Psychology:
Course Outlines

Course Outlines

The outlines listed on this page are general descriptions of courses offered by Lourdes. For specific information regarding this semester's courses, including textbooks and schedules, please consult the Course Syllabi page. All outlines are provided in PDF format.

PSY 110: General Psychology
Presents an overview of the field of psychology. Designed to provide the student with knowledge and understanding of basic principles in psychology and their applications to human behavior. Topics include history of psychology, the scientific method, biopsychology and learning.

PSY 205 Pre-professional Seminar for the Social Sciences
In order to serve clients, confront social problems, and to promote social and economic justice, students must be able to think and reason critically and to communicate effectively for practice. This course prepares students for effective practice by providing a framework for integration of critical thinking skills into the professional practice standards. An emphasis will be placed on the development of writing and communication skills that will contribute to the successful preparation of discipline specific and academic department requirements. Cross-listed with SWK 205.

PSY 210: Developmental Psychology
Surveys changes that occur as a function of increasing age and other conditions that influence individual development throughout the human life cycle. Emphasizes current research and practical implications for and applications to the developmental process. Prerequisite: PSY 110.

PSY 215 Statistics for Psychology
Examines statistical theory and methodology as it relates to the field of psychology. Students will receive instruction in a variety of topics including central tendency, probability theory, statistical inference and hypothesis testing. Special emphasis will be placed on the use of hypothesis testing in psychological research. Prerequisites: PSY 110, MTH 098 or equivalent placement test score.

PSY 250 Experimental Psychology
Provides instruction on the basic principles of experimentation including: experimental design, the differences between correlational studies and experiments, lab and field studies, reliability, validity, and ethics in research. Issues relating to theory construction are also discussed. In addition, students will learn how to design and implement an experimental study as well as write an APA style research paper. Prerequisites: PSY 110 and PSY 215.

PSY 310 Psychology of Human Learning
Studies the nature of learning as well as the methods used to assess learning. Includes an in-depth study of classical and instrumental conditioning. Special emphasis is placed on biological constraints on learning. Prerequisite: PSY 110.

PSY 311 Information Processing Approach to Psychology
Includes an overview of the acquisition, transformation, storage, retrieval, and use of information. The role of pattern recognition, attention, short and long term memories will be examined. Applications for problem solving, decision-making, categorization, and semantic organization will be emphasized. Prerequisite: PSY 110.

PSY 312 Physiological Psychology
Examines the biological substrates of behavior. Topics include basic neuroanatomy, neural transmission, sensory transduction, genetics, sexual behavior, emotion, hunger, sleep, learning, and memory. Prerequisite: PSY 110.

PSY 315 Child Psychology
Introduces student to child development and behavior from conception through early adolescence. Emphasizes the physical, mental, emotional, social, spiritual, and moral development of the child in a holistic approach. Gives special consideration to the needs of children in contemporary society. Prerequisite: PSY 110.

PSY 319 Adolescent Psychology
Explores the adolescent’s transition from childhood to adulthood in the context of recent research with analysis of physiological, social, emotional, and intellectual development. Gives special consideration to the needs of adolescents in contemporary society. Prerequisite: PSY 110.

PSY 320 Adult Development and Aging
Involves the theory and research related to young, middle, and late adulthood as a sequence of psychological stages involving adjustment and coping behaviors; considers relationship of adulthood to other life-span stages. Emphasizes the application of course material to real life situations. Prerequisite: PSY 110.

PSY 340 Psychology of Women
Critiques the theory, research, and literature on the psychology of women. Examines scientific evidence relating to gender roles and gender related behavior. Special emphasis is placed on biological and evolutionary theories of gender development. Social-developmental theories are discussed. Prerequisite: PSY 110.

PSY 350 Abnormal Psychology
Presents a survey of psychological disorders with emphasis on the clinical picture of each disorder; includes research on the etiology and nature of the disorder, theories seeking to explain the disorder, and some discussion concerning therapy. Prerequisite: PSY 110.

PSY 360 Social Psychology
Investigates the person interacting with and influenced by society. Places emphasis on attribution theory, group behavior, aggression, helping behavior, attitudes, social influence, and social cognition. Prerequisite: PSY 110.

PSY 370 Psychological Measurement and Testing
Introduces the principles of psychological measurement and evaluation. Includes historical background; functions and uses of tests, norms, reliability, and validity; and a brief survey of aptitude, intelligence, achievement, and personality tests. Prerequisite: PSY 110.

PSY 403 Dynamics of Marriage and Family
Explores the psychological perspective of marriage and family; analyzes cultural forms and social changes affecting the family as a society, its structure, and function. Explores other areas such as the psychodynamics of love, sexuality problems arising from social and personal disorganization, relational styles, stability of marriage and family, divorce, and the reconstituted family. Cross-listed with SOC 403. Prerequisite: PSY 110 or SOC 101.

PSY 410 Small Group Behavior
Surveys small group constructs, research, and principles of application. Emphasizes learning methods and skills of group observation. Presents a variety of methods of observing groups and analyzing small-group processes utilizing these observational methods and specific group concepts. Involves members in creating, participating, observing, and analyzing a small group from beginning to end. Prerequisite: PSY 110.

PSY 411 Personality Theories and Dynamics
Surveys principles and theories dealing with the dynamics of human personality, including the following theories: psychoanalytic, social, behavioral, humanistic, existential, and cognitive with a critical evaluation of each. Prerequisite: PSY 110.

PSY 425 Psychology of Religion
Examines religious experience from a psychological perspective. The works of Freud, Jung, James and Rogers are reviewed along with contemporary research on religiosity. Significant personages from each major religion are discussed in the context of their socialpsychological history. Special attention is given to religious conversion and spiritual transitions. The relationship between Erikson’s psychosocial stages and transcendent experience is also explored. Prerequisite: PSY 110.

PSY 440 Psychology Seminar
Specializes in giving students a broad and comprehensive understanding of important problems in contemporary psychology. Topics for the seminar are chosen at the beginning of each semester and can be found in that semester’s brochure. Prerequisites: PSY 110 and permission of advisor.

PSY 460 History and Systems in Psychology
Outlines the history of psychology and the major schools as they have influenced current psychological thought. Prerequisite: PSY 110.

PSY 470 Introduction to Counseling
Studies the purpose and theories of counseling; gives attention to various approaches and basic skills required for the counseling process. Examines professional and ethical issues. Prerequisite: PSY 110.

PSY 489 Psychology Capstone
Provides an opportunity for upper level psychology students to integrate learning experiences obtained from their psychology courses. Students will design, plan, and implement an empirically based research project. In addition students will complete the psychology department assessment exam. Prerequisites: Completion of PSY 215, PSY 250, and an additional 24 hours in psychology.

PSY 495 Psychology Internship
The internship will provide pre-professional experiences in a social service agency. Students will participate in the activities of the agency, supervised by an agency supervisor, as well as the on campus faculty supervisor. The student will complete 120 internship hours for 3 credit hours.

PSY 499 Topics in Psychology
Presents topics of particular interest to students in psychology. Either a student or a faculty member may initiate this course. The instructor will arrange a program of study.