Psychology
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Courses and Syllabi

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Undergraduate

100-Level Courses in PSYC

PSYC 100: Basic Concepts in Psychology (3 Credits)

Introduces psychology as scientific discipline. Examines concepts and methods in learning, motivation, development, personality, and measurement.

PSYC 110: Seminar in General Psychology (1 Credits)

Explores applications, implications, methods, and findings of psychology.

200-Level Courses in PSYC

PSYC 211: Developmental Psychology (3 Credits)

Review of major developmental theories including perspectives of childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and old age.

PSYC 231: Social Psychology (3 Credits)

Study of human behavior development in a social matrix, including such topics as socialization, cultural behavior, group norms, and attitude formation.

PSYC 260: Basic Research Methods in Psychology (1-3 Credits)

Introduction to research methods in psychology in the context of assisting faculty with research; individualized sections by arrangement with faculty. Methods taught vary but generally include basic data collection and recordkeeping methods in research.

300-Level Courses in PSYC

PSYC 300: Statistics in Psychology (4 Credits)

Descriptive and inferential statistics in design, analysis, and interpretation of psychological research with practical application using computers in laboratory.

PSYC 301: Research Methods in Psychology (3 Credits)

General research design in psychology, with an emphasis on experimental design and control. Topics include use of human participants in research, reliability and validity, observational methods, and survey and longitudinal designs.

PSYC 304: Principles of Learning (4 Credits)

Principles of animal learning, including such topics as classical and operant conditioning, discrimination learning, and animal cognition.

PSYC 309: Sensation, Perception, and Information Processing (4 Credits)

Principles of perception, including topics such as psychophysics, perceptual organization, perceptual learning, and perceptual constancies.

PSYC 313: Child Development (3 Credits)

Study of human psychological development from conception to adolescence including such topics as genetic factors, emotional and intellectual growth, and environmental influences.

PSYC 314: Adolescent Development (3 Credits)

Study of the biological and cultural changes accompanying adolescence, including the effect of these changes on emotional, intellectual, and social development.

PSYC 317: Cognitive Psychology (3 Credits)

An in-depth overview of important topics in cognitive psychology, including memory, attention, pattern recognition, problem solving, reasoning, and psycholinguistics.

PSYC 320: Psychological Tests and Measurements (4 Credits)

Examination and application of principles underlying the theory, interpretation, and administration of psychological tests, including a study of tests of intelligence, achievement, and ability.

PSYC 321: Counseling Psychology (3 Credits)

Review of the theories and methods in psychological counseling.

PSYC 322: Behavior Modification (3-5 Credits)

Examination of experimental principles of human and animal learning within theoretical framework of applied behavior analysis, including design, implementation, and evaluation of operant intervention programs across a wide variety of human situations.

PSYC 323: Clinical and Social Psychology Research Techniques (4 Credits)

Review and application of research techniques including interviewing, survey analysis, and process analysis. PSYC 323 is a writing-intensive course.

PSYC 324: Personality Theory (3 Credits)

Introduction to classical and contemporary theories of personality, and comparative evaluation of major theories in terms of relevant studies.

PSYC 325: Abnormal Psychology (3 Credits)

Study of development of abnormal behavior patterns, including such topics as methods of diagnosis and prevention of serious mental disorders such as psychosomatic disorders, psychoses, character disorders, and mental retardation.

PSYC 326: Therapeutic Communication Skills (3 Credits)

Introduction to understanding and use of basic therapeutic communication skills used in clinical and counseling psychology.

PSYC 327: Psychology in the Community (3 Credits)

Individual placements in applied psychology settings.

PSYC 328: Psychology in the Community Laboratory (1 Credits)

Consists of a one-hour service learning component linked to selected psychology courses.

PSYC 330: Psychology of Adjustment (3 Credits)

Explores the nature of adaptive and maladaptive patterns of human adjustment. Factors in personality development, unique motivational patterns of individuals, and the influence of families, communities, and culture on adjustment. Resources for personal growth, growth within intimate relationships and family systems, and application of contemporary psychological principles to promote intellectual, emotional, and social competence across the lifespan are discussed.

PSYC 333: Industrial and Organizational Psychology (3 Credits)

Examination of application of psychological principles and methods to problems commonly encountered in business and industry.

PSYC 335: Psychology of Creativity and Innovation (3 Credits)

Creativity and innovation take place in many domains such business, science and the arts. Learn the distinction between creativity and innovation. Apply findings from the scientific literature about the antecedents of creativity and innovation including emotions, cognition, individual differences, and social contexts. Experiment with ways to enhance your creativity and skills for innovation.

