PSYC 3110 – Applied Psychology
Course Syllabus – Fall 2011
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PSYC 3110 (CRN 87339), Applied Psychology, (3-0-3)
Course Prerequisite: PSYC 1101
An overview of the application of psychology to practical problem in areas such as
mental and physical health, business and industry, and education. Will emphasize
application of computer technology as currently used in psychology-based careers.
Dr. Antoinette R. Miller
Phone: (678) 466-4834
fax: (678) 466-4899
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (best way to contact me)
A&S 205E (as of 8.22.2011, will be BHS-107)
Mondays 10-11:30 am; Tuesdays 9-11 am, Thursdays 9-11 am, 2-3 pm
Other times by appointment
Classroom: T-118 (Clayton Hall) Class times: 12:00-2:50 PM, Monday
Wegenek, A.R. and Buskist, W. (2010). The Insider’s Guide to the Psychology
Major (ISBN 13: 978-1-43380-815-9)
Kuther, T. and Morgan, R.D. (2010). Careers in Psychology, 3rd edition (ISBN
Career Testing will also be completed by the student, at an additional cost of
$32 through the Office of Career Services.
1. This is a requirement of the course; however, if you have completed the
same testing through Career Services within the past year AND still have your
full profile (so that you can bring it to class on interpretation day) you do not
need to complete it again.
2. you need to pay through the Laker Card office before the results are
printed -You may call the Laker Card office and pay by credit card if it is
inconvenient for you to go there in person.
You can pay before or after taking the tests online. HOWEVER, again, results
will not be printed until the Laker Card office receives payment.
3. please plan on an hour to complete the full test sequence
4. the "due dates" for these are posted in your syllabus - you can complete
them earlier but they MUST be done and paid for no later than one week
before our listed testing interpretation day. please consult your syllabus and
Information regarding the career testing is also available at the Career Services
website at http://adminservices.clayton.edu/career/CareerAssessInstructions.htm
Program Learning Outcomes:
Apply the major concepts, findings, and theoretical perspectives of
Evaluate research critically and apply research methodologies used in
Demonstrate effective, professional oral and written communication skills
both individually and with groups.
Demonstrate an understanding of the roles, responsibilities, and career
opportunities for those with psychology-related degrees.
Interact effectively with people of diverse abilities, backgrounds, and
Course Learning Outcomes:
A student who successfully completes this course will...
Outcome 1: . . . demonstrate knowledge of the options available with a Bachelor’s
degree in psychology.
Outcome 2: . . . demonstrate knowledge of the options available should you choose to
continue your education at the graduate level.
Outcome 3: . . . communicate in writing using the basics of the Style Manual of the
American Psychological Association to reference sources.
Each CSU student is required to have ready access throughout the semester
to a notebook computer that meets faculty-approved hardware and software
requirements for the student's academic program. Students will sign a
statement attesting to such access. For further information on CSU's
Official Notebook Computer Policy, please go to
Computer Skill Prerequisites:
Able to use the WindowsTM operating system
Able to use Microsoft WordTM word processing
Able to send and receive e-mail using OutlookTM or Outlook ExpressTM
Able to use Georgia VIEW to post to discussion boards, complete
assignments, and complete assessments.
Able to use a Web browser.
In-class Use of Student Notebook Computers:
Student notebook computers will not be used in the classroom in this course.
Computers will be required to access course materials and to communicate
with your instructor as well as to complete assignments.
GeorgiaVIEW (Online Classroom):
On-line activity will take place in GeorgiaVIEW, the virtual classroom for the course.
You can gain access to GeorgiaVIEW, by signing on to the SWAN portal and selecting
:‖GaVIEW‖ on the top right side, or by going directly to http://clayton.view.usg.edu.
If you experience any difficulties in GeorgiaVIEW, please email or call The HUB at
TheHub@mail.clayton.edu or (678) 466-HELP. You will need to provide the date and
time of the problem, your GeorgiaVIEW username, the name of the course that you
are attempting to access, and your instructor's name.
