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PSY 2506 - Abnormal Psychology | Credits 3
This course emphasizes the scientific inquiry into abnormal psychology while stressing both the depth of human suffering and the social costs associated with this subject. Abnormal psychological conditions are explored through a combination of biological, surface-level and depth-level theoretical perspectives on important facets of the field of abnormal psychology. Issues of assessment, labeling, and how to intervene into the problems associated with abnormal psychological conditions are explored from the same biological, surface and depth perspectives on abnormal functioning and ways of living. Prerequisite: PSY 1500 General Psychology
PSY 2503 - Adolescent Psychology | Credits 3
Adolescent Psychology focuses on theories concerning the social, cognitive, and biological development of adolescents. This course follows the development of youth from pre-adolescence to late adolescence through young adulthood. The influence of heredity, family, culture, school, and peers will be considered as contexts within which adolescents develop. Prerequisite: PSY 1500 General Psychology
PSY 2402 - Child Development and Guidance | Credits 3
This course presents the foundations of guidance, including history of the approach and theoretical considerations that empower the paradigm shift from conventional discipline to guidance. Using a stage approach, students examine the social-emotional and intellectual development of the child from birth through elementary school age. Emphasis is placed on the importance of having a three-way partnership between teachers, children, and family members in the guidance process. Students examine the dynamics of building an encouraging classroom in which all children are accepted as worthwhile, contributing members and learn intervention methods which empower the teacher to respond to conflicts in ways that teach rather than punish. Prerequisite: PSY 1500 General Psychology.
PSY 2502 - Child Psychology | Credits 3
This course includes study of the mental, emotional and social development of the child through adolescence. The course stresses new modes of understanding and communication between adult and child, and explores gender 2014-2015 SUNY Sullivan Catalog – Part 5, Course Descriptions 49 of 63 differences in children's social interactions and approach to the world. Prerequisite: PSY 1500 General Psychology
NUR 1010 - Commonalities in Nursing Care | Credits 8
Students focus on the childbearing process and the wellness of the family throughout the life cycle. Care of the well and hospitalized child and family are introduced. Adverse outcomes of pregnancy and birth are presented. Students apply the nursing process in the care of peri-surgical patients; those with endocrine disorders, including diabetes mellitus; reproductive health; fluid and electrolyte; acid/base; and oncologic disorders. The role of the associate degree nurse as a provider of care is discussed as patient-centered and is reflected through a collaborative approach involving the patient, the family, and members of the health care team. The concepts of the teaching/learning process are presented to provide the student with the tools to promote adaptation throughout the life cycle. Basic nursing skills are taught in the campus laboratory. Clinical laboratory experience is provided in acute and non-acute health care settings with pediatric, maternity, and adults clients. Students must have earned a grade of 75% or better in NUR 1001 and a “C” or better in all pre-requisites. Pre-requisites: NUR 1001 Fundamentals of Nursing,  PSY 1500 General Psychology, and SCI 2124 Human Anatomy & Physiology I. Co-requisites: PSY 2510 Developmental Psychology, and SCI 2126 Human Anatomy & Physiology II
PSY 2510 - Developmental Psychology | Credits 3
This course explores the scientific inquiry into normal human development, including mental processes and behaviors from conception through the end of life. A life span developmental psychologist's perspective guides this exploration of issues including the physical, cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and social aspects of human development. Prerequisite: PSY 1500 General Psychology
CRJ 2512 - Forensic Psychology | Credits 3
This course considers the application of psychology to law and the legal system. It focuses on uses of psychology in civil commitment proceedings and various aspects of the criminal justice system. Applications of psychology to law enforcement, to the courts and to corrections are discussed. Subjects covered include topics such as determining criminal responsibility, employment testing, jury selection and decision making, witness credibility and competency, crime-related issues, family law issues, explaining criminal behavior, and correctional psychology. Prerequisite: PSY 1500 General Psychology
PSY 2512 - Forensic Psychology | Credits 3
This course considers the application of psychology to law and the legal system. It focuses on uses of psychology in civil commitment proceedings and various aspects of the criminal justice system. Applications of psychology to law enforcement, to the courts and to corrections are discussed. Subjects covered include topics such as determining criminal responsibility, employment testing, jury selection and decision making, witness credibility and competency, crime-related issues, family law issues, explaining criminal behavior, and correctional psychology. Prerequisite: PSY 1500 General Psychology
NUR 1001 - Fundamentals of Nursing | Credits 8
Students learn basic nursing practice. The nursing process is presented as the foundation for nursing practice. The first part of the course emphasizes the assessment phase of the nursing process using the Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. The second part of the course focuses on the remaining steps of the nursing process and established protocols directed primarily toward the aged in the chronic care setting. Concepts of growth and development as it relates to the nursing process are presented with emphasis on the older adult. The role of the Associate Degree Nurse, as a provider of care and as a member within the discipline of nursing, is also introduced. Basic nursing skills are taught in the campus laboratory. Clinical laboratory experience is provided in long-term health and acute care agencies. Pre-requisites: SCI 1124 Principles of Biology, SCI 1204 Chemistry for the Health Sciences, Math 1005 Intermediate Algebra Co-requisites PSY 1500 General Psychology, SCI 2124 Human Anatomy & Physiology I and NUR 1015 Clinical Calculations.
