An overview of psychology: definitions, methods and fields. This course will cover history and development of psychology, research methods, the biological bases of behavior, sensation, perception, learning, memory, mental abilities, emotions, motivation, personality, adjustment, psychological disorders and treatment, and the individual in the group.
This course covers creative and innovative thinking skills, focusing on the theoretical conceptualizations of creative and innovative thinking as well as the practical applications involved in fostering creative and innovative thinking. It will include the use of idea-generating techniques like SCAMPER, brain storming and mind mapping and examine how change and risk-taking behavior can influence innovative thinking. Case studies will be used to understand the creative process as it fuels innovation.
This course covers research methods in psychology and introduces students to the basic principles of the scientific method, the research designs as well as the skills necessary for successfully conducting a psychological research.
This course will provide students with a general introduction to the underlying biological principles and mechanisms which give rise to complex human cognitive, perceptual and emotional behavior. The course focuses on the anatomy of the nervous system, how it works to control behavior and sense the world, and what happens when it malfunctions. The laboratory hours will cover: some experimental techniques in biopsychology such as handling and care of laboratory animals, Running behavioral tasks such as spontaneous alteration, delayed matching and non-matching to sample.
This course covers social influence, social cognition and social relations. This course will cover person perception, the self in the social world, attitudes; social influence processes; interpersonal attraction, personal relationships; positive social behavior (altruism and helping) and aggression; group behavior and processes
This course covers test selection, administration, interpretation, and construction applications in local populations and gives an overview on preparation and adaptation of foreign tests to suit local population, study of test validity and reliability individual and group administration and interpretation of tests in various fields, as well as the construction of simple tests.
This course covers factors affecting human development, principles of development, aspects of development, bodily, mental, cognitive, social and emotional development during childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and old age.
This course involves the scientific study of mental processes (or how the mind works). Topics include perception, attention, multiple memory systems, encoding and retrieval processes, knowledge, language, reasoning, problem solving, creativity and decision making. Students will learn the mental processes (when they study the neuropsychology of cognition) and the mental-like processes performed by computers (when they learn about artificial intelligence). Students will be connected to a CogLab to run experiments to test their own cognitive processes.
This is an undergraduate psychology course designed to expose students to the primary models for defining and evaluating normal and abnormal human behavior in UAE society. Students will be acquainted with the many ways in which biological, emotional, behavioral, and cognitive factors can contribute to distress or impairment, both to the individual and the people around him or her. Students will be exposed to models of how abnormal behavior can be defined, how it can be understood, and in a general sense, how it is usually treated.
This course analyzes research methods used in psychology and the acquisition of skills required to conduct simple research studies. Topics covered include scientific method, ethical issues, descriptive methods, correlation research, experimental methods, single-case, quasi-experimental, and program evaluation.
The aim of this course is to understand learning and show how the learning process is studied. The course shall place learning in its historical perspective, giving students an appreciation for the figures and theories that have shaped 100 years of learning theory research.
This course covers the principles and concepts of educational psychology. Topics include psychological principles of teaching and learning, planning and evaluation, student development, settings of class learning, intelligence and individual differences, and motivation in education and applications.
This course covers basic theory and research in sensation and perception. How we get information from the environment, and how do we make sense out of the information we receive. Topics include the five senses (touch, smell, taste, hearing, and vision). Color perception, depth perception, size perception, tactile perception, temperature perception, pain perception, olfactory perception, taste perception. Perceptual deficits and losses, perceptual development and aging.
The main focus of this course is on understanding psychological concepts and principles in the world of work and its emphasis on the scientist-practitioner model. From the use of research methods in I/O psychology to predictions of human behaviors via psychological assessments, personnel decisions, staff training and development, performance appraisal, teamwork, employee attitudes, occupational health and work motivation are covered.
The course covers the basic concepts of school psychology. It covers current perspectives in school psychology and its contributions to theory and practice, psychological and educational assessment of children (e.g., Roles of Diagnosis and Classification in School Psychology), and school psychological interventions (focus on children, staff, programs, and organizations).
This course covers the scientific study of normal personality development. Topics include the nature of personality theory, methods of assessment and research, and major theories.
This is an undergraduate level course designed to familiarize students with the wide area of clinical psychology. Definition and history of the field are covered together with the various approaches used in clinical psychology. A brief overview of assessment methods, interviews, and testing skills are also covered. Various clinical interventions are discussed and current issues in the field are evaluated. Professional issues including student training, practice regulations, ethics, etc. are also highlighted. This course will also examine and evaluate various clinical concepts and practices from local cultural perspective.
