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M.A. in Psychology

What Every Graduate Student Should Know


Course Descriptions
 

 

 

     

 

 
Prerequisite Courses

Purpose

The goal of this requirement is to ensure that the student has the basic research knowledge and competence, which will serve as the foundation for the more advanced knowledge and skills that will be introduced in the core requirements.

Definition


The prerequisite courses are required ONLY for graduate students who did not obtain their undergraduate or masterís degree, from the U.P. Department of Psychology. These required courses are not counted as part of the courses leading towards the Ph.D./M.A. degree; instead, they are courses that need to be passed before some of the required core and area courses could be taken.

There are only three prerequisite courses: Psych 207, Psych 208, and Psych 209 (see section on course descriptions). However, a student could also be required to take undergraduate courses offered by the Department in preparation for the area courses. A student may be required to take a maximum of 18 units of prerequisite courses. The student also has the option of taking validation exams for these prerequisite courses, instead of enrolling in them.

Grade requirement. Students are required to pass these courses. There is no minimum grade requirement for any of these prerequisite courses; however, low grades in these courses will not reflect well on the student during the yearly evaluation of student performance.
 
 
       
   
Concept and Methods Core Courses

Purpose

The goals of requiring a set of core courses are (1) to equip the student with a wide range of research tools that will allow him or her to engage in research on any problem in psychology that he or she may choose, and (2) to provide the student with an historical perspective on the nature of the theoretical and methodological approaches that psychologists currently use.

Description


The set of core requirements is composed of four courses: Psych 206, Psych 210, Psych 212, and Psych 220 (see section on course descriptions) and nine units of introductory courses in the various areas of specialization. These courses cover the advanced conceptual and methodological knowledge that are fundamental to any form of advanced thinking and research on a wide range of psychological problems. All graduate students are required to pass all these courses. Students are encouraged to take the core courses as early in their program as possible.
Grade requirement

Students in the Ph.D. program should pass each of the four core courses and maintain a general weighted average of 1.75 or better. Students in the M.A. program should pass each of the four core courses and maintain a general weighted average of 2.0 or better.

 
 
       
   
Area-of-Specialization Requirements (for Ph.D.)

Purpose

The goal of this requirement is to provide the student the opportunity to develop knowledge in specific areas of study in psychology more intensively. Through this requirement, the student should become well versed with the problems of their area of specialization as well as become familiar with the theories and methodological approaches that can be used to address these problems.

Description


The area-of-specialization requirements consist of (1) core area courses, and (2) related area courses. The core courses are the advanced content courses and method courses for specific sub-areas within each area of specialization. The student needs to complete 24 units of such courses. The related area courses are seminars and special topics courses within the area of specialization. The student needs to pass at least 6 units of these courses. Together, these requirements are intended to provide the minimum specialization training for the Ph.D. student.

Grade requirement

Students in the Ph.D. program should pass all area-of-specialization courses and maintain a general weighted average of 1.75 or better.

 
 
       
   
Minor Area Requirements (for Ph.D.)

Purpose

The goal of this requirement is to provide the student the opportunity to develop knowledge in a secondary area of specialization (preferably in a related or complementary area to the major area of specialization).

Description

The minor area requirements consist of 12 units of non-introductory courses in any of the sub-area of study other than the actual area of specialization.

Grade requirement


Students in the Ph.D. program should pass all minor area courses and maintain a general weighted average of 1.75 or better.
 
 
       
   
Other Policies

Program Advising

Each student will be assigned to a program adviser. If the student declares an area of concentration; the program adviser shall come from the same area, whenever possible. The program adviser shall make the students aware of the options available to them in the graduate program and answer all the questions the student may have about the program. The program adviser shall also assist the students in making decisions relevant to their graduate studies (including enrollment, choice of panel members, etc.). The program adviser shall also help the students work out a study program and monitor the studentsí progress in the study program. Finally, the program adviser shall identify and respond to problems that students may have in the program.

