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Summer 2015 Credit Courses: Psychology

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online courses iconIntroduction to Psychology
Empirical and theoretical approaches to the basic physiological, cognitive, and social mechanisms underlying behavior. Topics include learning and conditioning; sensation and perception; memory, thinking, and language; psychological development; social processes; and personality and psychopathology.
Note: This course is 100 percent online; please visit for details.
PSY1530 / 4 credits
Peggy De Cooke
Session III (Intensive): June 8–26

online courses iconSensation and Perception
An examination of the biological processes by which the sensory systems pick up information from the environment and the psychological processes by which that information is coded, transformed, and integrated to form perceptions. Emphasis is on the visual systems and visual perception. Aspects of perception in the visual arts and music are also discussed.
Note: This course is 100 percent online; please visit for details.
PSY2250 / 4 credits
Meagan Curtis
Session IV (Intensive): July 6–24

online courses iconBehavioral Statistics
An introduction to data analysis, with coverage of both descriptive and inferential statistics, and an introduction to probability. Class discussions focus on the use of sample, sampling, and population distributions as they are employed in hypothesis testing. Inferential tests include t-tests, ANOVAs, chi square, regression, and nonparametric tests.
Note: At Purchase College, this course may be used to satisfy the statistics requirement for economics and environmental studies majors, and it counts as a basic science support course for biology majors. It is 100 percent online; please visit for details.
PSY2320 / 4 credits
Peggy De Cooke
Session I (Intensive): May 18–June 5

Abnormal Psychology
Explores the diagnosis, phenomenology, and scientific and clinical understandings of a wide range of mental disorders. Current research is reviewed to explore the underlying mechanisms of the disorders under discussion. Diagnosis is approached from the perspective of the most recent DSM. At various points, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and neuroscientific viewpoints of psychopathology are represented.
Prerequisite: PSY 1530 or equivalent
PSY3100 / 4 credits
Donna Hart
Tues. & Thurs., 9 a.m.–12:35 p.m.
Session II: June 9–July 23
Room: Refer to the online schedule

**CANCELLED** Educational Psychology
Psychological themes, together with cognitive and social-emotional development, are studied in the context of the education environment. Emphasis is on the role of emotional climate in the classroom and its overall relationship to learning. Student variability (e.g., attention deficit disorder, learning disabilities, autistic spectrum disorders) is evaluated. Sociological and legal issues pertinent to today’s classroom are also examined.
PSY3150 / 4 credits
Kenneth Mann
Tues. & Thurs., 6:30–10:05 p.m.
Session II: June 9–July 23
Room: Refer to the online schedule

online courses iconHealth Psychology
The interventions suggested by the biopsychosocial model and mind-body paradigm are examined. Topics include health behavior, social learning theory, attribution theory, and attitude formation as they apply to problems like health promotion, disease prevention, reactions to illness, management of chronic and terminal illnesses, and adherence to treatment regimens. Methods of evaluation of clinical services are addressed.
Note: This course is 100 percent online; please visit for details.
PSY3301 / 4 credits
Laura Moore
Session I (Intensive): May 18–June 5

online courses iconPersonality Assessment
Focuses on how personality measures are constructed and how scores on these measures are interpreted and used. The strengths and weaknesses of various projective tests, personality inventories, single-trait measures, IQ tests, behavioral indicators, and physiological measures are reviewed. Topics include the stability of personality, whether or not IQ tests actually measure intelligence, and the accuracy of people’s self-descriptions of their personalities.
Note: This course is 100 percent online; please visit for details.
Prerequisite: PSY 1530 or equivalent
PSY3690 / 4 credits
Kenneth Mann
Session IV (Intensive): July 6–24

**Cancelled** Social Psychology
Students study classic experiments and contemporary research in the areas of conformity, obedience, helping behavior, attributions, aggression, persuasion, close relationships and attraction, attitudes and social influence, ethics, and prejudice. This material is applied to both current and historical examples in social research.
Prerequisite: PSY 1530 or equivalent or one sociology course
PSY3860 / 4 credits
Mon.–Fri., 8 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Session III (Intensive): June 8–26
Room: Refer to the online schedule

Updated May 28, 2015

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