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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GEY7610

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2006-05-05
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  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    1851 2005-06-17
    Department College Budget Account Number
    School of Aging Studies AS 122900000
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Sandra Reynolds x9750

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    GEY 7610 Psychological Issues in Aging: Interdisciplinary Perspective

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    I/D PsychAging
    Course Online? Percentage Online





    Course Description

    This course provides an overview of theory & research on individual human development and aging. Emphasis is on cognition, personality, psychopathology, stress and coping, caregiving, and end-of-life issues. Open to all majors and not repeatable.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    This class is 1 of 4 Core courses in the Ph. D. in Aging Studies, begun in 1995. It has been taught as a Special Topics course and needs to be on the books.

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    Required for Ph.D. in Aging Studies. Other program students who might be interested could include Psychology, Public Health, Nursing, or Social Work.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    Yes, 5 times. Enrollment began as 7 students and usually attracts 10-15 students.

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    Doctoral level degree in Gerontology, Psychology, or a related discipline.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    -Development of critical thinking and writing skills

    -Expose students to state of the art research in this field

    -Familiarize students to a variety of research methods and tools used by researchers into aging & psychology.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Students will be able to:

    -Identify major controversies in Psychology and Aging

    -Summarize and critique extant literature in the field

    -Write an academic paper and present results of research in oral presentations

    C. Major Topics

    Cognition Stress and Coping

    Caregiving Alzheimer's Disease

    Successful aging Communications

    Other mental illnesses associated with aging

    End-of-life issues

    D. Textbooks

    -Papalia, D. E., Camp, C. T. & Feldman, R. D. (1996). Adult Development and Aging. New York: McGraw-Hill.

    - Numerous journal articles

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    H. Attendance Policy

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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