Course Descriptions - Psychology

PSY 151 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY

In this overview course, students will learn the principles and applications of psychology for practical purposes and across disciplines. The practical applications of psychological research to issues and problems facing the world will be addressed. Students will learn and be actively engaged in how psychological findings can be used in a large variety of contexts. This course is a core requirement for all psychology majors.

3 Hours, 1 Semester

PSY 209 Sex matters: Gender awareness and
the Future of work

One of the most significant changes under foot in the 21st century workplace is men and women working together, side by side, in a perceived equitable manner. Yet, old stereotypes, biases, and assumption about men and women, and the rules of the workplace still exist. This interactive, experience-based course explores how we get to be women and men, the different ways we experience gender, and gender as a principal factor in social organizations. Students will be challenged to examine and critique the forces that maintain, enforce, and produce segregation based on gender and to rethink the norms of society through the lens of appreciation of the differences that each sex brings to the work environment.

Prerequisite: PSY 151               3 Hours, 1 Semester

PSY 242 profiles of serial killers and
mass murderers

This course explores, from psychological and sociological perspectives, the characteristics of men and women who commit multiple murders. Through the in depth examination of known serial killers students will learn: what is serial killing; how a serial killer is different from a mass murderer; what factors explain serial killing; how prevalent it is; and, what are the recent trends in understanding their behavior.

Prerequisite: PSY 151               3 Hours, 1 Semester

PSY 270/370/470 SPECIAL TOPICS IN PSYCHOLOGY

This course examines in depth a major issue, problem, or theme in the area of psychology. It includes a specialized research paper or project, involves discussion and oral and written reports, and may include guest speakers and field trips.

Prerequisite: PSY 151               3 Hours, 1 Semester

PSY 277 PSYCHOLOGY OF ADOLESCENCE

Study of the physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development of the adolescent. Focus is on contemporary concerns of youth.

Prerequisite: PSY 151               3 Hours, 1 Semester

PSY 278 ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY

The major forms of abnormal behavior are described. They are discussed in light of an integrative bio-social model. Disorders include anxiety disorders, personality disorders, sexual deviance and dysfunction, dissociate and somatoform disorders, mood disorders, childhood disorders, substance use disorders, schizophrenia, and cognitive disorders. Treatment approaches are discussed as well.

Prerequisite: PSY 151               3 Hours, 1 Semester

PSY 308 PSYCHOLOGY OF TEMPERAMENT

In this course, students will examine various theories underlying the development of human temperament. We will start with early theories and trace them through to the modern era. In this course, we will look at the profound effect temperament has on perception, communication, and relationships. Knowledge of human temperament is fundamentally pragmatic and will help students relate to the social world around them.

Prerequisite: PSY 151               3 Hours, 1 Semester

PSY 311 BRAIN AND BEHAVIOR

This course will provide a basic introduction to the biological processes underlying human behavior. A basic principle of this course is that everything the “mind” does will eventually be explained in terms of the interplay among various brain components. In the context of the brain-behavior interaction, we will study the biological mechanisms that are the most relevant to essential issues in psychology.

Prerequisite: PSY 151               3 Hours, 1 Semester

PSY 312 LIFE-SPAN DEVELOPMENT

The course reviews human development from pregnancy and prenatal development through old age with a unique balance and depth of coverage across all age groups. We will examine the physical and intellectual changes humans undergo from conception through death. With an emphasis on modern cultural and societal issues ranging from homophobia to family violence, this course builds on the basic themes of life-span development.

Prerequisite: PSY 151               3 Hours, 1 Semester

PSY 342 GROUP DYNAMICS

This course examines the formation of groups, group processes, followership, and leadership processes within groups and group behaviors. Emphasis is placed on the experience of applying group theory.

