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Volume XCII – July 2008
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UT Arlington Undergraduate Catalog Fall 2008
Course Descriptions for Psychology (PSYC)

PSYC 1315. INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY (3-0) The fundamental methods and content of scientific psychology. Concentration on the understanding of basic principles.

PSYC 2317. BASIC CONCEPTS IN HUMAN SEXUALITY (3-0) The physiological, psychological, and sociological aspects of human sexuality. Offered as BIOL 2317, HEED 2317, PSYC 2317, and WOMS 2317. Credit will be granted for one of these courses only. Students seeking certification in Health Education must enroll in HEED 2317. Students seeking credit toward their science requirement must enroll in BIOL 2317. May not be used for biology grade point calculation or biology credit toward a BS degree in biology, microbiology, medical technology, psychology, or sociology.

PSYC 2351. COMPUTER LITERACY FOR THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES (3-0) Exposure to contemporary PC microcomputers. Topics include: computer architecture, operating systems, ASCII editors, word processors, spreadsheets, graphics, data bases, presentation graphics, programming languages, statistical programming, using library resources, networking, the Internet, e-mail, ftp, and Telnet.

PSYC 2443. RESEARCH DESIGN & STATISTICS I (3-2) Theoretical and practical approaches to research methodology, statistical analyses and techniques of report research. Prerequisite: PSYC 1315, MATH 1302 (or equivalent), ENGL 1302, and completion of computer competency requirement.

PSYC 2444. RESEARCH DESIGN & STATISTICS II (3-2) Theoretical and practical approaches to research methodology, statistical analyses and techniques of report research. Prerequisite: PSYC 2443.

PSYC 3100. PSYCHOLOGY SERVICE LEARNING (1-0) In coordination with the Center for Community Service Learning, students will engage in service learning placements to supplement psychology course work with the goals of research, community involvement and civic engagement. Students will be required to fulfill placement hours and reflective journaling in consultation with the faculty advisor. This course does not satisfy area distribution requirements. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

PSYC 3142. LABORATORY IN BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE (0-3) Research methodologies employed in the study of the biological bases of behavior. Must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in PSYC 3322 or BIOL 3322. Offered as BIOL 3142 and PSYC 3142; credit will be granted only once. BIOL prerequisite: BIOL 1441 & BIOL 1442. PSYC 3142 prerequisite: PSYC 2442 or PSYC 2444.

PSYC 3143. HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY LABORATORY (0-1) Laboratory study of health psychology and critical evaluation of methodologies. Prerequisite: PSYC 2444 and PSYC 4357 or concurrent enrollment.

PSYC 3144. SOCIAL PROCESSES LABORATORY (0-3) Laboratory study and field research of social behavior and critical evaluation of methodologies. Prerequisite: PSYC 2444, and 3315 or concurrent enrollment.

PSYC 3145. COGNITIVE PROCESSES LABORATORY (0-3) Laboratory study of cognitive processes and critical evaluation of methodologies. Prerequisite: PSYC 2444 and 4334 or concurrent enrollment .

PSYC 3146. LABORATORY IN ANIMAL BEHAVIOR (0-3) An introduction to methods in animal behavior used in field, semi-natural, and laboratory settings. In order to enroll, students must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in PSYC 3326. Prerequisite: PSYC 2444.

PSYC 3301. PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN RELATIONS (3-0) Workplace applications of topics including social influence, group processes and dynamics, interpersonal relations, teamwork, leadership, workplace discrimination, diversity, stress, and burnout.

PSYC 3302. SURVEY OF INDUSTRIAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY (3-0) A survey of the fields of industrial and organizational psychology, focusing on the application of psychological theory to understanding and solving problems in the workplace. Topics include recruitment, employee selection and training, the effects of attitudes, motivation, group dynamics and leadership, job satisfaction, productivity and morale.

