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  • PSYCHOLOGY 192    Section:


    Winter Quarter 2005

    Units: Varies
    Prerequisites: Upper division standing in Psychology and consent of instructor.



    Albert A. Harrison

    102 J Young Hall

    Office Hours

    Tuesdays      1:10 - 2:50

                Wednesdays  9:00 - 11:00

    Office Hours Phone  752-1672   

    E-Mail                          aaharrison@ucdavis.edu


    Summary of Requirements (Term Paper Option)


    1.      Completion of enrollment application, preferably before tenth day of instruction.

    2.      It is essential that we meet at least once during the term to discuss your term paper topic. Your term paper topic should be approved no later than the eighth week of class.

    3.      The following are due Thursday, March 17.

    a.      Supervisor's Evaluation

    b.      Activity log

    c.      Term Paper


    Please read term paper instructions carefully and note that the goal is to integrate your experiences in the field with research and theory in psychology (in other words, what you have learned in your courses and the library). The term paper is neither a library paper nor a diary but a combination of the two.


    Course Requirements


                Units                Time Commitment                             Term Paper Length


                1                      3-5 hr. per week      (min.  30 hr.  total)                06 PPS

                2                      6-8 hr. per week      (min.  60 hr. total)                08 PPS

                3                      9-11 hr. per week    (min   90 hr. total)                10 PPS

                4                      12-14 hr. per week  (min. 120 hr. total)                12 PPS

                5                      15-17 hr. per week  (min  150 hr. total)                14 PPS

                6                      18 +   hr. per wk.     (min. 180 hr. total)                16 PPS


    1. Psychology 192 offers 1 to 6 units of pass/no pass credit to upper division students who are involved in fieldwork in psychology.  Psychology 192 may be repeated once for credit.  No more than twelve 192 units are allowed, this includes 192 units taken in other departments.


    2. Only the first four Psychology 192 units count towards the upper division units required for the Psychology major.  The remainder counts only as part of the upper division units required for graduation.


    3. Psychology 192 units must have upper division standing and we recommend a minimum of five upper division psychology courses (this includes courses taken concurrently with Psychology 192). The point is that you need a strong enough background to tackle the term paper.


    4. The fieldwork itself must take place in a setting and involve activities that have received approval of the instructor.


    5. As shown in the above table, the number of units depends partly on the degree of commitment to the internship setting.  The basic formula is 1 unit of credit per 3 hr. per week commitment per 10-week period.  Thus, interns are expected to serve a total of 30 hours for one unit of credit. There is some room for negotiation. (If the internship begins after the first week of class, hours missed during the first week can be made up.)


    6. One requirement is an Activity Log or Diary that provides a brief summary of each weeks activities during the internship.  The Activity Log should describe the kinds of training received, the kinds of services performed, and personal observations about the internship setting. Entries may be brief and not be typewritten.


    7. The central requirement is a Term Paper  (typewritten, normal margins, 12-pt. type, double-spaced). The length is from 6 to 16 pages, including references, and the length depends on the number of units involved. (See Table on preceding page.)  This paper must relate experiences in the internship setting to material covered in Psychology or closely related courses (such as Human Development, Community Development, Education, Animal Behavior, Communication, Anthropology or Sociology). The integration should be explicit: describe actual theories, studies, or results, and cite actual references. It helps to supplement your coursework with some library research, since only rarely do specific courses provide you with enough depth to do a good paper.


    8. A supervisor's evaluation of your performance must be submitted along with your activity log and term paper.



    9. You can confer with me as often as you want, but we should touch bases at least once during the term. We need at least one conference for me to approve your term paper topic, and this should occur no later than the eighth week of class. You may find it helpful to show me your outline and describe your references. I am happy to respond to e-mails but reserve the right to ask you to come in if I think that we need further discussion.


    10. I will be happy to return your paper and discuss it with you during my regular office hours at the very end of the term or during Spring 2005 Office Hours.






    Like other internship or 192 courses, Psychology 192 allows you to earn credit for experiential learning thereby making it possible to become involved in an-off campus learning activities and receive credit towards your degree. Psychology 192 does have a term paper requirement, however, and this may differ from your papers for other 192 courses or for transcript notation. The goal of this term paper is to relate if not integrate your experiences in the field with research and theory from psychology. One way of looking at this requirement is evaluating your first-hand experiences in light of some of what you learned in academic psychology  the other way of looking at this requirement is evaluating some of academic psychology in light of your personal experiences!


    Organization and Format


    Because 192 students are engaged in many different kinds of activities, no one format will work for all students. There are many ways to relate the real world to what you learn in lectures, texts, and outside readings, but for many students find the following outline helps:


    1.       Brief Introduction: Where are you working as an intern and what do you do there?

    2.       Central Thesis: Discuss some aspect of psychology that you have learned or read about and how it applies in your internship setting (see hints below). As the heart of your paper, this should take up the bulk of the space.

    3.       Personal Evaluation: The paper could conclude with a brief summary evaluation of your internship experience and how well your experiences fit with the academic material that you reviewed.

    4.       References: Developing a strong paper usually requires some reading beyond your past class assignments. Dont forget to include your references at the very end. There is no recommended number, but there should be enough references to show that you undertook some research. Generally, brief papers include a half-dozen or so references while the longer papers include a page or so of references.


    Choosing a Topic


    1.       Seek a topic that relates directly to what you are actually doing. For example, if you are working with schizophrenics, an abstract discussion of various causes is less fruitful than a discussion of your personal role in the treatment process.

    2.       Seek a topic that you already know something about. For example, if you are working as a teachers aid and have taken courses on cognitive development you may want to describe how children of a particular age process information.


    3.       Dont overlook resources that are made available to you by the internship sponsors.  Many internship sites follow a particular theoretical framework (behavior modification, non-directive counseling, natural logical consequences, etc.) and are able to provide useful reference works.

    4.       Look for a topic that is neither too broad nor too narrow but is just right! If a topic is very broad (psychotherapy) you can only skim the highlights but if it is very narrow or specialized (unconditional positive regard) you will have trouble finding enough to say. Look for a topic that is of manageable size and allows you to explore some issues in depth.

    5.       Stick with one central topic Generally speaking, papers that try to cover a variety of different topics (leadership, communication, motivation) do not come out very well. It is OK to build your paper around comparisons  for example, of two theories, of men and women, of different cultures, or of different age groups) but the number should be limited. For example, papers that compare two types of psychotherapy generally work, those that try to cover three or more tend to be too scattered and thin.


    Sample Topics Chosen By Previous Students


    1.       Why Battered Women Remain in Dangerous Relationships

    2.       Bilingual Education

    3.       Strengths and Weaknesses of Peer Counseling



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