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PSYC699 - Integrative Capstone Project in Psychology

Course Details

Course Code: PSYC699 Course ID: 4035 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course is designed to guide students through a review of the content domains covered along the degree path of the Master of Arts in Psychology degree. It affords an opportunity to synthesize and articulate knowledge obtained during degree progression via the selection of multiple threads of inquiry and analysis of peer-reviewed, scholarly literature related to successfully completed coursework. The course requires informed library research and concise exposition. Students completing this phase of their degree will receive substantial guidance and support from their instructor and classmates throughout the course. NOTE: This course may not be taken until all other courses are COMPLETED and student has a 3.0 GPA.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
05/27/19 - 11/01/19 11/04/19 - 02/23/20 Fall 2019 Session K 16 Week session
06/24/19 - 11/29/19 12/02/19 - 03/22/20 Fall 2019 Session C 16 Week session
07/29/19 - 01/03/20 01/06/20 - 04/26/20 Winter 2020 Session A 16 Week session
08/26/19 - 01/31/20 02/03/20 - 05/24/20 Winter 2020 Session K 16 Week session
09/30/19 - 02/28/20 03/02/20 - 06/21/20 Winter 2020 Session C 16 Week session

Current Syllabi

Students successfully completing this course will:

  • Analyze historical and contemporary trends occurring across multiple domains of theory, research, and practice within the field of psychology
  • Examine core concepts of psychology as related to normal and abnormal individual, social, cultural, and organizational functioning
  • Construct a discipline-relevant research proposal
  • Evaluate scholarly resources pertinent to the discipline
  • Write competently in accordance with the standards of the American Psychological Association
  • Investigate professional opportunities, responsibilities, and challenges experienced by practitioners within the discipline
  • Apply the Ethical Principles of the American Psychological Association.

Forums
One forum each week. Forums 2-15 focus on the student’s plan of action for coursework completion. Students will need to update the plan every week. Participation in all forums is required for successful completion of the term. The plan of action forums are grouped into weeks for grading. Failure to complete any part of the plan will result in a 0.

Week 1 Assignment: Formal Thesis Proposal

The Formal Thesis Proposal must be approved before moving forward with any other steps in the literature review. The proposal includes the title, thesis statement, and a description of what you are going to research and why you are researching it. It also includes an explanation of what you anticipate learning, how it applies to your professional interests, and its relevance to the field of psychology. The proposal must be relevant to graduate courses within your concentration at APUS. The proposal should be between 5-7 pages and completed by Sunday 11:55 PM EST. A title page, reference page, and general APA formatting are required. Please note that once a topic is approved, changes are not permitted.

Week 3 Assignment: Annotated Bibliography

An annotated bibliography is an APA formatted listing and description of the sources used to develop the Integrated Project Literature Review. No further coursework will be accepted unless this assignment is submitted in Week 3.
Peer-reviewed and evidence-based articles (articles published in academic journals) must be used for the annotated bibliography. Each article must be a primary source, that is a single experiment conducted by the article author(s) only. Articles cannot be used if the author is writing about a topic in an essay style and/or if the article includes citations of multiple other authors’ articles or summaries of multiple study findings in the same article.

The Week 3 Annotated Bibliography must include 24 peer-reviewed, evidence-based articles formatted as per APA guidelines. The annotated bibliography should be titled “References” centered at the top of the page, followed by the full APA citation of the article and a paragraph (4-6 sentences) describing the following:

1. Purpose of the study

2. Methodology

3. Findings

4. Relevance to the thesis topic

These paragraphs must be written in the student’s own words. Quoting is not permitted for this assignment.

The annotated bibliography should be completed by Sunday 11:55 PM EST. A title page, reference page, and general APA formatting are required.

Week 4 Assignment: Literature Review Outline
To develop a focused, thorough literature review, it is important to develop an outline to guide your work and organization throughout the process. The outline is an evolving document. As you progress through the course, you will likely adapt and revise the outline. The outline should be structured in a sentence outline format, with the identification of major points/themes and support for these points. Additional guidance and examples can be found in the APUS Writing Center at https://www.apus.edu/apus-library/resources-services/Writing/writing-center/the-writing-process.html

The outline should be completed by Sunday 11:55 PM EST. A title page, reference page, and general APA formatting are required.

Week 11 Assignment -1st Rough Draft

The first draft of your literature review is due. This will allow you to receive substantive, detailed feedback from your instructor. The 30-40 page draft should be completed by Sunday 11:55 PM EST. General APA formatting is required. The rough draft should include all the elements of the final literature review. Details are provided in the Assignment tab.

Week 13 Assignment -Revised Draft

The revised draft of your literature review is due. This will allow you to receive substantive, detailed feedback from your instructor. The 30-40 page draft should be completed by Sunday 11:55 PM EST. General APA formatting is required.

The revised draft should include all the elements of the final literature review, with revised areas in track changes. Details are provided in the Assignment tab.

Week 15 - Final Integrative Capstone Literature Review

The 30-40 page Final Integrative Capstone Literature Review should be submitted by Sunday at 11:55pm EST. Details are provided in the Assignment tab.

Grading Scale: See the link http://www.apus.edu/student-handbook/grading/index.htm for the APUS grading scale.

Grading Note:

Graduate students must earn a B- (80%) or better on their Capstone paper and a B- (80%) or better in their Capstone course to pass. Graduate students must have at least a 3.0 GPA to graduate.

NameGrade %
Forums 20.00 %
Week 1 Forum 2.86 %
Weeks 2-4 Forum 2.86 %
Weeks 5-7 Forum 2.86 %
Weeks 8-10 Forum 2.86 %
Weeks 11-13 Forum 2.86 %
Weeks 14-15 Forum 2.86 %
Week 16 Forum 2.86 %
Assignments 80.00 %
Week 1 Assignment: Formal Thesis Proposal 8.29 %
Week 3 Assignment: Annotated Bibliography 14.92 %
Week 4 Assignment: Outline 7.05 %
Week 11 Assignment -1st Rough Draft 14.92 %
Week 13 Assignment -Revised Draft 4.97 %
Week 15 - Final Integrative Capstone Literature Review 29.85 %

The End of Program Graduate Assessment Manual can be downloaded at https://apus.libguides.com/APUS_ePress/EOP_Manual

All evidence based published literature should be accessed in the APUS Online Library.

Book Title:There are no required books for this course.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.