Syllabus of One Year Master of Science

Syllabus of One Year Master of Science (MS) Program for the Department of Psychology of the Affiliated Colleges for the Sessions 2017–2018 through 2020–20

Syllabus of One Year Master of Science (MS) Program for the Department of Psychology of the Affiliated Colleges for the Sessions 2017–2018 through 2020–2021

The MS Program in Psychology has provision of two groups – Group A (Thesis) and Group B (Project). That is, the students admitted to this program have provision of taking up thesis workif they have earned CGPA of at least 3.5 in BS level. The rules and regulations concerning examinations shall be the same as outlined in the Faulty of Biological Sciences of the University of Dhaka. The students having earned CGPA of less than 3.5 will carry out research project. Each student in either group has to take a total of 32 credit courses. The detailed layout of the MS Program is given below:

 Group A (Thesis)     Group B (Project) 
   No of Credits Marks     No of Credits Marks
 Theory 20 500 Theory  22 550
 Thesis 6 150 Project  4 100
 Internship 4 100 Internship 4 100
 Viva Voce 2 50 Viva Voce 2 50
 Total32 800 Total  32 800
Detailed Description of Theory Courses         
 Course Code Course Title     Marks No of Credits
 PSY 340501 Positive Psychology   100 4 
 PSY 340502 Environmental Psychology   100 4 
 PSY 340503 Clinical Psychology   100 4 
 PSY 340504 Social Psychology   100 4 
 PSY 340505* Practical (Testing)   50 2 
 *Only for Project Group Students         
 Optional: Any one of the following two courses for both Thesis and Project Groups
 PSY 340506 Introduction to School Psychology   100 4 
 PSY 340507 Industrial-Organizational Psychology 100 4 
 PSY 340508 Project / Thesis     100/150 4/6 
 PSY 340509 Internship     100 4 
 PSY 340510 Viva Voce     50 2 

PSY 340501: Positive Psychology

4 Credit Hours

Introduction to Positive Psychology 1.1 Traditional Psychology

1.2 Positive Psychology

1.3 Assumptions, Goals, and Definitions

The Meaning and Measures of Happiness 2.1 Psychology of Well-Being

2.2 Happiness

2.3 Subjective Well-Being

Positive Emotions and Well-Being

3.1 What are Positive Emotions

3.2 Positive Emotions and Health Resources

3.3 Positive Emotions and Well-Being

3.4 Cultivating Positive Emotions

4.         Resilience

4.1 Defining Resilience

4.2 Resilience Research

4.3 Growth Through Trauma

Happiness and the Facts of Life 5.1 Happiness Across the Life Span

5.2 Gender and Happiness

5.3 Marriage and Happiness

5.4 Other Facts of Life

Money, Happiness, and Culture 6.1 The Paradox of Affluence

6.2 Understanding Money and Happiness

6.3 Culture and Well-Being

Personal Goals as Windows to Well-Being 7.1 What are personal Goals?

7.2 What Goals Contribute Most to Well-Being

7.3 Materialism and its Discontent

Self-Regulation and Self-Control

8.1The Value of Self-Control

8.2 Personal Goals and Self-Regulation

8.3 Planning for Self-Regulation Success

9. Positive Traits

9.1 What makes a Trait Positive

9.2 Personality, Emotions and Biology

9.3 Positive Beliefs

10. Life Above Zero

10.1 Positive Psychology Revisited

10.2 Contours of a Positive Life

10.3 Mindfulness and Well-Being


Baumgardner, S. R. & Crothers, M. K. (2009).Positive Psychology. New Delhi, India:


Carr, A. (2004). Positive psychology: The science of happiness and human strengths.New

York: Routledge.

Fredrickson, B. L. (2009). Positivity: Groundbreaking Research Reveals How to Embrace the Hidden Strength of Positive Emotions, Overcome Negativity, and Thrive. New York: Crown.

Keyes, C. L. M. &Haidt, J. (Eds.). (2002). Flourishing: Positive psychology and the life well-

lived. Washington DC: American Psychological Association.

Snyder, C. R. & Lopez, S. J. (Eds.). (2009). Oxford handbook of positive psychology, 2nd edition. New York: Oxford University Press.

