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PSY 495: Psychology Major Capstone

Course Description

This course will be a culmination of previous required courses taken within the Psychology major. Students will conduct a literature review of both primary and secondary sources and then synthesize this information into the writing of an in-depth paper answering a critically thought out hypothesis, research methodology, and finally drawing conclusions on the information discussed. (3 credits)

Prerequisites

  • ENG 101: English Composition 1
  • ENG 102: English Composition 2
  • PSY 101: Psychology
  • PSY 216: Psychology Statistics
  • PSY 410: Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the various sub disciplines of psychology, which may include, but are not limited to: cognitive, behavioral, physiological, humanistic, socio-cultural, and psychodynamic.
  2. Synthesize information from both primary and secondary sources of information (i.e., academic journal articles).
  3. Solve problems by applying previous knowledge to a new problem and then be able to identify the difference between what is a pseudoscience and what is based on the scientific method.
  4. Write about a psychological topic or phenomena with clarity and logical organization.
  5. Understand psychological phenomena both systematically and empirically.
  6. Use qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, including statistical reasoning, research design, and evaluation of data.
  7. Synthesize learning of the concentration through a research paper.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignments

Points

Weight

Discussions (Week 1-8)

120 (15 pts each)

24%

Proposal and Hypothesis (Week 2)

20

4%

Paper Assignments (Weeks 3, 4 & 5)

60 (20 pts each)

16%

Paper Rough Drafts (Weeks 3, 4, and 6)

150 (50 pts each)

30%

Paper Submission to Turnitin.com (Week 7)

30

6%

Final Paper (Week 8)

100

20%

Total

500 Points

100%

Required Textbooks

Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore

  • American Psychiatric Association. (2010). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. 6th ed. Washington, DC: Author. ISBN-13: 9781433805615
    Note: This textbook is used for PSA 440, PSY 410 and PSY 490.
  • Capstone Writer. (2009). Producing the Capstone Project. Lulu Publishing. ISBN-13: 9780557088454

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1,4

Topic: Getting Started on the Capstone Project

  • Readings:
    • Producing the Capstone Project - pages 5-47
  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in Discussions
  • Submit Research Topics document

2

1,4

Topics: Writing and Submitting a Proposal

  • Readings:
    • Producing the Capstone Project - pages 48-58
  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in Discussions
  • Submit Proposal and Hypothesis

3

1,4,5

Topic: Title Page

  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in Discussions
  • Submit Title Page, Abstract Page, and First Rough Draft (pages 1-7 and five references)

4

2,4,5,7

Topic: Reference Page

  • Read assigned material
  • View Youtube videos
  • Participate in Discussions
  • Submit Reference Page, Annotated Bibliography, and Second Rough Draft (pages 8-14 and a total of ten references)

5

4,6

Topics: Method Section

  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in Discussions
  • Submit Method section

6

1,4,5,6,7

Topic: Data Analysis

  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in Discussions
  • Submit Third Rough Draft (pages 1-21 and a total of ten references)

7

2

Topic: Checking for Plagiarism

  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in Discussions
  • Submit paper to Turnitin.com

8

1,4,5,7

Topic: Final Paper Submission

  • Readings:
    • None
  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in Discussions
  • Submit Final Paper
  • Complete the Course Evaluation

COSC Accessibility Statement

Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.

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