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An Introduction of the School of Psychology


The history of the School of Psychology at Central China Normal University (CCNU) can be traced back to Hua Zhong University, which was established in 1924. CCNU developed a teaching and research group in psychology in 1952, and started to recruit undergraduate students in psychology in 1985. In 1993, the Department of Psychology was established, and it was authorized to award Master Degrees and Ph.D. Degree for Developmental and Educational Psychology major in 2001 and 2003, respectively. In April 2005, the School of Psychology was established, and this year became a big year for the School of Psychology, as evidenced by many significant events that ensued: the “State Adolescent Mental Health Education Center” and the “Human Development and Mental Health Key Laboratory of Hubei Province” were established, and the authorization to award Ph.D. Degree in all psychology majors was approved. In October 2006, the Developmental and Educational Psychology was listed as one of the key disciplinary fields in Hubei Province. In August 2007, the psychology major for undergraduates at the School of Psychology was awarded as one of the distinguished majors of colleges and universities in Hubei province. In September 2007, the “Mental Health Education Center of Central China Normal University” was established. In October 2007, a mobile post-doctoral station was approved. In 2008, Psychology of the School of Psychology at CCNU was recognized as a First Category Discipline and added up to the list of key disciplines of Hubei Province. In August 2009, the construction of “Experimental Teaching Demonstration Center of Psychology of Hubei Province” was approved. In July 2010, the Ministry of Education allowed the psychology major at CCNU to carry out the “Distinguished Majors of Colleges and Universities Development Project” of the “Quality Projects”. In December 2010, the establishment of “The Key Laboratory of Adolescent Cyberpsychology and Behavior of CCNU affiliated with the Ministry of Education” was approved. In September 2012, the establishment of the “National Experimental Teaching Demonstration Center of Psychology” was approved. In addition, according to the results of the academic discipline assessment in 2012 issued by the Degree and Graduate Education Developmental Center of the Ministry of Education, the psychology discipline at CCNU was ranked 7th nationwide, and 1st in the central areas of China.

The School of Psychology consists of the Department of Psychology, the Brain and Cognition Institute, the Developmental and Educational Institute, the Psychological Counseling Institute, the Organizational Psychology Institute, and the Applied Psychology Research Center. The faculty of the School of Psychology has reasonably distributed ages and titles, along with a wide range of research interests and outstanding teaching abilities. There are 60 faculty members and staffs in total. Forty-six are professional teachers and researchers, among which 15 are full professors, 11 are associate professors, and 20 are assistant professors. In addition, 89% of the faculty members, which amounts to 41, have Ph.D. degrees, and 19 of the Ph.D. holders have an experience of more than one year of overseas academic exchange. In the School of Psychology, one faculty member has been elected into the national “Thousand Talents Plan - Long-Term Innovative Talents Program”, one has been elected into the national “Millions of Talents Project (the First Echelon)", two have been elected into the “New Age Talents Project” of the Ministry of Education, and multiple faculty members have been elected into the “High Level Talents Projects of the New Age (the Second Echelon)”, the “Chu Tian Experts” project and the “Chu Tian Researchers” project. Meanwhile, one serves as a Vice Board Chairman of Chinese Psychology Association (CPA), two serve as Routine Council Members in CPA, five serve as Council Members in CPA. In summary, all the awards and academic achievements indicate a significant influence that has been made by the leading scientists and the core faculty members at the School of Psychology.

In recent years, while consolidating its traditional strength of mental health research, the School of Psychology has actively explored cross-disciplinary areas of neurocognition and information science in order to promote new discipline growth, and has taken the newly formed “Cyberpsychology” area as a significant academic breakthrough point for future promotion and development of psychology discipline. Meanwhile, the School of Psychology pays close attention to the big social events and practical demands, and has provided a lot of professional advice for left-behind children, internet addicted adolescents, college students who need crisis intervention, 512 earthquake victims who need psychological aids, ect., which essentially helped the related government departments and social organizations and contributed for the harmony of the whole society.

