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Unformatted text preview: Psychology 100W: Writing Workshop San Jos State University, Spring 2010 Sec 6 TR 10:30-11:45 DMH 162 Sec 7 TR 9-10:15 DMH 359
Dr. Nancy Eldred Phone: (408) 924-5653 Office: DMH 318 Hours: Changes will be announced in class and posted on my website and door. Wednesdays 10:30-2:30 and by appointment (I will take a lunch break at my discretion) Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays by request Office hours end 5/12 Email: Nancy.Eldred at sjsu.edu Note: I generally respond very quickly to email. I answer over 200 emails every week. Keep the emails short, specific and grammatically correct. My Web Site: The address is http://www.sjsu.edu/people/Nancy.Eldred Required Texts and Materials
APA Manual: American Psychological Association. (2010) Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author. ISBN 978-1-4338-0561-5 APA Workbook (not to be confused with the APA Manual!) American Psychological Association. (2010). Mastering APA Style: Student's Workbook and Training Guide (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author. ISBN 978-1-4338-0557-8 Undergraduate Writing in Psychology Dunn, D. S. (2008). A Short Guide to Writing About Psychology. New York, NY: Pearson. ISBN 978-0-5582-2127-0 IMPORTANT NOTE: In order to have access to the online resources that accompany the Dunn book, you must buy the book through the SJSU Bookstore. Other equipment/material requirements A 100W binder or other organizational tool up to 10 Scantron forms 882-ES #2 Pencil & a black pen a stapler to carry in your backpack a working voice recorder (tape or electronic) for individual meetings with instructor Course Description
Welcome to Psychology 100W! In Psychology 100W you will be developing the research and writing skills appropriate for scholarly communication in the broad field of psychology. Broadly these skills include (but are not limited to) understanding how to research the psychological literature and scientific writing that conforms to the American Psychological Association (APA) style. Assignments include essays, a literature review, and scholarly communication. This course satisfies SJSU Studies Category Z. Prerequisites University Prerequisites: ENGL 1B (with a grade of C or better), Completion of core GE, Satisfactory score on Writing Skills Test, upper division standing, Departmental Prerequisites: PSYC 1; STAT 95 or senior standing Course Goals and Student Learning Objectives
This is a course in writing for the Psychology major, however it is also an upper division GE course. As such, this course has a variety of features and student learning goals: 1. Students will develop proficiency at using databases (e.g., PSYCHINFO and MEDLINE) to locate empirical research and research review articles in an area of psychology. 2. Students will demonstrate competency in American Psychological Association (APA) writing style, including grammar, spelling, and syntax. 3. Students will summarize and analyze empirical research articles in an area of psychology. 4. Students will write for a general audience. 5. Students will organize and develop a literature review in an area of psychology. 6. The Board of General Studies, which writes the rules on GE courses, requires that students in 100w write no less than 8000 words in the course of the semester, and do an oral presentation. 7. Students will begin to develop critical thinking skills in psychology. Turnitin.com
Turnitin.com is a website that checks for plagiarism. You will be required to submit many of your assignments to this website, as indicated by the instructor. Information on how to use turnitin.com will be provided later in the semester. Assignments and Grading Policy Overview
The assignments in Psychology 100W are designed to gradually build the writing and research skills necessary to write scholarly papers appropriate for the discipline of psychology. Assignments in 100W include: Plagiarism tutorial Grammar I and II assignments APA style multiple choice tests Writing assignments (article summaries, literature review, methods section, and general audience paper) Various ungraded but required assignments (database, research question, peer editing, and so forth) Oral presentation The course schedule and assignment summary table at the end of this syllabus provide a timeline and the planned grading for each assignment. You are expected to come to class with the requisite materials and having completed the assigned readings and assignments. For each assignment, an information sheet outlines the specifics of the assignment. Please print them off the web site when they are available and have them with you on the appropriate lecture days. These information sheets are not a substitute for the lecture. APA Style Tests
In this course one way you will demonstrate mastery of APA style is through 40-item multiple-choice tests. There are two kinds of APA style on which you will be tested: term paper tests (TPT): to prepare for this test, complete Ch 3 in the Workbook research report tests (RRT): to prepare for this test, complete Ch 4 in Workbook The tests are on relevant material in the APA Manual. This material is scattered throughout the manual. To study for the tests, you should use your Workbook. The workbook contains activities and references to material found in the APA Manual. You can take up to 4 tests on each style; your test grade is based on the highest test score earned for each style. You must score a minimum of 28/40 (70%) on each type of test. Although these are open book (APA manual) tests, they are difficult tests. You must know the information in the manual and where the information is located to understand and answer the questions correctly. So study! Bring a Scantron 882ES or 883ES to each test. Testing Room TPTs 1 2 and RRT 1 will be administered during class time. If you need to take additional tests, you will do so with a 100W teaching assistant when the testing room is open. The testing room and schedule will be announced shortly. I strongly advise that you complete the needed tests as early in the semester as possible. Written Assignments
