PS398 Junior Seminar in Psychology

for U1B 2012

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PS 398 Jr. Seminar in Psychology


U1B 2012 BL


LeBeau, Deborah


Adjunct Faculty


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

Office Location

Outside classroom at Park campus

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

June 4, 2012 to July 29, 2012

Class Days


Class Time

5:00-6:00 PM


SO101 or PS101 and junior standing

Credit Hours


 Kuther, T. (2012). The psychology major’s handbook (3nd ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/ Thomson Publishing.ISBN: 13: 978-1-111-30269-6

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.
This class is not transferable from any other institution. 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’s 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:
 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: The Interview: Each student will administer an interview schedule (you must write-up some of the general questions you are going to ask in advance) to someone at either an organization or graduate school you might be interested in working for or attending. Your interview will take about 30 minutes to one hour. Once the interview is complete you will write a brief (500 to 600 words) reflection on your findings out about the organization or department, as well as the experience of the conducting. At the end of the report, attach a copy of the uncompleted interview schedule (questions) or send it through the drop box in a separate file.

Assignment 3: 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, 5, and 10 years in the future.

Assignment 4: Academic or Professional Resume & Letter of introduction: Each student will submit either an academic or a career oriented professional resume at the beginning of the term and will continue to revise the resume as the student develops a better understanding of his or her professional or academic goals and needs. Along with the resume, each student will submit a Letter of Introduction which will introduce him or her self, outline his or her career goals, and list three references for the application process.

Core Assessment: Academic or Professional Portfolio: Each student will develop either an academic or career path profession portfolio of themselves which will include their organizational search, interview report, timeline, resume, letter of introduction, and a blank application form, as well as any past professional activities and future professional goals with dates; educational experiences, certification, licenses, etc.



Grades will be determined by performance on an organizational search, an interview, career path professional timeline, resume, core assessment (portfolio), final exam, letter of Introduction, and class participation. Points will be assigned as follows:

Organizational Search                            10 points
Interview                                                   10 points
Career Path Professional Timeline       10 points
Resume                                                    10 points
Letter of introduction                               10 points
Class Participation                                 10 points
Core Assessment (portfolio)                  20 points
Final Exam                                               20 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 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. Any assignments that are more than two weeks late from the due date will not be graded. YOU WILL GET A ZERO (0) FOR THESE ASSIGNMENTS. 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.  STUDENTS CAUGHT SURFING THE INTERNET DURING CLASS WILL BE ASKED TO CLOSE THEIR COMPUTERS THE FIRST TIME, AND ASKED TO NOT BRING THE COMPUTER BACK TO CLASS AFTER THAT. 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 Junior Capstone Course
            ·         Introduction, review of syllabus, discuss class requirements
            ·         Introduction to Comprehensive document search for you institution

Week 2: The Psychology Major & Document Search
            ·     How to do a institutional search
Document search for you institution - Due Sunday mid-night

Week 3: Academic Success & Introduction to the interview
            ·         Writing up an interview schedule and planning the interview
Interview Report - Due by Sunday by mid-night

Week 4: Careers and Occupation & Professional Timeline
            ·         Career Path Professional Timeline
Career Path Professional Timeline - Due Sunday mid-night 

Week 5: Professional Communication & Resumes 
            ·         Resumes for academics versus career paths
Resume & Letter - Due Sunday by mid-night

Week 6: Graduate School & Testing, e.g. GRE, COX

Week 7:
Review for Final Exam  & Portfolios
            ·         Review for final exam on Thursday.
            ·         Designing a Personal Portfolio
Portfolio - Due Sunday by mid-night
Week 8: Engaging in the discipline, Final Exam & applying for graduate school
            ·         Engaging in Discipline
Final Exam on Tuesday
Feedback on Thursday

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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