PSYC 120 – Advanced Research Methods and Design
Spring 2010 Course Syllabus
San Jose State University
Dr. Cary S. Feria
DMH (Dudley Moorhead Hall), Room 312
Monday 11:00am-12:00pm, 4:45-5:30pm, Tuesday 2:00-3:00pm, and Wednesday
You are welcome to schedule an appointment with me for a different time, if these
times don’t fit your schedule.
Also, I’m often in my office at other times, and you’re
welcome to stop by!
Lecture Section 20:
Monday, Wednesday 1:30-2:30pm in DMH 355
Lab Section 21:
Monday 2:45-4:45pm in DMH 339
Lab Section 22:
Wednesday 2:45-4:45pm in DMH 339
You must be registered both in the lecture (section 20) and in one of the labs (section 21
STAT 95, PSYC 1, PSYC 100W
Preferred method of contact:
Gravetter, F. J., & Forzano, L. B. (2009).
Research methods for the behavioral sciences.
(3rd ed.). Belmont, CA:
American Psychological Association. (2001).
Publication manual of the American Psychological Association
Washington, D. C.: American Psychological Association.
We all hear about research findings on the news and the internet every day.
And as practitioners of psychology, we
often hear that one therapy or medication is better than another.
How can we know whether to believe these claims?
In PSYC 120, you will gain the tools to become a smart and critical consumer of research.
In lecture, you will learn
the strengths and limitations of different types of studies, problems that can arise, and how these problems affect the
interpretation of results.
In lab, you will gain hands-on experience carrying out several of the major types of psychology
studies, and analyzing their results.
You will also work in a group to develop an idea for an original psychology study,
which you will carry out from start to finish.
By the end of this course, you should be able to:
Critically evaluate research studies you read or hear about
Design and conduct an independent, original psychological research study
Use statistics to interpret the results of research studies
Write reports of research findings according to APA style
Give a professional research talk
Understand and distinguish the different types of research designs
Understand the vocabulary of various research designs
Understand and identify problems in research studies
Understand how to use design procedures to control for potential problems in research studies