PS403 Special Problems in Psychology:

for FA 2009

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PS 403 Special Problems in Psychology:


FA 2009 HOZ


Kerkman, Dennis D.


Professor, Department of Psychology & Sociology


B.A., Psychology, University of Kansas
M.A., Psychology, University of Georgia at Athens
Ph.D., Developmental & Child Psychology, University of Kansas

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Permission of the instructor.

Credit Hours



None. Readings consist entirely of elected journal articles and edited book chapters, available online or via Park University library.

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Course Description:
PS 403 Special Problems in Psychology: A seminar in which special problems related to psychological theory or practice are discussed on the basis of extensive readings. 3:0:3 Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

Educational Philosophy:
This course is founded on the educational philosophy of John Dewey, "Learning by doing".

Class Assessment:
Assessment will be based entirely on writing of a submission-ready journal article, in accordance with the APA style manual.


Introduction section:                                 20 points.
Method section:                                       20 points.
Results section:                                        20 points.
Discusion section:                                     20 points.
References, Tables, Figures, Appendices: 20 points.
TOTAL:                                                 100 points.
A = 100-90, B = 89-80, C = 79 - 70, D = 69 - 60, F = 59 - 0.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
-10% per day late.  All materials are due midnight, Sunday (U.S. Central Time) of the week when they are due, according to the schedule.

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:

Topic   Dates   Assignment
Introduction Aug. 17 - Sept. 6 Incorporate Jost's System Justification theory and Friedman's BiDimensional Regression in to Introduction section. Revise statement of hypotheses.
Method Sept. 7 - Oct. 4. Create mental maps for each group, based on Shaffer's MMAP program.
Results Oct 5 - Nov. 1. Analyse and write-up IAT and BDR data.
Discussion Nov. 2 - Nov. 15. Write-up Discussion.
References, Tables, Figures, Appendices. Nove. 16 - Dec. 6. Submit final version of article to journal.

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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.
  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".
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Manscript submitted to JCCP on 3-15-09

Cover letter submitted to JCCP on 3-15-09

Dr. K's reaction to JCCP review of 3-15-09 version of ms.

Friedman & Kohler's Article on BiDimensional Regression (BDR)

Friedman & Kohler's BDR Excel Spreadsheet

SPSS Data File

Shaffer's Mental Maps Program

Jost et al System Justification Theory & IAT


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