Professor: Michael A. Vandehey, Ph.D. Office: O’donohoe 112
Office Hours: MWF 9:00-10:55; TR 8:30-10:25 Phone: 397-4026
Class Time: TR 12:30-1:50 Location: PY 101
1. Become experts at APA 6th Edition writing style.
a. Please go to http://www.apastyle.org/for a variety of helpful suggestions on APA 6th Ed.
2. Develop library skills including microfilm/microfiche, stacks, online retrieval, and interlibrary loan.
3. Possess excellent organizational skills for starting, writing, and editing a paper.
a. Initial outline
b. Organizing sources
c. Integrating sources
d. Writing introductions and discussions
4. Become aware of common writing errors and how to edit them out of one’s paper.
Initial paper(20 points): Students will write a three-page APA style paper with three sources, a title page, and a reference section. This is due by the second week of class.
Library sources (10 points): Each person is responsible for turning in the following 7 peer-reviewed sources: Interlibrary loan article, Internet retrieved article, microfilm, microfiche, article from the MSU stacks, one book chapter, one source from the “reference section,” and 1 non-peer reviewed source from a suitable website (e.i., .org, .edu, or .gov). Wikipedia does not count as a source in this class.
Outline via headings(10 points): Students will generate an outline with appropriate APA levels of headings. Under each heading, source identifiers will be written in. This will organize the paper for the writer and reader.
Editing for common errors (20 points for individual and group editing): First, students will use editing symbols to identify problems in each other’s work. Students will turn in an edited paper and the editor will receive a grade. Editors must use a red pen. I will use a green pen. (Note: the person writing the paper does not get a grade at this time). Second, students will bring thumb drive with paper on it. We will edit the paper in class. Attendance sheets will be signed and credit given for group participation.
Editing midterm(40 points): A finished paper will be handed out. Students must mark the paper for: (a) APA style, and (b) readability. Students should be able to evaluate the title page, headings, citations in the text, and the reference page. Poorly written sentences should be identified for correction.
Final paper(100 points): Students will turn in the paper two times for a grade. The corrected rough draft will be turned in after editing has been complete. This will allow for a pre-read by me. Editing symbols will be used and the student must identify the exact problem and correct it. Multiple “genuine” rewrites are possible. The paper shall have a title page, abstract, body (10 typed pages), and reference page (minimum 10 references-no more than 2 from the internet).
The final product will be turned in the last day of class and graded on: (a) APA style, (b) readability, and (c) quality of information.
200 pointsare possible and grade ranges are as follows:
A = 180-200
B = 160-179
C = 140-159
D = 120-139
F = 119 or lower
*The psychology department will keep an electronic record of your written assignments for accreditation purposes. All papers must be turned in electronically (firstname.lastname@example.org). Either use Microsoft Word or WordPerfect Corel:
Please title all files with: firstname.lastname.CWID#.psyc####.semester.year.typeofproduct
Make-up Policy:Make-up exams will be essay in nature and can be scheduled with me. I need one week to prepare the exam; thus, the earliest a make-up exam can be taken is one week after the initial exam. See 2010-2012 Student Handbook and Activities Calendar on Class Attendance Policy (pg. 77-78).
Travel Plans: Please do not make travel plans during finals week. The final will be given when the university has scheduled it as per the schedule of classes. Early finals will only be offered to graduating seniors with honors.
Note:Students with disability must be registered with Disability Support Services before classroom accommodations can be provided. Individuals requiring special accommodation may contact me after class or during office hours.
Cell Phones and Pagers:Please turn all cell phones and pagers off (no sound) during class. DO NOT text message during class. DO NOT answer your cell phone in class. Exceptions include emergency calls (e.g., birth of child, family member in hospital). Students who are unable to comply will not be allowed to attend class.
Cheating Policy:Any evidence of cheating on exams or quizzes will result in dismissal from this class with a grade of “F”. To avoid questions of cheating, mark Scantrons clearly, use a No. 2 pencil, and erase completely. Errors due to a poorly marked Scantron will not result in a grade change.