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PSY 4931 Selected Topics, Community Practicum and Community Internship Course Information

Important: Some Selected Topics courses require the successful completion of Research Methods in Psychology, PSY 3213. Check the individual course descriptions for details.


Bayesian Stats II (Spring 2020, CRN 17617, PSY 4931-011)

Course Information

Instructor: Dr. Ken Malmberg
Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM
Location: PCD 2122

Course Description

Welcome to the Bayesian revolution! Actually, the revolution began many years ago, but it has only recently gained traction in Psychological Science. The goal of this two-semester course is to provide students with a solid foundation in probability theory and data analysis within a Bayesian framework. In the first semester, we will begin with a historical discussion of the Frequentist (Fisherian) framework of Null Hypothesis Significance Testing versus the Bayesian framework of probabilistic inference. We will then cover the basics of probability theory, Bayes Rule, and their applications to inferring binomial proportions (e.g., events that occurred or did not occur, members of one group A versus group B, etc.). Finally, we will cover the Metropolis Algorithm and Monte Carlo Markov Chains using Gibbs sampling. To carry out course assignments, students will use the open source R statistical and WINBUGS packages. No experience in traditional statistics or computer programming is required. Programming in the R language and JAGS will be taught as part of the course. In the second semester, we will use the knowledge gained in the first semester to conduct Bayesian hierarchical analogues of t-tests, ANOVAs, and regression.

Texts:

Doing Bayesian Data Analysis: A Tutorial with R and BUGS, Kruschke, Academic press. 1st Ed. ISBN: 978-0-12-381485-2

The Theory That Would Not Die: How Bayes' Rule Cracked the Enigma Code, Hunted Down Russian Submarines, and Emerged Triumphant from Two Centuries of Controversy, McGrayne, 1st Ed. ISBN: 978-0300169690

Moneyball, Lewis, ISBN: 978-0393338393

Questions: malmberg@usf.edu

Prerequisites

PSY 3213 - Research Methods in Psychology

How to Enroll

Complete the online Course Permit Request Form at http://psychology.usf.edu/forms/CoursePermit.aspx.


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Child and Adolescent Social Development (Spring 2020, CRN 13043, PSY 4931-005)

Course Information

Instructor: Dr. Tiina Ojanen
Time: Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:00 PM to 3:15 PM
Location: PCD 2122

Course Description

This course focuses on youth aggression and prosocial development. Among other topics, we will cover developmental predictors and adjustment implications of forms of aggression, school bullying and victimization, peer influences on aggression (e.g., social power and popularity), "dark triad" traits and school shootings. We will also examine key topics in prosocial development, such as real life implications of attachment security, morality, empathy and modern research on forms of prosocial behaviors. All majors are accepted, but all students should have sufficient background on basic concepts in Psychology. Students also need to have sufficient cognitive/academic skills to read and understand research articles, and to take notes in a seminar class environment. Teaching based on ppt slides is included. Materials will be provided by the Instructor (no text book), but students are required to print the readings and bring these to class. Active class attendance is required. This course supports various graduate school and career paths, such as those in developmental, social, school, clinical and educational psychology, public health, sociology, behavioral analysis, counseling, nursing and pediatrics. Students may also refer to this course as special expertise in graduate school applications, as students develop expertise in specific areas of research in youth development.

Prerequisites

Recommended minimum criteria

  • Introduction to Psychological Science and Research Methods or Statistics with grades of B or better
  • strong reading, writing and analytic skills
  • major GPA of 3.2 or better
  • overall GPA of 3.0 or better
  • motivation to learn about the course content

How to Enroll

No advanced permission or course permit is required.

Inquiries
For any questions, please contact Dr. Tiina Ojanen at
tojanen@usf.edu.


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Community Internship (Spring 2020, CRN 20223, IDS 4942-002)

Course Information

Instructor: Dr. Vicky Phares
Time: N/A
Location: N/A

Course Description

The Community Internship (IDS 4942) credit option is offered in Fall, Spring, and Summer sessions whereby students can work at pre-approved internship sites or they can seek out their own internship sites and then register for variable amounts of credit depending on their desired work schedule. Students are responsible for securing their own internship. There are no additional requirements for IDS 4942 other than working at the internship (e.g., no class meeting, no assignments, etc.).

Once students secure an internship opportunity (either on their own or via the pre-approved internship list), they should contact the USF community internship instructor to get approval for that internship experience. If not already on the pre-approved list, all internship sites need to be vetted and approved by a faculty member in the USF Department of Psychology.

On-site supervision will be provided at the internship by a professional with at least a Bachelor’s degree and two years of experience in their field. On-site supervisors will need to confirm the students' position at the beginning of the semester and again confirm the students' acceptable work at the end of the semester. For Summer, 2019 and Fall, 2019, the instructor is Dr. Vicky Phares: phares@usf.edu.