The School of Psychology is actively promoting the principle of Internationalization. It has built wide collaborative academic relationships with the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, and has reached a 2+2 cooperative education agreement with the Australian National University (ANU) for undergraduate training. In the 2+2 program with ANU, the students who can successfully finished all the credits can be awarded a Bachelor Degree from both universities, and their formal schooling records are acknowledged by both universities as well. The excellent faculty teams, the well-equipped laboratories, and the talent-fostering undergraduate curriculums all make the School of Psychology not only a best place to train first rate professional and skillful graduates, who are praised and preferred by many employers, but also make them ready to apply and get admissions to many famous graduate schools worldwide, indicating the excellent academic training provided for undergraduates.


Major Number: 471

Major Code: 071102


1. An Introduction of Psychology Major

The Applied Psychology Major focuses trainings of psychological theories and methods, study and deal with various problems occurred in different fields, including industries, engineering, organizational management, market consumption, social life, education, medical care, mental health, physical education and sports, military, judicature, and environment. The Applied Psychology Major was established in 2008, which includes three distinguished areas: Psychological Counseling and Treatment, Organizational Psychology and Human Resources Management, School and Educational Psychology. These areas aim to train students to become specialized in counseling and treatment, organizational management, educational teaching, and scientific research and technology development.


2. Educational Goals

The psychology major aims to train students to have high level of political and moral accomplishment and humanity, art, and science knowledge. Students are expected to have a good command of the basic theories, basic knowledge, and basic skills of psychology; receive initial trainings in scientific thinking and experiments; possess an international perspective; strong learning and research abilities; innovative and practical potentials; communicative and social adaptations. Students are also trained to be able to land positions in research institutes, educational organizations, companies or government departments; further pursue a Master’s degree or a Ph.D. degree. Students are expected to become comprehensive and creative talents who possess solid basic knowledge, high level of accomplishment, and strong application abilities in applied psychology.


3. Basic Requirements

Students in applied psychology major will learn basic theories and knowledge of various areas of psychology, receive trainings of experimental designs and data analyses; know how to search and understand literature papers and master basic professional writing skills; to know well about basic empirical methods in psychology and necessary statistical and psychometrical methods; be able to do research in psychology and be skillful in professional work.


Graduates of applied psychology major are expected to have the following knowledge and skills:


1) Students should get a good command of: basic knowledge in Humanity, Arts and Sciences; social morals and ethics.

2) Students should get a good command of: Chinese and English language use; proficiency in communicating in at least one foreign language.

3) Students should get a good command of: basic theories and knowledge in psychology; empirical research methods and related data statistics and psychometric methods; experimental designs and data analysis in psychology; literature paper consultations, comprehensions, and writing in psychology.

4) Students should get a good command of: knowledge acquisition, knowledge application and innovation; strong reasoning abilities; strong critical thinking abilities; creative abilities; long-term interested in learning abilities; scientific way of thinking and habits, honest and creative in science explorations; equipment operations and self-learning; strong scientific research abilities and good professional ethics and morals.

5) Students should be strong in comprehensive applications; be sensitive and skillful in dealing with practical problems; get a good command of the basic theories and technologies of human resources management of companies; be able to provide basic psychological counseling services for various people; be helpful in various forms of psychological aids.

6) Students should get a good command of public presentation and interpersonal communication abilities. Students should also be physically and mentally healthy and vigorous, and be good at environment adaptations and mental regulations.

7) Graduates on the pedagogical track should have a good command of: modern educational and advanced teaching methods in psychology; strong organization and implementation skills in educational teaching; strong teaching and research abilities; strong comprehensive application abilities; excellent teacher morals and professional ethics.


4. Main Courses:

General Psychology, The History of Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Psychological Statistics, Experimental Psychology, Social Psychology, Psychometrics, Personality Psychology, Educational Psychology, Organizational Psychology, School Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Introduction to Psychological Counseling


5. Length of Schooling and Degree Awarding

Length of Schooling: Four years

Degree Awarding: Bachelor of Science








6. Table of Credit Distribution


Type

Semester

Course Type

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

Total

Percentage

%

Credits

Compulsory Courses of Public Education Platform

8

7

8

1

6

/

/

/

30

30

Compulsory Courses of General Education Platform

13

5.5

6

3

/

/

/

/

27.5

27.5

Compulsory Major Courses

/

/

2

10

4

/

/

/

16

16

Elective Major Courses

Plan to offer

/

3.5

5.5

8

9.5

18.5

/

6

51

/

Compulsory Courses

/

1.5

1.5

3

3

4.5

/

1

14.5

14.5

Elective Courses of General Education Platform

/

2

2

2

3

3

/

/

12

12

Subtotal

21

16

19.5

19

16

7.5

/

1

100

100

1. Table of Course Schedule

Course Type

Course No.

