Undergraduate Courses

Allison J. Gunne, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor

TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY

MOTLOW STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Appointments: Tennessee State University under the direction of the Psychology, Sociology, and Criminal Justice Departments and Motlow State Community College under the direction of the Department of Psychology.

The courses listed below are taught for the Tennessee State University / Motlow College 2 + 2 Criminal Justice Program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. Courses are taught at the MSCC Moore County Campus location. For information about this program contact: Dr. Cynthia Koller, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Program Coordinator ckoller@tnstate.edu

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PSYC 2100 Psychology of Adjustment
This course entails the study of personality development and structure, with major emphasis on personal adjustment and the functional aspects of the psychology of daily living. Topics covered include development of adjustment patterns, individual adjustment to life situations, societal definitions, treatment of the maladjusted, personal appraisal systems, and modification of behavior.

CRMJ 3130 Counseling Theories
Counseling Theories provides an intensive introduction to counseling, with special emphasis upon the nature and problems of correctional guidance counseling. Attention is devoted to the recognition and diagnosis of the psychological problems, as well as development of acceptable counseling methodology. Development of oral competency is stressed, as students participate in mock counseling sessions.

PSYC 3410 Social Psychology
This course offers the study of interpersonal behavior including such topics as perceiving others, interpersonal attraction, prejudice, attitude change, social influence, aggression, altruistic behavior, group processes and the psychology of organizations.

PSYC 4400 Drugs & Behavior
The Drugs & Behavior course involves the study of the biomedical, psycho-social, and mental health aspects of drugs that affect behavior including alcohol. Substance abuse and treatment modalities are strongly emphasized. An on-site tour and lecture at a local inpatient treatment facility is the capstone field experience of this course.

SOCI 3000 Social Statistics
Social statistics provides an introduction to elementary statistics with an emphasis on organizing and describing numerical data, along with analysis and interpretation of data. This course introduces the basics of social statistics-techniques which social scientists use to summarize numeric data obtained from censuses, surveys, and experiments. The topics include frequency distribution, central tendency, variability, probability theory, and estimation. You will also learn how to test hypotheses for group differences in means (z-test, t-test) and for association between two variables (correlation).

The courses listed below are taught under the supervision of Department Chair, Dr. Stephen Guerin for Motlow State Community College at the Moore County Campus location.

PSY 1030 General Psychology
This is an introductory survey course focused on the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Topics include the history of psychology, critical thinking and research methods in psychology, the biological and psychological bases of consciousness, sensation, perception, memory, learning, memory, cognition, development across the lifespan, motivation, emotion, sexuality, stress and health, social psychology, personality, psychological disorders, and psychological therapies.

PSY 2130 Life Span Developmental Psychology
This course is a study of the biological, psychological, and psychosocial bases of human development from conception through death. Topics include current research and theory pertaining to the physical, cognitive, personality, psychological, emotional, and social development across the lifespan.

PSYC 2014  Psychology of Human Sexuality
This course is a study of the biological, psychological, and psychosocial bases and manifestations of human sexual behavior. Topics include sex in history, theory and research in sexuality, anatomy and physiology of sex, sex in the context of human relationships, gender development and identity, sexuality and the lifecycle, pregnancy and childbirth, sexual dysfunctions and disease, sexual deviancy, and sex in society.

Professional Development Workshops

To schedule professional development workshops, teacher inservices, and presentations for your school, agency, university, or organization please contact Dr. Gunne at Dr.AllisonGunne@gmail.com or call 931.273.7119. View a list of past workshops, presentations, and publications Curriculum Vita

EDU 4900 Principles of Literacy: Assessment & Teaching of Reading
This Course/Workshop has been taught several times at Cumberland University, Lebanon, TN for educators who were renewing their TN DOE license to teach in TN public schools. However, it has also been offered at several public school districts as a week-long intensive workshop with the goal of bringing elementary school teachers up-to-date on the most effective scientifically based research on literacy and teaching reading.

Course Description: This course focuses on the basic principles that inform research-based literacy and reading instruction. It is designed to provide an overview of the relationships among phonemic awareness, phonics, word recognition, vocabulary, and reading fluency.

Learners study the developmental stages through which young children gain independence in the use of phonemic awareness, phonics, and word recognition, as well as the increasing levels of complex skills required for students to increase their vocabulary and comprehension skills. Learners also explore the literacy needs of English Language Learners (ELL) and students with learning disabilities.

Upon completion of this course, learners will have a strong foundation of research-based literacy instruction to meet the specific needs of their students, the curricular goals of their school district, and their state standards.


Allison J. Gunne, Ph.D.

2615 Medical Center Pkwy.
Suite1560, Office 235
Murfreesboro, TN 37129

Phone: 931.273.7119

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