Tests: ...tests will be a mixture of question types, including multiple choice, short answer, and
short essay, and each test grade will be a calculated percentage.
Test 1 (aka, ―Midterm Exam‖): 15% of course grade
Test 2 (aka, ―Final Exam‖): 15% of course grade
Quizzes on Guest Speakers
One of the more unique parts of this class is the invitation of a variety of guest speakers who are
working or have worked in fields related to psychology - some of these speakers will be "live" and
some will be video presentations. In either case, we typically will open the class period
FOLLOWING a guest speaker with a short quiz on that speaker's presentation. Missed quizzes
cannot be made up.
the average of your quiz grades will be worth 15% of your course grade.
You will be required to turn in a variety of assignments, including discussion board postings,
analyses of current psychological news, and journal entries, by the end of a given class week. To
help with this, you will be assigned to a small permanent working group once Drop-Add has
completed, to help facilitate these discussions. More details will be posted about this later.
the average of your homework grades will be worth 15% of your course grade.
The project for this course will require each student to clarify his or her career goals, research
them thoroughly, and articulate them clearly to others in an oral format. There will also be a self-
reflection paper as part of the project. Full instructions will be found in GeorgiaVIEW.
You will research two potential careers, including interviews and (if possible) "shadowing" people
who are currently in those roles. You will also compile information on each career, including salary
information and other points of interest.
The project has FOUR components: an oral presentation (individual, and formal), a written
reflection paper, a project planning worksheet, and a self-evaluation.
Oral Presentation (15% of course grade)
Give a brief (6-8 minute) PowerPoint presentation providing an overview of your findings for
your classmates. Your presentation will be recorded for use in the Self-Evaluation portion
of this project, described below.
Reflection Paper (15% of course grade)
A two page (minimum) reflection paper, summarizing your reactions to the process of
researching these careers, and discussing how the project affected your perspectives or
plans in regards to your future career.
Self-Evaluation (5% of course grade)
As part of the Career Project, you will be viewing a recording of your own presentation, and
writing a self-evaluation/critique of it using the Oral Presentation Criteria included in your
project instructions (found in GeorgiaVIEW).
Project Planning worksheet (5% of course grade)
A Project Planning worksheet, also available online, will be due BEFORE you begin your
research and interview—this gives me a chance to give you feedback on your interview
questions, and also to point you in the right direction if your career choices are
inappropriate for this project. While there is not a set deadline for submission of this
worksheet, but it must be submitted prior to you beginning your interviews; therefore, I will
NOT accept worksheets any later than 1 week prior to your particular presentation date.
Career Services Events
We will be visited by Career Services early this term, but they have a variety of workshops and
other events available for you to attend. I will be highlighting some of these as POTENTIAL
EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITIES (yay!). A complete list of the events for Fall 2011 is available
A 90 - 100%
B 80 - 89%
C 70 - 79%
D 60 - 69%
F below 60%
Mid-term Progress Report:
The mid-term grade in this course, which will be issued on or about September 30, reflects
approximately 30% of the entire course grade. Based on this grade, students may choose to
withdraw from the course and receive a grade of "W." Students pursuing this option must
fill out an official withdrawal form, available in the Office of the Registrar, or withdraw on-
line using the Swan by mid-term, which occurs on October 7. Instructions for withdrawing
are provided at this link.
The last day to withdraw without academic accountability is Friday, October 7, 2011.
On this schedule (following pages), you will see notes regarding readings and homeworks.
―CIP‖ is code for ―Careers in Psychology‖ and ―IG‖ is for ―Insiders Guide‖. Please note that we will
be covering multiple chapters on many weeks, and that it will be VERY important for you to have
read the assigned reading PRIOR to our class meeting. I will be posting up PowerPoints to
GeorgiaVIEW once we have COMPLETED a topic, and you will also be directed to additional online
readings depending on our weekly topics.