Courses

Semester

Credit

Hour Allocations

Academic Hour per week

Prerequisites

Exam Type

Double major course

Course taught

Experiment course

Outside class

Public Education Curriculum

Compulsory Courses

34000021

Cultivations of Ethics and Fundamentals of Law

1

3

48

/

/

3

/

3

/

35000011

College English:Reading, Writing, and Translation 1

1

2

26

/

/

2

/

1

/

35000012

College English: Viewing, Listening, and Speaking 1

1

2

26

/

/

2

/

1

/

33001100

College Physical Education 1

1

1

26

/

/

2

/

1

/

34000022

Outlines of Modern Chinese History

2

2

24

/

8

3

/

3

/

35000021

College English:Reading, Writing, and Translation 2

2

2

32

/

/

2

/

1

/

35000022

College English: Viewing, Listening, and Speaking 2

2

2

32

/

/

2

/

1

/

33002100

College Physical Education 2

2

1

32

/

/

2

/

1

/

34000023

Basic Principles of Marxism

3

3

32

/

16

2

/

3

/

35000031

College English:Reading, Writing, and Translation 3

3

2

32

/

/

2

/

1

/

35000032

College English: Viewing, Listening, and Speaking 3

3

2

32

/

/

2

/

1

/

33003100

College Physical Education 3

3

1

32

/

/

2

/

1

/

33004100

College Physical Education 4

4

1

32

/

/

2

/

1

/

34000025

The Mao Zedong thought and the Chinese characteristic socialism theory system introduction

5

6

48

/

48

3

/

3

/

General Course Platform

Compulsory Courses

20610001

Introduction to Psychology Major

1

1

16

/

/

2

/

1

/

20610002

General Psychology (I)

1

2

26

6

13

2

/

1

/

20610003

Human Anatomy and Physiology

1

3

34

14

17

3

/

1

/

20610004

The History of Psychology

1

3

48

/

24

3

/

1

/

31002031

Advanced Mathematics C

1

4

64

/

16

6

/

1

/

31002052

Linear Algebra B

2

1.5

24

/

12

2

/

1

/

20610005

General Psychology (II)

2

2

26

6

13

2

20610002

1

/

20610006

Developmental Psychology

2

2

32

/

16

2

20610002

1

/

20610007

Psychological Statistics

3

3

48

/

24

3

/

1

/

20610008

Experimental Psychology

3

3

48

/

24

3

/

1

/

20610009

Psychometrics

4

3

48

/

24

3

20610007

1

/

Elective Courses

Humanities, Arts, & Physical Educations

Note: there are three modules for random elective courses: Humanities, Arts, & Physical Educations, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences. Students should choose at least 12 credits from the General Education Curriculum. Students are also suggested to choose courses from multiple disciplines, such as Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, and with some in Humanities, Arts & Physical Educations. Students are not allowed to select the courses that are the same with or similar to those provided by their own majors. The credits students earn from their minors can fulfill the elective course credits in General Education Platform.

Social Sciences

Natural Sciences

31001003

Advanced Languages in Computer Programming

2

2

24

20

/

2

/

1

/

20620001

Pedagogy of School Psychological Counseling

6

2

32

/

16

2

/

3

/

20620002

Skill Trainings for School Psychological Counseling

6

0.5

/

16

/

1

/

3

/

Specialized Course Platform

Compulsory Courses

41410003

Social Psychology

3

2

32

/

16

2

/

1

/

41410004

School Psychology B

4

2

32

/

16

2

/

1

/

41410005

Educational Psychology

4

3

48

/

24

3

/

1

/

41410006

Personality Psychology

4

2

32

/

16

2

/

1

/

41410008

Organizational Psychology B

4

3

48

/

24

3

/

1

/

41410009

Abnormal Psychology

5

2

32

/

16

2

/

1

/

41410011

Introduction to Psychological Counseling B

5

2

32

/

16

2

/

1

/

Specialized Course Platform

Elective Courses

41410001

Neurobiology X

2

1

16

/

8

1

/

1

/

41410002

Biological Psychology X

2

2

24

8

12

2

/

1

/

41420001

Experiments in Developmental Psychology

2

0.5

/

16

/

1

/

3

36011001

Psychology Basis

3

2

30

2

/

2

/

1

/

41420002

The Basics of SPSS and its Applications

3

1

/

32

/

2

/

3

/

41420003

Reading and Writing in Psychology in English (Elementary Level)

