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Psychology & Communications Studies
c/o University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3043
Moscow, ID 83844-3043
400-500 Level Psychology Courses
400 LEVEL PSYCHOLOGY COURSES (Psyc 400-499)
Psyc 400 (s) Seminar (credits arranged). Prereq: permission
Psyc 403 (s) Workshop (credits arranged). Prereq: permission
Psyc 404 (s) Special Topics (credits arranged). Prereq: permission
Psyc 404 Home Page
Psyc WS412 Psychological Testing and Measurement (3 cr). WSU Psyc 412
Assessment of behavioral variables in humans; individual differences.
Psyc 415 History and Systems of Psychology (3 cr).
History of psychology as a field of scientific inquiry; overview of development of schools of thought, prominent figures, and key theories. Instructor: Mark Yama
Psych J416/J516 Industrial/Organizational Psychology (3 cr).
Application of psychological principles to the study of work behavior; includes topics such as personnel selection, performance appraisal, training, work motivation, teams, leadership, and job attitudes. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit. Instructor: Todd Thorsteinson
Psyc 419 Adult Development and Aging (3 cr).
Analysis of change from early adulthood through death in the areas of social, cognitive, and physical development; examination of theories, concepts, and research in the area of lifespan development; study of problems of aging, plasticity of functioning, and ingredients of successful aging.
Psyc 419 web page Instructor: Jamie Nekich
Psyc 420 Personality and Social Development (3 cr). Prereq: Psyc 101 and 305, or permission
Personality and social development from birth through adolescence, including such topics as attachment, aggression, impulse control, sex differences, self concept, moral development, and effects of parental childrearing styles. Instructor: TBA
Psych 421 Cognitive Development (3 cr).
Intellectual development of child from birth to maturity, mechanisms of intellectual growth, relationship between language and cognitive development. Instructor: TBA
Psyc 422 Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence (3 cr). Prereq: Psyc 101 and 305, or permission
Overview of psychological disorders that affect children and adolescents; emphasis on how childhood mental illness is defined, diagnosed, and treated within multiple theoretical perspectives. Examines how multiple, interacting events shape both adaptive and maladaptive developmental outcomes. Instructor: TBA
Psyc 430 Tests and Measurements (3 cr). Prereq: Psyc 101 and Stat 251, or permission
Review of the major principles of test development including test construction and methods for determining test validity and reliability, some of the currently used scales, and study of scaling methods such as Thurstone scales, Likert scales, and semantic differentials.
Psyc 430 Page Instructor: Todd Thorsteinson
Psyc 435 Personnel Psychology (3 cr). Prereq: Psyc 316
Review of theory and methods related to personnel issues; includes topics such as individual differences, selection, psychometrics, compensation, training programs, and performance appraisal.
Instructor: Todd Thorsteinson
Psyc 444 Sensation and Perception (3 cr). Prereq: Psyc 218.
Fundamental processes and variables in sensory, perceptual, and cognitive experiences of humans.
Psyc 444 Web Page Instructor: Brian Dyre
Psyc 446 Engineering Psychology (3 cr). Prereq: Psyc 218 or Stat 301 or perm.
Application of principles of experimental psychology to analysis of interaction of the human operator with machine systems and work environments; emphasis on psychological aspects of human performance.
Psyc 446 Web Page Instructor: Brian Dyre
Psych 448 Psycholinguistics (3 cr). Same as Engl 448
Survey of cognitive processes of language comprehension, language/speech production, and language acquisition.
Psyc J450/J550 Training and Performance Support (3 cr). Prereq: Psyc 325 or permission
Review of applicable theory and various methods for developing training programs and performance support systems; emphasis on developing skills for front-end analysis, training program and performance support design, and program evaluation. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.
Psyc 450 Home Page Instructor: Todd Thorsteinson
Psyc J452/J552 Ergonomics and Biomechanics (3 cr).
Principles of anthropometry, biomechanics, and work physiology applied to workplace. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit. Instructor: TBA
Psyc 456 Psychology of Emotion (3 cr).
Theories of emotion; biological and social variables influencing the activation of emotion. Instructor: TBA
Psyc J461/J561 Human-Computer Interaction (3 cr). Prereq: Psyc 446 or permission
Overview of human-computer interaction (HCI) topics, including user models, dialog, display design, usability, software development, groupware, and multimedia. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit. Psyc 461/561 Home Page Instructor: Steffen Werner
Psyc J470/J570 Introduction to Chemical Addictions (3 cr.)
Understanding how individuals develop an addiction to psychoactive chemicals and how they recover from such and addiction; recognition, assessment, and treatment of various chemical addictions and how to do interventions for addicted individuals and their families; topics include drugs of abuse, symptoms and warning signs of chemical addiction, assessment, codependency, interventions, treatment, and recovery. Additional projects/assignments required for grad cr.
Psyc 470 Web Page Instructor: Lori Coburn
Psyc J471/J571 Theories of Chemical Addictions (3 cr).
Comprehensive overview of all chemical addictions theories and related implications for diagnosis and treatment. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.
Psyc J472/J572 Introduction to the Pharmacology of Psychoactive Drugs (3 cr).
Overview of neural mechanisms, behavioral responses and addictive aspects of psychoactive drugs. Additional assignment/projects required for graduate credit. Psyc 472 Home Page Instructors: John Miller
Psyc J473/J573 HIV/AIDS/TB/STDs (2 cr).
Overview of HIV/AIDS, TB, and other STDs; preparing counselors to work with clients to prevent these diseases or counsel clients who have acquired these diseases; making counselors examine issues related to human sexuality and biases about sexually related topics. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit. Psyc 473 Home Page Instructors: Lori Coburn
Psyc J474/J574 Record Keeping & Case Management in Chemical Addictions Counseling (3 cr).
