Psychology 795
Practicum Project Published
(Committee 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).

Expected Background:
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 and oral proposal     
Written analysis, results, and conclusions   
Oral defense       

Each student in consultation with the faculty practicum advisor will identify a committee of at least three members, a chair and two members. The advisor will serve as chair. One of the two remaining members must be another faculty member in the IO Psychology Program in the Department of Psychological Science. The second remaining member must be from another academic department. 
Successful completion is dependent upon committee 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