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Courses - PSY Graduate Level

501./401. History of Psychology (3)

Prerequisite: Six upper division units in psychology.
Historical background and development of psychology as a science. Contributions of major individuals and systems.
Letter grade only (A-F).

507./407. Introduction to Family Therapy (3)

Prerequisites: PSY 220, PSY 373, PSY 475 or consent of instructor.
Survey of the field of family therapy including origins of differences in family structure, historical development of family therapy theory and practice.
(Lecture/Discussion) Letter grade only (A-F).

511./411. Statistical Design and Analysis of Experiments (3)

Prerequisite: PSY 310 or consent of instructor.
Focuses on the logic, application, and interpretation of analysis of variance (ANOVA) models in addition to other statistical procedures. Various issues of research design and experimentation are also covered.
(Lecture 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F)

512./412. Multivariate Statistical Analysis (3)

Prerequisite: PSY 310 or consent of instructor.
Covers logic, application, and limitations of multivariate (multiple independent and dependent variables) statistics. Topics may include multivariate analysis of variance, single and multiple correlation/regression, logistic regression, factor analysis, and path analysis.
(Lecture 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F)

515. Test Construction Theory and Practice (3)

Prerequisites: PSY 310 and either PSY 314 or PSY 315.
Consideration of problems in the construction of tests for personnel selection, educational screening, personality assessment, aptitude estimating, and measurement of academic achievement. practice in the development of tests.
(Lecture 2 hrs, laboratory 2 hrs) Letter grade only (A-F).

518./418. Computer Applications in Psychology (3)

Prerequisites: PSY 310 or equivalent or consent of instructor.
Foundations of computer technology and its application to psychology. Emphasis on real-time control by digital computers in psychological research and applications.
(Lecture 2 hrs, laboratory 3 hrs) Letter grade only (A-F).

523./423. Qualitative Methods and Analysis (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
Overview of qualitative research methods and analysis. Students learn to conduct observations, focus groups and qualitative interviews. Inductive analysis techniques such as content analysis and narrative analysis. Application of these skills in a qualitative evaluation of a real-world program.
Letter grade only (A-F).

527./427. Human Factors (3)

Prerequisites: PSY 310 and two of the following: PSY 331, PSY 332 or PSY 333.
Systematic application of psychological principles to the design of person-machine systems. Emphasis in the laboratory on the development of skills required of human factors psychologists. These skills will include systems analysis, cognitive task analysis, rapid prototyping and usability testing.
(Lecture 2 hrs, laboratory 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

533./433. Research in Cognition and Learning (3)

Prerequisites: PSY 220, PSY 310, and PSY 331 or PSY 332 or PSY 333.
Research methods in cognition, learning, and perception. Laboratory includes experiments on selected topics.
(Lecture 2 hrs, lab 3 hrs) Letter grade only (A-F).

536./436. Psychology of Mood (3)

Prerequisites: PSY 100, PSY 220, PSY 310, or consent of instructor.
Analyses of normal mood states, including survey of existing literature. Topics may include the relationship of mood to important antecedents and consequences such as sleep-wake cycles, exercise, nutrition, physical health, stress, and cognition.

541./441. Research in Physiological Psychology (3)

Prerequisites: PSY 220, PSY 310, and PSY 341.
Research methods in psychobiology. Includes fundamentals of neuroanatomy, surgical procedures for stimulation, lesioning and recording, pharmacological procedures used in neuropsychological research.
(Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

544./444. Cognitive Neuroscience (3)

Prerequisites: PSY 332 and one of the following: PSY 340, PSY 341, or PSY 342.
Explores brain systems responsible for cognitive processes in normal humans, integrating theory from texts and current research from original sources.
Letter grade only (A-F).

551./451. Research in Social Psychology (3)

Prerequisites: PSY 220, PSY 310, PSY 351, or consent of instructor.
Research methods and problems in social psychology.
(Lecture 2 hrs, laboratory 3 hrs.) Letter grade only (A-F).

