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PSYCHOLOGY 196A

Spring, 2009

Section 1 (28120): January 22 - February 26
Section 2 (28123): February 27 -April 2
Section 3 (28125): April 3 - May 13

10:30 am - 11:45 am

Dudley Moorhead Hall 347

**ALL SECTIONS WILL BE MEETING AT THE CAREER CENTER ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16th AT 10:30.**

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CATALOG COURSE DESCRIPTION

 This course focuses on career planning and development issues for psychology majors. Using a combination of lecture, readings, and exercises, students will be exposed to information designed to assist in the clarification, selection, and pursuit of a career in psychology or a related field. Topics will include an overview of the undergraduate major in psychology, career options in psychology and related fields, preparation for employment with a bachelor’s degree, preparing for and succeeding in graduate school, and applying for a job or to a graduate school.

PROFESSOR: Dr. Steven A. Del Chiaro                                         OFFICE: DMH 318

 CONTACT INFORMATION:
 Direct Line:
408.924.5612                             Web page: www.drdelchiaro.com
 E-mail: sdelchia@ email.sjsu.edu 

TEACHING ASSISTANT:
Sarah Nadeau                         Email: sarahenadeau@gmail.com

OFFICE HOURS:  Monday-Thursday: 9:15 am – 10:15 and by appointment.

Office hours are “drop in” times and are on a first come, first served basis. If you cannot make these times, you can call, e-mail, or see me after class to set an appointment.  I want to be available to you.  During office hours we can discuss questions about the course, psychology as a career, or topics of interest to you.  Please understand that I, just like you, have a busy schedule, but will do my best to be available.

If you send me an e-mail, I will usually get back to you within 24 hours and I will always respond to let you know that I have received your message.  As a general rule, if you do not hear from me, chances are I didn’t get the message, so you need to re-send it. 

REQUIRED TEXT:

Morgan, B. & Korschgen, A. (2006)  Majoring in Psych? Career Options for Psychology Undergraduates. Allyn and Bacon. Boston. Third edition.
Appleby, Drew (2005, March) How do College Freshman View the Differences Between High School and College?  http://psych.iupui.edu/ungrad/docs/differences.pdf
Careers for the 21st Century, American Psychological Association http://www.apa.org/topics/psychologycareer.html
Spartan Psych Series.  Click here for SPS  *Currently outdated*  Updates to come. 

ADDITIONAL READINGS:

There are extensive reading assignments listed in the course outline. Additional reading assignments will be made throughout the course as warranted.

COURSE OBJECTIVE:

The purpose of this one-hour credit/no-credit course for psychology majors is to provide you with information and skills relevant to selecting and pursuing a career in psychology or related field. This course introduces psychology majors to: (a) the faculty, mission, curriculum, resources, and advising procedures of the SJSU Department of Psychology and (b) career opportunities in psychology or related fields. Upon completion of this course, students will know: 

Ø      What they will learn in the courses that they are required to take.

Ø      What they must accomplish to graduate with a major in psychology.

Ø      Careers to pursue based on their career interests and undergraduate education.

Ø      How to maximize their undergraduate experience in order to prepare for their future.

Ø      When and how to prepare for postgraduate goals.

Ø      How professionalism in behavior and work product impacts career goals.

ADDITIONAL GENERAL AND SPECIFIC STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Ø      Our students will be able to communicate ideas concerning psychology clearly and effectively in both oral and written formats.

o       Demonstrate ability to communicate effectively in nonacademic situations.

Ø      Our students will be able to understand and apply psychological knowledge to personal and group issues.

o       Describe the major applied areas in psychology.

Ø      Demonstrate ability to plan for a career in psychology or other fields.

o       Be able to state how the information gained by obtaining a degree in psychology can be used in careers inside and outside of the field of psychology

o       Describe the requirements for the major professional fields within psychology

SYLLABUS POLICY:

The course syllabus presented in this document will be followed as closely as possible. However, the course syllabus, schedule, policies, and procedures are subject to change at the discretion of the instructor or in the event of extenuating circumstances. This includes the tentative dates listed. Possible changes will be announced in advance by the instructor as if possible. Since such announcements are typically made during class, it is the student’s responsibility to clarify any of these changes that may have been made when the student is absent. 

