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Psychology & Communications Studies

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McClure Hall 403B
PHONE: (208) 885-6324
FAX:(208) 885-7710
E-MAIL: seanm@uidaho.edu


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Psychology & Communications Studies
c/o University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3043
Moscow, ID 83844-3043

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Courses Offered as Distance Courses 
(Note: Some of our graduate courses are also offered through Engineering Outreach

Psyc 101 Introduction to Psychology (3 cr) (C). May be used as core credit in J-3-e.
Intro to psychology topics, including sensation and perception, learning and thinking, motivation, personality and adjustment, social processes, psychological testing; emphasis on fundamental principles. 

Psyc 218 Introduction to Research in the Behavioral Sciences (4 cr). Prereq or Coreq: Stat 251
Primarily for majors in psychology. Logic and method of empirical research in the behavioral sciences; design, execution, and reporting of psychological experimentation and research. Three lectures and one 2-hr lab a week. 

Psyc 305 Developmental Psychology (3 cr) (C). Prereq: Psyc 101 or Ed 301
Conception through late adolescence; genetics, anatomy, physiology, biological changes during development, learning, socialization, cognition, and personality.  Instructor: Jamie Nekich

Psyc 310 Psychology of Personality (3 cr) (C).
Theories of personality, basic concepts, techniques of measurement, and experimental methods; the normal personality. 

Psyc 311 Abnormal Psychology (3 cr) (C).
Nature, causes, treatment, and prevention of patterns of emotional disturbances and personality disorders, including neuroses and psychoses.

Psyc 316 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.

Psyc 320 Introduction to Social Psychology (3 cr) (C).
Theories, concepts, and research on the social bases of behavior and social interaction; topics of personal and social relevance, aggression, prejudice, altruism and helping behavior, interpersonal attraction, behavior in groups, conformity, attitudes, authoritarianism, and obedience to authority.

Psyc J325/J525 Cognitive Psychology (3 cr). Prereq: Psyc 218 or permission
Survey and analysis of major topics in field; emphasis on contemporary research and theory; related topics in perception, memory, and information processing and transformation. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.

Psyc J330/J530 Human Sexuality (3 cr) (C).
Introduction to the fundamentals of human sexuality; emphasis on current trends and research. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.

Psyc 372 Physiological Psychology (3 cr). Prereq: Biol 201-202, Zool 119, or permission
Physiological bases of animal and normal human behavior.  Instructor: Steve Meier 

Psyc 390 Psychology of Learning (3 cr). Prereq: Psyc 218.
Experimental literature of the nature and conditions of classical and operant conditioning, verbal learning, and cognition.  Instructor: Steve Meier

Psyc 404 Special Topics (cr arr)

Psyc 413 Psychology of Religion (3 cr).
Psychological theories on the origin of the religious impulse in humans, some aspects of religious experience, and contemporary religious phenomena; overview of the relevance of objective, depth, and humanistic approaches.  Instructors: Sharon Harvey and Carlton Harvey

Psyc 419 Adult Development and Aging (3 cr).
Analysis of intellectual and memory changes with aging; diagnosis of senile dementia and pseudodementia; study of psychological problems of aging, plasticity of functioning, and ingredients of successful aging. Instructor: Jamie Nekich

Psyc 444 Sensation and Perception (3 cr). Prereq: Psyc 218.
Fundamental processes and variables in sensory, perceptual, and cognitive experiences of humans. Instructor: Brian Dyre

Psyc 446 Engineering Psychology (3 cr). Prereq: Psyc 218 or Stat 301 or permission
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. Instructor: Brian Dyre

Psyc J450/J550 Training and Performance (3 cr). Prereq: Psyc 218 or permission
Review of theory and methods related to training and performance in the workplace. Includes such topics as needs assessment, learning and motivational issues, evaluation procedures, instructional techniques, managerial training, and special training topics related to organizations. Instructor: Todd Thorsteinson

Psyc 456 Psychology of Emotion (3 cr).
Theories of emotion; biological and social variables influencing the activation of emotion.  Instructor:  Benjamin Barton

Psyc 552 Ergonomics and Biomechanics (3 cr).
Principles of anthropometry, biomechanics, and work physiology applied to workplace.

Psyc 561 Human-Computer Interaction (3 cr). Prereq: Psyc 325, Psyc 444, ME 409, or permission
Provides an overview of human-computer interaction (HCI) topics including: user models, dialog, display design, usability, software development, groupware, and multimedia.

Psyc 562 Advanced Human Factors (3 cr). Prereq: ME 409, Psyc 446, Psyc 586 or Stat 401, or permission
Reviews topics and theories germane to human factors such as: performance measurement systems, design specifications, research issues, controls and displays, human reliability, and illumination.

Psyc 585 Research Methods (3 cr). Prereq: Psyc 218 or equivalent, or permission Philosophy of research, types of design, data analysis, research report.

Psyc 586 Advanced Research Methods (3 cr). Prereq: permission
Types of research designs and data analyses; use of mainframe computer packages for data analysis.