Psychology (PS)

PS501: Foundations of Professional Psychology

This course will provide the graduate student with an overview of the skills needed to study about, and work within, the field of psychology. These skills, as they relate to the field of psychology, include academic writing, APA style formatting, critical reading and evaluation of scholarly literature, critical thinking, support and networking through school and professional resources, career exploration, and understanding state and national licensure/credentialing. Students will demonstrate use and application of these skills as they evaluate subfields of psychology and analyze theoretical and conceptual foundations of psychology.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: None

PS502: Ethics and Standards of Professional Psychology

This course explores professional codes of ethics and standards related to research and the practice of psychology. Emphasis will be placed on application of the American Psychological As­sociation Code of Ethics and standards in the field. Students will analyze and evaluate ethical and legal decision-making practices and operations within professional organizations. Cultural and social fac­tors and the implications for scholar-practitioners are also explored.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: None

PS504: Advanced Research Methods

This course provides an in-depth look at the conceptual underpinnings and methodologies of psychological research. Students will explore qualitative and quantitative research methods, learn about data analysis, and apply concepts to design hypothetical research studies. Topics include the Scientific Method, issues in experimental psychology, evaluation of internal and external validity, ethical considerations, and responsibilities in writing and reporting research findings. Students will also learn how to become critical evaluators of research.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: None

PS505: Testing, Measurement, and Assessment

This course examines the theoretical and conceptual framework of psychological testing, measurement, and assessment. Students learn about psychological test construction and psychometrics, and survey specific assessments and tools related to intelligence, education, personality, and clinical situations. Students also explore the uses and limitations of psychological testing and assessment, as well as ethical issues involved in the administration and interpretation of psychological testing and assessment results.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: PS504, or IX540 and enrollment in the Master of Science in Educational Psychology

PS506: Life Span Development

This course examines human development through the life span from birth to adulthood, concluding with issues surrounding death and dying. The student will use case studies to examine biological, social, and cognitive changes at each stage of life and their relevance to clinical, educational, and social problems. Students also evaluate the major psychosocial issues and conflicts that arise, and identify individual and social needs at each stage of development.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: None

PS507: Ethics for Behavior Analysts

This course explores professional issues and ethics in the field of applied behavior analysis. Emphasis will be placed on ethical codes specific to the science and practice of behavior analysis. You will also analyze personal biases that may impact on the ethical decision-making process.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: None

PS508: Ethics for Addictions Professionals

This course provides an in-depth study of the laws, ethics, confidentiality requirements, and protocols that guide clinical addictions work in professional settings. You will study the relevant codes of ethics in the addictions field. The curriculum will provide an in-depth understanding of ethical theory, an understanding of diverse populations, and knowledge of federal/state confidentiality laws. You will analyze and evaluate moral and legal issues, as well as any personal and socio-cultural influences, that may impact the ethical decision-making process. You will develop decision-making skills that will impact your analysis and responses to complex ethical issues.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: None

PS510: Qualitative Analysis

This course provides an overview of some of the major concepts and issues in Qualitative Research as it applies to the field of Psychology. Learners will examine various methodological issues, data collection methods, interpretation and coding strategies, and conceptual and ethical issues involved in Qualitative Research. Learners are assisted in thinking critically about these conceptual issues, as well as the validity and reliability of these research methodologies.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: None

PS511: Chemical and Psychological Dependency Counseling

This course provides an overview of dependency counseling strategies using a biopsychological approach to help identify, change, and maintain dependency-free behaviors. You will use your understanding of the biopsychological model in order to explore how addiction begins and intensifies as a complicated interaction between chemical and behavioral changes that occur during addiction. You will practice identifying diagnoses using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) and proposing appropriate interventions through evaluating and writing case studies.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: None

PS512: Research Design in Applied Behavior Analysis

This course will introduce you to single-case research design (SCRD), an applied research approach used in applied behavior analysis (ABA) to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions with individuals. The term single-case research design is also referred to as single-subject research design (SSRD) in the behavioral sciences. The basic premise of this quantitative experimental approach is that research subjects serve as their own control. In this course, you will learn how to select from basic SCRD to determine the effectiveness of an intervention in applied settings (i.e., real-world scenario). You will also be introduced to the legal, ethical, and social validity aspects as they relate to the design and evaluation of an intervention through SCRD.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: None

PS515: Learning and Behavior

This course provides an overview of some of the major concepts and issues in learning theory. Students will examine the scientific study of how learning is acquired, maintained, and adapted. Emphasis is placed on behavioral, social, cognitive, affective, and motivational factors in human learning. Students are assisted in interpreting available empirical research and in thinking critically about the ethical application of that research.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: None

PS516: Psychopharmacology

This course surveys basic psychopharmacological concepts, the effects of various psychotropic drugs on the brain, and the actions of hormones released during addiction episodes. In the first part of the course, students focus on basic principles of psychopharmacology and drug-receptor interactions and dose-response relationships. In the second part of the course, students examine how specific drug families affect different parts of the brain causing interference with normal functioning. Students will use their understanding of basic psychopharmacology to propose appropriate diagnoses and interventions for hypothetical clients, and to evaluate current research studies.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: PS511