PSYC 340: Human Factors Psychology (3 Credits)

Reviews history and current practice of optimal product and system design as a function of psychology. Includes a brief history of human factors psychology, a review of human memory and attentional systems as they relate to product and system design, and an introduction to current methods used to analyze and redesign products and systems for optimal human interaction.

PSYC 350: Directed Reading and Research in Psychology (1-3 Credits)

Library research in psychology, culminating in a substantial formal paper; individualized sections by arrangement with faculty.

PSYC 362: Psychology of Gender (3 Credits)

Behavior and attitudes of women; influence of chromosomes and hormones on behavior, influence of culture on sex role differentiation, and theories of sex role development.

PSYC 372: Physiological Psychology (3 Credits)

Survey of neuroscience, including basic neuroanatomy, neural and synaptic transmission, neural mechanisms underlying normal and abnormal behavior, and biological mechanisms of drug action.

PSYC 373: Physiological Psychology Laboratory (1 Credits)

Functional anatomy and physiology of the brain, including dissection of brain and eye, and a demonstration and practice in research methods for studying physiological mechanisms underlying behavior.

PSYC 375: Brain and Sensory Processes (3 Credits)

First half of comprehensive survey of neuroscience, including basic neuroanatomy, neural and synaptic transmission, neural mechanisms underlying normal and abnormal behavior, and biological mechanisms of drug action.

PSYC 376: Brain and Behavior (3 Credits)

Second half of a comprehensive survey of neuroscience, including neural mechanisms underlying normal and abnormal behavior.

PSYC 379: Applied Cross-Cultural Psychology (3 Credits)

A review of important landmarks in cross-cultural research, showing how this research impacts psychology as a discipline. Emphasizes an empirical approach to cross-cultural study and includes topics such as theoretical and empirical developments in cross-cultural psychology, development of coherent schemas to guide cross-cultural research and interventions, comparison of psychology's goals and assumptions in Western and other cultures, and integration of course materials into educational and career goals of students.

PSYC 399: Professional Issues in the Social Sciences: From College to Career (2 Credits)

Emphasizes development and readiness for a profession in the social sciences through self-assessment and professional skill acquisition.

400-Level Courses in PSYC

PSYC 405: Mystery, Madness, and Murder (3 Credits)

Multidisciplinary approach to taboo topics that fascinate and frighten us. Instructors from disciplines across the arts and sciences bring expertise and diverse perspectives to provocative issues such as cannibalism and serial murder. Students learn to think critically and objectively while examining use in myth, literature, and popular culture.

PSYC 406: Psychology of Communication (3 Credits)

An examination of the behavior of communicating across species and sensory modalities, with an emphasis on the evolutionary basis for the various communication strategies used by animals and humans.

PSYC 414: Behavior Disorders of Childhood (3 Credits)

Review of the theories, methods, and research dealing with emotional and behavioral disorders of children.

PSYC 415: Psychological Factors in Aging (3 Credits)

Examination of the sensory, perceptual, intellectual, personality, health, and familial changes that occur as people age and adjust into their later years. Common and more serious adjustment difficulties and developments are discussed with attention to impacts on the individual and the family.

PSYC 417: Science of Well Being (3 Credits)

This course will examine and interpret the latest research in social, personality, and clinical psychology on well-being, character strengths, and personal growth. Emphasis will be placed on the ways in which scientists generate hypotheses regarding the nature of positive psychological traits and processes and the methods by which these ideas are tested.

PSYC 418: Death, Dying, and Grieving (3 Credits)

Advanced survey of processes of grieving and their relationship to death and dying. Topics include ways of dying, effects of death on loved ones, and care for the terminally ill.

PSYC 419: Synthesis in Psychology (3 Credits)

Understand and relate broad psychological issues to society as a whole. Possible topics include mental health in society, the psychology of food and eating behavior, and animals and society. See schedule of classes for current topic(s).

PSYC 421: Undergraduate Practicum in Psychology (3 Credits)

Supervised experience in application of psychological principles requiring work in a nonclassroom situation.

PSYC 422: Undergraduate Practicum in Psychology (3 Credits)

Supervised experience in application of psychological principles requiring work in a nonclassroom situation.

PSYC 423: Group Psychotherapy Techniques (3 Credits)

Review of theory and methods of group therapy with emphasis on humanistic and interpersonal approaches, including applications to family therapy, alcoholism, and drug abuse.

