Psychology 795
Practicum Project Unpublished
(Chair and one reader required)

Catalog Description:
PSY 795 - Practicum (3 or 6 semester hours) Supervised development and conduct of a project in an employment setting; synthesis and application of knowledge acquired in prior coursework. PREREQ: PSY 615; 616 and consent of instructor (i.e., permission of advisor).

Students must complete Research Design, Methods, and Statistics I and II (PSY 615; 616),  select a thesis advisor (chair), develop and deliver a brief, formal practicum proposal to their  advisor and obtain their advisor√≠s approval prior to enrolling for practicum credit hours.

Recommended Texts:
Two texts are recommended that provide guidance on proposing, constructing, conducting,  formatting, and reporting a practicum project:  

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). (2009). Washington,   DC: American Psychological Association.

Cone, J. D., & Foster, S. L. (2006). Dissertations and theses from start to finish: Psychology   and related fields (2nd ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Literature review materials will be determined individually based on the area of research focus.

Evaluation (pass/fail):
Full written proposal     
Written analysis, results, and conclusions   
Each student in consultation with the faculty practicum advisor, who will serve as chair, will identify a second reader who may be a faculty member within the IO Psychology graduate  program or hold graduate status in another department.  
Successful completion is dependent upon advisor and reader approval at both the proposal  and completion stages.

Topics covered include:

  • Problem identification/needs assessment
  • Literature review
  • Proposed intervention
  • Research design, participants, and methods
  • Data collection
  • Data analysis
  • Discussion
  • Results
  • Conclusions
  • Recommended future action