553./453. Principles of Group Dynamics (3)

Prerequisites: PSY 210, PSY 220, PSY 351, or consent of instructor.
Behavior in groups with attention to such factors as leadership, followership, interaction and influence including organization, management, morale, and efficiency. Problems, techniques and methods of investigation.
(Lecture/Discussion) Letter grade only (A-F).

556./456. Research in Personality (3)

Prerequisites: PSY 100, PSY 220, PSY 310, PSY 356, or consent of instructor.
Examination of common research methods, especially as they apply to particular theoretical personality paradigms.
(Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

575./475. Clinical Interviewing (3)

Prerequisites: PSY 100, PSY 220, PSY 373.
Study and development of clinical techniques of observation and the interview. Coverage will include a detailed exposure to Client-Centered and Gestalt counseling methods. Emphasis will be on understanding theory and acquisition of basic skills.
Letter grade only (A-F).

581. Organizational Psychology (3)

Prerequisites: PSY 351 or PSY 381 or PSY 453/553.
Analysis of organizational behavior and practices from a systems point of view. Consideration of employee motivation, power, leadership, communication, decision-making, and organizational change. Research methods for studying organizations.

Letter grade only (A-F).

582. Research in Industrial and Organizational Psychology (3)
Prerequisites: PSY 220 and PSY 310.
Research methods and problems in industrial psychology. Includes direct observational, psychophysical, regression, survey, experimental, and quasi-experimental methods.
(Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

585. Proseminar in Personnel Psychology (3)

Prerequisites: PSY 314 or PSY 315.
Advanced consideration of problems and procedures in personnel psychology. Includes both differentiation and synthesis of major areas within this field.
Not open for credit to students with credit in PSY 586. Letter grade only (A-F).

589. Selected Topics in Industrial and Organizational Psychology (1)

Prerequisite: Acceptance in to the Master of Science - Industrial and Organizational Psychology or consent of instructor.
Exploration of selected advanced topics in Industrial/Organizational psychology.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics in the same semester. Topics announced in the Schedule of Classes. Not open for credit to students with credit in same topic in 590.

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590. Selected Topics in Psychology (1-3)

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. Topics of current interest in psychology selected for intensive development.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with differend topics. Topics announced in the Schedule of Classes.

596. Proseminar on Graduate Research (3)

Prerequisites: Admission to MAPR program, consent of instructor; consent of graduate advisor.
Introduces first semester graduate students to their new graduate level environment and culture. Skills expected of all MAPR master's students will be developed including technical writing, researching topics, public speaking and effectively participating in Psychology seminars.
Letter grade only (A-F).

599. Independent Study (1-3)

Prerequisite: Consent of department.
Unclassified graduate student will conduct independent laboratory or library research and write a report of the research.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units. Letter grade only (A-F).

627. Human Factors' Methods (3)

Prerequisite: PSY 527 or consent of instructor.
An advanced graduate level course on methods commonly used in the field of human factors. These methods include analytic techniques used during the design of human-machine systems (e.g., task analysis, simulation), techniques used to evaluate functioning systems (usability testing, critical incident surveys) and techniques used to measure human performance (e.g., workload, situation awareness).
Letter grade only (A-F).

631. Seminar in Perception and Physiological Psychology (3)

Prerequisite: PSY 331 or PSY 340 or PSY 341 or PSY 342 or consent of instructor; consent of graduate advisor.
Critical examination of selected topics in perception, information processing and neurophysiological correlates of behavior. Student emphasis on either perception or physiological psychology.
Letter grade only (A-F).

632. Seminar in Learning (3)

Prerequisites: PSY 333 or consent of instructor; consent of graduate advisor.
Advanced consideration of selected topics in learning.
Letter grade only (A-F).

633. Seminar in Perception and Attention (3)

Prerequisites: PSY 331 or PSY 332 or consent of instructor; consent of graduate advisor.
Examination of methods, theories, and experimental evidence in selected topics from the areas of sensation, perception, and attention.
Letter grade only (A-F).

