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Unformatted text preview: Psyc 120 Advanced Research Methods Spring 2010 Laraway Page 1 of 9 San Jos State University Department of Psychology Psyc 120, Advanced Research Methods & Design, Section 40, Spring 2010 Instructor: Office Location: Telephone: Email: Office Hours: Class Days/Time: Classroom: Prerequisites: Sean Laraway, Ph.D. DMH 311 (408) 924-5679 [email protected] Tuesday 10:00-12:00 p.m. Online office hours M-Th 9:00-5:00 Monday & Wednesday, 4:30-5:45 p.m. DMH 356 Psyc 1, Psyc 100W, Stat 95 Faculty and Course Web Page Course web site: http://sjsu6.blackboard.com/ 1. Login using your 9-digit student ID and password "spring" (in all lower-case letters). 2. See http://www.online.sjsu.edu/ for more information regarding using Blackboard. 3. The best method of contacting me is via Blackboard email. Please allow 1-2 business days for a response. Email and Blackboard responses will be sent Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Copies of the course materials such as the syllabus, major assignment handouts, etc. may be found on the Blackboard site and on my faculty web page accessible through the Quick Links>Faculty Web Page links on the SJSU home page. You are responsible for regularly checking the Blackboard site. Announcements will be made on that site. Course Description This course covers traditional laboratory experimental designs and methodology; experiments illustrating this approach. In addition, non-experimental (e.g., survey, observational) and quasiexperimental methods (e.g., time series designs, nonequivalent groups designs) will be discussed. Statistical analyses appropriate for different designs will be covered. This course differs from traditional lecture-based classes in several ways. First, it requires the ability to translate concepts from readings into practice. Second, it requires much independent work outside the classroom. Third, it requires active participation in lecture and lab. Psyc 120 Advanced Research Methods Spring 2010 Laraway Page 2 of 9 Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able: 1. To describe methods of acquiring knowledge and to distinguish between in these methods 2. To define some basic characteristics of scientific approaches to acquiring knowledge 3. To identify and formulate testable and refutable hypotheses 4. To describe the steps involved in research and to carry out these steps correctly and ethically 5. To identify and locate articles relevant to the goals of a given research project 6. To develop original research ideas from published articles 7. To evaluate published research studies, to identify the essential details of those studies, and to describe their strengths and weaknesses 8. To describe the basic ethical guidelines involved in research with human participants and nonhuman subjects, to recognize ethical problems with published and hypothetical research studies, and to describe important milestones in the development of current ethical guidelines 9. To describe the essential features of various kinds of research designs and to distinguish these designs from one another 10. To describe techniques for selecting research participants and to identify appropriate research participants based on research goals 11. To describe the concepts of validity and reliability, to recognize their threats, and to evaluate the threats in a given research study 12. To plan and conduct studies using different research designs 13. To identify and conduct appropriate statistical analyses of data obtained from several different research designs using SPSS and other computer-based approaches 14. To write APA-style research reports 15. To work effectively in a research team Required Texts/Readings Textbook Evans, A. N., & Rooney, B. J. (2008). Methods in Psychological Research. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications. ISBN: 978-1-4129-2485-6. The text can be purchased online or at the Spartan Bookstore. Other equipment / material requirements 1. 2. 3. 4. Scientific calculator (must have square root and exponent buttons) Computer, printer, internet, and library access Scantron (882) forms Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) software (v. 15.0 or later) Classroom Protocol Classes Classes will comprise lectures, in-class activities, question-and-answer periods, guest presentations, and films. Attendance is expected and is critical for success in this course. If you miss a class, you are responsible for getting the information covered. It is vital that you complete all scheduled readings and assignments before each class. Always bring your text and calculator to class. Do not talk, read, text message, or eat during class. Please arrive to class on time. Psyc 120 Advanced Research Methods Spring 2010 Laraway Page 3 of 9 Etiquette Students are expected to attend class and maintain a level of professional and courteous behavior in the classroom. Students disrupting the classroom will be asked to leave. Laptops In-class laptop use should be restricted to course-related activities (e.g., taking notes). Other activities (e.g., checking email, Facebook, MySpace) distract both the instructor and students and will not be tolerated. You will be asked to turn off your laptop if you are engaged in non-class activities and you may be asked to refrain from laptop use for the duration of the course if this behavior continues. Cell phones and other electronic devices Please be certain to turn off or put in silent mode (not vibrate mode as that is still audible and is distracting) all cell phones, pagers, and any other devices that produce distraction prior