Psychology
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Human Factors/Applied Cognition Concentration

The human factors and applied cognition concentration covers basic theoretical and empirical issues and emphasizes research that applies cognitive science to real-world problems. The program builds bridges between human factors engineering and cognitive psychology. Many applications of cognitive science are in the domain of human factors, and many doctoral students who complete our program go on to be human factors professionals.

Students pursuing this concentration must complete 72 graduate credits comprised of course work and at least 12 credits of dissertation research. The number of credits required may be reduced for a prior master’s degree as described above.

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◊ Concentration in Human Factors/Applied Cognition (HF)

The human factors and applied cognition concentration covers basic theoretical and empirical issues and emphasizes research that applies cognitive science to real-world problems. The program builds bridges between human factors engineering and cognitive psychology. Many applications of cognitive science are in the domain of human factors, and many doctoral students who complete our program go on to be human factors professionals.

Students pursuing this concentration must complete 72 graduate credits comprised of course work and at least 12 credits of dissertation research. The number of credits required may be reduced for a prior master's degree as described above.

Doctoral Course Work (60 credits)

One course (3 credits) of cognitive core chosen from:

PSYC 701 - Cognitive Bases of Behavior Credits: 3

PSYC 768 - Advanced Topics in Cognitive Science Credits: 3

Two courses of biological, social, or developmental core (6 credits) chosen from:

Biological

PSYC 558 - Neuronal Bases of Learning and Memory Credits: 3

PSYC 559 - Behavioral Chemistry Credits: 3

PSYC 685 - Cognitive Neuroscience Credits: 3

PSYC 702 - Biological Bases of Human Behavior Credits: 3

Social

PSYC 667 - Behavior in Small Groups and Teams Credits: 3

PSYC 668 - Personality: Theoretical and Empirical Approaches Credits: 3

PSYC 703 - Social Bases of Behavior Credits: 3

Developmental

PSYC 566 - Cognitive and Perceptual Development Credits: 3

PSYC 669 - Social and Emotional Development Credits: 3

PSYC 704 - Life-Span Development Credits: 3

Two courses (7 credits) of quantitative and research methods:

PSYC 611 - Advanced Statistics Credits: 4

PSYC 652 - Quantitative Methods II: Analysis of Variance Credits: 3

Three courses (9 credits) of advanced statistics or qualitative methods

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

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

PSYC 757 - Advanced Topics in Statistical Analysis Credits: 3

Two courses of specialized content (6 credits)

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

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

Three courses (9 credits) of additional specialized content

These are seminars with variable topics that may be repeated for credit when the topic is different.

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

PSYC 768 - Advanced Topics in Cognitive Science Credits: 3

One course (3 credits) of special topics in professional issues

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

Directed reading and research

Students are encouraged to take a minimum of 1 credit of this course each semester until they advance to candidacy.

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

Elective courses

Students have several options for completing the remaining 72 credits required for the degree. They may take additional content courses, including the variable topics seminars PSYC 734 or 768, or they may take 3 to 6 credits of PSYC 730 - Practicum in Applied Psychology with permission of their advisor. Students who do not have work experience in applied cognition or human factors are encouraged to take up to 6 credits of practicum.

Students are strongly encouraged to develop competence in programming and computer science through course work or independent study. Students are also encouraged to identify and take relevant courses within or outside the department with permission of their advisor.

Some options for fulfilling this requirement:

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

PSYC 768 - Advanced Topics in Cognitive Science Credits: 3

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

Advancement to Candidacy

To advance to candidacy, students must complete all core courses required by the program. Students must also successfully complete and pass written and oral comprehensive exams.

Dissertation Research (12 credits)

The dissertation requirement is designed to demonstrate the student's ability to apply psychological principles to research problems. Once enrolled in PSYC 999, students must follow the university's continuous registration policy as specified in AP.6 Graduate Policies. Students who defend in the summer must be registered for at least 1 credit of 999.

Students complete a minimum of 3 credits of PSYC 998 and 3 credits of 999. They must apply a minimum of 12 dissertation credits (998 and 999 combined) to the degree. Because of the continuous registration policy, students may be required to register for additional credits of these courses.

PSYC 998 - Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Credits: 1-6

PSYC 999 - Doctoral Dissertation Credits: 1-9

Total: 72 credits

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