Snyder, C. R. & Lopez, S. J. (2006).Positive psychology: The scientific and practical

explorations of human strengths. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage

PSY 340502:Environmental Psychology

4 Credits Hours


1.1 What is Environmental Psychology — Definitions and Characteristics of Environmental Psychology as a Science

1.2 The Concept of Environment — Psychosocial Dimension of Environment

1.3 Man, Environment and Behavior: Their Relationship

1.4 Concern for Ecological Balance and Global Change in Environment

1.5 History of the Development of Environmental Psychology

Theories in Environmental Psychology 2.1 Arousal Theories

2.2 Stimulus Load Theories

2.3 Behavior Constraint Theories

2.4 Adaptation-Level Theories

2.5 Environmental-Stress Theories

3.         Research Methods in Environmental Psychology

3.1 Types of Research Methods — Experimental Research, Correlational Research, and Descriptive Research

3.2 Data Collection Techniques — Self-Report Measures, Observational Techniques, Task Performance, Trace Measures, Choosing Measures

3.3 Ethical Considerations in Environmental Psychology — Informed Consent and Invasion of Privacy

4.         Environmental Perception and Cognition

4.1 Characterizing Environmental Perception — Perspectives on Environmental Perception, Nativism Versus Learning

4.2 Environmental Cognition — An Informal Model of Spatial Cognition and Cognitive Maps

Territoriality, Privacy and Personal Space 4.1 Territoriality

4.2 Privacy

4.3 Personal Space

Population Density, Urbanization, and Crowding 6.1 Urbanization and Crowding

Environmental Stress

7.1 Defining Stress — Theoretical Perspectives

7.2 Physiology of Stress

7.3 Psychology of Stress

7.4 Researching Stress — the Environmental Context

7.5 Moderators of the Stress Response

7.6 The Role of Stress in Understanding Organism-Environment Relationship

Disasters and Pollution and Their Psychosocial Impact 8.1 Natural Disasters and Technological Catastrophe

8.2 Air and Noise Pollution

Planning and Arranging Environment

9.1 Institutional Design.

9.2 Residential Design.

Protecting Environment: Psychologist’s Role in Changing Behavior to Save the


10.1Environmental Psychology and Saving the Environment.

10.2Encouraging Environmentally Responsible Behavior.

10.3 Behavioral Solutions to Environmental Problems.

10.4 Environmental Attitudes and Behaviors.

10.5 Conserving Energy and Water.

10.6 Source Reduction and Recycling.


Bell, P. A., Greene, T. C., Fisher, J. D., Baum, A. (1996). Environmental Psychology.

Harcourt Brace College Publishers. Florida, USA.

Blum, A., Singer, J. E. and Valins, S. (Eds.), (1978). Advances in Environmental Psychology. N. Y. Erlbaum.

Heimstra, N. W. and McFarling, L. H. (1974). Environmental Psychology. Betment. C.A.


Veitch, R. and Arkkelin, D. (1995). Environmental Psychology. Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

Wohlwill, J. and Carsen, D. H. (Eds.) (1972). Environment and Social Sciences:

Perspective and Application. Washington D. C., USA.

PSY 340503: Clinical Psychology

4 Credit Hours


1.1. Emergence of Clinical Psychology as a well-established profession

1.2. Clinical Psychology and related disciplines (e.g. Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis, Counseling Psychology, Psychiatric Social Work)

1.3. Functions of a clinical psychologist

1.4. The clinician as a person

Psychobiological systems

Scientific methods of studying abnormal behavior 3.1. Epidemiological research

3.2. The case study

3.3. The correlational method

3.4. The experiment method

3.5. Single subject experiment research

3.6. Mixed designs

Developmental disorders

4.1.  Eating disorders e.g. Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa

4.2. Autistic disorder- Description and classification, Perspectives on the causes and treatment of Autistic Disorder

4.3.  Mental retardation- levels, clinical features, causes and treatment or management

Psychosocial problems

5.1.Addictive disorders: alcohol abuse & dependence, drug abuse & dependence, other addictive disorders (e.g. extreme obesity & pathological gambling)

5.2.Psychosexual disorders: sexual, dysfunctions and sexual variants & deviations

Clinical Assessment

6.1.Assessment- definition, characteristics, goals, purposes

6.2.Procedures of assessment: physical evaluation (general physical examination, neurological examination), psychosocial assessment (clinical interviews & observation of behavior) and psychological tests

