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All Graduate Psychology Course Syllabi.

  • *5325 Professional Ethics (3-0). A study of values, standards, and ethical ideas that guide professional applications of psychology in teaching, research, and practice, including an in-depth exploration of ethical principles and professional codes of conduct. Course meets concurrently with Psychology 4325 but requires additional readings, papers, discussions, and/or presentations for graduate students.
    Prerequisite: Permission of graduate advisor and dean.

    *5331 Psychology of Aging (3-0). A study of psychological perspectives of aging and applications. Topics include cognitive and biological changes, psychopathologies and physiological maladies that are unique to this population, healthy ways to manage this developmental stage, and intervention strategies. Course meets concurrently with Psychology 4331 but requires additional readings, papers, discussions, and/or presentations for graduate students.
    Prerequisites: Psychology 2301. Permission of graduate advisor and dean.

    *5335 Health Psychology (3-0). A study and application of contemporary theories and research in health psychology. Emphasis is on the interplay of biological, psychological, and social factors in relation to illness and wellness. Topics include pain and its management, behavioral factors in cardiovascular disease, weight management, alternative methods of healing, and connections between stress and disease. Course meets concurrently with Psychology 4335 but requires additional readings, papers, discussions, and/or presentations for graduate students.
    Prerequisite: Permission of graduate advisor and dean.

    *5381 Special Topics (3-0). Selected topics in psychology. (May be repeated once for credit when topic varies.) Course meets concurrently with Psychology 4381 but requires additional readings, papers, discussions, and/or presentations for graduate students.
    Prerequisite: Permission of graduate advisor and dean.

    6302 Core Concepts in Psychological Science (3-0). A survey of the major areas of psychological science. Core topics include human social behavior, personality, psychological disorders and treatment, learning, memory, human development, biological influences, and research methods. Related topics may include sensation, perception, states of consciousness, thinking, intelligence, decision-making, language, motivation, emotion, stress and health, cross-cultural psychology, animal behavior, and applied psychology.

    6303 Social Psychology (3-0). A study of the development and modification of human interaction, including topics such as social motives, social influence, aggression, attraction, attitudes, and group processes.

    6306 Advanced Abnormal Psychology (3-0). An advanced study of normal versus abnormal behavior and examining the principles of dysfunction and distress in human behavior. In addition, the course will survey biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors associated with behavioral pathologies across the life-span.

    6307 Psychopathology (3-0). This course examines social, psychological, and biological factors that contribute to psychological disorders across the life-span. Emphasis will be placed on integrating scientific literature, theories, and current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders in applications of identification, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of psychological disorders. In addition, the course will present basic knowledge of psychopharmacological medications.

    6309 Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (3-0). A study of clinical application of cognitive-behavioral therapies, techniques and interventions to a wide range of mental and emotional problems. The course will also examine some brief therapy approaches and techniques.

    6311 Theories of Personality (3-0). An in-depth review of the major contemporary theories of human personality and the empirical research related to each. Applications are made about the role of personality in a variety of contexts.

    6313 Research Design and Analysis (3-0). An investigation of and practice in research methods and analysis. The focus is on the statistical analysis of various research designs including univariate analysis of variance, multiple means tests, complex comparisons, regression, analysis of covariance and computer applications. A research paper incorporating the above material is required.

    6314 Research Methods (3-0). An in-depth treatment of non-experimental, quasi-experimental, and true experimental (or randomized) designs focusing on advantages and disadvantages of each. Special emphasis is placed on how the various research designs are related to generalized causal inference and the common misinterpretations connected with these inferences and associated statistical analyses.

    6315 Marriage and Family Counseling (3-0). Examination of current issues, theories, and therapeutic techniques in the field of marriage and family counseling.

    6321 Individual Intellectual Assessment (3-0). A study of standardized individual measures of intelligence. While primary emphasis is placed on the administration, scoring and interpretation of the Wechsler scales of intelligence, students will be exposed to several other measures of intelligence and related abilities in adults, adolescents and children. Clinical interviewing and report writing are also emphasized.

