2021-2022 Academic Catalog

Psychology (PSY)

PSY 501  Cyberpsychology Continuous Enrollment  (1 Credits)  

The course provides the student with continuous, matriculating status for the semester while not, enrolled in coursework, but adhering to all other, university policies and procedures for continuous, enrollment.

PSY 510  Psychology & Cyberspace  (3 Credits)  

The psychology of cyberspace is explored through, examination of the instersection between, psychological theory and the progression of, technology through its current digital, manifestation in everyday life. The behavioral, implications of digital technologies of digital, technologies will be explored, with associated, help-seeking, cybercrime, digital privacy, and, information security.

PSY 520  Current Trends in Cyberpsychology  (3 Credits)  

Current trends in the field of cyberpsychology are, explored with an emphasis on preparing the student, to be aware of the current areas of greatest need, relevant to this discipline area. This course will, prepare students to identify gaps in current, qualitative and quantitative cyberpsychological, research. Discussions and assignments will , provoke critical thinking and help students, explore potential areas of interest for research.

PSY 530  Research & Ethics in Cyberp  (3 Credits)  

This course is designed to provide the student, with a collection of ethical guidelines for, conducting social science research, with an, emphasis on non-traditional sources of data, collection. Traditional research methods and, principles of ethical conduct for conducting a, psychological study are introduced. Strategies, needed to effectively plan, design, evaluate and, disseminate cyberpsychological research are, discussed.

PSY 535  Quantitative Research Methods  (3 Credits)  

This course focuses on understanding quantitative, research applied to the critical examination of, human behavior. Methodologies and theoretical, foundations are discussed, building upon, descriptive and inferential statistical, techniques.

PSY 536  Qualitative Research Methods  (3 Credits)  

This course focuses on understanding qualitative, research applied to the critical examination of, human behavior. Methodologiesand theoretical, foundations are with particular emphasis on both, emic and etic approaches consistent with field, interviewing, focus group surveying, and, examination of publicly available source material., Data analytic approaches will be examined and, academic article critique will be included.

PSY 540  Consumer & Media Cyberpsychology  (3 Credits)  

This course will introduce students to the, psychology of the consumer and the media in an, increasingly digital world. Student will examine, the relevance of psychology theory and research to, understand howsocial mediain particular impacts, the social and economic well-beingindividuals, within different societies. Students will explore, how consumer preferences areshaped and influenced, by the different media available to them, as well, as how information is cultivated and delivered to, people based on big data sourcing and algorithms, that leverage users online activity.

PSY 550  Human-Computer Interaction  (3 Credits)  

Human-computer (HCI) is an interdisciplinary field, that integrates theories and methodologies from, computer science, cognitive psychology, human, factors, digital learning, and othe related areas., This course will cover the basic theory and, methods that exist in the field, and use case, studies, critical thinking and experiential, activities to examine the potential applications, of HCI in physical and digital environments.

PSY 560  Virtuality  (3 Credits)  

Virtuality explores the artistic, scientific, and, clinical application of reality and actuality on, human behavior. Diverse and interdisciplinary, approaches w ill be used to explore the, intersection betw een society, culture, technology, , and digital connectivity to better unders tand, methods of inc reas ing quality of lif e and, lif e s atis f ac tion. This c ours e inc, orporates ps y c hological theories w hic h s, upport the biologic al bas es of behav ior, s, ens ation and perc eption, cognition and, communication, and mental health care to f, acilitate the critical examination of how , virtual and augmented reality and related, technologies are leveraged to improve human f, unctionality and perf ormance.

PSY 570  Forensic Cyberpyschology  (3 Credits)  

This course addresses the research and application, of psychological knowledge to different areas of, (digital) forensicsspecifically as they apply to, the intersection ofpsychology, sociology, and, criminal justice. Classifying cybercrimes and, applying forensic psychology to deviant online, behavior from criminological and forensic, psychological theoretical perspectives will be, addressed.

PSY 580  Cybercognition & Behavior  (3 Credits)  

This course is designed to teach the underlying, principles of human cognition (i.e., attetnion,, thinking, perception, intelligence, comprehension,, memory, decision-making, problem solving,, reasoning) as it applies to human behavior in, cyberspace. Attention will given to the, comparison of online versus offline behavior and, decision making. This course deals with, understanding how higher mental processes are, influenced by digital technologies, and provides, relevant theories and research to support a deeper, understanding of cybercognition.

PSY 590  Cyberpsychopathology  (3 Credits)  

This course offers a broad overview of abnormal, psychology and applies concepts to behaviors, commonly impacted by digital technologies. Topics, may include how to define normal versus abnormal, behavior, diagnostic features and etiology of, well-established psychopathology, prevalence and, treatment of psychopathology and related, disorders, critical evaluation of current debates, about digital addictions and online self-help, and, a focus on the influence of societal and systemic, factors.

PSY 600  Cyberpsychology Internship  (3 Credits)  

Internship experience in a cyberpsychology related, position provides the studentwith an opportunity, to apply their knowledge in an applied setting., Internship does not guarantee future employmentbut, aims to significantly enhance marketability, post-graduation. Internships may require a, physical presence for 5-20 (or more) hours, perweek, with credit hours (minimum of 1maximum of, 3 per semester) commensurate with anticipated, hours of work. The course instructor will also, provide indirect supervision and oversee required, documentation and evaluation completion. All, training opportunities must be approved by the MS, CyberPsychology Program Coordinator prior to their, start. Students are also required to complete, course assignmentsfacilitated by the course, instructor.Students may repeat this course for, credit multiple times up to 9 semester credit, hours in total.

PSY 610  Cyberpsychology Research I  (3 Credits)  

This course facilitatestheformal research process, for the student to develop, refine, carry out and, analyze data in pursuit of a successful capstone, project. In this course, students will work with, theirinstructor toidentify an appropriate and, researchable capstone topic and prepare the, required background information and documentation, needed to executetheir study. Students will, conduct literature reviews and formulate a, fullresearchproposal outlining all areas of their, proposed study. Students will prepare all, documentation for institutional review board, review and carry out their research study, leading, directly into PSY690 (Capstone) where they will, finalize and present their project. PSY610 is, repeatable and students are requiredto complete 9, creditsprior to enrolling in PSY690.

PSY 620  Cyberpsychology Research II  (3 Credits)  

This course is the second of three formal research, courses required to prepare the student for a, successful capstone project completion. In this, course, students will work with the instructor to, implement and execute their study, directly, following from their progress in PSY 610. , Students are expected to begin the process of, collecting data and formalizing their capstone, documentation in preparation for the capstone, course.

PSY 690  Cyberpsychology Capstone  (3 Credits)  

The CyberPsychology Capstone is the final course, in theresearch sequence. Building on the progress, achievedin PSY610, students will be prepared to, compile their results in a comprehensive research, report and present their research findings for, approval.Capstone completion is acknowledged, afterthe student successfully presents and defends, their project, representing the culmination of the, student's development throughout the programand, the final deliverable prior to earning the MS, CyberPsychology degree.