San José State University
Writing Workshop (PSYC 100w)
MW 9:00-10:15am (sect. 1; code: 41494), Room CL 308
Dr. Sharon Glazer
: DMH 232
Wed 1:00pm-4pm; or by appt.
Course Goals and Overview
In this course you will be developing the research and writing skills appropriate for scholarly communication in the
field of psychology. 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.
Prerequisites for the course include: ENGL 1A and 1B (with a grade of C or better); Passing the Writing Skills Test
(WST); Completion of PSYC 1 and STAT 95.
This course is a workshop on writing for the psychology major and an upper division GE course. We will fulfill the
both the GE requirements and set the foundation for writing in psychology, by achieving a number of learning
Students will develop proficiency at using databases (e.g., ABINFORM, PSYCHINFO, and
MEDLINE) to locate empirical research and research review articles on a topic related to
Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Social Psychology, Cross-Cultural Psychology
combination of these areas of psychology.
Students will demonstrate competency in American Psychological Association (APA) writing style,
including grammar, spelling, and syntax.
Students will summarize and analyze empirical research articles in an area of psychology.
Students will write for a general audience.
Students will organize and develop a literature review in an area of psychology.
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.
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Gelfand, H., Walker, C. J., & the American Psychological Association. (2002).
Mastering APA Style: Student’s
Workbook and Training Guide
. Washington, DC: APA.
Landrum, R. E. (2008). Undergraduate writing in psychology: Learning to tell the scientific story. Washington, DC:
Glazer, S. (2008). A basic guide to writing a psychology-related literature review paper. See
Fussy Professor Starbuck's cookbook of handy-dandy prescriptions for ambitious academic authors. See
will be distributed or made available over the Internet (see www.psych.sjsu.edu/~sglazer).