Psychology  
MDIS (Singapore only)

Bachelor of Science in Behavioural Studies with Concentration in Psychology

The Bachelor of Science in Behavioural Studies Degree Program with a concentration in Psychology is awarded by Oklahoma City University (an NCA/HLC accredited institution) and offered to you in coordination with MDIS, our long-time partner in Singapore.

Our psychology program emphasizes the "scientist/practitioner," and as such our curriculum provides a firm foundation in research and critical thinking, as well as in the application of psychology and professional, ethical judgment.

The courses in your degree program will be taught by faculty members from Oklahoma City University, most of whom would be the same professors that you would have if you were in residence on our campus in the United States. Welcome to our program, and congratulations for choosing such an innovative program offered by two high-quality institutions of higher learning.

Course Structure (Full and Part-Time)

18 months duration

Prefix Modules
CSAC 2303 Scientific and Technical Writing
SPSY 2013 Human Development Across the Life Span
SPSY 2903 Behaviour Modification
SPSY 2213 Cognitive Psychology
SPSY 3403 Social Psychology
SPSY 3913 Introduction to Theories of Counseling
SPSY 3413 Advanced Research and Analysis
SPSY 4443 * Statistics for Psychologists
SPSY 4163 * Seminar in Clinical and Health I
SPSY 4263 * Seminar in Clinical and Health II
HEAC 3013 Anatomy and Physiology
AAAC 2003 Arts and Our World
CCAC 2003 Politics, Economics, America and the Future
HEAC 1013 Management of Personal Life Styles
AAAC 3003 Values and Culture - Medical Ethics

* Courses will be taught in residency: Oklahoma City University campus

CSAC 2303 SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL WRITING
Students learn to write technical papers and reports of research in American Psychological Association style. Sound grammar and clarity of expression are core elements of this course.

SPSY 2013 HUMAN DEVELOPMENT ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN
The developmental stages and cycles of human life from birth to death are the primary content. Healthy practices throughout the lifespan are emphasised and positive and practical strategies for increased psychological and physical health are central to the course.

SPSY 2213 COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
Attitudes, thinking, reasoning and concept formation all affect health-related behaviours. Students will study cognitive psychology to better understand this influence and to prepare strategies that effect positive cognition regarding healthy practices and clinical applications.

SPSY 2903 BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION
Changing the behavior of individuals practicing unhealthy life styles begins with an understanding of the rewards and circumstances that encourage such behaviour. The strategies and techniques for behavior change that students learn are the foundation for encouraging better health practices. This course is a prerequisite for SPSY 3913 INTRO TO COUNSELING THEORIES.

SPSY 3403 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
Students will study the influence of group norms on individual behavior: the role of group variables in the formation of attitudes, values, and other influences upon the individual as well as the examination of the fundamental research in the area. Particular attention is focused on the groups and cultural influence on health-related behaviours.

SPSY 3413 ADVANCED RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS
Students continue with their mastery of research techniques by conducting research projects, learning additional research tactics and reporting in APA style. The application of descriptive statistical techniques is stressed.

SPSY 3913 INTRODUCTION TO THEORIES OF COUNSELING
Students will learn about the major modern theories of counselling and clinical/health psychology as well as modern techniques for interview strategies that determine the needs for counselling/ clinical/ health psychology interventions. Students will also learn about effective, evidence-based intervention techniques to change attitudes and behavior.

SPSY 4443 STATISTICS FOR PSYCHOLOGISTS
Students will review fundamental descriptive and learn inferential statistics applications as well as the basics of the widely used statistical analysis programme SPSS. Additional statistical techniques will be taught and psychological research reports interpreted in order to prepare students for work in the field.

SPSY 4163 SEMINAR IN CLINICAL AND HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY I
This course serves as an introductory course to the science and practice of clinical health psychology. This course examines how biological, psychological, social, and behavioral factors interact with and affect health promotion, disease prevention, and illness treatment. Topics such as but not limited to mental health, stress, health habits, substance abuse, psychoneuroimmunology, and chronic pain will be covered.

SPSY 4263 SEMINAR IN CLINICAL AND HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY II
In this course, students will participate in a series of visits to public health institutions, offices and agencies in Oklahoma City, USA. Lectures and presentations by leaders and experts in the clinical / health field will offer the latest information about clinical and psychological health practices and procedures. Part II compliments Part I of the course by helping students make the connection between theory and application within the field of clinical health psychology.

HEAC 3013 ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY
Students will learn basic human anatomy and physiology and psycho-immunology to understand the impact of environmental and psychological stressors on the individual.

AAAC 2003 ARTS AND OUR WORLD
Students will learn to view the world differently by learning to think critically and interact differently with various art forms, such as painting, sculpture, music, theatre and film. The artistic process and creativity are a special focus.

CCAC 2003 POLITICS, ECONOMICS, AMERICA, AND THE FUTURE
Students will learn about global conflicts, economic supremacy and failures, the progress of social reform and human rights and cultural change in the context of the variety of American life. The course will enable students to think critically about the United States' role in the global community, and to better understand the policy decisions through a study of the history of the country.

HEAC 1013 MANAGEMENT OF PERSONAL LIFESTYLES
Students will inventory, consider and make choices about their personal life styles and the impact on health and well-being. Best practices for physical and psychological health are emphasized.

AAAC 3003 VALUES AND CULTURE-MEDICAL ETHICS
Students participate in a general introduction to philosophical field of ethics and to the applied ethics in the specialised field of medical and psychological ethical practice.