The basic goal of this course will be for you to learn about psychological research. As a result of taking the course, you will be better able to evaluate and communicate the results of research. It is a methods course, rather than a content course. The idea is to learn the skills and techniques used in research, rather than a specific content area.
The ability to perform research is important to science, as well as other areas, such as business and law. Thus, research skills will be useful to all students, including those who do not intend to pursue a career in psychology. The following is a summary of the major goals of this course:
B. BOOKS & SUPPLIES
We will use the following textbook (available from the college bookstore): Bordens, K. S., & Abott, B. B. (2008). Research Design and Methods: A Process Approach (7-th Edition). NY: McGraw Hill. In addition to the required text, there are/will be books (e.g., the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association and Statistics Books/websites) that you may wish to consult. You may also wish to purchase a book on the Minitab Statistical Program available on campus.
While I do not formally take attendance, it is unlikely that you will do
well in the course if your attendance is poor. This is due to the difficulty
and cumulative nature of the material as well as the fact that the exams
include some material only presented in the lectures. If you miss a class,
it will be to your benefit to find out what occurred during that class from
It is expected that you check your university email account several times per week since this is a convenient way for me to communicate with the class. I will let you know when grades are posted and make other announcements via this medium (e.g., if I need to cancel a class, I will send an email early that morning or sooner).
There will be two exams; a midterm and a final. Each will constitute 25% of your grade. The format of the exams may vary, including multiple choice, short answer, essay questions, etc. The final exam will be cumulative. On the exams you will be responsible for both the assigned readings and the lecture material. I should also note that you must print on the exams rather than writing in script. The results of the exams will be posted (assuming you have entered an appropriate code in the Grading Code Collection Form) on the Internet a few days after each of the exams.
E. GRADING POLICY
The exams make up 50% of the grade and the projects make up the other 50%. Also, class participation and/or improvement in performance over the semester may help you. I will provide you with a conservative estimate of your overall performance in the course after the midterm. Cheating on an exam will lead to an automatic failure of that exam and possibly other penalties. Another way to fail an exam is to not show up for it. If you must miss an exam, it will be a lot easier if you let me know before the exam. If you don't, I will require written documentation of the emergency. Even if you do let me know before hand, I will only allow 1 exam makeup without any questions asked (i.e., no documentation required). I should also note, that in this class I do not recommend postponing any exam.
Concerning withdrawing from a class, it must be done in a timely manner in accordance with published deadlines. Failure to do so could result in a failing grade or the loss of reimbursable tuition fees.
What I expect from you:
What you can expect from me:
G. CONTACT INFORMATION
My office is located in Science B-341. I will have office hours from 1-2:00 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays as well as Tuesdays from 11:30 am - 12:30 noon or you can arrange to see me by appointment. Note that my office hours do not require an appointment. You can see a visual of my schedule here. You can reach me at 346-3961 (and please leave a message if I'm not available) or through electronic mail at email@example.com. You can also send me email using a web form. Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
|2||9/8-Mo||Science & the Research Process||Intro. to Library Research (APA)|
|9/10-We||Using Psyc Databases (APA)|
|3||9/15||Statistics Review||C. 13, Statistics (Dr. Ps)|
|4||9/22||1||Hypothesis Testing||C. 14|
|9/24||Developing the Idea||C. 3|
|5||9/29|| Psychology With Style
||C. 16, APA Format (Dr. Ps)|
|6||10/6||2||Basic Design||C. 4 & 5 (except p. 143-151)|
|7||10/13||Scientific Approaches||C. 8|
|8||10/20||4a||Single Factor Studies||C. 10 (except p. 308-315)|
|11/5||Control of EV's|
|11/12||Factorial Experiments||p. 308-315|
|11/26||Ethics||C. 7, Resources|
|12/3||4c||Oral Presentations||Effective Presentations (Radel)|
|16||12/16-Tu||4d||FINAL EXAM||10:15 - 12:15 p.m.|