Professional Studies Faculty
Matthew J. Grawitch, Ph.D.
General Psychology (PSYK 101)
Course Description: This course provides a basis and general knowledge of the theoretical, scientific, and conceptual foundations of psychology, including biological, cognitive, emotional, developmental, cultural, and social aspects. It includes key concepts and principles, methods for collecting and evaluating evidence, and application of psychological knowledge.
Course Goals: This course introduces students to the field of psychology with an emphasis on psychology as a science. Students are introduced to a broad range of topics, including research methodology, the biological perspective, human development, social influences, personality, abnormal behavior, learning, cognition, sensation/perception, and applied psychology. Students acquire a working knowledge of the terminology and major theories in psychology. Through course assignments and in-class activities, they use critical thinking skills and make personal and professional applications. Upon completion of the course, they have a deeper understanding of human behavior and mental processes and are prepared to take upper-level psychology courses.
Motivation & Self-Management (PSYK 425)
Course Description: This course provides an overview of motivation and self-management as it specifically relates to employees in the workplace. Some of the topics to be addressed include: basic theories of employee motivation, rewards and punishments, motivational triggers, emotional intelligence, time management. The course will also emphasize specific strategies, tools, and techniques to assist students in evaluating and improving the way in which they interface with their work environments.
Course Goals: This course extends the content of PSYK 101 and CST 295 through a focused examination of theory, research, and application in the area of motivation and self-management. The emphasis will be on understanding general principles underlying work motivation and self-management allowing you to make personal applications. Upon completion of the course, you should have a deeper understanding of motivation and self-management research and how to apply specific tools and techniques to your own life.
Occupational Health & Stress (PSYK 477)
Course Description: This course focuses on issues involved in the development and maintenance of a healthy workforce, with an emphasis on physical, mental, and emotional health. Some of the topics to be addressed include: occupational stress and stress management, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) and its role in workplace health, the interplay between employee well-being and organizational effectiveness, and the use of Employee Assistance Programs in organizations. The course will also provide students with specific tools, strategies, and techniques for managing stress and evaluating the health of their organization.
Course Goals: This course extends the content of PSYK 101 and CST 295 through a focused examination of theory, research, and application in the area of occupational health and stress. The emphasis will be on understanding general principles underlying stress and health in the workplace. Upon completion of the course, you should have a deeper understanding of occupational health and stress and be able to apply specific tools and strategies to help you manage stress in your work and nonwork life.