Courses in PSYCHOLOGY (DIVISION 455)

The Department of Psychology offers three regular introductory courses which differ in focus: Psychology 170, Psychology 171, and Psychology 172. Psychology 170 is offered as a natural science and stresses experimental psychology; Psychology 171 is offered as a social science and stresses social psychology and interpersonal behavior; Psychology 172 is approved for social science distribution but treats both perspectives with about equal weight. Students may elect Psychology 170 and 171, but students may not receive credit for Psychology 172 and either Psychology 170 or 171. Any of the three courses meets the prerequisite requirement for concentration and serves as a prerequisite for advanced courses.

171. Introduction to Psychology as a Social Science. Credit is granted for both Psych. 170 and 171; no credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 172 or 192. Psych. 171 may not be included in a concentration plan in psychology. (SS). Students in Psychology 171 are required to spend five hours outside of class participating as subjects in research projects.

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172. Introduction to Psychology. Psych. 172 is equivalent to either Psych. 170 or 171 as a prerequisite for advanced courses in the department and as a prerequisite to concentration. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 170, 171, 190 or 192. Psych. 172 may not be included in a concentration plan in psychology. (SS). Students in Psychology 172 are required to spend five hours outside of class participating as subjects in research projects.

This course is a one-term survey which integrates material from Psychology 170 and 171. It is a broad introduction to the whole of psychology. The course serves as a basic preparation for most advanced level courses in psychology. Discussion sections offer students the opportunity to discuss and critically examine what they are learning.

204. Individual Research. Introductory psychology and permission of instructor. May not be included in a concentration plan in psychology. (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be elected for a total of 6 credits.

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206. Tutorial Reading. Introductory psychology and permission of instructor. May not be included in a concentration plan in psychology. (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be elected for a total of 6 credits.

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300. Field Practicum. Introductory psychology and permission of instructor. Degree credit is granted for a combined total of 15 credits elected through Psych. 201 and 300-309. A combined total of 6 credits of Psychology 300-309, 504, and 506 may be included in a concentration plan in psychology. (Excl). (EXPERIENTIAL). Credit is granted for a combined total of 12 credits elected through the series Psych. 300-309.

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308. Field Practicum. Introductory psychology and permission of a departmental Board of Study. Degree credit is granted for a combined total of 15 credits elected through Psych. 201 and 300-309. A combined total of 6 credits of Psychology 300-309, 504, and 506 may be included in a concentration plan in psychology. (Excl). (EXPERIENTIAL). Credit is granted for a combined total of 12 credits elected through the series Psych. 300-309.

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362. Teaching or Supervising Laboratory or Fieldwork in Psychology. Permission of instructor. (Excl). (EXPERIENTIAL). May not be elected for credit more than once.

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382. Introduction to Social Psychology. Introductory psychology. (SS).

This course introduces students to the field of social psychology by covering such basic theoretical concepts as social beliefs and social inference; conformity and power; altruism; aggression; interpersonal attraction; and persuasion. Material from each unit is applied to a variety of contemporary social and psychological concerns. Students are evaluated by means of exams and classroom contributions. Instructional methods include assigned readings, lectures, films, demonstrations, and weekly discussion sections. [Cost:2] [WL:1] (Hilton)

444. Perception. Psych. 170, 172, 192 or 310. (NS).

This course carries Concentration credit for Psychology concentrators or Natural Science credit for the LS&A Distribution requirement. The course focuses on basic perceptual phenomenon and theories. It also examines the general relationship between perception and scientific observation. Topics include: Sensory transduction and psychophysics, Gestalt organization, constancy and contrast effects, expectation, selective attention, perceptual learning and symbolic representation. While the course is oriented toward the natural sciences, it also considers social, philosophical and esthetic perspectives, since at its most general level, human perception concerns the questions of how and why human beings use sensory information to conceive of, and experience immediate reality the way they do. The instructor assumes no particular psychology background, and non-psychology concentrators are welcome. Grades will be determined on the basis of two short papers (each worth 30% of the grade) and one longer paper (worth 40% of the grade). An optional MTS conference will also be available. Questions concerning this class can be messaged to Robert Pachella using the MTS message system. [Cost:2] [WL:5 Get on waitlist. At beginning of term be sure that telephone number at CRISP is correct: If not call 764-9440 to correct it. As places in the course open up, we will call people IN ORDER from the waitlist.] (Pachella)

475. Abnormal Psychology. Introductory psychology. (SS).

This course will provide an overview of abnormal psychology, focusing on the assessment and diagnosis of psychiatric disorders. We will also explore several explanatory systems (psychodynamic, behavioral/cognitive behavioral and biopsychological) that offer accounts of the etiology of these disorders and provide treatment strategies. The readings for this course will include clinical case studies, theoretical essays and empirical research papers. Course requirements include: attendance at lecture, course readings, 2 or 3 in class examinations. A short paper may also be assigned. (Leary)

504. Individual Research. Permission of instructor. A combined total of 6 credits of Psych. 300-309, 504, and 506 may be included in a concentration plan in psychology. (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be elected for a total of 6 credits.

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506. Tutorial Reading. Permission of instructor and a prior or concurrent course in an area related to the one in which tutorial reading is to be done. A combined total of 6 credits of Psych. 300-309, 504, and 506 may be included in a concentration plan in psychology. (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be elected for a total of 6 credits.

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561/Soc. 561. Survey Research Design. One elementary statistics course. (Excl).

INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICAL RESEARCH DESIGN Research in the social sciences has increasingly come to rely on statistical concepts in the development and evaluation of research designs, as well as in the presentation and analysis of data. The application of a wide variety of research designs, including both experimental and non-experimental designs require the understanding of basic statistical concepts. This course provides a basic introduction to concepts of research design and statistical reasoning. Topics include: elements of study design, necessary mathematical operations, central tendency, dispersion and variance, sampling error, sampling distributions, standard errors, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, and analysis of variance. (Yeaton)

562/Soc. 562. Survey Research Data Collection. One elementary statistics course. (Excl).
SURVEY DESIGN AND DATA COLLECTION MAIL AND TELEPHONE TECHNIQUES In the United States face-to-face interview surveys are conducted less frequently than are surveys using mailed self-administered questionnaires or telephone interviews. The choice of mode of data collection has large effects on the costs, administrative design, sampling, nonresponse, and measurement design of the survey. This course offers training in the practical aspects of conducting surveys by mail and telephone, as well as a review of methodological research on the two methods. The course covers issues of sampling, nonresponse reduction, questionnaire design, computer assisted telephone interviewing, and survey administration. The student will learn the strengths and weaknesses of the individual methods, as well as the feasibility of designs that combine the two methods in a single survey. Prerequisite: An introductory course in survey research methods or equivalent experience. (Dillman/Biemer)

583/Soc. 583. Introduction to Survey Research I. Introductory psychology and statistics; or permission of instructor. (Excl).
Introduction to Survey Research. (6 credits.)
This 8 week course is designed to acquaint students with the theory and practice of survey research broadly defined as research that relies primarily upon face-to-face interviews, telephone interviews, or mail questionnaires as a primary means of data collection. The course involves lectures, readings, and discussions covering the basics of the major stages of a survey, including hypothesis and problem formulation, study design, sampling, questionnaire and interview design, pretesting, techniques of interviewing, code development and coding of data, data cleaning and management, data analysis, and report writing. Staff members from Survey Operations at the Survey Research Center will guest lecture on several of these topics. In addition, students will gain practical experience in these areas through assignments that utilize material and data from recent surveys. No prior research experience is necessary. (Herzog/Fultz)


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