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Psychology Course Descriptions

PSY 1390 The Journey of Life (3 semester hours) A conference course in developmental psychology. The focus of the course is the study of physical, cognitive, and socioemotional development throughout the lifespan. A number of lifespan theories, research, and applications will be discussed. (3-0) T
PSY 2301 (PSYC 2301) Introduction to Psychology (3 semester hours) Overviews the major theories and scientific research examining the human mind and behavior. The topics range from studies of perception, cognition, memory, language, and thought to studies of development, personality, relationships, motivation, abnormal patterns of thought and behavior, and cultural differences. (3-0) S
PSY 2317 (PSYC 2317) Statistics for Psychology (3 semester hours) This course introduces concepts and calculations of descriptive statistics, including mean, sum of squares, variance, standard deviation, correlation and regression. It also includes the logic of statistical decision making, the use of binomial and Gaussian distributions, and fundamental considerations in the design of psychological experiments. Prerequisite: MATH 1300, 1306, 1314, 1324 or higher. (3-0) S
PSY 3100 Careers in Psychology (1 semester hour) This one-credit course examines the professions that utilize the theories, research findings, and practices from the field of psychology. Psychology majors will gain information and skills that will help them select and pursue a career in psychology or a related field. Course information will be conveyed through readings, homework assignments, exercises, internet searches, guest speakers, in-class exercises and group discussions. It is recommended that students take this course during their sophomore or junior year. (1-0) Y
PSY 3310 Child Development (3 semester hours) Introduction to psychological theory and research on physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development from birth to adolescence. Credit given for only one of PSY 3310 or PSY 4334. (3-0) Y
PSY 3322 Psychology of Adjustment (3 semester hours) This course is designed to give students a broad understanding of effective living and coping, combining basic scientific and applied perspectives to help students sort through the best approaches to personal adjustment. Among the topics covered are coping, stress, personality, the self and identity, interpersonal communication, work and career development, adult development, health, abnormal psychology, love and intimacy, and therapies. (3-0) Y
PSY 3324 Psychology of Gender (3 semester hours) This course examines gender as it is expressed in the personality of the individual and in the social relations of dyads and groups. Topics include gender identity, sexual orientation, gender differences in intellectual abilities and personality characteristics, gender as it is expressed in friendships, marriage, and sexuality, and cultural gender stereotypes as they affect individual psychology and personal relationships. (Same as GST 3301) (3-0) Y
PSY 3331 Social Psychology (3 semester hours) Theory and research on social perception, socialization, attitude change and social influence, aggression, interpersonal attraction, deviance and control, alienation, and commitment. (3-0) Y
PSY 3332 Social and Personality Development (3 semester hours) The study of the forces affecting the socialization of children. Emphasis is placed on children’s interactions with others and how this influences their development in such areas as self concept, identity, and morality. This course assumes an introductory background in child or life span development. (3-0) Y
PSY 3333 Approaches to Clinical Psychology (3 semester hours) A survey of therapeutic approaches used in modern psychotherapy. Covers a variety of psychotherapeutic approaches, including psychodynamic, behavioral, humanistic, cognitive, and medical. (3-0) Y
PSY 3336 Infancy (3 semester hours) Review of relevant developmental theories and processes as well as skills acquired in motor, sensory-perceptual, cognitive, and social domains from birth through two years of age. Pre or corequisite: PSY 4334 or PSY 3310. (3-0) Y
PSY 3338 Adolescence (3 semester hours) Social, emotional, cognitive, moral, and physical development during adolescence. Specific topics covered in the course include parent adolescent relations, self identity, achievement, motivation, sex roles, and cultural and social class differences. (3-0) Y
PSY 3339 Educational Psychology (3 semester hours) This course focuses on the psychological foundations of education and teaching. Topics that are covered include development, individual variations, learning and cognitive processes, motivation, classroom management, and assessment. (Same as ED 3339) (3-0) S
PSY 3342 Exceptional Children (3 semester hours) Introduction to the characteristics of exceptional children and their education, including children with disabilities (learning, emotional/behavioral, communication and physical) as well as those who are gifted. The causes and assessment of exceptionality are examined, along with educational and social policy considerations. This course assumes an introductory background in child development. (Same as SPAU 4325) (3-0) Y
