Graduate Courses

PSYCH 626 ADVANCED PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY (3 cr.)
The biological basis of behavior emphasizing functional neuroanatomy and endocrinology. Topics may vary. May not be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: PSYCH 324 or consent of instructor.

PSYCH 662 PSYCHOLOGY AND CULTURE (3 cr.)
Seminar examining the cultural context in which psychological theories and research are generated and psychological perspectives on human diversity. Topics include the philosophical positions influencing psychological theory and research; methodological issues in the study of diversity, historical and contemporary perspectives; and cross-cultural psychological research in selected content areas. Prerequisite: PSYCH 310 or consent of instructor.

PSYCH 680 HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY (3 cr.)
Study of the role of health-related behaviors in the prevention, development and/or exacerbation of health problems. Emphasis on the biopsychosocial model and its application in the assessment, treatment, and prevention of health problems. Prerequisite: PSYCH 201 (with a grade of C or better) and one 300-level psychology course or consent of instructor.

PSYCH 683 ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY (3 cr.)
Study of the physiological, psychological, and cultural factors involved in such behavioral disorders as transient situational disturbances, personality disorders, psychoneuroses, psychoses, and psychosomatic disturbances. Special emphasis is placed on the advantages and disadvantages of particular conceptual models in labeling and describing behaviors as either normal or abnormal. Prerequisites: PSYCH 201 (with a grade of C or better) and one 300-level psychology course or consent of instructor.

PSYCH 689 SELECTED TOPICS (3 cr.)
Seminar in current topics in psychology. Topics change from semester to semester and are announced prior to each semester’s registration. May be repeated once for credit, but only if different topics are covered. Prerequisite: PSYCH 201 (with a grade of C or better) and one 300-level psychology course or consent of instructor.

PSYCH 810 RESEARCH DESIGN AND QUANTITATIVE METHODS I (3 cr.)
Bivariate and multivariate data analysis applied to industrial and other work- related settings. Topics include the major data analytic tools needed for research in applied psychology. Prerequisite: Six credits of statistics, research methods or equivalent.

PSYCH 811 RESEARCH DESIGN AND QUANTITATIVE METHODS II (3 cr.)
Research methodologies; experimental, quasi-experimental and nonexperimental designs, emphasizing applied psychological research. Special topics include scientific method, basic versus applied research, technical writing, grant writing and ethics. Prerequisite: PSYCH 810.

PSYCH 813 RESEARCH DESIGN AND QUANTITATIVE METHODS III (3 cr.)
Advanced course in applications of multivariate data analysis in industrial and other work-related settings. Topics include the major advanced and multivariate data analytic tools needed for research in applied psychology. Prerequisite: PSYCH 810 or consent of instructor.

PSYCH 815 ADVANCED STUDIES IN SYSTEMS AND THEORIES (3 cr.)
Advanced study of the foundations of contemporary psychology, the origins of major theories, the conceptions of scientific knowledge implicit in them, and the reasons for accepting or rejecting them. Prerequisite: PSYCH 415 or consent of instructor.

PSYCH 822 HUMAN PERCEPTION AND PERFORMANCE (3 cr.)
Basic research on human perception as applied to task performance; focus is on vision and audition in adults, examining basic knowledge of human sensory and perceptual characteristics as applied to such tasks as machine operation, task performance, etc.

PSYCH 823 PERCEPTION, COGNITION AND TECHNOLOGY (3 cr.)
Fundamentals of sensory and perceptual processes focusing on human vision and audition. Emphasis on perceptual aspects of applications and communication in electronic and traditional media. Topics include perception of speech, time, depth, color and motion in natural and virtual environments, as well as psychophysics, attention, eye movements and reading. Prerequisite: Enrollment in MFAC degree program or consent of instructor.

PSYCH 833 ADVANCED COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY (3 cr.)
Research and theory concerning perception, memory, reasoning, problem solving, knowledge representation, psychology of language, semantics, attention, concept formation and other high-level mental processes; applications of these areas are considered.

PSYCH 835 ADVANCED HUMAN FACTORS PSYCHOLOGY (3 cr.)
Foundation from which to study interactions between human beings and systems in order to maximaze safety, performance and user satisfaction; integration and application of basic research and theory in sensation, perception, cognition and motor control. Prerequisite: Graduate student standing and consent of instructor.

PSYCH 837 Ergonomics for Applied Psychology (3 cr.)
Perception and action capabilities of humans as they relate to the design of machines and environments; biomechanics, anthropometry, human movement and work, and the perceptual supports action.

PSYCH 840 USABILITY ANALYSIS AND CREW ASSESSMENT (3 cr.)
Hands-on exposure to human factors methods for evaluating the usability of computer interfaces and assessing team performance in fast-paced tasks. May include cognitive task analysis, heuristic evaluation, usability testing, sequential data analysis, cognitive modeling, workload and situation-awareness measurement, measurement of team knowledge, operating simulators. Prerequisite: PSYCH 810 or 835 or consent of instructor.

PSYCH 845 ADVANCED STUDIES IN ADULTHOOD AND AGING (3 cr.)
Advanced study of human development from young adulthood through late adulthood; biological, cognitive, personality development and social development, examined from the perspective of several major theoretical frameworks. Prerequisite: PSYCH 345 or consent of instructor.