Please note that our class does meet for a full 2 hours and 50 minutes, and that on some
weeks we will have a combination of lecture/discussion and guest speakers. Guest speakers will be
marked as ―tentative‖ until I have confirmed them. Please keep an eye on your email for important
Our Test 1 date (Sept. 26) will be split between the exam (for the first hour and 15
minutes), and then coverage of a chapter after a brief break.
Also please note that while we will have no class meeting the week of Labor Day (Sept. 5),
you will still be assigned reading and online work for that week.
Date Lesson Topic Readings Homeworks
Aug 15 Intro, Orientation, Syllabus, IG Ch. 1-2 Introductory
So you Wanna Be A Psych CIP Ch. 1 Discussion Board
Aug 22 So what can you DO with IG Ch. 3, 4, 5 Job Scavenger
that Major? CIP Ch. 13-14 Hunt (Instructions
What about Graduate on Board)
Aug 29 So what can you DO part 2 IG Ch. 6, 7 Graduate School
Making yourself Marketable CIP Ch. 2 Scavenger Hunt
TENTATIVE: Guest Speaker (Instructions on
from Career Services Board)
SEPT 5 (no What do I want to be when I Sneak a peek at Ch. Examining our
class, but grow up? 3-12 of CIP Navels
still have Complete the
reading quickie self-
and assessments on
homework) CIP pgs 46, 71, 80,
100, 117, 130, 141,
instructions on the
Sept 12 Clinical and Counseling Evidence Based
TENTATIVE: Guest Speaker Thought
CIP Ch. 3
Sept 19 School Psychology CIP Ch. 4 Programs that
View recorded talk by School Work
Counselor and School Psychologist Instructions found
must be completed
by Friday Sept 23
Sept 26 First Half: CIP Ch. 5 Detecting
Test 1 Deception
(IG Ch. 1-7, CIP Ch. 1, 2, 13, 14, Instructions found
guest speakers and recorded on
talks) ASSIGNMENTS in
Second Half: GA View
Legal and Forensic Psychology
Oct 3 Health Psychology Public Health
View Recorded Guest Speaker Article Analysis
CIP Ch 6 Instructions
found on the
LAST DAY TO WITHDRAW
Oct 10 Sport Psychology CIP Ch. 7 Career Project
Guest Speaker (Confirmed) Topics due today!
Career Testing Interpretation
(second half of class)
Oct 17 Cognitive/Biological Our Brains,
CIP Ch. 8 Instructions
found on the
Oct 24 Experimental CIP Ch. 10 CAREER PROJECT
Psychology INTERVIEWEE NAMES
TENTATIVE: Guest AND INTERVIEW
Speaker QUESTIONS DUE TODAY!
Research Study Critique
Instructions found on the
Oct 31 I/O and Consumer CIP Ch. 9 Psyching Out your Business
Psychology AND 11 Instructions found on the
TENATIVE: Guest Board
Nov 7 Developmental CIP Ch. 12 PROJECT PLANNING
Psychology SHEETS DUE FOR GROUP
TENTATIVE: Guest 1 today!
Nov 14 Presentations: GROUP 1 PROJECT PLANNING
SHEETS DUE FOR GROUP
Nov 21 Presentations: GROUP 2 PROJECT PLANNING
SHEETS DUE FOR GROUP
Nov 28 Presentations GROUP 3 REFLECTION PAPERS DUE
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and the Basic Undergraduate Student Responsibilities.
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Students are expected to attend and participate in every class meeting. Instructors
establish specific policies relating to absences in their courses and communicate
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based upon the nature of the course, determine what effect excused and unexcused
absences have in determining grades and upon students’ ability to remain enrolled in
their courses. The university reserves the right to determine that excessive
absences, whether justified or not, are sufficient cause for institutional withdrawals
or failing grades.
Course Attendance Policy
Your attendance is a vitally important part of your success in this course...you
can be assured that your failure to attend class on a regular basis will likely
be reflected in your performance.