PSYC 3303. DRUGS AND BEHAVIOR (3-0) A survey of the psychoactive agents, their therapeutic uses, and social abuses. Alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, narcotics, hallucinogens, stimulants, and tranquilizers. Offered as BIOL 3303, HEED 3303, and PSYC 3303; credit will be granted only once. May not be used for biology grade point calculation or biology credit toward a B.S. degree in biology, microbiology, or medical technology. Students seeking certification in health education must enroll in HEED 3303.

PSYC 3304. ANALYSIS & MANAGEMENT OF BEHAVIOR (3-0) Behavioral control techniques for remediation and prevention of problem behaviors and for optimization of normal behaviors in real life settings. Contrasting therapeutic approaches, the ethics of behavior control, and the impact of behaviorism on society. Prerequisite: PSYC 1315 or permission of the instructor.

PSYC 3306. PSYCHOLOGY OF CREATIVITY AND CREATIVE THINKING (3-0) Research and theory relevant to the traits, attitudes, and abilities which are related to creative functioning with emphasis on the conceptual-cognitive components of creative formation and problem solving. Methods of stimulating creative behavior in individuals and in groups. Relevant research findings provide the substance of the course. Prerequisite: PSYC 1315.

PSYC 3307. UNDERSTANDING PSYCHOLOGY THROUGH FILM (3-0) An exploration of psychological issues represented in film. Using an interdisciplinary approach, the medium of film will be used to discuss psychological mechanisms as well as psychotherapeutic processes. Human behaviors such as those involved in character and plot development, as well as the perspectives of filmmakers and movie-goers will be explored. Prerequisite: Six hours of behavioral science (i.e., psychology, sociology, anthropology, and others).

PSYC 3308. FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY (3-0) Examines the legal system's basic assumptions and procedures in light of social scientific evidence pertaining to human behavior relevant to the rights of defendants, victims, children, and mental patients, including areas of clinical psychology in which psychologists act as expert witnesses and consultants.

PSYC 3310. DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY (3-0) Human development and growth from conception through old age, concerned with the physical, behavioral, and social aspects. Prerequisite: PSYC 1315.

PSYC 3311. ADULTHOOD AND AGING (3-0) Developmental changes in major psychological processes and abilities are related to health, sex, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and lifestyle. Emphasis is on models of psychobiological changes with age and current empirical knowledge having implications for the preservation of intellectual function, mental health, and physical condition. Prerequisite: PSYC 1315.

PSYC 3312. SOCIAL & PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT (3-0) A review of psychological theory and research on age trends and individuals differences in personality and social development. Topics include emotional development, aggression, identity and achievement, attachment, gender role development, and familial and extrafamilial influences on development. Prerequisite: PSYC 1315.

PSYC 3313. PSYCHOLOGY OF CULTURAL & GENDER DIVERSITY (3-0) Theory and research regarding psychological issues related to gender and cultural diversity. These issues will be approached from different perspectives within psychology, including clinical, developmental, social, health, and cognitive psychology. Prerequisite: PSYC 1315.

PSYC 3314. PSYCHOLOGY OF PERSONALITY (3-0) The major theories, assessment methods, and research in the field of personality. Prerequisite: PSYC 1315.

PSYC 3315. SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY (3-0) The theories and research dealing with individual behavior in the social environment. Social influence processes, interpersonal attraction, group behavior, aggression, conformity, and attitude formation and change. PSYC 3144 is an optional laboratory which, when added to PSYC 3315, satisfies a portion of the laboratory requirement.

PSYC 3316. ENVIRONMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY (3-0) The effect of the social, physical, and ecological features of the environment on human behavior. The effects of crowding, noise, architecture, urban design, and climate. Prerequisite: PSYC 1315.

PSYC 3317. INTRODUCTION TO CLINICAL AND COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY (3-0) The student is introduced to psychodiagnostic procedures and the basic approaches of counseling and psychotherapy. Prerequisite: PSYC 1315.

PSYC 3318. ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY (3-0) Major forms of psychopathology. Classification, etiology, and treatment of major disorders. Prerequisite: PSYC 1315.

PSYC 3319. PSYCHOLOGY OF ADOLESCENCE (3-0) A topical study of adolescent behavioral and psychological development with emphasis on theory, methods of inquiry, and practical implications. Prerequisite: PSYC 1315.

