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Course Listing

Department Courses:

Please check the Class Schedule or contact the department for specific course availability for each semester:

HUD 4120 Methods of empirical research
An introduction to the methods of scientific inquiry, research planning, and techniques of making observations and analyzing and presenting data.

HUDK 4015 Psychology of thinking
Examines cognitive psychology theories and research about various kinds of thinking, what each kind is best suited for, and problems people have with it. Also examines the best ways of learning from each kind of thinking. Critically examines the various thinking skills curricula that have been proposed.
Instructor(s): John Black, Saadia Khan

HUDK 4021 Developmental psychology: Infancy
Review of research and theory in early perceptual, cognitive, and social/emotional development, with particular attention to the interaction of biological and environmental factors in early life.

HUDK 4022 Developmental psychology: Childhood
Children's cognition, perception, representation, language, affect, personality, and sexuality. Family structure and school as they influence these aspects of childhood.
Instructor(s): Judith Miller

HUDK 4023 Developmental psychology: Adolescence
Theoretical and empirical studies of personality and social development processes in adolescence. An ecological systems approach is emphasized.
Instructor(s): Sari Locker

HUDK 4024 Developmental psychology: Adulthood and the lifespan
Theories of adult development, with an emphasis on the historical transformation of adult roles, and the significance of marriage, family, child rearing, work, and social class in adulthood socialization.
Instructor(s): Judith Miller

HUDK 4027 Development of mathematical thinking
The development of informal and formal mathematical thinking from infancy through childhood with implications for education.
Instructor(s): Herbert Ginsburg

HUDK 4029 Human cognition and learning
Cognitive and information-processing approaches to attention, learning, language, memory, and reasoning. Fee: $20.
Instructor(s): John Black, Catherine Chase, Alyse Hachey, Saadia Khan, Barbara Tversky

HUDK 4030 Cognitive clinical interview
Introduction to the cognitive clinical interview and exploration of how it has and can be used in psychological and educational research and assessment.
Instructor(s): Herbert Ginsburg

HUDK 4035 Technology and human development
Examines the use and design of various educational technologies (computer software, multimedia shareware, TV, World Wide Web sites, etc.) from the perspective of basic research and theory in human cognitive and social development. Provides a framework for reasoning about the most developmentally appropriate uses of technology for people at different ages.
Instructor(s): John Black

HUDK 4045 Cross-cultural psychology of teaching and learning: An in-depth look at Japan
Explores the value of cross-cultural comparisons for thinking about teaching and learning. A case study approach is used to examine work comparing education in Japan and the US.

HUDK 4080 Educational psychology
Examines landmark issues in educational psychology, highlighting philosophical underpinnings and empirical evidence, tracing each issue from its roots to contemporary debates and evaluating current educational practice.
Instructor(s): Catherine Chase, Joanna Williams

HUDK 4820 Education for thinking: Goals and methods for the middle school
Identifies and examines skills of argument, analysis, and inference that are central to critical thinking, reviews research on how they develop with practice during late childhood and early adolescent years, and illustrates methods that support their development, suitable for use in classrooms from middle elementary through junior high school years.
Instructor(s): Deanna Kuhn

HUDK 4901 Research and independent study
Permission required.

HUDK 4902 Research and independent study
Permission required.

HUDK 5020 The development of creativity
Major theories and contemporary research in creative work, emphasizing case studies of exceptional and historically influential individuals.
Instructor(s): Michael Hanson

HUDK 5022 Emotional development
Theory and research in the development of emotional experience and expression.

HUDK 5023 Cognitive development
Theory and research on the development of cognitive processes across the lifespan.
Instructor(s): Deanna Kuhn

HUDK 5024 Language development
Survey of research and theory in the development of language, beginning with communication and the origins of language in infancy and emphasizing acquisition of the forms of language in relation to their content and use.
Instructor(s): Peter Gordon

HUDK 5025 Spatial thinking
Analyzes research on how people learn, mentally represent, mentally transform, describe, and act on the spaces they encounter. Mental models of and transformations of space underlie the way people think about abstract domains, so thought about space has implications for thought in general. Implications for education and HCI are considered.
Instructor(s): Barbara Tversky

HUDK 5027 Moral development
Prerequisite: HUDK 4020, HUDK 4023, HUDK 4024, or equivalent. Investigation of the major theoretical and empirical approaches to the study of how morality develops with particular emphasis on the behaviorist, cognitive, psychoanalytic, and sociopolitical approaches.

