121Bsyllabus2010 - San Jos State University College of...

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San José State University College of Social Science, Department of Psychology Psyc 121B, Advanced Research Methods, Section10 Spring, 2010 Instructor: Dr. Cheryl Chancellor-Freeland Office Location: DMH 317 Telephone: (408) ( 924-5645 ) Email: Cheryl.Chancellor-Freeland@sjsu.edu Office Hours: Thurs. 1:30 – 2:30 pm Class Days/Time: Tu 1:30 – 2:30 pm (Lecture); Tu/Thurs. 2:45 – 4:15 pm (Lab) Classroom: DMH 347 (Lecture)/ DMH 339 (Lab) Prerequisites: Psyc 1 (Intro to Psych), Stat 95 (Elementary Statistics), Psyc 30 (Biopsychology), Psyc 100W (Writing Workshop in Psychology), and Psyc 120 (Advanced Research Methods). Bio/ Psyc 129 (Neuroscience) is recommended Teaching Assistant: Daniel Miao ( danielcmiao@gmail.com ) By Appointment Only Faculty Web Page and MYSJSU Messaging Copies of the course materials such as the syllabus, major assignment handouts, etc. may be found on my faculty web page at http://www.sjsu.edu/people/cheryl.chancellor- freeland/ or accessible through the Quick Links>Faculty Web Page links on the SJSU home page. Course Description The primary purpose of this course is to provide students with an overview of the research methods used in Physiololgical Psychology, with particular focus on specific methods. We will also discuss historical and contemporary perspectives of topics that are to be the subject of investigation during the semester. An important aspect of the course is to critically evaluate methodological approaches and the interpretation of past research. The course is roughly organized into two parts and will consist of one hour of lecture and three hours of lab per week. The lecture portion of the course will be spent discussing important issues and topics relevant to experimental and non-experimental research in Physiololgical Psychology. Specific topics will be researched and explored in detail, providing students with research and critical thinking skills, as well as an in-depth understanding of particular current topics in the field. Advanced Research Methods, Psyc 121B, Spring 2010 Page 1 of 9
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The lectures are designed to provide the foundation and direction for lab discussion and experimentation. Early in the semester the lab will consist of in depth analysis and review of particular topics. We will also review neuroanatomy. This part of the course will include group discussion and presentation. The lab periods will involve groups of 2 – 4 students conducting their own independent research project. Each group will study a particular phenomenon of their interest, form hypotheses, come up with a methodology to study these predictions, collect data, and report their research results both through a research report written in APA format as well as an oral presentation to be given at the end of the semester. Success in this course depends on substantial independent and group work outside the
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