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1 MA Psychology ( ) Program Information Point of Contact Marianna Linz Support for University and College Missions Marshall University is a multi-campus public university providing innovative undergraduate and graduate education that contributes to the development of society and the individual. The University actively facilitates learning through the preservation, discovery, synthesis, and dissemination of knowledge. University Mission Programs must state their Program Mission and specify how this mission supports both the University's Mission as well as any Mission that the College the Program is housed under happens to have. College Mission The graduate mission of Marshall University is to provide quality educational opportunities at times and places convenient to students, employing alternative delivery systems and rich learning resources. The institution promotes excellence in instruction, research and public service in the interest of enhancing the intellectual, professional and personal growth of students, faculty and staff. Program Mission The general mission of the Psychology Department at Marshall University is to provide students with a comprehensive and contemporary review of psychological research, methods, and theoretical perspectives. We teach students how psychologists use the scientific method to understand, predict, and influence behavior. More specifically, we strive to help our students understand how human development, physiology, cognition, and affect influence human relationships and behavior. In addition, at the MA graduate level we provide students with advanced training in research and analytic tools to prepare them for data based careers or entrance into a doctoral program, and in our clinical program we prepare them for careers as practicing clinical psychologists. Support for College Mission Marshall strives to produce an educated citizenry capable of living and working effectively in a global environment. The psychology program at Marshall plays an integral part in achieving that goal. We provide a diverse set of psychology courses on two campuses and also online. These courses are aimed providing current knowlege in the field and the skills needed for a career in psychology or a related field. We believe we provide a high quality graduate education that prepares students for the world of work and thought.

2 Support for University Mission The MA program in Psychology is clearly consistent with Marshall University s mission. The university s mission statement includes many elements to which our program, students and faculty contribute. The Mission notes that Marshall will be a. multi-campus public university providing innovative undergraduate and graduate education that contributes to the development of society and the individual. The University actively facilitates learning through the preservation, discovery, synthesis, and dissemination of knowledge Our MA program in Psychology is consistent with these ideas, in that the program is offered via 2 campuses and the teaching, research and clinical work of our students and faculty contribute to development of society and individuals In addition, our program is consistent with many additional elements of the mission statement, including: affordable, high quality. graduate education appropriate for the state and the region; fostering faculty, staff, and student outreach through service activities; making instruction available throughout Marshall s service area using all appropriate modes of delivery; enhancing the quality of health care in the region; promoting economic development through research, collaboration, and technological innovations; educating a citizenry capable of living and working effectively in a global environment.

3 Learning Outcomes 1) Students will evaluate and integrate major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in PSY 517 Data Analysis Proejct Capstone PSY 692 Final Research Proposal Advanced 2) Students will evaluate and integrate basic research methods psychology, research design, data analysis, and interpretation. PSY 517 Data Analysis Project Capstone PSY 692 Final Research Proposal Advanced

4 3) Students will examine critical thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, scientific approaches to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes. PSY 517 Data Analysis Project Capstone PSY 692 Final research paper Advanced 4) Students will develop information competence and the ability to use computers and other technology for many purposes PSY 517 Data Analysis Project Capstone PSY 692 Final research paper Advanced 5) Students will critique effectively in a variety of formats. PSY 517 Data Interpretation Project Capstone PSY 692 Final research paper Advanced

5 Rubrics 1) Students will evaluate and integrate major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in Terminology Describe how tools, technologies, and methods in the field. Illustrate a complex question. Demonstrate fluency in the use of tools, technologies, and methods in the field. Evaluate a complex question. Integrate the major theories, research methods, and approaches to inquiry. Analytics Quantitative Fluency Compare valid arguments using mathematical reasoning. Compare valid arguments using mathematical reasoning. Construct valid arguments using mathematical reasoning. Integrative Knowledge Employ a combination of disciplinary methods and perspectives that contribute to the resolution of a problem. Judge the likelihood that a combination of disciplinary methods and perspectives contribute to the resolution of a problem. Predict the likelihood that a combination of disciplinary methods and perspectives contribute to the resolution of a problem. Analyze the ethical issues Evaluate the ethical issues Synthesize the ethical issues involved in choices involved in choices involved in choices Ethical Considerations surrounding psychology as a surrounding psychology as a surrounding psychology as a science and as an applied, science and as an applied, science and as an applied, human service field. human service field. human service field.

