Research Method Syllabus Spring 2011-2

Research Method Syllabus Spring 2011-2 - PSY 3213C Research...

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PSY 3213C: Research Methods with lab Spring 2011 - Dr. Lane (lecture instructor) Classroom PDA 201 Class Meets TTH 2:00-3:15 Instructor's Office PDB 228 Instructor's Office Hours By appt. Instructor's Phone 645-7411 Instructor's Email [email protected] Psychology Department Main Office PDB A203 Psychology Department Phone 644-2040 Note: Although unlikely to be necessary, the contents of this syllabus are subject to change if re- quired by circumstances occurring during the semester. Any changes will be announced in class and on blackboard Required Text: 1. Smith, R.A. & Davis, S. F., The Psychologist as Detective. (5th ed). New Jersey: Prentice Hall 2. American Psychological Association (APA) Publication Manual, 6th edition. 3. The “Course Manual” can be downloaded and printed from the class website. 4. A disc/USB drive to save data for lab assignments Course Description & Goals: This course provides an introduction to the philosophical and meth- odological issues in the empirical study of psychology. Laboratory portion includes running simple experiments, analyzing data, and interpreting the results. Students will: 1. Learn to think critically about research in psychology 2. Become familiar with ethical conduct in relation to psychological research 3. Gain hands on experience in elementary experimental design, data collection, and simple data analysis 4. Practice the process of acquiring and communicating information in psychology Through active participation in this course, students will be able to: 1. Understand the scientific method in the context of psychology 2. Utilize the library to conduct background research 3. Identify, create, and apply different experimental designs 4. Collect, analyze, and report data 5. Produce a research paper in APA format including an abstract, introduction with literature re- view, method section, report results, and discussion of conclusions Attendance: Regular class attendance is expected in this course. Students are responsible for meeting the course requirements on assigned dates as outlined in the course calendar. Make-up tests and homework will only be granted for university approved absences, and written document- ation for the missed test or homework is required. (For further information, refer to the examina-
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tion section of the syllabus.) IF YOU COME TO CLASS TARDY ON THE DAY OF AN EXAM, YOU WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO TAKE THE TEST IF ANY CLASS MEMBER HAS ALREADY COMPLETED THE TEST AND LEFT THE ROOM.
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