PSYC 485, INDIVIDUAL STUDY IN PSYCHOLOGY : May be repeated to a maximum of 6 semester hours, but only 3 semester hours may be applied toward a major or minor in psychology.

The purpose of PSYC 485 is to provide experience in a substantive or methodological area not available in other courses or to provide practice in scholarly endeavors so as to develop appropriate skills. The number of credit hours will be determined by the scope of the independent project. At the conclusion of the course the degree of mastery by the student of the topic studied will be evaluated (e.g., paper, exam, etc.) and the course grade will, in part, reflect this evaluation. Departmental permission to register for PSYC 485 will require that one copy of this form be submitted to the department chairperson for each student enrolled.

Section # : __________ Semester : __________ Year : __________

Student’s Name: _______________________________________________________________________

Student’s EMPLID or ZID #: _________________________ Student’s E-mail: _________________________

Student’s Phone Number: _________________________

Academic standing (circle one): FR SOPH JR SR

Hours of credit: __________

Number of student hours involved in the project (average hours per week): __________

How grade will be determined:

Approximately 70% of the grade will depend upon performance of research assignments, and 30% on the research paper.

Brief description of the nature and scope of the project:

The students will assist with one or more research projects being conducted in Dr. Valentiner’s research lab, such as studies of development of psychological measures, heath anxiety, cognitive factors that facilitate or impede treatment, and psychological adjustment during the transition to college. The students will participate in a variety of research-related activities, including lab meetings, collecting data from human research participants, library research, entering data, collating questionnaires, assisting with lab organization and maintenance, scheduling data collection sessions, participant recruitment, and other research assignments. The student is also expected to complete a 12-15 page research paper that includes a literature review, a set of hypotheses, and proposed method of investigation. The paper topic must be related to the projects currently being conducted and approved by Dr. Valentiner in advance.

Important Registration Information to the Student: You will receive an email with registration instructions. If a contract is submitted after the university’s add/drop deadline, the department office will advise you regarding registration.

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Student Signature Faculty Signature

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Department Chairperson Signature