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Psychology (PSY)

Psychology (PSY)

201 General Psychology
An introduction to the basic concepts, methods, theories, and applications of psychology.
Three hours, three credits.

206 APA Style Writing
Students will learn to write in APA style through exercises with library and internet research as well as report writing of empirical research of their own.  Daily exercises are given on various aspects of APA style including, but not limited, to citations, references, tables, figures, and paper format.  A lab will be included where students work on exercises and receive feedback.  Students will be given a brief overview of research methodology, after which they will carry out a research project and complete an entire paper in APA style.
Three hours, two credits.

211 Human Growth and Development – Child and Adolescent
Principles and practical applications of developmental psychology are emphasized in this study of children and adolescents as they grow in the following major areas: physical, cognitive, language, perceptual-motor, and social-emotional.  How environment and biology influence each of the above areas will also be explored.  Prerequisite: PSY 201.
Three hours, three credits.

212 Human Growth and Development – Adulthood
Principles and practical applications of developmental psychology are emphasized in this study of development from early adulthood through late adulthood and death.  The following major developmental areas will be examined: physical, cognitive, and social-emotional.  How environment and biology influence each of the above areas will also be explored.  Prerequisite: PSY 201.
Three hours, three credits.

230 Social Psychology
A scientific investigation of the interaction between social stimuli and and cognition and behavior of the individual.  Topics will include attitude formation and change, conformity, leadership, interpersonal perceptions, persuasive communications, attribution processes, and group dynamics.  Prerequisite: PSY 201.
Three hours, three credits.

291 Practicum and Child Development Lab
This course includes a 20 hours service learning component where students will work with preschool age children at local placements and apply theories and concepts in child psychology.  In addition to the 20 hour practicum, students will meet with the instructor one hour per week in a laboratory session to focus their practicum experiences on important theories and concepts. Prerequisite: PSY 201, and Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: PSY 211.
20 Service Hours; One hour, one credit.

297, 397, 398, 498 Professional Seminar I, II, III, IV
These one-hour courses are designed to give psychology majors an integrated professional experience beginning as soon as psychology is declared as their major, usually at the end of the freshman year or in the sophomore year.  Professional Seminar I (required of freshmen or sophomores) introduces the students to the expectations of a major in psychology at Ferrum College.  Students will begin to map their careers through starting a portfolio, learning about and taking part in the faculty’s research interests, and participating in community service; Professional Seminar II (required of first semester juniors) introduces students to the many career opportunities in psychology;  Professional Seminar III (required of second semester juniors) focuses on professional ethics and career planning;  Professional Seminar IV (required of second semester seniors) focuses on the psychologist as scientist and serves as the major’s capstone course.  During the last seminar students will write a final paper and take a comprehensive exam in the area of psychology.
One hour, one credit each.

298 Pre-Professional Placement
Designed to give students an opportunity to observe principles of psychology applied in practice in real-life settings.  Students will be involved in a community setting observing psychologists, psychotherapists, social workers, personnel managers, behaviors analysts, parole officers, and counselors in their work.  In weekly half-day sessions facilitated by faculty, students will report on their experiences and listen to other students’ experiences.  Prerequisites: PSY 201 and permission of instructor.
36 hours in field, 28 hours in classroom, three credits.

299 Field Experience
Designed to give students an opportunity to learn and practice observation and data collecting skills and to begin to apply the theories and principles they are learning in the classroom early in their psychology careers.  Students will be involved in a variety of experiences in community settings or in research projects supervised by a psychology faculty member.  Prerequisites: PSY 201 and permission of instructor.  (Can be repeated for up to a total of four credits.)
Two to four hours, one to two credits.

306 Research Methods in Psychology I
An introduction to descriptive and correlational research accompanied by the appropriate statistical theory and procedures.  Students conduct descriptive and correlational research analyze the collected data using appropriate statistics, and write research papers.

This course is designated Writing Intensive; a grade of “C” or higher in this course is required for this course to count toward the six-credit-hour Writing Intensive graduation requirement for Ferrum College.  A student cannot earn a grade of “C” or higher in this course unless he or she earns a “C” or better on the writing assignments required by the course. Prerequisite: PSY 201, 206 and MTH 107.
Three hours, three credits.

307 Research Methods in Psychology II
An introduction to experimental research accompanied by the appropriate statistical theory and procedures.  Students conduct each type of basic research, analyze the collected date using appropriate statistics, and write research papers for each.  A proposal of original research is also completed.    Prerequisite: PSY 201, 206 306 and MTH 107.
Three hours, three credits.