HUDK 5028 Spiritual development across the lifespan
This course concentrates on the role of spirituality on human development using a multidisciplinary focus. Spiritual traditions are examined using stage theory and parallel theories from other fields.
Instructor(s): Judith Miller

HUDK 5029 Personality development and socialization across the lifespan
Theory and research regarding the interaction between naturally developing personality structures and socialization processes throughout life.
Instructor(s): Judith Miller

HUDK 5030 Visual explanations
Surveys production and comprehension of visualizations ranging from ancient cave paintings and petroglyphs to diagrams, charts, graphs, comics, picture books, photographs, gesture, and film to extract and apply techniques for conveying objects, actions, forces relations, and emotions, meanings that are both inherently visible and non-visible. Implications for education, art, media, and HCI are drawn.
Instructor(s): Barbara Tversky

HUDK 5034 Cognitive research methods and applications
Prerequisite: HUDK 4029 or equivalent. Introduction to techniques in psychological investigations of learning, language, memory and thought, psychological analysis of instruction, and other practical problems.
Instructor(s): John Black

HUDK 5035 Psychology of media
Covers psychological theories and research that relate to various media and what people learn directly and indirectly from them.

HUDK 5039 Design of intelligent learning environments
Prerequisite: MSTU 4083 or permission of instructor. Covers ideas about representation of knowledge, models of the learner, and teaching strategies that have been developed in artificial intelligence and cognitive psychology. Students have the opportunity to design and implement intelligent computer-assisted instruction materials. Special fee: $50.

HUDK 5040 Development and psycho-pathology: Atypical contexts and populations
Using contemporary research as the basis, the focus is on the interface between classical developmental psychology theories and patterns of development identi-fied in atypical contexts (e.g., poverty) and among atypical populations (e.g., resilient youth). Implications for interventions and policy are also discussed.
Instructor(s): Suniya Luthar

HUDK 5080 Experimental Psychology: Schooling and reading
Permission required. Open only to doctoral students in psychology. Critical evaluation of experimental investigations of cognitive processes and school-related problems.

HUDK 5090 Psychology of language and reading
Basic theories, empirical findings, and educational applications in the psychology of language and reading: the cognitive processes involved in the perception and production of oral and written language.
Instructor(s): Joanna Williams

HUDK 5120 Development of creativity: The case study method
HUDK 5020 recommended. Focuses on the case study method for understanding the principles and concepts underlying creative individuals and their products.
Instructor(s): Michael Hanson

HUDK 5121 Personality development and socialization in childhood
Prerequisite: HUDK 4022 or equivalent. Contemporary theory and research on children's adaptation to developmental tasks of childhood. Comparison of typical and atypical pathways in social-personality development. Analysis of the logic and method of empirical studies of development.
Instructor(s): Jeanne Brooks-Gunn

HUDK 5123 Psychological development of women
Theoretical and empirical issues concerning women's psychosocial development, viewed in the context of modern feminist thought.

HUDK 5125 Cross-cultural developmental psychology
Survey of psychological studies of development in different cultures, with emphasis on perceptual and cognitive issues and methodological problems specific to cross-cultural research.
Instructor(s): Joseph Lao

HUDK 5197 Psychology of training in e-learning and industry
The design, conduct, and evaluation of training in closed systems. A critical review of available methods for task analysis, formative development, and the creation of performance aids. Special fee: $15.
Instructor(s): David Guralnick

HUDK 5198 Psychology of instructional systems design
Enrollment limited. Systematic approaches to instructional design in schools and corporate settings. Theoretical and empirical bases. Analysis of case-based examples. Materials fee: $25.

HUDK 5324 Research work practicum
Students learn research skills by participating actively in an ongoing faculty research project.
Instructor(s): John Black, Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, Herbert Ginsburg

HUDK 6010 Developmental research methods
Advanced survey of both new and classical methods for conducting research designed to answer developmental questions.