PSYC 427: Community Engagement for Social Change (3 Credits)

Explores social problems and interpersonal, intrapersonal, and social aspects of addressing them. Addresses both theoretical aspects of social problems through readings and class discussion and application through community service.

PSYC 435: Personnel Training and Development: A Psychological Perspective (3 Credits)

Overview and critique of training methods used in industry from viewpoint of psychological theory, including simulations, on-the-job training, supervisory/leadership skills training, computer-assisted instruction, and programmed texts. Principles of needs analysis, program development, and program evaluation are discussed within framework of industrial psychology.

PSYC 460: Independent Study in Psychology (1-4 Credits)

Advanced research methods in psychology in context of individual student projects or assisting with research on faculty projects; individual sections by arrangement with faculty.

PSYC 461: Special Topics (1-3 Credits)

Selected topics reflecting interest in specialized areas.

PSYC 465: History and Systems in Psychology (3 Credits)

Historical background and major theoretical systems in modern psychology. Approaches include behaviorism, cognitive/information processing approaches, and psychodynamic theories.

PSYC 466: Psychology of Intimate Relationships (3 Credits)

Advanced survey of theories and research related to intimate relationships, including romantic relations and those among family members and friends in diverse cultural and relationship contexts.

PSYC 467: The Psychology of Working in Groups and Teams (3 Credits)

Teaches knowledge and the skills to meet communication, interpersonal, and task-related challenges that arise when functioning in work teams. Through readings, classroom activities, and applied problem-solving exercises, students acquire or refine team-related competencies. Students study theory of group and team processes while gaining insight from feedback on their behavior in exercises to become more effective team members.

PSYC 472: Current Topics in Brain and Behavior (3 Credits)

Rotating topics. Physiological mechanisms underlying behavior. Selected topics include neuronal bases of learning and memory, Alzheimer's disease, and biological bases of addiction.

PSYC 490: Psychology Honors I (3 Credits)

Review of topics and issues in psychology, including historical overview, theory and supporting data, and influences on behavior.

PSYC 491: Psychology Honors II (3 Credits)

Introduces advanced statistics, research methodologies, statistics packages, computing and information technology, and library technology appropriate for psychological research and pedagogy.

PSYC 492: Psychology Honors III (3 Credits)

Completion of final honors project or thesis. Students must complete project or thesis, and present oral defense to committee and poster to class. Students also expected to prepare proposal to present project or thesis at regional or national conference, or prepare manuscript for publication in appropriate journal.

PSYC 499: Senior Thesis (3 Credits)

Directed research on topic agreed on by student and advisor.

Topics in PSYC

PSYC 461: Special Topics (1-3 Credits)

Selected topics reflecting interest in specialized areas.

Graduate

500-Level Courses in PSYC

PSYC 506: Theories of Personality (3 Credits)

Comparative review of prevalent theories of personality with special emphasis on fundamental models, and similarities and differences.

PSYC 518: Death, Dying, and Grieving (3 Credits)

Advanced survey of processes of grieving and their relationship to death and dying. Topics include ways of dying, effects of death on loved ones, and care for the terminally ill.

PSYC 527: Introduction to Neurobiology (2 Credits)

Introduction to neurobiology with overview of embryological development of nervous system in evolutionary context. Introduces regional and systems neuroanatomy by studying mammalian visual system with comparative perspective.

PSYC 530: Cognitive Engineering: Cognitive Science Applied to Human Factors (3 Credits)

Application of cognitive theory to understand and predict interactions among human cognition, artifact, and task. Discusses recent research and case studies that emphasize empirical research, analytical modeling techniques, systems design, and development of tools and methods.

PSYC 531: Mammalian Neurobiology (3 Credits)

Functional anatomy of brains of mammals, with emphasis on regional and systems neuroanatomy of humans. Anatomy correlated with material from clinical neurology where possible. Laboratory component includes brain dissections and clinical correlations.

PSYC 541: Survey Research (3 Credits)

Introduces theory, method, and practice of survey research; students complete survey research project.

PSYC 548: Practicum in Gerontology (3 Credits)

Practical experience in gerontological setting under supervision of qualified professional for 150 contact hours per 3 credits.

PSYC 549: Practicum in Gerontology (3 Credits)

Practical experience in gerontological setting under supervision of qualified professional for 150 contact hours per 3 credits.

PSYC 552: Histology/Histochemistry of the Brain (5 Credits)

Explores conceptual basics and provides hands-on experience in techniques for studying brain tissue, including stereotaxic surgery, perfusion, sectioning, Nissl and myelin stains, enzyme histochemistry, immunohistochemistry, in situ hybridization, and quantitative receptor autoradiography.

