SYLLABUS FOR PSYCHOLOGY 601
Senior Studies I
Spring Term 1999
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Course Objectives
Course Texts
Course Process
Course Outcomes
Grading
Dr. Sandra K. Webster
Office, Hoyt 133,
websters@westminster.edu


Office hours:
 Monday 9;20-10:30
Tuesday 9:20-10:50
Wednesday 2:00-3:00
Friday 10:30-11:30
 


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  (611, 621, 641, or 651).   Students will prepare and review proposals for senior theses and begin prliminary research.  Prerequisites:  PSY 201 and junior level standing.


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TEXTS

Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (4th Ed.)(1994)Washington, D.C.: APA.

        Trochim, W. (1999). The Research Methods Knowledge Base, 2nd Edition. Cornell Custom Publishing, Cornell University,
             Ithaca, New York.
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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 611-Psy 640) 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.

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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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WORKING OUTLINE OF ASSIGNMENTS:
Senior Studies I, Spring 1999



 
Course Assignments
Week Tuesday Thursday Assignment Grade
1 1/19 Select Topic and Secure Advisor
2 1/26 1/28 Journal Methods and Statistics Audit 5%
3 2/2 2/4 Theory/Paradigm Review 5%
4 2/9 2/11 Theory/Paradigm Review
5 2/16 2/18 Clarify ethical issues appropriate to topic 2%
6 2/23 2/25 Bibliography 10%
7 3/2 3/4 Thesis Statement 2%
8 3/16 3/18 Design 2%
9 3/23 3/25 Methods 2%
10 4/1 4/1 Business Proposal- Vitae( Both sections meet together) 2%
11 4/6 4/8 Statistics 50%
12 4/13 4/15 Proposal Preparation- No class 5%
13 4/20 4/22 Peer Review (Proposals are due on the R: drive 24 hours before review) 5%
14  4/27 4/29 Peer Review Continued
15 Finals Finals Preliminary Study Report  10%
All assignments are due saved to the class directory on the R drive in final form ready for review by peers and faculty not later than 24 hours before the next week's seminar class. (E.g., Someone attending Tuesday seminar meetings must finish assignments before 12 noon on Monday.)
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