6.3.Integration of assessment data

Practical issues of Investigation in Clinical Psychology


8.1.      An introduction to treatment of maladaptive behavior

8.2.      Biologically based therapies: types of drugs used in therapy, drug therapy for children, and biopsychosocial perspective on pharmacological therapy

8.3.      Psychologically based therapies: Psychodynamic therapy, behavior therapy- basic postulates, techniques (including bio-feedback treatment) & evaluation

8.4.      Cognitive behavior therapy- Rational-emotive therapy, cognitive-behavior therapy for depression, stress-inoculation therapy behavioral medicine, evaluation

8.5.      Humanistic-experiential therapies- Client-centered therapy, existential therapy, gestalt therapy, evaluation

8.6.      Transactional analysis

8.7.      Group psychotherapy

8.8.      Integration of therapy approaches

Community psychology: perspectives on prevention – primary, secondary & tertiary prevention


Carson, R. C., and Butcher, J. N. (1992).Abnormal Psychology and Modern life. New York:

Harper Collins Publishers.

Dana, L. H. Foundations of Clinical Psychology, London: Nastand Co. Inc. W.

Davison. G. C. and Neale, J. M.- Abnormal Psychology. An Experimental Clinical Approach.(Latest edition.) New York: John Wiley.

Eysenck, H. J. Handbook of Abnormal Psychology. London: Pitman. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Lindsay, S.J.E. & Powell. G.E.A.(1987). Handbook of Clinical Adult Psychology, England.

Gower Publishing Co.

Neale, G.M. Davison. G.C. and Haaga, D.A.F.(1996). Exploring Abnormal Psychology. New York:

Rimm. D.C. and Masters, J. C.- Behavior Therapy- Techniques & Empirical findings. New York:

Academic Press

Sundberg.N.d.Tyley, L.E. and Taplin, J.R. Clinical Psychology-Expanding Horizons.(Latest edition.). N.Y. Hall

Wolman, B.B. (ed).Handbook of Clinical Psychology. N.Y: .McGraw Hill Book Co.

PSY 340504: Social Psychology

4 Credits Hours

The social psychology of groups 1.1. Group cohesiveness

1.2. Group problem solving

1.3. Cooperation and competition

1.4. Aggression and violence

1.5. Risk taking

Social attitudes and motives: their measurement 2.1. Authoritarian attitudes

2.2. Achievement motive and need for affiliation and other social attitudes

2.3. Altruism: helping others- Theories: Social Exchange, Social Norms and Evolutionary Psychology

2.4. Factors influencing altruism.

The Social psychology of psychological research 3.1. Experimenter influence

3.2. Experimenter expectancy effects

3.3. Experimenter effects

3.4. Subjects perception of experimental situation and their motivation

3.5. Suspiciousness: Their Implication for future research

Social Beliefs and judgments 4.1. Explaining others

4.1.1.  Attributing causality

4.1.2.  Fundamental attribution errors

4.1.3.  Why do we make the attribution error?

4.2. Explaining ourselves

4.2.1.  Attributions for positive and negative events

4.2.2.  Self –disparagement

4.2.3.  Self-handicapping

4.2.4.  Self-presentation

4.2.5.  Information processing

4.2.6.  Self-esteem motivation

4.2.7.  Self-efficacy

Norms & Roles 5.1. Norms

5.1.1.  Universal norms

5.1.2.  Norms vary with culture

5.1.3.  Norms vary with gender

5.2. Roles

5.2.1.    Effects of role playing

5.2.2.    Roles that dehumanize

5.2.3.    High and low status roles

5.2.4.    Role reversal


6.1. Definition: The classification of crimes

6.2. Methods for studying criminal behavior

6.3. Social roots of crime

6.3.1.  Frustration

6.3.2.  Aggression and crime

6.3.3.  Presence of guns

6.3.4.  Deindividuation

6.3.5.  Conformity

6.3.6.  Compliance and obedience

6.4. The Environmental roots of crime

6.4.1.  Heat and crime

6.4.2.  Noise and crime

6.4.3.  Natural disasters and crime

6.4.4.  Personal space and crime

6.4.5.  Crowding and crime

6.4.6.  Territoriality and crime

6.4.7.  Geography and crime

Psychology in the courtroom

Preventing crime

8.1. Prevention Through Punishment

8.2. Prevention Through Policing

8.3. Prevention Through Community Action

8.4. Prevention Through Individual and Family Intervention

8.5. School- Based Prevention


Cassel, E. and Bernstion, D.A. (2007) Criminal Behaviour (2nd ed). Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Publishers Mahwah, New Jersey, London.

