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Psychology (PSY) Course Descriptions

PSY 5113  Professional Ethics and Standards
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor or admission to the psychology program.
An examination of the professional standards, ethics, and theoretical and methodological assumptions governing the conduct and publication of research in psychology. (Formerly titled “Research Paradigms in Psychology.”)

PSY 5213  Research Design
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor or admission to the psychology program.
An examination of criteria and procedures for translating questions of theory and application into effective and relevant research plans. (Formerly titled “Design Considerations in Behavioral Research.”)

PSY 5303  Developmental Psychology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: PSY 5213 or consent of instructor.
A critical analysis of the theories and empirical evidence that form the basis for understanding developmental processes and age-related change.

PSY 5313  Seminar in Psychopathology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: PSY 5213 and prior consent of instructor.
A critical review of the phenomenon of psychological/psychiatric illness and an outline of the DSM criteria for diagnosing mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders.

PSY 5323  Individual Differences and Assessment
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: PSY 5213 or consent of instructor.
A critical analysis of the theories and empirical data regarding the psychological processes that underlie the manifestation of individual differences in human thought and behavior.

PSY 5333  Social Psychology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: PSY 5213 or consent of instructor.
A critical analysis of the theories and empirical findings regarding the psychological processes that underlie human social behavior. (Formerly titled “Research Seminar in Social Psychological Research.”)

PSY 5343  Human Cognition
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: PSY 5213 or consent of instructor.
A critical analysis of the ways that humans select, organize, store, retrieve, modify, and apply information about external events.

PSY 5353  Industrial/Organizational Psychology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: PSY 5213 or consent of instructor.
A critical analysis of the theories, research methodology, and empirical findings that form the basis for understanding work behavior. Additional focus on methods used to assess and evaluate behavior and jobs.

PSY 5363  Health Psychology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: PSY 5213 or consent of instructor.
A critical analysis of the theories, research methods, empirical findings, and applications that form a basis for understanding psychological factors in physical and mental health. (Formerly titled “Research Seminar in Psychology and Health.”)

PSY 5383  Biological Psychology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: PSY 5213 or consent of instructor.
A critical analysis of the theories, research methodology, and empirical findings that form the basis for understanding the biological principles that underlie human behavior.

PSY 5393  Cross Cultural Psychology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: PSY 5213 or consent of instructor.
The course provides a foundation for a “context sensitive” psychology influenced by the social, cultural, and environmental contexts in which psychological theory is generated and tested. Topics may include cultural influences on the self-concept, cultural influences within “universal” behaviors, cultural differences for participating in groups and societies, and the influence of culture on personal relationships.

PSY 5413  Inferential Statistics
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: PSY 5213.
Application of selected parametric and nonparametric procedures to the analysis and interpretation of empirical data.

PSY 6113  Psychological Measurement
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor or admission to the psychology program.
An examination of the criteria and procedures used to develop valid and reliable measures of psychological constructs and human behavior. (Formerly titled “Perspectives in Measurement of Behavior.”)

PSY 6213  Correlation and Regression Analyses
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: PSY 5213 or consent of instructor.
Application of selected multivariate procedures to the analysis and interpretation of empirical data.

PSY 6513  Research Internship
3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and student’s graduate advisor.
Students assist in conducting supervised research in a local organization. May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 6 hours.

PSY 6951-3  Independent Study
1 to 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission in writing (form available) of the instructor and the program’s Graduate Advisor of Record.
Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. For students needing specialized work not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to the Master’s degree.

PSY 6961  Comprehensive Examination
1 hour credit. Prerequisite: Approval of the Graduate Program Committee to take the Comprehensive Examination.
Independent study course for the purpose of taking the Comprehensive Examination. Enrollment is required each term in which the Comprehensive Examination is taken if no other courses are being taken that term. The grade report for the course is either “CR” (satisfactory performance on the Comprehensive Examination) or “NC” (unsatisfactory performance on the Comprehensive Examination).

PSY 6973  Special Topics in Psychology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and student’s graduate advisor.
An organized course offering the opportunity for specialized study not often available as part of the regular course offerings. The course may be repeated for credit when the topics vary, but not more than 3 hours, regardless of discipline, may be applied to the Master’s degree.

PSY 6981,3,6  Master’s Thesis
1, 3, or 6 hours credit. Prerequisite: Written thesis proposal must be approved by the Graduate Program Committee prior to enrollment.
Supervised thesis research and preparation. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 hours will apply to the Master’s degree. Credit will be awarded upon completion of the thesis. Enrollment is required each term in which the thesis is in progress.