Prerequisite: PSY 151               3 Hours, 1 Semester

PSY 343 Psychology of Men

This course examines the biological, social and psychological perspectives of the American male experience through the reading of autobiographies and a review of contemporary research. Theories on the development of stereotypes, self-concept, achievement motivation, and cognitive and moral reasoning of men are discussed. Both traditional and nontraditional roles of men from birth to old age are examined. Mental health and social issues specific to men are also discussed.

Prerequisite: PSY 151               3 Hours, 1 Semester

PSY 344 Psychology of Women

This course examines the biological, social and psychological perspectives of the American female experience through the reading of autobiographies and a review of contemporary research. Theories on the development of stereotypes, self-concept, achievement motivation, and cognitive and moral reasoning of women are discussed. Both traditional and nontraditional roles of women from birth to old age are examined. Mental health and social issues specific to women are also discussed.

Prerequisite: PSY 151               3 Hours, 1 Semester

PSY 372 COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY

This course reviews the major contemporary theories and techniques of counseling. Students have opportunities to observe counseling situations and to practice counseling techniques. Ethical and professional issues are also addressed.

Prerequisite: PSY 151               3 Hours, 1 Semester

PSY 374 COGNITION, LEARNING AND MEMORY

An introduction to the basic concepts and theories of human cognition. Topics include attention, memory, knowledge organization, language, reasoning, artificial intelligence, and artificial life.

Prerequisite: PSY 151               3 Hours, 1 Semester

PSY 375 STATISTICS FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES

The purpose of this course is to develop knowledge of when to apply the correct statistical techniques. Emphasis is placed on the “real world” applications of statistical methods through projects. Topics include descriptive and inferential statistics, multivariate, parametric, and nonparametric techniques. This course makes extensive use of SPSS software. This course is a core requirement for all psychology majors and satisfies the department information literacy requirement.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of MATH 117 or higher                
3 Hours, 1 Semester

PSY 424 Identity and human sexuality

An exploration of what it means to be “human” and a “sexual” being. The class is an opportunity to discuss and debate attitudes, research, and one’s own perceptions of sexuality in order to understand those of others. This course will not only ensure that you acquire basic factual information about human sexuality, but also will give you opportunity to think about your own sexual values and behaviors. Topics such as the sexual response cycle, birth control, abortion, sexual morality, love and intimacy, sexual orientation, developmental changes in sexuality, sexual dysfunction’s and disabilities, prostitution, pornography, and sexual violence will be discussed.

Prerequisite: PSY 151               3 Hours, 1 Semester

PSY 462 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY

This course examines the factors impacting human relationships. Emphasis is placed on interpersonal attraction, attitude formation, social perception and cognition, altruism, aggression, small group behavior, and social identity and influence.

Prerequisite: PSY 151               3 Hours, 1 Semester

PSY 475 RESEARCH SEMINAR IN APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY

Students will integrate the knowledge they have accumulated in their first three years as psychology majors through the development and investigation of their own applied psychology hypotheses. In collaboration with the instructor and classmates, students will proceed through the stages of research from hypothesis development to literature review, to proposing their research methods, to data collection, with the project culminating in written and poster session presentations of findings. This course is a core requirement for all psychology majors and satisfies the departments’ writing intensive and information literacy requirements.

Prerequisite: PSY 375               3 Hours, 1 Semester

PSY 476, 477 DIRECTED INDEPENDENT STUDY
IN PSYCHOLOGY

This course involves independent and in-depth study of a specific topic in psychology. Students work on an individually supervised research project with a member of the psychology faculty. Instructor and department chair permission is required.

PSY 490 INTERNSHIP

Students engage in individually supervised work-study arrangements and learn to apply psychological theory and principles in a work environment (e.g., day care center or mental health clinic). Students must work at least 10 hours per week on the job, meet periodically with a supervising faculty member, research literature related to the field of the internship, and prepare a substantive report on their internship experiences and the studies involved.

Prerequisite: PSY 151. This course is limited to juniors and seniors and requires the approval of a supervising faculty member and the department chair.           3 Hours, 1 Semester

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Catalog of Nichols College
July 2016
Volume XLVIII