This is a scientifically based introduction to the discipline of psychology. It examines the study of basic patterns of behavior including motivation, learning, emotions, the physiological basis of behavior, human growth and development, personality theory and measurement, and abnormal and deviant behavior.
This course includes physiological processes of development including conception, prenatal growth, birth, maturation, and aging, provide a framework for examining the cognitive, affective and social development of the individual during his/her life-span.
This is a comprehensive course focusing on the better understanding of the field as an area of active inquiry both in clinical practice and in research. A complete presentation of the most important theoretical models along with topics that reflect contemporary interests are examined. Developmental perspectives along with current views of abnormality and current treatment approaches are studied.
This course examines the historical, behavioral, and psychological dimensions of human sexuality. Topics typically include sexual maturation, gender identity, sexual orientation, development and maintenance of healthy sexual relationships, sexual attitudes, normal sexual behavior, abnormal sexual behavior, sexual dysfunction, sexual trauma, and cross-cultural sexual practices.
In this course students will cover basic topics in research methodology in psychology. They will learn how to develop research questions, identify problems inherent in many research designs, and how to present their findings. They will also cover ethical issues related to research with human beings and animals.
This course critically explores an array of cultural forces as well as issues entailed by lifestyle diversity that may help play significant roles in shaping students' understanding of and approaches to assisting individuals with emotional or psychological difficulties or who are experiencing problem in making adaptive adjustments to life's many transitions.
This is a critical review of methods and content in the study of personality. The development of the field, with attention to recent applications of scientific methods to problems of personality, is examined. A survey of major theories of personality is undertaken.
The course will provide a basic foundational study of rehabilitation counseling with a conceptual overview of the professional, historical, theoretical and research foundations, as well as the counseling applications of the rehabilitation profession.
Evolutionary psychology will examine the impact evolutionary theory on the field of psychology. This course links psychology, anthropology, and biology and examines why contemporary humans behave and think the way they do. It examines the proximate and ultimate causes of behavior with an emphasis on function. The course begins with an overview of heredity and evolutionary theory and then discusses research on evolutionary factors that influence human learning, thinking, motivation, and emotion. It also covers the evolutionary explanations for social behavior such as cooperation and competition, and mate-selection and parenting.
This course provides students with an overview of the theories and research in cognition. The course covers diverse topics such as memory, attention, judgment, decision making, problem solving, language, intelligence, sensation, perception, and sensory integration. In addition, this course integrates concepts from many diverse areas of psychology including biopsychology, learning, development, educational psychology, and sociocultural psychology, as well as other scientific disciplines.
This course examines behavior as viewed by the biological perspective. It is an introduction to and survey of the physiological bases of behavior, including biochemical and neurophysiological determinants of sensation, motor control, sleep, eating and drinking, learning and memory, language and mental disorders.
This course is designed to expose the students to the most relevant and current problems in the field of aging and present a variety of divergent views on the appropriate solutions to these problems. The topics covered include demographic trends, the aging process, longevity, social attitudes toward old age, problems and potentials of aging, retirement, death, living environments in later life and social policies, programs and services for older people. Also, mental and physical health, cognitive and personality development, relationships and sexuality are studied. The key theories on aging and the influence of scientific knowledge, changing world views and historical events on theoretical viewpoints are examined.
This course is designed to expose students to the interplay among biological, cognitive and social factors in children's development and examine its multiple determination. Basic research, theoretical models and applications of knowledge in areas such as prenatal environment, heredity and environment, sensation, perception and learning, emotional development, language and communications, intelligence, family, peers, morality, altruism, aggression, gender roles and differences, and technology and television are examined.
This course examines the contextual development of adolescents as they transition through biological, cognitive, and social changes. These contextual transitions include the family, peer groups, schools, and work and leisure. Also, the developmental issues of identity, autonomy, intimacy, sexuality, achievement and psychosocial problems are explored.
This course provides students with an overview of the historical trends, influential people, theoretical developments, and empirical findings that are either foundational for the discipline or have shaped the current directions in psychology.
This course is designed to provide an introduction to the principles of psychological testing. The topics it covers include the definition of psychological testing, the role of testing in evaluation of persons, the types of tests and purposes for which they are applied, principles of test construction including a review of relevant statistical concepts, item selection, standardization, reliability and validity. In addition, this course will consider and examine some major tests used in assessment of personality, intelligence, interests, and neuropsychology and the standards for ethical practice in psychological testing.
Social Services Practicum in Psychology is designed to provide students experiences in which others are assisted or served. Students select a developmental stage of interest or identified group with a specific need, then participate in an existing program or develop a project that can assist people of this stage or identified population in need. The course content is individualized so that students explore personal and professional interests while participating in a social service project. Student's experiences are shared during classes so that class members benefit from other's experiences.
This is an advanced course examining how learning principles influence human behavior. The extension of these principles and concepts emerging from the experimental analysis of behavior to problems of behavior modification in academic, social, and industrial settings is studied.