Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014


UDM Academic Policies Course Descriptions List of All Programs Faculty
Psychology Courses

PYC 1000 Introduction to PsychologyCredit Hours: 3

Introduction to the methods and principles of psychology as science, including overview of historical foundations, psychobiology, social interaction, development, learning, motivation, perception, sensation, and personality. (Prerequisite for all other psychology courses).
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PYC 2010 Research Methods ICredit Hours: 3

Study of introductory issues of psychological research methodology. Topics covered include fundamentals of scientific psychology, sampling, research ethics, research question development, quantitative and qualitative data collection tactics, and a review of basic statistics used to interpret data collected by the tactics discussed in the course.

Prerequisites:
STA 2250 (Minimum Grade of D, May be taken concurrently) AND
PYC 1000 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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PYC 2020 Research Methods IICredit Hours: 3

Study of the principles of (primarily) experimental methodology, statistical inference, critical evaluation of published research, and effective communication of research findings. Lecture topics include a review and expansion of the material from PYC 2010. In addition, research projects require students to participate in the design of experiments with computational software, the collection and analysis of data, and the communication of findings in appropriately formatted research reports.

Prerequisites:
PYC 2010 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently) AND
PYC 1000 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently) AND
STA 2250 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently) OR
MTH 2140 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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PYC 2330 Human Relationships and GuidanceCredit Hours: 3

Introduction to working with parents; theories and methods for supporting the interpersonal relationships of persons from infancy through adulthood. This course includes individual, group, family, and environmental guidance approaches and techniques of observing and recording behavior.

Prerequisites:
PYC 1000 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently) AND
PYC 2500 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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PYC 2340 Child Development: Infancy and Early ChildhoodCredit Hours: 3

Study of the developmental processes in infancy through the early childhood years. This course focuses on the physical, cognitive and socio-emotional changes; planned observation and interpretation of the child's development.

Prerequisites:
PYC 1000 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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PYC 2360 Middle Childhood and Adolescent DevelopmentCredit Hours: 3

Study of the developmental processes in middle childhood through adolescence, including physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional changes, planned observation and interpretation of development.

Prerequisites:
PYC 1000 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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PYC 2500 Developmental PsychologyCredit Hours: 3

Study of the purpose and methods of lifespan developmental psychology. This course surveys normal developmental changes in childhood, adolescence, maturity and old age in diverse contexts; analyzes problems in adjustment to life experiences; and examines influences of heredity and environment on the development of the person.

Prerequisites:
PYC 1000 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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PYC 2560 Adult Development and AgingCredit Hours: 3

Study of the developmental processes in late adolescence through mature adulthood, including physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional changes; planned observation and interpretation of development.

Prerequisites:
PYC 1000 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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PYC 2600 Social PsychologyCredit Hours: 3

Study of social-psychological theories to understand human thought and behavior as they influence and are influenced by others in actual or implied social and cultural situations. This course explores contemporary studies of attitudes, communication and group influences on perception, emotion, motivation, conformity, cooperation, competition, altruism, aggression, prejudice, and attribution.
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PYC 2620 Exploring Leadership: Yourself, Your Profession and Your CommunityCredit Hours: 3

This course/seminar will involve student discussion, exercises, role plays, structured experiences, and interactive projects as methods of learning about the theories and practices of leadership. Students will learn that leadership is a body of knowledge that can be taught and learned by anyone. "Leadership is a process of visioning, initiating, guiding, and encouraging a group to accomplish positive change."
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PYC 2650 Psychology of EnvironmentCredit Hours: 3

Application of psychological principles and methods to define the interaction between the social, natural and built environment. This course focuses upon psychological theory, research and data regarding critical factors affecting people in their environment, and offers a basis to assist the architect in the design and planning of the human environment.
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PYC 2750 Human SexualityCredit Hours: 3

Study of approaches to sexuality in order to promote a deeper understanding of the central role which sexuality plays in human life. Aspects of sexuality include evolutionary, genetic, physiological, hormonal, developmental, emotional, dynamic, interpersonal, legal and cultural. Particular emphasis is placed on appreciating functional explanations for many common and uncommon behaviors associated with human sexuality.
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PYC 2900 Current Topics in PsychologyCredit Hours: 3

An in-depth analysis of a particular topic in psychology, selected on a rotating basis. Topics such as marriage, women and mental health, aging, substance abuse and others will be presented.

