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PSYCHOLOGY (PSY)

PSY 402/502 Cr. 3
Personality Theories,
Models and Measures
Theories of personality and their utility in explaining or predicting behavior and cognition, general models of personality and personality measures. Prerequisites: 12 credits in psychology including PSY 231 and 232 and MTH 205.

PSY 403/503 Cr. 3
Advanced Abnormal Psychology
This course focuses on selected topics in the area of clinical and abnormal psychology and is designed to provide in-depth knowledge of advanced current issues in the field. It helps prepare undergraduate or graduate students for the field of human services by offering additional information beyond that conveyed in the abnormal psychology course on the diagnosis and treatment of a number of psychological disorders. Prerequisite: PSY 304.

PSY 410/510 Cr. 3
Advanced Developmental Psychology
An in-depth study of important topics in developmental psychology. Relevant theories and recent research in social development, cognitive development, moral development, language development, and emotional development will be evaluated. Prerequisites: PSY 231, 232, 212 or 310 or 311, MTH 205; or consent of instructor.

PSY 420/520 Cr. 3
Advanced Research Methods
An advanced course in the quantitative and logical aspects of statistical analysis, interpretation and design of behavioral science research and experimentation. Major emphasis is on the conceptual rather than the computational aspects of quantitative methods. Recommended for those planning graduate work in psychology or related fields. Prerequisites: PSY 231, 232, six additional credits in psychology, and MTH 205.

PSY 426/526 Cr. 3
Psychology of Addictive Behaviors
Study of the personality characteristics of indi-viduals experiencing substance abuse, dependency, and compulsive behaviors such as eating disorders and gambling. The focus will be on abuse as a maladaptive response to the demands of life. Special topics will include consumptive patterns, level of dependence, neurological status, assessment, and contemporary treatment techniques. Prerequisites: PSY 100 and 304.

PSY 435/535 Cr. 3
Cognitive Processes
A course examining contemporary theories, models, and related experimental research concerning human mental processes. Topics include acquisition of information, memory, thinking, decision-making and language. Prerequisites: PSY 231, 232 and MTH 205.

PSY 436/536 Cr. 3
Psychology of Language
An introductory course in psycholinguistics concerned with the comprehension, production and acquisition of language. Other topics include: language and thought, reading, writing, bilingualism, figurative language, metalinguistic skills,and the neuro-psychology of language. Prerequisites: PSY 100 and junior standing.

PSY 441/541 Cr. 3
Advanced Social Psychology
The course will provide coverage of methodology and statistics most frequently encountered in social psychology and cover topics both of classic and current interest such as stereotypes and prejudice, medical social psychology, environmental psychology, social interdependence, leadership, and power. Prerequisites: grade of "B" or better in PSY 341 or SOC 330, PSY 231, 232, MTH 205, and junior standing.

PSY 451/551 Cr. 3
Psychological Measurement
Principles and procedures for the psychological measurement of human differences. This course examines the development, quantitative interpretation, uses, distinctive and desired characteristics of tests of intelligence, aptitudes, achievement, occupational interests and personality. Prerequisites: PSY 100, MTH 205 and six additional credits in psychology. PSY 231 and 232 are recommended.

PSY 710 Cr. 2-3
Educational Psychology:
Human Development
This course explores human development with an emphasis on issues which are relevant to establishing effective conditions for successful learning in school contexts. Topics include: developmental theories, individual differences, multiple influences on developmental processes, multicultural and gender issues, and early experiences. Prerequisite: admission to a program leading to certification in a school related profession.

PSY 711 Cr. 3
Psychology of Human Exceptionalities
Nature and needs of exceptional persons: intellectual deviations, learning disabilities, emotional and social deviations, sensory impairments, speech and language disorders and physical and health impairments. (Cross listed with EFN; may only earn credit in PSY or EFN.)

PSY 712 Cr. 3
Development of the Young Child
An in-depth study of important theories, research, and issues related to development during the first six years of life. Implications of theories and research are examined with respect to facilitating development of both normal and handicapped children. Prerequisites: PSY 310 and 710.