3

2

16

32

8

3

/

3

/

41420004

Experiments in Social Psychology

3

0.5

/

16

/

1

/

3

/

41410007

Cognitive Psychology X

4

2

32

/

16

2

/

1

/

41420005

Experiments in Educational Psychology

4

0.5

/

16

/

1

/

3

/

41420006

Experiments in Personality Psychology

4

0.5

/

16

/

1

/

3

/

41420007

Experiments in Cognitive Psychology

4

0.5

/

16

/

1

/

3

/

41420008

Operational Practice in Psychological Tests

4

0.5

/

16

/

1

/

3

/

41420009

Experiments in Experimental Psychology

4

1

/

32

/

2

/

3

/

41420010

Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology

4

1

16

/

8

1

/

3

/

41420011

Reading and Writing in Psychology in English (Advanced Level)

4

2

16

32

8

3

/

3

/

36021001

Child Development

5

1

16

/

8

1

/

3

/

36021002

Middle & High School Student Psychological Counseling

5

1

16

/

8

1

/

3

/

41410010

Experiment Design and Programming X

5

1

/

32

/

2

/

3

/

41420012

Helping Skills

5

1

/

32

/

2

/

3

/

41420013

Career Psychological Guidance

5

2

32

/

16

2

/

3

/

41420014

Juvenile Psychology

5

1

16

/

8

1

/

3

/

41420015

Social Cognition

5

1

16

/

8

1

/

3

/

41420016

Experiments in Learning Guidance

5

0.5

/

16

/

1

/

3

/

41420017

Experiments of Neuropsychology

5

0.5

/

16

/

1

/

3

/

41420018

Eye-Tracking Techniques and Psychological Research

5

0.5

/

16

/

1

/

3

/

36021003

Teacher’s Career Development and Mental Health

6

1

16

/

1

3

41420019

Theories of Group Counseling

6

1

16

/

8

1

41410011

3

/

41420020

Trainings for Group Counseling

6

0.5

/

16

/

1

41410011

3

/

41420021

Health Psychology

6

1

16

/

8

1

/

3

/

41420022

Human Resources Management

6

2

32

/

16

2

41410008

3

/

41420023

Practical Skill Training in Human Resources Management

6

0.5

/

16

/

1

41410008

3

/

41420024

Talent Assessments and Selections

6

1

16

/

8

1

/

3

/

41420025

Practical Operation Trainings of Talent Assessments

6

0.5

/

16

/

1

/

3

/

41420026

Class Management

6

1

16

/

8

1

/

3

/

41420027

Positive Organizational Behaviors

6

1

16

/

8

1

/

3

/

41420028

Cross Cultural Psychology

6

1

16

/

8

1

/

3

/

41420029

Guanxi Psychology

6

1

16

/

8

1

/

3

/

41420030

Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention

6

1

16

/

8

1

/

3

/

41420031

Guidance and Administration

6

1

16

/

8

1

/

3

/

41420032

ClassicReadingsin Social and Personality Development Experiment

6

1

16

/

8

1

/

3

/

41420033

Cognitive Linguistics

6

1

8

8

4

1

/

3

/

41420034

Psychology of Creativities

6

1

16

/

8

1

/

3

/

41420035

Social Network Research Methods

6

1

16

/

8

1

/

3

/

41420036

Learning on Internet

6

1

16

/

8

1

/

3

/

41420037

Geriatric Psychology

8

1

16

/

8

1

/

3

/

41420038

Organizational Learning and Knowledge Management

8

1

16

/

8

1

/

3

/

41420039

Teacher Psychology

8

1

16

/

8

1

/

3

/

41420040

Advertising and Consumption Psychology

8

1

16

/

8

1

/

3

/

41420041

Applications of Scientific Drawing Software

8

1

16

/

8

1

/

3

/

41420042

Historical Psychology

8

1

16

/

8

1

/

3

/


2. Practices and Experiments in Teaching

Name

Credits

Experiment Courses in Class

Experiments in Developmental Psychology

0.5

The Basics of SPSS and its Applications

1

Experiments in Social Psychology

0.5

Reading and Writing in Psychology in English (Elementary Level)

