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PSYC102 - Professional Careers and Education in Psychology

Course Details

Course Code: PSYC102 Course ID: 4216 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course provides an overview of psychology as a profession and academic discipline. It focuses on the broad discipline of psychology and its subspecialty areas within the discipline, career opportunities available in the field and educational requirements for field entry, effective job and graduate program preparation strategies, and practical issues confronting psychologists and professionals in related occupations.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
05/27/19 - 11/01/19 11/04/19 - 12/29/19 Fall 2019 Session I 8 Week session
06/24/19 - 11/29/19 12/02/19 - 01/26/20 Fall 2019 Session D 8 Week session
07/29/19 - 01/03/20 01/06/20 - 03/01/20 Winter 2020 Session B 8 Week session
08/26/19 - 01/31/20 02/03/20 - 03/29/20 Winter 2020 Session I 8 Week session
09/30/19 - 02/28/20 03/02/20 - 04/26/20 Winter 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

During successful completion of this course students will
CO1: Explore the broad discipline and specializations within the applied field of psychology.
CO2: Examine career options for graduates with differing levels of academic preparation.
CO3: Identify skills and knowledge expected of successful applicants to graduate programs in psychology.
CO4: Examine effective strategies for acquiring and evaluating new information within the field of psychology.
CO5: Demonstrate skills in correctly using the editorial style of the American Psychological Association.
CO6: Prepare an action plan for successful completion of the undergraduate academic major.

Eight forums - one in each week of the course, will be completed. Topical and general instructions for completing them are located under “Forums” link in the classroom. Participation in Forums is required.

Week 2 Assignment – Resume – Complete a Resume, with cover letter, applying for a job in the career field you have chosen. See assignment link for further instructions.

Week 4 Assignment Presentation – Using resources from Weeks 1 – 3, complete a 10 – 12 slide presentation, not including title and reference slides, on the following subsets of psychology: Developmental, Personality, Bio-Psychology, Perception Psychology, Learning/Memory, and Psychopathology.

Week 6 Assignment – Specialties Essay – Complete a 4 – 6-page essay on Industrial – Organizational (I-O) Psychology, Social Psychology, Experimental Psychology, and Forensic Psychology. See assignment link for further instructions.

Week 7 Assignment: Specialty Presentation. Complete a 20-25 slide composite PowerPoint presentation from our discussions and assignments these past weeks describing student’s psychology career choice, e.g. clinical psychologist, school psychologist, psychology professor, research psychologists in a university, hospital, etc.

Week 8 Optional Assignment: Using the links in the assigned readings area, create and begin building your professional profile from the career interests we have covered in class. This assignment is not graded, but highly recommended. Have fun with this!

NameGrade %
Discussion Forum 32.00 %
Week 1 Forum 4.00 %
Week 2 Forum 4.00 %
Week 3 Forum 4.00 %
Week 4 Forum 4.00 %
Week 5 Forum 4.00 %
Week 6 Forum 4.00 %
Week 7 Forum 4.00 %
Week 8 Forum 4.00 %
Assignments 20.00 %
Week 2 Resume Assignment 10.00 %
Week 6 Essay Assignment 10.00 %
Week 4 Career Interest Presentation 20.00 %
Week 4 Career Interest Presentation 20.00 %
Capstone Presentation 28.00 %
Week 7 Capstone Presentation 28.00 %
Unassigned 0.00 %
RealizeIT 0.00 %

Book Title: Careers in Psychology, 4th ed.- The VitalSource e-book is provided via the APUS Bookstore
Author: Kuther
Publication Info: Cengage
ISBN: 9781133049678

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Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.