PSYC 3320. BEHAVIOR AND MOTIVATION (3-0) Theory and research involving relation of motivation and emotion to learning theory, social behavior, personality, and development. Prerequisite: PSYC 1315.

PSYC 3322. INTRODUCTION TO BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE (3-0) A comprehensive survey of physiological processes and structures underlying human and animal behavior. PSYC 3142 is an optional laboratory which, when taken concurrently with or after completion of PSYC 3322, satisfies a portion of the laboratory requirement. Formerly listed as PSYC 4322. Offered as BIOL 3322 and PSYC 3322; credit will be granted only once. BIOL 3322 prerequisite: BIOL 1441, 1442.

PSYC 3326. ANIMAL BEHAVIOR (3-0) A survey of research and theory comparing behavior at various phyletic levels. Offered as BIOL 3326 and PSYC 3326. Credit will be granted for only one of these courses. Prerequisite: BIOL 1441, 1442.

PSYC 3329. BEHAVIORAL ENDOCRINOLOGY (3-0) The effects of hormones on behavior and the physiological mechanisms which mediate these effects. Principles of brain-hormone interaction, sexual and aggressive behavior, parental care, ingestion, activity, motivation, learning and memory, behavioral disorders, environmental, and experiential influences on hormone production. Also offered as PSYC 3329; credit will be granted for only one of these courses. Students seeking credit toward the science requirement must enroll in BIOL 3329. Prerequisite: PSYC 1315, or BIOL 4315.

PSYC 3351. PRACTICUM IN APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS (0-0) Students receive supervised experience in the application of behavior modification procedures to everyday behavior problems. Practicum students work off-campus in a community setting. The course provides an opportunity to develop skills in setting behavior objectives, analyzing contingencies of reinforcement, and designing, writing, and implementing practical behavior change programs.

PSYC 3352. PRACTICUM IN ZOO RESEARCH METHODS (3-0) A hands-on introduction to research methodologies commonly used to collect behavioral and physiological data in zoos. Students will learn how to develop an ethogram, design data sheets, observe animals and collect data. Data will be summarized, analyzed, interpreted and presented in both written and oral form. Prerequisite: PSYC 2443, PSYC 2444, PSYC 3326 (or their equivalents) and permission of instructor. Offered as BIOL 3360 and PSYC 3352; credit will be granted only once.

PSYC 3355. INTERNSHIP IN PSYCHOLOGY (0-0) Provides the student with an opportunity to apply academic experience to practical situations by serving for a specified number of hours as participant-observer in an off-campus activity. The activity will be reflected in the title on the transcript. Internships must be arranged with an internship supervisor and/or faculty member in the semester prior to enrolling for this course.

PSYC 3420. EXPERIMENTAL ANALYSIS OF BEHAVIOR (3-3) A laboratory course examining basic principles of behavior control and analysis with single animals and automated testing apparatus. Emphasis is placed on individualized, self-paced instruction and creative experimentation. Prerequisite: PSYC 2444.

PSYC 3431. SENSORY AND PERCEPTUAL PROCESSES (3-3) Major phenomena in sensation, perception, and human performance. Laboratory experiments in signal detection, visual masking, memory search, absolute judgments, reaction time, pattern recognition, and division of attention. Prerequisite: PSYC 2444.

PSYC 4155. ORAL COMMUNICATION SKILLS IN PSYCHOLOGY (1-0) Study and practice of effective oral communication skills in psychology. Students will gain experience in developing effective oral communication techniques by learning to evaluate, prepare, and make oral presentations based on selected topics in psychology. This course will satisfy the Oral Communication Competency requirement in Psychology. Graded by pass/fail only. Prerequisite: PSYC 3315 and 3144 or PSYC 3326 and 3146 or 3420 of PSYC 4322 and 3142 or PSYC 3431 or PSYC 4334 and 3145.

