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 PSYCHOLOGY 2210 - CAREERS IN PSYCHOLOGY (LLOYD) - SPRING, 2001

Instructor:   Margaret A. Lloyd, Ph.D.                              Office: MPP 2026

Office Hours:  MF:  1:00 - 1:50 p.m.                                Office Phone: 681-5423
                         TTh:  2:00 - 2:50 p.m.
                         W:    3:00 - 3:30 p.m.                                e-mail:  mlloyd@gasou.edu
                            -and by appointment

Purpose of the Course:  The purpose of this one-credit, required course for psychology majors is to provide you with information and skills that will help you select and pursue a career in psychology or a related field. Course information will be conveyed through lectures, guest speakers, readings, in-class exercises, small group discussions, and written assignments. The course should be taken in your sophomore year.  Prerequisite:  Introduction to Psychology.

Class Meetings:   Wednesdays from 2:00 - 2:50 p.m. in MPP 2044.

Required Course Materials: All course materials are contained in two shrink-wrapped packages that can be purchased from the Bookstore:

Package 1:
     -American Psychological Association. (1996). Psychology: Careers for the twenty-first century. Washington, DC:  Author.
     -Holland, J. L. (latest edition). Self-Directed Search materials (Assessment Booklet and Occupations Finder).

Package 2:
     -Lloyd, M. A. (Spring, 2000). Course-pack for Careers in Psychology (a package of hand-outs organized in order of
      weekly reading assignments)

Course Grading: This course will be graded on a "pass-fail" basis: S(atisfactory) or U(nsatisfactory). To receive a passing grade, you must complete and pass all of the course requirements described below:

    Class Attendance/Participation:  Attendance at all class meetings is expected; more than two absences from class
    will result in a "U." If you are absent on the day of an in-class exercise (see attached "Course Schedule and Outline"),
     you must obtain the exercise from me, complete it, and submit it no later than the next class meeting to remain in
    the class.

    Course Assignments (5): All five assignments must be completed and submitted by the deadlines. If you are absent on the
    day an assignment is due, please make every effort to submit the assignment on the due date. If this isn't possible,
     you must submit the assignment by the following class meeting to remain in the class.

Course Assignments:  Five out-of-class assignments have been designed to help you clarify your future goals and develop the skills necessary to reach your career goals. Course assignments will be evaluated by a check-plus, a check, or a check-minus.  The latter "grade" indicates that an assignment has not been completed satisfactorily; revised assignments must be submitted at the beginning of the next class period. Failure to meet these deadlines will result in a grade of "U." This policy applies whether or not you are absent from class on the day an assignment is returned.

The five course assignments are:

   1. Developing an Academic Plan
   2. Exploring Your Career Options (Self-Directed Search)
   3. Conducting an Informational Interview
   4. Writing a Résumé and Cover Letter
   5. Assembling Your Course Portfolio (see "Course Portfolio" below)

Instructions for each assignment will be distributed in class at the appropriate time.  Due dates for these assignments are given in the "Course Schedule and Outline" (attached).

Office Hours: I want you to get as much as you can from this course and hope that you enjoy it. I'll be happy to talk with you about any course-related issues during my office hours, and if you're not free during that time, we can arrange an appointment for another time. When my office door is open, I'm glad to see you; when my door is closed, it's a signal that I prefer not to be disturbed or am not in.

Voice-mail and e-mail: You may also contact me by phone at 681-5423 (I have voice mail) and by e-mail: mlloyd@gasou.edu.

Course Portfolio: The course portfolio will be your own personal handbook to help you in your career search after you have completed the course. You will need to purchase a 3-ring binder (if possible, one with pockets) in which to put all your course materials. Bring your portfolio to each class meeting. You must turn in your completed portfolio on the last day of class (it will be returned to you after I have reviewed it). The portfolio must include all your assignments, in-class exercises, hand-outs (most of these will be in the course-pack), class notes, the two SDS pamphlets, and Psychology: Careers for the Twenty-first Century. Be sure that all course materials are 3-hole punched. Organize your portfolio into four sections and prepare labeled dividers for each section: (1) course information (syllabus, assignments, notes), (2) undergraduate information, (3) career information, and (4) graduate school information. The SDS pamphlets and the APA booklet will fit in the pockets of your binder.

Course Hand-outs:  Extra copies of any hand-outs distributed in class (not those in the course-pack) will be stored in the brown envelope labeled "Careers in Psychology" taped to my office door. If you need another copy of the syllabus or an in-class hand-out, you can always get it from this envelope.

Attendance-Related Information: Attendance at all class sessions is expected; two absences are permitted if they are excused by the instructor (documented medical or school-authorized absences). If you are absent from class, you are responsible for submitting assignments that are due, as well as the material covered in class, including any written exercises, by the next class meeting to remain in the class. If you come to class after roll has been taken, it is your responsibility to be sure that you are not marked absent.

Academic Dishonesty:  I view academic dishonesty (plagiarism, cheating) as a serious offense. Instances of academic dishonesty will be handled according to the procedures in the Student Conduct Code.

Note:  Due to the nature of this course, there will be no final exam.

