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School of Arts and Sciences | Psychology Courses Online


Course Descriptions


PS101
General Psychology (3)
An introduction to the principles and major concepts of the science of human behavior. Topics include the scientific method, sensation and perception, consciousness, development, learning and memory, language, cognition, intelligence, stress and coping, personality, psychopathology, therapeutic techniques, and social psychology. Prerequisite to all other Psychology courses. Ursuline Studies Stage I Self satellite.

PS 155
Learning Disabilities Program (1-4)
On-campus program working with children experiencing learning, behavioral, and emotional problems in either an intense five-week summer camp setting or a Saturday morning social-recreational program. Weekly meetings for orientation, discussion of specific problems, and evaluation of the experience. Crosslisted with SO 155.

PS 211
Psychology of Adjustment (3)
This course introduces the student to a variety of issues that contribute to overall mental health and well-being. Topics such as time management, stress, personality, gender, health, friendships, assertiveness, career development, bereavement, self-concept and self-esteem are addressed. Prerequisite: PS 101.

PS 219
Human Growth and Development I: Conception Through Childhood (3)
Study of the physical, psychological, cognitive, moral, and social development of the human person from conception through childhood. Prerequisite: PS 101.

PS 221
Psychology of Vision (1)
This course investigates how humans detect visual information in the environment and analyze the signals for the purpose of understanding them. Topics include psychophysics, depth perception, color vision and an emphasis on the interpretation and analysis of classroom data. This course is a "hands-on" experience in addition to classroom lecture. Prerequisites: PS101

PS 230
Lifespan Development (3)
Study of the physical, psychological, cognitive, moral, and social development of the human person from conception through death. Prerequisite: PS 101.

PS 235
Career Development in Psychology (1)
This course will provide the platform for the investigation of professional and career development in Psychology as well as the means to attain those specific career goals. A wide variety of career paths will be investigated as well as the more common choices students make. What do psychologists do? You'd be surprised. This course is great for psychology majors or those who are curious about becoming a psychology major. Prerequisite: PS101.

PS 260
Child and Adolescent Development (3)
In-depth study of the physical, psychological, cognitive, moral and social development of the individual from conception through adolescence. Prerequisite: PS 101.

PS 288, 488
Special Topics (3,3)
Prerequisite(s): PS 101; other prerequisites to be determined by the instructor on a course by course basis.

PS 305
Science: Good, Bad and Bogus (3)
The course reviews in detail the application of the scientific method and critical thinking skills to contemporary psychological and medical treatments. This is an extensive review of both legitimate theories and current "bogus" clinical theories in psychology and science. The student learns a scientific detection kit to evaluate the efficacy and current theories in psychology. Prerequisites: PS 101, MAT 212, PS 322

PS 315
Changing Roles of Women (3)
An examination of the traditional roles of women and the factors that have contributed to maintaining them, and an analysis of the changes which are occurring today and the effects of those changes on women, men, and society. Prerequisite: PS 101.

PS 322
Research Methods I (3)
A study of the scientific inquiry. Emphasis is upon the formulation of research questions, development of the appropriate research methodology, data collection, data analysis, data interpretation, and report writing. Specific techniques presented include tests and surveys, case studies, correlational methods and experiments. Students collect data under the supervision of the instructor and are responsible for the preparation of scientific reports. Prerequisites: PS 101; MAT 212.

PS 324
Research Methods II (5)
Students are responsible for the construction and execution of an independent research study. Students may collaborate in small groups in the definition, development, execution, analysis, and presentation of the project. Students determine the area of investigation with the instructor's approval. Computer software is available to facilitate the construction of the research methodology should the investigator(s) choose to use it. Prerequisites: PS 101, 322; MAT 212.

PS 330
Abnormal Psychology (3)
An investigation of the application of basic psychological theory and research to the problem of maladaptive behavior. Prerequisite: PS 101.

PS 335
Psychological Testing (3)
Theory, application, and administration of psychological tests; emphasis on basic procedure in clinical tests of intelligence and personality. Prerequisite: PS 101; MAT 212.

PS 350
Theories of Personality (3)

A study of personality development, assessment, and functioning; critical evaluation of the major contemporary theories of personality. Prerequisite: PS 101.

