Faulkner University

Courses in Psychology (PY)

Courses in Psychology are offered in support of several majors and areas of concentration in the University.

1310 Introduction to Psychology

A survey of the scientific study of behavior and mental processes with specific reference to perception, physiology, learning, memory, language, development, abnormal behavior, and therapy. (Offered every semester)

2300 Introduction to Developmental Psychology

A survey of the theories, principles, and research in lifespan development. The course provides an overview of the physical, psychological, social, emotional, familial, career, cognitive, moral and spiritual aspects of development from conception to death. Prerequisite: PY 1310 (Offered on demand)

2340 Introduction to Personality Development

An introductory critical analysis of the major theories of personality. Prerequisite: PY 1310 and sophomore or above. This course is for non-psychology majors. (Offered on demand)

3130 Behavioral Statistics Laboratory

This laboratory applies computer and standard statistical analysis to Behavioral Science research. This laboratory is taught in conjunction with PY 3330 Behavioral Statistics. (Offered every third semester)

3300 Lifespan Development

A study of the key theories, principles, and research in lifespan development. The course examines physical, psychological, social, emotional, familial, career, cognitive, intellectual, moral and spiritual development from conception to death. The course examines the historical and contemporary diversity issues impacting lifespan development. Prerequisite: PY 1310 (Excluding Education Majors) (Offered every spring semester in the Traditional Program)

3310 Childhood and Adolescence Development

A study of the key theories, principles, and research in childhood and adolescent development. The course examines physical, psychological, social, emotional, familiar, career, cognitive, intellectual, moral and spiritual development from birth through adolescence. The course examines the historical and contemporary diversity issues impacting childhood and adolescent development. Prerequisite: PY 1310 (Excluding Education Majors) (Offered every fall semester in the Traditional Program)

3330 Behavioral Statistics

The study of the statistical approach to behavior analysis and how it applies to the fields of behavioral science. To provide a working knowledge of descriptive and inferential statistics and probability theory. Prerequisites: Six semester hours of Psychology and instructor's consent. (Offered every third semester)

3340 Theories of Personality

An advanced critical study of the major historical, contemporary, and emerging theories of personality. The course examines (a) the basic concepts and principles of each theoretical perspective; (b) the application of each theoretical perspective; and (c) research on each theoretical perspective. Prerequisite: PY 1310 and instructors consent. (Offered every third semester)

3350 Research Methods in Psychology

An introduction to research methods and strategies used to gather data for behavioral science research. Students will participate in the planning, collecting and analysis of material. One main focus of the class is developing and writing research reports as required by the American Psychological Association. Prerequisite: PY 1310 and instructor's consent. (Offered every third semester)

3360 Social Psychology (SY 3360)

An examination of the behavioral consequences of group and individual interaction. Surveys such topics as attitude formation and change, group structure, media influence, and social interaction. Prerequisite: PY 1310 & SY 2328 and instructor's consent. (Offered every third semester)

3380 Psychology of Learning

An introduction to the basic principles of psychology applied to the educational environment and the process of learning. Emphasis is on exploring the theoretical foundation and the pragmatic implications found in the psychology of learning. Prerequisite: PY 1310 (Excluding Education Majors) PY 3300 or PY 3310. (Offered every spring semester in traditional program)

3385 Behavior Modification Theories

A comprehensive and practical study of both the principles of behavior modification and guidelines for their application. The course will provide a balance between theories, research, and practice, including both applied research and intervention techniques. Prerequisites: 9 hours of Psychology including PY 1310. (Offered every third semester)

4305 Motivational Aspects of Coaching Theory (PE 4305)

A survey of the research and literature related to modern coaching with particular emphasis on motivation and emotion as foundations of behavior along with whole-part learning, anxiety attribution, social facilitation and person-group perceptual processes. Prerequisite: instructor's consent (Offered on demand)

4306 Psychological Profiling

An introduction to the field of psychological research that attempts to gain insight into criminal thought processes, motivations, and behavior. Prerequisite: PY 1310 and instructor's consent (Offered on demand)

