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Summer Term 2014 Offerings

PSY 311-20 Educational Psychology
An introduction to the psychological principles and theories of human development, learning and motivation in K-12 educational settings. Includes the study of educational research, child and adolscent development, developmentally appropriate and instructional best practices, individual differences, learning environment, and assessment. This course is for non-education majors only. Prerequisite: PSY 210 and sophomore standing.

July 7–August 2, 2014
Lecture: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
1:00–4:30 p.m., Circle Hall, Room 204
Roberta J. Vandevier

PSY-315-36 Lifespan Development
Provides an analysis of biological, cognitive, personality, and social development from conception to death. Illustrative topics may include the nature-nurture controversy, attachment, peer relationships, identity, vocations, marriage and parenting, midlife transition, aging, death, and dying. Theoretical models and research methodologies designed to address these issues will be highlighted throughout the course. Recommended for non-majors. Prerequisite: PSY 210.

June 9–July 19, 2014
Lecture: Tuesday, Thursday
6:30–10:00 p.m., Schaible Science Center, Room 203
Julie Nosal

PSY 327-30 Abnormal Psychology
An introduction to the study of maladaptive behavior. Topics include the diagnosis, assessment, classification, and treatment of these disorders. An overview of the application of basic psychological theories and normal stress responses will be covered. Prerequisite: PSY 210.

June 9–July 19, 2014
Lecture: Monday, Wednesday
8:00–11:30 a.m., Schaible Science Center, Room 004
Sharon Gilbert

PSY 356-36 Research Methods in Psychology
The nature and methods of inquiry into human and animal behavior are examined through the design and implementation of psychological research. Topics include descriptive and experimental methods, analysis and interpretation of research data, and ethical issues in research. Some focus on use of SPSS software. All students design and conduct a study as a psychology laboratory experience outside of class meetings. Prerequisites: PSY 210 and PSY 355/MTH 345.

June 9–July 19, 2014
Lecture: Tuesday, Thursday
6:30–10:00 p.m., Schaible Science Center, Room 003
Jennifer Bailey

PSY 430-36 Cognitive Processes
Human behavior is viewed as the result of the processing of environmental information. The aim of the course is to understand the underlying mechanisms by which humans process this information. Topics include memory, decision making, perception, attention, comprehension, problem solving, and reasoning. Students will perform computer simulations of several classic experiments and will conduct and write a report on an original experiment on some topic in cognitive psychology. Prerequisites: PSY 210, PSY 355/MTH 345, and PSY 356.

June 9–July 19, 2014
Lecture: Tuesday, Thursday
6:30–10:00 p.m., Schaible Science Center, Room 228
Matthew Rasmussen

PSY 496-36 Senior Capstone Seminar
An advanced seminar with varying topics that changes each semester. The seminars are led each semester by a different fulltime faculty member of the department. The emphasis is on complex issues in psychology and the use of primary sources. A major requirement of the seminar is to write an APA-style review paper that critiques, analyzes and synthesizes the extant literature related to the topic of the seminar. Prerequisites: Senior standing, PSY 210, PSY 355/MTH 345, and PSY 356.

June 23–August 2, 2014
Lecture: Monday, Wednesday
6:30–10:00 p.m., Schaible Science Center, Room 203
Thomas Sawyer

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