PSYC 555: Neuroimaging (3 Credits)

Covers functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) methods, experimental design and analysis issues in fMRI, structural MRI techniques and how they can contribute to cognitive neuroscience, and event-related potential methods.

PSYC 556: Chemistry and the Brain (3 Credits)

Fundamentals of general chemistry, atoms, molecules, and reactions, with emphasis on water solutions. Organic compounds and functional groups, biosynthesis and properties, and examples from nervous system. Also includes biopolymers and their roles in cellular and neuronal organization, ionic channels, neurotransmitter receptors, and psychoactive substances.

PSYC 557: Psychometric Methods (3 Credits)

Examines concepts of psychological measurement with emphasis on predictor test and criterion development. Discusses reliability, validity, and specialized techniques to develop tests of ability, interest, and personality.

PSYC 558: Neuronal Bases of Learning and Memory (3 Credits)

Examines neuronal mechanisms involved in learning and memory, in animals ranging from invertebrates to humans.

PSYC 559: Behavioral Chemistry (3 Credits)

Neurochemistry and neuroendocrinology, including neurotransmitter synthesis, genetic aspects of neural functioning, mechanisms of action of neurotransmitters and second messenger systems, regulation of neuroendocrine systems, neuroendocrine effects on behavior, and neuroimmunology.

PSYC 560: Advanced Applied Social Psychology (3 Credits)

Study of major trends in social psychological research with emphasis on ethical and practical problems posed by human experimentation. Topics include attitude measurement and change, conformity, social perception, and small group interaction.

PSYC 561: Behavioral Biology of Substance Abuse (3 Credits)

Overview of biological effects of substance abuse, and biological mechanisms underlying addiction. Topics include alcohol, cocaine, marijuana, and other drugs; genetics of addiction; and neural systems underlying addiction and withdrawal.

PSYC 562: Research Methods in Human Experimental Psychology (3 Credits)

Hands-on approach to selected current and/or classical human experimental psychology research methods. Course topics include experimental design, including psychophysical and physiological experimentation. In addition, mathematical, cognitive modeling and simulation, as well as advanced statistical techniques will be covered.

PSYC 563: Laboratory Methods in Behavioral Neuroscience (3 Credits)

Laboratory work, to be completed in groups, will include surgical, histological and behavioral techniques. Proper use and handling of animals, ethical issues, evaluation of neuroscience literature, experimental design and data analysis are addressed in lecture. This course requires working with laboratory rodents.

PSYC 566: Cognitive and Perceptual Development (3 Credits)

Survey of theory and the research on development of perception, memory, concepts, problem solving, intelligence, and academic skills in children.

PSYC 591: Professional Seminar (1-3 Credits)

See area coordinator for requirements for section in each track.

PSYC 592: Special Topics (1-6 Credits)

Special topics reflecting interests in specialized areas.

PSYC 597: Directed Reading and Research (1-6 Credits)

Independent reading or research on topic agreed on by student and faculty member.

600-Level Courses in PSYC

PSYC 611: Advanced Statistics (4 Credits)

Test must be passed to take course. Open only to degree students. Integrates basic psychological statistics with overview of research methodology including experimental, quasi-experimental, field approaches, and measurement issues from advanced perspective. Lab work includes using computer packages for data handling and analyses.

PSYC 612: Advanced Statistics (4 Credits)

Open only to degree students. Integrates basic psychological statistics with overview of research methodology including experimental, quasi-experimental, field approaches, and measurement issues from advanced perspective. Lab work includes use of computer packages for data handling and analyses.

PSYC 614: The Psychology of Aging (3 Credits)

Review of the experimental literature in psychology of aging, including intellectual functioning, personality and adjustment, minor and major adjustment problems, and role changes in later life.

PSYC 615: Language Development (3 Credits)

Seminar covering theory and research on acquisition of language, including biological and environmental influences and constraints; research methods; role of parents; individual and cultural differences; links between language and other domains of development including cognitive, behavioral, social, and emotional; language and the brain; animal language; bilingualism; and atypical language development.

PSYC 617: Child Psychopathology (3 Credits)

Intensive survey of major types of psychopathological disturbances of infancy and childhood.

PSYC 619: Applied Behavior Analysis: Principles, Procedures, and Philosophy (3 Credits)

Focuses on basic principles and procedures of applied behavior analysis; identification of factors that contribute to behavioral problems and improved performance; and procedures that can be used to minimize behavioral problems, improve performance, teach new behaviors, and increase probability of behaviors occurring under appropriate circumstances.

