PS405 Independent Study in Psychology

for FA 2006

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PS 405 Independent Study in Psychology


FA 2006 HOZ


Kerkman, Dennis D.


Associate Professor of Psychology/Fulltime Faculty, Parkville Campus


B.A. Psychology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
M.S. Psychology, University of Georgia at Athens, GA
Ph.D. Developmental and Child Psychology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

Office Location

MA 223

Office Hours

Monday and Friday:  9:00-10:30 a.m.

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Semester Dates

Monday, August 21, 2006 - Friday, August 15, 2006

Class Days


Class Time



major in psychology, permission the instructor, and junior or senior standing.

Credit Hours



Salkind, N. (2003). Statistics for people who (think they) hate statistics. Sage, ISBN 076192776X.

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Course Description:
May be taken for up to six hours. PREREQUISITES: major in psychology, permission of the instructor, and junior or senior standing. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

In this class, we will adopt the educational philosophy of the founding father of American educational psychology, John Dewey, “learning by doing”.

Class Assessment:
Papers: Each section of a standard, APA Style research article and a final APA style submission-ready manuscript of a research article.


Introduction Section - 20 points.

Method section -  20 points.

Results Section - 20 points.

Discussion Section - 20 points.

Final Manuscript for submission - 20 points.

Total = 100 points.

Grading Scale: 100 - 90 = "A". 89-80 = "B", 79-70 = "C", 69-60 = "D", 59-0 = "F".

Late Submission of Course Materials:
-10% of assignment's value per school day  (or portion of school day) late.  All assignments are due at the beginning of class.  After the beginning of class, the assignment is counted as late.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

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 drive crash.  Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology.  Be sure to save copies of your work to disk, hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes.  Absences will be excused only if the instructor is notified in advance, or in cases of documented emergencies.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1: Reviewing the literature.

Week 2: Reviewing the literature.

Week 3: Writing the Introduction.

Week 4: Writing the Introduction.  Introduction Section is Due Sept. 11 @ 1:30 p.m.

Week 5: Planning the Method.

Week 6: Planning the Method.

Week 7: Planning the Method.  Method Section is Due Oct. 2 @ 1:30 p.m.

Week 8: Dress rehearsal for data collection.

Week 9: Data collection.

Week 10: Data “crunching” (preliminary processing), Read Chapters 1-3 of Salkind.

Week 11: Data Analysis: Read Chapters 4-8 of Salkind.

Week 13: Data Analysis: Read Chapters 9-12 of Salkind.

Week 14: Writing results.  Results Section is Due Nov. 27 @ 1:30 p.m.

Week 15: Writing Discussion.  Discussion Section is Due Dec. 4 @ 1:30 p.m.

Week 16: Final Exam  (=  Submission-ready manuscript).  Final manuscript is Due Dec. 11 @ 1:30 p.m.





































































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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 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
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  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 "WH".
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  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.

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