Brown R Social Psychology (Latest Ed.) Glencoe, Illinosi, Free Press.

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Cartwright A and Zander, a (1960). (Eds). Group Dynamics. Research and theory, New York:

Harper & Row.

Edwards AL (1967). Techniques of Attitude Scale Construcation. New York: Application Century Crofts.

Ldindgren HC (1973). An Introduction to Social Psychology. John Wiley & Sons, New York.

Myers DG (1990). Social Psychology, New York. McGraw Hill.

Rosenthal R (1966). Experimenter Effects in Behavioural Research, New York. Appleton Cenury Crofts.

Rosnow  RL  and  Rosenthal      R  (1969).  Artifact  in  Behavioral  Research,  (Eds.)  New  York.

Academic Press.

Secord Pf and Backman CW Social Psychology (Latest Ed) New York. McGraw Hill.

PSY 340505: Practical (Test)

2          Credit Hours

Teach students to learn how to administer, score, and interpret any four of the following:

Measurement of Intelligence by administering Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS)

Measurement of Personality by administering Edwards Personal Preference Schedule (EPPS)

Measurement of Scholastic Aptitude by administering Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

Measurement of Non-verbal Intelligence by administering Raven’s Standard Progressive


Matrices (RSPM)

Measurement of Artistic Ability by administering Meier Art Judgment Test

Measurement of Personality by administering Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI)

Marks Distribution:

Continuous AssessmentAttendance& Conduction10
 Lab Note Book10
Final ExaminationConduction5

PSY 340506: Introduction to School Psychology

4 Credit Hours

1. An Overviewof School Psychology

1.1 Past, Present, and Future of School Psychology

1.2 School Psychology as a Profession

1.3 Distinction between School Psychology and Educational Psychology

Functions of the School Psychologist 2.1 Assessment

2.2 Consultation

2.3 Counseling

2.4 Intervention

2.5 Behavior Management

2.6 Special Education Input

2.7 School-Community Liaison

2.8 Parent Education

2.9 Staff Development

Organizational Issues

3.1 Structure of SchoolSystems

3.2 Supervisory Models in the Provision of School Psychological Services

3.3 Members of Pupil Personnel Departments

3.4 Related Issues (e.g. records, medical, attendance, systems levelchange, etc.)

Issues in Consultation

4.1 Consultation with Parents, School Personnel, &Community Agencies

4.2 Intervention and In-Service Programs

4.3 Cultural Diversity

5.         Assessment Issues

5.1 Intellectual Assessment

5.2 Curriculum-Based Assessment

5.3 Vocational Assessment

5.4 Preschool Assessment

5.5 Special Issues (e.g. learning disabilities)

5.6 Diversity (e.g., cultural, SES, etc.) and Assessment

The Foundation of Consultation and Collaboration 6.1 Consultation Defined

6.2 Common Characteristics of Consultation

6.3 Collaboration Defined

6.4 Consultation and Collaboration Compared with other Human Service

6.5 Whether Consultation or Collaboration

7.         Consultants, Consultees and Collaborators

7.1 Characteristics of Effective Consultants and Collaborators

7.2 Skills Necessary for Consultants and Collaborators

7.3 Roles Consultants and Collaborators Assume

Generic Model of Consultation and Collaboration 8.1 Entry Stage

8.2 Diagnosis Stage

8.3 Implementation Stage

8.4 Disengagement Stage

School Based Consultation and Collaboration

9.1 Rationale for School Based Consultation and Collaboration Skills Necessary for Consultants and Collaborators

9.2 Consulting and Collaborating with Teachers

9.3 Consulting and Collaborating with Parents/Guardians


Dougherty, A. M. (2013). Psychological Consultation and Collaboration in School and Community Settings (6th Ed.).Belment: Cengage Learning.

Erchul, W. P. & Martens, B. K. (2002).School Consultation.New York; Springer-Verleg.

Fagan, T.K. & Wise, P.S.(2007).School Psychology: Past, Present & Future. Bethesda, MD:

National Association of School Psychologists.

Jacob, S. &Hartsorne, T. (2007).Ethics and Law for School Psychologists (5thed.). New York:


Reynolds, C.R. &Gutkin,T.B. (1998).The Handbook of School Psychology (3rded.). New York:

John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Thomas, A. & Grimes, J.(Eds.) 2008.Best Practices in School Psychology. Washington DC:

National Association of School Psychologists.

