Course Descriptions 2012-2014 Catalog - UW-Superior

2012-2014 Catalog

Undergraduate Course Descriptions

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Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsCredits
PSYC 101Introduction To Psychology3.00
Introduction to the scientific study of psychology covering major areas of study within the discipline, including biological bases of behavior, learning and conditioning, memory and cognition, motivation and emotion, social and cultural influences on behavior and attitudes, personality, health psychology, and mental illness. Select sections qualify as an Academic Service-Learning Course (see Academic Service-Learning for more details).
General Education Attributes:
SS Social Sciences
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
PSYC 189Psychology Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
PSYC 200Profession of Psychology: Introduction1.00
This course is for students who are entering, or considering entering, psychology as a major and a career field and is part one of a two-part series required for psychology majors. It describes professional career specialties and discusses values and ethical principles of the profession. Other topics that may be covered include retrieval on psychology topics, interaction with community resources, and introductory interpersonal professional skills. Provides experience in information retrieval on psychology topics. Required for the Psychology major.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed PSYC 101.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
PSYC 212Critical Thinking3.00
Basic elements and common patterns of argument. Inductive and deductive modes of thought are explored with emphasis on the concepts and principles of correct reasoning. Designed to assist students to understand and evaluate ordinary arguments and to develop skills in constructing arguments in the spoken and written word. Cross-listed PHIL/PSYC 212.
General Education Attributes:
HHE World Lang, Culture, Philos
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
PSYC 225Sensation And Perception3.00
Sensory and central processes by which information from the environment is received and interpreted. Includes receptors and neural processing, thalamic and cortical processing, and principles of perception. Meets the Biological Aspects of Behavior requirement for the Psychology major.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed PSYC 101.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
PSYC 227Interpersonal Skills3.00
Introduction to basic interpersonal helping skills within a problem-solving framework. Focus on interpersonal communication and development of elementary interviewing skills, the conscious use of self, working with uncooperative or resistant subjects and cross-cultural differences in the helping process. Exercises, role playing and simulations are used to enhance learning. Designed to accommodate non-Social Work majors in related disciplines. Cross-listed, SO W/PSYC 227.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
PSYC 258Psychology Of Women3.00
Discussion and study of development of women's roles and personality across the lifespan. Topics include the social construction of sex and gender differences, images of women, status and power, childhood and adolescence, womanhood, love and romance, commitments and relationships, mothering, work and achievement, midlife and beyond, and violence against women. Meets a requirement for the Women's Studies minor and General Education diversity credit. Qualifies as an Academic Service-Learning course (see Academic Service-Learning for more details). Cross-listed as PSYC/WST 258.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
PSYC 260Personality3.00
Insight into personality can be gained from many different points of view. Covers the major theoretical approaches to personality, including the psychonalytic, learning theory, humanistic, trait and sociobiological genetic approaches. Includes consideration of varying topics of research interest, such as gender roles, locus of control, infant and adult attachment, cultural variation, violence, resilience. Meets the Individual, Social and Developmental requirement for the Psychology major.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed PSYC 101.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
PSYC 270Psychology of Men3.00
Introduction to the study of men's lives. Topics include boyhood, the privileges and perils of collegiate masculinities, fears about men's friendships, men and work, men and health, intimacy and power issues with women, male sexualities, male violence, and men in families. This is a course for both women and men about men's issues.
