Honors Seminar


2011-2012 Academic Year


Instructor:†† Dr. Thomas Holtgraves

††††††††††† NQ074

†††††††††††† 285‑1716

††††††††††† E‑Mail: 00T0HOLTGRAV@bsu.edu

†††† ††††††††Office Hours:MW 3:00 - 4:00 /By appointment

††††††††† †††Webpage:†† http://www.bsu.edu/web/00t0holtgrav/


Course Prerequisites:Students wishing to enroll in this course must meet the following requirements:


1.     Junior academic standing

2.     Minimum Psychological Science GPA of 3.50

3.     A faculty member with a Ph.D. has agreed to supervise the thesis.


Course Description: The purpose of this course is to support students in their individual honors project research. Specifically, this course is designed to allow students the opportunity to discuss their work with other thesis students and the course instructor, to provide feedback to one another, and to reflect on the research process. Students are expected to register for a two-semester sequence, with one hour of credit for the fall semester and 2 hours of credit for the spring semester.


Course Format: The course is structured as a relatively informal seminar.Meetings will be devoted to the presentation and discussion of weekly progress made on student projects.Periodically, students will be asked to make their work available to all other members of the class.Other students will then be responsible for reading the material and providing feedback at the next class meeting.There will be occasional assigned readings.


Course Requirements: The fall semester involves one meeting per week and carries one hour of credit.The emphasis during this semester will be on proposal development (literature search and review) and research design.To earn credit in the first semester a student will need to submit a completed proposal for the project, including a literature review, method, IRB protocol (which must be submitted before the end of the semester), and plan for data analysis.Students must also complete the IRB training module during this semester.The second semester involves one meeting per week and carries two hours of credit. The primary focus this semester will be on data analysis, interpretation, and preparing a final thesis document.To earn credit for this semester, a completed thesis/project will need to be submitted. The honors thesis may consist of any of the following:


Empirical thesis including prospectus and data collection

Empirical thesis including prospectus and use of archival data


Review article:exhaustive literature review and synthesis of a particular area of research (e.g., similar to articles published in Psychological Bulletin)

Other formats or types of project may be approved by the department chair or the Director of Undergraduate Studies


Course Deadlines:


Project proposal (including completed IRB protocol for empirical research): Monday, December 12, 2011.


Departmental Honors. Students who complete this course and meet the additional requirements (see below) will earn the designation Departmental Honors in Psychological Science in their official records.The achievement will also be noted in the commencement program and in department records. The following requirements must be met in order to receive departmental honors:


1.     Complete 3 hours of credit in 499 across two semesters with a grade of B or higher in both semesters.

2.     A minimum GPA of 3.5 in Psychological Science

3.     A minimum overall, cumulative GPA of 3.5

4.     Completed, signed (by faculty mentor) honors thesis (HONRS 499 for students enrolled in university honors) submitted to Director of Undergraduate studies.

5.     Any other requirements set forth by the University Honors College.


Disability Adaptations and Accommodations: If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, if you have emergency medical information to share with me, or if you need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible.My office location and hours are listed above.


Statement of Academic Honesty: For learning to be meaningful and worthwhile it must be based on honesty.Learning that is not fundamentally honest is incomplete, systematically flawed and potentially damaging to all of us.Simply put: if you cheat, you donít learn.Academic dishonesty, or cheating, damages students and universities because it adds suspicion and resentment to academic competition, and it distorts the meaning of grades.Ball State University has taken a very definitive position on academic dishonest, as laid out in Section VIII.B of the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities.Academic dishonest, as defined in the Code, includes, but is not limited to, using unauthorized aids during a test, submitting anotherís work as your own, and submitting previously presented work as newly executed work without my knowledge or authorization. I am committed to assigning grades based on studentsí honest efforts on exams and other class assignments.All suspected incidents of academic dishonesty will be pursed through the established channels.