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Applied Psychology Degree Program

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Major Area Course Descriptions

PSYC 310 - THE PSYCHOLOGY OF PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

This psychology based course provides evidenced-based information and application strategies for improving personal and professional adjustment and effectiveness. The purpose of this course is to enable students to address and utilize more of their inherent potential. Students will use a self-coaching model to apply principles and methods taken from a variety of current sources, i.e. emotional and social intelligence, multiple intelligences, and positive psychology and executive coaching. The primary course outcome will be a plan for effecting improved adjustment and performance in students' personal and professional lives.

PSYC 315 - APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY: THEORY TO PRACTICE

This course is an exploration of the expanding field of Applied Psychology. The framework of inquiry incorporates an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the current state of the field and its career possibilities. The principal focus is on applying scientific and humanistic perspectives derived from psychology to individual, social, and institutional opportunities.

PSYC 325 - COACHING IN ORGANIZATIONS

This course is designed to introduce students to the use of coaching skills for improving the adjustment and performance of individuals in an organizational setting. Topics to be covered include: the scope of coaching practice, optimal practitioner characteristics, benefits for coaches, related organizational dynamics, and coaching interventions and resources. This course also includes an emphasis on experimental learning through coaching practice activities.

PSYC 420 - ASSESSMENT AND INTERVENTION IN ORGANIZATIONS

This course explores the use of psychological instrumentation as a means for improving individual and organizational performance. The emphasis is on the assessment of strengths and positive psychological functioning. Students will become acquainted with various psychological instruments including their selection, construction, and administration. Additionally, students will gain experience with the interpretation and delivery of instrument results and their translation into individual and organizational improvement interventions.

PSYC 495 - APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY CAPSTONE

This course provides a culminating, integrative experience for all Applied Psychology majors. The purpose is to provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate their mastery of the learning outcomes associated with the major. Students will self-select a capstone project that can be completed within the duration of the course that will provide evidence of their subject matter learning as well as provide a benefit to themselves and a participating organization.

Major Electives Course Descriptions

Applied Management

HRM 400 - PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT
This course uses a systems perspective to identify, select, develop, and evaluate solutions to document and improve the performance of individuals, groups, and organizations. Students will learn how to analyze performance problems and make recommendations at the employee, job, and organizational level that will assist the organization and its employees in achieving organizational goals and managing change. Students will also learn how to bridge the gap between organizational strategy, individuals, and departments.
MGMT 425 - ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE
This course analyzes the forces that drive organizations to change, examines impediments to change, and surveys a range of approaches for making organizational change more effective. Students will develop an understanding of change processes and develop practical skills for becoming an organization change agent.

Criminal Justice Administration

CJAD 210 - INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE ADMINISTRATION
This is an introductory course designed to expose students to the various Major elements of the criminal justice system (police, courts, and corrections). Students will learn about the ways in which the various systems interact, the processing of offenders, the various forms of punishment and the alternatives to punishment. The future of the criminal justice system will also be discussed.
CJAD 240 - INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINOLOGY
This course will focus on theories of crime and types of offending. Topics related the causation, control and prevention of criminal behavior will be addressed in this course.

Healthcare Management

HCM 300 - HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT
This course provides students with an overview of concepts and issues related to healthcare leadership. It is generally a required course for any subsequent healthcare management courses. Through the examination of management topics and healthcare situations, the student will explore the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in a diverse healthcare environment. Topics include healthcare leadership, organizational design as it relates to the uniqueness of healthcare organizations, managing professionals, and diversity in the workplace.
HCM 340 - COMMUNITY HEALTH
Declining reimbursement impacts the role healthcare organizations play in community health and disease prevention. This course focuses on specific strategies healthcare managers can use to benefit the health of communities. Topics include the role of healthcare stakeholders in promoting community health, connecting with the community, and community benefit standards.
HCM 472 - CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT
This is an issues oriented course that examines the healthcare delivery system in the United States. The course examines the entire continuum of care and uses the construct of a fully integrated system as a means to evaluate the current system to develop recommendations for further developments. Our intent is to identify the key issues confronting healthcare today, examine the causes and develop reasonable solutions to the current set of problems.