PSY 1500 - General Psychology | Credits 3
This course serves as a general introduction to the scientific study of psychology. General principles of human behavior and mental processes, as revealed through various psychological scientific methods of inquiry, are explored. This basic introduction to psychological research allows students to critically evaluate the topics found within the broad discipline of psychology. Topics in this introductory survey include biological foundations of behavior, sensation and perception, learning, motivation, cognition, human development, abnormal behavior, personality theory, and social and health issues as studied by psychologists.
EDU 2510 - Home | Credits School and Community
This course begins by addressing issues of communication, problem-solving, active listening, and perspectivetaking. Parenting styles, skills, and training programs are outlined. The impact of the community, its resources and its referral systems is discussed. Throughout the course, awareness of familial diversity and multicultural issues are stressed. Prerequisites: PSY 1500 General Psychology, and PSY 2402 Child Development and Guidance
MHA 2512 - Human Behavior in Social Environments | Credits 3
Students examine human development as a basis for social work practice. Human problems are viewed within their environmental context: individuals, families, organizations, and communities, as well as larger social and historical forces which are interactively transformative. Assessments of human problems and intervention strategies are examined in view of this reciprocal impact across environmental systems. Theories related to biological, psychological, spiritual, and cultural processes across the lifespan are studied as expressed through ethnicity, class, cohort, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, and other differences. Particular attention is given to factors that contribute to persons being at risk. Prerequisite: PSY 1500 General Psychology
EDU 2300 - Infants and Toddlers | Credits 3
The course is designed to examine the growth and development of infants and toddlers in family or group settings. Care techniques related to dressing, diapering, feeding and sleeping as well as the modification of the environment for optimal development and safety is studied. Observation of infants and toddlers as well as lectures, text, guest lecturers and discussion offer a varied treatment of the topic. Prerequisites: PSY 1500 General Psychology, and
MHA 2502 - Introduction to Counseling | Credits 3
This course provides an introduction to clinical interviewing and counseling. Students practice the essential dimensions of interviewing and are exposed to theoretical, practical and ethical issues of counseling. This course includes the development of observational skills and the exploration of determinants that influence the interview and increase the characteristics of empathy, genuineness, and non-possessive warmth. The twelve core functions of a counselor are addressed. The course also focuses on substance abuse. Prerequisite/Corequisite: PSY 1500 General Psychology. 2014-2015 SUNY Sullivan Catalog – Part 5, Course Descriptions 42 of 63
MHA 2511 - Introduction to Developmental Disabilities | Credits 3
This course examines the etiology, prevention, intervention, and treatment for the major disabilities of learning and development. Disabilities are examined within the framework of current educational, psychological, and social service practices. Research related effectiveness of service practices and specific rehabilitation practices will be discussed. Prerequisite: PSY 1500 General Psychology
EDU 2200 - Introduction to Education | Credits 3
This course provides an overview of schools and schooling for students in grades Pre K-6. It is organized around the principle themes of school, teacher, and curriculum. Topics include preschool, primary and intermediate grade cultures, staff roles, special population needs, issues related to student diversity and multiculturalism, teaching skills, classroom management, and introduction to instructional strategies, state curricula, and current reforms. This course is a gateway course designed to allow students to determine if becoming an early childhood or elementary school educator is an appropriate career choice. Students are asked to view early childhood and elementary education through the lens of a professional teacher, perhaps for the first time. Prerequisites: PSY 1500 General Psychology and PSY 2402 Child Development and Guidance
PSY 2707 - Introduction to Research Methods | Credits 3
Students learn the basic concepts and procedures used to conduct and evaluate research in the social sciences. Emphasis is placed on traditional research methods, use of quantitative data analysis, applying sound experimental design in order to produce interpretable results, and evaluating scientific claims. Prerequisites: PSY 1500 General Psychology and PSY 1600 Statistics for the Social Sciences.
