|CLASS CODE:||PSYCH 302||CREDITS: 3|
|DIVISION:||EDUCATION & HUMAN DEVELOPMENT|
|GENERAL EDUCATION:||This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.|
|DESCRIPTION:||Basic principles of conducting research in psychology which include the design, the analysis, and reporting the results of psychological investigations.|
|TAUGHT:||Fall, Winter, Summer|
|CONTENT AND TOPICS:||We will focus on the basics of experimental and quasi-experimental research design, correlational and naturalistic observational designs, single-subject research design, and qualitative research design. We will also study ethical conduct in research and how to write the research report.|
|GOALS AND OBJECTIVES:||1. Understand the basic nature of science.
2. Conceptualize a research question and form a testable hypothesis.
3. Conduct a review of the relevant literature.
4. Formulate a valid research design.
5. Identify different kinds of variables in research.
6.Understand the importance of control, validity, and reliability in research.
7. Select the proper statistical analysis for a quantitative study.
8. Be able to read statistical output and interpret the data.
9. Write a research report in APA style.
10. Be familiar with the ethical demensions of science.
11. Use effective critical thinking skills in the evaluation of research.
|REQUIREMENTS:||Solving homework problems, taking the required examinations, and writing research papers.|
|PREREQUISITES:||Psych 111 and Math 221|
|EFFECTIVE DATE:||August 2001|