    6322 Psychological Assessment (3-0). A study of widely-used measures of personality and intelligence. Students will gain experience in conducting interviews and behavioral observations, and they will learn how to administer, score and interpret a variety of psychological tests. Students will also gain experience in writing professional reports.

    6323 Counseling Theories (3-0). Exploration of the major theories of individual and group counseling and psychotherapy. The empirical support for common therapeutic factors will also be examined. The focus will be on gaining an understanding of the principles of each theory and evaluating empirical support for each perspective.

    6324 Group Counseling (3-0). Review of the major theories and techniques of group counseling. Pre-practicum application of selected group counseling methods.

    6325 Counseling Methods and Techniques (3-0). Knowledge and application of conceptual and practical skills needed for individual and group counseling. Emphasis is placed on working within an evidence-based treatment model of selecting and applying interventions. Designed to prepare students for practicum.

    6326 Counseling with Minorities (3-0). A descriptive and comparative analysis of classical counseling theories as they apply to ethnic and cultural diversity. An exploration of nontraditional counseling techniques for individuals of different racial, cultural, or socioeconomic status.

    6327 Therapy With Children and Adolescents (3-0). A study of clinical interventions which integrates multicultural and relational approaches in therapy with children and adolescents. Emphasis is placed on translating conceptualizations of client’s problems into specific treatment plans and interventions. The course examines various disorders including depression, anxiety, attention deficit/hyperactivity, eating disorders, and conduct disorders.

    6328 Ethics and Law in the Counseling Profession (3-0). This course will examine ethics and the law for the licensed professional counselor. Particular areas of focus will include current board rule, records management, business and family law, criminal law, competency, adult and child protective services, expert testimony, and courtroom decorum. In addition, legal aspects of evaluation, consultation, professional recommendations, fiduciary relationships, and liability will be examined.

    6329 Professional Orientation to Counseling (3-0). An introduction to the counseling profession including specialty areas. This course introduces students to the role and function of counselors and related professions in various areas of practice. The history of counseling, professional goals and objectives, ethical standards, legal issues, professional trends, professional associations, credentialing, and the academic preparation of counselors are covered.

    6330 Applied Economic Psychology (3-0). A study of how psychological principles, knowledge, and research methods are used to address a wide range of economic behavior, solve practical economic problems and inform public policy.

    6332 Social Perception (3-0). Using the social psychological perspective, this course is a study of how people perceive, relate, and interact with others in their social environment.

    6333 Applications of Industrial/Organizational Psychology (3-0). Industrial/Organizational psychology applies psychological principles to organizations and work. This course, designed for non-Industrial/Organizational psychology students, has an applied focus, intended to describe what I/O psychology is and how it applies to people in a variety of different fields of work. Many topics important to I/O psychology will be covered, including personnel selection, legal issues in employment, employee motivation, job satisfaction, and leadership.

    6334 Environmental Psychology (3-0). A review of research and theory on transactions between people and physical environments emphasizing adaptation, opportunities for goal-directed action, and sociocultural processes. Topics include human territoriality, personal space, crowding, environmental stressors, and person-environment perspectives of social interaction and group processes.

    6335 Health and Wellness Psychology (3-0). The application of psychology to the prevention and treatment of illness using a biopsychosocial perspective. Topics include stress and its management, pain and its management, epidemiology of cardiovascular disease and cancer, alternative methods of healing, exercise and applied clinical nutrition.

    6336 Psychology of Chemical Dependency (3-0). A study of substances of abuse, their biological and psychological effects, and intervention strategies for chemical dependency.

    6337 Forensic Psychology (3-0). A study of the interface between psychology and the legal system, including the contribution of psychology to legal topics and legal standards. Selected topics include psychological assessment, psychopathology, competency to stand trial, insanity, civil commitment, and the impact of legal standards and ethical considerations on psychological practice.

    6338 Educational Psychology (3-0). An overview of the field of educational psychology, focusing on cognitive, social, and motivational aspects of efficient learning in a variety of settings, such as the workplace and the classroom. Special emphasis is given to interventions that enhance cognitions, effortful task engagement, and the environmental contexts in which learning takes place.