Credits are as follows: 1 credit (for 3 or more hours/week at the internship = 45 total hours), 2 credits (for 4 or more hours/week at the internship = 60 total hours), or 3 credits (for 8 hours/week or more at the internship = 120 total hours), or 4 credits (for 11 hours/week or more at the internship = 165 total hours).

Because the summer term is shorter than the fall or spring, the suggested hours per week for Summer Session C are as follows: 1 credit (for 4 1/2 or more hours/week at the internship = 45 total hours), 2 credits (for 6 or more hours/week at the internship = 60 total hours), or 3 credits (for 12 hours/week or more at the internship = 120 total hours), or 4 credits (for 16 1/2 hours/week or more at the internship = 165 total hours).

The Community Internship (IDS 4942) is offered on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading basis.

Internships can include experiences in any topic that is relevant to psychology, including but not limited to: Mental health, substance abuse, behavioral health, legal issues, forensic psychology, jury selection, community problems, therapeutic communities, industrial organizational psychology, business psychology, human resources, animal behavior, applied behavior analysis, test development, the assessment process, applications of basic research, psychosocial oncology, health sciences, child development, social processes, aging studies, and the elderly.

Please note that no more than 3 hours of PSY 4913 Directed Study, PSY 4970 Honors Thesis, CLP 4941 Community Practicum, or IDS 4942 Community Internship (combined) can count toward the major. Additional credits will count toward general elective credit towards the 120 hours required for the degree. 3 hours of CLP 4941 or IDS 4942 can count toward the minor in Psychology. IDS 4942 can be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit hours.

Note that internship credits do not count against the calculation of excess credits.

Prerequisites

None

How to Enroll

Course is by instructor approval only. Please send the following information to Dr. Vicky Phares (phares@usf.edu)

  • Your name and U number
  • Your e-mail address
  • The semester in which you wish to enroll in the course
  • The number of credit hours in which you will be enrolling
  • The name of the internship site and name of your supervisor at the internship site

For Summer session only, if you wish to have an internship site assigned to you based on your interests, then please e-mail Dr. Vicky Phares with the following information (phares@usf.edu)

  • Your name
  • Your e-mail address
  • Your U number
  • The semester in which you wish to enroll in the course
  • When you plan to graduate
  • Also, please have a professor, graduate student, or other professional (such as a supervisor from work, even if not psychology-related) confirm the following statement via e-mail to Dr. Vicky Phares (phares@usf.edu): "I support                     ’s request to be assigned to an internship at a community social service agency."


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Community Practicum in Mental Health (Spring 2020, CRN 17627, CLP 4941-001)

Course Information

Instructor: Dr. Vicky Phares
Time: Wednesdays, 5:00 PM to 5:50 PM (plus 8 hours/week in a community agency)
Location: PCD 1134

Course Description

This course is a service learning course where undergraduate students will be assigned to volunteer in a pre-approved community agency for 8 hours/week and will attend a one-hour in-person lecture/discussion. Course material will cover ethics, confidentiality, issues related to mental health, and working in community agencies. Reflective writing assignments will be included in the course. Readings will be posted to Canvas and there is no required book.

Community Practicum in Mental Health is taught in the Fall and Spring semesters.

Community agency options include mental health facilities, substance use disorder treatment facilities, social service agencies serving impoverished youth and elderly, residential facilities for children in foster care, and prevention programs for youth at risk for mental health problems. On-site supervision will be provided for at least one hour/week of the 8 hour/week commitment. Many agencies require background checks (approximately $70); some require a background check as well as drug screening (approximately $125); some require malpractice insurance ($35).

Once students are approved for the class and given a permit to enroll, they will be asked to rank their preferences for the agency where they would like to gain this experience. Many of the background checks and paperwork will need to be completed long before the start of the semester.

For that reason, priority will be given to students who have enrolled in this class at least one month prior to the beginning of the semester. We hope to have all of the background checks and paperwork done well before the beginning of classes, so that students can gain the full experience of the internship during the semester.

Priority will be given to graduating seniors.

If a student is already volunteering at a community agency and wants to join the course and receive credit for new volunteer hours at that site (8 hours/week plus course attendance and course work during the semester then please email Dr. Phares (phares@usf.edu).

Please note that no more than 3 hours of PSY 4913 Directed Study, PSY 4970 Honors Thesis, CLP 4941 Community Practicum, or IDS 4942 Community Internship (combined) can count toward the major. Additional credits will count toward general elective credit towards the 120 hours required for the degree. 3 hours of CLP 4941 or IDS 4942 can count toward the minor in Psychology. CLP 4941 can be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit hours.

Note that internship credits do not count against the calculation of excess credits.

Prerequisites

None.