Although you will be responsible for all of the material in the assigned readings, some of the information may not be covered in class. Therefore, if there is material that is unclear to you it is highly recommended that you discuss this material with me at an appropriate time (e.g., during office hours). It is your responsibility to read the syllabus and ask questions about it so that you have a clear understanding of the expectations. If you are unclear about any of the requirements/expectations, then please set up a time to speak with me. I will be grading as though you have a clear understanding of the course requirements and material. 

ATTENDANCE:

I will not be taking attendance. However, students are responsible for everything that is said and done in class. I strive to make my classes not only educational but also enjoyable. It is important to note that it is the student’s responsibility to withdraw from a course they do not wish to take. If you simply stop coming to the class and do not withdraw from the course, then you will still receive a grade that will be based on the completed work. Additionally, I encourage students to arrive on time for the class. However, I understand that extenuating circumstances do arise that can prevent your diligent efforts toward punctuality. If you are late to class, please take a seat in the row of desks/seats closest to the door in order to prevent disruption to the class. I hope you will take advantage of this policy only when absolutely necessary.  Many important pieces of information are discussed in class, and students are responsible for knowing and complying with this information including changes in assignments. Please make appropriate adjustments to your schedule to allow for arrival to the class on time (e.g., arriving early to avoid traffic/parking problems). 

CLASSROOM COURTESY AND DISRUPTIONS:

Class disruptions are not tolerated. Students will be asked to leave if they are being disruptive to fellow students or the professor. Disruptions include but are not limited to cell phones and pagers going off for any reason (even accidental), talking when not participating in an instructor- assigned activity, and not paying attention (e.g., reading the newspaper, sleeping). In addition, please place electronic communication devices (e.g., pagers, cell phones) on silent mode during class. If you must make or answer a call, please excuse yourself from class for such activity.  In accordance with university policies on student conduct, it is expected that you will treat other students and the instructor with courtesy and respect. Additionally, this class is conducted where you have wireless Internet access, please do not “surf’ the web. 

DIVERSITY STATEMENT:

Consistent with the mission of the University, I welcome persons of differing backgrounds and experiences including but not limited to age, disability and health status, ethnicity and race, family structure, geographic region, language, religious/spiritual and secular beliefs, resident status, sex, sexual orientation and gender identity/expression, and socioeconomic status.

It is my goal to foster an environment in which diversity is recognized and embraced and every person is treated with dignity, respect, and justice. I hope that your academic experience in this course and at SJSU will provide the opportunity to gain knowledge and experiences necessary to thrive in a diverse, global environment. 

TAKING NOTES:

Since a portion of the lectures will not come from the assigned readings, taking lecture notes is very important. Coming to class prepared (e.g., thoroughly reading the assigned material) and paying close attention to lecture will benefit the student. Preparation through reading the assigned material will help the student with taking notes during class as the student will recognize some of the material as coming from the readings and as a result will not need to take copious notes on that portion.  Should you happen to miss a class, you are welcome to obtain notes from a peer in the course. Also, please ask your peers in the course if you “missed anything important” and not the instructor. This question is considered rude by most professors including myself. It is important to note that those students who regularly attend class tend to do significantly better in the course. 

SPECIAL NOTE:

San Jose State University provides program accessibility and reasonable accommodations for persons defined as disabled under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Students with disabilities who require accommodations (academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids or services) for this course must contact the Disabled Student Resources Center.

INTERNET, WWW, AND E-MAIL ACCESS:

This course involves extensive use of the Internet for student research and assigned readings. All students are required to have access to the Internet via some means as well as an active/current e-mail address.  If you do not have a computer or access to the Internet, you can use the computers in the computer lab on campus. Labs are typically open late on some evenings and also open on weekends.