An assignment summary table appears at the end of this syllabus. Details for each assignment are provided in lectures and in assignment information sheets. Assignment information sheets (as well as other useful resources) can be found my website. You are expected to print and bring copies of each handout to the appropriate class. I suggest you print off all of them at the beginning of the semester and keep them in your binder. Make-up Exams and Late Assignments No extensions on assignments or make-up exams will be given except in cases of documented emergencies, serious illness, or a dean's excuse. If such a circumstance should arise, please contact me as early as possible and be ready to provide documentation. Major Scholarly Paper: Literature Review The major paper you will be writing for this course is an APA style literature review (approximately 2000 words, not including references or title page). The goal of a literature review is to answer a research question by describing and synthesizing relevant theory and research findings relevant to the question. You will be developing your final literature review in several assignments, including (but not limited to): Research Question Assignment in which you develop, with help from the instructor, a research question appropriate to the discipline of psychology and to the requirements of the course. Database Assignment in which you identify at least 10 15 sources relevant to your literature review topic using databases and other resources appropriate to psychological research. Article Summaries in which you summarize 6 relevant articles regarding your research question, and provide supporting research from other articles. The first 4 article summaries are graded on a Pass/Redo basis. Only article summaries 5 & 6 receive grades. Literature Review Conferences and Drafts in which you receive feedback from a variety of sources and revise your paper as needed. Course grades are criterion based. Overall Paper Grade = literature review (80%) plus general audience (20%). All assignments listed on Assignment Summary sheet are required for a course grade. For an A Your highest grades on the APA term paper test and APA research report test must average 85% or higher. First 4 article summaries are passed (rewrites permitted) Article summaries 5 & 6 grades are a minimum of 3.0. Methods section, and oral presentation grades are a minimum of 3.0. Pass the Plagiarism tutorial with 85% (can retake). Prepared attendance at all scheduled conferences. All work submitted on time. Overall Paper Grade: 3.5 or above Course Grade For a B Your highest grades on the APA term paper test and APA research report test must average 80% or higher. First 4 article summaries are passed (rewrites permitted) Article summaries 5 & 6 grades are a minimum of 3.0. Methods section, and oral presentation grades are a minimum of 3.0. Pass the Plagiarism tutorial with 85% (can retake). Prepared attendance at all scheduled conferences. All work submitted on time. Overall Paper Grade: 2.8 - 3.2 For a C Your highest grades on the APA term paper tests and APA research report tests must average a minimum of 75%. First 4 article summaries are passed. Article Summaries 5 & 6 grades are a minimum of 2.0. Pass the Plagiarism tutorial with 85% (can retake). Methods section, and oral presentation grades are a minimum of 2.0. Prepared attendance at all scheduled conferences All work is submitted on time. Overall Paper Grade: 2.0 or above Failure to meet the criteria for a given course grade may result in a lower grade or NC. Exceeding basic requirements may result in a higher grade. Students who submit assignments late repeatedly earn a NC. Bear in mind that in terms of GE the only acceptable course grades are C and above. All grading is on a 4 pt scale. 4 = A, 3 = B, and so forth. A and B grades are not earned by students who hand in late work.
Grade A=4 B=3 C=2 R Criteria/Philosophy For pass/redo Excellent, scholarly, advanced college level, perfect grammar, Pass + impressive; excellent proofreading. Handed in on time Very good college level work exceeds requirement, grammar and Pass proofreading acceptable. Handed in on time. Met requirement; could improve in grammar, depth, organization High C =pass Low C = redo Needs attention to grammar, content, sentence structure and syntax, and assignment objectives. Does not meet minimum Redo requirements. In general, the following criteria and philosophy will be used when grading student work: Important Notes about Grading In terms of GE the only passing course grades are C and above. Rewrites on article summaries 1-4 must be completed within a week following their return. No incompletes will be given. No extra credit assignments will be given. Classroom Rules
Read the syllabus! You are responsible for knowing the details in this green sheet. If you lose it, get another. I am happy to answer questions about the course as they arise, but I expect you will make some effort to find the answers in the syllabus and class materials, and to pay attention to the answers given. Skill-Development Course It is important that you understand that this class is a workshop on skill development and differs from a standard lecture class that teaches content. I will provide a few lectures and am available for consultation, but I do not "teach" in the traditional lecture sense. In a workshop, you have primary responsibility for learning the material. I can answer any questions about the material you are learning and I provide feedback on your assignments. You are expected to take the initiative in mastering the material and skills in this class. Time Management & Regular Attendance Time management is a major issue for students in this class. As in the workplace, deadlines are real. Assignments are due one after another and you need to keep on top of them! You can fall quickly behind if you fail to turn every assignment in on time. Laptops Research has now shown repeatedly that taking notes with a laptop is not as effective as taking them by hand. If you cannot use a pen and paper, please sit at the back of the classroom to use your