Courses

What I Teach: Course Descriptions

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Listed schedules are tentative and subject to change at any time.

Communities & Conflicts (FYE101)

FYE101 is offered each Fall semester for incoming students.
This course is always offered M/W/F, 11:00-11:50am.

This course introduces students to the liberal arts and to the processes of inquiry by which scholarly, professional, and public communities formulate knowledge and forge solutions to complex problems. Drawing on research, guest speakers, and cultural events from diverse academic disciplines and from contemporary public discourse, students and faculty examine ideas and analyze the arguments and evidence that are used to make and defend conclusions. We build on this examination to collaboratively engage in research projects that enable students to learn the research, analysis, writing and speaking skills essential to their academic and professional lives.

Human Growth & Development (PSY211)

PSY 211 is offered every semester.
This course satisfies the Social Science Core for catalogs before 2012.
You may (optionally) satisfy the CO (Community) component of Trek in this course.
This course is typically offered T/Th, 8:20-9:35am & F, 9:00-9:50am .

In this lifespan development course, we explore the theories, themes, and processes of the development of humans from tiny, mewling, infants to wizened senior citizens. Through lectures, movies, in-class visitors, and hands-on activities, students will explore how physical, social, and cognitive development interact to produce... us.

Introduction to Research Methods & Lab (PSY215)

PSY215 is offered each Fall semester.
The course is typically offered M/W, 1:00-2:15; the lab T 1-4.
This course is required for psychology majors.

In this course, we explore the scientific methods of psychology, including experimental and observational techniques. Topics include problem identification and hypothesis formation, research design, minor application of statistics, collection and interpretation of data, and research report writing.

By the end of this course, students will:
* Understand the vocabulary and methods of experimental design
* Be able to read and extract meaning from a journal article
* Know how to conduct simple research & write an APA-style report

Developmental Consequences of Chemical Exposure (CHEM/PSY 308), co-taught w/Dr. Lawrence

Developmental Consequences is typically offered in Spring of odd-numbered years.
This course satisfies the Sustainable World Challenge.

In this course, we will describe some of the chemicals that modern human activity has introduced into the environment and thus the human animal, and we'll examine the developmental consequences thereof.

Psychology of Design (PSY327)

Psychology of Design is typically offered in Spring of odd-numbered years.
This course satisfies the Social Science Core.

Human Factors psychology is the study of human-environment interactions. Ever wonder who decided what should be on the menu items of your computer software? Or why door handles look the way they do? Or who wrote the air bag warning in your car? Human factors psychologists tackle these and many other applied problems. This course provides an introduction to this discipline and explores one of the many non-clinical applications of psychology.

Language Development (PSY328W)

Language Development is typically offered in Spring of even-numbered years.
This course satisfies the W (writing) requirement.

This course explores the theories, research, and applications of the main ideas in the study of language development. We'll investigate language acquisition from birth through the school age years, examining how humans develop phonological, lexical, morphological, syntactic, and pragmatic abilities as well as an exploration of bilingualism and literacy.

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