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Psychology Department

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Cynthia Edwards
108-A Ledford
Phone: (919) 760-8441
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Department Courses

PSY-100 - Introduction to Psychology
An introduction to the scientific study of behavioral and mental processes. Topics includes the neurobiological basis of behavior; perception; development; learning; memory and thinking; motivation; personality; normal and abnormal behavior; psychotherapy; and social factors in behavior.


PSY-200 - Statistical Methods in Psychology
A survey of the fundamental techniques for describing and analyzing behavioral data. The course considers measures of central tendency and deviation, linear and function-free correlation, hypothesis testing, non-parametric techniques, and analysis of variance. Basic computer skills required. Prerequisite: PSY-100.


PSY-210 - Life Span Developmental Psychology
A study of human characteristics and changes from conception to death. At each developmental stage, major topics covered are physical and motor change, cognitive development, emotional and personality growth, and social development. Prerequisite: PSY-100 or EDU-234.


PSY-212 - Psychology of Gender Roles
The understanding of gender roles from a psychological viewpoint. Topics included are a critique of the psychoanalytic view of gender differences, the effects of body states on personality, psychophysiological dysfunctions of the reproductive system, differences between male and female brains, differences in the way male and female infants behave, how sexual identity develops, and self-esteem, achievement motivation, and changes in the roles the different sexes play during their lifetimes. Prerequisite: PSY-100.


PSY-299 - Introduction to Research in Psychology
In conjunction with a faculty mentor, the student will participate in the execution of an original research project that will culminate in a paper and a presentation. A research proposal form completed by the student and faculty mentor is required for registration. Open to freshmen and sophomores. May be repeated for credit for a maximum of six credit hours. Prerequisite: PSY-100.


PSY-300 - Research Methods in Psychology
An introduction to the history, methods, and ethics of general experimental psychology. Research studies will be developed, executed, analyzed, and reported in American Psychological Association style. Basic computer skills required. Prerequisites: PSY-100, PSY-200.


PSY-312 - Psychology of Exceptional Individuals
An introduction to the psychological and educational issues associated with the major exceptionalities. Topics covered include Autism Spectrum Disorders, Intellectual Disabilities, Learning Disabilities, Giftedness, and Communication Disorders. Field observation is often a component of this course. Prerequisite: PSY-100 or EDU-234.


PSY-320 - Abnormal Psychology
A study of the major forms of behavioral pathology and current therapies. Topics covered include anxiety disorders, dissociative disorders, personality disorders, affective disorders, schizophrenic disorders, and chronic brain syndromes. Prerequisite: PSY-100.


PSY-324 - Conditioning and Behavior Modification
An examination of the principles of classical and operant conditioning including reinforcement, stimulus control, and extinction, and the application of these principles in a variety of settings, including the control and modification of one's own behavior. Prerequisite: PSY-100.


PSY-326 - Health Psychology
Health Psychology is concerned with the interface between health and psychology, between behavior and wellness/illness. It looks at physiological and psychological functioning, and studies the interrelationship between mind, body and culture/environment. In the course we look at both US and world health issues and examine such topics as health behaviors, stress and coping, illness prevention, wellness promotion, public policy, and the biopsychosocial model and emphasizes a multi-disciplinary perspective. Prerequisite: PSY-100.


PSY-330 - Neuropsychology
A survey of the functional anatomy of the nervous system. Special emphasis on current views of the contributions of various subsystems to psychological phenomena. Prerequisite: PSY-100.


PSY-332 - Perception
A study of the visual and auditory senses and how they function. How needs, desires, expectations, and previous experiences influence our perception. Understanding of the principles of psychophysics. The course also focuses on cognitive factors in perception. Prerequisite: PSY-100.


PSY-334 - Animal Behavior
An introduction to the scientific study of animal behavior, a synthesis of comparative psychology and ethology. Students will also be introduced to genetic influences upon behavior, primate behavior and paleoanthropology. Prerequisite: PSY-100.


PSY-340 - Internship in Psychology
A field experience in psychology involving application of knowledge and skills in community agencies, mental health services, business, government, educational, or laboratory settings that provides students with exposure to and experience in the profession of psychology. Attendance at seminar group meetings as schedule and completion of a written project assignments is required. May be repeated for a maximum of six credit hours. Instructor's consent required. Students must discuss their placement intentions with the instructor during the semester BEFORE the field experience is to take place. Prerequisite: PSY-100. Course fee assessed.


PSY-342 - Introductory Autism Practicum
An introductory practicum course where students are taught via initial classroom training and video modeling the basic concepts of applied behavior analysis (ABA) and discrete trial teaching (DTT) to work one-on-one with a
preschool child with autism. Students will apply learned concepts in order to handle common behaviors and maintain mastered skills of their assigned child. All practicum hours are on campus and attendance is a significant part of grade. Any student who has not met the requirements to advance to Autism Practicum Level II may repeat the course with instructor permission. Course fee assessed. Prerequisite: PSY-100 or permission of the instructor.