IMPORTANT WEB ADDRESSES:

 

San Jose State University Web site

http://sjsu.edu 

Department of Psychology’s Web site

http://psych.sjsu.edu  

Advising

http://psych.sjsu.edu/undergrad/advising/index.html     

Major in Psychology

http://psych.sjsu.edu/undergrad/major/index.html 

Minor in Psychology

http://psych.sjsu.edu/undergrad/forms/f04minor.pdf     

Transferring to SJSU

http://info.sjsu.edu/home/artic.html 

American Psychological Association

http://www.apa.org/

SJSU Library's Psychology Website

http://www.sjlibrary.org/research/databases/sguide_subjectList.htm?subID=60&getType=5

American Psychological Society

http://www.psychologicalscience.org/

Occupational Outlook Handbook

http://www.bls.gov/oco/        

California MFT Association

http://www.camft.org

APA Divisions

http://www.apa.org/about/division.html

As with all sources of information, Internet sites tend to go out of date very quickly. Accuracy of all information gained from the Web sites should be crosschecked for accuracy. 

ACADEMIC (DIS)HONESTY:
San Jose State University has a responsibility to promote academic honesty and integrity and to develop procedures to deal effectively with instances of academic dishonesty. Students are responsible for the honest completion and representation of their work, for the appropriate citation of sources, and for respect for others' academic endeavors. By placing their name on academic work, students certify the originality of all work not otherwise identified by appropriate acknowledgments.  

COURSE CALENDAR:

**ALL SECTIONS WILL BE MEETING AT THE CAREER CENTER ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16th AT 10:30.**
Click here for career center power point presentation to the opportunities class.

Date

Topic

January 26

Class Business /Overview of the Syllabus

January 28

Morgan, Chapters 1 and 2; Appleby (2005) Article (on-line)
Review Spartan Psych Series

 

 

February 2

Assignment One Due
Review Psychology Department Website

February 4

Morgan, Chapters 3, 4 and 5; Careers for the 21st Century (on-line)

 

 

February 9

Morgan, Chapters 5 and 6

February 11

Assignment Four Due (Resume)

 

 

February 16

Morgan, Chapters 7 and 8

February 18

Related Fields: Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Expressive/Art Therapists

Review the following Web sites
www.sos www.arttherapy.org
www.naswdc.org
www.aamft.org
www.counseling.org

 

 

February 23

Morgan, Chapters 9 and 10

Assignment Three Due (Informational Interview)

February 25

Catch up Day

 

 

March 2

Class Business /Overview of the Syllabus

March 4

Morgan, Chapters 1 and 2; Appleby (2005) Article (on-line)Review Spartan Psych Series

 

 

March 9

Assignment One Due  Review Psychology Department Website

March 11

Morgan, Chapters 3, 4 and 5; Careers for the 21st Century (on-line)

 

 

March 16

Morgan, Chapters 5 and 6

March 18

Morgan, Chapters 7 and 8 Assignment Four Due (Resume)

 

 

March 23

Spring Break

March 25

Spring Break

 

 

March 30

Catch up Day/No Class

April 1

Morgan, Chapters 9 and 10
Assignment Three Due (Informational Interview)
Related Fields: Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Expressive/Art Therapists
Review the following Web sites
www.sos www.arttherapy.org
www.naswdc.org
www.aamft.org
www.counseling.org

 

 

April 6

Class Business /Overview of the Syllabus

April 8

Morgan, Chapters 1 and 2; Appleby (2005) Article (on-line)
Review Spartan Psych Series

 

 

April 13

Assignment One Due
Review Psychology Department Website

April 15

Morgan, Chapters 3, 4 and 5; Careers for the 21st Century (on-line)

 

 

April 20

Morgan, Chapters 5 and 6

April 22

Assignment Four Due (Resume)

 

 

April 27

Morgan, Chapters 7 and 8

April 29

Related Fields: Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Expressive/Art Therapists

Review the following Web sites
www.sos www.arttherapy.org
www.naswdc.org
www.aamft.org
www.counseling.org

 

 

May 4

Morgan, Chapters 9 and 10
Assignment Three Due (Informational Interview)

May 6

Catch up Day

 

 

May 11

ALL CLASS CATCH UP

May 13

ALL CLASS CATCH UP