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Psychology (PSY)

Courses

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 222  Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology  3 Credits

A survey of major topics in industrial/organizational psychology, with emphasis on organizational and personnel psychology as it is applied to business, industry, and government.

PSY 226  Statistics for Organizational Analysis and Research  3 Credits

This course is an introduction to data analysis and statistics.Focus is on gathering, analyzing, and presenting data in organizational and research settings. The course integrates statistical theory and computational procedures with appropriate application and interpretation of statistical software tools. The body of the course covers parametric procedures including t-tests, analysis of variance, correlation techniques, descriptive statistics and frequency distributions. The emphasis is on decisions to choose the appropriate statistical technique , limitations of null hypothesis testing, and correct interpretation and presentation of results. Statistical computations using computer software will be covered. Data set-up and analysis, as well as graph generation and statistical output generation will be addressed.

PSY 299  Special Topics in Psychology  1-6 Credit

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics in psychology.

PSY 306  Deceptions  3 Credits

This course covers contemporary research on the psychology of deception detection and strategic deception analysis and planning. It includes a critique of this research and research applications. Topics include the incidence, prevalence, social contexts, and types of deception; putative indices of deception comprising nonverbal behavior, verbal behavior (speech and writing), and neurophysiological phenomena; common difficulties in deception detection assessing detection's validity and utility; critiquing methods to improve deception detection and strategic deception analysis and planning; and an analysis of commercial deception detection products. Prereq: PSY 101 or permission of the instructor.

PSY 311  Sensation, Perception, and Cognition  3 Credits

This course is a study of how organisms, sense, perceive, and think about the environment. Topics discussed include: the anatomy and physiology of the sensory systems responding to stimuli as well as current knowledge and theories about perceptual abilities. Vision, audition, taste, smell, the skin senses, and balance will be included. Contemporary theories of human information processing are also presented. Major topics include attention, mental representation, situational awareness, short-term and long-term memory, reasoning, problem-solving, judgement and decision-making.

PSY 313  Personality and Profiling  3 Credits

This course provides a rigorous and comprehensive foundation for explaining, understanding, predicting, and influencing people. This foundation will be applied to stopping people from violating trustnamely, committing espionageand to identifying and controlling them as quickly as possible after they have violated trust. The course will largely focus on personality theory and research based on scientific methodologies. The course also will explore other approaches to human knowledge and meaning including the philosophy of epistemology, literary criticism, and the interpretation of cultural products such as film, music, dance, and painting. By courses end, students will have profiled a U.S. citizen convicted of spying against his country.
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.

PSY 326  Group and Team Behavior  3 Credits

This course focuses on using experiential learning techniques to cover group/team behavior, from learning basic human communication skills, to applying these skills in small groups. Effective small groups functioning from the viewpoint of systems theory is presented, and the stages of group development. Topics include participative management, decision making, groupthink, social loafing, problem solving, organizational change, etc.

PSY 336  Criminal & Civil Transgression I  3 Credits (3,0)

People betray trust and engage in behaviors with both criminal and civil implications, depending on the criminal and civil codes of the political entities in which they live and work. Course presents the biopsychosocial factors within historical contexts that facilitate and/or hinder the betrayal of trust and violating of social, legal, and ethical norms. Discusses evidence-based approaches to identifying such factors and assessing their ongoing reliability/validity in conjunction with various moderating and modifying variables and parameters. Both illegal and illicit psychological phenomena and behaviors will be covered, as will developing a student's capability to assess claims of cause and effect.
Prerequisites: PSY 101.

PSY 337  Criminal & Civil Transgression II  3 Credits (3,0)

People betray trust and engage in behaviors with both criminal and civil implications, depending on the criminal and civil codes of the political entities in which they live and work. Course continues investigating the biopsychosocial factors that facilitate and/or hinder the betrayal of trust and violating of social, legal, and ethical norms. More intense focus on the evidence-based approaches to identifying such factors and assessing their ongoing reliability/validity in conjunction with various moderating and modifying variables and parameters.
Prerequisites: PSY 101 and PSY 336.

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.

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 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 401  Psychology of Leadership  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is a study of leadership with a focus on the organizational context, and integrating both theory and practice. Students will discuss the science of leadership as it may be differentiated from "pop culture" leadership approaches. The interaction among leaders, followers, and the situational context of the leadership process will be addressed. Students will study direct and indirect influence on individual motivation and group processes through the application of leadership theories, skills, and attributes. They will also learn how to influence subordinates indirectly through organizational systems, procedures, culture, and ethical climate.
Prerequisites: PSY 101.

PSY 410  Personnel Selection and Assessment  3 Credits

This course is designed to give students and introduction to, along with an in-depth understanding of the major concepts, issues and principles in personnel psychology. It is expected that at the end of the course, students will have developed a working knowledge and understanding of the major concepts, issues, and research in personnel selection and assessment. Students will examine the theory, research, and practice of selection and assessment procedures and learn to critically evaluate selection and assessment techniques.

PSY 470  Forensic Psychology Capstone I  3 Credits

Provides students opportunity to synthesize and apply material learned through the degree program and to begin the design and development of a research project or practicum experience. Students will have opportunity to apply their skills and creativity in developing a project or practicum that will demonstrate mastery of the coursework and the data-driven approach to the discipline. Student projects and practica will be overseen by faculty and, where appropriate, by Institutional Review Board protocols. Prerequisite: Senior Standing in Forensic Psychology program.

PSY 471  Forensic Psychology Capstone II  3 Credits (3,0)

Provides students opportunity to synthesize and apply material learned through the degree program and to complete the design and development of a research project. Students will have opportunity to apply their skills and creativity in completing the project or practicum experience approved in Capstone I that will demonstrate mastery of the coursework and the data-driven approach to the discipline. Student projects and practica will be overseen by faculty and, where appropriate, by Institutional Review Board protocols
Prerequisites: PSY 470.

PSY 494  Tests and Measurements Theory  3 Credits (3,0)

This course emphasizes the concepts, theories, and methods regarding psychological testing and measurement. Topics will include psychometric principles (e.g., validity and reliability), test and item analysis, test construction, and applications of psychological testing in a wide variety of settings (such as industry and education. In addition, test selection strategies and evaluation of tests of intelligence, personality, aptitude, attitude, interest, achievement, and performance will be covered.
Prerequisites: PSY 101.

PSY 499  Special Topics in Psychology  1-6 Credit

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics in psychology.