PSYC 621: Applied Behavior Analysis: Empirical Bases (3 Credits)

Focuses on basic content of applied behavior analysis, and teaches how to implement behavioral procedures and develop behavioral programs for clients with fundamental behavioral needs.

PSYC 623: Applied Behavior Analysis: Assessments and Interventions (3 Credits)

Further expands on basic content of applied behavior analysis, and teaches how to implement behavioral procedures and develop behavioral programs for clients with fundamental behavioral needs.

PSYC 624: Applied Behavior Analysis: Applications (3 Credits)

Expands capability to deal with more complex behavioral situations, enabling ability to relate to more sophisticated professional issues and environments.

PSYC 625: Applied Behavior Analysis: Verbal Behavior (3 Credits)

Further expands capability to deal with more complex behavioral situations, enabling ability to relate to more sophisticated professional issues and environments.

PSYC 630: Developmental Disabilities (3 Credits)

Lectures, seminars discuss state-of-the-art and evidence-based information about developmental disabilities across life span with emphasis on mental retardation. Includes epidemiology, etiology, diagnoses, risk factors, treatment, supports, and prevention of developmental disabilities. Pertinent philosophical, ethical, and legal issues concerning this special-needs population will be discussed.

PSYC 631: Industrial and Personnel Testing and Evaluation (3 Credits)

Study of administration, scoring, and interpretation of standard tests used by industry for selection and assessment of personnel.

PSYC 633: Evaluative Research in Psychology (3 Credits)

Examines research techniques specifically designed to evaluate human effectiveness of organizations and mental health programs.

PSYC 636: Survey of Industrial Psychology (3 Credits)

Intensive survey of historical and current issues in major areas of applied (nonclinical) psychology.

PSYC 638: Training: Psychological Contributions to Theory, Design, and Evaluation (3 Credits)

Focuses on applying learning principles derived from psychological research in development of training models and techniques of skill acquisition. Discusses research designs and empirical results appropriate to training evaluation.

PSYC 639: Survey of Organizational Processes (3 Credits)

Trains at conceptual/theoretical and empirical levels in organizational processes. Includes individual, interpersonal, intra-group, and intergroup phenomena as they exist in context of organizational settings.

PSYC 640: Techniques in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (3 Credits)

Skills-oriented course enabling students to construct instruments and perform functions critical to both researchers and practitioners in industrial/organizational psychology. Focuses on conducting job analysis interviews, developing and scoring task inventories, using critical incident and KSAO methods, and constructing performance appraisal and selection instruments.

PSYC 644: Methods for Social Research (3 Credits)

Examines issues in basic and applied social science methodology including internal validity, causal generalization, and construct validity.

PSYC 645: Research Methods in Human Factors and Applied Cognition (3 Credits)

Hands-on approach to selected current or classical human factors/applied cognition research methods; exact methods announced in advance. Potential methods include cognitive task analysis, usability evaluation methods, critical incident analysis, reliability analysis, workload measures, verbal protocol analysis, and engineering models of human performance.

PSYC 646: Issues and Methods in Longitudinal Developmental Research (3 Credits)

Examines techniques for measuring developmental change across lifespan.

PSYC 648: Developmental Psychopathology (3 Credits)

In-depth look at emerging discipline of developmental psychopathology. Discusses specific disorders and contexts to illustrate how knowledge of normal development, deviant development, and maladaptive behavior illuminates principles underlying adaptive functioning.

PSYC 652: Quantitative Methods II: Analysis of Variance (3 Credits)

Basic concepts in experimental design, fundamental assumptions in analysis of variance, and analysis of variance and covariance designs. Reviews multiple comparison tests.

PSYC 654: Naturalistic Methods in Psychology (3 Credits)

Theory and techniques involved in studying people in their natural environment. Primary emphasis on quasiexperimental designs and methods of systematic observation.

PSYC 666: Cognitive and Perceptual Development (3 Credits)

Survey of theory and research on development of perception, memory, concepts, problem solving, intelligence, and academic skills in children.

PSYC 667: Behavior in Small Groups and Teams (3 Credits)

Theories, methods, and topics relevant to individual behavior in small group setting. Includes effects of individual on group, effects of group on individual, and interaction effects among individuals.

PSYC 668: Personality: Theoretical and Empirical Approaches (3 Credits)

Presents comprehensive overview of current theoretical and empirical approaches to personality. Emphasizes areas of special relevance to clinical, developmental, and industrial/ organizational psychology.

