O R VERVIEW OF THE

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DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY
SPRING SEMESTER, 2015-16
OVERVIEW OF THE RESEARCH REQUIREMENT
PSYC 110: Introduction to Psychology
Abstract: As a student enrolled in PSYC 110 (Introduction to Psychology), you must satisfy a research
requirement in order to receive a grade in the course. This document provides an overview of the
requirement, along with links to all important resources for successful completion of the requirement.
Contact Information: Dr. Craig A. Wendorf, Research Requirement Coordinator, D240 Science Center, UWSP,
Phone: 715-346-2304, Email: [email protected]
What is the Research Requirement?
The research requirement is designed to help familiarize you with the methodology used in psychological research. This
requirement can be satisfied by successfully completing either of the following options:
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Option 1: Participate in TWO hours of approved Psychology studies, OR
Option 2: Read and answer questions about ONE Psychology research study.
Detailed instructions, useful and required documents, and
important web links for both options are available online through D2L
(where you should see the PSYC 110 Research Requirement among your list of courses).
What Impact Does the Requirement Have on Your Grade?
Satisfaction of this requirement will not affect the grade you earn in the course (e.g., A or B, etc.). Completing the
requirement does not count toward your grade nor is it extra credit. It is simply a requirement that must be completed
as a part of this course.
Students who successfully complete the requirement will be given the course grade that has been determined by their
instructor. For example, if you have earned an A in the course according to your instructor’s standards, then you will be
given an A when you complete the requirement.
By departmental policy, students who do not complete this requirement will automatically receive an Incomplete (I) in
the course. Those who receive an Incomplete have one semester to complete the requirement by writing a review article
(see Option 2) or the Incomplete will automatically be changed to a grade of F by the university registrar. The only
exception is those who would not pass the course anyway – they will have the F recorded immediately.
Students who are retaking the course are exempt from the requirement if they can provide proof they have satisfied
the requirement before. If you previously satisfied the requirement, you must contact the Research Requirement
coordinator (see Contact Information above).
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PSYC 110: INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY
OVERVIEW OF THE RESEARCH REQUIREMENT
What are the Important Dates for the Research Requirement?
It is very important that you are aware of the timeline for completing the research requirement. The following table
provides the typical dates for each event:
Week of the
Semester
Option 1:
Research Participation
Option 2:
Journal Article Summary
Week 1
You received a copy of these Research Requirement Guidelines.
Week 3
You will receive an email with your logon information for study sign-ups.
Weeks 4-5
Week 13
Week 15
Finals Week
Studies will start becoming available
for sign-up and participation.
The D2L dropbox for research summaries
will open for submissions.
You will receive a reminder email about the research requirement.
The last studies of the semester will take
place before MAY 13, 2016.
The research summaries are due by
MAY 13, 2016.
All participation records will be updated and all research summaries will be graded.
The information will be passed along to your instructor.
Please be aware that all research study times are determined by the students and faculty conducting the research.
Therefore, the above timeline for the research participation option is only approximate. Certain studies may start later
th
th
than the 5 week and may finish before the 15 week of the semester.
What Do You Do If You Have Questions About the Requirement?
These guidelines have been determined by departmental policy; they have not been set by your instructor. Therefore,
your instructor – who is the appropriate contact for all other aspects of your course – is probably NOT the best contact
regarding this requirement. Specific questions or concerns about any aspect of this requirement that are not clearly
stated at the research requirement website should be directed to the Research Requirement Coordinator (see Contact
Information above).
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