Prerequisites:
PYC 1000 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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PYC 3410 Psychology of PersonalityCredit Hours: 3

Survey course of the major theories of personality including psychoanalytic, socio-cultural, behavioristic, and humanistic points of view. Emphasis is on the origin, structure, and dynamics of personality.

Prerequisites:
PYC 1000 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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PYC 3420 Abnormal PsychologyCredit Hours: 3

Comprehensive exploration of causative factors, symptomatology, assessment, and treatment of varieties of psychological disorders. Consideration is given to varied theoretical and applied approaches for analyzing and treating difficulties.

Prerequisites:
PYC 1000 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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PYC 3430 Health PsychologyCredit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to the field of health psychology. The course will explore the relationship between psychological theory and research as it applies to health beliefs, health behavior, and interventions, all within the context of cultural values leading to behavioral tendencies. Through weekly readings and discussion, three units focus onbasic concepts and the biopsychosocial model; well-being, stress, and illness; and applied interventions, prevention and psychological aspects of health care. Particular attention will be drawn to variations by gender and culture in these discussions. In addition, through presentations we will explore applied health psychology and the role of health psychologists.

Prerequisites:
PYC 1000 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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PYC 3500 Psychology of ReligionCredit Hours: 3

Study of the intersection between religion and psychology especially as interpreted by the psychodynamic and humanistic schools of thought. Topics include faith development, conscience and superego, the notion of healthy human behavior, origin of the ideas of God, quest for meaning, and moral development. (Also offered as RELS 3500.)
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PYC 3510 Family DevelopmentCredit Hours: 3

Study of families in a diverse and changing world. This course critically analyzes family theories, diversity of family structures, roles of men, women and children, family developmental crises, family communications and family stressors. Topics include approaches to family support and parent education.

Prerequisites:
PYC 1000 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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PYC 3540 Sex Differences and Sex RolesCredit Hours: 3

Introduction to human sex differences resulting from cultural factors acting on biologically based dispositions. This course explores many influences, social, political, genetic, hormonal - which cause men and women to behave differently.

Prerequisites:
PYC 1000 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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PYC 3700 Industrial and Organizational PsychologyCredit Hours: 3

This course surveys major topics in I/O psychology, including motivation, stress, job satisfaction, selection and placement, job design, performance appraisal, organizational structure, and training and development. Emphasis is on understanding research and practice at the levels of the individual employee, work group, and organization.

Prerequisites:
PYC 1000 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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PYC 3960 Readings in PsychologyCredit Hours: 1

Directed readings in the field of psychology chosen by student and approved by faculty member with papers, oral reports and/or examinations required as evidence of work completed. Students should arrange a meeting with a sponsoring faculty member.

Prerequisites:
PYC 1000 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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PYC 4070 Advanced PsychobiologyCredit Hours: 3

Study of the relationships between the nervous system and behavior. This course focuses on the physiology of the nervous system, neural transmission, and neural mechanisms of motivation, emotion, psychopathology and higher brain functions.

Prerequisites:
PYC 1000 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently) AND
STA 2250 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently) OR
MTH 2140 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)
PYC 2010 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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PYC 4080 Advanced Psychobiology LaboratoryCredit Hours: 3

This is a research-based laboratory designed to give students first-hand experience at designing, conducting, evaluating and writing about experimental research. Students are required to use scientific methodology to develop group projects within areas of animal behavior and neuroscience, using rodents as laboratory models.

Prerequisites:
PYC 1000 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently) AND
STA 2250 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently) OR
MTH 2140 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)
PYC 2010 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently) AND
PYC 2020 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)
Corequisites: PYC 4070

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PYC 4090 Perceptual and Cognitive ProcessesCredit Hours: 3

Study of the theoretical and empirical developments related to the perception and organization of sensory phenomena, human cognition, language comprehension and production.

