Indiana University Northwest
Department of Psychology

Department of Psychology

Course Descriptions

PSY-B 309 : Cooperative Work Experience— Psychology

Experience in psychology- oriented work settings. Grade is determined on the basis of a written report and a supervisor's evaluation. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours. (Spring)

PSY-I 501 : Multicultural Counseling

This course explores the role of increasing diversity in the U.S. population and how it will impact the delivery of mental health services.  The focus of the course is on different ethnic and minority groups, their customs and values, and the impact that these cultural factors have on the utilization of psychological services.

PSY-K 300 : Statistical Analysis in Psychology

Use of statistics in psychological work, including ordering and manipulation of data, problems of statistical significance, elementary correlational methods, and analysis of variance and nonparametric methods. (Spring)

PSY-P 101 : Introductory Psychology I

Introduction to psychology; its methods, data, and theoretical interpretations in areas of learning, sensory psychology, and psychophysiology. (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II)

PSY-P 102 : Introductory Psychology II

Continuation of PSY P101. Developmental, social, personality, and abnormal psychology (Fall, Spring, Summer)

PSY-P 211 : Methods of Experimental Psychology

Design and execution of simple experiments, treatment of results, search of the literature, and preparation of experimental reports. (Fall, Spring, Summer I)

PSY-P 216 : Life Span Developmental Psychology

A survey course that integrates the basic concepts of physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development from the prenatal period to death. Throughout the life span, theories, research, and critical issues in developmental psychology are explored with consideration of practical implications. Credit not given for both PSY P216 and PSY P316. (Fall, Spring)

PSY-P 303 : Health Psychology

Focuses on the role of psychological factors in health and illness. Through readings, lecture, and discussion, students will become better consumers of research on behavior-health interactions and develop a broad base of knowledge concerning how behaviors and other psychological factors can impact health both positively and negatively. (Occasionally)

PSY-P 314 : Psychology of Adolescence

Development of behavior in adolescence and emerging adulthood; factors which influence behavior. Credit not given for both PSY P216 and PSY P314. (Occasionally)

PSY-P 316 : Psychology of Childhood and Adolescence

Development of behavior in infancy, childhood, and youth; factors that influence behavior. (Fall) Credit not given for both PSY P216 and PSY 316. (Occasionally)

PSY-P 319 : Psychology of Personality

Methods and results of scientific study of personality. Basic concepts of personality traits and their measurement, developmental influences, problems of integration. (Occasionally)

PSY-P 320 : Social Psychology

Principles of scientific psychology applied to the individual in social situations. (Occasionally)

PSY-P 324 : Abnormal Psychology

A first course in abnormal psychology, with emphasis on forms of abnormal behavior, etiology, development, interpretation, and final manifestations. (Fall, Spring)

PSY-P 325 : Psychology of Learning

Facts and principles of human and animal learning, especially as treated in theories attempting to provide framework for understanding what learning is and how it takes place. (Occasionally)

PSY-P 326 : Behavioral Neuroscience

An examination of the cellular basis of behavior, emphasizing contemporary views and approaches to the study of the nervous system. Neural structure, function, and organization are considered in relation to sensory and motor function, motivation, learning, and other basic behaviors. (Occasionally)

PSY-P 327 : Psychology of Motivation

How needs, desires, and incentives influence behavior; research on motivational processes in human and animal behavior, including ways in which motives change and develop. (Occasionally)

PSY-P 329 : Sensation and Perception

Basic data, theories, psychophysics, illusions, and other topics fundamental to understanding sensory and perceptual processes. (Occasionally)

PSY-P 335 : Cognitive Psychology

Introduction to human cognitive processes including attention and perception, memory, psycholinguistics, problem solving, and thinking. (Occasionally)

PSY-P 336 : Psychological Tests and Individual Differences

Principles of psychological testing. Representative tests and their uses for evaluation and prediction. Emphasis on concepts of reliability, validity, standardization, norms, and item analysis. (Occasionally)

PSY-P 388 : Special Topics in General Experimental Psychology

Study and analysis of selected psychological issues and problems in experimental psychology. Topics vary from semester to semester. May be repeated (total of 6 credit hours) with change in topics. (Occasionally)

PSY-P 389 : Special Topics in Human Processes Psychology

Study and analysis of selected psychological issues and problems in human processes. Topics vary from semester to semester. May be repeated (total of 6 credit hours) with change in topics. (Occasionally)

PSY-P 390 : Special Topics in Psychology

Study and analysis of selected psychological issues and problems. Topics vary from semester to semester. May be repeated (total of 6 credit hours) with change in topics. (Occasionally)

