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Syllabus_PSY3213 FALL

Syllabus_PSY3213 FALL - PSY 3213 Research Methods for...

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PSY 3213: Research Methods for Psychology Section U02, Fall 2010 TTh 5:00-6:15 PM GL132, UP Campus Professor: Dr. Rodolfo Bonnin Phone: 305-348-0660; 305-348-1577 (fax) Office: HLSII491 Office Hours: Mondays, 3:30-4:30 pm, by appointment Email: [email protected] COURSE PREREQUISITE : Students must complete STA 3123 with a passing grade (i.e., C) before enrolling in this course. REQUIRED TEXT: Bordens, K.S. & Abbott, B.B. (2008). Research Design and Methods: A Process Approach . (7 th ed.). Boston: McGraw Hill. OPTIONAL BOOKS: There are a number of books that can help you with American Psychological Association (APA) writing style and with SPSS (statistics software). You can choose one that you like if you think it might be helpful. Some possibilities: Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association . (5 th ed.). For APA writing style: Szuchman, L.T. (2008). Writing with style (4 th ed,). Belmont, CA: Thomson- Wadsworth Publishing. For SPSS: Cronk, B. (2006). How to use SPSS (4 th ed.). Glendale, CA: Pyrczak Publishing. COURSE PURPOSE: This course is an overview of the research methods used in the study of psychology. You will learn about the essential elements of experiment and study design. You will learn the process of designing an experiment, and gain additional understanding of how to analyze and interpret data. You will also learn how to do a literature search and how to write a literature review using APA style. You will conduct statistical analyses, and will write up statistical results and their interpretation using APA style. This course is very hands-on and we will be doing a number of exercises in class. These exercises form part of your grade and so regular class attendance is required. You are also required to have at reviewed the required chapters before the class in which they are discussed (see Schedule below). I will administer pop quizzes from time to time on the reading. Class participation is strongly encouraged. Please feel free to ask questions about material you do not understand or raise questions you think are pertinent to the topic being discussed.
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LEARNING OBJECTIVES and OUTCOMES: Upon completion of this course, students will: know how to find published scientific articles on a topic in psychology. be able to write a literature review using APA style. have an overall understanding of the research process, including the development of hypotheses, selection of research designs, and use and interpretation of appropriate statistical tests. be able to identify the distinguishing features of different research designs and understand the strengths and limitations of each one.
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