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                                       Bridgewater State College Governance

                                             New Course Proposal Form
General Information

     Course Title:                     Advanced Research and Fieldwork in Psychology

     Department:                       Psychology

     Course Prefix & Number:           PSYC 402

     Credit Hours:                     1-6

     Frequency of Offering:            Every semester

     Estimated enrollment:             15

     Course Level:               x Undergraduate
                                    Undergraduate / graduate

     Course Type:                x Lecture                  xx Laboratory
                                    Internship                 Practicum
            Please check all
                                    Honors course              Studio
          that apply & specify
              if necessary

     Course Serves As:           X A free elective
                                   A requirement for majors in:
            Please check all      A requirement for minors in:
          that apply & specify     A requirement for concentrations in:
              if necessary
                                   A cognate for majors in:
                                   A GER in the category of :

Course Prerequisites

Please specify any course prerequisites for the new course, specifying prerequisite course prefixes, numbers, and titles. Also,
please note if some type of written consent and/or matriculation in a program is required. If none, state “none”.

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor

Impact on Other Programs

If the proposed new course will affect any existing courses or programs, please specify what will be affected and please
signify that approval has been granted by all affected parties. If none, state “none”.


Course Justification

Please describe the rationale for this new course. If the course is to be a new GER, please be sure to specify how the course
meets the requirements for a GER in the category you specified on page one.

Psychology majors are required to complete a two semester sequence that requires students to address and
develop statistical and data analytic reasoning skills and research skills in an integrated format. The content
of these research methods courses form the core of our curriculum and provide students with the opportunity
to master the basics in these areas. Students learn to conceptualize research, to collect data, conduct data
analyses, design and write research proposals and reports. These are limited projects or portions of ongoing
projects designed to provide students with the fundamentals necessary to understand, knowledgably read and
interpret research papers, to formulate simple research projects and do fieldwork.

Since statistical analysis is a necessary tool for conducting research in psychology, and the conduct of research
in psychology serves as the foundation of our discipline and is the method by which knowledge of behavior
and mental processes is gained, an advanced research topics course would permit interested students to
further develop their research interests, hone their skills, and do applied work in the field. By giving students
the opportunity to develop a major research project in an area of interest and to master more advanced
qualitative, quantitative and statistical applications, they will be able to gain increased proficiency in these
areas that will serve them well in graduate school and as professionals. This course is designed for students
who wish to further develop their data analytical and research skills in an area of interest.

Students will have the opportunity to be introduced to advanced statistical methods that might include, for
example, advanced mixed factorial designs, ANCOVA MANOVA, MANCOVA, multiple-regression, factor
analysis and discriminant analysis, and/or qualitative and content analysis. In addition, students will further
develop their facility with SPSS and with other software and hardware systems used in experimental design,
implementation and data collection. Working in a research context, students will have the opportunity to
actively develop and apply their quantitative and conceptual research and data analytical skills.

Course Description

Please describe the course exactly as it will appear in the college catalog. Please check for complete sentences and
grammatical errors as this description will appear in print exactly as it appears below.

Students in this course will participate in research or fieldwork that is done as part of an ongoing research
project. Topical research areas in contemporary psychology will be offered to allow students the opportunity
to actively develop and carry out a major research project employing advanced research designs and data
analysis techniques in an area of interest, to write research reports and make individual presentations and to
critique each other through peer review. Topics will be announced in advance. (May be taken more than once
for a maximum of 6 credits).

Course Syllabus Draft

Please attach and send with this completed form a draft of a syllabus for this new course. Please be sure to specify what
topics will be covered, how student learning will be assessed, and what course outcomes you expect.

I certify that my department has approved this new course:

      Chairperson’s Name:       Ruth Hannon

                       Date:    May 21, 2007


         Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center PY402
     Spring, 2007

Professor: Elizabeth Englander, Ph.D.
Office: Maxwell Library, Rm 201   Phone number: 531-1784
Office Hours: By Appointment

                                MY EMAIL ADDRESS IS:

Course Content:
        This course provides basic knowledge about bullying and violence prevention. This course provides a multitude of
opportunities for a student to participate in depending on their interests. The different facets of the course include research,
going out to schools to do a Facilitation or an Assembly, attending MARC conferences, presenting at a conference, judging
the MARC annual contests, and or working on an independent project.

         Understanding Violence, (second edition) by Elizabeth Kandel Englander, Lawrence Erlbaum Publishers, 2002.
         High School Students’ Facilitator Handbook by Christine Lawson and Elizabeth Englander, 2006

*Depending on the nature of the student’s involvement, other readings may be required. Students may also offer suggested
readings for themselves & their peers, and are encouraged to do so. For example, student facilitators may review the research
literature on peer helping, reading published papers in that field.

Class Requirements:

    (1) Students must attend the MARC orientation meeting scheduled at the beginning of the semester which will outline
        the expectations and guidelines of the course.

    (2) Depending on which tasks a student gets involved with, students will be required to attend sub group meetings.

    (3) Students must get involved with different tasks (depending on the student’s interests) and accumulate points. Part of
        their involvement in the task at hand will be demonstrating a proficiency in any reading assigned. A student’s grade
        will be based on how many points have been accumulated. Please refer to the MARC Grading Point System on the
        attached page.

    (4) Students involved in certain tasks will be to complete writing assignments. For example, students who opt to
        develop a children’s brochure about bullying will be doing the actual writing themselves. Students who become
        involved in the Center’s research will be writing up their results.


           TASK                                                                POINTS

           Going out to a school to do a Facilitation or Assembly              35

           Attending a meeting at BSC                                          10

           Participating in an Independent Project                             20 – 80 per project
                1. write a one-page flyer = 10 points
                2. write a pamphlet or trifold handout = 20-25
                3. Putting together a new assembly = 50
                4. Launch a new project from top to bottom, like the K-1 Art
                    Project = 80 points
           Attend MARC conference/event here on the BSC campus                 20

           Attend External Conference                                          35

           Present at a Conference (either here at BSC or external)            40

           Judge Contest                                                       10 - 95
                1. Fall semester: attend planning meeting = 10
                2. Spring semester: read essays = 40
                3. Spring semester: watch PSAs = 25
                4. Spring semester: attend Awards Ceremony = 20
           Fail to show up to a Facilitation or Assembly                       -10

           Fail to show up to present at an Conference                         -5

Grading:   MARC Student Grading Point System


90-100 = A
80-89 = B
70-79 = C
60-69 = D
Under 60 = F


                                      Schedule Spring 2007 --
                         Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center (PY402)
*Please note. The dates below do not cover any student’s entire time commitment to this project. For every student, there
will be additional dates. The dates below are only the dates which every student must attend. Students who have class
during an event should consult Dr. Englander; depending on the nature of the work they are doing in the Center, their
attendance may be excused.

Jan. 19                 Introduction to the Course

Jan. 24                 Middle School Facilitation Training
Jan 10                  MARC Conference: Cyberbullying

Feb 2                   High School Facilitation Training
Feb 18                  5th Grade Girls Facilitation Training
Feb 26                  MARC Contest Committee Meeting

Mar 12                  MARC Conference: Bullying & Harassment of Gay & Lesbian
Mar 30                  MARC Contest Awards Ceremony

May 8                   MARC Conference: Drugs, Medication, Aggression, Bullying in

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