syllabus_120_spr10 - PSYC 120 Advanced Research Methods and...

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PSYC 120 – Advanced Research Methods and Design Spring 2010 Course Syllabus San Jose State University Instructor: Dr. Cary S. Feria Office Location: DMH (Dudley Moorhead Hall), Room 312 Telephone: (408) 924-5620 Email: [email protected] Office Hours: Monday 11:00am-12:00pm, 4:45-5:30pm, Tuesday 2:00-3:00pm, and Wednesday 11:00am-12:30pm, 4:45-5:30pm 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! Class Days/Time/Location: 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 or 22). Prerequisites: STAT 95, PSYC 1, PSYC 100W Preferred method of contact: in person! Required Textbooks: Gravetter, F. J., & Forzano, L. B. (2009). Research methods for the behavioral sciences. (3rd ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Cengage. American Psychological Association. (2001). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (5th ed.). Washington, D. C.: American Psychological Association. Course Description: 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. Course Objectives: 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 1
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Course Requirements : Exams: There will be 3 exams. Exams will cover material from class and readings. Exams will be mostly multiple-choice, but may also include short-answer questions. The Final Exam will be cumulative. Exam 2 will mostly cover new material, but may cover some material that was tested in Exam 1. Exams will be closed-book and closed-notes. A study guide will be given
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