Updating Student Records

At the beginning of each semester, before registration, the student should update her records in the Department of Psychology office. The students should indicate all the courses that were completed in the previous semester, and update all other relevant information such as address and place of employment. Keeping these records current will help the graduate faculty in its efforts of monitoring the studentís progress in the program.

Enlistment for Courses


The student obtains all registration materials from the Graduate Office of the College. The student brings these materials as well as her updated records to her program adviser. The program advisor will then work with the student in deciding the studentís course work or other activities for the semester. The student then proceeds to the Psychology Department Office to enlist for the advised courses. If the student is required to seek the consent of the instructor before enlisting in a course, she should provide proof of this consent.

Dropping a Course

A student who stops attending classes shall apply to drop the course at the Graduate Office of the college. The last day of dropping for a semester is posted in this office. The student shall pay a dropping fee. After payment, the student should provide the course instructor with the dropping permit, or the teacher may give the student a failing grade.

Failure to Complete a Course

A student who fails to submit all course requirements shall be given a mark of "INC" if the studentís class standing is passing, and "5" if failing. The "INC" may be replaced by a grade upon completion of the course requirements within the allowed period of one year. No student is allowed to complete any course beyond the prescribed period. The student may re-enrol in the course in order to obtain a grade for that particular subject. Otherwise, the "INC" mark shall remain in the record of the student.

Leave of Absence

A student who plans to go on official leave from the program shall first consult with the program adviser before proceeding to the Graduate Office of the college to process the necessary papers. The student will need to pay a fee to file for official leave. A student who leaves the program without official permit from the Dean shall be considered "AWOL" and shall have to pay a reinstatement fee upon return if the department recommends readmission.

Honorable Dismissal

A student who decided not to complete the graduate program and leave the program permanently should follow the same procedures for temporary leave. However, the student also needs to be cleared by appropriate offices and shall be granted "honorable dismissal".

Disqualification from the Program

A student may be disqualified from the program on the following grounds: (1) failure to maintain the minimum weighted grade requirement; (2) second failure in the comprehensive examinations; or (3) second failure in the oral examination of the dissertation.

Maximum Residence Requirements

A doctoral student who does not have a Master's degree in psychology shall have eight years to finish the program starting with the first enrollment and including all leaves, official or not. On the other hand, a doctoral student who has a Masterís degree shall have six years.

In certain cases, and only upon recommendation of the graduate faculty, a student may be given one to five years extension to complete the degree course. This extension shall be granted on a yearly basis, and justification needs to be provided for each year of extension. In case the student extends beyond the maximum residency requirement (MRR), he/she shall take one three-unit course for every two years or fraction thereof of the extension granted. These penalty units should be taken during the extension period. To request for extension beyond the MRR, the student shall write the Dean, thru channels. The letter should be accompanied with an endorsement from the program adviser and/or dissertation adviser.

Students who are unable to finish the degree course within the maximum time prescribed (including extensions) shall not be allowed to continue in the program.

Application for Graduation

A student who intends to graduate shall present an application for graduation to the college. This should be done in the semester before graduation and before the deadline set by the Registrarís office. A student should be in residency for at least one year prior to graduation. The student shall be recommended for graduation by the department, the College faculty, and the University Council. The recommendation shall then be forwarded to the Board Regents for approval, after which the student shall be considered to have graduated.
 
 
       
     
Course Descriptions

 
Psychology 202: SPECIAL TOPICS IN PSYCHOLOGY

Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor
Credit: 3 units, may be repeated for not more than 6 additional units

Psychology 206: DEVELOPMENT OF PSYCHOLOGICAL THOUGHT

The development of psychological thought in the East and West, including Asia and the Philippines with emphasis on the history of ideas and philosophical issues in psychology
Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor Credit: 3 units

Psychology 207: BASIC COURSE IN PSYCHOLOGICAL STATISTICS

Intended as a first course in statistical analysis for students at the graduate level. Includes descriptive statistics up to multiple regression.
Credit: 3 units