Attendance is considered ***mandatory*** on test meeting dates
Regarding missed test dates, please see "Missed Work"
I will be taking attendance at each class meeting, which will require you
to sign in on our course roster prior to the end of class.
It is your responsibility to sign the course roster at every class
meeting you attend. This course roster is the instructor's official record. You
will be held responsible for all announcements and material covered in lecture
in addition to text, references, hand-outs and study guides.
If you miss more than 25% of the course meetings, I reserve the right
to have you administratively withdrawn from the course.
Absence on a test date results in a grade of zero.
In the case of unforeseen emergencies (e.g., severe illness,
death in the family) IF THE STUDENT NOTIFIES ME AS SOON AS
POSSIBLE (preferably within 24 hours of the original test date where
possible) and PROVIDES DOCUMENTATION from a competent
authority an alternative testing date will be arranged within one week
of the original test date. Please keep in mind that these makeup dates
will be possible only on weekdays, and if either the instructor is
available or an alternative proctor can be secured.
Missed Speaker Quizzes cannot be made up.
ALL HOMEWORK IS DUE ON THE ASSIGNED DATE. Late
homework assignments will not be accepted except in the cases of an
actual, DOCUMENTABLE computer problem or emergent situation that
prevents you from completing it on time. Each case will be dealt with on
an individual basis.
However, homework may be completed in advance of the
If GeorgiaVIEW is misbehaving and you are unable to
successfully post your assignment through Assessments or
Assignments, you may copy and paste the text of your paper
into an email and send it to me via campus (NOT GeorgiaVIEW)
email. Include a note describing your Vista problems.
The final examination must be taken. Students missing the final
examination should contact their instructor concerning the
applicability of an Incomplete grade.
Do not use the GeorgiaVIEW email system -- I NEVER read GeorgiaVIEW
email...send any and all messages to email@example.com
It is IMPERATIVE that you have email access for this class, since I
will be sending out reminders and other important information via email that
often will not be repeated in class (I assume that you will be checking your
email on a regular basis)
I will be communicating with the class via a campus listserv that is
designed to send emails to your CAMPUS ACCOUNT. Every student has a
campus email account - you need only activate it.
Please email me from your CAMPUS ACCOUNT -- I will not discuss
University business (grades, etc.) unless it's over the University email system
(this is to protect your privacy). In your email, please include your NAME and
your COURSE NUMBER (in this case, PSYC 3110).
Please do NOT send me attachments via email .
If you must email me a paper or assignment (this is only done in the
case of a documentable computer problem or in the case of a GeorgiaVIEW
issue) copy and paste the assignment into the body of an email. If you are
unsure how to do that, please ask me -- I will be happy to show you.
You can assume that I've received and read your email, and that I will
address any necessary issues within a reasonable period of time (usually 1-2
business days). I may not reply to each and every message, unless it is clear
that a reply is necessary. However, if you are concerned that I may not have
received or read your email, most mailer programs allow you to attach a "Read
Receipt" to your message.
Any type of activity that is considered dishonest by reasonable standards may
constitute academic misconduct. The most common forms of academic misconduct
are cheating and plagiarism All instances of academic dishonesty will result in a grade
of zero for the work involved. All instances of academic dishonesty will be reported
to the Office of Student Life/Judicial Affairs. Judicial procedures are described
beginning on page 14 of the Student Handbook (Procedures for Adjudicating Alleged
Academic Conduct Infractions
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more serious examples include belligerent, abusive, profane, and/or threatening
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classroom behavior and/or behavior while participating in classroom activities may be
dismissed from class. A student who is dismissed is entitled to due process and will
be afforded such rights as soon as possible following dismissal. If found in violation,
a student may be administratively withdrawn and may receive a grade of WF.
A more detailed description of examples of disruptive behavior and appeal
procedures is provided at: http://a-s.clayton.edu/DisruptiveClassroomBehavior.htm
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