2

Experiments in Educational Psychology

0.5

Experiments in Personality Psychology

0.5

Experiments in Cognitive Psychology

0.5

Operational Practice in Psychological Tests

0.5

Experiments in Experimental Psychology

1

Reading and Writing in Psychology in English (Advanced Level)

2

Experiment Design and Programming

2

Experiments in Learning Guidance

0.5

Experiments in Neuropsychology

0.5

Eye-Tracking Techniques and Psychological Research

0.5

Trainings for Group Counseling

0.5

Practical Skill Training in Human Resources and Management

0.5

Talent Assessments and Selections

0.5

Skill Training for School Psychological Counseling

0.5

Skill Training for Teachers Education

Language in Teaching

1

Handwriting Skills

1

Interns in Educational Systems or Interns in Companies, Research Institutes, & Other Forms of Practices

16

Probation

2

Graduation Thesis (Design)

6

Other Practical Activities

Research and Practice in Clinical Psychology

2

Research and Practice in Developmental Psychology

2

Research and Practice in Educational and School Psychology

2

Research and Practice in Organizational Psychology

2

Research and Practice in Brain and Cognition

2

Research and Practice in Personality and Social Psychology

2

Professional, English Language Proficiency, or other Skill Certificates

1-3

Note: 14.5 credits are available for Experiment Courses in Class, among which at least 7.5 credits of coursework are required. 18 credits are for probations and interns and 6 for graduation thesis, all of which are required credits. At least 5 credits of other practical activities are required.




9. Community Education Curriculum


1) Community Education Curriculum consists of two parts: community education courses and community education ability recognition. Students should earn al the five credits in this curriculum.
2) The psychology major offers 6 community education courses, according to students’ development and training areas. Students should select the one that matches his/her professional development. The credits for community education activities should reach to 150 academic hours (in three years), and should plan in advance for psychology major study, academic career development, and many more in each semester. Students should actively ask questions in psychology major study, in scientific research, or in career planning. Students should turn in one studying report at the end of each semester, which amounts to 6 independent reports in three years. Students will get 2 credits for innovation and self-employed practice after assessed by advisors and the School of Psychology.


Community Education Curriculum – Innovation and Self-Employed Training Module
(Not applicable for in-class credits)


Compulsory and Elective Courses

Courses

Semester

Credit

Elective

Research and Practice in Clinical Psychology

3-8

2

Elective

Research and Practice in Developmental Psychology

3-8

2

Elective

Research and Practice in Educational and School Psychology

3-8

2

Elective

Research and Practice in Organizational Psychology

3-8

2

Elective

Research and Practice in Brain and Cognition

3-8

2

Elective

Research and Practice in Personality and Social Psychology

3-8

2

3) Community Education Abilities will mainly be evidenced by student publications, awards at or above provincial level, certificates of various

professional classes, and related credits accepted by the School of Psychology. The criteria are as follows:

a. Research Credits: successfully get approved projects for college student innovation and self-employed plans at or above university level and successfully accomplish the projects, and the first two student participants will get 2 and 1 credits respectively; publish 1 paper in a core journal (recognized by the Social Science Department or the Natural Science and Technology Department of CCNU), for which the first author gets 3 credits, the second author gets 2 credits; publish 1 paper in a journal at or above provincial level, for which the first author gets 2 credits, the second author gets 1 credit.
b. Bonus Credits: students will get 3 credits for awards in some significant competitions at or above provincial level, such as National English Contest for College Students, College Students "Challenge Cup"; students will get 1 credit for any awards issued by CCNU (e.g.: Model Students in Moral, Talent, and Physique).
c. Skill Credits: students will get 3 credits for taking exams such as WSK, TOEFL, GRE, or IELTS and successfully obtain the minimum score required by future admitted universities or colleges; students will get 1 credit for Teacher Certificate, Psychological Consultant Certificate, Human Resources Management Qualification Certificate, Computer Programming Level Certificate, CET6, etc..
d. Self-Employed Credits: students will get 2 credits for self-employed projects approved by the Teaching Office of the School of Psychology and 3 months practice of the projects.
e. Community Service Credits: students will get 1 credit for community service projects approved by the Teaching Office of the School of Psychology and 3 months practice of the projects.