Psychology 208: INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEACH METHODS

Intended as a first research course for students at the graduate level. Includes lectures, discussion and exercises on experimental and field methods and how they may be used to effectively study questions of interest. Will include the writing of research proposals, the actual carrying out of research, analysis of data, and writing of a final report to provide the student with first hand research experience.
Prerequisite: Psychology 207
Credit: 3 units

Psychology 209:PSYCHOLOGICAL MEASUREMENT

In depth-discussion of measurement concepts and issues, scaling, designing of tests and validation of instruments in experimental psychology, personality and social psychology.
Prerequisite: Psychology 208
Credit: 4 units (3 units lect and 1 unit lab)

Psychology 210: EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN IN PSYCHOLOGY

Design and analysis of experiments in psychology.
Prerequisite: Psychology 110 or Psychology 207 or Consent of Instructor
Credit: 3 units

Psychology 212: MULTIVARIATE STATISTICAL METHODS

Introduction to the use of multiple regression, factor analysis, discriminant analysis, canonical correlations & other multivariate statistical methods.
Prerequisite: Psych 210 or Consent of Instructor
Credit: 3 units

Psychology 220: RESEARCH METHODOLOGY: ISSUES AND PROBLEMS

Overview of the philosophical bases underlying the research methods used in psychology.
Prerequisite: Psych 110, 115, 118/equivalent
Credit: 3 units

Psychology 221: MGA METODONG PANLARANGAN SA SIKOLOHIYA

Malalimang pag-aaral at pagsasanay sa paggamit ng iba't ibang metodong ginagamit sa pananaliksik sa larangan.
Prerequisite: Psych 108, 207/Consent of Instructor
Credit: 3 units

Psychology 223: ANALYSIS OF CATEGORICAL DATA

The analysis of discrete data & the use of nonparametric statistical methods (e.g. chi-square, logit regressions, multinomial logits, loglinear analysis) as specifically applied to psychological research.
Prerequisite: Psych 208/Consent of Instructor
Credit: 3 units

Psychology 224: INDUSTRIAL-ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY

Concepts, theories & methods in the psychology of work behavior & structures, processes & behaviors in work organizations.
Prerequisite: Psych 180/Consent of Instructor
Credit: 3 units

Psychology 225: HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT & DEVELOPMENT SYSTEMS

Issues in human power planning, performance assessment, training & design of the work environment and skills in needs assessment, program design, development & evaluation & marketing of HRD programs.
Prerequisite: Psych 224
Credit: 3 units

Psychology 226: ORGANIZATIONAL ASSESSMENT AND DEVELOPMENT

Models, issues and methods, in organizational assessment and development. Prerequisite: Psych 224, 225
Credit: 3 units

Psychology 231: SPECIAL TOPICS IN EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor
Credit: 3 units, may be repeated for 3 additional units

Psychology 235: INSTRUMENTATION IN PSYCHOLOGY

Credit: 3 units

Psychology 236: SEMINAR IN PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY

Prerequisite: Psych 160 or consent of instructor
Credit: 3 units

Psychology 238: SEMINAR IN PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY

Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor
Credit: 3 units

Psychology 240: SEMINAR IN BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS

Prerequisite: Psychology 140 or Consent of Instructor
Credit: 3 units, may be repeated for not more than 3 additional credit units

Psychology 245: SEMINAR IN THE PSYCHOLOGY OF LANGUAGE

Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor
Credit: 3 units

Psychology 247: EXPERIMENTAL AND CLINICAL HYPNOSIS

Prerequisite: Psychology 115 and 265, or Consent of Instructor
Credit: 3 units

Psychology 248: BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION I

Prerequisite: Psychology 140, Consent of Instructor
Credit: 3 units

Psychology 249: BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION II

Prerequisite: Psych 248, Consent of Instructor
Credit: 3 units

Psychology 250: SEMINAR IN PERSONALITY

Prerequisite: Psych 150; Consent of Instructor
Credit: 3 units; may be repeated for not more than 3 additional units

