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Master of Science in Community Psychology
Degree Plan and Course Description

Elective: 1 Hour


Psychology Courses (PSYC)

5120 Professional Orientation    1:1:0
An orientation to the discipline and professional activities. Includes ethics, legalities, training standards, and professional roles. Assignments supplement other course work including research, teaching and field projects. Required of all graduate students for two semesters with a maximum of three semester hours allowed.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
5140  Special Topics    1:A:0
Course work library and/or laboratory work, and conferences with faculty member. A description of particular area of study will be indicated. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
5300  Advanced General Psychology I   3:3:0
A comprehensive overview of the history of psychology, systems of psychological thought, and the areas of behavioral neuroscience, sensation and perception, learning, motivation, and cognition. Emphasis will be placed on both background material and current research. May be taken out of sequence.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
5301  Advanced General II   3:3:0
A comprehensive overview of the following areas of psychology: personality, developmental, social and abnormal. Emphasis will be placed on both background material and current research. In addition, the influence of lifestyle on health and wellness and the role of the professional psychologist in the process is considered. May be taken out of sequence.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
5302  Experimental Design   3:3:0
A study of the research procedures and statistical techniques commonly used by the applied and theoretical psychologist in the design, execution, control and evaluation of experiments.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
5303 Individual Study    3:A:0
Independent study of special topics or problems in industrial/organize- tional or community psychology. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
5340  Special Topics in Psychology    3:A:0
Includes coursework, library and/or laboratory work and conferences with a faculty member. A description of the particular area of study will be indicated. A student may repeat the course for credit when the area of study varies.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
5350  Multivariate Research Techniques    3:3:0
Topics include multiple regression factor analysis, and the relationship of multiple regression to analysis of variance and covariance. The linear algebra necessary to deal with these topics is developed. Extensive practice with microcomputers is emphasized.
Prerequisite: Psy 5320 or consent of instructor.
5310  Introduction to Psychological Assessment     3:3:0
An introduction to intellectual assessment. Includes principles of psychological testing, test statistics, and critical evaluation of a variety of intellectual and achievement measures. Practicum in administration, scoring, interpretation, and formal psychological report writing for all Wechsler measures and the Stanford- Binet.
Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy and Psy 5320.
5311  Community Psychology: Introduction to Psychotherapy     3:3:0
Specific psychotherapy skills, therapeutic communication and therapeutic practices are introduced using didactic techniques and role playing. Includes models of individual, family and multimodal therapy, ethical principles in therapy, DSM-IV and diagnosis of psychopathology, Employee Assistance Programs, consultation and referral agencies. Other topics include professional orientation of the therapist, obtaining supervision and continuing education, and evaluating the effectiveness of therapy.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
5312  Advanced Psychological Assessment      3:3:0
An introduction to the broad area of personality assessment including DSM-IV classifications. Practicum in administration, scoring, inter- pretation, and formal psychological report writing with the MMPI-2, Rorschach, TAT, SCII, KOIS, and other objective and projective assessment devices. Includes coverage of lifestyles and career/voca- tional choices.
Prerequisite: Psy 5310..
5313  Community Psychology: Advanced Psychotherapy      3:3:0
An in-depth study of psychotherapy theories and intervention strategies for individual and groups. Distinctions will be made between normal and abnormal human behavior. Includes ethics, legal/cultural considerations, and lifestyles.
Prerequisite: Psy 5311 and admission to candidacy.
5320  Theory and Techniques of Psychological Measurement      3:3:0
A study of procedures used in the development, evaluation, and application of psychological measuring instruments. Topics include bi- variate linear correlation, nonlinear correlation, multiple and partial correlation, classical true score theory, validation techniques, and test construction techniques.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
5321  Advanced Industrial Psychology I      3:3:0
Social and organizational factors in the work place. Emphasis on theories of organizational/group dynamics, social foundations of influence, leadership and growth/development.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
5322  Advanced Industrial Psychology II      3:3:0
Psychological principles and techniques applied to human resources management. Techniques include job analysis, personnel selection, placement and training, performance appraisal, compensation and career development.
Prerequisite: Psy 5320 or consent of instructor.
5323  Advanced Experimental Psychology      3:3:0
Theory and application of experimental design in psychological research. Students will have the opportunity to design and conduct an original research study.
Prerequisite: Psy 5320 or consent of instructor.
5330  Practicum I      3:A:0
Supervised training and experience in a local, state or regional agency, institution or employment setting. The specific nature of the practicum depends on the professional background and goals of the candidate and will be determined by the candidate, his/her faculty advisor and a member of the cooperating agency/organization. For Community Psychology students, practicum involves a minimum of 300 hours of work in a mental health setting, including a minimum of 100 hours of direct client contact, and one hour a week of individual supervision from a licensed professional.
Prerequisite: Psy 5330.
5331  Practicum II       3:A:0
Supervised work in an area of interest to the student. Includes supervision by both a faculty member and a member of the cooperating agency/organization.
Prerequisite: Psy 5330..
5390-5391  Thesis
Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy. Must complete both for required 6 credits.

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