4) Teachers should take 1 academic hour per week (150h in 3 years) and use “Process Tracking Method” to tutor and advise students in community education.


10. Q&As and Explanations:


1). In which semesters are the basic courses the same as those of another major? What are the majors?
All the courses on the General Course Platform are either compulsory or elective courses for Psychology Major and Applied Psychology Major. They are scheduled in the first four semesters. The basic courses for this major are Educational Psychology, School Psychology, Organizational Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Biological Psychology, Neurobiology, and Cognitive Psychology. These courses are consistent in teaching style and contents for Psychology Major and Applied Psychology Major. The only difference between the two exists in “whether or not they are compulsory”.


2). What are the training directions in Psychology Major and what is the strategic method in selecting specialized elective courses?
There are three distinguished training fields in the Applied Psychology Major, as follows:
(1) Mental Health and Counseling area. This area aims to train students to become specialized in mental health, psychological counseling and treatment, and their related research and applications, so that students can find a career to help others. Students are suggested to take the following courses: Introduction to Psychological Counseling, Educational Psychology, Personality Psychology, Social Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Helping Skills, Theories of Group Counseling, Trainings for Group Counseling, Guanxi Psychology, Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, Guidance and Administration, Health Psychology, Career Psychological Guidance.
(2) Organizational Psychology and Human Resources Management area. This area aims to train students to become specialized in public management, business management, human resources management, and their related research and applications, so that students can find positions in various business companies or government departments. Students are suggested to take the following courses: Personality Psychology, Social Psychology, Organizational Psychology, Career Psychological Guidance, Human Resources Management, Practical Skill Training in Human Resources Management, Educational Psychology, Introduction to Psychological Counseling, Organizational Learning and Knowledge Management, Positive Organizational Behaviors, Talent Assessments and Selections, Practical Operation Training in Talent Assessment, Advertising and Consumption Psychology, Cross Culture Psychology, Management Basis, Guanxi Psychology.
(3) School and Educational Psychology area. This area aims to train students to become specialized in school psychology, educational psychology, and their related research and applications, so that students can find positions in various schools and educational institutions. Students are suggested to take the following courses: Educational Psychology, Personality Psychology, Social Psychology, Introduction to Psychological Counseling, School Psychology, Teacher’s Career Development and Mental Health, Class Management, Juvenile Psychology, Middle & High School Student Psychological Counseling, Child Development, Pedagogy of School Psychological Counseling, Experiments in Learning Guidance, Teaching Skill Training for School Psychological Counseling, Experiments in Developmental Psychology, Guanxi Psychology, Experiments in Educational Psychology, Teacher Psychology.
Students are further suggested to follow the rules as they choose elective courses:
(1) Students are suggested to choose an area according to their personal interests and career plans. They can complete all the courses on the list or sit in related classes to learn as much as possible about the related knowledge.
(2) In the course modules of this curriculum, we provide experimental or practice course sessions for corresponding theoretical courses, e.g.: Experiments in Experimental Psychology, Basic SPSS and its Applications, Experiments in Developmental Psychology, Experiments in Social Psychology, Experiments in Personality Psychology, Experiments in Cognitive Psychology, Operational Practice in Psychological Tests, Experiments in Educational Psychology. Students should take the corresponding experimental or practical courses while they take the theoretical courses.
(3) In this curriculum, the required credits for elective courses of this major are based on the credit accumulation of 4 years. The rules that regulate how many credits a student should get in each semester are only for their reference. The elective courses of this major provided in this curriculum are more than enough for students to choose in order to satisfy the required credits. It is suggested that students take as many related elective courses as possible according to their personal career plans after they satisfy the credit requirement.


3). What specific courses are students suggested to choose to earn the necessary elective course credits?
(1) Students should earn 12 credits in Humanities, Arts & Physical Educations, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences for comprehensive trainings in the General Education Curriculum.
(2) Students should not take courses that are the same with or similar to those in their own major. Students should take courses in all the three disciplines of Humanities, Arts, & Physical Educations, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences.
(3) Students should give priority to related online courses if they are available.
(4) Students can use the credits earned in their minors to fulfill credits required by the General Education Curriculum.
(5) Students in the School of Psychology can not take the following courses, because they are designed for students outside: Foundations of Psychology, Middle and High School Students Psychological Counseling, Children Development, Career Development for Teachers and Mental Health.