How to Enroll

Course is by instructor approval only. Please e-mail Dr. Vicky Phares with the following information (phares@usf.edu):

  • Your name
  • Your e-mail address
  • Your U number
  • When you plan to graduate
  • Also, please have a professor, graduate student, or other professional (such as a supervisor from work, even if not psychology-related) confirm the following statement via e-mail to Dr. Vicky Phares (phares@usf.edu): "I support                     ’s request to be assigned to an internship at a community social service agency."


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Data Science and Visualization (Spring 2020, CRN 24903, PSY 4931-023)

Course Information

Instructor: Dr. Brenton Wiernik
Time: Thursdays, 9:00 AM to 11:45 AM
Location: PCD 2121B

Course Description

This course is designed to provide students with a foundation of critical skills in data wrangling, management, analysis, and visualization. Students will learn how to use the R statistical programming language to prepare, explore, analyze, and communicate data. Topics covered will include (1) data wrangling (importing, transforming, and preparing datasets for analysis); (2) making analysis workflows reproducible, reusable, and shareable; (3) function programming and automation; and (4) data visualization.

Prerequisites

PSY 3213

How to Enroll

No advanced permission or course permit is required.


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Ethics in Medical Research (Spring 2020, CRN 23364, PSY 4931-022)

Course Information

Instructor: Dr. David Diamond
Time: Mondays, 2:00 PM to 4:45 PM
Location: ALN 252

Course Description

This course focuses on poorly designed and biased health-related research which has led to misinformation on nutritional and medical treatment guidelines. Students will have the opportunity to explore how big business interests have corrupted health-related research. The following are examples of myths that are covered in the course: A vegetarian diet is healthier than a meat-based diet; High cholesterol levels cause heart disease; Cholesterol lowering drugs (statins) are beneficial for health; Red meat and a high fat diet increase the risk of heart disease and cancer; A daily aspirin reduces the risk of heart disease; Fluoridated water is beneficial and safe; Annual mammograms prolong life; The low carbohydrate diet is unhealthy; The flu vaccine has been shown to reduce flu incidence and duration. There are no exams. Grading will be based on the student’s oral presentations of book chapters and research papers and class participation.

Prerequisites

None

How to Enroll

A permit is not required for students who have completed PSY 3213. If you have not completed PSY 3213, complete the online Course Permit Request Form at http://psychology.usf.edu/forms/CoursePermit.aspx.


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Modern Art Music and Creative Brains (Spring 2020, CRN 17605, PSY 4931-007)

Course Information

Instructor: Dr. Thomas Sanocki
Time: Mondays 2:00 PM to 4:45 PM
Location: PCD 1134

Course Description

Art explores deep into the mind, and music expresses human heart and soul. This seminar will appreciate such works and examine psychological processes that underlie creative achievement. Creative minds find unique ways to adapt to a challenging and sometimes harsh world. How can we understand and nurture human creativity? The emphasis will be on recent innovations in art (1870-now), and modern music (1960-now, rock and other forms of popular music). However, there are no boundaries and exact topics will depend on participant interests.

Seminar participants should expect to make several presentations, read and discuss research and other articles, and do independent scholarly research on their topics of interest. There will be several short papers leading up to a longer independent paper. Presentation topics in recent years include…

"The life and music of Amy Winehouse"
"Where creativity resides: The generative power of unconscious thought"
"Creative and Cognitive Benefits of Interacting with Nature."
"What does the brain tell us about abstract art?"
"Rise of Creativity following brain damage"

This year’s seminar is an expansion of the well-received "Art Design and Brain" and "The Creative Brain" seminars in previous years.

Prerequisites

None.

How to Enroll

Permission is required because I am looking for interested students who can make good class presentations and do independent scholarly research. A variety of perspectives is encouraged. Please e-mail me with a short description of your interests and relevant background, as well as any questions: Sanocki@usf.edu.


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Stress and Coping (Spring 2020, CRN 24959, PSY 4931-024)

Course Information

Instructor: Dr. Kristen Salomon
Time: Thursdays, 9:30 AM to 12:15 PM
Location: PCD 2125

Course Description

This course focuses on theories, methods and applications of stress and coping research. The goals of the course are to a) provide understanding of the various definitions of stress and coping; b) describe the psychological and physiological responses to stress in humans; c) examine the moderators of the stress and coping process; and d) allow each student to develop an expanded knowledge of a specific area within stress and coping. This course is a graduate-level course presented in seminar format. The course requirements include weekly readings of theoretical and empirical articles, providing weekly summaries and commentary of the readings, participating in weekly discussions of the readings, writing a 15 – 20 page term paper, and an giving an in class oral presentation on the term paper topic. Regular attendance is required.

Prerequisites

PSY 2012
PSY 3204 or STA (Statistics)
PSY 3213

How to Enroll

Students should contact Dr. Salomon directly for permission to register for this course: ksalomon@usf.edu


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