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Curriculum Action Notice


From:

Academic Affairs Committee

Date:

October 18, 2006

This is a bulletin from the Academic Affairs Committee concerning proposed curricular actions. Please forward any comments or concerns in the next 10 days to the AAC chair, Teri Doerksen, G04C Belknap Hall, ext. 4588.

Curricular Action Notice – Psychology

1. Program changes:
a. Changes to the core requirements, including a new 1 credit course: PSY 3351, “Career Planning.”
b. Introduction of four new concentrations for Psychology majors; General Psychology, Lifespan Development, Counseling, and Mind/Body.
Rationale for change: To offer students the opportunity to elect a concentration within the Psychology Major that fits their more focused career interests. Each new Concentration reflects an area of expressed interest by a significant number of our students and also represents strengths within the faculty of the Psychology Department. The program changes also allow a student to continue to elect a broad interest within Psychology by electing the General Psychology concentration. We are also improving our career planning opportunities for students, creating a modestly different introduction to the program, depending on the experience level of the student upon entry to the major, and we are clarifying our research requirements for our students.

2. Changes to existing courses:
a. Renaming PSY 1151 From “Psychology First-Year Seminar” to “Orientation to Psychology”
b. Renaming PSY 2206 from “Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology” to “Research Methods I”
c. Renaming PSY 3306 from “Experimental Design” to “Research Methods II” and changing to include material from PSY 3304, “Survey Research Methods” (this course is being deleted).
Purpose and nature of change: Changing course number, title, description and outline. This revised course will incorporate aspects of Psy 3304 (Survey Research Methods) into this more comprehensive course and thereby eliminate the need to give students a choice between the two courses and eliminate the need to staff a competing course in the same semester.
Course Description for Catalog (limit to four sentences):
Research Methods II is a hands-on application of the material introduced in Research Methods I. Students in this course will conceptualize, design and conduct independent research projects. From data collected during this semester students will learn to present their research findings in a organized and coherent manner. Research designs covered in this course will range from survey to true experimental designs. Considerable attention will be paid to the conducting of ethical research.

3. Deletion of one course: PSY 3304, “Survey Research Methods”

4. Introduction of two new 1 credit courses:
a. PSY 3351, “Career Planning” (required for all majors)
Purpose and Nature of Course: To implement a mid-level (pre-Senior Seminar) career planning and student success course that will meet the planning needs of our student. This course pulls some of this career planning material out of Senior Seminar into a required junior-level course. This gives these students the opportunity to plan for the future at a time when it is most appropriate, before the last semester of the senior year when they typically would be enrolled in Senior Seminar. It also provides an entry to the Psychology Major for transfer students and other students entering the major with over 30 college credits and will substitute for PSY 1151 (Psychology First-Year Seminar) for those students. It will also allow Senior Seminar to more appropriately focus on capstone experiences.
Course Description for Catalog (limit to four sentences):
An opportunity for Psychology majors to explore career, graduate school and field placement possibilities in their concentration area prior to selecting an internship or completing capstone experiences in the major. Required for all majors; may be taken in lieu of PSY 1151 for students entering the major with more that 30 semester hours completed. The course meets weekly (7 weeks) in the first half of the semester. It may be taken in the same semester as PSY 3352.

b. PSY 3352, “Field Experience and Observation” (elective for majors only)
Purpose and Nature of Course: An elective pre-internship field experience to explore professional roles and services in the community in an applied setting that is relevant to the student’s concentration within the Psychology major. This will give students initial experience in an applied setting, broaden their awareness of professional roles within their area of concentration, and help them make more informed internship and career choices.
Course Description for Catalog (limit to four sentences):
An elective pre-internship field experience to explore professional roles and services in the community in an applied setting that is relevant to the student’s concentration within the Psychology major. The course meets weekly (7 weeks) in the second half of the semester and includes an additional 15 hour field experience. It may be taken in the same semester as PSY 3351. 1 credit




 

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