PSY 340507: Industrial-Organizational Psychology

4 Credit Hours


1.1 Introduction to Organizational Behavior: The nature of organizations; Understanding behavior; An organizational behavior system; Historical development of organizational behavior;

1.2 Organizational Effectiveness: Components of organizational effectiveness; Assessing organizational effectiveness; Determinants of organizational effectiveness

1.3 Organizational Structure: What is organizational structure? Elements of organizational structure; Common organizational designs; New options; Why do structures differ? Organization structure and employee behavior; Implications for Managers

Organizational Goal Setting and Planning

2.1 Goals in Organizations: Organizational mission; Goals and plans; Hierarchy of goals. Criteria for Effective Goals: Goal characteristics.

2.2 Planning Types and Models: Management by Objectives; Single-use and Standing plans; Contingency plans.

2.3 Thinking Strategically: What is strategic management? Purpose of strategy; Strategy formulation versus implementation.

2.4 Strategic Management: Situation analysis; Business-level strategy; Porter’s competitive forces and strategies.

Individuals in Organizations

3.1 Determinants of Individual Performance: A model of individual behavior and

Performance; Motivation, Ability, Learning, Perception and Personality; Organizational Systems and resources; Keys to effective management.

3.2 Interpreting motivational models; Keys to effective management.

3.3 Communication and Perception: Interpersonal communication – coding and decoding;

3.4 Selectivity and organization in perception; The significance of non-verbal communication;

3.5 Perceptual set and assumptions about human behavior; Sex, appearance, attractiveness and discrimination; Person perception – errors and avoidance.

Groups in Organization

4.1 Foundations of Group Behavior: Defining and classifying groups; Basic group concepts;

 Group decision-making.
4.2Group Formation: Formal & informal groups; Group structure and process; Group.
 control; Group effectiveness 
4.3Understanding Work Teams: Why have teams become so popular? Teams versus groups

– what’s the difference? Types of teams; Creating effective teams; Turning individuals into team players; Teams and quality management; Implications for managers.

Introduction to Management

The Changing Paradigm of Management: The definition of management; Four management functions; Organizational performance; Management skills; Management types; What is it like to be a manager?

Managing Conflict: Perspectives on organizational conflict; Functional and dysfunctional conflict; Buchanan- Huczynski coordination- conflict model.

Organizational Power and Politics: Organizations – rational or political? Organizational politics; Organizational power; Power & influence.

6.         Human Resource Management (HRM)

Strategic goals of HRM; Environmental influences on HRM

Attracting an effective workforce: Human resource planning; Recruiting; Selecting.

Developing an effective workforce —Training and development; Performance appraisal.

Maintaining an effective workforce – Compensation; Wage & salary structure; Benefits; Termination.

Managerial Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility

7.1 What is managerial ethics? Criteria for ethical decision-making – utilitarian approach, individual approach, moral-rights approach, and justice approach; Factors affecting ethical choices – the manager, the organization.

7.2 What is social responsibility? Organizational stakeholders; The natural environment; Evaluating corporate social performance – economic responsibilities, legal responsibilities, ethical responsibilities, and discretionary responsibilities;


Arnold HJ and Feldman DC (1986).Organizational Behavior.Singapore:McGraw-Hill Book Co.

Bower JL (ed.) (1991). The Craft of General Management. Boston: Harvard Business School


Buchanan D and Huczynski A (1997).Organizational Behavior: An Introductory Text (3rd Ed.).

Harlow: Prentice Hall Europe.

Cascio WF (1982). Applied Psychology in Personnel Management (2nd Ed.). Reston (Virginia):

Reston Publishing Company, Inc.

Cooper, C and Makin, P (1984). Psychology for Managers (2nd Ed.). London: The British

Psychological Society.

Daft RL and Marcic D (1998).Understanding Management (2ndED.). Orlando: Harcourt Brace &


Davis K and Newstrom JW (1989).Human Behavior at Work: Organizational Behavior (8th Ed.).

Singapore: McGraw-Hill Book Co.

Handy C (1999).Understanding Organizations. London: Penguin Books Ltd.

Robbins SP (2005). Essentials of Organizational Behavior(8th Ed.). New Delhi: Prentice-Hall of

India Private Limited.


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