Course descriptions

PSYCH 410. Psychopathology 

This course provides an overview of the nature and history of psychopathologies and then examines different models that help us to understand abnormalities. The focus will be on diagnosis, classification, etiology and treatment of various psychological disorders. 

PSYCH 318. Experimental Psychology 

This course presents experimental methodologies used in psychology, including how data is collected, organized, and interpreted in psychological research. It introduces research methods used to study animal and human behavior and mental processes; examines how to perform experiments in learning, memory and problem solving; apply statistical methods for data analysis, writing of scientific reports, and critically evaluate classical and current research. 

PSYCH 406. Social Psychology 

Course studies human behavior in its social context to reveal how one's feelings and actions can be influenced by other people. Class examines processes of human interaction and the social influences of family, membership groups, mass media, and socioeconomic class on individuals and groups. Students examine elected forms of social reaction patterns, including socialization, attitudes, language acquisition, collective behavior, deviant behavior, prejudices, and violence. 

PSYCH 302. Neuropsychology 

This course surveys neuropsychology, functional neuroanatomy, and brain-behavior relationships.The effects of brain damage on cognitive, personality, and psychosocial functioning will be discussed as well as descriptions of the most common neuropathological and neurobehavioral syndromes (e.g., traumatic brain injury, aphasia, cerebrovascular accidents [strokes], dementia, etc.). 

PSYCH 102. Introduction to psychology 

This course is for basic understanding of psychology and it introduces the science of psychology by surveying key fields such as human development, learning, memory, intelligence, motivation and emotions, personality, abnormality, social interactions, and ethics. Students explore foundations of psychology seen in philosophy, theory, biology, and culture. 

PSYCH 316 Research methods in Social Sciences 

This course considers the major methodological tools of the social sciences including applied statistics. Topics include: research design, measurement, observation, surveys, projective techniques, scale construction, sampling, analysis and interpretation, research reports and applications. 

PSYCH 202. Psychological tests and measurements 

Introduction to basic principles of measurement and a survey of educational and psychological testing. Topics include the role of testing in decision-making, proper an improper uses of tests, test score interpretations (norm-referencing and criterion-referencing), ascertaining the validity and reliability of test scores and interpretations, classroom assessment and item analysis, and an overview of the different types of tests: standardized achievement and ability tests, intelligence tests, personality tests, and other non-cognitive tests (e.g., attitude surveys, interest inventories). 

PSYCH 306. Physiological Psychology 

Introduction to brain, basic physiological processes, and their roles in behaviour. Students develop a basic knowledge of brain anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology. Topics may include: sensing and perceiving; neural bases of action; motivation; learning and memory; and consciousness. Both experimental and clinical data are considered. 

PSYCH 402. Personality Psychology 

This course investigates different empirical approaches to the study and understanding of human personality, including historically important and current conceptualizations of personality. Topics include the definition and measurement of personality; biological and cultural aspects of personality; psychoanalytic, cognitive, and behavioral perspectives; gender differences; and personality disorders. 

PSYCH 414. Clinical Psychology 

This course presents the theories, research, prevention, assessment, and clinical applications of the field of clinical psychology. The diagnostic and therapeutic strategies employed by clinical psychologists are examined, and students will be challenged to engage in a critical analysis of the theories and research that provide the foundation for effective treatments of various mental disorders. 

PSYCH 404. Developmental Psychology 

This course will discuss basic knowledge relevant to development of the human being from the inception till the death, including  pregnancy and birth, infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, death. Theory and research on psychological development through the lifespan, focusing primarily on cognitive and social growth in the early and middle childhood years will be examined. 

PSYCH 310. Cognitive Psychology 

The study of human cognition, its basic concepts, methods of inquiry, and major findings integrates important theories, major topics, and research methods in cognitive psychology including pattern recognition, perception and information processing, attention, short-and long-term memory processes and organization, and decision making. 

PSYCH 308. Principles of Learning 

This course will cover basic issues and research concerned with human learning. This includes both practical aspects of memory as well as theoretical concerns.  

PSYCH 240. Theories in Psychology 

This course discusses the development of the major schools of psychology, their philosophic and scientific antecedents and their basic theoretical concepts, methodological characteristics, empirical content, and general adequacy. 

PSYCH 418. Counselling Psychology 

This course is an introduction to theories and principles of counseling psychology. Theoretical approaches to the counseling process will be presented and applied to case studies. An integrated approach to basic counseling skills, utilizing theory, practice and case application for use in professional settings with special emphasis on providing a foundation for the development of competencies in human relations needed in effective helping relationships. 

PSYCH 340. Psychopharmacology 

This course provides an overview of basic psychopharmacology including an introduction to the interaction between neurophysiology and psychotropic medications, and how such interactions influence psychotherapy treatment, planning an intervention. An introduction is provided to psychotropic drugs, their neurochemical basis, their mode of action, and their clinical application. 

PSYCH 320. Marriage, Family, and Human Intimacy 

This course is aimed to discuss the institution of marriage, family, human intimacy and sexuality from the psychological overview. Assessment and evaluation for clinical-counseling approaches, models of marital adjustment and assessment of interpersonal relationships will be discussed. 

PSYCH 322. Child Psychology 

This course aims to provide an understanding of the basics about children from prenatal development through the preschool years. The Child Psychology course is designed to introduce students to different theorists that explain a number of ways we explain children’s psychological, cognitive, emotional, physical, and behavioral development. 

PSYCH 440. Forensic Psychology 

This course is aimed to introduce students to some representative areas of forensic psychology and to teach how forensic psychologists contribute to the legal system. The topics include: effects of drugs on behavior, criminal behavior, juvenile delinquency, psychopathology, and profiling serial kills, just to name a few.  

PSYCH 304 - Emotions and Motivation 

This course introduces you to the theoretical and empirical approaches to understanding human motivation and emotion. Topics covered include theories of motivation, drives and instincts, consciousness and volitional behavior, self-control and self-regulation, the function of emotions, relationships between emotion and cognition, and the regulation of emotions. 

PSYCH 415 - Industrial Psychology

Introduces students to the content areas of industrial psychology and the application of psychological theory to organizational issues. Topics include employment law, job analysis, recruitment and selection, training, performance appraisal and discipline, employee motivation, and workplace safety. Using an applied approach, this course will help prepare students for their roles as employees and managers.

PSYCH 417 - Cognitive Neuroscience 

Cognitive neuroscience blends the study of behavior (psychology) with the study of the brain (neuroscience). This course will introduce students to this field by examining the brain's role in behaviors such as perception, attention, memory, learning, planning, and other cognitive activities.

PSYCH 419 - Social Work 

This course focuses on the historical development of social welfare, social work and various social services. The course focuses on the nature, causes, and extent of major social problems, and provides examples of how people are affected by such problems. Emphasis is placed on various roles of social workers, the generalist method, cultural competence, ecological and systems theory, the strengths perspective, and responses to the needs of the poor, families, and populations at risk such as the elderly, children, sexual minorities, and people of color. 

PSYCH 421 - Theories of Health Behavior 

This course includes general understandings about the importance of behavior in determining human health. Theories are outlined to explain the role of individual, interpersonal, organizational and community constructs in determining health behavior. The course concludes while integrating this collection of theories to show how professionals in health care and public health use a social ecological perspective to maximize their influence on those behaviors known to influence health. 

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