Psychology 251: SPECIAL TOPICS IN PERSONALITY

Prerequisite: Psych 150, Consent of Instructor
Credit: 3 units, may be repeated for 3 additional credit units

Psychology 252: THEORIES OF PERSONALITY

Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor
Credit: 3 units

Psychology 253: MOTIVATION

Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor
Credit: 3 units

Psychology 258: PSYCHOLOGICAL INTERVIEW

Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor
Credit: 3 units

Psychology 259: THE FILIPINO PERSONALITY

Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor
Credit: 3 units

Psychology 260: SEMINAR IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY

Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor
Credit: 3 units; may be repeated for not more than 6 additional credit units

Psychology 261: SPECIAL TOPICS IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY

Prerequisite: Psych 150, 155 or Consent of Instructor
Credit: 3 units

Psychology 263: PROJECTIVE TECHNIQUES

Introduction to the theory and techniques of projective testing: sentence completion and story telling techniques and the Rorschach ink blot test.
Prerequisites: Psych 150, 162 or 209
Credit: 4 units (3 unit lect; 1 unit lab)

Psychology 264: PSYCHOPATHOLOGY

The study of pathological behaviors with emphasis on multi-axial diagnostic as well as dynamic aspects.
Prerequisite: Psych 155 Consent of Instructor
Credit: 3 units

Psychology 265: PSYCHOTHERAPY

Theory and technique of the therapeutic interview relationship.
Prerequisite: 15 units of psychology courses at the senior level or above, including Psych 150/155; or Consent of instructor
Credit: 3 units

Psychology 270: SEMINAR IN CHILD PSYCHOLOGY

Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor
Credit: 3 units

Psychology 271: SPECIAL TOPICS IN CHILD PSYCHOLOGY

Prerequisite: Psych 171; Consent of Instructor
Credit: 3 units; maybe repeated for 3 additional units

Psychology 272: THEORIES IN DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

A survey of theories in developmental psychology from infancy to late adulthood.
Prerequisite: Psych 171
Credit: 3 units

Psychology 273: RESEARCH METHODS IN DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

Introduction to research methods utilized in the study of infancy to late adulthood.
Prerequisite: Psych 272
Credit: 3 units

Psychology 274: COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT

A review of theoretical approaches to cognitive development and an examination of critical issues in theory and research.
Prerequisite: Psychology 272
Credit: 3 units

Psychology 275: DEVELOPMENT OF LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION

An examination of processes and development of language and communication with emphasis on theoretical and research issues.
Prerequisite: Psychology 272
Credit: 3 units

Psychology 276: SOCIAL, EMOTIONAL AND PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT

A study of the processes involved in social, emotional, personality and moral development with emphasis on current issues.
Prerequisite: Psychology 272
Credit: 3 units

Psychology 277: PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT I: THE INFANT AND THE CHILD

The theory and practice of the assessment of infants and children.
Prerequisite: Psychology 162 or 209, 272 & 273
Credit: 4 units (3 units lect and 1 unit lab)

Psychology 278: PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT II: THE ADOLESCENT, THE ADULT AND THE ELDERLY

The theory and practice of the assessment of Adolescent, Adults and Elderly.
Prerequisite: Psych 162 or 209, 272, 273
Credit: 4 units 3 units lect and 1 unit lab)

Psychology 279: THE FILIPINO CHILD

A systematic study of the behavior, growth and development of the Filipino child.
Prerequisite: Psych 271 or equivalent or Consent of Instructor
Credit: 3 units

Psychology 280. SEMINAR IN SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY

Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor
Credit: 3 units, may be repeated for not more than 6 additional credit units

Psychology 281: SPECIAL TOPICS IN SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY

Prerequisite: Psych 180/Consent of Instructor
Credit: 3 units, may be repeated for 3 additional units

Psychology 282: THEORIES IN SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY

