Welcome back to school and to your senior year at UCI. This year you will
work on a research project culminating in a senior thesis. By the
end of the academic year you must design, execute, interpret and write at
least one experiment. This quarter we will help you, collectively and
individually, toward this goal. This course is taught pass/fail. If
you registered for a grade then you must register again correctly.
During this quarter you will complete plans for your honors research. You must meet five requirements:
Oral presentations: You can view the oral presentations as opportunities to practice public speaking and interview techniques. Your first presentation can also help you to prepare your personal statement for graduate school. Tell us about your background, career as a student, interests in psychology and plans for graduate school and a future career. Tell us about your advisor and the issues that you will study in your thesis research. The second presentation can use powerpoint or transparencies. Just let us know in advance. This presentation should be a lecture that reviews the relevant literature, presents your research hypothesis, describes the experimental design to test that hypothesis (i.e., subjects, materials, levels, factors, procedures), predicts the results that you might obtain and interprets these possible results. The details of your research plans might, of course, change during the year. The point of this quarter is a good and quick start.
Colloquia/Perception lunch: These talks give you a chance to hear presentations by professors from other universities. They can help you think about careers, graduate school and ways to present your own ideas.
IRB approval: All projects must have approval by IRB Committee C. Get a copy of the application form from the Laboratory Office in 488 SSL or from the web at: http://www.rgs.uci.edu/rig/hsindex.htm. After you read the materials and take the tutorial at http://www.rgs.uci.edu/rig/hstrain.htm, you should complete the IRB form. The IRB office is available for advice that can save you time. When the form is completed, submit it for IRB approval as soon as possible. They will contact you through e-mail and web postings. If you file for exempt or expedited status, you may submit at any time, but allow at least a month to get approval. If you require full committee review, the deadlines for submitting applications for this more lengthy review are on the website.
The written paper: The paper should be typed in APA style. It should assume your reader is a psychologist, but not expert in your area. It should acquaint the reader with the relevant literature, develop your hypotheses and present an experimental method. You should submit your first draft by the Tuesday of the seventh week of the quarter. We will make comments and return it to you. We expect the final draft to be submitted by the end of the tenth week. Missing these deadlines will result in an incomplete for the course. The first draft and final draft must be written in clear, flawless and elegant English style. Consult Style: Toward Clarity and Grace by Joseph Williams and The Elements of Style (4th Edition) by William Strunk et al.
SCHEDULE OF MEETINGS AND READINGS
Meeting. Date: Topic: Reading
1. Tu 9/28: Introduction Williams, Chapters 1-4
2. Th 9/30: Writing Williams, Chapters 1-4
3. Tu 10/5: Quiz on Williams 1-4, Writing Williams, Chapters 5-7
4. Th 10/7: Writing Williams, Chapters 5-7
5. Tu 10/12: Quiz on Williams 5-7, Writing Williams, Chapters 8-10; Epilogue; Appendix
6. Th 10/14: Public Speaking Williams, Chapters 8-10; Epilogue; Appendix
7. Tu 10/19: Quiz on Williams 8+, Student Talks Strunk, Intro, Chapter 1
8. Th 10/21: Student Talks Strunk, Intro, Chapter 1
9. Tu 10/26: Quiz on Strunk 1, IRB Strunk, Chapter 2
10. Th 10/28: Writing Strunk, Chapter 2
11. Tu 11/2: Quiz on Strunk 2, Writing Strunk, Chapter 3
12. Th 11/4: Writing Strunk, Chapter 3
13. Tu 11/9: First Drafts Due, Quiz on Strunk 3 Strunk, Chapter 4
14. Th 11/11: Writing Strunk, Chapter 4
15. Tu 11/16: Quiz on Strunk 4, Writing Strunk, Chapter 5
16. Th 11/18: Writing Strunk, Chapter 5
17. Tu 11/23: Quiz on Strunk 5, Student Talks
18. Th 11/25: Student Talks
19. Tu 11/30: Student Talks
20. Th 12/2: Final Drafts Due, Student Talks
--- Tu 12/7, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m., FINAL
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