Psy 601 WORKING OUTLINE OF ASSIGNMENTS:
Senior Studies I, Spring 2017
The assignment descriptions below give only a brief
overview. The links in the table above provide more
Assignment 1 : Letter Proposal
Write, in letter
format, a brief description of the area you would like to
study for your thesis, why this area is of interest to you and
why you are currently qualified to begin work in this area. The letter should fit one page and
addressed to the Psychology Faculty. Here is a link to
a sample letter
Assignment 2: Topic &
Write one or two good sentences that describe your topic.
Begin building your bibliography by including complete citations for
all the sources you used for your theory report in your working
By the end of the course you should have a good working bibliography
with a minimum of 20 relevant and appropriate sources.
Inappropriate sources include:
Introductory Psychology Textbooks
Most other Textbooks
Internet sources other than peer reviewed journals
Magazines (e.g., Psychology Today)
of the years and authors appropriate for the topic.
Generally focus on
the recent research but be sure to include the foundational or
Only include articles in
languages that you can read.
Be sure to cover the entire
alphabet of authors.
Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
Edited Scientific Books (chapters)
Journal or Publisher
Volume Number & Pages or Place
If you use electronic sources be sure to put them in the
proper format. Remember to use EndNote.
Note: This is a working bibliography. You are
expected to continue to add to it throughout the year long senior
Assignment 3: Theory/Paradigm
With the advice of your advisor select one theory or research
paradigm that is appropriate for your area of research.
Prepare an illustration of this theory or paradigm using
PowerPoint. It should only be one slide. You may animate it if
you like. Save the PowerPoint file to your own directory and
to the R: drive class folder. Be prepared to give a five
minute informal presentation to the seminar class on your
theory/paradigm during seminar in week 3. Begin building your
bibliography by including complete citations for all the sources you
used for your theory report in your working bibliography.
Assignment 4: Ethics
Identify with your research advisor one ethical issue that is
primarily relevant for the topic that you are studying. E-mail
the topic for approval to Dr. Webster. The first student to
nominate a specific issue will be allowed to report on that issue.
In the unlikely event that two of you select the same issue, the
second person will need to find another issue.
1. Study the APA Ethical Guidelines for the specific
2. Ask your advisor if other specific resources relevant to
the issue are available. If so, read them and be prepared to
integrate what you've learned from them with the APA ethical
3. Prepare an informal presentation of the issue and its
relevance for senior studies projects to be delivered in class.
4. Update your working bibliography to include the additional
sources that you read this week, including those relevant to the
Assignment 5 : Thesis
Prepare one clear thesis statement for your research proposal.
It should be one sentence. Make copies of the sentence for
review by each of your seminar classmates and instructor for the
next class meeting.Paper copies due at class next week. Be
prepared in class to use the thesis statement to draft a topic
outline for the introduction of your proposal. Update your working
bibliography to include new sources.
Assignment 6: Hypothesis
Write your main hypothesis in one paragraph. Revise the topic
outline that you began last week to clearly link your thesis
statement to your hypothesis.
Update your working bibliography to include new sources.
Assignment 7: Design &
Create a PowerPoint slide that includes your complete hypothesis and
a diagram of your design. Be ready to discuss the design
and why it is better than other designs for your hypothesis.
Update your working bibliography.
Based on what you learned in the Career Center resume/vitae
workshop, prepare your own vitae. The vitae will be part of
the business proposal for your thesis. Before the end of March
meet with a member of the career center staff to review your
vitae. You must submit evidence of the review to complete this
assignment. Due by April 1.
Assignment 8: Spring
Assignment 9: Method
Write an outline for the method section of your thesis. Use
correct APA style headings. Include in each section the major
content, with references. Submit the Word document to the
O:Drive 24 hours before class and bring a paper copy to seminar for
discussion. Due the week of March 30th. Update
Assignment 10: Statistics
Make up a fake SPSS data set that includes the major variables
from your hypothesis. Complete the main inferential statistic
to test the hypothesis with the fake data. Make an APA style
graph or table to depict the predicted results of your main
hypothesis. Update your working bibliography.
Assignment 11: Research
Read the PDF file that is the call for
proposals to get all the details of this full
assignment. It is due by 11:30 P.M. on April 7. Your
proposal must be accompanied by a letter of support from your
advisor indicating that the advisor has read and approves of your
proposal. Here is a link to the grading rubric for the
Assignment 12: Peer Review
Read the peer review guidelines and
be ready to review one or two papers in each seminar. There
are two weeks of peer review. Students may need an early
review in order to prepare for IRB approvals. Peer review must
precede IRB review and in all cases must occur before data
collection. Likewise, peer and department review should
precede honor's reviews.
Assignment 13: Pilot Study
As soon as your study has been approved through the peer review
process you may begin the appropriate pilot studies for your
thesis. Work carefully with your thesis advisor to determine
the appropriate pilot for your project. No formal assignment is
due. Students are expected to attend URAC on April 26.
Assignment 14: Revised
Revise your proposal based upon the feedback you have received from
the peer and professor reviews as well as anything that you have
learned from the pilot testing and preparations that you have begun.
Include and updated working bibliography that includes all the new
sources that you have obtained since the working bibliography was
submitted last. Due at the Final Exam period.