An overview of theories in social Psychology, focusing on contemporary development in the various traditional areas such as the study of social cognition, attribution, attitudes and attitude change, values, emotions, interpersonal attraction, group behavior, aggression and so on.
Prerequisite: Psych 115, 180 or Consent of Instructor
Credit: 3 units

Psychology 283: GROUP PROCESSES/THEORIES OF GROUP BEHAVIOR

Introduction to theory and research in the area of group structure and processes. Prerequisite: Psych 282 or Consent of Instructor
Credit: 3 units

Psychology 284: SOCIAL ATTITUDE THEORIES

Introduction to theory, research and issues in the measurement of attitudes.
Prerequisite: Psych 282
Credit: 3 units

Psychology 285: SOCIAL ATTITUDE MEASUREMENT

Introduction to theory, research and issues in the measurement of attitudes.
Prerequisite: Psych 282, 284 or Consent of Instructor
Credit: 3 units

Psychology 286: SEMINAR IN APPLIED SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY

Covers the application of social Psychological theories to social issues (e.g. organizational psychology, health psychology, environmental psychology, population psychology, political psychology). This course parallels the core course in basic social psychology with emphasis on applied areas in social psychology
Prerequsite: Psych 180/ or Consent of Instructor
Credit: 3 units

Psychology 287: SURVEY METHODOLOGY

Introduction to the use of the survey method in psychological research. Covers the design and construction of survey instrument, questionnaire, pre-testing the instrument, data gathering and the conduct of interviews, editing of data, coding, analysis of ssurvey data, writing-up the report.
Prerequisite: Psych 207, 208 or Consent of Instructor
Credit: 3 units

Psychology 291: READINGS IN PSYCHOLOGY

Reading on special topics: Conferences and report.
Prerequisite: Advanced standing and Consent of Instructor
Credit: 3 units; may be repeated for not more than 3 additional units

Psychology 296: TEACHING OF PSYCHOLOGY

Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor
Credit: 3 units

Psychology 298: PRACTICUM IN PSYCHOLOGY

Prerequisite: Written Consent of Instructor
Credit: 3 units

Psychology 298.1 PRACTICUM IN INDUSTRIAL-ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY

Prerequisite: All core courses of Industrial-Organizational Psychology.
Credit: 3-6 units

Psychology 298.2: PRACTICUM IN DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

Prerequisite: All core courses of Developmental Psychology
Credit: 36 units

Psychology 299: RESEARCH IN PSYCHOLOGY

Opportunity for laboratory, clinical or field research in psychology, empahsis on observation of actual behavior.
Prerequisite: Advanced standing, Consent of Instructor

Psychology 300: MASTER'S THESIS

Credit: 6 units

Psychology 303: ADVANCED TOPICS IN PSYCHOLOGY

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
Credit: 3 units; may be repeated for not more than 6 additional credit units

Psychology 308: PHILIPPINE PSYCHOLOGY

Historical roots and contemporary sources of Philippine Psychology.
Prerequisite: Psych 206/Consent of Instructor

Psychology 317: CROSS-CULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY

Prerequsite: Consent of Instructor
Credit: 3 units may be repeated for 3 additional units

Psychology 330: ADVANCED TOPICS IN EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor
Credit: 3 units, may be taken for a maximum of 12 units, provided no more than 3 units are taken on the same specific topic.