634. Seminar in Cognition (3)

Prerequisites: PSY 332 or PSY 333 or consent of instructor; consent of graduate advisor.
Examination of method, theory and experimental evidence in selected topics from the area of cognition.
Letter grade only (A-F).

635. Seminar on Situation Awareness (3)

Prerequisites: PSY 331 or PSY 332 or consent of instructor or/and consent of graduate advisor.
Examines research on situation awareness. Topics include: Theoretical perspectives on situation awareness, its importance in systems design and its application in areas such as driving and aviation. Also examines measurement tools designed to assess situation awareness.
Letter grade only (A-F).

637. Seminar in Emotion and Motivation (3)

Prerequisites: PSY 336 or consent of instructor; consent of graduate advisor.
Advanced consideration of selected topics in animal and human motivation and emotion.
Letter grade only (A-F).

651. Seminar in Social Psychology (3)

Prerequisites: PSY 351 or consent of instructor; consent of graduate advisor.
Critical examination of interpersonal relations, social influence, group membership and influence, and intergroup relations.
Letter grade only (A-F).

656. Seminar in Personality (3)

Prerequisites: PSY 356 or consent of instructor; consent of graduate advisor.
Theories of personality structure, dynamics, and development. Critical examination of research deriving from different theoretical approaches.
Letter grade only (A-F).

661. Seminar in Developmental Psychology (3)

Prerequisites: PSY 361 or consent of instructor; consent of graduate advisor.
Consideration of theoretical and methodological issues in life span developmental psychology. Critical examination of research on selected topics, including development of physiological function, intelligence, language, learning processes, sensory processes, perception, personality and social behavior.
Letter grade only (A-F).

678. Seminar in Health and Behavior and Intervention (3)

Prerequisites: PSY 310 or consent of instructor; consent of graduate advisor.
Overview of health psychology and health promotion field. Students learn background of psychology's role in health professions, health behavior theory and health intervention design and evaluation. analysis of individual, contextual, structural and cultural factors impacting health and health intervention.
Letter grade only (A-F).

683. Issues Organizational Development (3)

Prerequisites: PSY 581.
Examination of theory, research, techniques, and practices in field of organizational development, professional practice of managing change in organizations. Techniques, such as team building, systems analysis, process consultation, large-group interventions and survey feedback will be examined.
Letter grade only (A-F).

686. Issues in Training (3)

Prerequisites: PSY 332 or PSY 333, and PSY 585.
Discusses theoretical and applied issues with the development of employee training programs. Topics include needs assessment, adult learning theory, training methods, training evaluation, and learning organizations. Experiential assignments reinforce course concepts.
Letter grade only (A-F).

688. Practicum in Industrial and Organizational Psychology (3)

Prerequisites: At least 12 units of graduate-level coursework within the MSIO program.
Practice of industrial psychology or human factors in various industrial settings. Individual research and consultation with industrial or governmental organizations.
Letter grade only (A-F). Course fee may be required. Information on fees related to this course can be found here.

696. Research Methods (3)

Prerequisites: PSY 411/511 or PSY 412/512, PSY 596, and consent of graduate advisor.
Preparation and completion of thesis proposal for preliminary oral examination. Power calculations, research methods, and statistical concepts and procedures. Ethics, human subjects protection and responsible conduct of research. Includes the required comprehensive examination for MA Research students.
Letter grade only (A-F).

697. Directed Research (1-3)

Prerequisites: Consent of graduate advisor and department.
Theoretical and experimental problems in psychology requiring intensive analysis.
Letter grade only (A-F).

698. Thesis (1-6)

Prerequisites: Advancement to candidacy, consent of graduate advisor. MSIO students.
Planning, preparation, and completion of a thesis in psychology.
Must be repeated for a total of 6 units of credit. Letter grade only (A-F).

699. Directed Research and Portfolio (1-3)

Prerequisites: Advancement to Candidacy, consent of graduate advisor.
Capstone for the MSIO Applied/Portfolio track. Intensive study of theoretical and/or experimental problems in psychology under the guidance of a faculty member. Portfolio development.
Must be repeated for a total of 3 units of credit. Letter grade only (A-F).


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