Prerequisites:
MTH 2140 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)
PYC 1000 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently) AND
STA 2250 (Minimum Grade of D, May be taken concurrently) AND
PYC 2010 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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PYC 4100 Perceptual and Cognitive Process LaboratoryCredit Hours: 3

This is a research-based laboratory designed to give students first-hand experience at designing, conducting, evaluating and writing about experimental research. Students are required to use scientific methodology to develop group projects inspired by research findings within areas of perceptual and cognitive psychology.

Prerequisites:
PYC 1000 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently) AND
STA 2250 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently) OR
MTH 2140 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)
PYC 2010 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently) AND
PYC 2020 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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PYC 4120 History and SystemsCredit Hours: 3

Survey of the history of psychology from the ancient Greeks to the present. General theoretical systems of psychology including Associationism, Structuralism, Behavioralism and its offshoots. Gestalt theories, Phenomenalism and Existentialism, Psychoanalytic and related schools. Hormic and Holistic Psychologies.

Prerequisites:
PYC 1000 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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PYC 4140 Learning and MemoryCredit Hours: 3

Study of the major theories and models of human memory and relevant animal models. This course focuses on classical and operant conditioning, cognitive learning theory, information processing, attention and models of short- and long-term memory.

Prerequisites:
PYC 1000 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently) AND
STA 2250 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently) AND
MTH 2140 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently) AND
PYC 2010 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)
Corequisites: PYC 4150

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PYC 4150 Learning and Memory LaboratoryCredit Hours: 3

This is a research-based laboratory designed to give students first-hand experience at designing, conducting, evaluating and writing about experimental research. Student are required to use scienticif methodology to develop group projects within areas of learning, using humans and rodents as laboratory models.

Prerequisites:
PYC 1000 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently) AND
STA 2250 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently) OR
MTH 2140 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)
PYC 2010 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently) AND
PYC 2020 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)
Corequisites: PYC 4140

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PYC 4200 Psychological Testing and MeasurementCredit Hours: 3

Nature of psychological tests, standardized procedures, types of scales and scores, norms, reliability, validity. Survey of standardized tests such as intelligence, aptitude, achievement, clinical, personality, interests and values. Social, ethical, legal and other issues in psychological testing.

Prerequisites:
PYC 1000 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently) AND
STA 2250 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently) OR
MTH 2140 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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PYC 4400 Cross-Cultural SocializationCredit Hours: 3

Cross-cultural exploration of forces involved in the socialization process, drawing on research from anthropology, biology, and psychology.

Prerequisites:
PYC 1000 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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PYC 4510 Psychology of Death and DyingCredit Hours: 3

Study of the psychology, biology, physiology of death. This course also examines current concerns, medical and psychological, regarding the care and treatment of a terminal patient.

Prerequisites:
PYC 1000 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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PYC 4730 Basic PracticumCredit Hours: 1

Provides opportunities for psychology majors in junior and senior years to work within applied settings to gain clinical, developmental, family life education, and/or experimental experience. It must be arranged through a sponsoring faculty member.

Prerequisites:
PYC 1000 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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PYC 4890 Group DynamicsCredit Hours: 3

This course is an overview of the theory, concepts and research on small groups. The course will consist of lecture, discussion and activities that will clarify the basic processes of groups.

Prerequisites:
PYC 1000 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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PYC 4910 Research in Developmental PsychologyCredit Hours: 3

Study of the role of the scientific method in understanding children and families. This course includes current trends in developmental and contextual theory and research, use of quantitative and qualitative measurement strategies, and the interpretation of research findings in selected areas, including human development and family science.

Prerequisites:
PYC 1000 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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PYC 4950 Special ProjectsCredit Hours: 1

A special course under the direction of a faculty member for students proposing special interests in research areas. Students must obtain written permission of the faculty member and the chairperson of the Psychology Department.

Prerequisites:
PYC 1000 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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PYC 4990 Advanced Issues in PsychologyCredit Hours: 3

Seminar in the instructor's area of research and expertise.

Prerequisites:
PYC 1000 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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