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PSYC 2210

This is an archive of the Common Course Outlines prior to fall 2011. The current Common Course Outlines can be found at http://www.gpc.edu/programs/Common-Course-Outlines.
Credit Hours 3
Course Title Careers And Professional Issues In Psychology
Prerequisite(s) PSYC 1101 or PSYC 1101H
Corequisite(s) None Specified
Catalog Description
An introductory, examination of careers in psychology and related fields for which the Bachelor’s degree in psychology is an appropriate preparation. The course prepares students for further study in psychology by providing an introduction to the process of conducting bibliographic research in psychology, the major research methods in psychology, the application of APA style for writing in psychology, exploration of career options in and related to psychology and the academic preparation required for such careers, ethics in psychology, and current issues in the field of psychology.

Expected Educational Results
As a result of completing this course the student will be able to:
1. Identify areas of specialization in psychology and related fields and the academic preparation required for those specializations.
2. Identify and distinguish among major methods used by researchers in psychology.
3. Demonstrate the ability to conduct bibliographic research in psychology utilizing currently available data bases and bibliographic research tools.
4. Demonstrate the ability to write a literature review on a topic in psychology.
5. Demonstrate the ability to utilize APA style in academic writing in psychology.
6. Understand strategies for succeeding in psychology classes.
7. Understand and apply American Psychological Association ethical standards to case situations and scenarios appropriate to undergraduate students.
8. Develop an academic and career plan to prepare themselves for a career in psychology or a related field.
9. Identify and evaluate current issues in the field of psychology.

General Education Outcomes
I. This course addresses the general education outcome relating to communications as follows:
A. Students develop their reading comprehension skills by reading the textbook, handouts, and assigned journal articles.
B. Students develop their listening skills by listening to lectures, videotapes, and other students (during group discussions and problem-solving exercises).
C. Students develop their writing skills through written homework assignments, papers, and/or writing essays as part of exams.
D. Students develop their speaking skills by asking questions, through class discussions, and/or through oral reports to the class.

II. This course addresses the general educational outcome of demonstration of effective problem-solving and critical thinking skills by requiring students to apply knowledge gained from the course to analyzing and solving the types of problems that are often encountered in real life.

III. This course addresses the general education outcomes of recognition and application of scientific inquiry by requiring students to list and describe research methods used in psychology, and to explain the ethical issues that must be considered in connection with this type of research.

Course Content
1. Areas of specialization in psychology and related fields.
2. Methods used to conduct psychological research.
3. The conduct of bibliographic research in psychology.
4. Academic writing in psychology
5. The application of APA style in academic writing in psychology
6. Study strategies contributing to success in undergraduate psychology classes
7. American Psychological Association Ethical Standards
8. Academic and career planning strategies
9. Current issues in the field of psychology

Assessment of Outcome Objectives
I. COURSE GRADE Grades from some combination of the following will be used to determine each student’s final course grade: class participation, homework assignments, papers, projects, oral presentations, and exams. Exams may be multiple choice, some combination of multiple choice and short answer or essay, or purely essay and/or short answer. All instructors must give a MINIMUM of two exams for the course, including the final exam. Individual instructors may determine the relative weightings of each component in determining the grade for the course, and must state the weightings to be used in determining student grades in the course syllabus.

II. DEPARTMENT ASSESSMENT
A. This course will be assessed each semester in which it is taught. Objective questions assessing student mastery of outcomes for this course will be included in either the final exam or unit tests for this course. Each instructor must include these questions in the appropriate exam. Each instructor is responsible for reviewing and tabulating the results of these outcome assessment questions and transmitting them to the course or curriculum committee responsible for this course. Individual instructors should use feedback from assessment in their classes to review and evaluate their own teaching practices. B. The construction of the outcome assessment questions will be the responsibility of the college-wide Psychology Curriculum Committee.

III. USE OF ASSESSMENT FINDINGS The Psychology Curriculum Committee will meet in the term following completion of the assessment to review the course and to evaluate the results. The review of the course outcome assessment findings will provide information on success in achieving the desired outcomes for this course on a college-wide basis. If fewer than 70% of the students perform successfully on questions measuring any particular educational outcome, the committee will examine teaching practices related to that outcome, the assessment instrument, and the desired learning outcomes to determine which, if any, of these need modifying. The committee will share its findings and recommendations with all faculty teaching this course, and may make changes to the desired educational outcomes, teaching practices, or assessment instrument as appropriate.

Last Revised: Apr. 08, 2010
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