PSY 2504 - Personality Psychology | Credits 3
This course provides an examination of major perspectives in personality psychology, including psychodynamic, phenomenological, biological and trait, behavioral, social-cognitive, and interpersonal-sociocultural. Each perspective includes a review of the structure, processes, and development of personality, the methods of inquiry and evidence used in that perspective, and a critical analysis of that perspective. Prerequisite: PSY 1500 General Psychology.
PSY 2511 - Psychology of Adjustment | Credits 3
This course focuses on healthy, desirable and effective human behaviors. Students are introduced to the study of adjustment through discussion of science, a description of the area of adjustment, and introduction to critical evaluation and a summary of major psychobiological theories. This course further covers individual behaviors, including topics on self-control, stress and emotional reactions; self-image, self-deception, and life-span development. Lastly, the class explores adjustment in areas of marriage, sex, interpersonal relationships, and society as a whole. Prerequisite: PSY 1500 General Psychology
PSY 2501 - Social Psychology | Credits 3
Social Psychology is the scientific study of how we influence and are influenced by our social environment, which consists of individuals, groups, organizations, and culture. Students acquire an understanding of classic and contemporary work in this field, and explore such topics as aggression, attitude formation and change, social thinking, interpersonal conflict and cooperation, prejudice, friendships and romantic relationships, leadership, social influence, altruism, and conformity. Course topics may also include applications of social psychology to the legal system, health-related behavior, and environmental sustainability. Prerequisite: PSY 1500 General Psychology
ENG 2516 - SpTp: Cane & Able: Culture and Disability | Credits 3
Historically, people with disabilities have been killed, isolated, and exempted from citizenship by the allegedly ablebodied. To better understand disability’s pervasive role in our knowledge, values, and perceptions of others, students take a multi-media and interdisciplinary approach to examining disability in its multiple forms—the visible and invisible, physical and cognitive, psychological and social. Prerequisites: PSY 1500 General Psychology; ENG 1001 Composition I. Crosslisted with PSY 2516.
PSY 2516 - SpTp: Cane & Able: Culture and Disability) | Credits 3
Historically, people with disabilities have been killed, isolated, and exempted from citizenship by the allegedly ablebodied. To better understand disability’s pervasive role in our knowledge, values, and perceptions of others, students take a multi-media and interdisciplinary approach to examining disability in its multiple forms—the visible and invisible, physical and cognitive, psychological and social. Prerequisites: PSY 1500 General Psychology; ENG 1001 Composition I. Crosslisted with ENG 2516.
PSY 2521 - SpTp: Death & Dying: Psych Perspective | Credits 3
This course represents an interdisciplinary approach to the study of death and dying encompassing perspectives from anthropology, mythology, religion, medicine, law, sociology, ethics, philosophy, and psychology. Topics include definitions of death, cross-cultural and anthropological beliefs about death, euthanasia, suicide, reincarnation, medical and moral obligations surrounding death, and the impact of media on the American culture of death-denial and death-avoidance. Prerequisite: PSY 1500 General Psychology
PSY 2522 - SpTp: Ecopsychology | Credits 3
Ecopsychology integrates principles from psychology and ecology to study relationships between mental health and the environment. This course explores the study of ecopsychology from multiple perspectives of psychological and environmental theory. Prerequisite: PSY 1500 General Psychology
PSY 2513 - SpTp: Gender Psychology | Credits 3
This course explores current issues and research findings concerning the psychology of gender. Students will learn about competing theoretical models of gender differences and review empirical findings that support or fail to support common beliefs about gender. Special issues pertinent to gender, such as parenting, work, sexual orientation, violence, and culture are also explored. Prerequisite: PSY 1500 General Psychology. 2014-2015 SUNY Sullivan Catalog – Part 5, Course Descriptions 50 of 63
PSY 2514 - SpTp: Physiological Psychology | Credits 3
Studies in physiological psychology explore the intersection of mind and matter in human experience, leading alternatively to reductionist interpretations of mind as matter and suggestions of mind as quantum consciousness. This course is grounded in a study of the biological (especially neurological) concomitants of behavior but also pursues philosophical questions related to transduction, the transformation of physical energy into self-awareness, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Prerequisite: PSY 1500 General Psychology
EDU 2203 - Teaching Exceptional Children | Credits 3
2014-2015 SUNY Sullivan Catalog – Part 5, Course Descriptions 22 of 63 This course defines categories of exceptional children likely to be encountered in the field of education and human services. The effects of the special needs in the behavior of the individual, the family, and the larger society will be considered. Current approaches of mainstreaming, intervention, and remediation are studied, compared, and when possible, demonstrated or observed. Legal aspects and value issues involving persons with special needs will be explored. Resources available to work effectively with persons from minority cultures, homes where English is not spoken, persons with handicapping conditions, and those who are gifted and talented will be identified. Prerequisite: PSY 1500