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Course Descriptions and Learning Outcomes

Course Descriptions and Learning Outcomes

Course Descriptions

... see Current University Catalog.

 


Psychology Learning Outcomes

(reviewed and revised Spring 2007 except as noted)

PSYC 1000 Orientation to Psychology
Students will be able to:
Articulate knowledge about university and departmental policies and curriculum.

  1. Identify various job and career opportunities associated with an undergraduate degree in psychology.
  2. Articulate their particular area of interest and expertise within the broader field of psychology.
  3. Interact with each other, with other Psychology majors, and with faculty members who are involved in the psychology programs.
  4. Relate with individuals working in occupations related to Psychology.

PSYC 1101 Introduction to General Psychology (reviewed / revised Fall 2008)

Students will be able to

  1. Describe the basic theories, principles, and concepts of psychology as they relate to behaviors and mental processes.
  2. Apply psychological theories, principles, and concepts to everyday life, including industry and organizations.
  3. Compare and contrast materials from, and information about, other cultures.

PSYC 2011 Cognitive Psychology

Students will be able to         

  1. Understand well established theories of cognitive domains such as attention memory, comprehension, problem-solving, reasoning and decision-making.
  2. Understand how the study of failures in cognition for special populations (e.g., individuals with amnesia or dementia, normal elderly individuals) can enhance the understanding of normal cognitive processes.
  3. Discuss how research and theory in cognition psychology have been applied to “real world” problems.

PSYC 2270 Engineering Psychology and Human Performance

Students will be able to  

  1. Define and demonstrate a basic knowledge of the vocabulary of engineering psychology.
  2. Demonstrate a knowledge of how human interaction with machines, equipment, and systems enhances performance, increases safety and increases user satisfaction.
  3. Discuss how psychological knowledge is applied in the design or organization of machines, equipment or
    systems.

PSYC 2401 Psychology of Diversity

Students will be able to

  1. Describe differences and commonalities among groups cross-culturally.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of such issues as conformity, leadership, attributional style as they vary across cultures and in terms of gender.
  3. Give examples of how the above issues have implications for the emerging world.

PSYC 3010 Educational Psychology

Students will be able to

  1. Name and discuss the major categories of variables that have been studied in educational psychology contributing to individual differences.
  2. Name and discuss the major components and techniques of classroom management and instruction that have been addressed in the study of teaching/learning process.
  3. Define learning and compare and contrast the factors that cognitive, behavioral, and humanistic theorists believe influence the learning process.

PSYC 3015 Theories of Personality

Students will be able to

  1. Understand the basic concepts and principles of each theoretical perspective.
  2. Relate the personality theories to one’s own development, characteristics, and behaviors.
  3. Apply the theories to others’ lives in order to better understand their personalities and experiences.

PSYC 3020 Physiological Psychology

Students will be able to

  1. Demonstrate basic understanding of the function of the nervous system and the brain.
  2. Demonstrate how behavior and mental processes are linked to biological processes.
  3. Explain the biological basis in the development of abnormal behavior and mental illness.

PSYC 3031 Experimental Psychology

Students will be able to

  1. Demonstrate an understanding the philosophy, principles, and methods of scientific research.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of non-experimental, descriptive research techniques.
  3. Show the ability to conduct research using the techniques and apparatus appropriate to experimentation in psychology.
  4. Evaluate and interpret research and communicate research findings.

PSYC 3101 International Social Psychology (reviewed / revised Fall 2008)

Students will be able to:

  1. Describe basic elements in the field of social psychology by examining theories, principles, and concepts on a domestic and international level.
  2. Understand how social psychology theories, principles, and concepts may be applied to real-life situations on a domestic and international level.
  3. Recognize how living in his/her social world affects other people's thoughts, feelings, and actions and vice versa on a domestic and international level.


PSYC 3230 Abnormal Psychology

Students will be able to

  1. Describe the major psychological disorders.
  2. Differentiate the symptoms and signs of the major psychological disorders as defined in the DSM-IV.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of cultural differences related to mental health issues.

PSYC 3301 Psychological  Testing

Students will be able to

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of various psychometric concepts related to tests, test construction, and evaluation.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and use of current tests and assessment tools.
  3. Discuss new developments and controversies associated with testing.

PSYC 3305 Developmental Psychology

Students will be able to

  1. Define and demonstrate a basic knowledge of the vocabulary of developmental psychology.
  2. Distinguish between the major theories of biological, cognitive, emotional, social and personality development.
  3. Demonstrate understanding of issues and problems related to human change during the life cycle.

PSYC 4000 International Psychology

Students will be able to

  1. Explain when and how psychology became a science.
  2. Compare and contrast the major schools of thought.
  3. Discuss key historical and social events that shaped the field.

PSYC 4050 History and Systems of Psychology (rev. Spring 09)

Students will be able to

  1. Explain when and how psychology became a science.
  2. Compare and contrast the major schools of thought.
  3. Discuss key historical and social events that shaped the field.
  4. Demonstrate and understanding of the ways in which psychological knowledge, skills, and values can be applied in a variety of settings

PSYC 4130 Psychology of Aging

Students will be able to

  1. Identify factors involved in normal aging and in non-normal aging.
  2. Describe the effects of aging on bio-behavioral, cognitive and psycho-social process.
  3. Differentiate between myth and fact through the scientific study of adult development and aging.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of issues and problems related to adult development and aging.           

PSYC 4220 Psychoactive Drugs, Behavior, and Society

Students will be able to

  1. Identify and describe the various categories of psychoactive drugs.
  2. Discuss how psychoactive drugs affect behavior.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of contemporary problems related to drug use in society.
  4. Discuss various models used in drug intervention and treatment.

PSYC 4600 Conflict Resolution

Students will be able to

  1. Define and demonstrate knowledge of the basic vocabulary of conflict resolution.
  2. Compare and contrast the various models and systems used in negotiation and conflict resolution.
  3. Demonstrate understanding of how culture, gender and role influence the conceptualization of conflict and its resolution.
  4. Demonstrate basic skills used in resolving conflict.

PSYC 4800 Psychology Capstone Seminar (rev. Spring 09)

Students will be able to

  1. Integrate information and perspectives from a number of sub-disciplines.
  2. Develop and complete a self-directed research project, meeting high standards and all deadlines.
  3. Formulate and clearly express, orally and in writing, an hypothesis, appropriate review of literature, and analysis of research, supported with evidence and example as well as logically consistent and fully developed argumentation.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
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