PSY-P 407 : Drugs and the Nervous System

Introduction to the major psychoactive drugs and how they act upon the brain to influence behavior. Discussion of the role of drugs as therapeutic agents for various clinical disorders and as probes to provide insight into brain function. (Occasionally)

PSY-P 417 : Animal Behavior

Methods, findings, and interpretations of recent investigation of animal behavior. (Occasionally)

PSY-P 421 : Laboratory in Social Psychology

Research methodology in the study of social behavior. (Occasionally)

PSY-P 423 : Human Neuropsychology

A critical examination of neurological functioning with respect to human behavior. Assesses the behavioral functions of neural structures and systems through understanding the behavioral consequences of brain damage and through basic experimental study. (Occasionally)

PSY-P 424 : Laboratory in Sensation and Perception

The experimental investigation of current and classical problems in sensory psychology and perception. (Occasionally)

PSY-P 425 : Behavior Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence

A survey of major behavior disorders with emphasis on empirical research and clinical description relative to etiology, assessment, prognosis, and treatment. (Occasionally)

PSY-P 429 : Laboratory in Developmental Psychology

Research methods in developmental psychology. (Occasionally)

PSY-P 430 : Behavior Modification

Principles, techniques, and applications of behavior modification including reinforcement, aversive conditioning, observational learning, desensitization, self-control, and modification of cognitions. (Occasionally)

PSY-P 432 : Women and Madness

This course focuses on the historical and cultural factors and behaviors that have been associated with madness in women as well as on women's efforts to recover sanity and make sense of female experiences. (Occasionally)

PSY-P 435 : Laboratory in Human Learning and Cognition

Experimental study of human learning and cognitive processes. (Occasionally)

PSY-P 438 : Language and Cognition

Methods, research, and theory in psycholinguistics. Examination of speech perception, speech production, psychological studies of syntax and semantics, language development, cognitive basis of linguistic theory, neurology of language, and language comprehension and thought.

PSY-P 456 : Laboratory in Emotion and Motivation

Experimental study of emotion and motivation (Occasionally).

PSY-P 458 : Historical Approach to Psychological Systems

Origins and development of concepts and theories in science and philosophy that supplied the foundations of experimental psychology; an integrative description of psychological thought to the twentieth century. (Occasionally)

PSY-P 460 : Women: A Psychological Perspective

Basic data and theories about the development and maintenance of sex differences in behavior and personality. (Occasionally)

PSY-P 463 : Laboratory in Measurement

This course provides students with hands on experience related to measurement (e.g. stress, depression, health-related quality of life.) (Occasionally)

PSY-P 493 : Supervised Research I

Active participation in research. An independent experiment of modest magnitude, participation in ongoing research in a single laboratory. Students who enroll in PSY-P 493 will be expected to enroll in PSY-P 494. (Occasionally)

PSY-P 494 : Supervised Research II

A continuation of PSY-P 493. Course will include a journal-type report of the two semesters of work. (Occasionally)

PSY-P 495 : Reading and Research in Psychology

May be repeated twice for credit. (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II)

PSY-P 535 : Introduction to Addictions Counseling

Treatments for drug and alcohol addiction, assessment of drug and alcohol conditions and related disorders, and tracking patients to monitor treatment effectiveness. (Fall)

PSY-P 538 : Professional issues in Addictions Counseing

This course will survey the process for obtaining an Indiana State License in addictions counseling as well as the state and national certification options.  It will include the following areas as related to state certification:  12 core functions, documentation standards, counseling theories related to addictions, use of DSM IV TR, legal and ethical requirements, case studies, basic pharmacology, case presentation methods, confidentiality, and role boundaries. (Spring)

PSY-P 556 : Group and Family Counseling

PSY-P 624 : Principles of Psychopathology

Description of the phenomena of psychopathology and the principles associated with their classification. (Fall)

PSY-P 641 : Assessment

Examination of the administration, scoring, and interpretation of selected techniques used in clinical assessment, with special emphasis on addictions assessment. (Fall)

PSY-P 657 : Topical Seminar


PSY-P 667 : Neuropsychopharmacology

Analysis of neural mechanisms of drug effects on animal and human behavior, based on behavioral and biological experiments. (Fall)

PSY-P 691 : Practicum in Applied Psychology

Experience in psychology-oriented work settings.  Students will work with mental health and social service providers whose primary mission is drug and drug and alcohol addictions treatment.

PSY-P 694 : Internship in Counseling Psychology

Opportunities for application of theory and practice of counseling psychology in an appropriate organization under the supervision and direction of the internship agency.