PSYC 289Psychology Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
PSYC 300Profession of Psychology: Professional Development2.00
The second in a two-part series required of majors, this course will allow students to develop a portfolio that will help them as they prepare for a career in psychology and professional development skills such as writing resumes or cover letters, interviewing, and conducting job searches or appropriate graduate school programs for career aspirations. Required for the Psychology major.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed Psychology 200.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
PSYC 301Statistics for Psychological Research3.00
Methods of measurement and data analysis. Includes basic descriptive statistics, correlation and regression, tests for inequality of means, probability of discrete events, and nonparametric tests of association.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking PSYC 301 is having completed PSYC 101 and MATH GEN ED requirement.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
PSYC 303Research Methodology in Psychology3.00
Experimental and other research designs. Ethical principles of psychology. Required for the Psychology major.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed PSYC 301, and corequisite is enrollment in PSYC 304.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
PSYC 304Research Methodology Lab1.00
A corequisite of PSYC 303. Laboratory period meets two hours per week. Includes practice in data collection and analysis, research design, and report writing. Required for the Psychology major.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
PSYC 305Applied Behavior Analysis3.00
A two-pronged approach to behavior analysis and modification. First, basic learning principles and phenomena are discussed (both Classical and Operant Conditioning). Second, these principles are applied to modify socially significant behaviors. Particular focus paid to how ABA can be applied to the treatments of mental disorders, improving the quality of life for people with disabilities, and modifying personal habits. Meets the Learning, Cognition, and Language requirement for the Psychology major. Qualifies as an Academic Service-Learning course (see Academic Service-Learning for more details).
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed PSYC 101.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
PSYC 310Social Psychology3.00
Study, discussion, and demonstration/experiments into the nature and causes of individual behavior and thought in social situations. Topics range from love, cooperation, and helping to prejudice, conflict, and aggression and cultural influences on these behaviors. Meets the Individual, Social and Developmental requirement for the Psychology major.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed PSYC 101.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
PSYC 311The Psychology of Close Relationships3.00
Designed to acquaint students with selected theories, basic research, and applied research in the area of close relationships and to increase students' skill and comfort in oral expression, critical analysis, and written communication through assignments and class discussions. Students read both classic and recent journal articles and chapters on a wide range of topics in the field of close relationships (sibling relationships, friendships, and romantic relationships-both heterosexual and homosexual). Encourages students to think critically about the components of healthy relationships.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed PSYC 101.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
PSYC 317Interpersonal, Community and Global Violence3.00
Introduction to the causes of interpersonal, community, and global violence. Topics include anger, pain, television, wife abuse, rape, pornography, destructive obedience, drugs, psychopaths, terrorism, rioting, war, and genocide. Strategies to reduce aggression also are studied.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed PSYC 101.
PSYC 318Peace Psychology3.00
Introduction to the study of peace psychology. Begins with a review of the psychological causes of direct violence and structural violence. Topics after the study of violence include psychological causes of nonviolence, conflict resolution, nonviolent struggle, nonviolent social movements, social justice, peacemaking, and peace building. Prerequisite: PSYC 101, concurrently, or consent of instructor.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed PSYC 101.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
PSYC 320Health Psychology3.00
Study of the impact of biological, physiological, social, and cultural factors on health and illness. Topics include physiological systems of the body, mind-body interactions, stress and coping, lifestyle and health, psychoneuroimmunology, pain, cross-cultural perspectives on health and illness, and management of chronic and terminal illness. Meets the Adjustment and Well-being requirement for the Psychology major.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed PSYC 101.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
PSYC 350Biological Psychology3.00
Study of the biological systems which underlie human behavior. Covers neural structure and physiology, genetic coding and hormones. Specific topics of interest to psychology are included, such as mental illness, the sleep-waking cycle, sensation, language, memory, stress, and sexuality. Meets the Biological Aspects of Behavior requirement for the Psychology major.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed PSYC 101.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
PSYC 352Motivation And Emotion3.00
Introduction to the study of human motivation and emotion. Considers both social and biological motives, such as cognitive and achievement needs; affiliation and nurturance, dominance and power, addiction and physical homeostasis; and human emotions, such as anger, sadness, pride, love and hope. Topics of personal meaning, such as emotional intelligence and coping strategies are included. Meets the Adjustment and Well-Being requirement for the Psychology major.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed PSYC 101.
