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MS Educational Psychology-Experimental Psychology

Required Core Courses
PSYK 500Behavioral Statistics3
PSYK 501Research Methods3
PSYK 504Human Development3
PSYK 581Assessment and Evaluation Fund3
Educational Psychology Required Courses
PSYK 502Social Psychological Processes3
PSYK 503Theories Of Learning3
PSYK 515Physiological Psychology3
PSYK 516Adv Quant Mthds & Exper Design3
PSYK 520History and Systems3
PSYK 521Evolutionary Psychology3
PSYK 588Thesis6
Total Semester Credit Hours36

Required Courses

PSYK 500. Behavioral Statistics. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Review of descriptive statistics with emphasis on inferential statistics. Includes correlation, one-way and two-way analysis of variance, regression analysis and experimental design. Use of computer software with emphasis on experience with SPSS. Prerequisite(s): undergraduate statistics recommended.

PSYK 501. Research Methods. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

A study of the scientific method of research, types of research and research design. Students are required to review, analyze and interpret research findings in their major field and develop a research project with the assistance of their instructor. This course should be taken after the completion of 12 graduate semester hours. Prerequisite(s): PSYK 500 or equivalent graduate statistics course.

PSYK 504. Human Development. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

A lifespan survey of the development of human beings from conception to death. Topics included will be research and theory into physical, cognitive, social, and personality development in each of the different age groups: prenatal, infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood.

PSYK 581. Assessment and Evaluation Fund. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Examines the nature and development of standardized tests, with emphasis on ethical standards, psychometric theory, test standards, and test construction. Selection criteria and utilization of standardized or other instruments in various environments are considered. Includes evaluations and critiques of published tests and experiential exposure to different types of psychological tests. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Graduate School.

PSYK 502. Social Psychological Processes. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

An in-depth examination of the individual in a social and cultural context. Topics include: the behavior of groups, the roles of individuals within groups, and the influence of groups on an individual’s perceptions, attitudes, emotions, and behavior. Major theories and supporting research are covered. Includes a selected emphasis on specific topics, with individual or team projects and/or original research.

PSYK 503. Theories Of Learning. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Study of major theories of learning, factors which influence the process of learning, and application of these theories and processes to general and special populations. Prerequisite(s): Admission to Graduate School or approval of the department chair.

PSYK 515. Physiological Psychology. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

An examination of the biological basis of behavior with an emphasis on the structure and biochemistry of the human nervous system. Includes an exploration of the interactive relationships between biological processes, psychopharmacology, genetics, neurological disorders, normal growth and maturation, perception, memory, emotion, stress, mental disorders, consciousness, and communication. Contemporary theories and research are investigated and critiqued.

PSYK 516. Adv Quant Mthds & Exper Design. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

This course provides an overview of advanced statistical techniques to analyze quantitative data resulting from experimental and quasi-experimental research designs. This course is a continuation of PSYK 500 and PSYK 501 and requires students to demonstrate proficiency in the use of SPSS for data analysis. The course reviews One-Way and Two-Factor ANOVA. Other topics include ANCOVA, MANOVA, MANCOVA, multiple regression, logistic regression, data reduction techniques (factor analysis and principal components analysis), and non-parametric analyses appropriate for two- and multi-group designs. The course emphasizes the integration of multivariate and advanced statistical design with applicable research paradigms. Prerequisite(s): PSYK 500 and PSYK 501.

PSYK 520. History and Systems. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Historical analysis of the development of the science of psychology from early philosophical theories through the establishment of psychology as a science to modern theoretical positions.

PSYK 521. Evolutionary Psychology. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

In-depth evaluation of the current theories of adaptation with a large focus on how adaptation has influenced social, cognitive and developmental processes in humans. Evidence from cross-cultural studies as well as cross species studies will be reviewed and discussed.

PSYK 588. Thesis. 1-6 Semester Credit Hours.

An independent research course in which a student proposes and completes an original, quantitative research project in conjunction with three graduate faculty members who serve on the thesis committee. Scheduled when the student is ready to begin thesis. No credit awarded until proposal and thesis are approved, respectively. Six hours of thesis credit is required. Prerequisite(s): PSYK 500 and PSYK 501 and successful completion of 12 additional credit hours in the degree plan and approval of the Chair of the thesis committee, or Department Chair approval.

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