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Applied Psychology

1. Program Description

Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. It investigates the relations of mind to brain, environment, behavior and other mental processes and outcomes. This undergraduate program aims to cultivate psychological researchers and practioners by providing students with sound theories and scientific research methods, broadening their frontier views, enhancing their critical thinking and eventually fostering their creativity. Successful graduates are expected to have an international vision and creative spirit, contain the personal qualities of confidence, integrity and perseverance, acquire the ability to find and solve psychological problems in reality, enable to work independently and collaboratively, and master English and computer science fluently. All the graduates are competent in psychological counseling, mental health, human resources, and management, and are applicable to all types of schools, research institutes, administrative institutions, enterprises, and non-profit organizations.

2. Program Durations and Credit

This is a four-year undergraduate program, which can be completed within a minimum of three years and a maximum of seven years.

A total of 159 credits are required upon the completion of the program.

3. Curriculum

Four modules of courses are offered for the program: General Education, Basic Curriculum, Essential Curriculum, and Elective Curriculum. The General Education, Basic and Essential curricula are compulsory for a Bachelor’s degree of Science.

The Elective Curriculum in the list includes extended disciplinary courses offered by the school into which an individual student is admitted, as well as cross disciplinary courses offered by other schools. Students can totally choose the extended course offered by the school, or choose both the extended and cross disciplinary courses according to their personal interests and career plans. No matter what credits should be approved by the School.

(1)Basic Curriculum (33 credits)

Course Code

Course

Credit

Semester

Remark

100711182001

*General Psychology (English)-1

3

1

 

100711182002

*General Psychology (English)-2

3

2

 

100711182003

*Experimental Psychology

4

4

1 credit for practice

100711182004

*Statistics for Psychology-1 

3

2

 

100711182005

*Statistics for Psychology-2

3

3

 

100711182006

Human Anatomy and Physiology

3

1

1 credit for practice

100711182007

Introduction to Applied Psychology

2

1

0.5 credit for practice

100010191004

Visual Basic 

4

2

1 credit for practice

100701062105

Advanced Mathematics-1

4

1

 

100701062106

Advanced Mathematics-2

4

2

 

(2)Essential Curriculum (46 credits)

Course Code

Course

Credit

Semester

Remark

100711183001

*Biological Psychology

4

3

1 credit for practice

100711183002

*Developmental Psychology

4

3

 

100711183003

*Personality Psychology

4

3

1 credit for practice

100711183004

*Social Psychology

4

4

 

100711183005

*History of Psychology

4

4

 

100711183006

*Cognitive Psychology

4

5

1 credit for practice

100711183007

*Psychometrics

4

4

1 credit for practice

100711183008

Education Psychology

4

5

 

100711183009

Experiments in Psychology

2

4

Practical course

100711183010

New Technology in Psychology

2

5

1 credit for practice

100711183011

SPSS Application

2

3

1 credit for practice

100711183012

Internship

4

8

Practical course

100711183013

Dissertation

4

8

Practical course

(3)Elective Curriculum(31 credits)

Course Code

Course

Credit

Semester

Remark

100711184001

Introduction to psychological counseling

4

5

1 credit for practice

100711184002

Abnormal Psychology

3

4

 

100711184003

Group Psychological Counseling

4

6

1 credit for practice

100711184004

Behavior Modification

2

 

Summer course

100711184005

Community Psychology

3

5

1 credit for practice

100711184006

Play Psychology

3

7

 

100711184007

Child Counseling and Psychotherapy

2

7

 

100711184008

Adolescent Psychology

3

5

0.5 credit for practice

100711184009

Gerontological Psychology

2

5

0.5 credit for practice

100711184010

Criminal Psychology

2

5

0.5 credit for practice

100711184011

Positive Psychology

2

 

Summer course

100711184012

Emotion Psychology

3

6

 

100711184013

Management Psychology 

3

3

0.5 credit for practice

100711184014

Career Planning

2

2

1 credit for practice

100711184015

Human Resources Development And Management

3

4

1 credit for practice

100711184016

Personnel Assessment

3

7

1 credit for practice

100711184017

Advertising and Consumer Psychology

3

6

 

100711184018

Environmental Psychology

2

3

 

100711184019

Human Factors Engineering

2

6

0.5 credit for practice

100711184020

Psychology and Economic Behavior

3

5

 

100711184021

Sociology

3

3

 

100711184022

Chinese Cultural Psychology

3

1

 

100711184023

Selected Readings in Psychology

2

5

 

100711184024

The Practice of Psychological Crisis Intervention

2

7

 

100711184025

E-Prime System and its Application in Psychology

2

6

1 credit for practice

 (Note: 1. Odd-number semesters are the fall semesters and even-number semesters are the spring semesters in each academic year. The asterisk * marks a core course).

4. Core Courses and Introductions

100711182001/100711182002   General Psychology-1/-2   6 cr.)

