This class was tough.
You will learn critical information that is necessary for preparation in a career in psychology, or if you'd like to go into stats. It teaches you how to be very precise with your methods of research and carrying out experiments.
I gained so much knowledge on how to measure variables within an experiment, how participants can affect the outcomes of experiments, different experiments and how they work (disadvantages and advantages of each type), which stats to choose to use with what experiments, and how to control for outside factors that may influence the results of the experiment.
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Advice for students:
To succeed: Purchase the hard copies of all 4 books that are required for the course. Use these four textbooks to get your information from. Constantly look up definitions in the back of these books to make sure you are understanding the concepts. I had to hire a psych tutor and a stats tutor who both helped me to stay focused on the material; they helped me understand better the real world application. Get a tutor - one you meet with in person at a library or at home- if you can. It's worth it to be able to "talk out the concepts" one on one with someone who has actually done research (make sure they have a masters degree in psych or in stats). I also used Khan academy at times. I watched a Harvard video on probability which helped with some of the stats parts of it. (I was also preparing for my future stats course, while taking this class). Always, always, always, ASK the professor as many questions as you need to, to ensure that you are indeed meeting his/her expectations. My only mistake was not asking more questions. Keep questions short and direct. If you don't understand the professor's answer, ASK again for clarification. Run your papers through Grammarly and Plagiarism checker. Always reach out and ask if you do not understand a concept. Make sure you have a hard copy of the APA publication manual (standard for all psych majors), and get the 3 "For Dummies" books - I got hard copies of "Psychology Statistics", "Research methods in psychology", and "Statistics". (I didn't use all the books, but you will be glad you have them for reference). Make sure all participation posts (for online Phoenix students) relate to research methods and in weeks 3, 4, 5, add at least 1 sentence where you apply the knowledge to YOUR OWN TEAM's Project (to ensure points are not deducted). Do not stay on one "phenomena" for too long. Always lead the topic back to research methods and your team project. Ask a question within your post if you are not sure your information is correct. Make sure you are posting correct information! Read the "starter package" along with instructor policies!!