Psychology (PSY)


PSY 101  Introduction to Psychology  3 Credits (3,0)

This course will introduce the student to the field of psychology, and is a survey of the bio-psychosocial continuum and the intra-psychic, interpersonal, and organizational factors affecting human behavior. A primary feature of the course is its focus on the scientific method as the route to psychological knowledge. Students examine the rationalist, empiricist and experimental foundations of the scientific method and how these foundations can be critiqued. Topics include sensation, perception, learning, motivation, emotion, memory, personality, psychopathology, physiological psychology and social processes. Emphasis is placed on the application of the basic principles of psychology to engineering, aviation, public policy and business.

PSY 299  Special Topics in Psychology  1-6 Credit

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics in psychology.

PSY 310  Sensation and Perception  3 Credits (3,0)

How organisms sense and perceive the environment. Topics discussed include types of stimuli affecting the sensory receptors, the anatomy and physiology of the sensory systems responding to those stimuli, and current knowledge and theories about perceptual abilities. Laboratory/research experience is included. The laboratory will include experimental investigations and demonstrations of sensory and perceptual phenomena. Vision, audition, taste, smell, the skin senses, and balance will be included.
Prerequisites: PSY 101.

PSY 312  Research Analysis in Psychology  4 Credits (3,1)

This course is an elementary program in data analysis and statistics. The focus is on basic statistical concepts for the social sciences. Although computer data analysis is a component of the course, it is secondary to statistical theory and computational procedures. The body of the course covers parametric procedures including t-tests, analysis of variance, correlational techniques, descriptive statistics, and frequency distributions. Some attention is devoted to nonparametric analysis. The emphasis is on decisions to choose the appropriate statistical technique and computational work. Statistical computations using computer software will be covered. Data setup and analysis, as well as graph generation and statistical output interpretation, will be focused on.
Prerequisites: MA 111 or MA 140 and PSY 101 Corequisites: PSY 312L.

PSY 312L  Research Analysis in Psychology Laboratory  0 Credits (3,1)

Research Analysis in Psychology Laboratory
Corequisites: PSY 312.

PSY 315  Cognitive Psychology  3 Credits (3,0)

Contemporary theories of human information processing. Major topics include attention, mental representations, categorization, short-term and long-term memory, psycholinguistics, reasoning, problem-solving, judgment, and decision making.
Prerequisites: PSY 101.

PSY 320  Aviation Psychology  3 Credits (3,0)

A study of the complexities of human factors research in aviation. Drawing extensively on such diverse areas as human physiology, basic learning theory, aviation safety, and pilot training. The course surveys the study of human behavior as it relates to the aviator's adaption to the flight environment.
Prerequisites: PSY 101.

PSY 322  Research Design  4 Credits (3,1)

This is a research design course that incorporates research design practices with direct experience in the laboratory that includes data collection and analysis and the description of research findings. The course includes coverage of various research models including surveys, scaling techniques, field studies, case studies, and experimentation. Techniques commonly used by human factors professionals are presented with considerable attention devoted to designing experiments. Concepts in controlling, manipulating, and measuring dependent and independent variables and the elimination of experimental confounds are applied to the experimental context. Topics such as sampling techniques, construct and content validity, reliability, error variance, sampling error, and ethical concerns are discussed. The course culminates in the design, conduct, analysis, and reporting of an experiment.
Prerequisites: PSY 312.

PSY 335  Physiological Psychology  3 Credits (3,0)

A study of the neural and biochemical bases of behavior with special emphasis on sensory processing, motivation, emotion, learning, and memory. Both experimental analysis and clinical implications are considered. Activities are conducted on the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system, and on the development, evolution, and function of behavior.
Prerequisites: PSY 101.

PSY 340  Industrial-Organizational Psychology  3 Credits (3,0)

A survey of major topics in industrial-organizational psychology, with emphasis on organizational and personnel psychology applied to business, industry, and government. An examination and critical review of theories and research in selected areas of organizational behavior. Emphasis is on intrapersonal behavior, such as motivation, job stress, and job satisfaction.
Prerequisites: PSY 101.

PSY 345  Training and Development  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is a review of the principles and techniques applicable to training and training development and provides a comprehensive understanding of group dynamics. The student will come to understand how groups form, work and disband. The student will also learn how dimensions such as cohesion, power, influence, conflict, decision-making, leadership and performance affect group functioning. The student should develop knowledge and skills so that he/she can lead a small group in its tasks, as well as developing personal skills to enable the student to be a high functioning group member.
Prerequisites: PSY 101.

PSY 350  Social Psychology  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is intended to provide students with an introduction to the interactional forces between groups and the individual in society. Topics include the following: introduction to social psychology, group influence, the self in a social world, prejudice- disliking others, social beliefs and judgments, attraction and intimacy, genes, culture and gender, altruism-helping others, conformity, and persuasion.
Prerequisites: PSY 101.

PSY 352  Personality: A Systems Approach  3 Credits

Examines personality from a systems perspective as well as its psychological subsystems. Shift focus from the study of theory to the study of personality system organization and development. Explores the application of material to human performance in social spheres, including the workplace.

PSY 365  Abnormal Psychology  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is intended to familiarize students with the theory and research on the biological, cognitive-behavioral, and social-family perspectives and interventions of psychological disorders as problems that affect nearly everyone. Its emphasis on the research process, family issues, and the line between normal and abnormal behavior is intended to encourage students to think critically about social and personal issues, and to understand the strategies, methodologies, and the applicability of research in abnormal psychology.
Prerequisites: PSY 101.

PSY 399  Special Topics in Psychology  1-6 Credit

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics in psychology.

PSY 499  Special Topics in Psychology  1-6 Credit

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics in psychology.