PS398 Jr. Seminar in Psychology

for S1B 2011

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PS 398 Jr. Seminar in Psychology


S1B 2011 BL


LeBeau, Deborah


Ph D, Anthropology, Rhodes University
MA, Anthropology , San Diego State University
BA, Anthropology, San Diego State University

Office Hours

Contact me by email or phone if you have additional concerns/ questions outside the classroom or we may discuss before or after class

Daytime Phone

Must dial (1915) 988-2550


Web Page

Semester Dates

January 10, 2011 to March 6, 2011

Class Days


Class Time

7:40 - 10:10 PM


SO101 or PS101 and junior standing

Credit Hours



Kuther, T. (2006). The psychology major’s handbook (2nd ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/ Thomson Publishing. ISBN: 978-0-534-53387-8
Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (2009- 6th ed.). American Psychological Association: Washington DC.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

Additional texts provided as necessary.

Most, if not all, materials will be made available through eCompanion

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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.

Student are encourages to bring outside examples to class for discussion and questions as necessary.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Reflect on the academic experiences and apply them to future aspirations be it in pursuit of a Master's degree or employment within a chosen profession.
  2. Prepare and revise a resume for employment with a Social Science Degree or a resume designed for admission to a Master's degree program.
  3. Conduct a career or graduate school search.
  4. Develop and submit a portfolio for graduate school at a university of their choosing or for an institute within their chosen career path.
Class Assessment:




Class Discussion



Interview Report



Mid-term Exam



Grad School/ Career Search Report



Prof Portfolio

(Resume/ Personal Statement)



Final Exam






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.

A >= 90+
B = 80-89.9
C = 70-79.9
D = 60-69.9
F <= 59.9

Total Points Possible = 100 + Extra Credit


1) Assignments must be submitted through the ‘Dropbox” in eCompanion.

2) An extra credit Discussion Thread will be available each week through eCompanion. It is highly recommended that you participate each and every week.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late work is not accepted unless you have prior arrangements with me. You should begin work on your assignments early enough to cope with those unforeseen circumstances that inevitably arise. I may make accommodations for extreme circumstances, but you must discuss these with me as early as possible (beforehand, if possible, or immediately after the fact, in unforeseen circumstances).

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Please, no cell phone usage in class unless you are on active military duty. Your contributions should be respectful and substantive. Disagreements should center on the ideas, and not individuals. Violations of basic classroom decorum will not be tolerated and will result in appropriate disciplinary actions.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1 (1/11 & 1/13): The Discipline of Psychology

Week 2 (1/18 & 1/20): The Psychology Major

Week 3 (1/25 & 1/27): Academic Success
               01/30/11      Interview Report due by Sunday Mid-night
 Week 4 (2/01 & 2/03): Professional Communication & Mid-Term Examination
               02/01/11      Mid-term Review
               02/03/11      Mid-term Exam
Week 5 (2/08 & 2/10): Careers and Occupation
               02/13/11      Grad School/Career Search Report due by Sunday Mid-night

Week 6 (2/15 & 2/17): Graduate School
               02/20/11      DRAFT Resume due by Sunday Mid-night

Week 7: Testing, e.g. GRE, COX

Week 8: Engaging in the discipline, Final Exam & Submission of Portfolio
               02/28/11—Engageing in Discipline & Review for Final Exam
               03/03/11--Final Exam
               03/05/11--Portfolio due Saturday 03/05/11 mid-night

NOTE: When it is academically advantageous to the topic, in-class discussion projects and short videos may be used to enhance the learning experience.

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

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.

Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .


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