PSY 7003  Multivariate Statistical Analysis
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor or unconditional admission to Doctoral program.
An advanced treatment of multivariate statistical techniques. Topics include multivariate normal distribution, multivariate tests of hypotheses, confidence regions, principal component analysis, factor analysis, discrimination and classification analysis, and clustering.

PSY 7013  Advanced Research Design
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor or unconditional admission to Doctoral program.
An examination of issues related to complex research designs to address health-related issues. Topics include multilevel modeling, complex sampling, experimental, quasi-experimental, and mixed designs.

PSY 7023  Military Health Psychology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor or unconditional admission to Doctoral program.
Overview of research related to Military Health Psychology. Topics include military cultural competency, psychological assessment, population health, intervention, and treatment of health-related issues of importance to the military, such as depression, PTSD, substance-abuse, and combat-related injuries. Approaches to prevention and resiliency in military personnel and their family members are also covered.

PSY 7103  Advanced Topics in Biopsychology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor or unconditional admission to Doctoral program.
Topics related to empirical and clinical findings that contribute to current knowledge of brain-behavior relationships and the structural and functional changes associated with specific clinical conditions will be examined. Topics include traumatic brain injury, neurotransmitter imbalance, and specific related disorders, and the effects of stress on brain structure and function. May be repeated for credit when topics vary, but not more than 6 hours may be applied to the Doctoral degree.

PSY 7113  Advanced Topics in Clinical Psychology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor or unconditional admission to Doctoral program.
Topics related to the critical evaluation of prevention, assessment, and intervention strategies used to address clinical problems in a military environment will be examined. Topics include depression, PTSD, clinical issues related to injuries and rehabilitation, substance abuse, family and partner conflict, combat-related stress disorders, and promotion of resiliency. May be repeated for credit when topics vary, but not more than 6 hours may be applied to the Doctoral degree.

PSY 7123  Advanced Topics in Applied Social Psychology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor or unconditional admission to Doctoral program.
Topics related to understanding social psychological approaches that can be applied to understanding the prevention, etiology, and treatment of health disorders. Topics include group and organizational dynamics, social comparison, affiliation, cognitive dissonance, attitude formation and change, and attribution theory. May be repeated for credit when topics vary, but not more than 6 hours may be applied to the Doctoral degree.

PSY 7133  Advanced Topics in Applied Cognitive Psychology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor or unconditional admission to Doctoral program.
Topics related to understanding cognitive psychological approaches that can be applied to understanding the prevention, etiology, and treatment of health disorders. Topics include memory, problem solving, strategy utilization, communication, spatial cognition, training and learning, cultural learning, and social information processing. May be repeated for credit when topics vary, but not more than 6 hours may be applied to the Doctoral degree.

PSY 7143  Advanced Topics in Diversity and Health Disparities
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor or unconditional admission to Doctoral program.
Topics related to differences in prevention, etiology, healthcare delivery, and response to intervention related to gender, racial/ethnic identity, socioeconomic group, and/or geographic region of origin. Topics include differences in the type and rate of specific health problems in different groups, differences in access and response to prevention and treatment interventions and differences in the role of organizational, family-based and social support in healthcare interventions. May be repeated for credit when topics vary, but not more than 6 hours may be applied to the Doctoral degree.

PSY 7203  Grant Development
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor or unconditional admission to Doctoral program.
This course will provide students with an overview of the grant writing process. Literature review, theoretical rationale, budget, evaluation protocols, and Institutional Review Board requirements will be examined. Local, state, national, government, and private funding sources will be reviewed. The final product will be a completed grant proposal. (Credit cannot be earned for both PSY 7203 and KAH 5163.)

PSY 7213  Program Evaluation
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor or unconditional admission to Doctoral program.
This course will review the process by which health-related programs are planned, implemented, and evaluated in various communities and work-related settings. Students in this course should have prior knowledge of health-related theories, multivariate statistics, and advanced research design. (Credit cannot be earned for both PSY 7213 and KAH 5133.)

PSY 7911-6  Doctoral Research
1 to 6 hours credit. Prerequisites: Permission of the Ph.D. Graduate Advisor of Record and dissertation director; must be a Ph.D. candidate.
Preparation and writing of dissertation proposal. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 12 hours will apply to the Doctoral degree.

PSY 7921-6  Doctoral Dissertation
1 to 6 hours credit. Prerequisites: Permission of the Ph.D. Graduate Advisor of Record and dissertation director; must be a Ph.D. candidate.
Preparation, writing, and successful defense of the Doctoral dissertation. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 12 hours will apply to the Doctoral degree.

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