HN304 Honors Scholarship II

for SP 2013

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HN 304 Honors Scholarship II


SP 2013 HOB


Johnson, Andrew T.


Professor of Psychology

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M & W (9a-10a, 12-1:30p), F(9a-10a)

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Semester Dates

August 20- December 14

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Pan, M. L. (2008). Preparing literature reviews (3rd Ed.). Glendale, CA: Pyrzak Publishers.
Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th  Ed.).

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Course Description:
HN304 Honors Scholarship II Prerequisite: HN 303 This course is the second of three during which students will develop an independent research project working with a faculty mentor. Goals for this semester include submission of required progress reports, construction of a complete advanced draft, completion of all research measurements, measureable progress toward research project completion, and clear articulation of research findings. 2:0:2

Educational Philosophy:
My educational philosophy is based on using a variety of methods in learning, focusing on student engagement.  Lectures, demonstrations, participation activities, readings, group work, class discussion, examinations, writing, and use of the Internet and technology are significant components of this learning process. Students will be required to analyze, criticize, synthesize course material and to communicate about it professionally.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. The student and honors advisor(s) should meet regularly throughout the course of the project to discuss concerns, progress, and expectations. It is important to maintain an open line of communication.
  2. The student should expect to spend an average of 6-8 hours per week working on their project; thus over the course of a 16-week semester, the student will devote approximately 96 –128 hours per semester to their honors project. (Just an estimate of the time.) The nature of research means that there will be some weeks where little time is spent on the project and other times when the student will be spending all their spare time working on research.
  3. Plan the path of exploration and writing for this and subsequent semesters.
Class Assessment:
  • Attendance at regular meetings with honors advisor or professor
  • Submission of 10 written progress reports at interval agreed upon by the advisor and student
  • Attendance at Honors meetings as called for by the Honors Committee
  • Completion of IRB submission, study materials, data collection, paper draft
  • Presentation of research progress at an agreed upon venue, conference, or seminar.


1.      Attendance at regular meetings with honors advisor or professor ------ 10%
2.      Submission of 10 written progress reports at intervals agreed upon by the advisor and student ----- 30%
3.      Attendance at honors meetings as called for by the Honors Committee/Director ----- 10%
4.      Presentation of Project Narrative ----- 50%
IRA submission - 10%

Study materials - 10%

        Paper draft - 20%
      Oral Presentation - 10%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late assignments will receive half credit. No course assignments will be accepted after the last regular meeting (May 3rd).

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
March 8th (Friday) - Submission of 5th written progress report

(Monday) - Submission deadline for update to the Honors Assistant Director at

(Friday) - Submission deadline for project update to committee chairperson

(Friday) - Oral presentation (15 min) of project status (2:00 – 4:00p)
May 3rd (Friday) - Submission deadline for 10th written progress report

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

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