SYLLABUS FOR PSYCHOLOGY 601
Psychology Capstone &Senior Studies I
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Course Objectives
Course Text
Course Process
Course Outcomes
Grading
Dr. Sandra K. Webster
Office, Hoyt 133,
websters@westminster.edu
 


COURSE DESCRIPTION

601 Psychology Capstone: Senior Studies I. (2 semester hours) Senior Capstone seminar which addresses psychological research, its strengths, weaknesses and applications beyond psychology. Students must register for Senior Studies I concurrently with Advanced Research I (631, 633, 635, 637 or 639).  Students will prepare and review proposals for senior theses and begin preliminary research. Prerequisites: PSY 201 and junior level standing.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

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TEXT

Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (5th Ed.)(2001)Washington, D.C.: APA.


COURSE PROCESS

Regular Seminar Meetings: An intensively interactive seminar process will be used. In each week you will be directly responsible for what you and your classmates learn. Careful preparation of material, preparation to communicate it, and the intent to contribute generously to the learning process will be crucial. Attendance each week is essential. All assignments will directly relate to your thesis, but seminar discussions will focus on making connections among the various substantive areas of psychology and their differing paradigms.  
Coordination with Advanced Research I:
Students must be registered for Advanced Research I (Psy 631-Psy 639 or NS 631) which is taught by their thesis advisor.  Each section will meet weekly in a group session with their advisor and individually as arranged.  Each advisor has a set of assignments designed to integrate with the Senior Studies I seminar.

Honors students register for four semester hours of  honors research but the participate fully in both the Senior Studies seminar and the Advanced Research seminar.
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COURSE OUTCOMES

An in-depth mastery of a specific area of psychological research, and a clear sense of your project's broader academic and practical context.

  1. Increased confidence and skill in critically evaluating analytic communications, and in engaging in such communications.
  2. A refined, polished introduction and method section of a scientific research paper.
  3. All materials and logistics prepared and completed in order to begin data collection immediately in September, and in some cases as early as during the summer.
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Classroom Courtesy

Students should refrain from speaking while their instructor or another student is speaking.  Students who continue to "chat" while others are engaged in course discussion will be asked to leave the class.

Plagairism

Using the work of others without proper citation is plagairism.  Students who are found to have plagairized on any assignment will automatically fail the course.  All instances of plagairism will be reported to the academic dean according to college policy on academic integrity (See your student handbook).

Course Calendar and Grading

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