HUDK 6036 Child & Family Policy I
Prerequisites: Any two of the following: HUDF 4000; HUDF 4024; HUDK 4021; HUDK 4022; C&T 4113; C&T 5113. Provides a multi-disciplinary perspective on child and family policy. Also provides a foundation of knowledge concerning the role of child and family perspectives in informing policy.
Instructor(s): Jeanne Brooks-Gunn

HUDK 6037 Child and Family Policy II
Prerequisites: Any two of the following: HUDF 4000; HUDF 4024; HUDK 4021; HUDK 4022; C&T 4113; C&T 5113. Provides a multi-disciplinary perspective on child and family policy. Also provides a foundation of knowledge concerning the role of child and family perspectives in informing policy.
Instructor(s): Jeanne Brooks-Gunn

HUDK 6095 Critical review of current journals in psychology
Limited to candidates in psychology; others by permission. Critical review of current journals in psychology and education, analysis of articles, discussion of general trends in current theoretical and research literature, and guidance in preparing manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
Instructor(s): Joanna Williams

HUDK 6520 Seminar in social and emotional development through childhood and adolescence
Permission required. How people become socialized and how psychology deals with the process in terms of developmental concepts.
Instructor(s): Jeanne Brooks-Gunn

HUDK 6522 Seminar in cognitive processes
Permission required. Advanced discussion of topics in cognitive psychology and their implications for instruction.

HUDK 6523 Seminar in cognitive development
Permission required. Advanced topics in research and theory in cognitive development.
Instructor(s): Deanna Kuhn

HUDK 6524 Seminar in cross-cultural developmental psychology
Permission required. Students participate in ongoing research.

HUDK 6529 Seminar in risk, resilience and developmental psychology
Permission required. Students participate in ongoing research.
Instructor(s): Suniya Luthar

HUDK 6530 Seminar in theoretical issues in cognitive and educational psychology
Permission required. Limited to doctoral candidates in psychology.
Instructor(s): John Black

HUDK 6539 Research practicum in educational psychology, cognition, and learning
Permission required. Limited to doctoral candidates in psychology.
Instructor(s): John Black, Catherine Chase

HUDK 6592 Advanced research seminar: Learning and instruction
Permission required. Limited to doctoral candidates only. Review and discussion of advanced topics in learning, memory, and cognition and their relationship to educational issues and problems. This course may be repeated.

HUDK 6620 Special topics in developmental psychology
Permission required. Topics to be announced.

HUDK 6630 Special topics in cognitive or educational psychology
Permission required. Topics to be announced.

HUDK 6901 Advanced research and independent study
Permission required.

HUDK 6902 Advanced research and independent study
Permission required.

HUDK 7501 Dissertation seminar
Permission required. Development of doctoral dissertations and presentation of plans for approval. Registration limited to two terms.
Instructor(s): Herbert Ginsburg

HUDK 7502 Dissertation seminar
Permission required. Development of doctoral dissertation and presentation of plans for approval. Registration limited to two terms.
Instructor(s): John Black

HUDK 8900 Dissertation advisement
Individual advisement on doctoral dissertation. Fee to equal 3 points at current tuition rate for each term. See the section on Continuous Registration for Ed.D./Ph.D. degrees for details.

HUDK 8901 Dissertation advisement
Individual advisement on doctoral dissertation. Fee to equal 3 points at current tuition rate for each term. See catalog section on Continuous Registration for Ed.D./Ph.D. degrees.

HUDM 4050 Introduction to measurement
An introduction to basic concepts and issues in measurement. Descriptive statistics, scales of measurement, norms, reliability, validity. Advantages and limitations of measurement techniques are discussed and illustrated.
Instructor(s): Lawrence DeCarlo

HUDM 4120 Basic concepts in statistics
Descriptive statistics including organizing, summarizing, reporting, and interpreting data. Understanding relationships expressed by cross-tabulation, breakdown, and scatterdiagrams. Designed as a one-semester introduction to statistical methods. Will include reading journal articles. Lab fee $50.00
Instructor(s): Young-Sun Lee

HUDM 4122 Probability and statistical inference
Prerequisite: HUDM 4120 or undergraduate statistics course. Elementary probability theory; random variables and probability distributions; sampling distributions; estimation theory and hypothesis testing using binomial, normal, T, chi square, and F distributions.Lab fee $50.00
Instructor(s): James Corter, Young-Sun Lee

HUDM 4901 Research and independent study: Measurement and evaluation
Permission required.

HUDM 4902 Research and independent study: Applied statistics
Permission required.

