Fall 2107 Course Descriptions for Psychology

PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
Provides students with a broad introduction to the field of psychology including: the biological basis of behavior, sensation and perception, learning, memory, cognition, human development, intelligence, personality, psychological disorders as well as the psychology of the world of work.

PSY 211 Social Psychology
Presents a broad account of how the actual or imagined presence of others influences thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Touches upon conformity, attraction, prejudice, aggression, group decisions, and attitude change, as well as advertising, law, and indoctrination. Prerequisite: PSY 101 and previous or concurrent PSY 301 & 304.

PSY 301 Research Methods
Examines the major research methods used to explore important issues in psychology and organizational behavior. The process of identifying and addressing research questions will be investigated by reviewing key research strategies including field and laboratory experiments, correlational studies, and observational techniques. The course will also examine specific techniques for collecting and analyzing data and summarizing research findings. Prerequisite: PSY 101.

PSY 304 Statistics and Decision Making
This course introduces descriptive and inferential statistical procedures for the social sciences. Topics covered include scales of measurement, probability, measures of central tendency and variability, null hypothesis testing using single or multiple samples, correlation and regression, and both inferential and procedural errors individuals can make when calculating and interpreting statistics. Course must be completed as student declares psychology as a major. Individuals with insufficient mathematical preparation are encouraged to complete remedial work prior to enrolling in the course. Prerequisite: PSY 101 and high school algebra or equivalent.

PSY 306 Tests and Measurements
The theory of test construction and validation. Topics covered include intelligence testing, personality assessment, performance appraisal, skills tests, structured interviews, surveys, and other data gathering instruments. Prerequisite: PSY 101 and previous or concurrent PSY 301 & 304.

PSY 310 Psychopathology
Psychopathology is a clinical term related to the study and examination of abnormal behavior. This class will examine facts, theories, and treatment strategies relevant to abnormal behavior in present day society. Topics to be studied include disorders of childhood, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substance related conditions, psychotic disorders, and other conditions that impair a persons functioning. Prerequisite: PSY 101 and previous or concurrent PSY 301 & 304.

PSY 315F Topic: Assessment-Based Coaching
During this course, students will learn the value of using psychological assessments when coaching organizational leaders. After learning key concepts associated with assessment in general, focus will be on the value of using assessments when coaching leaders; the types of assessments used when coaching leaders; how to find appropriate assessments; how to use assessment results in the coaching process, including how to deliver feedback based on assessment results; and the knowledge and skills individuals need to be an effective coach. As a requirement for the course, students will experience the process of assessment-based coaching. Fee $150.

PSY 316 Ethics
Presents history of ethics in psychology and organizations, covering ethical codes of the American Psychological Association and the Organizational Development Institute and focusing on practical ethical dilemmas in organizations. Prerequisite: PSY 101 and previous or concurrent PSY 301 & 304.

PSY 330 Organizational Behavior
Surveys the field of industrial and organizational psychology as it applies to the world of work and business. The research and development methods of the field are examined. Operational applications of these methods are analyzed in terms of their use in organizations. The use of industrial-organizational psychology to aid individuals who work with others to solve human performance problems in the work environment are studied. Prerequisite: PSY 101 and previous or concurrent PSY 301 & 304.

PSY 335 Clinical Psychology
Clinical Psychology is a complex and fascinating field that is ever-changing and evolving. In this course, students will be ushered through the real world of the contemporary clinical psychologist. They will learn about the various activities, roles, and responsibilities of the clinician through actual case material. Traditional functions of the clinician such as psychological testing and psychotherapy will be highlighted as well as current issues such as whether psychologists should have the right to prescribe medications as well as whether their training ought to be Ph.D. or PsyD. Prerequisite: PSY 101, and PSY 310 or 324.

PSY 343 Psychology of Relationships
This experiential course explores psychological components of establishing and maintaining interpersonal relationships, with emphasis on personal growth. Topics include effective self-disclosure, establishing trust, coping with anger, and managing conflict. Prerequisite: PSY 101.

PSY 344 Child Behavior and Learning Disorder
This is an introductory level course for students interested in childhood behavior and learening disorders. This course examines case study research and philosophical perspectives of pre-adolescent disorders and disability profiles. Prerequisite: PSY 101 and previous or concurrent PSY 301 & 304.