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  Camden Graduate Catalog 2021-2023 Graduate School-Camden Psychology 830 Graduate Courses  

Graduate Courses

56:830:580 Research Methods (3) This first-semester course covers designing, conducting, and analyzing research, including issues of ethics, informed consent, control groups, measurement, and data collection. Topics may include basic research designs and statistical analyses, including experimental, quasi-experimental, correlational, survey, and archival research, and associated statistical, computer, and graphical techniques, with the goal of preparing students to design and carry out methodologically sound research projects.
56:830:590 Independent Study: Thesis Proposal (3) Designed to assist students in developing their thesis proposal through an apprenticeship experience with a faculty member.  Students are expected to meet weekly with their adviser, who will provide expert guidance on the proposal. Admission to this class and the grade assigned for this class are determined by the faculty adviser in consultation with a committee including the graduate director (see Degree Requirements).
56:830:650 Statistics and Research Design (3) This first-semester course focuses on the multivariate design issues students will confront in applied research settings. The course covers between- and within-subjects designs and mixed models, regression and covariance analysis, and other univariate and multivariate techniques, relying on computerized data analysis and graphical representation.
56:830:690 Independent Study: Thesis Research (3) Designed to assist students in completing their thesis research. Students are expected to meet weekly with their adviser, who will provide expert guidance on data collection, analysis, and write-up (in accordance with the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association and the Rutgers-Camden Thesis Style Guide). Admission to this class and the grade assigned for this class are determined by the faculty adviser in consultation with a committee including the graduate director (see Degree Requirements).


All core content courses will survey research in the relevant field of study but provide more depth than is available in undergraduate-level courses. Further, all core content courses will examine the research methods typically employed in the field of study.
56:830:626 Graduate Developmental Psychology (3) An examination of life span developmental psychology with reference to classic theories (e.g., Piaget) and recent theoretical and experimental advances. An exploration of typical human development, including infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood, with emphasis on childhood social, emotional, and cognitive development. This course counts toward the required two core courses.
56:830:631 Graduate Personality Psychology (3) Examines contemporary research in personality psychology, focusing on historical and modern perspectives ranging from Freudian theory to the Five Factor Model of Personality.  Both genetic and environmental influences on personality development will be considered as will the role of gender and culture in the development of personality. Applications of personality psychology in the study of mental and physical health will be discussed. This course counts toward the required two core courses.
56:830:635 Graduate Social Psychology (3) This course will review theory and research in social psychology. Content will be drawn from classic work, both theoretical and empirical, and contemporary perspectives. This course counts toward the required two core courses.
56:830:640 Graduate Abnormal Psychology (3) Familiarizes students with the different diagnoses, etiologies, and treatments of major forms of psychopathology. Uses the DSM-IV-TR classification system. Emphasizes the role of current research findings in understanding psychiatric disorders and appropriate treatment of disorders. This course counts toward the required two core courses.
56:830:662 Graduate Cognitive Psychology (3) Examines current theories and research methods in cognitive psychology and may cover topics including pattern recognition, attention, multiple aspects of memory, language comprehension, decision-making, thinking, and problem solving. Emphasis will be on understanding some of these topics in depth rather providing a broad survey of all. This course counts toward the required two core courses.
56:830:675 Graduate Physiological Psychology (3) This course will explore recent advances in physiological psychology in an in-depth manner. Topics to be addressed include memory and learning, language, vision, emotion, eating, substance abuse, autism, schizophrenia, and affective disorders. This course counts toward the required two core courses.


56:830:620 Program Evaluation (3) A survey of methods of program evaluation, including targeted research, primary and secondary prevention, ameliorative programs, the assessment of pilot programs, evaluation of training and educational programs, and the study of broad policy issues. Consideration is given to the assessment and reporting of results, including the use of objective/quantitative measures and qualitative assessment of goals that depend on descriptive performance criteria. The iterative process of evaluation, triangulation methods, and meta-analysis are emphasized.   
56:830:636 Psychology of Emotions (3) Classic and contemporary theories and research about emotions. Topics include phenomenology and physiology of emotions; emotional expression and behavior; emotion and motivation; the causes, effects, and functions of emotions; relationships among emotions; and emotional pathology and regulation.
56:830:638 Survey Research Methods (3) This course teaches how to do several different types of survey research. It covers topics such as the purposes of survey research, modes of data collection, reliability and validity in measurement, questionnaire construction, interviewing and questionnaire administration, sampling, methods of minimizing and correcting for nonresponse, survey data coding and analysis, and the reporting of survey research results. Students are guided through the design of open-ended and closed-ended questions or a small-scale survey research project.
56:830:674,675 Special Topics (3,3) Selected problems in psychology reflecting the specific research interests of individual faculty.
56:830:701 Research in Psychology (3) Students conduct original research in psychology under the supervision of a faculty member.

56:163:615 Using Archival Data to Study Children (3) This course will provide students with the experiences necessary to analyze data from publicly available data sets. Students will obtain publicly available data sets and analyze them using R, SAS, and SPSS in order to test hypotheses about development and to assess the effectiveness of interventions.
56:645:565 Time Series and Forecasting (3) Stationary and nonstationary time-series models for purposes of prediction. Estimating trend and seasonality. Various estimation and forecasting techniques. Smoothing techniques.
56:645:567 Statistical Models (3) Introduction to multiple linear regression and its diagnostics. Estimation and testing in regression. Analysis of variance models (ANOVA), Regularized Regression: Ridge and Lasso. Generalized linear models.
56:824:708 Categorical and Limited Dependent Variables (3) This course examines advanced regression models for binary, multinomial, ordinal, censured, and truncated dependent variables, as well as models for count data and event history analysis.
56:824:718 Data Management (3) In this course, students learn how to automate research using large data sets with simple computer programming. The course covers the principles and practical techniques of data cleaning, data organization, quality control, and automation of research tasks. Topics include: data types, useful text and math functions, labeling, recoding, data documentation, merging datasets, reshaping, and programming structures such as macros, loops, and branching.
56:830:800 Matriculation Continued (0) According to Graduate School-Camden policies, all students in degree programs must maintain status in the school by registering each fall and spring semester. Continuous registration may be accomplished by enrolling in standard course offerings (typically at least 3 credits), including research courses, or by enrolling in this course of 0 credits.
56:830:830 Additional Content Courses Some undergraduate courses may be cross-listed at the 600 level for graduate students who are expected to perform additional academic work to satisfy graduate requirements.
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