Exploration and examination of the sequence of events and services that clients encounter as they begin and move through the treatment process in a typical addictions treatment setting, as outlined in the Twelve Core Functions and Global Criteria of the International Certification Reciprocity Consortium (ICRC); study of the Twelve Core Functions and the Addiction Counseling Competencies relevant to each area. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.
Psyc J475/J581 Professional Ethics in Addictions Counseling (3cr).
Overview of ethical issues and decision making related to addictions counseling; ethics related to harm reduction models and other issues. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.
Psyc J476/J576 Relapse Prevention in Chemical Addictions Counseling (3 cr).
Overview of addictions relapse, issues and triggers related to relapse, prevention of relapse, and issues related to addictions relapse in general. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.
Psyc 476 Home Page
Psyc J477/J577 Chemical Dependency and the Family (3 cr).
Overview of how chemical dependence impacts the family unit; intervention to assist the family. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.
Psyc J478/J578 Individual Therapy Techniques in Chemical Addictions Counseling (3 cr).
Techniques related to counseling individual chemical addictions clients; helping skills such as active listening, problem solving, paraphrasing, numerous role plays and other practicum exercises. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.
Psyc 478 Home Page Instructor: Cathy Weeks
Psyc J479/J579 Group Therapy Techniques in Chemical Addictions Counseling (3 cr).
Theoretical and practical understanding of the group therapy process with individuals from chemical addictions counseling; information about group therapy with actual experience of being part of a group. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.
Psyc J480/J580 Client Centered Counseling for Behavior Change (3 cr).
Techniques related to counseling individuals who engage in high-risk behaviors; primary focus on harm reduction models and how to reduce high-risk behaviors. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.
Psyc J482/J582 Addictions Screening and Assessment (3 cr).
This course is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of substance abuse screening and assessment. This includes information related to interviewing techniques, substance abuse diagnosis, testing instruments, and issues or problems that influence the assessment environment. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.
Psyc J483/J583 Substance Abuse Prevention Theory and Applications I (3 cr).
This course provides a comprehensive overview of substance abuse prevention theories, prevention programming applications. Upon completion, students should understand current prevention models, CSAP prevention strategies and applications, be familiar with the IOM Continuum of Care, and be familiar with state and federal prevention resources. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.
Psyc J484/J584 Facilitation Skills and Group Management for Prevention Providers (3 cr).
This course provides a comprehensive overview of theories and methods related to group small and large group behavior. Upon completion, students will understand the three major types of groups, how gender, ethnicity, work roles, communication styles, etc. impact group interactions, and methods to increase participation. It is expected students will practice facilitation and conflict resolution techniques in these groups. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.
Psyc J485/J591 Presentation - Instruction Skills for Helping Professionals (3 cr).
This course provides an overview of presentation methods/training techniques for audiences of various sizes and demographics. The course will include knowledge of group types, group dynamics, presentation techniques (including PowerPoint), conflict resolution, and learning styles. Students will be expected to practice these techniques in front of small and large groups with a focus on substance abuse prevention populations. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.
Psyc J486/J592 Community Coalition Development (3 cr).
This course is designed to provide skills to develop community coalitions. Upon completion students will understand community organization processes, how to measure community readiness, the strategic planning process, decision and prioritizing methodologies, interagency dynamics, and the importance of networking. It is expected students will participate in or develop a community coalition during the course. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.
Psyc J487/J587 Substance Abuse Program Planning and Evaluation (3 cr).
This class provides an overview of program planning and evaluation with a focus on substance abuse prevention. Upon completion students will understand research related to ATOD prevention, program design and evaluation models, how to use the Idaho LOGIC model, indicators of program effectiveness. Students will also be presented with information regarding local, state, and federal resources. Additional projects/ assignments required for graduate credit.
Psyc J488/J588 Ethics in Substance Abuse Prevention (1 cr).
This course will provide an overview of ethical issues encountered by substance abuse prevention specialists. Upon completion students will understand boundary issues between prevention and conducting treatment, state and federal mandatory reporting requirements, confidentiality and other legal issues, and professional codes of conduct. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.
Psyc J489/J589 Substance Abuse Prevention Theory and Applications II (4 cr).
This capstone prevention course consolidates all material within the substance abuse prevention curriculum. Students will be expected to understand and apply material such as the LOGIC model, coalition development, use fundraising techniques, and be knowledgeable in topics such as social marketing, program development and evaluation, etc. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.
Psyc J490/J590 Psychopharmacology (3 cr).
This course provides a solid overview of neurobiology, neurophysiology, and pharmacologic treatment for individuals having psychological/psychiatric disorders. It will also examine evidence supporting the use of such interventions. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.
Psyc 495 (s) Psychology Research Training (cr arr). Prereq: PSY 218 and permission.
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Psyc 496 Applied Behavior Analysis (3 cr). Prereq: Psyc 218
Analysis and assessment of behavior in real-life settings, e.g., home, business, industry, and institutions such as prisons and psychiatric hospitals; structured programs of intervention and assessment of behavior change; special emphasis on self-management of behavior.
Psych 496 Web Page Instructor: Steve Meier
Psyc 497 (s) Practicum in Instruction (1-3 cr, max 6). Prereq: permission
Tutoring and/or instructional services performed by advanced students under faculty supervision.
Psyc 498 (s) Internship (1-6 cr, max 6). Prereq: permission
Directed internship in an approved setting that features psychological applications.
Psyc 499 (s) Directed Study (credit arranged). Prereq: permission.
See the time schedule for a partial list of Directed Study courses currently being offered.