1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216
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February - April 2017 Evening Campus
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216
|Course Prefix and Number:||PSYC 175 A|
|Course Title:||*Introduction to Theory-based Research and Writing|
|Semester Credit Hours:||3|
|Class Day and Time:||
5:30 PM-8:30 PM
This is a virtual hybrid course which will meet weekly through Blackboard Collaborate (virtually) and online instruction through D2L using various resources, discussion and homework. The instructor will email instructions on how to access Blackboard Collaborate the week prior to the start of class.
Introduction to theory-based research and writing in social and behavioral sciences. Prerequisites: PSYC 101 or SOCI 111; grade C or higher in ENGL 111, or satisfactory Columbia College placement exam or placement by ACT English Score or by SAT Verbal Score: students whose ACT English Score is from 30 to 36 or whose SAT Verbal Score is from 670 to 800 will be placed in ENGL 112. Offered Fall and Spring.
PSYC 101 or SOCI 111; grade C or higher in ENGL 111, or satisfactory Columbia College placement exam or placement by ACT English Score or by SAT Verbal Score: students whose ACT English Score is from 30 to 36 or whose SAT Verbal Score is from 670 to 800 will be placed in ENGL 112.
- Publication Manual of the American Psychology Association 6th edition
- Author: American Psychological Association (APA)
Course Learning Outcomes
- To distinguish critical thinking from non-critical thinking.
- To identify bias in scientific writing.
- To develop research skills using library resources in digital and print media.
- To engage in peer-review of academic writing.
- To complete an archival research and writing project and present it to a forum of academic peers.
Special Course Requirements
Participation in this course requires the basic technology for all virtual hybrid classes at Columbia College:
- Computer with reliable Internet access
- Web browser
- Acrobat Reader
- Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office
Find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.
~~All work for this class must be original; no work is accepted if it was originally composed for another class. ~~
Professional communication is required, verbally in class and written in the online portion and in email communication.
Out of Class Activities
Use of the Writing Center on Main Campus and/or SmartThinking available in CougarTrack is required.
|Online Discussions||20 each Points||16% of grade|
|Description - |
Questions are designed to help you understand key concepts in the readings. A formal essay of 250 words or more answering the questions posed is required. Answers should be based on the assigned readings and class discussion. Correct APA format is required.
|In-class Activities||25 each Points||20% of grade|
|Description - |
We'll work together in small groups to discuss important concepts of the weeks reading material and research project. Attendance is required to earn the points for each in-class activity. Specific details regarding the in-class activities will be discussed in class.
|Article Reviews||100 each Points||30% of grade|
|Description - |
The very foundation of psychology and sociology is rooted in social science research. Using the resources provided by Stafford Library, you'll find three scholarly journal articles related to a topic of interest to you. For each article, provide a brief summary and discuss how the article relates to your research project. Minimum word count requirement is 800 words. Further details discussed in class.
|APA Research Paper & Presentation||340 Points||34% of grade|
|Description - |
The assigned article reviews will help you develop the foundation of your APA Research Paper. We'll work on this paper throughout the session. The final research paper is due during Week 8 and should include a title page, an abstract page, three pages of essay text, and a reference page. Your final document should be six or more pages. A minimum of ten sources are required.
|Method of Evaluation - |
Research Paper Topic 10 points
Additional Information / Instructions
Portions of this syllabus based on PSYC/SOCI 175 Online, used with permission from Dr. Graham Higgs.
Schedule of Activities and Assignments
Readings: Review Syllabus & Ch. 1
Reading: Ch. 1
|Structure and Content|
Reading: Ch. 2
|Writing Clearly & Concisely|
Reading: Ch. 3
|Write, Write, Write|
Discussion 5: Choose one of the general principles of writing outlined in the APA manual and discuss how they will help you improve your writing. Explain why you believe this particular principle would be useful to you. Your initial post is due before 11:59pm Wednesday, then respond with substance to at least one classmates post before 11:59pm Saturday.
Discussion 6: All types of research reports written in APA style contain abstracts. Look at one of the articles you plan to use in your research paper and identify the types of information provided in the abstract. In your discussion, identify the elements contained in the abstract. Describe the essential characteristics of a good abstract. From the researchers’ perspective, explain why you think these pieces of information are necessary to include in the abstract. Your initial post is due before 11:59pm Wednesday, then respond with substance to at least one classmates post before 11:59pm Saturday.
Readings: Ch. 6 & 7
|Wrap-up & Presentations|
Discussion 8: Identify and describe one aspect associated with academic writing that has been altered or modified by the information provided throughout this class. Secondly, describe how adopting APA standards will impact you moving forward. Use the information presented in the reading to support your analysis. Your initial post is due before 11:59pm Wednesday, then respond with substance to at least one classmates post before 11:59pm Saturday.
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