HUDM 5058 Choice and decision making
Prerequisite: HUDM 4122 or equivalent. Surveys quantitative models of individual decision making, from the introduction of the notion of "utility" by Daniel Bernoulli through current models such as Tversky and Kahneman's "Prospect Theory." The focus is on psychological or descriptive models of how people make decisions, although methods of rational decision analysis are briefly discussed.
Instructor(s): James Corter

HUDM 5059 Psychological measurement
Open to doctoral and Ed.M. students in psychology; others only by permission. A previous course in statistics or measurement is recommended. An in-depth examination of measurement and associated techniques, norms, classical test theory, reli-ability, validity, item response theory, issues, and applications.
Instructor(s): Lawrence DeCarlo

HUDM 5122 Applied regression analysis
Prerequisite: HUDM 4122 or permission of instructor. Least squares estimation theory. Traditional simple and multiple regression models and polynomial regression models, with grouping variables including one-way ANOVA, two-way ANOVA, and analysis of covariance. Lab devoted to applications of SPSS regression program. Lab fee: $50.
Instructor(s): James Corter, Young-Sun Lee, Laura Tipton

HUDM 5123 Linear models and experimental design
Prerequisite: HUDM 5122. Analysis of variance models including within subject designs, mixed models, blocking, Latin Square, path analysis, and models with categorical dependent variables. Lab devoted to computer applications. Lab fee: $50.
Instructor(s): James Corter, Matthew Johnson

HUDM 5124 Multidimensional scaling and clustering
Permission required. Prerequisites: HUDM 4122 and HUDM 5122 or equivalent. Methods of analyzing proximity data (similarities, correlations, etc.), including multidimensional scaling, which represents similarities among items by plotting the items into a geometric space, and cluster analysis for grouping items.
Instructor(s): James Corter

HUDM 5250 Research practicum in measurement and evaluation
Permission required. Students enrolled are expected to spend a semester involved in a research project, either assisting a faculty member or in an applied setting. A formal report will be submitted.

HUDM 6026 Statistical treatment of mass data
Prerequisite: HUDM 5123 or equivalent. Examines problems involved in preparing and analyzing large data sets. Includes a survey of data manipulation and statistical tools in SAS (Statistical Analysis System). Optional topics: introduction to numerical methods and survey of “data mining” tools.
Instructor(s): Matthew Johnson

HUDM 6030 Multilevel longitudinal data analysis
Prerequisite: HUDM 5122. Multilevel models include a broad range of models called by various names, such as random effects models, multi-level models, and growth curve models. This course introduces the background and computer skills needed to understand and utilize these models.
Instructor(s): Lawrence DeCarlo

HUDM 6051 Psychometric theory I
Permission required. Prerequisites: HUDM 5059, HUDM 5122, or equivalents. Psychometric theory underlying test construction; classical test theory, item response theory, and applications.
Instructor(s): Young-Sun Lee

HUDM 6052 Psychometric theory II
Permission required. Prerequisites: HUDM 5059, HUDM 5122, or equivalents. Psychometric theory underlying test construction; classical test theory, item response theory, and applications.
Instructor(s): Young-Sun Lee

HUDM 6055 Latent structure analysis
Permission required. Prerequisite: HUDM 5122. Recommended: HUDM 6122. Study of latent structure analysis, including measurement models for latent traits and latent classes, path analysis, factor analysis, structural equations, and categorical data analysis.
Instructor(s): Lawrence DeCarlo

HUDM 6122 Multivariate analysis I
Permission required. Prerequisite: HUDM 5122 or equivalent; HUDM 5123 is recommended. An introduction to multivariate statistical analysis, including matrix algebra, general linear hypothesis and application, profile analysis, principal components analysis, discriminant analysis, and classification methods.
Instructor(s): Lawrence DeCarlo, Matthew Johnson

HUDM 6123 Multivariate analysis II
Permission required. Prerequisite: HUDM 6122. A continuation of multivariate statistical analysis, including canonical analysis, MANOVA, factor analysis, and categorical data analysis.
Instructor(s): Lawrence DeCarlo

HUDM 6552 Seminar: Selected topics in measurement theory
Prerequisites: HUDM 6051 and HUDM 6122. One or more topics of current interest examined in depth.

HUDM 6900 Advanced research and independent study
Permission required.

HUDM 7500 Dissertation seminar
Permission required. Development of doctoral dissertations and presentation of plans for approval. Registration limited to two terms.

HUDM 8900 Dissertation advisement
Individual advisement on doctoral dissertation. Fee to equal 3 points at current tuition rate for each term. See section in catalog on Continuous Registration for Ed.D./ Ph.D. degrees.

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