PS398 Jr. Seminar in Psychology

for U1T 2009

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PS 398 Jr. Seminar in Psychology


U1T 2009 DL


Johnson, Andrew T.


Professor of Psychology

Office Location

MA 220

Office Hours

by email


Semester Dates

U1T 2009

Class Days



PS101 and Junior Standing

Credit Hours


Kuther, T. (2006). The psychology major’s handbook (2nd ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/ Thomson Publishing.

Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (5th ed.). American Psychological Association: Washington DC.

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Course Description:
PS 398 Junior Seminar in Psychology: Designed to provide psychology majors with resources in career planning toward specific post-graduation goal of either seeking psychology-related employment, or applying for graduate school. Facilitates preparation for the senior capstone in psychology, field placement in psychology, and establishment of a successful work identity and goals. 1:0:1 Prerequisite: PS101 and Junior standing

Educational Philosophy:
My educational philosophy is based on using a variety of methods in learning, focusing on student engagement.  In this course students will be involved in participation activities, readings, class discussion, examinations, writing, and reflection. The use of the Internet and technology are significant components of this learning process. Students will be required to analyze, criticize, synthesize course material and apply it to their own lives.

Class Assessment:





Fact/ Fiction Quizzes









Grad School/ Career Search Report



Prof Portfolio

(Resume/ Personal Statement)



Final Exam







Grading Plan
: The course grade is determined by the total number of points from papers, participation, and exams. Grades will be based on percentage cutoffs, i.e., 90 % and higher = A, 80-89 % = B, 70-79 % = C, 60-69 % = D, and less than 60 % = F.
Points (total = 100)
90 - 100
80 – 89
70 - 79
60 - 69
Below 60




Late Submission of Course Materials:
Due to the nature of the course and its emphasis on professional preparation, NO late assignments will be accepted.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Papers should be typed with 1 inch margins and in a standard font and size, e.g., 12pt-Times New Roman or 10 pt-Arial.
Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive. Students must recognize though that technology can also cause problems. Printers run out of ink and hard drives crash. Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology. Be sure to save copies of your work to a disk, a hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:




The Discipline of Psychology


The Psychology Major


Academic Success


Professional Communication


Careers and Occupations


Graduate School


Testing, e.g., GRE, COEX


Engaging in the Discipline

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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