Course Description

PSYC5010        Seminar in Research Methods

This course helps students to understand the concepts and methods of data analysis in social research. In particular, we will learn how to apply appropriate statistical methods in various research scenarios and how to interpret the results. The usage of statistical packages such as SPSS will be covered. Even though mathematical proofs and statistical derivations will be reduced to a minimum, having the knowledge of basic mathematics and matrix manipulations will be helpful.

Prerequisites for Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology's student: PSY1010, 1020, 2050; and permission of course teacher.

 

 

PSYC5510        Personnel Psychology

3 units; 3 Lect.

This course provides a critical review of issues in personnel psychology. Topics covered include staff selection, performance appraisal, job analysis and evaluation, compensations and benefits, psychological assessment in a work setting, training and development, career planning and development, and other related topics.

 

PSYC6000        Major Psychological Approaches

3 units; 3 SEM.

The course will overview the areas of social and personality psychology, cognition, and lifespan developmental psychology. For each area, current theories and research methods, as well as recent findings and controversies, will be presented. Research students are required to take this general seminar before taking any of the more in-depth content-related graduate seminars in psychology. Culture, broadly defined, will be integrated into the content of the course across areas.

Prerequisite for postgraduate diploma in Psychology's student:

Two courses from the following three different subject categories:

  1. Social: PSYC2620 or PSYC3630
  2. Developmental: PSYC2530 or PSYC3540
  3. Cognition: PSYC2240 or PSYC2350.

 

PSYC6010        Seminar in Research Methods II

3 units; 3 SEM.

This course is the continuation of Research Methods I (PSYC5010). The course objective is to understand the concepts and methods of data analysis in social science research. In particular, students will learn how to apply appropriate statistical methods in various research scenarios and how to interpret the results. Even though mathematical proofs and statistical derivations will be reduced to a minimum, having the knowledge of basic mathematics and matrix manipulations will be helpful. Various statistical software programs (such as EQS, HLM) in addition to SPSS will be introduced and the ability to use these programmes for data analysis is important.

 

PSYC6050        Independent Study

3 units

Students may select a special topic in Psychology and pursue an independent study in consultation with and under the supervision of one of the faculty members. The topic and content of the study will be individually determined.

 

PSYC6060        Independent Study

3 units

Students may select a special topic in Psychology and pursue an independent study in consultation with and under the supervision of one of the faculty members. The topic and content of the study will be individually determined.

 

PSYC6070        Independent Study

3 units

Students may select a special topic in Psychology and pursue an independent study in consultation with and under the supervision of one of the faculty members. The topic and content of the study will be individually determined.

 

PSYC6300        Writing and Presentation

2 units; 2 SEM

 

This course will explore various types of writing as well as techniques to maximize effectiveness in oral presentations essential for psychology for graduate students. Topics to be covered include how to write thesis proposals, grant proposals, empirical studies, manuscript reviews, and review articles. We will also explore techniques for effective critiquing of manuscripts, writing clearly and concisely, understanding and incorporating APA style, and avoiding plagiarism. In addition, oral presentation skills will be overviewed, with opportunities for all students to practice presenting their own research.

 

PSYC6520        Organizational Psychology I

3 units; 3 Lect.

This is the first course of a series of two courses in organizational psychology. Topics covered in this course include: job attitudes, work motivation, stress, job enrichment, communication, decision making, and conflict management.

 

PSYC6530        Organizational Psychology II

3 units; 3 Lect.

This is the second course of a series of two courses in organizational psychology. The topics covered in this course include: power, supervisory behaviour and leadership, group processes, safety psychology, job and organizational design, organizational development, psychology of industrial relations, and cross-cultural issues in organizational psychology.

 

PSYC6610        Psychopathology

3 units; 3 Lect.

This course introduces students to the key concepts and issues related to various mental disorders. Students will learn about the clinical phenomenology of different mental disorders and how these disorders are classified and diagnosed according to the DSM system. Throughout the course, students will learn to integrate research findings from bio-psycho-social domains and develop an integrative perspective in understanding the development of different mental disorders.

 

PSYC6620        Health and Community Psychology

3 units; 2 Lect; 2 Tut.

This course provides a fundamental background in health and community psychology. Students will have the opportunity to critically examine and evaluate conceptual, methodological, and research issues that are germane in health and community psychology. Focus will be on the synthesis and integration of the two disciplines within a person-in-environment perspective. Students are expected to evaluate issues not only at the individual level, but as well as within the ecology, including groups, settings, communities, cultures, etc. Furthermore, prevention, intervention, and rehabilitation are equally emphasized. It is the aim that students will have a fundamental understanding of major health and community psychology concepts and be able to conceptualize various health issues and formulate sound interventions in an ecological perspective.

 

PSYC7010        Seminar in Cognition

3 units; 3 Lect.

This seminar focuses on contemporary theories and research in human cognition. Sample topics include attention, memory, language processing and acquisition, problem solving, computer simulation and connectionism.

 

PSYC7012        Neuroimaging Methods in Psychology

3 units; 3 Lect.

This course introduces common neuroimaging methods in psychological research, e.g., EEG/ERP, MEG, structural and functional MRI, fNIRS and EROS. Specifically, biological basis of the brain signals measured, physical principles underlying the imaging methods, signal processing techniques, experimental design for neuroimaging studies, pre-processing procedures, statistical analyses, and interpretation of imaging data will be discussed. This course emphasizes both theoretical and practical aspects in the application of neuroimaging methods.

 

PSYC7020        Seminar in Social Psychology and Personality

3 units; 3 Lect.

The focus of this seminar is to critically examine current issues and controversies in the areas of personality and social psychology. Recent theoretical developments and emerging viewpoints are emphasized.

 

PSYC7021        Seminar in Developmental Psychology

3 units; 3 Lect.

This seminar is to examine current theory and research in human development. Major topics include cognition, language, personality and social development, and parental and peer influences on the psychological development of children and adolescents.

 

PSYC8003        Thesis Research

3 units; Both Terms.

In this course, a student is required to meet with his/her supervisor regularly who provides necessary guidance and supervision to write up a thesis and monitors the student's academic progress.

 

PSYC8006        Thesis Research

6 units; Both Terms.

In this course, a student is required to meet with his/her supervisor regularly who provides necessary guidance and supervision to write up a thesis and monitors the student's academic progress.

Prerequisites for Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology's student: PSY1010, 1020, 2050; and permission of course teacher.

 

PSYC8012        Thesis Research         

12 units; Both Terms.

In this course, a student is required to meet with his/her supervisor regularly who provides necessary guidance and supervision to write up a thesis and monitors the student's academic progress.

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