PSY 3360 Historical Perspectives on Psychology: Mind and Machines since 1600 (3 semester hours) Basic frames of reference in 20th century psychology and their historical development in Western thought since 1600 with an emphasis on issues involved with minds, brains, and machines. Includes behaviorism, learning theory, artificial intelligence, gestalt, structural and cognitive approaches. Pre or corequisite: PSY 2301 or CGS 2301. (Same as CGS 3325) (3-0) Y
PSY 3361 Cognitive Psychology (3 semester hours) Theory and research on perception, learning, thinking, psycholinguistics, and memory. Pre- or corequisite: PSY 2301 or CGS 2301. (Offered in the spring semester) (Same as CGS 3361) (3-0) Y
PSY 3362 Cognitive Development (3 semester hours) A contrast of Piagetian, behaviorist, and information processing approaches to the development of cognitive processes throughout childhood. Pre or corequisite: PSY 4334 or PSY 3310. (3-0) Y
PSY 3363 Evolution of Behavior (3 semester hours) This course places human behavior in an evolutionary framework, showing how much human behavior has been subject to natural selection and is genetically transmitted. Emphasizes the continuities between human and non human behavior. Classic ethological theories and sociobiology are discussed. (3-0) T
PSY 3364 Animal Communication (3 semester hours) Surveys the diverse forms of communication used throughout the animal kingdom. Topics include the social contexts of communication, the sensory and neural mechanisms involved in signal production and perception, as well as the evolutionary and ecological forces that shape these systems in their natural environments. (3-0) Y
PSY 3392 Research Design and Analysis (3 semester hours) Advanced techniques for research design and data analysis in the behavioral sciences, with an emphasis on analysis of variance and the general linear model. Prerequisite: PSY 2317 or PSY 3390 or STAT 1342. (3-0) Y
PSY 3393 Experimental Projects in Psychology (3 semester hours) Laboratory and field experience in designing and conducting psychological research, with a major emphasis on the writing of research reports. This course fulfills the advanced writing requirement for Psychology majors. Prerequisite: PSY 3392 or PSY 3490. (3-0) S
PSY 3490 Honors Quantitative Methods (4 semester hours) An honors level survey of methods of conducting research in psychology. Presents measurement techniques, basic research designs, and statistical analyses developed in terms of the general linear model. Draws upon examples primarily from cognitive and social psychology to illustrate methods in behavioral research. Prerequisite: PSY 2317 or PSY 3390 or STAT 1342. (4 0) Y
PSY 4322 Social Communication (3 semester hours) Interpersonal communication processes in dyads and groups. Relationships between those processes and global outcomes such as intimacy, group cohesion, decisions, and therapeutic change. Pre or corequisite: PSY 2301. (3-0) Y
PSY 4327 Stress Management (3 semester hours) This course examines stress management from scientific and practical perspectives. Topics include stress psychopathology, stress and illness/disease, interventions to reduce stress, relaxation techniques, and strategies of decreasing stressful behavior. (3-0) Y
PSY 4328 Health Psychology (3 semester hours) An examination of psychological factors as they influence physical disease; the involvement of personality variables and stress in heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Behavioral interventions and their effects are discussed. (3-0) Y
PSY 4331 Personality (3 semester hours) A comparative survey and analysis of theories of personality, including consideration of research and research techniques. Pre or corequisite: PSY 2301. (3-0) Y
PSY 4332 Psychology in the Workplace (3 semester hours) Examines scientific knowledge about effective behavior in the workplace and provides practical ways to improve behavioral skills. Topics include communication, leadership, motivation, decision-making, teamwork, conflict and stress management, and abuse in the workplace, including sexual harassment. (3-0) Y
PSY 4333 Human Relations (3 semester hours) Factors influencing empathy and effective communication in long term human relationships, such as those involved in family and employment. The role of human relations in a phenomenological humanistic context is discussed. Pre or corequisite: PSY 2301. (3-0) Y
PSY 4334 Lifespan Development (3 semester hours) The development of personality, social skills, language, and thought throughout the human life span. Credit given for only one of PSY 3310 or PSY 4334. (3-0) S
PSY 4336 Psychology of Language (3 semester hours) Psychological processes in the use of language, with consideration of language structure and acquisition. (3-0) T
PSY 4343 Abnormal Psychology (3 semester hours) Considers patterns of abnormal human behavior, approaches to psychotherapy, and related research. (3-0) S