    6339 Applications of Psychological Research (3-0). This course is designed to be an examination and application of current literature related to selected topics in applied psychology. Each topic will include an applied component that may include a practical or social issue which could be addressed by psychologists using empirical methods, proposing innovative problem solving techniques, or by using some application of social science research.

    6340 Sport Psychology (3-0). A study of the psychological factors that influence athletes in individual and team sports, with an applied focus and an emphasis on achieving optimal levels of performance. Topics are divided into three sections: techniques for enhancing individual performance, interventions that reduce the athletes’ inhibitions, and strategies for improving the performance of teams.

    6341 Advanced Learning (3-0). A detailed study of current perspectives of classical conditioning, instrumental conditioning, social learning, and biological constraints on learning. Emphasis is on theoretical approaches to these types of learning.

    6342 Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience (3-0). An in-depth investigation of the principles of neuroscience and how they relate to cognition and behavior. Emphasis will be placed on the cellular and chemical bases of neural activity and how this activity is reflected in both normal and abnormal behavior.

    6343 Employee Assistance Counseling (3-0). A study of counseling techniques within the context of Employee Assistance (EA) programs. Topics include EA careers and professional affiliations, the range of EA services in the workplace, intervention techniques, and ethics and codes of conduct. Issues in mental health counseling include substance abuse, emotional distress, health care concerns, financial and legal concerns, interpersonal conflict resolution, workplace safety concerns, and adjustment to major life events such as births, accidents, and deaths.

    6344 Addictions Counseling (3-0). A study of the biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors related to etiology and course of substancerelated and addictive disorders, including substances, gambling, eating, and sexual addictions. The course will also focus on theoretical and evidencedbased practices for assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of substancerelated and addictive disorders.

    6345 Advanced Psychological Assessment (3-0). Involves the practical application of a variety of psychological assessment techniques. Students will be required to administer, score, and interpret psychological test batteries, and they will also provide appropriate feedback of the test results. In addition, treatment planning will be emphasized.
    Prerequisite: Psychology 6322.

    6346 Psychology of Creativity (3-0). Creativity involves the generation of an idea that is both novel and valued, and it is critical to aspects of our lives, ranging from mundane (e.g., solving personal and interpersonal problems) to profound (creating works of art, making scientific discoveries). As the world changes in complexity, creativity becomes increasingly one of the most important personal and business strategies for survival and success. This class will examine psychological theories and research focusing on creative thinking and accomplishment. Students will also develop techniques and skills for innovation and effective problem-solving applied to real life issues.

    6347 Developmental Psychology (3-0). A course that will study the various levels of life span in human beings. An integrated approach involving genetics and environmental factors will be used to assess each stage of development.

    6348 Psychology of Women (3-0). This course covers important stages of women’s lives including childhood and adolescence, love and relationships, pregnancy and motherhood, work and achievement, and old age and retirement. Topics also include an exploration of gender-stereotypes, objectification, attitudes toward feminism, effects of social status and power, and violent aggression against women.

    6349 Occupational Health Psychology (3-0). The purpose of this course is to review the research literature in occupational health psychology (OHP). Topics covered in the course include examinations of the history and theoretical underpinnings of OPH as an emergent field, examinations of research and methodological issues in the study of OPH. This includes examinations of stress in the workplace and various outcomes in terms of employee health, wellness, and chronic illness. The course will conclude with an examination of violence, aggression, and mistreatment in the workplace as well as an examination of evaluation of wellness interventions and efficacious OHP practices in the workplace.

    6350 Organizational Psychology (3-0). The study of human behavior in organizations, primarily at the group level. Topics include values and attitudes such as job satisfaction, personality at work, group behavior, teams, leadership, organizational structure and theory, organizational culture and climate, and conflict.

    6351 A Survey of Vocational Counseling Methods (3-0). A course designed to analyze vocational theory and career development and explore principles related to vocational decision making. Selected vocational assessment batteries will be used to help students gain familiarity with vocational tests.