PS 355
Sensation & Perception (3)
This course investigates how humans detect information in the environment and analyze the signals for the purpose of understanding them. Topics include psychophysics, the study of the various sense modalities, and an emphasis on the interpretation and analysis of sensory information. Prerequisites: PS 101, 322; MAT 212.

PS 360
Industrial-Organizational Psychology (3)
This course is the study of the application of psychological principles and theories to the workplace. This course addresses topics such as employee selection and placement, psychological testing, performance appraisal, training and development, leadership, motivation, job satisfaction, work conditions, organizational development, and health in the workplace. Prerequisites: PS101; MAT 212.

PS 370
Cognitive Therapy (3)
A study of the procedures, terminology, and goals of cognitive behavior modification and the application of psychological principles in assisting children and adults with behavioral changes. Prerequisite: PS 101.

PS 380
Human Memory & Cognition (3)
A co-requisite of PS 380L Human Memory & Cognition Laboratory, this course investigates how humans process information from a sensory signal to higher-level thought processes. Specific topics include attention, perception, memory, language, comprehension, neurocognition, decision-making, and problem-solving. Emphasis is on data interpretation and theoretical developments. Prerequisites: PS 101; MAT 212; PS 322; concurrent enrollment in PS 380L.

PS 380L
Human Memory & Cognition Laboratory (1)
A co-requisite of PS 380 Human Memory & Cognition, the laboratory class enables the student to collect and analyze data on various topics in cognition and memory and to learn to write scientific research reports. Prerequisites: PS 101, 322; MAT 212; concurrent enrollment in PS 380.

PS 415
Counseling Theories (3)
An examination of basic principles and selected current approaches to counseling; the psychophilosophical bases of the theories and their application to human relations in the counseling situation. Prerequisites: at least 9 hours of Psychology course work including PS 101.

PS 422
Social Psychology (3)
An analysis of the influence of social groups on individual behavior, with special attention to recent research regarding public opinion, propaganda, intergroup relations, leadership, and group dynamics. Prerequisite: PS 101.

PS 424
Research Methods III (3)
Students are responsible for the construction and execution of a novel research study. Students may collaborate in small groups in the definition, development, execution, analysis, and presentation of the project. Students determine the area of investigation with the instructor's approval. Computer software is available to facilitate the construction of the research methodology should the investigator(s) choose to use it. Prerequisite: PS 324.

PS 430
Physiological Psychology (3)
An understanding of the cellular and neural bases of behavior and the structure and function of the nervous system. Prerequisites: at least 9 hours of Psychology course work including PS 101.

PS 445
Senior Clinical Research (3)
This Seminar addresses the research interests of students aspiring to a graduate career in clinical psychology. The course involves the application of basic research skills that focuses upon (1) the research design and implementation of original research in a bona fide clinical area; (2) an exhaustive review of the literature in a specified clinic topic supervised by the instructor. The course is designed to focus students' research and clinical interests and involves the production of a major research paper to be presented to the class and invited guests. Prerequisites: PS 101, MAT 212, PS 322

PS 461, 462
Independent Study (1-3, 1-3)
Directed study and research on a selected topic. Approval of department chair required.

PS 480
Fundamentals of Human Neuropsychology (3)
An introduction to the basic concepts of neuropsychology.The basic brain-behavior systems underlying attention/concentration, language, memory, vision and audition. Basic assessment protocols that assist the professional in dealing with individuals suffering from chair injuries, vascular disease, accidents, and dementias. Rehabilitation planning is reviewed in the context of a multidisciplinary team approach. Prerequisites: PS 101, 335 or 430; MAT 212; junior status or above.

PS 490
Capstone Course in Psychology (3)
This course culminates the psychology major's study by reviewing all major areas in the academic discipline. The course is both a review of undergraduate studies and a preparation for graduate studies in psychology. Prerequisite: Psychology major with senior status.

PS 199, 299, 399, 499
External Learning Assessment (credit varies)
Measurable and verifiable learning that has occurred outside of the traditional classroom. Numerical designation indicates level of proficiency in the topic. Courses for which there is an exact Ursuline College equivalent are listed by the appropriate numerical designation. "PL" is listed before all course titles for which credit is granted through external learning assessment.