314 Learning
Principles, theories, and issues in classical and instrumental conditioning; analysis of relationships between stimulus, response, reinforcement, punishment, and other motivational factors; some laboratory experience.  Prerequisite: PSY 201.
Three hours, three credits.

320 Abnormal Psychology
A survey of psychological disorders; classification, diagnosis, symptomatology, etiology, treatment, and theories of psychopathology.  Prerequisite: PSY 201.
Three hours, three credits.

325 Psychopathology of Childhood
Examines the characteristics, causes, and treatments of abnormal behavior manifested by children from birth through adolescence.  Prerequisite: PSY 201.
Three hours, three credits.

328 Health Psychology
This course is designed to examine the interaction between psychological factors and physical health.  The student will examine the role of behaviors that impact physical health (e.g., smoking, alcohol consumption, diet, and exercise); the role of psychological factors on physiology (e.g., changes in immune function) and physical illness (e.g., heart disease, stroke, and ulcers); and the role of psychology in the treatment of a variety of diseases (e.g., heart disease, cancer, and arthritis).  Prerequisite: PSY 201.
Three hours, three credits.

331 Cognitive Development
Focuses on how we think and how we learn to think.  It examines the patterns which define human cognition and describes how those patterns change during the life span.  Several theories of cognitive development are considered and compared.  Practical consideration is given to how information is processed through memory, attention and intelligence, how logical thinking matures; how we learn about space, time, and causality; and how our cognitions develop in social interaction.  Prerequisite: PSY 201.
Three hours, three credits.

332 Cognitive Psychology
This course will cover the area of cognitive psychology which includes all topics related to the process of thinking (such as memory, attention, language, problem solving, etc.).  Cognitive Psychology will also cover the brain processes associated with these areas as well as the topic of artificial intelligence.  Prerequisites: PSY 201. PSY 206 is highly recommended.
Three hours, three credits.

333 Biological Psychology
This course is a study of the biological basis of normal and abnormal behavior, including sensory systems, brain and behavior relationships, and underlying neurochemical processes.  Prerequisite: PSY 201.
Three hours, three credits.

335 Psychological Assessment
Covers test construction, observation, interviewing, rating scales, personality inventories, intelligence tests, interest tests, and ability tests.  Prerequisite: PSY 201.
Three hours, three credits.

340 Personality
Introduces the psychology of personality and examines how personality theories are developed and used, how personality tests and measurements are established and evaluated, and how research about personality is carried out.  Theory, research, testing, and especially practical applications are investigated.  Prerequisite: PSY 201.
Three hours, three credits.

345 Sport Psychology
An introduction to sport psychology, designed to examine psychological dimensions which influence skill acquisition and performance of an athlete in a competitive environment.  Prerequisite: PSY 201 or 211.
Three hours, three credits.

348 Techniques of Counseling
Develops critical skills in selecting and applying fundamental techniques of counseling.  Discussions, demonstrations, and supervised experiences will provide opportunities for students to relate theoretical knowledge to the practical delivery of psychological services.  Participants will learn to analyze client needs, to establish effective therapeutic alliances, and to formulate strategies for effective applications of psychological techniques in overcoming client problems.  Prerequisites: PSY 201 and either PSY 320 or 340.
Three hours, three credits.

438 Topics in Psychology
Designed to acquaint students with important theories, events, and people in the development of contemporary psychology not covered in detail in regular course offerings.  Specific topics will vary from term to term.  Prerequisite: PSY 201.  (Can be repeated for up to six credits.)
One to three credits.

450 History and Systems of Psychology
A systematic critical overview of the development of psychology from its origins in philosophy and natural science through contemporary systems.  The course emphasizes enduring issues, leading figures, major theoretical perspectives, and critical research methods and findings which have shaped the discipline, and acquaints participants with the history of psychology as an active research specialty.  Prerequisites: PSY 201 and a total of 12 hours of psychology prior to enrollment.
Three hours, three credits.

496 Directed Study in Psychology
Students are given the opportunity to research in depth a topic of their own interest under supervision of one of the psychology faculty.  All projects must be approved by formal proposal and the contract prior to the beginning of the semester in which the course is taught.  Prerequisite: PSY 306 or another research course with permission of the instructor.  (Can be repeated once and is offered as need arises.)
One to three credits.

499 Internship
The psychology internship is a professional field experience for selected senior psychology majors. The student must qualify by gaining approval and recommendation of a psychology faculty member.
Three to nine credits.