Course Schedule and Outline

Date                  Topic/Assignment

  W  Jan. 10        INTRODUCTION TO COURSE
                               -Course goals and requirements
                               -Exercise: Course Goals
                          Assignment:
                                -Read hand-outs for week 2 in course pack

  W  Jan. 17        HOW TO BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN YOUR MAJOR AND THE MARKETPLACE
                               -Complete Speaker Preference Sheet
                               -Academic Planning: Important Considerations
                          Assignment:
                               -Review hand-outs for week 3 in course pack
                               -Complete Assignment 1 (Academic Plan)

  W  Jan. 24        ENTRY-LEVEL JOBS FOR PSYCHOLOGY MAJORS
                               -Due: Assignment 1 (Academic Plan)
                               -Feedback on Speaker Preferences
                               -Q&A:  Academic Plans; Trends: Entry-level Jobs in Psychology and Related Fields
                          Assignment:
                               -Read hand-out for week 4 in course pack (Holland's hexagonal model)
                               -Optional Take-Home Exercise:  Plotting Your Projected GPA

  W  Jan. 31        EXPLORING ABILITIES, INTERESTS, SKILLS, AND VALUES: I
                               -Exercise: Identity Statuses
                               -Gender and Career Aspirations
                               -Holland's Model of Career Development
                          Assignment:
                               -Complete Assignment 2 (Identifying Career Interests)

  W  Feb. 7        EXPLORING ABILITIES, INTERESTS, SKILLS, AND VALUES: II
                             -Due:  Assignment 2 (Identifying Career Interests)
                             -Exercise: Ideal Career
                             -Exercise: Personal Values
                        Assignment:
                             -Read hand-outs for week 6 in course pack
                             -Read Psychology: Careers for the 21st Century (APA pamphlet)

* W  Feb. 14        GRADUATE SCHOOL: OPTIONS AND CONSIDERATIONS
                                 -"What's Graduate School Like?" (psychology graduate student)
                                 -Educational pathways open to psychology majors
                           Assignment:
                                -Begin working on Assignment 3 (Informational Interview)
                                -Read hand-outs for weeks 7 and 8 in course pack

                            * Last day to withdraw from class without academic penalty:  Tues., Feb. 20

  W  Feb. 21        GRADUATE SCHOOL - THE APPLICATION PROCESS:  I
                               -What's involved in applying to graduate school?
                          Assignment:
                               -Continue working on Assignment 3 (Informational Interview)
                               -Review hand-outs for weeks 7 and 8 in course pack

  W  Feb. 28        GRADUATE SCHOOL - THE APPLICATION PROCESS:  II
                               -What's involved in applying to graduate school? (cont.)
                          Assignment:
                               -Continue working on Assignment 3 (Informational Interview)
                               -Review hand-outs for week 9 in course pack

  W  Mar.  7        THE JOB SEARCH AND APPLICATION PROCESS
                               -Due: Assignment 3 (Informational Interview)
                               -Brief Reports on Informational Interviews
                               -Speaker: Career Services
                          Assignment:
                               -none

  W  Mar. 14        NO CLASS:  SPRING BREAK

  W  Mar. 21        CAREER OPTIONS FOR PSYCHOLOGY MAJORS:  I
                                -Speakers: Career options for psychology majors
                           Assignment:
                                -Read hand-outs for week 11

  W  Mar. 28        PREPARING COVER LETTERS AND RÉSUMÉS; INTERVIEWING TIPS
                                -Preparing an effective cover letter
                                -Preparing an effective résumé
                                -Interviewing tips
                           Assignment:
                                -Complete Assignment 4 (Résumé and Cover Letter)

  W  Apr.  4        CAREER OPTIONS FOR PSYCHOLOGY MAJORS: II
                              -Due: Assignment 4 (Résumé and Cover Letter)
                              -Speakers:  Career options for psychology majors
                         Assignment:
                              -none

  W  Apr.  11        CAREER OPTIONS FOR PSYCHOLOGY MAJORS: III
                                -Speakers:  Career options for psychology majors
                           Assignment:
                                -Read hand-out for week 15 in course pack
                                -Optional Take-Home Exercise: WWW Resources

  W  Apr. 18        JOB SEARCHING:  ON-CAMPUS RESOURCES
                               -Departmental and campus resources
                               -Tour: Careers Services
                          Assignment:
                               -Complete Assignment 5 (assemble Course Portfolio for submission)

  W  Apr. 25        COURSE WRAP-UP*
                               -Due: Assignment 5 (Course Portfolio)

                            * If your résumé and/or cover letter require additional revisions, they must be submitted to me by 5:00 p.m.
                             on Mon., April 30 (the last day of classes). You may pick up your graded résumé and/or cover letter by
                               noon on Tues., May 1 in the Psychology Department office. When you pick up your résumé/cover
                               letter, please check to be sure that the assignment has been satisfactorily completed; if additional
                               revisions are needed and are not completed, a grade of "Incomplete" will be assigned.

NOTE:  BECAUSE OF THE NATURE OF THIS COURSE, THERE WILL BE NO FINAL EXAM.

APA-style reference for this page:

Lloyd, M. A. (2001, January 21). Course syllabus for Careers in Psychology [Online]. Available:
http://www.psywww.com/careers/syllabus.htm

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