PSYC 4161. READINGS IN PSYCHOLOGY (1-0) Topics arranged on an individual basis. Performance may be assessed by oral exam, written test, or review paper as arranged. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

PSYC 4181. RESEARCH IN PSYCHOLOGY (0-0) Research problems arranged on an individual basis, to be conducted by the student, and written in publishable journal format. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

PSYC 4261. READINGS IN PSYCHOLOGY (2-0) Topics arranged on an individual basis. Performance may be assessed by oral exam, written test, or review paper as arranged. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

PSYC 4281. RESEARCH IN PSYCHOLOGY (0-0) Research problems arranged on an individual basis, to be conducted by the student, and written in publishable journal format. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

PSYC 4301. ADVANCED NEUROSCIENCE (3-0) An in depth understanding of the mechanisms underlying the function of the nervous system. Topics include cellular mechanisms of neural communication, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of sensory, motor, and autonomic systems, cellular mechanisms of learning and memory, and neuropathological conditions that contribute to neurological disorders. Prerequisite: PSYC 3322 (BIOL 3322) or permission of instructor.

PSYC 4302. NEUROPHARMACOLOGY (3-0) A survey of how drugs affect the nervous system. General topics will include cellular and molecular foundations of neuropharmacology, receptors and modulation of neural signaling. The specific role of neurotransmitter systems (i.e. acetylcholine, dopamine, norepinephrine, serotonin, and opiate) will be explored. Offered as BIOL 4309 and PSYC 4302; credit will be granted only once. Prerequisite: BIOL 3322 or permission of instructor.

PSYC 4303. PAIN RESEARCH AND MANAGEMENT (3-0) An introduction to the psychological and biological factors that underlie pain conditions with a focus on the underlying mechanisms of clinical pain disorders and current pain management strategies.


PSYC 4306. MAJOR PERSONALITY DISORDERS (3-0) This course surveys the major disorders of human personality. It begins with a review of classic and contemporary perspectives for understanding personality disorders and considers how personality disorders are assessed and treated in the context of psychotherapy. The major personality disorders are examined in considerable detail. They include the avoidant personality, the antisocial personality, the narcissistic personality, the dependent personality, and the borderline personality. Prerequisite: PSYC 1315 and 3314 or 3318.

PSYC 4310. BEHAVIOR THERAPY (3-0) Current theory and practice in the analysis and treatment of psychological disorders using problem solving techniques derived from the experimental analysis of behavior. Behavioral treatment strategies are reviewed for chronic disorders such as fears and phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, and anxiety as well as childhood disorders such as language delay, autism, attention deficits, and hyperactivity. Prerequisite: PSYC 1315. "

PSYC 4325. DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOBIOLOGY (3-0) The biological basis of behavioral development. A survey of the influences of maternal factors, genes, hormones, teratogens, early nutrition, and environmental change upon the maturation of the central nervous system. Basic concepts such as critical periods, the organization of behavioral systems, neural plasticity, and the ontogeny of consciousness. Offered as BIOL 4325 and PSYC 4325; credit will be granted only once. Students seeking credit toward the science requirement must enroll in BIOL 4325. Prerequisite: PSYC 3310 or PSYC 3322 (BIOL 3322), or BIOL 3346.

PSYC 4327. BEHAVIORAL GENETICS (3-0) Genetic influences on behavioral phenotypes. Research strategies, quantitative methods, and pharmacogenetic approaches to the brain; sociality and altruism; the personality, emotionality and intelligence; psychopathology; chromosomal abnormalities; forensic implications of genetic counseling. Offered as BIOL 4327 and PSYC 4327; credit will be granted only once. Students seeking credit toward the science requirement must enroll in BIOL 4327. Prerequisite: BIOL 3315 or PSYC 2441.

PSYC 4329. ANIMAL LEARNING AND COGNITION (3-0) A comprehensive survey of psychological, biological, and ethological perspectives on learning, memory, and cognition in animals. Prerequisite: PSYC 2444.

