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Last approved: Tue, 28 Feb 2017 21:26:52 GMT

Last edit: Tue, 28 Feb 2017 21:26:32 GMT

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Writing Intensive

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Psychological Sciences
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Fall 2017

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Psychology (PSYCH)
The Science of Mindfulness - Writing Intensive
To gain breadth and depth in understanding the empirical research on mindfulness and contemplative practices. To do well in the course, students must master the substantive content, psychological methodology, APA-style writing, peer-review, and presentation skills. Graded on A-F basis only.
A-F Only
PSYCH 1000 and a grade of C or better in PSYCH 3010. This course may be restricted to psychology majors through early registration.

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Psychological Sciences
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Tenured Professor
104A Mcalester hall

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Writing Intensive Course Information

The course is designed so that students develop breadth and depth in their understanding empirical research on mindfulness and contemplative practices. Students must master the substantive and methodological content, APA-style of writing, peer reviewing, and presentation skills. The course is not a part of a multi-course sequence.
For each week of the course, I have replaced one older reading for a more recently published one. In total, there are three readings per week. Also, I added a once monthly experiential activity about which students write a reflection. Finally, I dropped most of the extra credit assignments. It seemed as if students were banking on the possibility that they would earn extra credit toward the end of the semester, but then there was too little time to take advantage of them.
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Writing Intensive Assignments

1. Research Analyses Papers:
Most weeks, students will write a brief paper that requires them to critically analyze the research reported in the assigned articles. Research analysis papers require a brief review of one or more of the assigned articles and a critical analysis of the articles (2 pages each). These must include a thesis statement in the introductory paragraph, and a topic sentence in each of the body paragraphs, and a concluding paragraph. (Eight research analysis papers will be assigned; approximately 16 pages).
Length of assignment:
Instructor and Graduate TA

2. In-Class Writing Assignments:
There will be a variety of in-class writing assignments. For example, students may be asked to write a reflection after a film shown in class. Or students may be asked to work together in small groups and write answers to questions posed by the instructor. There will be at least 16 in-class writing assignments (one-half page to one page each; approximately 12 pages total).
Length of assignment:
Instructor and TA

3. Mid-Term Paper:
To complete this paper, students will design their own "self study" of a mindfulness or contemplative practice. The paper will include a relevant literature review, a methodological section, a qualitative analysis of the results, a discussion section, and a reference section. Students are required to turn in a draft and a final version (approximately 5 to 6 pages for each version).
Length of assignment:
Instructor and TA

4. Final Paper:
To complete this paper, each student will propose a new empirical study to test the influences of mindfulness practice. The paper will include a thorough literature review (Introduction: background research review, research questions, and hypotheses) and the methodology for the proposed study (Method section: proposed participants, measures, procedures). Students are required to turn in a draft and a final version (approximately 8 to 10 pages for each version).
Length of assignment:
Instructor and TA

Total pages for all assignments:
First drafts:
Additional Writing: In-Class writing assignments. Monthly experiential activity about which the students write a refection.

Writing Intensive Teaching

Instructor provided feedback
Oral presentation by student, followed by feedback
Peer review
Drafts of the mid-term and the final papers will be peer reviewed. The Instructor will provide written feedback regarding the quality of writing on the research analysis papers. Line by line editing and comments will be provided on each paper to develop students' writing skills. Students will give an oral presentation about their final project and they will receive written feedback about their presentations.
All of the writing assignments address questions for which there are many acceptable interpretations, analyses, or evaluations.
During most weeks, across the entire semester students will write research analysis papers as well as in-class writing assignments. In the middle of the semester, they will write a first draft and final draft of the midterm paper. Toward the end of the semester, students will write a first draft and final draft of the final paper. Periodically during the semester, students may write reflections about their "research or mindfulness activity."
The GTA has taught a WI course in the past. The Instructor will mark and grade the research analysis papers and explain the making and grading to the TA. It is expected that the feedback will develop the students writing skills. The GTA will grade the midterm and final papers, and the Instructor will read the papers and approve the GTA's grading. The in-class writing assignments and reflections about their "research or mindfulness activity" will be graded by the GTA.

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Tammy Limbach (limbacht) (Tue, 28 Feb 2017 21:26:32 GMT): added PSYCH 3370W 2/28/17. emailed department and instructor. canceled 3370
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