    6352 Personnel Selection (3-0). A review of techniques and strategies for effectively matching individuals with organizations. Topics include job analysis, the measurement of individual differences, strategies for making selection decisions, legal issues related to selection, and an evaluation of common selection tools such as interviews and ability tests.

    6353 Theory and Techniques of Consultation (3-0). An examination of the consultation process, including the role of the consultant, stages in consultation, the development of consulting skills, and political/ethical issues.

    6354 Seminar in Industrial-Organizational Psychology (3-0). An overview of the professional psychologist at work in organizations. Topics include research issues, personnel issues, organizational issues, and ethical and legal issues.

    6355 Psychology of Human Performance (3-0). An in-depth study of the application of psychological principles to the optimization of human performance in the workplace. Issues include signal detection theory, attention and perception, mental workload, manual and automated control systems, and the prevention of stress and human error.

    6356 Training and Performance Evaluation (3-0). A focused exploration of training and performance evaluation in organizations. Emphasis will be placed on needs assessments, training theory, training planning and design, training evaluation, and performance evaluation techniques.

    6357 Motivation, Emotion, and Stress (3-0). A detailed analysis of current theory in motivation, emotion, and stress as they relate to the modern workplace. Emphasis will be placed on theoretical knowledge, measurement, and applications of these topics using current literature in the field.

    6358 Applied Research Methods (3-0). An examination of the methods and statistics commonly used when conducting research in applied settings. Topics will include qualitative data collection and analysis, quasiexperimental designs, organizational survey research, longitudinal designs and program evaluation.

    6359 Attitude Theory in Organizations (3-0). A survey of important work-related attitudes in organizations. Emphasis will be given to the development, maintenance, and effects of these attitudes with respect to critical organizational outcomes. Examples of such attitudes are job satisfaction, organizational citizenship, and counterproductivity.

    6360 Leadership (3-0). This course will familiarize the student with the content domain of leadership including theories, research, problems, and controversies. Fundamental issues of description, identification, conceptualization, and measurement will be addressed. Both historical and contemporary views of leadership in organizations will be investigated.

    6361 Teaching of Psychology (3-0). A course designed for students who have a strong interest in pursuing careers involving the teaching of psychology. Emphasis will be placed on the preparation and presentation of course content across multiple formats, empirically supported pedagogy, and evaluation of student achievement.

    6362 Basic Experimental Methodology (3-0). This course will involve a focused treatment of basic methodological skills and knowledge pertaining to I-O psychology, including internal/external validity, sampling theory, scale construction and validation, and basic consultation skills regarding these issues.

    6363 Advanced Experimental Methodology (3-0). This course will involve a focused treatment of advanced methodological skills and knowledge pertaining to I-O psychology, including complex research designs, quasi-experimental designs, time-series designs, and other uncommon approaches.

    6371, 6671 Practicum in Counseling Psychology. Students may complete up to nine credit hours of supervised practical experience in applying the techniques of psychological appraisal and counseling. Each three credit hours requires 150 clock hours in a supervised practicum setting. (Psychology 6371 may be repeated twice, but the total practicum credits may not exceed nine.)
    Prerequisites 6371: Students must have completed 18 credits of graduate level psychology courses, 12 hours of which must include Psychology 6307, 6323, 6325, and 6329.
    Prerequisite 6671: Psychology 6371.

    6372, 6672 Practicum in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. Six semester hours of supervised practice in applying psychological skills in organized settings. (Psychology 6372 may be repeated once).

    6381 Special Topics (3-0). A course dealing with selected topics in psychology. (May be repeated once for credit when topic varies.)

    6391 Research. A specialized course of individual research or directed reading. (May be repeated once for credit.)
    Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

    6399 Thesis.
    Prerequisite: Psychology 6313 or 6314.

    6699 Thesis.
    Prerequisite: Psychology 6313 or 6314.

    * A maximum of two 5000-level courses totaling no more than eight semester credit hours may be taken for graduate credit by graduate students and applied to the graduate degree plan. Permission of the Graduate Advisor or Chair of the Department and the Graduate Dean is required.