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Psychology: Graduate Course Descriptions

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5302. Individual Psychological Tests


Major individual psychological tests. Each student will choose one particular scale, master its techniques, administer it to a specific number of subjects, score, and interpret the results. Prerequisites: PSYC 4308 and PSYC 3381 or equivalent. Laboratory fee, $5.
5303. Seminar in Counseling Problems and Techniques 3(3-0)
Designed for students in counseling to assist them in working out solutions to specific problems through the resources of expert consultants, seminars, and laboratory demonstrations. Prerequisite: PSYC 5304.
5304. Counseling and Psychotherapy 3(3-0)
The counselor in business, industry, and social worThursday, October 18, 2007->e: 6 semester hours of advanced psychology, or the equivalent.
5305. Graduate Research Project 3
A Graduate Research Project must be completed and submitted to the Graduate Office for a grade to be assigned, otherwise IP notations are recorded. This course is specifically designed for Plan II and Plan III students. Prerequisite: departmental approval.
5306. Thesis 3
This course is for Plan I students. This course requires 6 hours of grades, the first 3 hours consisting of completion of a thesis proposal and the last 3 hours consisting of completion of the thesis. Completion of the thesis proposal is a prerequisite for enrollment in the last 3 hours of thesis.
5307. Psychology of Aging 3(3-0)
Overview of literature and academic research in the field of psychology of aging with a focus on effective interventions in applied situations. Topics covered will include physical processes, cognition, personality, psychopathology and death/dying. Student will have the opportunity to explore a specific topic in depth. Prerequisite: enrolled in Gerontology program or 18 hours of Psychology.
5308. An Introduction to Clinical Psychology 3(3-0)
An introduction to the clinical method of analysis and treatment of behavior disorders. Prerequisites: PSYC 4308, PSYC 4322, and PSYC 4325.
5309. Cognitive Psychology 3(3-0)
Analysis of theoretical, empirical, methodological, and applied issues in such areas as attention. pattern recognition, memory, language and problem solving. The relationship between cognition and such individual-difference variables as age, intelligence, and expertise will be covered.
5313. Physiological Psychology 3(3-0)
An intensive study of the biological mechanisms underlying behavior and applications of biological psychology to human problems. This course covers biological foundations, evolution and development of the nervous system, perception and action, the regulation of behavior, emotions and mental disorders and cognitive neuroscience.
5314. Selected Topics in Psychology 3(3-0)
Literature and research in areas of psychology not otherwise treated in depth in available courses. May be repeated for credit with change in topic. Prerequisite: courses appropriate to the selected topic.
5315. Practicum in Counseling 3(2-10)
Supervised practice in counseling and therapy with individual clients: 150 hours of practicum experience in a professional setting per semester plus two hours of individual or group supervision per week. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: PSYC 5304, PSYC 5308, PSYC 5325, and PSYC 5333.
5319. Life Span Development: Theory/Techniques 3(3-0)
A study of psychological, social, cultural, physical, and emotional factors affecting personality development and behavior throughout the life span. Therapeutic application in clinical practice will be emphasized.
5321. Methods and Techniques in Family Therapy 3(3-0)
Review of family systems and family therapy paradigms. Emphasis on the acquisition of skills and techniques through experiential class exercises. Prerequisite: an introductory course in family therapy.
5325. Psychopathology 3(3-4)
A survey of the research, theories, assessment, and treatment models pf psychopathology.
5329. Neuro-linguistic Programming 3(3-0)
A study of alternative approaches to communication in the field of counseling. These include rapport, influencing skills, and the use of body language to achieve results and accelerate learning. Other approaches include the use of metaphors, storytelling, and relaxation techniques.
5331. Lifestyles and Career Development 3(3-0)
A review of psychological research, theory, and methodologies in the world of work, including the nature of organizations and the worker, group processes and training, communication, attitudes, motivation, and leadership.
5332. Psychology of Women 3(3-0)
An intensive overview of the special social, psychological, and biological issues facing women in contemporary Western culture. Topics include gender role formation and differences, female sexuality, relationships, values, status, and wellness.
5333. Ethics and Legal Issues 3(3-0)
An intensive study of ethical and legal issues for students with a background in counseling or related areas. Focuses on basic issues, values clarification, foundations of ethical positions, and interaction with the legal profession.
5335. Seminar in Sexual Dysfunctions and Issues 3(3-0)
Social, cultural, psychological, and medical components, including therapeutic intervention. Prerequisite: PSYC 5304 or equivalent.
5336. Clinical Assessment of Abnormal Behavior 3(3-0)
The assessment of abnormal behavior with emphasis on symptomatic behavior, clinical diagnosis, and writing assessments and planning treatment.
5342. Projective Testing 3(3-0)
Personality assessment, employing such projective techniques as the Rorschach, Bender-Gestalt and Thematic Apperception tests. Includes interviewing, administration, scoring, interpretation, and report writing. Prerequisite: PSYC 4308.
5344. Group Therapy 3(3-0)
A study of the theoretical concepts of types of groups, stages of group development, and leadership skills.
5381. Behavioral Science Research 3(3-0)
Behavioral science research design, methodology, analysis, and interpretation of results. Under tutorial guidance, students conduct, analyze, and report on an empirical study of their own design and choice of topic. Prerequisites: PSYC 3381 or equivalent and either PSYC 3387 or SOCI 4382.
To earn graduate credit for any undergraduate course authorized in the graduate catalog, the student must complete an extra assignment of graduate level quality that is not required of undergraduate students. The following advanced undergraduate courses have been approved by the Graduate Council for graduate credit: PSYC 4302. Personnel and Industrial Psychology. PSYC 4308. Theory and Principles of Psychological Testing. PSYC 4312. Physiological Psychology. PSYC 4322. Psychology of Personality. PSYC 4325. Abnormal Psychology. PSYC 4328. Psychology of Perception.

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