It’s a fundamental course for undergraduates majoring psychology. General concepts and principles in psychology were introduced, including the cognitive processes such as sensation, perception, memory, thinking and speech, et al., emotional processes, conation processes, as well as the mental status such as hypnosis and attention, mental characteristics such as motivation, temperament and character. Students should understand the basic framework of psychology, show the scientific knowledge about the subjects, current status, function and research methods of psychology, and master the basic concepts and principles for many psychological phenomena, and learn what psychology studies and how to make studies after studying this course.

100711182003   Experimental Psychology   (4 cr.)

Experimental Psychology is a course which contains the basic theory, basic method and technical means of psychology research,it mainly discusses how to collect and analysis data when doing structured observation in controlled condition,which helps revealing the basic laws of people's psychological activity. Its main contents:psychology as experimental science,topic selection and experiment preparations,single-factor experimental design,multi-factor experimental design,Quasi-experiment and single-subject research design、writing research reports,psychological physics experimental paradigm、reaction time experimental paradigm、sensory and perception experimental paradigm、attention experimental paradigm、memory experimental paradigm、thinking experimental paradigm、emotion experimental paradigm.

100711182004/100711182004    Statistics for Psychology-1/-2   (6 cr.)

Psychological statistics is one of the important basic courses for undergraduates majoring in psychology. It is a methodology of science based on the theory of probability, researching on the data collection, collation, analysis and inference. It provides a scientific method for the research of psychological science. It is a scientific tool to explore psychological phenomena and solve psychological problems. The course is divided into two parts, theⅠandⅡparts. "Psychological statistics (Ⅰ)" mainly includes two parts of the content: 1.Descriptive statistics,2.Preliminary statistical inference. Statistical inference is based on the theory of probability theory, the main content: parameter estimation (including the point estimation and interval estimation) and hypothesis testing (including the basic principles of hypothesis testing, one sample t-test, two samples t-tests and so on).

100711183001    Biological Psychology   (4 cr.)

Biological psychology is concerned primarily with the relationship between psychological processes and the underlying physiological event. As a comprehensive discipline, it has a close relationship with physiology, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, etc. Its focus is the function of the brain and the rest of the nervous system in activities (e.g., thinking, learning, feeling, sensing, and perceiving) recognized as characteristic of humans and other animals.

100711183002    Developmental Psychology   (4 cr.)

Overviews of Development Psychology, research methods of individual development, basic theory issues of Development Psychology, development views of Psychoanalysis, development views of behaviorism, cognitive development views, biochemical system theories, the beginning of life, physical development in infancy, cognitive and language development in infancy, psychosocial development in infancy, physical development in early childhood, cognitive and language development in early childhood, psychosocial development in early childhood, physical and cognitive development in school-age children, psychosocial development in school-age children, physical and cognitive development in adolescence, psychosocial development in adolescence, development of adults, development of seniors.

100711183003    Personality Psychology   (4 cr.)

Personality is a behavioral tendency of an individual emerging in the process of socialization and related physical and mental organization characteristics, an important research target of psychology and a very characteristic field of research. Based on integrity and diversity, personalistic psychology aims to reveal the law of individual behaviors and the mechanism of internal functioning, explore the characteristics, development and theory of personality, the methods of assessing personality and the application of personalistic theories. By conducting a lot of research into personality, psychologists have established very influential theories including psychoanalysis, trait theory, behaviorism, and humanism.

100711183004    Social Psychology   (4 cr.)

Social Psychology is the study of how people’s mental states and behaviors influence and are influenced by social situations including the presence of others. This curriculum discusses the basic concepts, methods and important findings, and analyzes different research tendency along with main contents in social psychology. More specifically, the contents of this course include emergence and development of social psychology, main theories, socialization and personality development, social cognition, social attitude, interpersonal relationship, social influence, group psychology, altruistic and aggressive behavior.

100711183005    History of Psychology   (4 cr.)

This course presents a picture of psychology’s “long past” and “short history” with the emphasis on major psychological thoughts. It consists of two approaches, namely, natural science psychology and human science psychology. Specifically, it can be divided into different psychological schools such as content psychology, act psychology, structural psychology, functionalism, gestalt psychology, Piaget school, behaviorism, cognitive psychology, psychoanalysis, the third force, etc. It provides a chance to reflect on psychology’s past and comprehend psychological ideas.

100711183006    Cognitive Psychology   (4 cr.)

The main contents of this course include the generation and development of cognitive psychology, basic theory, research methods of cognitive psychology; perception processing and pattern recognition; sensory memory, short-term memory, and long-term memory; type and representation of knowledge; deductive reasoning and inductive reasoning, judgment and decision making, problem solving and creativity; verbal comprehension, speech output and language; theory and methods of metacognition and the development of metacognition.

100711183007    Psychometrics   (4 cr.)

Psychometrics is one of the basic courses for the students of Psychology. Importantly, as a quantitative course, Psychometrics focuses on the theories and methods of mental test. Specifically, during one semester study, students could master the history and characteristics of mental test, some critical concepts and computational methods such as reliability, validity, difficulty, discrimination, and so on, the methods to build mental test and evaluate its quality, the methods to conduct mental test and explain its results reasonable, and how to use some classic mental tests.

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