to entering the classroom. Late arrivals If you must arrive late or leave early, please do so quietly and with a minimum of distraction. I expect you to come to class prepared "Prepared" means you have completed the readings and any assignment before class starts, and written down any questions you had from any assignments. You should be able to answer questions about the reading material if asked. Communication with instructor Use email, office hours, or class time. Check the course Blackboard CE6 site regularly! If I become ill, I will inform you the night before that I will be absent. Please email me before class if you will not be in class. Please set your spam controls to accept my email address. Labs Lab attendance is mandatory and is critical to successful completion of this course. The labs provide you with opportunities: 1. To develop topic and conduct literature searches 2. To meet with Dr. Laraway 3. To analyze data using SPSS 4. To write research reports In labs, you will not 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Check email or send emails, unless directly related to this course Talk on your cell phone or send text messages, unless directly related to this course Surf the internet, unless directly related to this course "Shoot the bull" (i.e., engage in lengthy chats about topics unrelated to this course) Eat or drink Psyc 120 Advanced Research Methods Spring 2010 Laraway Page 4 of 9 Electronics Policy Do not use cell phones, foreign language dictionaries, laptop computers, headphones, or any other electronic device during exams. Turn off all pagers, cell phones, headphones, etc. before class. Using cell phones and other communication methods (e.g., text messaging) during class is not allowed. Do not use electronic devices to check email, visit web sites, play games, or send instant messages. Doing so is a distraction to other students and the instructor and will result in expulsion from class. Assignments and Grading Policy Exams You will have three exams. Exams will comprise multiple-choice, short answer, and computation questions. Please bring a Scantron form, pencils, and a calculator to each exam. All formulas will be provided to you. Homework, Lab, and other assignments Additional assignments may involve in-class activities, take-home assignments, online quizzes, or other activities depending on time and other considerations. Expect to spend at least 6 hrs/week outside of class. You must be present to receive credit for in-class assignments. These assignments will be announced on the Blackboard site and in-class before they occur. Research Projects You will complete two medium-scale research projects that will require your research team to design a study, collect data, analyze the data using SPSS, write a concise and correct summary of the results, and present these results to the class. For each project, your team will submit an original, written research report of your project. These reports must be at least 7 pages of text plus a cover page, reference section, and tables/graphs. Projects must use correct grammar, punctuation, and statistical style (as described in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed.). Teams may consist of 2-3 students, who will receive the same grade for each project. Projects must cite at least ten peer-reviewed journal articles. To accommodate diversity of student interests and backgrounds, teams will choose their own specific research topics, based on my guidelines. Note that topics must be approved before data collection begins. Extra Credit There may be opportunities for extra credit throughout the semester. These opportunities will be announced in class and on the course web site. Make-up Exams Make-up exams will only be given if you contact me prior to missing the exam in question. If deemed necessary, a single make-up exam will be given at the instructor's convenience and discretion. Any student that fails to contact the instructor by the next class meeting following the missed exam forfeits his/her eligibility to take a make-up exam Assessment of student learning outcomes The learning objectives will be assessed via homework and lab assignments, exam questions, presentations, and research projects. Psyc 120 Advanced Research Methods Spring 2010 Laraway Page 5 of 9 Grading Your grade will result from the total number of points that you earn during the semester. Table 1: Assignments and point totals Assignment Homework Exams Projects TOTAL Points earned 98 93 90 88 83 80 78 Writing Policy The quality of your writing is graded in this class. You will lose points if I cannot understand what you are trying to say. If you are not comfortable writing, you should seek additional assistance (see below). Whenever referencing something you have read, you are expected to provide a complete, APA-style reference. It is assumed that you know, understand, and can properly apply APA-style. If not, it is your responsibility to re-familiarize yourself with this style guide. Never reference a web site or web source, ever. If you find a good article referred to on the web, get it, read it, and use that original source. Important!! The Department of Psychology has adopted the policy that designated written assignments will be returned ungraded for substantial errors in grammar, punctuation, spelling, clarity, conciseness, and validity of content. Papers returned will suffer a minimum penalty of 10% on the final grade on rewritten work. The revised paper must be returned within a maximum of seven calendar days and submitted with a copy of the original work. This policy is in effect for all courses 100W and above and by