PS498 Sr. Capstone in Psychology

for F1U 2011

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PS 498 Sr. Capstone in Psychology


F1U 2011 LU


Turer, Ellen Marie


Academic Directer/Adjunct Faculty Instructor


M.Ed. Counseling (Northern Arizona University)
M.A. Curriculum and Instruction (Chapman University)
B.S. Management (Park University)

Office Location

Luke AFB, AZ

Office Hours

Before/After Class and by Appointment


Semester Dates

August 15- October 9, 2011

Class Days


Class Time

4:50 - 9:00 PM

Credit Hours



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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:
I am a lifelong learner. It is my hope that all students leave my classes with a strong desire and the skills necessary to be lifelong learners.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. 1. Identify and use vocabulary words to critically analyze psychology in class and through the written word.
  2. 2. Reflect on academic experiences and apply them to future aspirations.
  3. 3. Critically examine how information learned in college applies to current issues in psychology and their impact on the future.
  4. 4. Demonstrate professional written and oral communication skills through interaction with other students and the instructor in a structured, flexible environment.
  5. 5. Use skeptical inquiry to identify and consider the impact of biases in the field of psychology.
Class Assessment:

Evaluation Method


Resume / Vita

100 points

Journal Article Reviews 20 points each

100 points

Professional Portfolio

200 points

Career Path Professional Timeline

100 points


100 points

Reflection Paper

100 points

Class attendance/ Participation

80 points

Total Points

780 points


Grading Scale
780 - 702
702 - 624
623 - 546
545 - 468
467 or less

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Twenty percentage points (20%) will be deducted for late work. If work is not posted by 11:59 p.m. on the due date 20% points will be deducted from the assignment grade.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to attend all class meetings, be punctual, and participate in class discussions. If a student is unable to complete the class attendance according to university policy, it is his/her responsibility to withdraw from the class. In cases of emergency or illness, students are to contact the instructor immediately and arrange for another student to take notes, pick up any handouts, etc. Any unexcused absence or excessive tardiness will result in lowering your grade by one full letter grade. Allowing students to make-up a missed exam is at the option of the instructor. Points will be deducted for late assignments. The number of points deducted is at the option of the instructor. If you turn in other assignments after the due date, pointes will be deducted from the assignment. Keep in mind that technology problems are not an excuse for late assignments. If you have technology problems i.e. printing etc please make other arrangements like emailing to a fellow student for printing or instructor. Keep electronic copies of all materials. Park University's Policy Statements attached apply to this course. Cheating and plagiarizing will not be tolerated and will result in zero points for that assignment. In order for all students to have opportunities for active participation in class discussions and learning activities, classmates are encouraged to be respectful to their fellow students. Allow all students time to express their ideas and positively encourage comments from others. Students must be assured that any personal information shared with classmates will be considered confidential. All assignments and exams must be completed in order to pass the course.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Assignments Due
Tuesday –
·         Journal Article
·         Resume
·         Portfolio
·         Continuing Education
·         Careers
·         Reflection
Meeting 2
 Tuesday  –
Library Visit
Cover Letter
Letters of Recommendation
Meet at LAFB Library @1700 hours.
Meeting 3
 Tuesday  –
Journal Article
Resume / Vita
Cover Letter
Letters of Recommendation
Journal Article
Resume Template Due
Meeting 4
 Tuesday  –
Journal Article
Careers Research
Journal Article
Careers Presentation
Meeting 5
 Tuesday  –
Journal Article
Graduate School / Credentialing / Accreditation
Journal Article
Graduate School Paper
Meeting 6
 Tuesday  –
Journal Article
Portfolio Draft
Resume Draft
Journal Article
Portfolio Draft
Resume Draft
Meeting 7
 Tuesday  –
Journal Article
Final Resume / Vita
Journal Article
Final Resume / Vita Due
Meeting 8
 Tuesday  – 10/4/11
Reflection Paper
Final Portfolio Due
Final Exam
Reflection Paper
Final Portfolio Due
Final Exam

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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