PS517: Advanced Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis

This course covers advanced principles, theo­ries, and concepts of Applied Behavior Analysis. The assessment and development of behavioral interventions are covered, along with real-life examples, case studies, and current research in this area of psychology.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: None

PS520: Neuropsychology

This course provides an introduction to major concepts and issues in the field of Neuropsychology, including methodological and research issues. Students will explore the major components of neuroanatomy and the assessment and diagnosis of neuropsychological syndromes. Students will also examine ethical, legal, and forensic issues in the research and application of neuropsychology.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: None

PS521: Group Counseling

This course focuses on the theory and practice of group counseling and its application to the chemical dependency counseling field. Concepts include stages of group development, theories of group counseling, including the interactional group model, strategies for group motivation, and group process. Students will engage in group simulation exercises wherein they will take on roles of differ­ent group archetypes in order to evaluate group situational reactions, evaluate current research studies, write a group session plan, and propose strategies for solving common group problems that arise during the course of treatment. The application of group counseling theory and practice to culturally diverse groups is addressed.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: None

PS522: Behavioral Measures and Interpretation of Data

This course will provide you with a foundational knowledge in behavioral assessment used in the field of applied behavior analysis. Specific topics to be discussed include measurement of behavior, functional behavior assessment techniques, and experimental analysis (i.e., functional analysis and structural analysis). You will learn how to analyze and visually display data to communicate the results in a clear, efficient, and parsimonious manner.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: None

PS525: Foundations of Psychopathology

This course explores the major concepts, issues, and the theory of psychopathology as behavior that is considered normal and that is considered pathological is reviewed. Topics include emotional, personality, psychotic, and development disorders; current research methodologies; and ethical/legal issues in clinical practice. You will be introduced to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) system, which is used as a format for classification of disorders and choice of treatments for both child and adult mental disorders. Assessment strategies and limitations of diagnostic systems will also be examined.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: None

PS526: Advanced Addictions Counseling

This course provides an in-depth examination of dependency and addiction dynamics. Students will use their knowledge of counseling theories common to dependency counseling, such as cog­nitive behavioral therapy, to evaluate case studies, diagnose dependency, and propose appropriate treatments. Ethical dilemmas that occasionally arise in the counselor/client relationship will be analyzed and discussed. Additionally, students will evaluate case studies that contain ethical, legal, and sociocultural issues using the code of ethics of addiction counseling.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: None

PS527: Implementing Behavioral Change

This course covers the fundamentals of implementing a behavior change program in Applied Behavioral Analysis. Students will gain skill and practice in how to design an effective behavior change program through the use of real-life case study examples. The different factors involved in maintaining and promoting the generalization of behavioral change in real-world settings will be explored.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: None

PS530: Cognitive Psychology

This course surveys the major concepts and issues in Cognitive Psychology. Topics include the scientific study of mind and mental functions including attention, memory, perception, problem solving, language, imagery and categorization, and human consciousness. Students will interpret available empirical research and use critical thinking to apply that research.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: PS520

PS531: Co-Occurring Disorders and Treatments

This course will prepare students to work with clients diagnosed with an addiction and mental health disorder. Students will survey some of the special problems related to having addiction and various types of mental health disorders. Different treatment models will be discussed and students will practice using their knowledge of co-occurring theory to analyze research and case studies.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: None

PS532: Clinical Applications of Applied Behavior Analysis

This course provides an overview of the various clinical methods of behavior change, along with more current research on evidence-based best practices in Applied Behavioral Analysis. Students will consider the practical, ethical, legal, cultural, and social validity needs of a client into an effective behavior change plan.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: None

PS535: Addictions Practicum I

The practicum experience in addictions is designed to prepare graduate student clinicians by extending the program's didactic and classroom-based experiential components to produce an increasingly sophisticated learning experience. The practicum is designed to integrate academic knowledge with practical experience, and prepares the student for future training in professional psychology.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: None

PS536: Addictions Practicum II

Addictions Practicum II is an extension to the Addictions Practicum I experience and is designed to prepare graduate student clinicians by extending the program's didactic and classroom-based experiential components to produce an increasingly sophisticated learning experience. The practicum is designed to integrate academic knowledge with practical experience and prepares the student for future training in professional psychology.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: PS535

PS540: Industrial/Organizational Theory and Development

This course focuses on the structure, function, processes, and other organizational -level constructs that impact the behavior of individuals and groups in organizations. Emphasis is on classical and contemporary theories of organizations, organizational structure, organizational design, technology, and the process of organizational policy formation and implementation. The course explores theory and research into surveying and facilitating change in individuals, groups, and organizations to improve effectiveness, efficiency, satisfaction, work life quality, and retention.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: None

PS541: Organizational Management and Behavior

This course examines the theoretical foundations of organizational management and behavior, and explores how organizations function. Topics include decision making and group processes in organizations; conflict management and resolution; nature and design of effective organizations; power, influence, and internal politics; and program and organizational development and evaluation.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: None