PSYC 669: Social and Emotional Development (3 Credits)

Surveys theory and research relevant to development of social relationships, emotional expressiveness and regulation, aggressive and altruistic behaviors, sex roles, and morality. Emphasizes influences on such development, including parents, other adults, peers, siblings, and broader culture.

PSYC 671: Role and Function of the School Psychologist (3 Credits)

Considers roles, functions of school psychologist in educational environment, including certification and ethical standards, issues, and trends.

PSYC 673: Prevention, Intervention, and Consultation in Schools (4 Credits)

Examines theory and practice of behavior modification and consultation in school environment.

PSYC 678: Topics in School Psychology (1-6 Credits)

Selected topics reflecting specialized area of school psychology.

PSYC 684: Psychological Counseling Techniques (3 Credits)

Students gain experience in counseling techniques used in schools and contemporary practice.

PSYC 685: Cognitive Neuroscience (3 Credits)

Provides an overview of the neural basis of human mental functions. Uses neuroimaging (PET, fMRI, ERPs, TMS, etc.), computational, and information-processing methods to examine functions such as attention, memory, language, emotion, and decision making.

700-Level Courses in PSYC

PSYC 701: Cognitive Bases of Behavior (3 Credits)

Surveys concepts in learning, cognitive, and affective processes, including theories and supporting data and their influences on behavior.

PSYC 702: Biological Bases of Human Behavior (3 Credits)

Surveys biological bases of behavior, including such topics as neural conduction, role of specific neurotransmitters, cortical functioning, and brain disorders.

PSYC 703: Social Bases of Behavior (3 Credits)

Surveys social influences on behavior, including group processes, person perception, and attitude formation.

PSYC 704: Life-Span Development (3 Credits)

Surveys theories and research regarding lifespan development and personality formation.

PSYC 705: Historical and Philosophical Issues in Psychology (3 Credits)

Important historical and systematic approaches to psychology and their relationship to the philosophy of science, structure of theory, and philosophical issues in psychology.

PSYC 709: The Measurement of Intelligence (4 Credits)

Administration, scoring, and interpretation of major infant, child, and adult intelligence tests, with emphasis on individual tests. Development of IQ tests, theories of intelligence, and current trends and developments in intellectual assessment.

PSYC 710: Psychological Assessment (4 Credits)

Study of major instruments used in clinical assessment and nature, problems, and predictive value; administration and scoring of major techniques for evaluation of personality; and principles of interpretation of these procedures.

PSYC 722: Advanced Child Assessment (4 Credits)

Problems involved in diagnostic assessment of children with various handicapping conditions such as learning disabilities, retardation, and emotional disturbances.

PSYC 730: Practicum in Applied Psychology (1-6 Credits)

Practical experience in organizational setting as assigned.

PSYC 733: Issues in Personnel Psychology (3 Credits)

Examines psychological literature on job analysis, job evaluation and compensation, performance appraisal, training, and EEOL selection issues. Methodological and psychometric issues in interpretation and evaluation of personnel psychology research receive particular attention.

PSYC 734: Seminar in Human Factors and Applied Cognition (3 Credits)

Emphasizes current research and application of human factors, ergonomics, applied cognition, and applied perception.

PSYC 735: Psychological Perspectives on Organizational Development (3 Credits)

Theories and methods in industrial/organizational psychology as they relate to organizational change and development. Actual training in organizational diagnosis, change through supervised field work.

PSYC 736: Research in Human Performance Assessment (3 Credits)

Reviews taxonomic issues in description and prediction of human performance. Discusses concepts and methods in assessment of human abilities. Emphasizes cognitive, psychometric, physical, and sensory-perceptual capacities required to perform human tasks.

PSYC 737: Psychology of Human-Technology Interaction (3 Credits)

Emphasizes current research and development in human-computer interaction, cognitive systems engineering, cognitive ergonomics, and cognitive engineering.

PSYC 739: Seminar in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (3 Credits)

Rotating topics such as leadership theories and management development, and performance appraisal.

PSYC 741: Psychology of Work Motivation (3 Credits)

Examines psychological literature of need, cognitive, and reinforcement theories of motivation; organizational attachment (commitment, absenteeism, and turnover); job design and quality of work issues. Emphasizes methodological and psychometric issues in interpreting and evaluating work-motivation research.

PSYC 750: School Psychology Practicum I (1 Credits)

Practical experience in school psychology.