PSY-410 - Social Psychology
A study of the theories and research relevant to interpersonal influence, the ways in which an individual is influenced by other people. Topics include: attitude change, conformity, interpersonal attraction, self consistency, aggression, altruism, and social cognition. Prerequisite: PSY-100.


PSY-420 - Theories of Personality
A consideration of major contemporary theories of personality and the evaluation of these theories in the light of research findings. Prerequisite: PSY-100.


PSY-422 - Psychological Testing and Evaluation
A study of the principles of psychological testing and evaluation in several settings. An introduction to the major types of tests, including tests of general and special abilities, aptitude, achievement, interests, and personality. Prerequisites: PSY-100 and PSY-200.


PSY-424 - Theory and Practice in Counseling
Introduction to the basic concepts and techniques of counseling as applied in clinical and educational settings. Intensive class interaction is expected. Observation, interviewing, role playing and videotaping are used in the course. A variety of theories are introduced. The student is strongly encouraged to take Abnormal Psychology or Theories of Personality before taking this class. Junior/senior status. Instructor's consent required. Prerequisite: PSY-100.


PSY-430 - History and Systems in Psychology
The focus of this course is the historical genesis of current concerns in psychology. Particular emphasis will be placed on the seminal work of the late 19th- and early 20th-century psychological pioneers. Prerequisite: PSY-100.


PSY-432 - Memory, Language and Cognition
A survey of the major theories and empirical findings in the field. Emphasis is placed on the active strategies and thought processes used in remembering, speaking and understanding language, reading, concept learning, and problem solving. Prerequisite: PSY-100.


PSY-440 - Special Topics in Psychology
A course focused on a special topic in psychology. Topics will be chosen in accordance with faculty and student interest. Intended for students of demonstrated maturity, usually indicated by upper class standing. Topics may include current trends in research and/or professional issues. A description of the topic will be included in the registration schedule for the upcoming semester. May be repeated for credit but no more than three hours may be applied to the 18-hour minor requirement. Instructor's consent required. Prerequisite: PSY-100.


PSY-498 - Honors Thesis in Psychology
In conjunction with a faculty mentor, the student will formulate and execute an original research project that will culminate in a paper and a presentation. A research proposal form completed by the student and the faculty mentor is required for registration. The project must meet Honors Program thesis requirements as well as the expectations of the psychology faculty. Open to seniors in the Honors and/or Teaching Fellows Programs who are majoring in psychology. Prerequisites: PSY-100, PSY-200 and PSY-300.


PSY-499 - Research in Psychology
In conjunction with a faculty mentor, the student will formulate and execute an original research project that will culminate in a paper and a presentation. A research proposal form completed by the student and the faculty mentor is required for registration. Open to junior and senior psychology majors or minors and others by permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit for a maximum of six semester hours. Prerequisites: PSY-100, PSY-200 and PSY-300.


PSY-310 - Psychology of Children and Adolescents
A comprehensive review of development from infancy to adolescence, with an emphasis on factors which influence growth and learning. Applications of research and theory may be directed toward designing appropriate interventions with children or adolescents in individual and group settings. Prerequisite: PSY-100 or EDU-234.


PSY-412 - Psychology of Aging
This course is a comprehensive overview of the psychological aspects of aging. Topics include research methods, theories of aging, and age-related changes in sensation/perception, memory, cognition, personality, and late-life
psychopathology. Emphasis will be on pathways to successful aging in the context of a shifting balance of gains and losses in psychological and physical functioning. Prerequisite: PSY-100.


PSY-343 - Intermediate Autism Practicum
An advanced practicum course providing students with an opportunity to build on applied behavioral analysis (ABA) techniques taught in Introductory Autism Practicum to work with preschool children with autism. Students will be expected to apply ABA techniques to make significant behavior changes and use discrete trial training (DTT) to teach new skills. Students are expected to know how to implement a variety of behavior protocols and read and interpret data. All practicum hours are on campus and attendance is a significant part of grade. This course may be repeated with a different client assignment with instructor permission. Prerequisite: PSY-342 and instructor permission.


PSY-442 - Advanced Autism Practicum and Data Analysis
Students who have mastered skills needed in Intermediate Autism Practicum can enroll in this course. Students will read data provided by a discrete trial teaching (DTT) team and analyze trends in learning. Students will take raw data and graph the data to present to assigned consultant for review. Students will continue to provide weekly one-on-one teaching with their assigned child. All practicum hours are on campus and attendance is a significant part of grade. This course may be repeated with a different client assignment with instructor permission. Prerequisite: PSY-343, PSY-324, a course in statistics, and instructor permission.


PSY-308 - Preparing for the Profession of Psychology
This course is designed to assist students in preparing themselves to enter the profession of psychology. Through a progressive series of applied assignments, students will examine psychological research on career decision making and job satisfaction; evaluate their own strengths, interests, and values; set career and life goals; identify and plan a strategy to prepare themselves for careers and/or graduate training; enhance professional selfpresentation skills; examine issues of ethical conduct in applied psychological settings; and otherwise prepare themselves to enter the workforce as psychology majors. This course is most appropriate for junior psychology majors.