Course Descriptions

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

PSYC 501: Theory, Research & Practice in Psychology: This course provides an intensive review of major historical and contemporary theories, research and practice approaches in the field of psychology. Emphasis is on examining the key questions, proposed models, methods, findings, ideological controversies, and issues within the field of psychology. The course covers the various grand and emergent theories to foster dialogue that evaluates the science across psychological sub-disciplines, spanning: general principles of human development, neurological bases of behavior, cognitive functioning, systemic socio-cultural factors, and individual health differences. Students engage in theoretical analyses of current trends in basic and applied theory, research, and practices of psychology across various sub-disciplines, as well as how individuals function with consideration of a Christian worldview.

PSYC 511: Experimental Research Methods: This course is designed to build on knowledge of the information learned in research methods course with an emphasis on experimental methodology. This course will cover a variety of topics including the basics of conducting experimental designs, ethical guidelines for conducting experimental psychological research, validity issues associated with different experimental research designs, and various methods of both collecting and analyzing data, including psychometric issues associated with different psychological measures. This will be accomplished by combining traditional lectures with application of principles through application and demonstration.

PSYC 512: Non-Experimental Research Methods:This course provides an in-depth study of how to plan, conduct, and analyze studies that use non-experimental research designs, including correlational, survey and qualitative methods. This course will encourage students to identify areas of psychological research that he/she finds most interesting and to begin building a strong research concept about those areas – especially as regards the application of non-experimental observational research designs.

PSYC 513: Psychometrics: Assessment and Measurement: The objective of this course is to enable the learners to develop tests and surveys for data collection, as well as revising and validating existing scales. By the end of this course the learners are expected to understand basic concepts of classical and modern assessment theories, and also know how to utilize software packages, such as JMP and SAS, to conduct psychometric analysis. Learners will also be equipped to take the SAS Certification exam to be a certified professional analyst (optional).

PSYC 514: Statistical Modeling: This is an elementary course in basic statistical concepts. Students are introduced to the understanding and use of necessary computational procedures to attain the basic skills in the following: frequency distributions, graphs, central tendency, variability, normal curve, probabilities, correlation, hypothesis testing, and chi-square. Understanding and use of the above statistics are stressed over mathematical development. Additionally, the course aims to help learners to prepare for the SAS Certification Exam. SAS Institute is the world’s larger vendor of statistical software and its products are widely used in industry and top universities.

PSYC 515: Applied Statistical Modeling: This course will cover alternate research methods (e.g. exploratory data analysis, data visualization, resampling, and data mining) and philosophical concepts of quantitative research methodology. By the end of this course, students will be well-equipped for graduate study. Specifically, students will be able to carry out a professional-level research study independently. It will certainly cut down the time of writing a master’s thesis or a doctoral dissertation. In addition, the skill set acquired from this course can open doors to graduate assistantship and also can enhance the portfolio/vita (e.g. conference presentations, peer-reviewed journal papers). Further, students will be well-prepared for taking the SAS Certification Exam to be a professional data analyst and statistical software programmer.

PSYC 521: Faith Integration and Research Seminar: This course explores the nature of integrating psychology and religion/faith. It considers the functions and skills, as well as the theoretical modes of thought necessary for understanding the relationship between psychological research and religion. Focus is placed on the skills of research, constructive dialogue and writing. The course is intended to provide students with resources for developing their own approach to integration while also helping students clarify their own faith, morals and values that intersect with psychological research.

PSYC 522: Seminar in Ethical, Professional, and Diversity Issues: This course introduces students to research and professional issues in psychology, with an emphasis on ethics and diversity. Students will learn to recognize the importance of ethical behavior in all aspects of science as well as how sociocultural factors and personal biases may shape the practice of psychology. Emphasis is given to the integration of the student's spiritual and sociocultural philosophy with professional ethics. Historical and contemporary issues in basic and applied psychological research and interventions are reviewed.

PSYC 598: Thesis Seminar: This master's thesis seminar is intended to provide students with a theoretical and methodological foundation necessary for completing their MS thesis in the Psychology Department. The main objective of this seminar course is to help students develop and implement the theoretical foundation and methodological procedures needed to complete a MS graduate thesis in the department of Psychology by the end of the academic year. P/NP grading.