PSYC 751: School Psychology Assessment Practicum II (2 Credits)

Practical experience in school psychology.

PSYC 754: Quantitative Methods III: Psychological Applications of Regression Techniques (3 Credits)

Reviews psychological applications of regression techniques in variety of contexts including experimental, field, and survey settings.

PSYC 756: Quantitative Methods IV: Multivariate Techniques in Psychology (3 Credits)

Surveys multivariate statistical techniques as applied to psychological research. Emphasizes analysis of complex designs and interpretation of multivariate data analyses resulting from computer processing.

PSYC 757: Advanced Topics in Statistical Analysis (3 Credits)

Focuses on noncognitive individual differences that predict performance. Published work discussed in seminar format with emphasis on conceptual development, methodological adequacy, and new directions.

PSYC 758: Dispositional Predictors of Performance (3 Credits)

Focuses on individual differences other than cognitive ability that predict performance. Papers discussed in seminar format with eye toward conceptual development and empirical review.

PSYC 759: Applied Decision Making (3 Credits)

Covers "basic applied" decision-making research. First half of course reviews basic psychological research on judgment and decision making; second half applies research to various practical problems. Overarching goal is to understand how basic decision-making literature can better inform applied research and practice.

PSYC 768: Advanced Topics in Cognitive Science (3 Credits)

Emphasizes current research in cognitive science. Topics may include computational cognitive models, nature of expertise, diagrammatic reasoning, display-based problem solving, visual attention, decision making, goal-based versus event-based cognition, and situated action.

PSYC 780: Applied Developmental Psychology (3 Credits)

Examines how developmental theory, knowledge base, and methodology can be used to promote health and welfare of individuals across lifespan. Topics include contemporary social issues and child development, research in applied settings, developmental assessment and intervention, and program evaluation.

PSYC 786: Assessment and Treatment in Gerontology (3 Credits)

Functional assessment of older adults including conceptual and methodological problems involved. Examines intervention strategies with older adults, including interviewing, group work with older persons, milieu therapy, reality therapy, and design of supportive environments.

PSYC 790: School Psychology Internship (3-6 Credits)

Supervised field experience of one school year. Advanced school psychology student functions as full-time staff member in school system. Student completes paper on practical research project involving alternative school psychology role in school system.

PSYC 792: Psychology Practicum (1-6 Credits)

Supervised experience working in applied, school, or agency settings.

PSYC 794: Developmental Assessment (1-6 Credits)

Introduces considerations and methods needed for evaluating young children (ages two - six). Focus on the skills necessary for formulating, conducting, and reporting comprehensive developmental evaluations. Emphasizes evaluation of preschool children and includes information relating to infants, as well as older children functioning at lower developmental levels.

PSYC 798: Thesis Proposal (1-6 Credits)

Work on a proposal for master's thesis.

PSYC 799: Master's Thesis (1-6 Credits)

Research on approved master's thesis topic under direction of thesis committee with approval of chair.

800-Level Courses in PSYC

PSYC 810: Psychological Assessment I (4 Credits)

First of required two-course sequence that provides comprehensive coverage of principles, strategies, and techniques of psychological assessment. Emphasizes empirically supported methods.

PSYC 811: Psychological Assessment II (4 Credits)

Second of required two-course sequence that provides comprehensive coverage of principles, strategies, and techniques of psychological assessment. Emphasizes empirically supported methods.

PSYC 816: Neuropsychological Assessment (3 Credits)

Nature of brain behavior relationships in adults and children. Concentrates on major assessment techniques including Luria Nebraska, Halstead-Reitan, and Michigan Neuropsychological batteries.

PSYC 822: Scientific Foundations of Clinical Psychology I (3 Credits)

First of required two-course sequence that provides comprehensive coverage of major psychological problems, including review of empirically supported interventions.

PSYC 823: Scientific Foundations of Clinical Psychology II (3 Credits)

Second of required two-course sequence that provides comprehensive coverage of major psychological problems, including review of empirically supported interventions.

PSYC 830: History, Systems, and Theories of Personality and Psychotherapy (3 Credits)

Review of history, systems, and theories of clinical psychology emphasizing traditional theories of personality and psychotherapy.

PSYC 831: Social-Cognitive Interventions in Clinical Psychology (3 Credits)

Survey of procedures for altering emotional distress and behavioral dysfunction within the conceptual framework of social cognitive theory and cognitive behavioral therapy.

PSYC 832: Group, Marital, and Family Psychotherapy (3 Credits)

Introduces major models of group, marital, and family functioning as well as current approaches to group, marital, and family psychotherapy.

