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PSY 110: INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: COMPASS reading score of 81 or higher, or equivalent, or department approval.

Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. This course will introduce the student to fundamentals of physiological psychology, sensation and perception, learning, emotions and motivation, and psychological disorders and their treatment. The role of research and the scientific method are emphasized throughout the course. [IAI: S6 900 ]

PSY 112: PERSONALITY

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: PSY 110 with a grade of "C" or better

This course is a comparison of the major theoretical approaches to explaining personality, including its development and relation to adaptive and maladaptive human behavior. The discussion of empirical research and treatment methods will be included.

PSY 115: PSYCHOLOGY OF GENDER DIFFERENCES

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: PSY 110 with a grade of "c" or better

This course examines the theoretical explanations and research findings dealing with observed sex-related differences in behavior. The relative contributions of biological, psychological, and socialization factors will be examined.

PSY 116: HUMAN POTENTIAL

1 hr. (TC)

Prerequisite:

This course is designed to help students experience a greater degree of control in their own life, the motivation to change that perceived to need change, and discover what is truly important. Through positive group interaction each participant will increase awareness of self, gain insight into goals, values and motivations, and increase feelings of self-worth. This course is usually taught in eight two-hour sessions.

PSY 117: CONFLICT RESOLUTION - LIFESTYLE PLANNING

1 hr. (TC)

Prerequisite: PSY 116 with a grade of "C" or better

This course emphasizes an advanced phase of the Human Potential experience, the identification and resolution of personal conflicts, and the clarification and affirmation of meaningful lifestyles.

PSY 118: HUMAN SEXUALITY

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: PSY 110 with a grade of "C" or better or department approval

This course focuses on biological, psychological, and sociological correlates of human sexual behavior. Topics include: anatomy and physiology of the reproductive systems, sexually transmitted diseases, birth control, as well as cross-cultural and historical views, sexual variations, deviations, dysfunctions and gender identity. Some topics are somewhat sensitive and controversial.

PSY 127: CRISIS MANAGEMENT

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite:

This course emphasizes the identification and resolution of personal and professional conflicts. Cultural issues are considered. Three lecture hours per week for sixteen weeks.

PSY 200: EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: PSY 110 with a grade of "C" or better or department approval

This course emphasizes the application of psychological principles and knowledge to the learning process in an educational setting. The course's objectives are aligned with the Illinois Professional Teaching Standards.

PSY 202: CHILD AND ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: COMPASS reading score of 81 or higher, or equivalent, or department approval, and PSY 110.

This course is a review of research in developmental psychology regarding the physical, perceptual, cognitive, and social development of children and adolescent. [IAI: S6 903]

PSY 210: HUMAN SOCIAL BEHAVIOR

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: COMPASS reading score of 81 or higher, or equivalent, or department approval, and PSY 110 or SOC 110

This course will emphasize empirically derived principles of human social behavior. A number of topics will be considered including: attitudes and attitude change; interpersonal attraction; social influence, conformity and obedience; person perception (impression formation); aggression and altruism; group processes and leadership; and prejudice and discrimination. The thrust of the course will be to deal with two questions: (1) What has psychological research shown us about human social behavior (in each of the topical areas mentioned above); and (2) What are the implications of this research for understanding, changing or resisting the change of ourselves, others and society. [IAI: S8 900]

PSY 215: THE DYNAMICS OF ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: PSY 110 with a grade of "c" or better

This course addresses the theory, research and practical applications of behavior in organizations. Specific topics pertain to understanding self and others at work, creating effective work groups, leadership and management, and effective organizations. Students have the option to apply for a leadership certificate upon completion of additional designated assignments.

PSY 220: ADULTHOOD AND AGING

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: COMPASS reading score of 81 or higher, or equivalent, or department approval or PSY 110, SOC 110, or CHILD 120.

This course is an examination of the psychological, social and biological influences that affect the human life course from young adulthood to old age. The topics covered may include memory and intellectual functioning, personality and social relationships, physical and emotional health, and life transitions. [IAI: S6 905]

PSY 225: ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: PSY 110 with a grade of "C" or better

This course emphasizes the identification and treatment of psychological disorders. Practical applications of the information will be stressed.

PSY 250: INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH METHODS IN THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: MATH 111 and six hours social science; or department approval

This course is an introduction to research design used in fields of psychology, sociology and education. In addition, topical coverage includes the use of descriptive and inferential statistics. Junior and senior level courses in four-year schools normally require this subject as a prerequisite for advanced study in the social sciences.

Courses not currently being taught

PSY 125 INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH METHODS IN THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES 2 (OC)
PSY 126 INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH METHODS IN THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES 3 (OC)