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Psychology (PSY)

These are 2013-2014 course descriptions.

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Students who enroll in Psychology courses must have placed into ENGL 1100 and are encouraged either to have completed ENGL 1100 or to be enrolled in that course when scheduling a Psychology course.

Note: Courses taught through online/distance learning (DL) may have a higher lab fee than traditionally taught courses.

PSY 1100 Introduction to Psychology (A, SP, SU)

3 credits
This introductory course provides an overview of the origins, growth, content and applications of psychology, including the application of the scientific method to the following topics: research methodology; beginning statistics; theories of physical, cognitive, moral and emotional development; sensation; perception; learning; motivation; intelligence; memory; personality; coping processes; abnormality; adjustment; and the individual in small groups and a pluralistic society.
Lecture: 3 hours
Prerequisite: Placement into ENGL 1100         Lab fee: $2.00

PSY 1194 Special Topics in Psychology (A, SP, SU)

1-3 credits
PSY 1194 allows students to examine, in detail, selected topics of interest in psychology.
Lecture: 1-3 hours

PSY 2193 Independent Studies in Psychology (A, SP, SU)

1-3 credits
PSY 2193 is an individual, student-structured course that examines a selected topic in psychology through intensive reading or research. The independent study elective permits a student to pursue his/her interests within the context of a faculty-guided program.
Lecture: 1-3 hours
Instructor permission required
Prerequisite: PSY 1100; minimum grade of “C”

PSY 2200 Educational Psychology (A, SP, SU)

3 credits
This course offers students interested in becoming teachers an opportunity to consider practical, education-related applications of basic introductory psychology concepts. Teaching and learning topics include effective teaching skills; classroom management; the cognitive, social, and emotional development of learners; learner diversity; teacher- and student- centered instructional approaches; assessment of student learning; learning theories; creating optimal learning environments; student motivation; and the technology revolution in education. Methods may include interactive small group work, team presentations, educator communication skill building exercises, and computer lab experiences, including beginning training to use educational databases and Microsoft PowerPoint software. Lecture: 3 hours
Prerequisite: PSY 1100; minimum grade of “C”      Lab fee: $2.00

PSY 2245 Children with Exceptionalities (A, SP, SU)

3 credits
This course is an introductory course that offers teachers, teaching assistants and students interested in becoming teachers an opportunity to study both the characteristics of children with special needs and the educational practices and programs that work to meet these learners’ needs in inclusive settings. Course topics include causes, prevalence and assessment of specific exceptionalities; historic and current theories, issues, trends, legal rights and responsibilities in special education; student placement and service options; teaching strategies, modifications and accommodations; classroom organization and management; and professional and home-school collaboration for lifelong learning. Lecture: 3 hours
Prerequisite: PSY 1100; minimum grade of “C”      Lab fee: $2.00

PSY 2261 Child Development (A, SP, SU)

3 credits
This course examines the nature, nurture and development of children from conception through middle childhood. The traditional child development approach is used with emphasis upon physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and language development.
Lecture: 3 hours
Prerequisite: PSY 1100; minimum grade of “C”     Lab fee: $2.00

PSY 2325 Social Psychology (A, SP, SU)

3 credits
This course provides an overview of the origins, growth, content, and interaction of individuals in social settings, including the application of the scientific method and cultural influence to the following topics: attitudes and attitude change, attribution, social identity (self and gender), social perception (understanding others), social cognition (thinking about others and their social environment), prejudice and discrimination, nonverbal communication, obedience to authority, conformity, aggression, prosocial behavior, interpersonal attraction, and behavior in groups.
Lecture: 3 hours
Prerequisite: PSY 1100; minimum grade of “C”     Lab fee: $2.00

PSY 2331 Abnormal Psychology (A, SP, SU)

3 credits
Abnormal Psychology presents the basic concepts of abnormalities as defined by the American Psychiatric Association’s current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The course focuses on classification schemes of diagnoses and looks at descriptive terms and symptoms. Research, major perspectives and myths in the field of mental health are examined.
Lecture: 3 hours
Prerequisite: PSY 1100; minimum grade of “C”     Lab fee: $2.00

PSY 2335 Psychology of Adjustment (A, SP, SU)

3 credits
This course examines the psychological factors that influence human growth, development, and adjustment in modern society. Students will learn about ways in which modern society influences self-concept and self-esteem, stress and coping, group and relationship dynamics, social thinking and influence, and interpersonal communication.
Lecture: 3 hours
Prerequisite: PSY 1100; minimum grade of “C”      Lab fee: $2.00

PSY 2340 Human Growth & Development (A, SP, SU)

3 credits
This course is a survey of developmental change throughout the lifespan. It is an interdisciplinary course which studies human growth and development for each stage of life from the time of conception and prenatal growth through infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. The course focuses on the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of human beings and familiarizes students with the many forces that shape individual development. This course is a service learning course. Students are required to complete curriculum-related service hours at a local nonprofit agency.
Lecture: 3 hours
Prerequisite: PSY 1100; minimum grade of “C”      Lab fee: $2.00

PSY 2530 Psychology of Personality (A, SP, SU)

3 credits
Psychology of Personality is an exploration of major personality theories (trait, biological, psychodynamic, humanistic, socio-cultural, behavioristic, social learning, and cognitive). It includes examination of the structure, dynamics, development, and assessment of personality and related psychological processes.
Lecture: 3 hours
Prerequisite: PSY 1100; minimum grade of “C”      Lab fee: $2.00

PSY 2551 Adolescent Psychology (A, SP, SU)

3 credits
This course examines human development from puberty to young adulthood from a variety of perspectives. The course emphasizes the physical, cognitive, moral, identity and career development of adolescents in contemporary society. Although the emphasis is on major theories of development and the normal development sequence, problems arising at this stage, and means of dealing with these problems, will be addressed. Topics to be covered include education, academic performance and cognitive development; variations in physical and sexual maturation; social, emotional and moral development; parent-child relationships; identity and self-image; work and leisure behavior; and transition to adulthood and independence.
Lecture: 3 hours
Prerequisite: PSY 1100; minimum grade of “C”     Lab fee: $2.00