PSYC 833: Social And Cognitive Foundations Of Clinical Psychology (3 Credits)

Review of theory and research in social psychology (particularly social cognition) relevant to understanding psychological adjustment, adjustment problems, and clinical interventions.

PSYC 840: Community Psychology I (3 Credits)

First of required two-course sequence. Comprehensive coverage of history, concepts, and practice of community-clinical psychology, including community mental health theory, consultation, prevention, program planning and evaluation, and human services management.

PSYC 841: Community Psychology II (3 Credits)

Second of required two-course sequence. Comprehensive coverage of history, concepts, and practice of community-clinical psychology, including community mental health theory, consultation, prevention, program planning and evaluation, and human services management. Includes implementation of consultation project.

PSYC 850: Teaching Practicum in Psychology (1 Credits)

Workshop in effective teaching of selected undergraduate psychology courses. Required of and designed to guide graduate teaching assistants assigned to teach undergraduate course (not a lab) for first time. Topics include course planning, syllabus development, lecture resources, effective lecturing skills, use of audio visuals, leading of classroom discussion, construction and grading of exams, student writing, instructional technology, and handling of student questions and problems. Individual critiques of teaching.

PSYC 860: Introductory Helping Skills and Motivational Interviewing (3 Credits)

Teaches fundamental interviewing skills and the theory, research, and practice of motivational interviewing.

PSYC 861: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Youth (3 Credits)

Teaches the selection, evaluation, and application of empirically supported interventions for children and adolescents with a focus on cognitive-behavioral interventions.Ê Instruction in evidence based assessments, cognitive-behavioral case conceptualization, outcome evaluation, and consultation.Ê Supervision of cognitive-behavioral therapy with youth.

PSYC 862: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Adults (3 Credits)

Teaches the principles of cognitive-behavioral theory, conceptualization and psychotherapy techniques for psychological problems with adults.Ê Supervision of cognitive-behavioral therapy with adults.

PSYC 881: Practicum in Clinical Psychology (1-3 Credits)

Supervised clinical work in a professional psychological services setting. Usually includes practice in psychological assessment and clinical interventions, but can also include supervision, consultation, and program evaluation.

PSYC 883: Ethical and Professional Issues in Clinical Practice (3 Credits)

Examines ethical principles and professional guidelines to help develop ethical decision-making and behavior to meet the appropriate standards of care in providing clinical services.

PSYC 885: Clinical Externship (0 Credits)

Individual placements in psychological assessment or psychotherapy service settings.

PSYC 888: Clinical Supervision: Theory, Research, and Practice (3 Credits)

Introduces students to theory, research, and practice of clinical supervision, with an emphasis on supervision of psychotherapy. Focuses on selecting effective supervision strategies, establishing and maintaining a positive supervisory relationship, and applying supervisory practices in accordance with current research and standards. Includes didactic and applied components.

PSYC 890: Seminar in Professional Psychology (1-3 Credits)

Each section limited to students in one concentration of MA or PhD program. See area coordinator for requirements for section in each track.

PSYC 892: Special Topics in Psychology (1-6 Credits)

Selected topics reflecting specialized areas in psychology.

PSYC 897: Directed Reading and Research (1-3 Credits)

Independent reading on topic agreed on by student and faculty member.

900-Level Courses in PSYC

PSYC 998: Doctoral Dissertation Proposal (1-6 Credits)

Work on research proposal that forms basis for doctoral dissertation.

PSYC 999: Doctoral Dissertation (1-9 Credits)

Research on approved dissertation topic under direction of dissertation committee.

Topics in PSYC

PSYC 592: Special Topics (1-6 Credits)

Special topics reflecting interests in specialized areas.

PSYC 678: Topics in School Psychology (1-6 Credits)

Selected topics reflecting specialized area of school psychology.

PSYC 734: Seminar in Human Factors and Applied Cognition (3 Credits)

Emphasizes current research and application of human factors, ergonomics, applied cognition, and applied perception.

PSYC 737: Psychology of Human-Technology Interaction (3 Credits)

Emphasizes current research and development in human-computer interaction, cognitive systems engineering, cognitive ergonomics, and cognitive engineering.

PSYC 757: Advanced Topics in Statistical Analysis (3 Credits)

Focuses on noncognitive individual differences that predict performance. Published work discussed in seminar format with emphasis on conceptual development, methodological adequacy, and new directions.

PSYC 892: Special Topics in Psychology (1-6 Credits)

Selected topics reflecting specialized areas in psychology.