Psychology 337: PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY

Prerequisite: Psychology 160 or Consent of Instructor
Credit: 3 units

Psychology 340: SEMINAR IN BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION/BEHAVIOR THERAPY

Prerequisite: Advanced Standing
Credit: 3 units (may be repeated for not more than 6 additional units)

Psychology 341: SEMINAR IN LEARNING

Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor
Credit: 3 units

Psychology 351: THE ASSESSMENT OF PERSONALITY

Prerequisite: Psychology 150 and 162 or Consent of Instructor
Credit: 3 units

Psychology 362: INDIVIDUAL TESTS OF COGNITIVE FUNCTIONING

The theory of intelligence and the administration of individual measures of cognitive functioning and development.
Prerequisite: Psych 162 or 209, 277 or 278
Credit: 4 units (3 unit lab and 1 unit lect)

Psychology 363: PROJECTIVES I

Review of the theory of projective testing. The use of projective techniques in clinical assessment: sentence completion and story telling technique.
Prerequisite: Psychology 263, 264
Credit: 4 units (3 units lect and 1 unit lab)

Psychology 364: PROJECTIVES II

The administration, scoring and interpretation of Rorschach inkblots for clinical assessment.
Prerequisite: Psych 263; 363
Credit: 4 units (3 units lect and 1 unit lab)

Psychology 365: NEUROPYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT

Discusses brain-behavior relationship underlying higher cortical functioning based on current researches in the field. An overview of neuropsychological syndromes affecting language (aphasia), gestural behavior (appraxias), visual perception, auditory perception & memory will be presented. Assessment procedures & techniques in formulating relevant & effective treatment approaches will be discussed.
Prereq: Psych 160, 162 or 209, 155 or 264
Credit: 4 units (3 unit lect and 1 unit lab)

Psychology 366: GROUP THERAPY

An overview of the major theories, concepts, issues & practice of group psychotherapy & an intensive study of approaches which are deemed most appropriate to the Philippine setting.
Prerequisite: Psych 264,265
Credit: 3 units

Psychology 367: FAMILY THERAPY

An intensive study of basic family themes, dimensions of family functioning & approaches to therapy.
Prerequisites: Psych 264, 265
Credit: 3 units

Psychology 370: ADVANCED TOPICS IN DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor
Credit: 3 units, may be taken for a maximum of 12 units, provided no more than 3 units are taken on the same specific topic.

Psychology 371: INFANCY AND EARLY CHILDHOOD

Perceptual-motor, cognitive and social development during infancy and early childhood.
Prerequisites: Psych 272, 273
Credit 3 units

Psychology 372: ADOLESCENT PSYCHOLOGY

Physical, social and personality development in adolescence; critical factors and issues affecting adolescent development.
Prerequisite: Psych 272, 273
Credit: 3 units

Psychology 373: MIDLIFE AND LATELIFE

Physical, cognitive, social and personality development in midlife and latelife.
Prerequisite: Psych 272, 273
Credit: 3 units

Psychology 380: ADVANCED SEMINAR IN SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY

Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor
Credit: 3 units (may be repeated for not more than 6 additional units)

Psychology 381: ADVANCED TOPICS IN SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY

Prerequisite: Psych 282 and advanced standing.
Credit: 3 units may be repeated for not more than 6 additional units

Psychology 389: SIKOLOHIYANG PANGRELIHIYON NG MGA PILIPINO

(Filipino Religious Psychology) Paglilinaw sa kasaysayan at mga kanluranin at katutubong teorya/modelong sikolohiyal sa pag-aaral ng relihiyon sa Pilipinas tungo sa pag-unawa sa Sikolohiyang Pilipinong nakapalibot sa kanyang relihiyon.
Prerequisite: Psych 308, 259, Consent of Instructor
Credit: 3 units

Psychology 398.1 DIAGNOSTIC AND ASSESSMENT PRACTICUM

Practicum designed to train students on the practice of clinical diagnosis & assessment in selected institutions or clinics.
Prerequisite: completion of all required academic courses/consent of clinical psych committee.
Credit: 12 units

Psychology 398.2 PSYCHOTHERAPY PRACTICUM

Practicum designed to provide students in-depth knowledge & skills in psychotherapy with direct supervision by psychiatrists or clinical psychologists doing therapy. Includes a supervised self therapy program for the student.
Prerequisite: Completion of required course load/consent of clinical psych committee.
Credit: 12 units

Psychology 400: PH.D. DISSERTATION Credit: 12 units

 

 

 

 

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