6 2) Students will evaluate and integrate basic research methods psychology, research design, data analysis, and interpretation. Discuss a complex question or Assess a complex question or Construct a complex question Terminology challenge using scholarship from the student's major field challenge using scholarship from the student's major field or challenge using scholarship from the student's major field and at least one other. and at least one other. and at least one other. Analytics Quantitative Fluency Apply accurate calculations and test valid arguments using mathematical reasoning. Compare accurate calculations and valid arguments using mathematical reasoning. Construct accurate calculations and valid arguments using mathematical reasoning. Outline a written product Critique a written product Produces a written product linking knowledge and skills linking knowledge and skills linking knowledge and skills Application from community or research from community or research from community or research activities with knowledge activities with knowledge activities with knowledge acquired in the discipline. acquired in the discipline. acquired in the discipline. Outline a position on a public Argue a position on a public Develop a position on a public issue and relates this position issue and relates this position issue and relates this position Civics/Ethical Considerations to the currently held view in society. Discuss the ethical to the currently held view in society. Evaluate the ethical to the currently held view in society. Evaluate the ethical issues in choices surrounding issues in choices surrounding issues in choices surrounding psychological research. psychological research. psychological research.

7 3) Students will examine critical thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, scientific approaches to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes. Choose which combination of Determine which combination Integrate a combination of Broad/Integrative Knowledge disciplinary methods and perspectives contribute to the of disciplinary methods and perspectives contribute to the disciplinary methods and perspectives that contribute to resolution of a problem. resolution of a problem. the resolution of a problem. Engaging Diverse Perspectives Compare diverse perspectives on a contested issue and employ different kinds of evidence reflecting scholarly and community perspectives. Critique diverse perspectives on a contested issue and evaluate insights gained from different kinds of evidence reflecting scholarly and community perspectives. Combine diverse perspectives on a contested issue and integrate insights gained from different kinds of evidence reflecting scholarly and community perspectives Examine a significant question Evaluate a significant question Formulate a significant question in relation to concepts, methods, or Application assumptions in at least one differentiate the implications of appraise the implications of academic field, and predict the implications of learning outside the Analytic Inquiry Communication Fluency Outline a coherent argument and/or presentation for interdisciplinary and discipline specific audiences. Evaluate a sustained, coherent Develop a sustained, coherent

8 4) Students will develop information competence and the ability to use computers and other technology for many purposes Assemble information from Information Resources Demonstrate use of information resources, technology, and programs; cite examples of resources. Analyze information from multiple resources; question relative merits of competing resources with respect to clearly articulated standards. multiple resources; integrate citations appropriately; evaluate the relative merits of competing resources with respect to clearly articulated standards. Outline a coherent argument Evaluate a sustained, coherent Develop a sustained, coherent Communication Fluency and/or presentation for interdisciplinary and discipline specific audiences. Terminology Describe how tools, technologies, and methods in the field. Illustrate a complex question. Demonstrate fluency in the use of tools, technologies, and methods in the field. Evaluate a complex question. Integrate the major theories, research methods, and approaches to inquiry. Examine a significant question Evaluate a significant question Formulate a significant question in relation to concepts, methods, or Application assumptions in at least one differentiate the implications of appraise the implications of academic field, and predict the implications of learning outside the Analytic Inquiry

9 5) Students will critique effectively in a variety of formats. Outline a coherent argument Evaluate a sustained, coherent Develop a sustained, coherent Communication Fluency and/or presentation for interdisciplinary and discipline specific audiences. Terminology Describe how tools, technologies, and methods in the field. Illustrate a complex question. Demonstrate fluency in the use of tools, technologies, and methods in the field. Evaluate a complex question. Integrate the major theories, research methods, and approaches to inquiry. Integrative Knowledge Employ a combination of disciplinary methods and perspectives that contribute to the resolution of a problem. Judge the likelihood that a combination of disciplinary methods and perspectives contribute to the resolution of a problem. Predict the likelihood that a combination of disciplinary methods and perspectives contribute to the resolution of a problem. Examine a significant question Evaluate a significant question Formulate a significant question in relation to concepts, methods, or Application assumptions in at least one differentiates the implications predict the implication of academic field, and predict of the implications of learning outside the Analytic Inquiry

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