Writing Within Psychology
Psychology College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences
Processes of research-oriented writing and presentation for psychology majors.
Grade Rule 8: A, B, C, D, E, I (Standard grade rule)
Must be taken prior to or concurrently with Psych 308. Fulfills GE Advanced Written and Oral Communication requirement. WRTG 315 will substitute for this course. Psych minors, contact department student support for a permission-to-add code. Offered by BYU Independent Study; enroll anytime throughout the year; one year to complete; additional tuition required; register at is.byu.edu.
2. The role of writing in the discipline
Students will demonstrate an understanding of the roles that writing plays in their particular discipline, major, or career as a way of learning, as a way of demonstrating and evaluating what one has learned, and as a way of communicating with others. Measurement: See (1).
5. Genres, forms, styles, and documentation conventions
Students will understand the genres, forms, styles, and documentation conventions of writing for their discipline. They will also demonstrate knowledge of edited syntax, grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Measurement: See (1).
1. Write clearly and appropriately
Students will be able to write clearly, focus on a well-defined purpose in writing, use conventions of format and structure appropriate to their discipline, and adopt a voice, tone, and level of formality suited to multiple purposes and audiences. Measurement: Informal in-class writing will be given and formal writing will be assigned in multiple drafts with peer- and instructor-review. Genres could include a personal writing journal, letter of intent, letter to the editor, literature review, research proposal, book review, and poster presentation. Explicit focus on the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Measurement: Informal in-class writing assignments will be given and formal writing assignments will be assigned in multiple drafts with peer- and instructor-review. Genres could include a personal writing journal, letter of intent, letter to the editor, literature review, research proposal, book review, and poster presentation. Explicit focus on the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.
4. Library research
Students will demonstrate the ability to use appropriate research tools and processes of research within their particular discipline, including library research. Students will be able to identify and evaluate sources, retrieve and evaluate data, take notes, and follow conventions of quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing. They will cite sources properly and demonstrate an understanding of ethical issues related to research, including how to avoid plagiarism. Measurement: Complete the library-usage module provided by the Lee Library. Measurement: Complete the library-usage module provided by the Lee Library.
3. Productive and flexible collaborative writing processes
Students will be able to develop productive and flexible individual and collaborative writing processes Measurement: See (1)..