The Psychology undergraduate curriculum needs a course that provides appropriate faculty supervision and guidance to students who are participating in service learning and practicum experiences. The old version of PSY 495 was limited to the needs and restrictions of the Applied Psychology Option that the Psychology Department discontinued in 2011.
Therefore, in addition to changing the grading format from SUS to ABCDF, we are proposing that the scope of the course be increased so that multiple instructors who are interested in supervising students in service learning/practicum situations can use it as a general practicum course. We propose that PSY 495 be a shell course for service learning opportunities within a wide range of disciplines in psychology including school, community, forensic, industrial, and developmental psychology.
We propose modification of the course catalog description in order to specify that this is a service learning course. This will not only assist with current and ongoing initiatives within NCSU for identifying service learning courses offered in the NCSU undergraduate curriculum, but will also make it clear to students enrolling in the course that service learning and the application of psychological knowledge and principles is a key component of the course.
To achieve the above mentioned purposes, the following revisions are proposed:
Content- Make the course applicable to a broad range of students in the General Psychology option. We describe the course content broadly so that the course can be a shell course for other service learning/practicum opportunities within various specialties of psychology (forensic, school, volunteer and work settings).
Title- Change from "Human Resource Development Practicum" to "Community-based Applied Psychology''
Abbreviated Title- Change from "Hum Res Dev Pract" to "Community-based Applied Psych.
Credit Hours- Change from variable 1-8 hours, to 3 credit hours consistent with the new format of the course.
Grading Method -Change in grading format from S/U to ABCDF. The S/U format served the Applied Psychology option sufficiently, but the proposed revisions will allow students to be involved with a number of both classroom and applied tasks for which a specific letter grade can and should be determined.
Prerequisite/Co-requisite- Change prerequisites from HRD Majors and Junior Standing, to PSY 200, PSY 230
Increase the enrollment capacity of the course. Increasing enrollment capacity is important because: (a) a larger numbers of students will have the opportunity to acquire supervised service learning and practicum experience within the 16PSYCHBA curriculum, (b) there are currently no other service learning courses in the PSY curriculum, and (c) research in higher education and college teaching highlights the major advantages of engaging students in their community and obtaining service learning experiences. We therefore want to enroll the highest number of students possible while maintaining a quality service learning/practicum experience for all students enrolled.
Modification of the course catalog description to specify that this is a service learning course. This not only assists with current and ongoing initiatives within NCSU for identifying service learning courses offered within the NCSU undergraduate curriculum, but also makes it clear to students enrolling in the course that service learning is a key component of the course. Students' awareness of the service learning component is important as part of their course selection and preparation.