laptop. Web surfing will not be tolerated and will result immediately in an course grade of NC. Cell phones and other electronic devices Please be certain to turn off or put in silent mode all cell phones, pagers, and any other devices that produce distraction prior to entering the classroom. Any use of a phone during exams will result in referral to the Office of Student Conduct and Ethical Affairs and a course grade of NC. Late arrivals In a word, don't. Lectures are often short, and peer-editing partners are assigned at the beginning of class. Assignments are due at the beginning of class. I expect you to come to class prepared "Prepared" means you have completed the readings and any assignment before class starts, and written down any questions you had from the assignment. You should be as prepared as you expect your professor to be. Communication Use email!! Use office hours! Talk to me!! Check your email daily! If I become ill, I will inform you the night before that I will be absent. Please email me before class if you will not be in class. Please set your spam controls to accept my email address. Regarding Furlough Days
I must take a total of 9 furlough days a semester. Of these, 3 will result in cancelling class and 6 of them will result in cancelling office hours. Friday, 1/29 Monday, 2/15 (All campus & faculty furlough) Friday, 2/26 (All campus & faculty furlough) Tuesday, 3/23 Wednesday, 3/24 Thursday, 3/25 Friday, 3/26 Monday, 4/5 Thursday, 5/6 (All faculty furlough) University Policies
Campus policy in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act: "If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, or if you need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible, or see me during office hours. Presidential Directive 97-03 requires that students with disabilities requesting accommodations must register with DRC to establish a record of their disability." Academic Integrity Your own commitment to learning, as evidenced by your enrollment at San Jos State University, and the University's Academic Integrity Policy requires you to be honest in all your academic course work. Faculty members are required to report all infractions to the Office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development. The policy on academic integrity can be found at http://sa.sjsu.edu/student_conduct. Student Resources
Student Technology Resources Computer labs for student use are available in the Academic Success Center located on the 1st floor of Clark Hall and on the 2nd floor of the Student Union. Additional computer labs may be available in your department/college. Computers are also available in the Martin Luther King Library. A wide variety of audio-visual equipment is available for student checkout from Media Services located in IRC 112. These items include digital and VHS camcorders, VHS and Beta video players, 16 mm, slide, overhead, DVD, CD, and audiotape players, sound systems, wireless microphones, projection screens and monitors. Learning Assistance Resource Center The Learning Assistance Resource Center (LARC) is located in Room 600 in the Student Services Center. It is designed to assist students in the development of their full academic potential and to motivate them to become self-directed learners. The center provides support services, such as skills assessment, individual or group tutorials, subject advising, learning assistance, summer academic preparation and basic skills development. The LARC website is located at http:/www.sjsu.edu/larc/. SJSU Writing Center The SJSU Writing Center is located in Room 126 in Clark Hall. It is staffed by professional instructors and upper-division or graduate-level writing specialists from each of the seven SJSU colleges. Our writing specialists have met a rigorous GPA requirement, and they are well trained to assist all students at all levels within all disciplines to become better writers. The Writing Center website is located at http://www.sjsu.edu/writingcenter/about/staff/. You must have an appointment, and they are usually booked weeks in advance, so schedule your time early. Peer Mentor Center The Peer Mentor Center is located on the 1st floor of Clark Hall in the Academic Success Center. The Peer Mentor Center is staffed with Peer Mentors who excel in helping students manage university life, tackling problems that range from academic challenges to interpersonal struggles. On the road to graduation, Peer Mentors are navigators, offering "roadside assistance" to peers who feel a bit lost or simply need help mapping out the locations of campus resources. Peer Mentor services are free and available on a drop in basis, no reservation required. The Peer Mentor Center website is located at http://www.sjsu.edu/muse/peermentor/. 100w Required Assignments Summary Sheet
Basic Knowledge and Skills Assignments Word Grade Assignment Notes Turnitin Caf count Pretest Plagiarism Tutorial http://tutorials.sjlibrary.org/tutorial/ Take until you score 85% or better Grammar 1 varies varies Grammar 2 APA Workbook Ch 3 TPT Tests APA Workbook Ch 4 RRT Tests Postest Complete PRIOR to TPT #1 Can take up to 4 Complete PRIOR to RRT #1 Can take up to 4 SLO 1, 2, 7 2 2 2 2 2 1, 2, 7 500 Reading, Writing and Synthesis Skills Research Question and 700 Database Assignment 300 Sample Article Summary 250Article Summary 1 500 (Pass/Redo) 250Article Summary 2 500 (Pass/Redo) 250Article Summary 3 500 (Pass/Redo) 250Article Summary 4 500 (Pass/Redo) 225 Article Summary 5 225 Article Summary 6 2000 Literature Review Draft 1 250 2000 500 500 Literature Review Draft 2 Literature Review Final Methods Paper General Audience Paper Oral Presentation 1, 5 2 250 if no redo, 500 if redo required 250 if no redo, 500 if redo required 250 if no redo, 500 if redo required 250 if no redo, 500 if redo required X X X X X X X No Yes Yes No * * 2, 3 2, 3 2, 3 2, 3 2, 3 2, 3 5, 6, 7 X 7 5, 6, 7 7 4 6 6 Prepared attendance at Conference Written feedback for peer X X X 5-7 minutes on Literature Review Topic 8400 Total Word Count -8900 Whether you submit Article Summaries 5 & 6 to Caf is up to you. ...
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