.
Prereq: 840-215 or equivalent and junior standing.

840-420/620 FOUNDATIONS OF PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL
PSYCHOLOGY 3 cr

An examination of the history, foundations, legal/ethical, and role and function issues in school psychology. Particular attention will be focused on the exploration of specific models of school psychological service delivery, including direct intervention and school-based consultation with education and agency professionals.
Prereq: Admission to the School Psychology Program or consent of instructor.

840-424/624 HUMAN LEARNING 3 cr

A survey of findings and theoretical analyses of how people acquire, forget, and transfer verbal information. The structures (sensory, short-term, and long-term memory) and processes (attention, encoding, storage, and retrieval) of human memory will be studied and related to the current theories of human information processing.
Prereq: 840-303 or equivalent or consent of instructor and junior standing.

840-440/640 PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS
AND MEASUREMENTS 3 cr

Demonstrates the principles of psychological measurement. Demonstrates contents and uses of specific tests of mental ability, achievement, personality, interests, and special abilities. Field work: Group examination of regional schools' testing program - analysis of tests of this program.
Prereq: 840-215 and junior standing.

840-444/644 PRINCIPLES OF BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION 3 cr

A survey of the various methods used in behavior modification programs. The background and theory of specific techniques will be carefully considered. The variables to be reviewed in establishing a sound program will be presented and evaluated.
Prereq: 840-303 or 840-323 and junior standing.

840-446/646 INTRODUCTION TO CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY 3 cr

A survey course designed to acquaint the student with the types of behavior personality problems with which the clinical psychologist deals, the use of diagnostic methods including projective techniques, and to provide an orientation to the various methods of psychotherapy.
Prereq: 840-304 or 840-345 or consent of instructor and junior standing.

840-451/651 INTERPERSONAL RELATIONS
AND SOCIAL INTERACTIONS 3 cr

Theory, research and exercises in interpersonal perception, communication, motivation, leadership and problem-solving within groups.
Prereq: Junior or senior standing.

840-452/652 ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
RESEARCH SEMINAR 3 cr

A study of research in applied social psychology relevant to solving problems resulting from patterns of organization and interaction; emphasizes formal organizations such as businesses and agencies, but includes other problem interactions as well. Provides opportunities to identify, research and develop solutions to problems in real and simulated organizations.
Prereq: 840-355 or 880-355 and junior standing.

840-485 INTERVIEW AND PSYCHOTHERAPY
TECHNIQUES WITH OLDER CLIENTS 3 cr

A systematic approach to the interview relationship utilized by the therapist working with older persons. A review of the effects of methods of therapy upon improvement of communication, socialization, and general mental health of the elderly.
Prereq: Junior standing.

840-486/686 INTERVIEW AND PSYCHOTHERAPY
TECHNIQUES 3 cr

A review of the literature on interview techniques as a method of assessment and as a method of helping. Students will observe and discuss demonstrations conducted by faculty members. In addition, students will conduct, role-play, tape, and analyze interviews themselves.
Prereq: 840-304 or 840-345 and junior standing.

840-487 FIELD WORK EXPERIENCE IN PSYCHOLOGY
5-10 cr

Supervised experience in providing psychological services in a mental health, community service, school or business setting. Options are 16 hours per week for 5 credits per semester or 32 hours per week for 10 credits per semester. To begin field placement, completion of three of the four required courses is necessary.
Prereq: 840-440, 840-444, 840-451, and 840-486.

840-488 FIELD WORK SEMINAR IN PSYCHOLOGY 2 cr

Seminar for psychological technicians enrolled in field work experiences. Issues pertinent to placement experiences, interpretation of clinical devices, integration of findings of a battery of psychological tests and data from various sources, current researches and professional problems in clinical psychology with emphasis on recent literature are treated.
Coreq link: 840-487.

840-489 FAMILY THERAPY 3 cr

Concepts, theories, and research in family therapy will be reviewed. Students will role-play family problems and treatment skills. This course does not qualify a student to practice family therapy, for which an internship and/or clinical placement and graduate degree are necessary.
Prereq: 840-345; senior or graduate standing or consent of instructor.

840-490/690 WORKSHOP 1-6 cr

Repeatable for a maximum of 6 credits in degree.
Prereq: Senior standing or consent of instructor.

840-494 SEMINAR IN PSYCHOLOGY 1-3 cr

Repeatable, with permission of the Psychology Department, for a maximum of 6 credits in major/degree.
Prereq: 12 credits in psychology and consent of instructor.

840-496/696 SPECIAL STUDIES IN PSYCHOLOGY 1-3 cr

Repeatable, with permission of department, for a maximum of 6 credits in major/degree.
Prereq: 12 credits in psychology or consent of instructor and junior standing.

840-497 HONORS THESIS 3-6 cr

Students engage in a critical review or an experimental study of a topic of interest to them under the supervision of an honors thesis committee of the psychology department.
Prereq: Psychology major or minor with at least 21 credits in psychology courses and a minimum overall GPA of 3.5.

840-498 INDEPENDENT STUDY 1-3 cr

Repeatable for a maximum of 6 credits in major.
Prereq: Minimum 2.75 g.p.a., minimum of 9 credits in psychology, junior or senior standing, and consent of instructor.

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