PS498 Sr. Capstone in Psychology

for F1B 2011

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PS 498 Sr. Capstone in Psychology


F1B 2011 BL


LeBeau, Deborah


Adjunct Faculty


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

August 15, 2011 to October 9, 2011

Class Days


Class Time

6:00 - 7:30 PM


SO101 or PS101 and senior standing

Credit Hours



There is no textbook for this course. There will be weekly reading assignments available each week that will take the place of a textbook.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

Additional texts provided as necessary.

APA (2009). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition, American Psychological Association. (recommended) and

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

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Course Description:
PS 498 Senior Capstone in Psychology: This course serves as a senior capstone experience for students in their senior year. This course will include a comprehensive examination, a portfolio, and a major paper reflecting on the students portfolio. There will also be lectures reviewing all issues designed in the Psychology Program Competencies. 2:0:2 Prerequisite: PS 101 and senior standing.

Educational Philosophy:

My educational philosophy is that students are an integral part of the learning partnership between teacher, student, and the information they are to learn. Student grow to understand during active learning through classroom discussions, lectures, readings, assignments, group work, discussion of real life situations, and writing. Each student will be required to use sociological theoretical perspectives to explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate topics about the social world around them. Each student will be required to demonstrate their understanding and knowledge of society and how such social realities will impact them as they practice what they have learned in the real world. I will engage your learning in the course through interactions and feedback within each component.

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

Instructor’s Learning Outcomes:

The Instructors Learning Outcomes for this course are divided into two general areas:

1          Career Planning:

Based on the work you do in your Junior seminar, you will revise those documents for the Senior Capstone class. 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.

Revise and organizational search document which students will use to learn about the organization of program they have in mind.

Revise a Career Path Professional Timeline which reflects the students understanding of their future, be it in further academic pursuit or a career in his or her flied of social science study.

Revise a resume for employment with a Social Science Degree or a resume designed for admission to a Master’s degree program.

Revise a portfolio for graduate school at a university of their choosing or for an institute within their chosen career path.

2          Comprehensive Review of Sociological Themes and Perspectives

Identify and use sociological vocabulary to critically analyze sociological themes and perspectives through the oral and written word.

Critically examine how information learned in college applies to current issues in the social sciences and their impact on the future.

Demonstrate professional written and oral communication skills through interaction with other students and the instructor in a structured, as well as flexible environment.

Use skeptical inquiry to identify and consider the impact of biases in the social sciences.

Class Assessment:

1          Career Planning:

Assignment 1: Document search of the professional or academic institution: Each student will conduct an internet or in person (if the organization is not on the internet) search of where they would like to work or go to graduate school after they graduate from Park. The student will find the following information and cut-and-paste it into a document, which they will then use to learn about the organization of program they have in mind. The document from Internet on the professional organization or graduate degree program will be about 10-15 pages.

Assignment 2: Career Path Professional Timeline:Each student will submit a Career Path Professional Timeline with stated goals (500-600 words) at the beginning of the term and will continue to revise the timeline as the student develops a better understanding of his or her development plans for 1 to 5 to 10 years in the future.

Assignment 3: Academic or Professional Resume: Each student will submit either an academic or a career orientated professional resume at the beginning of the term and will continue to revise the resume in SO498 as the student develops a better understanding of his or her professional or academic goals and needs.

Core Assessment: Academic or Professional Portfolio: Each student will develop either an academic or career path profession portfolio of themselves which will include their Timeline and resume, as well as a portfolio that will include any past professional activity and future professional goals with dates; educational experiences, certification, and licenses; and their reflects their most current aspirations. This could include graduate school, possible employment, or possible training programs. The final part of this paper will be a reflection section. Each student will utilize sociological themes, perspectives, and activities drawn from their core classes. They will then explain how the core competencies for their degree program have help prepare them for the next stage in either their chosen profession or their future academic endeavors.

This core assessmentpaper will be in APA style, 2,500 words (about ten pages) in length, and will utilize at least five academic references either from professional articles used in class to evaluate their social science competencies or from journal articles from the internet.


2          Comprehensive Review of Sociological Themes and Perspectives

Each week a major sociological themes, perspectives, or research topic will be examined through weekly readings assigned by the instructor.

Students will reevaluate the following basic sociological topics:

·         Basic Sociological terms and themes

·         Research ethics, principles, and the basics of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies

·         Social deviance, Inequalities, and social problems

·         Social institutions, social psychology, social groups, and minority groups

·         Social Theories

·         Questioning stability versus social change in system of social inequalities or addressing social problems

Based on the weekly sociological topics review, students while write a comprehensive final exam.

Grades will be determined by performance on the organizational search document, Career Path Professional Timeline, resume, core assessment (portfolio), a final comprehensive exam, and class participation. Points will be assigned as follows:

Organizational search                                10 points
Career Path Professional Timeline          10 points
Resume                                                         10 points
Class Participation                                      10 points
Core Assessment (portfolio)                      20 points
Final Comprehensive exam                      40 points
Total available Points                               100 points
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 and Core Assessment papers 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: Intro to Senior Capstone Course
               ·         Introduction, review of syllabus, discuss class requirements
               ·         Review of basic sociological terms and themes

Week 2: Choosing a Career over Graduate school & Research issues
               ·         University settings versus institutional career settings
               ·         Research ethics, principles, and the basics of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies

Week 3: Social problems & Document search
               ·         Understanding social deviance, Inequalities, and social problems

Week 4: Social Psychology & Resume design
               ·         Social institutions, social psychology, social groups, and minority groups
               Document search for you institution - Due Sunday 09/11/11 by mid-night
Week 5: Sociological Theory
               ·         Social Theories

Week 6: Social stability & Professional timeline
               ·         Questioning stability versus social change in systems of social inequalities
               ·         Career Path Professional Timeline
               Career Path Professional Timeline - Due Sunday 09/25/11 by mid-night

Week 7: Review for comprehensive exam & Resume
               ·         Resumes for academics versus career path
               Resume - Due Sunday 10/02/11 by mid-night

Week 8: Final Exam & Portfolio
               ·         Review for Final Exam & Core assessment (portfolio)
               Review for final exam 10/04/11
               Comprehensive Final Exam 10/06/11
               Core assessment (portfolio) Due Friday 10/07/11 by 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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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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