Methods of instruction may include:
- group discussions
- guest lectures
- Graduate school aptitude exams.
- Applying for research funding (e.g. NSERC and SSHRC).
- Evaluating and selecting graduate programs.
- The graduate school application process.
- How to generate, and evaluate research ideas.
- Writing a literature review.
- Planning and writing the academic research paper.
- American Psychological Association guidelines for scholarly papers.
- Standards for evaluating psychology papers.
- Ethics in research and writing.
- Presenting research through conferences and publications.
At the conclusion of the course the successful student will be able to:
- Conduct a comprehensive literature review to address a specific research question.
- Explain the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans.
- Construct an ethics proposal for the Douglas College Ethics Board.
- Critically analyze and discuss a piece of academic work.
- Provide constructive feedback on the academic work of others.
- Demonstrate understanding of the application procedures for graduate school.
- Identify the differences between graduate schools/programs in Psychology and related disciplines.
- Establish ability to participate in the peer review process, including papers, posters and conference presentations.
- Use visual aids, such as Microsoft PowerPoint, to communicate ideas in a professional manner.
The course evaluation will be in accordance with Douglas College and Psychology Department policies. Evaluations will be based on the course objectives. The specific evaluation criteria will be provided by the instructor at the beginning of the semester.
An example of a possible evaluation scheme would be:
Draft ethics proposal 20%
Attendance at academic talks or seminars 10%
Critical analyses of research papers 30%
Presentation of research proposal 30%
Class participation 10%
Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students
Textbook(s) such as the following, the list to be updated periodically:
Sternberg, R.J., & Sternberg, K. (2010). The psychologist’s companion: A guide to writing scientific papers for
students and researchers (5th ed.). New York, NY:Cambridge University Press.
Admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology Honours Program or Department permission.