PSYC 4332. THEORIES OF HUMAN LEARNING AND MEMORY (3-0) A comprehensive survey of theories and research concerning basic learning and memory processes and their application to a variety of areas, e.g., eyewitness memory, false memory syndrome, autobiographical memory, memory decline in aging. Theoretical and background perspectives include associative mechanism, information processing approaches, and neurophysiological bases for encoding, storage, and retrieval. Prerequisite: PSYC 2444.

PSYC 4333. COGNITIVE SCIENCE AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (3-0) Research and theory on the organization of the mind and of cognitive processes, drawing on ideas from psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, philosophy, and computer science. Applications of computer modeling techniques to the simulation of cognitive processes will be explored. Prerequisite: PSYC 3431 or 4334 and computer literacy, or permission of the instructor.

PSYC 4334. COGNITIVE PROCESSES (3-0) Current theory and research in cognitive processes such as memory, information processing, concept formation, and problem solving. Prerequisite: PSYC 2444.

PSYC 4335. COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT (3-0) Theories and phenomena concerning development of all aspects of human cognition across the life span. Prerequisite: PSYC 2444.

PSYC 4337. PSYCHOLOGY OF TESTING (3-0) The student will become familiar with a wide variety of group and individual tests. Statistical interpretation will be emphasized in terms of validity, reliability, objectivity, item analysis, correlation, and other pertinent criteria. PSYC 1315, 2444.

PSYC 4338. COGNITIVE NEUROPSYCHOLOGY (3-0) Theory and research on the relationship between the brain and human cognition. Normal functioning and comparisons between normal and disordered states (e.g., Alzheimer's disease, amnesia, localized brain injury, age changes). Prerequisite: PSYC 3431, 4332, or 4334.

PSYC 4339. PSYCHOLOGY OF JUDGMENT AND CHOICE (3-0) Research and theory on the errors of intuitive judgment and how formal decision methods improve choices. Prerequisite: PSYC 2444.

PSYC 4350. SPORTS PSYCHOLOGY (3-0) The course will provide an overview of the growing field of Sports Psychology, which involves applying psychological science to sports. Topics such as maximizing sports performance, elite performance and personality, motivation techniques in sports, leadership skills in sports, etc., will be covered.

PSYC 4355. THE HISTORY OF PSYCHOLOGY (3-0) The evolution of psychology as a science, up to and including contemporary developments.Prerequisite: nine hours of psychology.

PSYC 4356. EVOLUTIONARY PSYCHOLOGY (3-0) A consideration of how evolution has influenced social, cognitive and developmental processes in humans. Comparisons between humans and other species, and between different human cultures will be included. Topics such as mate selection, marriage and family practices, child rearing, social relations, language, thinking, neuropsychology, learning and related topics will be considered. Methods of gathering data and theory about evolutionary processes will be stressed. Prerequisite: PSYC 1315 and nine hours of psychology.

PSYC 4357. HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY (3-0) This course provides a broad introduction to health psychology and its interface with the medical world. The course provides a balanced presentation of the important issues in the field, as well as specific content topics that are especially relevant today to better understand health and illness. Offered as BIOL 4357, HEED 4357, and KINE 4357. Students seeking science requirement credit must enroll in BIOL 4357; students seeking Certification in Health must enroll in HEED 4357. Prerequisite: no prerequisite; junior standing recommended.

PSYC 4359. SELECTED TOPICS IN PSYCHOLOGY (3-0) Topics pertinent to the field of psychology. Topic, format, and prerequisites to be determined by the instructor. May be repeated for credit as different topics are offered. Prerequisite: to be determined by the instructor.

PSYC 4361. READINGS IN PSYCHOLOGY (3-0) Topics arranged on an individual basis. Performance may be assessed by oral exam, written test, or review paper as arranged. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

PSYC 4381. RESEARCH IN PSYCHOLOGY (0-0) Research problems arranged on an individual basis, to be conducted by the student, and written in publishable journal format. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

PSYC 4398. HONORS THESIS (3-0) Students may take this course only at the invitation of the department. Consists of a research project of a type and level which would be publishable in one of the psychological journals. Particular emphasis is placed on independent work by the student. Prerequisite: departmental invitation.