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Research Methods
RESEARCH METHO
CLASS CODE: PSYCH 302 CREDITS:  3
DIVISION: EDUCATION & HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
DEPARTMENT: PSYCHOLOGY
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
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EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2001