Academic Catalog


Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Units: 4
Hours: 12 laboratory per week (144 total per quarter)
Degree & Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Student Learning Outcomes

  • The student will be able to create and plan an independent study project in psychology.
  • The student will be able to conduct the study by means of reviewing the research literature, running research participants, entering and analyzing data, writing a research paper, creating a research poster, or any other means mutually agreed upon in the student-faculty contract as appropriate in the field of psychology.


Provides an opportunity for the student to expand their studies in Psychology beyond the classroom by completing a project or an assignment arranged by agreement between the student and instructor. The student is required to contract with the instructor to determine the scope of assignment and the unit value assigned for successful completion. Students may take a maximum of 6 units of Independent Study per department.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. Plan an independent study project in Psychology.
B. Conduct the study by means of literature research, survey research, fieldwork or laboratory work or other means mutually agreed upon in the student-faculty contract as appropriate for the discipline.
C. Present the results of the study project in a written or oral report or by some other means as determined by the contract.

Course Content

This course is based on independent research or course of study related to the topics outlined in the student contract.

Lab Content

Not applicable.

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

Not applicable.

Method(s) of Evaluation

Evaluation is based on the completion of the scope of work described in the student-faculty contract.

Method(s) of Instruction

Independent study as defined in the student-faculty contract. Methods may include, but are not limited to the following:
A. Meeting regularly to discuss research topic
B. Assigning and discussing empirical articles
C. Analysis of data on SPSS statistical software
D. Discussion of statistical analyses
E. Preparation for professional research conference

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

Text and/or research articles will vary with content, with regard to the student project.

Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments

This course requires a literature review, conducting a research study, such as survey research or experimental study (data collection, statistical analysis, results, discussion), field study, or other independent assignments of an agreed upon college-level topic.