PSY 637

PROFESSOR :††††††††† Dr. Kirk M. Lunnen

CLASS TIME :†††††††† 3:10-4:10 F or by appointment

ROOM :††††††††††††††††††† HSC 135, 137

OFFICE :†††††††††††††††††† HSC 135; ex7203

OFFICE HOURS :††††† MWF 9:30-11:30, or by appointment

E-MAIL :††††††††††††††††††

COURSE DESCRIPTION/OBJECTIVES :The purpose of this seminar is to guide the activities which are common to each of your individual applied psychology projects; consequently, the guidance is more specific and narrowly focused than in the collective Capstone Seminar.In some cases, the assignments parallel senior Capstone; in others, they precede Capstone dates. Keep in mind that early work during the semester provides the best outcome for finalizing your proposal. Ultimately, by the end of the semester, each student is expected to have developed a high-quality proposal for their Capstone project.

COURSE GRADING :The grading will be based on your preparation for and participation in the seminar meetings as well as the quality of your verbal and written presentations of your proposal at the end of the semester.Specifically, grades will be based on the following:


Proportion of Grade

Seminar Preparation/Participation


Peer Support


Final Written Paper


††††††††††† Grading:The course will use the following scale

††††† ††††††††††††††††† GRADE ††††††††† PERCENTAGE††††††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† A†††††††††††††††††††† 93 to 100††††††††††††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† A-††††††††††††††††††† 90 to 92††††††††††††††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† B+†††††††††††††††††† 87 to 89††††††††††††††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† B††††††††††††††††††††† 83 to 86††††††††††††††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† B-††††††††††††††††††† 80 to 82††††††††††††††††††††††



ACADEMIC INTEGRITY :Honesty is an essential part of your collegiate experience.Individual students are responsible for doing their own work and for not taking credit for the effort and ideas of others in any way.This includes plagiarism. This obligation is based on mutual trust and is expected of every student.Cheating on any of the seminar requirements listed above will not be tolerated and will result in appropriate disciplinary actions.See below:

Central to the purpose and pursuit of any academic community is academic integrity. All members of the Westminster community are expected to maintain the highest standards of academic honesty and integrity, in keeping with the philosophy and purposes of the College.

Academic dishonesty is a profound violation of this expected code of behavior. It can take several forms, including, but not limited to, plagiarism, cheating, misrepresentation of facts or experimental results, purposely altering the work of another (without that personís permission) or engaging in any activity which attempts to alter or harm anotherís academic standing.

Academic dishonesty in any of these forms will not be tolerated. Students who engage in academic dishonesty face penalties such as failure in the course involved or expulsion from the College. All instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of the College.

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24 Jan

Discussion of Preliminary topics/Journal selection

31 Jan

Intensive journal collection/evaluation

7 Feb

Continued literature collection

14 Feb

Crude project overview

21 Feb

Clarification of theoretical framework

28 Feb

Continued literature collection

7 Mar

Organizing and structuring introduction

21 Mar

Continued work on introduction

28 Mar

Finalization of initial bibliography

4 Apr


11 Apr

Procedural/methodological considerations

25 Apr

Pilot study/revisions

2 May

Discussion of tasks to complete over summer break