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Teaching History at Oakland University

PSY245: Introduction to Individual Differences and Personality Psychology

  • Course Description: This course presents a survey of basic research in individual differences and personality, including major areas such as gender, aggression, altruism, conflict, and measurement of personality variables
  • Course Objectives:
    • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the findings of individual differences and personality
    • Compare and contrast some of the theories, models, and studies in individual differences and personality
    • Increase ability to interpret the findings of journal papers that have addressed individual differences in personality, gender, aggression, altruism, and self
    • Expand your own world-view of individual, gender, and cross-cultural differences in psychology
    • Apply the scientific theories in psychology into your own personal experiences or everyday life

 

PSY 251: Statistics in Psychology

  • Course Description: This course presents the principal statistical procedures employed in social science research and covers an introduction to descriptive statistics, probability, and inferential statistics necessary to carry out and interpret social science research. The integration of methodological and statistical issues will be emphasized
  • Course Objectives:
    • Demonstrate the knowledge and understanding of the statistical techniques that would be used to analyze the different types of psychological data
    • Increase ability to interpret “Results” section of journal papers
    • Present and explain the outcomes of statistical analyses, including z test, t test, ANOVA, chi-square tests, correlation, regression, path analysis, and factor analysis
    • Understand the rationale underlying the manual computations that yield statistics

PSY 451: Advanced Statistics in Psychology

  • Course Description: This course presents the advanced statistical procedures employed in social science research. Topics include: assumption check, multiple regression analysis, factor analysis, mixed ANOVA, and non-parametric tests
  • Course Objectives:
    • Demonstrate the knowledge and understanding of the advanced statistical techniques that would be used to analyze the different types of psychological data
    • Increase ability to use the statistical software, SPSS, and interpret the output
    • Increase ability to explore data, check the assumptions, test the hypotheses, and test the model
    • Present and explain the outcome of a variety of advanced statistical analyses, including parametric tests (e.g., repeated measures ANOVA, MANOVA, partial correlation, hierarchal regression, and exploratory factor analysis) and non-parametric tests (e.g., Mann-Whitney test, Wilcoxon rank-sum test, Kruskal-Wallist test, and Friedman’s ANOVA)

 

PSY 445: Seminar in Individual Differences and Personality Psychology

  • Course Description: Advanced seminar in a special topic related to individual differences and personality psychology, such as theories of personality, aggression, or religion. Particularly, this course will focus on both individual differences and cross-cultural differences, in the area of personality, cognition, gender, emotion, aggression, communication, abnormal behavior, and social behavior. In short, we will be looking at the ways in which a variety of individual and cultural factors might shape our understanding of ourselves and the world around us. As a capstone course, we will attempt through extensive discussion to develop a research proposal funding request and to apply theories on individual differences and research designs to our area of specialization in psychology and our everyday life.
  • Course Objectives:
    • Compare and contrast both methodologies and results of the studies in individual and cross-cultural differences in psychology, and assess/expand own word-view of how individual and cultural factors influence our thoughts and behaviors by making a research proposal

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