4). Course Arrangements and Credit Structure in Psychology Major
(1) General Course Module Structure in Psychology Major

Four levels of course curriculum are set up for the general course arrangement in psychology major. They are Public Education Curriculum, General Education Curriculum, Specialized Course Curriculum, and Community Education Curriculum. In each curriculum, there are several course modules. The following flow chart indicates the above-mentioned structures.

The major course modules are categorized as follows:
◆The majorwide category basic course module: Introduction to Psychology Major, General Psychology (I, II), Human Anatomy and Physiology, The History of Psychology, Psychological Statistics, Experimental Psychology, Psychometrics, Developmental Psychology, Advanced Mathematics C, Linear Algebra B.
◆The major core course module: Social Psychology, Personality Psychology, Educational Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, School Psychology B, Organizational Psychology B, Introduction to Psychological Counseling B.
◆The courses not listed above are all area course, which include Health-Counseling course module, Social-Management course module, School-Education course module, Research-Exploration course module, and Innovation & Self-Employed course module (or Second Class/Community Course Platform)


(2) Structures and Illustrations of Course Platforms of Psychology Major
The courses offered and the credits required by the Applied Psychology major in the course platforms and the course modules are as follows:


Course Structure, Credit Distribution and Requirement in
the Applied Psychology Major

Course Platform

Course Module

Credit Offered

Credit Required

Compulsory

Subtotal In-Class Credits

Public Education Platform

Compulsory for Public Education

Political and Ideological Theories

14

14

30

College English

12

12

College Physical Educations

4

4

General Course Platform

Compulsory for General Education

Broad Category Education Courses

27.5

27.5

27.5

Optional Electives

Humanities, Arts, & Physical Educations

/

12

12

Social Sciences

Natural Sciences

Inter-Disciplinary Courses

Teachers Education

For pedagogical students

Basic Courses

/

14

/

Skill Training Courses

Disciplinary Education Courses

Major Course Platform

Major Basis

Core Courses for the Applied Psychology Major (Compulsory)

16

16

30.5

Area and Research & Exploration Courses for the Applied Psychology Major (Electives)

52

14.5

Community Education Platform

Second Class

Innovative and Self-Employed Courses (not applicable for in-class credits)

/

5

/

Total In-Class Credits

100

Note: The course modules of Teachers Education are applicable for pedagogical students.


3Course Requirements for Teachers Education Module

Students who plan to work in the basic educational system after graduation are suggested to take enough courses in the Teachers Education Module to satisfy the required credits, and take the necessary courses according to the school and educational psychology requirement on the specialized course platform.

General Course Platform Teachers Education Course Module for Pedagogical Category

Course Module

Compulsory/Elective

Courses

Semester

Credit

Basic Courses

Compulsory

Psychology Basis

3-4

2

Compulsory

Education Basis

4-5

2

Elective

Child Development

5-8

1

Elective

Middle and High School Student Psychological Counseling

5-8

1

Elective

Educational Philosophy

5-8

1

Elective

Course Design and Assessment

5-8

1

Elective

Effective Teaching

5-8

1

Elective

Class Management

5-8

1

Elective

Research Methods for Education

5-8

1

Skill Training Courses

Compulsory

Modern Educational Technology Application

5-6

2

Compulsory

Teaching Skill Trainings for School Psychology

5-6

1

Compulsory

Teachers Language

1-6

1

Compulsory

Handwriting Skills

1-6

1

Discipline Educational Courses

Compulsory

Pedagogy of School Psychological Guidance

5-6

2

Compulsory

Course and Textbook Studies

5-6

1

Elective

Educational Courses in Each Discipline (offered differently for different major)

6-8

1

Teaching Practice

Compulsory

Educational Probation

2-6

2

Compulsory

Interns in Educational Industry

7

16

Note: ① Students in the Pedagogical Category are required to take courses in the Teachers Education Course Module

that amount to 14 credits, in which 10 credits are from compulsory courses (not include Psychology Basis) and 4 credits are from elective courses. As there are corresponding major courses for the students in the School of Psychology, students should not take the courses that are designed for non-psychology-major students, which are Middle and High School Student Psychological Counseling, Class Management, Child Development, and Teachers’ Career Development and Mental Health.

