PSY404SyllabusSpring2011

PSY404SyllabusSpring2011 - Research Focused Honors Program:...

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1 Research Focused Honors Program: Semester I Psychology 404 Spring 2011 Location: PSYC 2102 Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:00pm – 4:15pm Instructor Dr. Kipling Williams Email: kip@psych.purdue.edu Office: PSYC 2166 Office Hours: Wednesdays, 1-2, or by appointment Overview of the Research Focused Honors Program The purpose of the Research Focused Honors Program (RFHP) is to provide instruction and guidance to outstanding undergraduate psychology majors on how to conduct an independent empirical project. Each project will be designed and carried out under the close supervision of a faculty member. As a participant in this program, you will be enrolled in a two-semester seminar (PSY 404 and 405) during the spring semester of your junior year and the fall semester of your senior year. You will also enroll in PSY 391H (under the supervision of your faculty advisor) for the spring semester of your junior year and PSY 498H for the fall and spring semesters of your senior year. The major tasks in this program are organized in the following sequence: 1. Spring semester junior year is devoted to learning the literature relevant to your project, defining and designing an independent empirical project in close consultation with your faculty advisor, and submitting an IRB proposal. 2. Fall semester senior year is devoted to collecting and analyzing data. In addition we will discuss various issues relevant to pursuing a career in psychology (e.g., graduate school admissions). 3. Spring semester senior year is devoted to fulfilling three requirements: (1) completing your independent research project, (2) writing a formal APA-style thesis, and (3) presenting your research project at a poster session held by the Department of Psychological Sciences. There will be a number of assignments and activities in the RFHP seminar to help you develop your skills as a researcher. Students in this seminar are working in different areas of psychology (e.g., behavioral neuroscience, cognitive psychology, clinical psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, social psychology), and therefore our discussions will focus on developing research skills rather than learning about specific content areas.
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2 Goals of the RFHP Seminar The ultimate goal of this seminar is to help prepare you for a career in psychological research. Therefore the aims of this seminar differ from those of typical undergraduate courses. We will focus heavily on hands-on training about how to
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