instructor discretion for courses under 100. Unless otherwise noted, all written assignments must be typed, double-spaced, with 1" margins, and use a standard font (i.e., Arial, Times New Roman, or Helvetica) of size 12. Your name, the semester of the course, and the course name must appear in the upper right corner. Multiple pages must be sequentially numbered and stabled in the upper left corner. Assignments will not be accepted and will be considered "late" until they are consistent with the above policy. Late Work Policy All assignments must be handed in immediately upon request according to the schedule below. Material handed in after this period will be considered late. Ten percent (10%) will be deducted from the final grade for each day that an assignment is late. Assignments more than three days late will not be accepted unless other arrangements have been made with the instructor. How Many? TBA 3 2 Points per assignment TBA 15 20 Total Points 15 45 40 100 Percent of Final Grade 15% 45% 40% 100% Letter Grade C (passing) CD+ D DF Table 2: Grading scale Percent 98 93 90 88 83 80 78 Letter Grade A+ A AB+ B BC+ Points earned 73 70 68 63 60 < 60 Percent 73 70 68 63 60 < 60 Psyc 120 Advanced Research Methods Spring 2010 Laraway Page 6 of 9 University Policies Dropping and Adding Students are responsible for understanding the policies and procedures about add/drops, academic renewal, etc. Information regarding adds/drops can be found at: <http://info.sjsu.edu/webdbgen/narr/soc-fall/rec-324.html>. Information regarding a late drop can be found at: <http://www.sjsu.edu/sac/advising/latedrops/policy/> Students should be aware of the current deadlines and penalties for adding and dropping classes. Academic integrity Students should know that the University's Academic Integrity Policy is available at <http://www.sa.sjsu.edu/download/judicial_affairs/Academic_Integrity_Policy_S07-2.pdf> Your own commitment to learning, as evidenced by your enrollment at San Jose State University and the University's integrity policy, require you to be honest in all your academic course work. Faculty members are required to report all infractions to the office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development. The website for Student Conduct and Ethical Development is available at <http://www.sa.sjsu.edu/judicial_affairs/index.html> Instances of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. Cheating on exams or plagiarism (presenting the work of another as your own, or the use of another person's ideas without giving proper credit) will result in a failing grade and sanctions by the University. At SJSU plagiarism is the act of representing the work of another as one's own (without giving appropriate credit) regardless of how that work was obtained, and submitting it to fulfill academic requirements. Plagiarism at SJSU includes but is not limited to: 1. The act of incorporating the ideas, words, sentences, paragraphs, or parts thereof, or the specific substances of another's work, without giving appropriate credit, and representing the product as one's own work; 2. And, representing another's artistic/scholarly works such as musical compositions, computer programs, photographs, painting, drawing, sculptures, or similar works as one's own. The following URL will take you to the SJSU library's plagiarism tutorial. If you have not yet completed this, it is worth your while to do so. http://tutorials.sjlibrary.org/tutorial/plagiarism/index.htm. For this class, all assignments are to be completed by the individual student unless otherwise specified. If you would like to include in your assignment any material you have submitted, or plan to submit for another class, please note that SJSU's Academic Policy F06-1 requires approval of instructors. Campus Policy in Compliance with the American Disabilities Act If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, or if you need to make special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible, or see me during office hours. Presidential Directive 97-03 requires that students with disabilities requesting accommodations must register with the DRC (Disability Resource Center) to establish a record of their disability. Psyc 120 Advanced Research Methods Spring 2010 Laraway Page 7 of 9 Student Technology Resources Computer labs for student use are available in the Academic Success Center located on the 1st floor of Clark Hall and on the 2nd floor of the Student Union. The Statistics Lab (DMH 350) contains computers with SPSS (v. 16.0) installed (and TAs who are familiar with SPSS). Computers are also available in the Martin Luther King Library. Learning Assistance Resource Center The Learning Assistance Resource Center (LARC) is located in Room 600 in the Student Services Center. It is designed to assist students in the development of their full academic potential and to motivate them to become self-directed learners. The center provides support services, such as skills assessment, individual or group tutorials, subject advising, learning assistance, summer academic preparation and basic skills development. The LARC website is located at <http:/www.sjsu.edu/larc/> SJSU Writing Center The SJSU Writing Center is located in Room 126 in Clark Hall. It is staffed by professional instructors and upper-division or graduate-level writing specialists from each of the seven SJSU colleges. Our writing specialists have met a rigorous GPA requirement, and they are well trained to assist all students at all levels within all disciplines to become better writers. The Writing Center website is located at <http://www.sjsu.edu/writingcenter/about/staff/> Peer Mentor