PSY 713 Cr. 3
Cognitive Development
An examination of the development of cognition from infancy through adolescence. Theoretical perspectives, empirical research, and educational implications, related to the development of knowing, will be surveyed. Prerequisites: graduate standing and PSY 310 or equivalent.

PSY 714 Cr. 3
The Hurried Child
Many children and adolescents are being forced to take on the physical, psychological, and social behavior of adulthood before they are prepared to do so. Attention is given to parental influences, school, and the media and pressures for academic, interpersonal, and extracurricular achievement. Methods for handling these pressures and stresses are discussed.

PSY 717 Cr. 3
Behavior Disorders in Children
Psychological aspects of behavioral disorders in children. Includes the study of etiology, symptoms and treatment of behavior disorders in children.

PSY 720 Cr. 2
Adolescent Issues
An in-depth exploration of critical issues which surface during adolescence. Topics include psychological correlates of puberty, changes in cognition, adolescent sexuality, identity formation, diversity among adolescents, and problems experienced by young people. Emphasis is placed on relating these issues to professional contexts, expecially schools.

PSY 752 Cr. 3
Assessment and Remediation:
Learning and Behavior Problems I
This course is designed to teach the student how to engage in assessment activities that will result in effective planning of educational interventions for students who have difficulty with school learning. Students completing the course should be prepared to engage in appropriate assessment procedures to provide the necessary information for both educational placement and instructional programming decisions. Assessment methods studied in this course are particularly applicable for students classified as mildly handicapped and often labeled as learning disabled, emotionally disturbed, or educable mentally retarded. Prerequisite: EFN 342/542 or PSY 451/ 551.

PSY 753 Cr. 3
Assessment and Remediation:
Learning and Behavior Problems II
Prescriptive teaching and individualization of instruction in reading, arithmetic, and other subject areas. Observation and participation in a practicum experience with children. Prerequisite: PSY 752.

PSY 754 Cr. 2
Concepts and Applications
of Pupil Services
Study of pupil services as an integrative conceptual model guiding the application of a variety of services for pupils in schools. Prerequisites: nine graduate credits and consent of instructor.

PSY 757 Cr. 2
Intellectual Assessment:
Theory and Applications
History, theory, test standardization, research and applications of current major individual intelligence measures. Prerequisite: PSY 451/551.

PSY 759 Cr. 3
Personality Assessment
Models of personality assessment. Reliability, validity and applications of personality, cognitive and behavioral measures. Planning, collecting and integrating data. Outlining and writing reports. Emphasis on assessing behavioral and emotional problems in children and youth. Prerequisites: PSY 402/502, 752, 775, and SPY 758.

PSY 770 Cr. 2-3
Educational Psychology:
Learning and Instruction
Consideration of psychological principles, concepts, processes, and interpretations of human learning and related empirical evidence. Emphasis is given to those most relevant to establishing effective conditions for instruction and learning in schools. Prerequisite: admission to a program leading to certification in a school related occupation. (Cross listed with EFN; may only earn credit in PSY or EFN.)

PSY 771 Cr. 1
Effective Interviewing
Study and practice of the concepts and skills involved in the interview process.

PSY 772 Cr. 3
Counseling and Therapy Methods
Focus on an integrative framework for major theoretical views and methods for use in counseling and therapy. Includes lab and field supervised experiences in individual and group therapy. Prerequisite: PSY 402/502.

PSY 775 Cr. 2
Cognitive­Behavioral Intervention
Research, theory and applications of cognitive­behavioral interventions. Includes direct service to clients and consulting services to help teachers, parents and others develop and implement cognitive­behavioral programs for those under their care. Prerequisite: PSY 335 or 770.

PSY 776 Cr. 2-3
Psychological Consultation in the Schools
Theory and research in psychological consultation, particularly in educational institutions. Includes interpersonal processes, consultation styles and types of services for children, teachers and systems. Methods of consulting with teachers, parents and administrators.

PSY 780 Cr. 1-3
Seminar in Psychology
Reading and discussion of selected topics, current trends, and issues in professional psychology. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Repeatable for credit -- maximum 9.

PSY 795 Cr. 1-3
Directed Study in Psychology
Directed readings or presentation of psycho- logical material not available in formal departmental courses. Repeatable for credit -- maximum 4.


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