This course examines the nature and role of experimentation in psychology, designing and conducting experiments. Topics include the role of experimentation in psychology; basic concepts, the development of experimental methods in psychology, experimental versus non experimental methods; training in designing and running experiments, analyzing data and writing the experimental report. Laboratory and field experiments are undertaken in the fields of sensation, perception, learning, memory and social behavior
This course covers counseling psychology: theories and methods. This course covers definition, scope, and development of counseling psychology:; human development through the lifespan. Theories: trait-and-factor, behaviorism, client-centered, cognitive; assessment, counseling; fields of counseling especially for special groups, ethical standards.
The purpose of this course is to provide the students with an introduction to the field of health psychology which explores how psychological, social, and biological factors affect health and illness. This course covers health beliefs and behavior, illness cognitions, obesity and eating behavior, stress, illness and coping, cardiovascular disease, cancer, living with (or management of) chronic and terminal disease and living with pain, AIDS, and health outcome measures.
This course covers basic concepts and methods of individual differences, with emphasis on gender differences. It includes the nature, characteristics, distribution and determinants of individual normality and abnormality. Theories in clinical psychology; psychoanalysis, behaviorism and differences; group and individual differences in intelligence, achievement, aptitudes, attitudes, motives, and traits; and the role of the psychology of individual differences in educational and vocational fields as well as an overview and research on gender similarities and differences are also included.
Neuropsychology is a branch of neuroscience that traditionally has relied more on clinical case studies (brain damaged patients) as a source of information for identifying the functional significance of various regions of the brain. The course provides the basis for understanding/diagnosis/and treatment of most common neuropathological and neurobehavioral syndromes (e.g., traumatic brain injury, aphasia, dyslexia, cerebrovascular accidents [strokes], dementia, etc.). Prerequisite: PSY 202
This seminar-based course offers an in-depth study of selected topics in human behavior. Topics vary each semester according to the wide specialization variety of faculty members.
Developing the basic skills necessary for providing psychological services in psychological clinics or schools. In this course students will be introduced to training in interviewing, diagnosing, case study, writing case reports, rehabilitation programs, and working with a team of specialists. (Student should take this course over a complete semester. No courses are allowed to be registered during this course).
This is a practical course aiming at giving the student at the final semester a practical experience in work place, and in research design, collection and analysis of data and reporting findings. (Student should take this over a complete semester. A maximum of 6 Cr. Hrs. of courses can be registered in addition to this course).
The capstone course is a hybrid academic/practical training course in which students develop specifically conceived academic topics and integrate these with practical skills/experiences gained in a simulated clinical context role-play. The focus of the course is to introduce students to the notion of evidence based psychological therapies and how some of these are used to treat common mental health problems. As well as focusing on evidence-based therapies, the course draws on, and integrates, different areas within the discipline of psychology to illustrate and enrich the teaching.
This course aims to provide students with knowledge and information in order for them to appreciate the scientific nature of clinical psychology, issues in critical thinking, contemporary training models in the field, and current research that affects practice, for example, the development of the DSM-V and prescription privilege debate. This course is aimed to launch the training career of both practice and research oriented students in a manner consistent with the contemporary developments and status in the field of clinical psychology. The syllabus will be customized to the needs of the local population adding case studies where possible.
An examination of factors relevant to successful service provision to different populations within a culturally diverse society. Psychologist's characteristics and attitude are examined as well as strategies for developing cultural competence.
This course will focus on diagnosis and treatment of the major psychopathologies. Focus will be given to the DSM IV. Emphasis will be on the diagnosis, classification and etiology of major mental disorders most likely to be encountered in the mental health profession. The student will develop skills in identifying relevant information from interview and/or other sources in order to think like an effective clinician when considering diagnosis and treatment of mental/emotional disorders on the basis of DSM-IV criteria. Consideration will be given to how worldview issues impact the study of psychopathology.
This course presents the principles and practices of major objective (structure) personality instruments. Students administer, score, interpret and write reports communicating results of selected instruments. Issues related to diagnosis and treatment planning is addressed. Cultural and ethical issues relevant to assessment are topics to be explored. The course focuses on the MMPI , 16PF, and NEO-PI-R.
This course will teach an integrative and ecological approach to family therapy that includes the whole family system in family meetings in assessment and planning. The course will include specific approaches for engaging and working with families with common problems due to developmental issues, and mental and physical health issues. There will be a special focus on working with children’s emotional and behavioral problems. Students will be introduced to recent developments in family therapy practice, including narrative and solution-focused approaches.
