Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
PSY 298
Course Title:
Independent Study: Psychology
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Course Description

Advanced individualized study of psychology not considered in other courses to meet special interests or program requirements. Complete a term project and readings approved by the instructor. Prerequisites: Placement in WR 121 or completion of WR 115 with a "C" or better. Recommended: Prior study of psychology. Instructor permission required. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

This course does not fulfill General Education or Diversity Requirements, but may be applied toward satisfying Associates Degrees at Portland Community College. Students should consult with a PCC Academic Advisor and/or other institutions regarding transfer and application of credit to other institutions.

Choice of texts is at the discretion of each course instructor.

Intended Outcomes for the course

  • To meet whatever outcomes for this independent study course which are mutually agreed upon by the student and instructor.
  • To be prepared for a successful transfer to and performance at four-year college or university or another program as might be one€™s choice.  

Outcome Assessment Strategies

At the beginning of the course, the instructor and student will create a course of study which clearly includes the criteria for assigning course grades. The SACC assumes that the instructor will assess student learning by using some combination of formative assessments tools which may integrate the following types of tasks into the course to assess student achievement of course outcomes in a fair, comprehensive and holistic manner:  

  • Exams can be essay and/or objective short answer elements that emphasize integration, application and critical examination of course concepts, issues and themes.
  • Short application papers on a specific concept, issue or theme.
  • Term or research papers, using a variety of strategies. 
  • Oral presentations resulting from research, analysis and critical evaluation.
  • Participation in discussions role-plays case studies, workshops and/or other activities.
  • Response papers or journals reflecting life experiences, events and social phenomena.
  • Service-learning tasks.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

After completing this course, the student should have a basic understanding of:

  • The subject matter, which was the focus of the study, as agreed upon by both the individual student and supervising instructor.
  • Students should be familiar with relevant psychological perspectives and theories on the subject matter.