Center The Peer Mentor Center is located on the 1st floor of Clark Hall in the Academic Success Center. The Peer Mentor Center is staffed with Peer Mentors who excel in helping students manage university life, tackling problems that range from academic challenges to interpersonal struggles. On the road to graduation, Peer Mentors are navigators, offering "roadside assistance" to peers who feel a bit lost or simply need help mapping out the locations of campus resources. Peer Mentor services are free and available on a drop in basis, no reservation required. The Peer Mentor Center website is located at <http://www.sjsu.edu/muse/peermentor/> Tips to help you succeed in Psyc 120 1. Attend all classes and take good notes; Type and compile your notes soon after class 2. Start studying at least 2 weeks before each exam; form a study group with fellow students 3. Read assigned readings before each class; read each chapter at least twice 4. Complete the exercises in the text 5. Regularly review previous material to prepare for the Final Exam 6. Ask questions in class, in office hours, and on the course web site 7. Check the web site daily and read all postings 8. Make flashcards for important concepts and terms 9. Visit the LARC or Writing Center if you need additional help 10. Complete assignments as soon as the relevant information is presented in class 11. Be a good team member: stay in contact, do your work, meet your deadlines. Psyc 120 Advanced Research Methods Spring 2010 Laraway Page 8 of 9 Statement of research ethics In this class, you will collect and analyze quantitative data using one or more kinds of research design. These data may come from observing human behavior. You are expected to conduct ethical research studies. Failure to do so will result in failing grades for the relevant project. "Conducting ethical research" means that: 1. You do not break any laws or University policies in collecting or reporting your data. 2. You do not annoy, harass, or coerce people when collecting your data. 3. You obtain informed consent from individuals you include in your study. You must let them know what you are studying, why you are collecting your data, what your study requires the participants to do or to reveal about themselves, how will the data be used and presented, and what risks they will be exposed to, if any. They must then agree to participate. 4. You collect and accurately report anonymous data, which does not identify participants. 5. You do not endanger the participants or expose them to harm, including physical or emotional harm, embarrassment, ridicule, legal action, and so on. This means that you only collect data that does not involve illegal or embarrassing behavior. 6. You debrief participants after they provide their data. You must briefly explain your study in more detail and provide participants with a chance to ask questions. You must answer these questions truthfully. 7. You will follow all ethical guidelines described in the APA Code of Ethics. Note on the schedule This course will follow this schedule to the extent possible. The timing and specific nature of topics and activities may change. You are responsible for being informed of any changes made to the class syllabus. Such changes will be clearly stated in class and will be posted on the class web site before the changes take effect. Acknowledgments
I would like to thank Dr. Ron Rogers for the use of his Psyc 220 syllabus from Spring 2009, from which I have borrowed some of the content and structure for the current syllabus. Of course, he is not responsible for any errors contained herein. I would also like to thank Dr. Susan Snycerski and Dr. Clifton Oyamot for their helpful discussions and recommendations regarding class structure and pedagogy. Psyc 120 Advanced Research Methods Spring 2010 Laraway Page 9 of 9 Psyc 120 /Advanced Methods Spring 2010 Course Schedule Table 3: Course schedule DATES 01/27 02/01 02/08-02/17 02/22-02/24 03/01-03/03 03/08 03/10-03/24 03/29-04/02 04/07-04/14 04/19 04/21 04/26-05/03 05/05-05/10 05/12-05/17 05/25 Topic Course description and expectations Introduction to Research Methods Understanding the Research Literature Communicating in Psychology Review of Descriptive Statistics & Graphing Research Ethics Measuring Variables EXAM 1: UNIT 1 Review of Inferential Statistics PROJECT 1 DUE (03/24) SPRING BREAK & Cesar Chavez Day Selecting Research Participants Non-experimental Research Data Collection Methods EXAM 2: UNIT 2 WPA Conference No Class Randomized group experimental designs Dependent and Mixed group designs Single-subject designs EXAM 3: UNIT 3, 2:45 5:00 p.m. PROJECT 2 DUE Reading Ch. 1 Ch. 2 Ch. 14 Ch. 2, pp. 270-280 TBA Ch. 3 PHRP Training Ch. 5 All UNIT 1 material Ch. 4, 13 Ch. 6, 10, 11 Ch. 6 Ch. 10 Ch. 11 All UNIT 2 material Ch. 7 Ch. 8 Ch. 9 All UNIT 3 material Furlough Days (NO CLASS OR LAB) 02/03; 02/15; 04/05 Designs for research projects 1. Project 1: Naturalistic observation designs 2. Project 2: Survey designs Note on SPSS You will find instructions on using SPSS in the lecture notes and in lab activities. You may also consult the Statistics Teaching Assistants in the Statistics Laboratory in DMH 350. Additionally, information on using SPSS is available online. Finally, I will offer help on using SPSS and interpreting SPSS results during lab. You can obtain access to SPSS by: (1) buying the software from the Help Desk in Clark Hall; (2) visiting the Statistics Laboratory in DMH 350 during office hours; or (3) visiting the King Library or Clark Hall, both of which have SPSS installed on some computers. ...
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