This course covers knowledge and skills relevant to the intellectual assessment. It explores the theoretical frameworks utilized in the development of cognitive assessment instruments and procedures, explains the administration, scoring, and interpretation of the most widely used intellectual assessment instruments..Specific emphasis is placed on interpretation and report writing using the normalized and standardized test to UAE population (e.g. WISC and Raven.)
This course focuses on the main approaches to psychotherapy such as the psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioral and humanistic therapies and techniques. More emphasis will be given to the use of videotapes of seasoned clinicians utilizing psychotherapeutic techniques. Class meeting will also focus on practicing basic skills such as therapeutic rapport, therapeutic interviewing skills, and nondirective dialogue with patients. Models for interviewing children and families would will also be learned. Students will also undertake an experiential project outside of class that will help them personally explore the psychotherapeutic process.
This course provides instruction in advanced methods in multivariate statistics at both conceptual and applied levels .This course will require students to designate the output designs utilized in published research. Topics: multiple regression, factor analysis, discriminate analysis, Manova, Mancova. The computers are used for data management and analysis.
This course offers a review of research methods in clinical psychology; critical thinking uses as a main approach for the systematic process to answer questions or to test hypothesis. Write an integrative review of the selected topic in clinical psychology literature .Evaluate methods, designs, and results of published clinical research. To understand how issues of ethnicity, culture, and diversity are important when designing clinical researches. Topics to be covered include experimental and quasi-experimental designs, observational methods, single case, research ethics, diversity issues in clinical research, Both qualitative and quantitative research strategies are covered.
This course is meant to enable professors to select the mental health problems and issues to be addressed. Topics include, but not limited to, mental health problems that are not covered in this MSc curriculum, contemporary mental health problems and issues, current controversies in mental health, mental health services in the UAE, major culture-bound syndromes in the UAE, and other health related problems and issues.
The emphasis is on the neuroanatomy and brain-behavior relationship. The focus is on neuropsychological disorders such as disorders of perception, language, movement, and neuro-degenerative diseases. Neuropsychological assessments for different disorders will also be discussed.
A study of the administration, scoring, and interpretation of personality and projective assessment instruments, and the rationale underlying the construction of each.
This course focuses on the effect of drugs on behavior and the nervous system, with emphasis on the interaction between biological, psychological and sociological factors on drug use. Some of the topics examined are: basic principles of pharmacology, physiological effects of drugs and difference between psychoactive drugs. The course also discusses the use of folk and herbal medicine and the interaction between them and psycho-active drugs.
During the completion of the master thesis, the student will gain experience across all the stages of an empirical research study in a selected area of clinical psychology. The study will allow the student the opportunity to apply the varied knowledge and skills acquired across the course of the degree. The student will select a topic of interest and identify a faculty member to provide supervision throughout the process. Generally, the Master’s thesis is empirical, requiring the collection of data; however, in some circumstances, a thesis that employs a literature review-based methodology may be allowed. The thesis is examined via an oral defense.
The course includes a review of basic psychometrics and classification systems for child psychopathology. Focuses on different types of assessment procedures used with children as well as the assessment/diagnostic process. Attention given to specific psychological disorders of children and adolescents. The course includes supervised administration, scoring and interpretation of individual tests. Student administer, score and interpret several tests and are expected to achieve proficiency in writing comprehensive psychological reports.
A minimum of 300-clockhours of supervised experiences in a setting in which psychological services are provided. The essential purpose of the first practicum is to ensure that interns have appropriate opportunities to apply, under supervision, the knowledge and skills acquired in the program. During this practicum interns will gain experience in providing clinical psychology services for clients and will develop skills in the range of professional and administrative activities involved in professional clinical practice.
An introduction to health psychology that provides a general overview of the discipline of health psychology, including its origins, concepts and methods. A number of types of intervention efforts will be explored, including risk factor modification, secondary preventive/rehabilitative efforts for chronic illness and community/ public health interventions. Some of the major areas and topics in health psychology are explored. Students will acquire skills and knowledge that should enhance their critical thinking and their understanding of the relationship of cognition, emotion, motivation, and behavior on health.
The course covers the ethical guidelines and standards related to the research and practice of psychology. Ethical, professional and legal conflicts are discussed. The goal of the course is to ensure familiarity with various laws, standards and guidelines that regulate the practice of psychology and to develop ethical problem solving skills. Special emphasis is given on developing laws and ethical practices to the needs of the local society.
A minimum of 300-clockhours of supervised experiences in a setting in which psychological services are provided.
This course covers topics such as the concept of mental health; normal and abnormal behavior; adjustment; the role of teacher, curriculum and school system in providing and maintaining mental health; teacher selection; psychological services for students; and behavior problems in schools and how to deal with them effectively.
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