Course Description –
Students are able to design and implement an original research project. Students collect data, analyze those data, and communicate the results via a report written using the American Psychological Association (APA) style.
- PSYC 1101; BHSC 2300; PSYC 3003; Junior Status; or Permission of Instructor
Required Course Resources –
Ray, W. J. (2012). Methods Toward a Science of Behavior and Experience (10th ed.).
Belmont CA: Thomson Wadsworth
ISBN-10: 1111521158; ISBN-13: 9781111521158
(Access to American Psychological Association Publication manual of the American psychological association (Latest ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association ISBN:1-4338-0561-8
Statement of Learning Outcomes –
On successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand fundamental concepts of research design.
- Apply the principles of research design to human behavior.
- Identify the appropriate statistical test used for a specific design.
- Design a research study that addresses important issues in psychology.
- Interpret results of a study
- Adequate knowledge of APA format and style.
Course Objectives –
- To further the students’ understanding of the role of research in psychology.
- To improve oral and writing skills as to prepare the student for a career in psychology.
- To introduce the student to SPSS for purpose of data analysis.
- Overall understanding of the relation between statistics and research methods.
- To improve understanding of the research process including the development of the research proposal, IRB, interpretation of results, and ethical consideration.