② In the skill training courses and disciplinary educational courses, the Teaching Skill Training of School Psychological Counseling and the Pedagogical Theory of School Psychological Counseling are the two most important teacher education courses. Students who are determine to become teachers after graduation should take these two courses.
③ The Teacher’s Language course and the Handwriting Skill course are set for 1 credit respectively. Students are supposed to take the exam/test and pass it instead of learning in class. The credits are not counted as in-class credit, but are prerequisites for graduation. The Interns and Probations in Educational Systems are compulsory teaching practice, but they are not counted as part of the total credits.
5). Major Requirements for Practice and Experiments in Teaching
The practice and experiments in teaching in Psychology Major include:
(1) Take in-class experiment courses. Students should earn at least 7.5 credits for in-class experiment courses.
(2) Two credits for Probations. The Probations include social probations, research probations, and educational probations. Students can start their probations from the Fall semester of their third year or the fifth semester in CCNU. The Social Probations are counted as 2 credits. Students should begin at a time between the Fall semester of the third year and the summer session of their forth year (see other regulations for detailed requirement and plans). The Research Probations are counted as 2 credits and 32 academic hours. Students can choose one of the following three plans: ① To participate in various psychological experiments in the School of Psychology and act as participants for at least 32 hours in four years; ② To be on probation in various labs in the School of Psychology, become research assistants of faculty members in their labs for at least 32 hours in four years; ③ To read 30 literature papers with more than 10 pages per paper in psychology in four years. Additionally, it is feasible to combine the above-mentioned three plans. For example: to complete 15 hours of experiment participation, 15 hours of research assistant and at least 6 literature papers. Education Probations are counted as 2 credits and should be conducted in the fifth or sixth semester. The education probation activities include inviting advisors of free normal education hired by the School of Psychology or CCNU to class to demonstrate the related contents of elementary, middle and high school mental health educational practice, or to conduct other forms of school mental health activities, to ensure the continuity of probations and interns.
(3) Sixteen credits for interns. The time for interns is the Fall semester of the fourth year or the seventh semester. Interns include working in schools, working in companies or official units, and working as researchers. Students can choose either of the types according to their career track. School interns are for students in the career track of school and educational psychology. The detailed conducting steps of this type of intern should follow the “Educational Intern Plan for Pedagogical Students of the School of Psychology” drafted by the School of Psychology. Company interns include activities in various kinds of companies, government units or departments, individually or in groups. The detailed conducting steps of this type of intern should follow the “Undergraduate Intern Plan for Applied Psychology Major of the School of Psychology” drafted by the School of Psychology. Research interns are designed for students who are determined to go to graduate school in future. The detailed conducting steps of this type of intern follow the “Research Intern Plan for Undergraduates of the School of Psychology” drafted by the School of Psychology.
(4) Six credits are earned for Graduation Thesis (Design).
(5) Five credits for innovative research and practice in the second class. To combine the community education courses and undergraduate tutor system, students receive research advice from faculty members, participate in research projects, become research assistants, and are trained to do scientific research. This type of practice carries out academic hour and task registration and accreditation system, and students are awarded 2 credits of innovative research and practice after they pass the assessment given by their advisors and the School of Psychology. Students with published papers in a core journal, the awards at or above provincial level, the certificates of professional levels, and the certificates of applied skills, etc., that have been recognized by students’ advisors and the School of Psychology, will be awarded extra 1-3 credits for innovative research and practice. For more details, see “9. Community Education Curriculum”.


6). Graduation Requirement for Psychology Majors
Graduating in psychology majors should satisfy all the following requirements:
1) Students in psychology major finished all the required courses in the regulated years and accumulate 100 credits for in-class courses.
2) Complete all the teaching practice training and compulsory experimental courses.
3) Obtain at least 5 credits from the Community Education Platform.
4) Take at least 2 online courses and pass.
5) Take at least 3 bilingual courses and pass.
6) Only students who meet the requirement of foreign language exams for undergraduate graduations and pass the defense of graduation thesis can be approved for graduation. Those who are qualified for the Bachelor’s degree are allowed to be issued a Bachelor of Science degree.



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