Human Resources Management

HRM 300 - HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT
An introduction to the human resources function and related elements and activities. The course outlines the roles and functions of members of the human resources department, as well as educating others outside human resources, in how their roles include human resources-related activities. The student will learn about the evolution in human resources management as we know it today. Emphasis is placed on the modern day importance of HRM and the new "corporate view" of the function. Additionally, the student will be exposed to the view of HRM from the perception of both management and subordinate employees. The importance of maintaining fair and equitable compensation and benefit programs will be discussed. The student will be exposed to practical situations and problem solving regarding areas of employee counseling, discipline and termination. Equal Employment Opportunity will be discussed in order for the student to understand its need, importance and the legal issues surrounding it. Other critical areas of training and development, staffing and strategy will also be explored.
HRM 302 - TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT
This course covers the theories and techniques of training and development from strategic and operational perspectives. Emphasis is placed on employee needs assessment, program design, implementation and evaluation. Learning theories and long-term development for global competitiveness are discussed.
HRM 402 - EMPLOYEE AND LABOR RELATIONS
This course evaluates the current environment of employee and labor relations. Students will compare and distinguish the differences between employee relations and labor relations environments. Topics such as handbooks versus contracts, employee discipline versus grievance procedures, and workplace compliance laws, such as ADA, FMLA, sexual harassment, and the Civil Rights Act are discussed.

Management

BSAD 320 - QUANTITATIVE & QUALITATIVE METHODS FOR DECISION MAKING
This course focuses on the development of individual and team decision-making and problem solving skills. Real world domestic and global issues will be analyzed, diagnosed, and evaluated through the application of a variety of quantitative and qualitative tools and techniques used to arrive at effective decisions and solutions.
MGMT 470 - ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP
This course focuses on the development of leadership theories from trait, skill, style, situational, and contingency constructs and their utilization by managers and leaders. The primary emphasis of the course is the importance of the Full Range Leadership model and the role transformational leadership performs in the interaction with organizational culture and performance.

Marketing

MKTG 300 - MARKETING
A general course in marketing theory and methods. Among topics discussed are the importance of marketing, the interrelationship of the different phases of marketing, the differences between the marketing of goods and services, wholesaling, retailing, pricing strategies, analysis of markets, and distribution.
MKTG 320 - ADVERTISING
The study of the components of advertising and its function within the total marketing function. The course examines advertising campaigns and procedures dealing with planning, creation, production, media, management, research and budgeting.
MKTG 330 - MARKETING BEHAVIOR
An understanding of consumer decision processes is developed through application of behavioral sciences. Organizational decision-making processes are also considered. The implications of these processes are considered in relation to marketing, organizational strategies and decision making.
MKTG 350 - PERSUASIVE STRATEGIES
This course focuses on the most prevalent promotional and persuasive approaches used in written, oral, and electronic communication. Students investigate the psychological aspects of persuasion and influence. Methodologies that incorporate analyses of audience, situation, and purpose are evaluated. The application of effective strategies for sales, product introduction, and advocacy for a position are emphasized.

Public Relations

MKTG 300 - MARKETING
A general course in marketing theory and methods. Among topics discussed are the importance of marketing, the interrelationship of the different phases of marketing, the differences between the marketing of goods and services, wholesaling, retailing, pricing strategies, analysis of markets, and distribution.
PBRL 325 - PUBLIC RELATIONS
A general course in the technique of establishing and maintaining public relations. Activities span a variety of media to influence public opinion and manage an organization's reputation.
PBRL 425 - MEDIA AND CRISIS COMMUNICATION
Today's public relations professionals have entered a new era where preparedness to respond rapidly to various levels of crisis is essential. Building a positive reputation through the strategic management of communications with internal and external audiences during good times is a necessary foundation for withstanding negative press. Utilizing analysis techniques, public relations tactics, and hands-on projects, students will evaluate crisis situations, create and implement a strategic crisis communication plan, and learn to coach the corporate spokesperson and manage the media, while maintaining the organization's reputation.

Public Safety Management

PSMT 225 - INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC SAFETY MANAGEMENT
An introduction to the study of various agencies involved in public safety, including emergency management and homeland security. Emphasis will be placed on the history and evolution of the various public safety agencies, as well as the leadership and management challenges that are unique to these particular agencies.
PSMT 315 - CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN PUBLIC SAFETY MANAGEMENT
This course provides an overview of selected topical areas of continuing interest and importance to public safety agencies.

The above list of courses only represents a portion of the courses required for a bachelor's degree. View the bachelor's degree full curriculum.

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