PSYCH 852 ADVANCED STUDIES IN SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY (3 cr.)
Human social behavior from the perspective of the individual as a participant in social relationships, emphasizing contemporary theories of human social behavior and human behavior in social settings. Prerequisite: PSYCH 352 or consent of instructor.

PSYCH 860 PSYCHOLOGY OF TRAINING AND EVALUATION (3 cr.)
Evaluation issues such as criteria development, organizational assessment, process and outcome criteria along with instructional methodologies, such as fairness in training, special populations, second careers, hard-core unemployment, and ethics of organizational and industrial change. Prerequisite: A course in industrial psychology, personnel psychology or equivalent.

PSYCH 861 PERSONNEL PSYCHOLOGY (3 cr.)
Theory, techniques and legal issues involved in the effective matching of individuals’ needs, preferences, skills and abilities with the needs and preferences of organizations. Topics include research methods, prediction issues, tests and other predictors, decision making and job evaluation. Prerequisite: PSYCH 810.

PSYCH 862 Organizational Psychology 3(3,0) (3 cr.)
Investigation of forms of organizational structure and basic theories of organizations. Includes research and theories on human behavior in organizations including motivation, leadership, and job satisfaction. Discusses relationships between theories and research on human behavior and organization development and change. Preq: A course in industrial/organizational psychology or equivalent.

PSYCH 863 WORK MOTIVATION AND SATISFACTION (3 cr.)
Explanations for absenteeism, productivity, job satisfaction and withdrawal, as well as their interrelations; methods of measuring attitudes and opinions and general theories of human motivation. Prerequisite: An industrial/organizational psychology course or equivalent.

PSYCH 864 PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL (3 cr.)
Job measurement and the psychological processes involved in performance appraisal, emphasizing current methods, theory and applications in the measurement of job performance; training in the development and evaluation of performance appraisal systems. Prerequisite: PSYCH 364 or consent of instructor.

PSYCH 866 ATTITUDE MEASUREMENT THEORY (3 cr.)
Classic and contemporary approaches to attitude theory, measurement and scaling techniques with special emphasis on theories of job satisfaction and the measurement of attitudes toward work. Prerequisite: PSYCH 471 or consent of instructor.

PSYCH 867 LEGAL ISSUES IN PERSONNEL (3 cr.)
Discrimination law and its relevance to the practice of industrial/organizational psychology. Compliance with Title 7, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Prerequisite: PSYCH 861 and 871 or consent of instructor.

PSYCH 868 LEADERSHIP IN ORGANIZATIONS (3 cr.)
Theories of leadership and current leadership research; theoretical approaches include trait, behavioral, contingency, transactional and transformational approaches; current leadership issues may include leadership perceptions, gender and leadership, and executive succession. Prerequisite: An industrial/organizational psychology course or equivalent.

PSYCH 869 ADVANCED PERSONNEL SELECTION (3 cr.)
Advanced seminar covering details of personnel selection techniques used in organizations. Techniques covered may include biodata, cognitive and physical ability tests, personality tests, interviews, and assessment centers. Prerequisite: PSYCH 861.

PSYCH 871 PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS AND MEASUREMENT (3 cr.)
Advanced survey of psychological test development, evaluation and utilization in organizational and research settings; professional guidelines for the practice of testing in industrial/organizational psychology and legal guidelines for using tests in industry. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

PSYCH 873 STRUCTURAL EQUATION MODELING IN APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY (3 cr.)
Fundamentals of the statistical techniques involved in structural equation modeling (SEM) in applied psychology. SEM is a regression-based technique that incorporates elements of path analysis, confirmatory factor analysis, and structural models. Prerequisite: PSYCH 810 or consent of instructor.

PSYCH 882 SURVEY IN OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY (3 cr.)
Issues in the newly developing field of occupational health psychology; integration of knowledge bases from human factors, industrial-organizational, health psychology, and related disciplines; biopsychosocial perspective where students develop problem-solving skills and interdisciplinary knowledge. Prerequisite: Prior psychology coursework or consent of instructor.

PSYCH 883 ADVANCED STUDIES IN ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY (3 cr.)
Seminar on the etiology and classification of abnormal behavior, emphasizing empirical and theoretical issues in the understanding of mental disorders; cultural influences on judgment of abnormality and in-depth examination of specific psychological disorders. Prerequisite: PSYCH 483 (Abnormal Psych) or consent of instructor.

PSYCH 885 ORGANIZATIONAL STRESS (3 cr.)
Considers stressors in the workplace that have the capacity to undermine an individual’s well-being and performance. Addresses comprehensive models of organizational stress, methodological challenges in studying workplace stress, factors that reduce the negative impact of stress, and organizational interventions to reduce the negative consequences.

PSYCH 891 MASTER’S THESIS RESEARCH (Credits to be arranged.)

PSYCH 895 APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY INTERNSHIP (3-6 cr.)
Supervised field experience in industry, business or government; site location, on-site supervision and credit hours must be approved in advance by the graduate coordinator.

PSYCH 897 SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY (1-3 cr.)
Study of a particular topic under the direction of a faculty member; specific program is organized by the student and faculty member and submitted to the graduate coordinator for approval; project is not used to support M.S. thesis.

PSYCH 899 SELECTED TOPICS (3 cr.)
Selected current and classic topics not covered in other courses. May be repeated for credit.

PSYCH 991 DOCTORAL DISSERTATION RESEARCH (Credits to be arranged.)