PSY 4344 Child Psychopathology (3 semester hours) Present various views of clinical issues in childhood from sociological, anthropological, and psychological perspectives. Historical views of children are examined in terms of the evolution of current perspectives on childhood psychopathology. Pre or corequisite: PSY 4334 or PSY 3310. (3-0) Y
PSY 4345 Violence in the Family (3 semester hours) Explores the area of family violence with primary emphasis on the problems of spouse abuse and child abuse. Analysis of each of these areas of family violence focuses specifically on the epidemiology of the problem, characteristics of the families, etiological theories, and treatment approaches. (3-0) Y
PSY 4346 Human Sexuality (3 semester hours) This course covers a wide range of issues, including both behavioral and biological aspects of sexuality. Topics include how to judge sexual research, values and sex, love and intimacy, male and female sexual anatomy and physiology, sexually transmitted diseases, patterns of sexual response, sexual problems and therapies, the development of sexuality, sexual orientation, reproductive sexuality, forcible sexual behavior, and social issues in sexuality. (3-0) S
PSY 4358 Human Computer Interactions I (3 semester hours) Methods and principles of human-computer interaction (HCI), user-centered design (UCD), and usability evaluation. Provides broad overview of HCI and how HCI informs UCD processes throughout product development lifecycle. (Same as CGS 4352) (3-0)
PSY 4360 Learning (3 semester hours) The theoretical basis of learning is presented with emphasis on results from animal research. Introduces the student to the scientific analysis of behavior and the application of experiments in the development of a psychology of learning. Includes classical and instrumental conditioning, non-associative learning, and behavior modification. Prerequisite: PSY 2301. (3-0) Y
PSY 4362 Perception (3 semester hours) Considers the processes by which the individual gathers information from the external world, the physiological basis of those processes, and how they develop throughout the life span of the individual. Pre or corequisite: NSC 3361. (3-0) Y
PSY 4364 Attention and Memory (3 semester hours) Factors influencing the capacity to pick up, organize, and remember complex information. Prerequisite: PSY 3361, or consent of instructor. (3-0) T
PSY 4365 Psychology of Music (3 semester hours) An examination of the psychological bases for musical understanding, emotional responses to music, musical creativity, and the dramatic use of music, including relationships between musical structure and the representation of psychological states. (3-0) R
PSY 4370 Industrial and Organizational Psychology (3 semester hours) Overview of psychological theory and research bearing on recruitment, personnel selection, training and development, job design, work group design, work motivation, leadership, performance assessment, and job satisfaction measurement. Pre or corequisite: PSY 2301. (3-0) Y
PSY 4371 Psychology and the Legal System (3 semester hours) Overviews the contributions of psychology to the legal and criminal justice systems. Criminal law issues, including theories about the causes of crime and research relating to investigative processes, are covered. A major focus is on the trial process itself, including presenting evidence, expert psychologist testimony, jury selection and deliberation, and eyewitness testimony. (3-0) R
PSY 4372 Forensic Psychology (3 semester hours) Explores forensic psychology as a profession and a field of study. Topics may include criminal profiling, lie detection, insanity and competency, spouse and child abuse, child custody, and police selection, training, and interrogation. Course content varies with expertise of instructor. (3-0) Y
PSY 4373 Psychological Assessment (3 semester hours) Explores both theory and application of psychological assessment, especially concerning individual differences in ability and personality, as well as for diagnostic purposes. Test construction and validation will be discussed and specific examples of tests will be presented. (3-0) T
PSY 4374 Judgment and Decision Making (3 semester hours) Processes of human judgment will be examined from the perspective of cognitive, and social psychological theories and research. Focus is on specific domains of judgment, such as attitude formation and change, biases and prejudices, decision making in organizations, and marketing strategies to illustrate basic principles of decision making. (3-0) Y
PSY 4375 Honors Seminar (3 semester hours) A course for students who conduct undergraduate thesis research in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. The seminar explores the different types of thesis research, current research opportunities in the school, and appropriate techniques for writing the thesis proposal and final thesis report. Broader issues of professional development are also explored. Permission of Associate Dean required. This course is required for all students seeking School Honors (minimum GPA of 3.4 and 30 hours at UTD). Recommended, but not required, for students seeking University magna or summa cum laude honors. (Same as CGS 4375, NSC 4375, and SPAU 4375) (3-0) Y

