PS498 Sr. Capstone in Psychology

for F2B 2012

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PS 498 Sr. Capstone in Psychology


F2B 2012 BL


Ogle, Ann K., Ms.


Adjunct Faculty


B.S. Education
M.S. Psychology
PhD Candidate, Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Office Location

Park University, Ft. Bliss, Texas

Office Hours

By Appointment

Daytime Phone

915-241-8085 (text messaging acceptable)

Other Phone



Semester Dates


Class Days


Class Time

8:40 - 10:10 PM

Credit Hours


Kuther, T.L., & Morgan, R.D. (2010). Careers in Psychology: Opportunities In A Changing World. (4th ed.) Belmont, CA: Wadworth

Weekly research and reading assignments will also be assigned.

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Additional Resources:

Recommended Resource/Text:

American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. 6th ed. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

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Course Description:
Prerequisites: PS 101 and Senior Standing. 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 student's portfolio. There will be lectures reviewing all issues designated in the student's degree program. The comprehensive examination will be worth 25% of the student's grade. The student will be able to take the comprehensive examination up to 3 times in a semester and the highest score will be used for their grade. The class is not transferable from any other institution. 2:0:2.

Educational Philosophy:
It is my belief that learning is dynamic; in order to fully understand and think about material, an exchange of ideas is necessary. Consequently, beyond the materials made available throughout this course of study, it will the lively and interesting exchanges that make the material valid and important – not only to receiving a grade for the course but to the application of its ideas in life and in future study.  (Ogle, 2012).

Class Assessment:
Career Path Professional Timeline: Each student will submit an essay that supports a timeline detailing their 1, 5, and 10 year goals.
Discussion Questions: During weeks two through eight (six of eight weeks), students will develop a response to two discussion questions. Those responses must be at least 150 to 250 words in length and have one reference. All reference must come from a recognized source (i.e. a textbook, a peer reviewed journal, a dictionary or encyclopedia). Sources like Wikkipedia will not be considered acceptable.
Summary of Reading: Each week (2 through 7), each student will submit a 250 to 500 word essay on a professional journal article surround the weekly topic assigned. The student will do a library or internet search to find an appropriate essay. All references will be in the APA format. Reading topics will be assigned weekly and will allow for a review of social science themes, perspectives, and research.
Academic or Professional Portfolio: Each student will develop an academic or professional portfolio which will include an organizational search, resume, and letter of introduction developed during PS398. The portfolio will also include the professional timeline and documentation of professional, academic, volunteer activities, and certifications/licenses relevant to the stated goals.
COEX/ Comprehensive Exam: The final examination will review social science, social psychology, and sociology covered by the degree plan for a social psychology major. The COEX exam is standardized and will either be taken on line or will be administered in paper form.

Career Path Professional Time Line:  100
Discussion Questions: 30 points each X 6 = 180
Reading Summaries: 30 points each X 6 = 180
Professional Portfolio: 290
Comprehensive Exam: 250

Possible Points: 1000

Grading Scale:

90-100 = A

80-89 = B

70-79 = C

65-69 = D

Below 65 = F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
If an assignment is late, 10% of the total grade will be lost the first week, 50% the second week, and after two weeks the assignment will not be accepted. However, special circumstances may be discussed.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

This course will borrow the pillars from Character Counts ®: Respect, Trustworthiness, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship ( These pillars will be the flagship for our mutual conduct in class.

We will respect one another by listening to each other, debating each other with the understanding we all may be right, and attempting not to disturb each other while we study (i.e. put your phone on vibrate). We will show our sense of citizenship by respecting our campus (limit food and drinks in the classroom and pick up after ourselves). We will show our trustworthiness by holding academic integrity as integral to our work and completing this course as the University has tasked us to. Finally, we will be fair and kind. All of these will show that we care.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week 1: Career Path Professional Timeline: Each student will submit a 500 to 600 essay that supports their 1, 5, and 10 year professional goals. Reading #1.
Week 2: Summary of reading #1 (250 to 500 words with references). Discussion Question #1. Reading #2
Week 3: Summary of reading #2 (250 to 500 words with references). Discussion Question #2. Reading #3.
Week 4: Summary of reading #3 (250 to 500 words with referenes).  Discusion Question #3. Reading #4.
Week 5: Summary of reading #4 (250 to 500 words with references). Discussion Question #4. Reading #5.
Week 6: Summary of reading #5 (250 to 500 words with references). Discussion Question #5. Reading #6.
Week 7. Summary of reading #6 (250 to 500 words with references). Discussion Question #6.
Week 8: Comprehensive Exam. Portfolios Due.

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 95-96

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 95

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 98

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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