PSY 638


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 continue with the projects proposed in the first sequence of the seminar.   This will involve activities which are common to each of your individual applied psychology projects while being 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.  Ultimately, by the end of the semester, each student is expected to have completed their data collection/analyses and summarized their results in their final capstone paper.  Each student will formally present their results to the psychology faculty and their colleagues as well as at a professional conference during the Spring term.


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


Formal Departmental Presentation


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 person’s permission) or engaging in any activity which attempts to alter or harm another’s 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.

                                                                        Westminster College Online Student Handbook






29 Aug

Welcome Back—Project Updates

5 Sep

Project Progress Reviews

12 Sep

Misc. Issues in data collection

19 Sep

Misc. Issues in data collection

26 Sep

Misc. Issues in data collection

3 Oct

Misc. Issues in data analysis

10 Oct

Misc. Issues in data analysis

17 Oct

Misc. Issues in data analysis

24 Oct

Writing the Results section

31 Oct

Peer review of Results section

7 Nov

Writing the Discussion section

14 Nov

Peer review of Discussion section

21 Nov

Presentation Pointers

5 Dec

Final Paper Due for 602 & 638

12 Dec

Final Departmental Presentations beginning at 6:00pm