Frequently Asked Questions for Instructors

The following questions are commonly asked by instructors. Please read them to learn more about participating in the PRP:

  1. How do I signify my consent for my students to participate in the Psychology Research Pool (PRP)? First, complete an ArgoPoint Course Opt In form and send it to the PRP coordinator at Then, include the ArgoPoint Course Syllabus Language in your course syllabus. Be sure to adjust the syllabus language to coincide with your ArgoPoints/extra credit limit. Please be aware that no individual course limit may exceed four (4) ArgoPoints. This means that you can offer a maximum ArgoPoint limit of 1, 2 ,3, or 4 (but not 5) in your course. A link to all forms can be found on the webpage "Information for Instructors".
  2. What is an ArgoPoint? ArgoPoints are participation points given to students utilizing the PRP. A student will earn (1) one ArgoPoint for each hour of research participation. The points are rounded up to the nearest hour. A student can also earn ArgoPoints by completing an alternative writing assignments. When completing an alternative writing assignment, students will be required to read two (2) research articles and submit a brief paper for each article. After fulfilling this requirement, the student will earn one (1) ArgoPoint.
  3. How are ArgoPoints translated to extra credit? This is at your discretion. For Prof. A, 1 ArgoPoint = 1 extra credit point, but for Prof B., 4 ArgoPoints = 1 extra credit point depending on the total number of points in the course. There is one important guideline. It is suggested that extra credit from research participation be limited to 3-5% of course credit. You also maintain the right to allow other opportunities for extra credit. (These other opportunities will not be recorded by the PRP coordinator.) 
  4. Can I decide which studies are acceptable for my students? To coincide with the overall goals of the SPBS, maintain fairness to all participating researchers (some with more or less “attractive” studies), protect the confidentiality of participants, and allow for a manageable database of ArgoPoint participants, students may earn ArgoPoints for participating in any PRP research study or for completing any PRP alternative writing assignment. The PRP coordinator is unable to keep a separate record of students who are allowed to participate only in selected studies or to complete selected alternative writing assignments.
  5. Do I have to evaluate the alternative writing assignment? No. The PRP coordinator will evaluate the alternative writing assignments. 
  6. When will I know how much extra credit was earned by my students? The deadline for students to participate in the PRP will be posted each semester on the PRP website. To view the deadline for the current semester, please visit "Information for Instructors". After this deadline, you will receive a list of students who wish to apply ArgoPoints to your course including the number of ArgoPoints that each student has earned for your course (which will not exceed 4 ArgoPoints). The PRP coordinator will send you this list as soon as possible after the semester deadline. Please be patient as the coordinator must prepare separate lists for each SBPS ArgoPoint course. Due to the number of studies collecting data and the number of participating instructors, spreadsheets are only released after the participation deadline and instructors cannot ask to receive them earlier.
  7. Can students use one study to count as extra credit for more than one course? No. A student must choose one course/instructor to apply ArgoPoints per study. Students may not apply ArgoPoints for one study to more than one course. Also, students may not go back and change the course once it has been chosen. Finally, students may not do a study more than once (unless a special exception has been made and approved by the Psychology Department Chairperson and the PRP Coordinator). 

"Instructions for Instructors Using the PRP"

PRP Syllabus Language Spring 2012-2

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For more information about participating in the research pool, contact the PRP Coordinator at