PS542: Workplace Motivation and Attitudes

This course examines the individual/team and the workplace environment, paying particular attention to direction, strength, and persistence of relevant individual/team behavior in organizations when individual/team abilities and organizational constraints are held constant. The course will focus on human motivation and relevant psychological research and theory related to the field of industrial/organizational psychology. Emphasis is placed on determinants, consequences, and measurement of job satisfaction, work life quality, and related constructs such as involvement and commitment.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: None

PS543: Organizational Leadership - Management, Training, and Evaluation

This course focuses on the development of skills for supervising, training, and evaluating employees. The course explores theory and practice in job and task analysis along with performance appraisal including legal aspects, techniques available, current research, cognitive aspects, and reliability and validity issues. Emphasis is on methods of measuring and evaluating individuals as they perform organizational tasks and actions with individuals emerging from such appraisals, including coaching. The knowledge base includes a thorough understanding of rating scale construction and use, as well as understanding of the relative advantages of different rating sources (e.g., supervisory vs. peer).

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: None

PS544: Human Resources Management

This course examines psychological principles related to human resources management in both physical and virtual work environments. Topics include aspects of the hiring process, including employee selection and performance appraisal; affirmative action, labor laws, harassment, and equal-opportunity decision making; design and evaluation of training programs; training methods and leadership/management development; the work environment; compensation, benefits, and rate increases; and disciplinary action.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: None

PS545: Industrial/Organizational Field Placement

The field placement experience in industrial/organizational psychology is designed to prepare graduate student clinicians by extending the program's didactic and classroom-based experiential components to produce an increasingly sophisticated learning experience. The field placement is designed to integrate academic knowledge with practical experience, and prepares the student for future training in professional psychology.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: None

PS555: Applied Behavior Analysis Practicum

The practicum experience in applied behavior analysis is designed to provide students an opportunity to acquire new behavior-analytic skills related to the current BACB task list. These activities should be consistent with the dimensions of applied behavior analysis identified in the seminal article "Some Current Dimensions of Applied Behavior Analysis" by Baer, Wolf, and Risely (1968). Students will gain practical experience designing and implementing behavior change programs for clients in various real-world settings. This course is appropriate for students seeking to sit for the BCBA exam under the Supervised Independent Fieldwork Experience Category.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: None

PS559: Practicum Field Placement Extension

This course will continue the mentored learning experience in the specialization area at the site approved by Kaplan University. This course may be taken after a psychology practicum or field placement course for the specific purpose of completion of the required hours.

Quarter Credit Hours: 0 | Prerequisite: Permission of Clinical Placement Team

PS600: Comprehensive Exam

This course is required for nonthesis-track students and is comprised of an exam that assesses the student's mastery of the core curriculum courses, specialization courses, and overall compe­tency of program outcomes.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: Successful completion of all comprehensive exam-track courses

PS601: Master's Research and Thesis I

This course provides the student with the tools needed to develop and submit a formal proposal for research relevant to the psychology graduate curriculum and the student's chosen area of study. This course is best suited for students who wish to add to the body of professional knowledge in their chosen field of psychology or who intend to pursue a postgraduate doctoral degree.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: Successful completion of all thesis-track courses except PS602

PS601A: Master's Research and Thesis I

This course provides the student with the tools needed to develop and submit a formal proposal for research relevant to the psychology graduate curriculum and the student's chosen area of study. This course is best suited for students who wish to add to the body of professional knowledge in their chosen field of psychology or who intend to pursue a postgraduate doctoral degree.

Quarter Credit Hours: 0 | Prerequisite: None

PS602: Master's Research and Thesis II

The goal of this course is the completion of the Master of Science in Psychology thesis. Students complete their research, submit the completed thesis to their committee members for review, and orally present their statement of the problem, research design and methods, findings, conclu­sions, and recommendations during a scheduled thesis defense hearing. The thesis shall be prepared according to APA guidelines and according to Kaplan University guidelines. The final, approved product shall be submitted to appropriate personnel for binding and acquisition. If appropriate, the thesis must conform to the standards and procedures of Kaplan University's Institutional Review Board (IRB). This course is best suited for students who wish to add to the body of professional knowledge in their chosen field of psychology or who intend to pursue a postgraduate doctoral degree.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: PS601

PS602A: Master's Research and Thesis II

The goal of this course is the completion of the Master of Science in Psychology thesis. Students complete their research, submit the completed thesis to their committee members for review, and orally present their statement of the problem, research design and methods, findings, conclusions, and recommendations during a scheduled thesis defense hearing. The thesis shall be prepared according to APA guidelines and according to Kaplan University guidelines. The final, approved product shall be submitted to appropriate personnel for binding and acquisition. If appropriate, the thesis must conform to the standards and procedures of Kaplan University's Institutional Review Board (IRB). This course is best suited for students who wish to add to the body of professional knowledge in their chosen field of psychology or who intend to pursue a postgraduate doctoral degree.

Quarter Credit Hours: 0 | Prerequisite: None