PSYC 353Psychopharmacology3.00
Students will examine how drugs influence the brain and behavior. Specifically, the course will discuss basic pharmacology (mechanisms of drug action in the brain) as well as overt behavioral and psychological changes rendered by the drug. Both legal (e.g. Prozac, alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine) and illegal (e.g. marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamines and LSD) drugs will be discussed. Issues related to addiction and treatment will also be examined. Meets the Biological Aspects of Behavior requirement for the Psychology major.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed PSYC 101.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
PSYC 360Cross-Cultural Psychology3.00
Introduction to the effects of culture on who we are and how we view social behavior, including cultural influences on aggression, helping, dominance and conformity. Classroom activities and assignments are aimed at experiencing differences in culture. Meets the requirement for the General Education diversity credit.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
PSYC 362Psychological Disorders3.00
Survey of major forms of psychopathology, including diagnostic criteria and clinical features of specific mental disorders, in addition to research on etiology and approaches to treatment. Meets the Adjustment and Well-Being requirement for Psychology major. Qualifies as an Academic Service-Learning course (see Academic Service-Learning for more details).
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed PSYC 101.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
PSYC 372Child and Adolescent Development3.00
Surveys the science and application of child and adolescent development, focusing on the physical, cognitive, and social changes that occur from conception through adolescence. The course covers methods and theory, and may highlight moral development, cultural differences, genetics, aggression, media and thought processes as they relate to various age groups. Meets the Individual, Social and Developmental requirement for the Psychology major. Qualifies as an Academic Service Learning course (see Academic Service-Learning for more details).
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed PSYC 101.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
PSYC 373Adulthood and Aging3.00
Examines the social, cognitive, and physical changes that occur through adulthood and older adulthood. Longitudinal and life-span approaches to development are highlighted along with how a changing life expectancy and demographic population are affecting research and quality of life in the population. Meets the Individual, Social and Developmental requirement for the Psychology major. Qualifies as an Academic Service-Learning course (see Academic Service-Learning for more details).
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed PSYC 101.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
PSYC 389Psychology Elective1.00 - 99.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
PSYC 390Special Topics in Psychology1.00 - 3.00
Consideration of special topics related to the field of Psychology. Because the course content will vary, the student may take up to nine credits.
PSYC 403Memory and Cognition3.00
Discussion of theory and research into cognitive processes, including attention, memory, problem-solving, and decision-making. Meets the Learning, Cognition and Language requirement for the Psychology major.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed PSYC 101, PSYC 303 and PSYC 304.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
PSYC 404Senior Research3.00
Designing, implementing, and reporting an independent research study in psychology. Fulfills independent learning experience General Education requirement. Required for the Psychology major.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed PSYC 101, PSYC 303 and PSYC 304.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
PSYC 462Theories of Psychotherapy3.00
Survey and critical evaluation of major psychotherapeutic approaches for treatment. Includes psychoanalytic/psychodynamic therapies, humanistic-existential approaches, and exposure-based, behavioral and cognitive treatments in addition to constructivist, feminist, culture-sensitive, and integrative therapies. Meets the Adjustment and Well-Being requirement for Psychology major.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed PSYC 101 and PSYC 362 is recommended.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
PSYC 464Clinical/Counseling Psychology3.00
Science and practice of clinical psychology. Includes historical and scientific foundations of clinical psychology, theories of personality and abnormal behavior, methods of clinical assessment, psychological treatment approaches, training and professional roles, and specializations within the field. Meets the Adjustment and Well-being requirement for the Psychology major.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
PSYC 476Psychology Of Language3.00
Examination of the role of psychological factors in the use of language, the relationship between language and thought, psychological approaches to meaning, and disorders of speech and language. Meets the Learning, Cognition and Language requirement for the Psychology major.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed PSYC 101.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
PSYC 489Psychology Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-S course.
PSYC 490Independent Study1.00 - 9.00
Planning, execution and report of original research or special study on a topic in psychology. Approval of the faculty advisor who will guide the research or study must be secured before registration. Prerequisite: 15 credits in psychology or consent of instructor. A maximum of nine credits may be earned under this course number, taken in one or more semesters.

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