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PSY 499: Psychology Concentration Capstone

Course Description

The Psychology Capstone Course is a project which is a culmination of all Psychology courses taken. It is an opportunity to focus on a particular interest of the student, where he or she can explore and integrate their experience with the theories learned. In an eight-week, three credit course, PSY 499, each student will develop and outline a 30+ page paper for his or her capstone experience project. The project being proposed will be a scholarly research paper of creative, original work which may include a case study, or any other mode appropriate to the student's interest and experience.

Prerequisites

  • Students must have completed most of their concentration courses and take this course in their last semester. Academic Counselor approval is required to register.
  • ENG 101: English Composition 1
  • ENG 102: English Composition 2
  • PSY 101: Psychology

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a core of knowledge of the different domains of psychology as well as the content and methods specific to those areas. This includes, but is not limited to, such domains as cognitive, behavioral, physiological, humanistic, social, and developmental.
  2. Solve problems by applying previous knowledge to a new problem, and distinguishing between psychobabble and scientific findings.
  3. Write about psychological topics with clarity and logical organization.
  4. Synthesize information from primary and secondary sources using print and electronic media.
  5. Understand psychological phenomena both systematically and empirically.

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

Weight

Proposal (Week 2)

4%

Three drafts of capstone project (Weeks 3, 4 & 6)

21%

Final Capstone Project (Week 8)

35%

Discussions

40%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore

  • Moore Howard, Rebecca. Writing Matters. 2nd ed. McGraw Hill, 2014. ISBN-10: 0-07-750597-2 or ISBN-13: 978-0-07-750597-4

    It's a great reference handbook and includes a section on APA documentation.

Additional Resources

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1,2,3

  • Planning a Research Project (pages 209-257)
  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in class discussion
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Begin Project Work

2

2,3

  • Prepare and submit Proposal (2-3 pages)

  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in class discussion
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Submit Proposal

3

4,5

  • Prepare and submit draft 1 (10 pages & 6 references)
  • Continue research
  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in class discussion
  • Submit Draft 1

4

2-4

  • Submit 2nd Draft (18 + pages) to instructor; include 10 references.
  • Continue writing and research
  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in class discussion
  • Submit Draft 2

5

7

  • Continue writing and research

  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in class discussion
  • APA style

6

9,10

  • Submit Project Draft 3 to instructor (25+ pages with 12 references)
  • Continue writing and research
  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in class discussion
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Submit Draft 3

7

11,12

  • Finish up final paper
  • Check APA style
  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in class discussion
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Finish up final paper

8

7

  • Continue proofing final draft

  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in class discussion
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Submit Final Project to instructor (25+ pages)

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.

COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources

Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.