Long-term Projects – 200

Where the idea came from: In response to suggestions from students last quarter, I’m trying out a new idea for non-exam-related points. So you folks are going to be my guinea pigs this quarter. Since this is new, I’ll be adjusting details as we go. I’ll ask for your opinion about these projects at the end of the quarter.

What you’ll do: In addition to the regular course activities, each of you will work on a long-term project. You have until class time  on Thursday of week 1 to file your “contract” with me. You can choose to work on a project on your own, or participate in a group project. I will provide a couple of opportunities to meet your classmates prior to Thursday.

Options

Group projects—no more than 4 people per group (unless cleared with me) (40 pts in updates, 50 pts for presentation and 20 pts for final paperwork): We will have only one presentation per topic, so for those of you wanting to work in a group, you’ll have to be willing to be assigned a topic. For all presentations, length of presentation = 10 mins * # of group members [Rubric for presentations]

  • Group presentation on theories (Freud/Erikson, Pavlov/Skinner, Bandura, Piaget/Vygotsky). Powerpoint or Prezi to be submitted for review prior to presentation, and to be given at the relevant time during the quarter. Outline of presentation and references in APA format will be included. Cumulative progress report to be handed in three times prior to the presentation. Prezi or PPT to be turned in prior to presentation for review (no later than 4/11).
  • Group presentation on topic related to genes and environment (Meiosis/Mitosis, Chromosomal disorders). Powerpoint or Prezi to be submitted for review prior to presentation, and to be given at the relevant time during the quarter. Outline of presentation and references in APA format will be included. Cumulative progress report to be handed in three times (4/7, 4/13, 4/19) ,prior to the presentation. Prezi or PPT to be turned in prior to presentation for review (no later than 4/21).
  • Group presentation on topic related to sensation/perception (Track visual and auditory development over lifespan)
  • I will consider converting some of the individual efforts into group efforts if you make effective arguments.

Individual projects (60 pts in updates, 50 pts for final project):

Be thoughtful and use your talents:

  1. Use your Creativity: Create a catalog of new, entertaining, meaningful, and accurate memory aids for key concepts in each section of the course. Accuracy of information is important. If you include some that are not your own work, you will include a reference section in APA format. Cumulative report to be handed in each Thursday. Final report will be turned in on Thursday of week 9.
  2. Use your photography talents: Create a catalog of your own photos, which illustrate examples of key concepts in each section. Verbal descriptions must be included. Cumulative report to be handed in each Thursday. Final report turned in on Thursday of week 9.
  3. Use your musical talents: Create a musical album (think Weird Al Yankovich) based in the content of the course, with one song per chapter, with lyrics written by you and performed (by you or someone else) to familiar tunes. Accuracy of information is important. Cumulative report to be handed in each Thursday. Final project will be turned in on Thursday of week 9.
  4. Journal your way through the quarter: Maintain a journal, the focus of which is to highlight how key concepts of course are recognizable in life outside our classroom. Cumulative journal to be handed in each Friday. Final report will be turned in on Thursday of week 9.

Research a topic:

  1. Find relevance in the “real” world” Create a catalog of current news articles related to each section of the content of our course. Content should cover more than one age/stage. A reference section in APA format will be included. Verbal descriptions must be included. Cumulative report to be handed in each Thursday. Final project will be turned in on Thursday of week 9.
  2. Being in Nature: Create a logically organized annotated bibliography of scientific sources related to how spending time in natural settings influences mental health, cognition and behavior over the lifespan. References will be in APA format. Cumulative report to be handed in each Thursday. Final project will be turned in on Thursday of week 9.
  3. Sleep: Create a logically organized annotated bibliography of scientific sources related to the relevance of sleep to mental health and cognitive capacity in humans over the lifespan. References will be in APA format. Cumulative report to be handed in each Thursday. Final project will be turned in on Thursday of week 9.