4310 Abnormal Psychology

A study of behavior disorders as classified in the DSM IV. Focusing on the definition, diagnosis, causes and treatment. Prerequisite: PY 1310 and instructor's consent (Offered every third semester)

4320 Psychological Assessment

A survey of the theory and techniques of item construction in psychological testing. Selection, evaluation, administration, scoring, interpretation and uses of tests of intelligence, interests, personality aptitude and social adjustment. Prerequisites: PY 1310 and 9 additional hours in psychology or counseling. (Offered every third semester)

4125 Experimental Psychology Lab

This laboratory class seeks to assimilate experimental experiences in the behavioral and physiological aspects of Psychology. This laboratory is normally taught in conjunction with PY 4325 Experimental Psychology or PY 4330 Physiological Psychology. This laboratory may be repeated as needed. Prerequisite: PY 1310 and 9 hours in psychology or counseling. (Offered every third semester)

4325 Experimental Psychology

The study, design, and conduct of classic experimental approaches to gain a deeper understanding of psychological principles/theories. The conceptualization, formulation, and implementation of experimental investigative approaches to current avenues and considerations in psychological thought and theory. Prerequisite: PY 1310 and 9 hours in psychology or counseling. (Offered every third semester)

4330 Physiological Psychology

A study of the relationship of biological factors (mostly brain activity) and behavior featuring how aspects of the brain such as neurotransmitters and neuro-anatomy relate to "real" psychological topics such as language, learning, anxiety, aggression, depression and schizophrenia. Prerequisite: PY 1310 and BIO 1300 or BIO 1301 and instructor's consent (Offered every third semester)

4340 History and Systems

An examination of the historical sources of psychology and the relationship to existing schools of thought. Prerequisites: 1310 and 9 hours in psychology. (Offered every third semester)

4345 Professional Ethics in Behavioral, Family, & Social Sciences (COU/SY 4345)

An in-depth study of the theories and principles of ethics and moral development and the impact of these upon individuals, families, communities, professional, and public decisions/policies. The study will also examine the relevant dilemmas faced in the delivery of professional behavioral, family, and social services to individuals, families, and groups in today's health-care systems. Prerequisite: Classification as a junior or higher or instructor's consent (Offered every third semester)

4350 Field Experience in Psychology (COU/SY 4350)

Supervised experience or research for qualified juniors or seniors with a major or emphasis in Psychology. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. (Offered every Fall semester)

4390 Internship and Pre-professional Seminar (COU/SY 4390)

This course is a Pre-professional course, designed to assist the student in exploring the discipline of counseling, psychology, and Sociology through clinical and research experience under the supervision of an experienced professional. Prerequisite: instructor's consent (Offered every spring semester)


SPECIAL COURSES

2099 Individualized Study

The course is for introductory level focused study in psychology. The course may involve a systematic reading program, library research, laboratory project, studio work, field study or creative expression. Course includes conferences or tutoring as required, but no formal lectures or recitations. Quizzes, tests, and examinations as may be appropriate. PY 2099 is open to sophomores only. May be repeated for credit. Number of credit hours awarded (1-3) will be set by department head and approved by dean. Prerequisite: instructor's consent and PY 1310 (Offered on demand)

3099 Individualized Study

The course is for introductory level focused study in psychology. The course may involve a systematic reading program, library research, laboratory project, studio work, field study or creative expression. Course includes conferences or tutoring as required, but no formal lectures or recitations. Quizzes, tests, and examinations as may be appropriate. PY 3099 is open to juniors and seniors only. May be repeated for credit. Number of credit hours awarded (1-3) will be set by department head and approved by dean. Prerequisite: instructor's consent and PY 1310 (Offered on demand)

4099 Individualized Study

The course is for introductory level focused study in psychology. The course may involve a systematic reading program, library research, laboratory project, studio work, field study or creative expression. Course includes conferences or tutoring as required, but no formal lectures or recitations. Quizzes, tests, and examinations as may be appropriate. PY 4099 is open to seniors only. May be repeated for credit. Number of credit hours awarded (1-3) will be set by department head and approved by dean. Prerequisite: instructor's consent and PY 1310 (Offered on demand)

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