Special Topics

Topics under the following course number vary from semester to semester. The class schedule for the current semester will list the special topic that will be offered.

PSY 4V90 Special Topics in Psychology (1 6 semester hours) May be repeated for credit provided course topic differ. ([1-6] 0) R

Independent Study

The following independent study courses are advanced individualized learning experiences to be arranged with a supervising professor or course coordinator. Open only to qualified students by consent of instructor. Students must make appropriate arrangements with the professor or coordinator prior to the beginning of the semester (preferable at least six weeks ahead). Permission forms are available in the Associate Dean’s office. Students may enroll in no more than a total of 6 semester credit hours of Independent Study courses during one semester, and may take as Independent Study a maximum of 20 percent of the total hours of course work undertaken at U.T. Dallas, or 12 semester credit hours, whichever is smaller.

PSY 4394 Internship in Psychology (3 semester hours) Students earn course credit for field experience in an applied setting. Requires working at least 8 hours per week at an approved community agency or business of the student’s choice. Students keep daily job diaries, attend one class meeting per month, and write brief papers relevant to their experiences. Open to all students who have reached junior or senior standing (more than 53 hours). Apply for placements in the Dean’s office. Credit/No Credit. (Same as CGS 4394, NSC 4394 and SPAU 4396) (3-0) S
PSY 4395 Co-op Fieldwork (3 semester hours) Students earn course credit for field experience in an approved business or government setting. Requires working at least 8 hours per week. Students will keep a journal of their workplace experience, maintain contact with the instructor, and prepare a written report that focuses on the accomplishments and insights gained through their co-op experience. Credit will not be awarded retroactively. Apply for placements through the Career Center office. Credit/No Credit. (3-0) T
PSY 4397 Honors Thesis (3 semester hours) Student writes an honors thesis under faculty supervision. Permission of instructor and Associate Dean required. (3-0) S
PSY 4V96 Teaching Internship (1-4 semester hours) Students work individually with faculty member in preparing and presenting course materials and tutoring students. Must have completed the relevant course with a grade of at least B and a U.T. Dallas GPA of 3.0. . Permission of instructor and Associate Dean required. Taken on a Credit/No Credit basis. Can be repeated for a total of 6 semester hours. ([1-3]-0) S
PSY 4V98 Directed Research (1-6 semester hours) Student assists faculty with research projects or conducts a research project under weekly faculty supervision. Taken on a Credit/No Credit basis. May be repeated for credit. ([1-6]-0) S
PSY 4V99 Individual Study (1-6 semester hours) Student studies advanced topics under weekly faculty direction and writes a paper. Taken on a Credit/No Credit basis unless the Associate Dean approves for a letter grade. May be repeated for credit. ([1-6]-0) S


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