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Research Methods in Psychology (205-0-22)


Benjamin J Gorvine
Swift 306

Meeting Info

Willard Hall B72: Tues, Thurs 2:00PM - 3:20PM

Overview of class

This course will introduce students to methods used in psychological research. Through readings, lectures, discussion, and hands-on activities (specifically the handling of a statistics program used for data collection and analyses), students will learn about the scientific approach to research designs and about the analysis and interpretation of data. They will participate in novel research projects and will write a report on each in the style used by research psychologists. Primary goals are for students to learn (1) testing hypotheses, including data collection and statistical analyses, (2) writing effectively about research plans and findings, and (3) critically evaluating psychological research done by other people.

Registration Requirements

Prerequisite: Psychology 201 or equivalent

Teaching Method

The course will be taught in person using a combination of lectures, group work, in class projects, and in class demonstrations.

Evaluation Method

Evaluation is based on completion of 3 APA style research reports, along with two essay exams and several short papers

Class Materials (Required)

Research Methods: From theory to practice Gorvine, Rosengren, Stein, & Biolsi (2018). Oxford University Press ISBN: 978-0-19-020182-1

Class Attributes

Prerequisites apply, see description

Enrollment Requirements

Enrollment Requirements: REQ: To register, students must have completed PSYCH 201 with a C- or higher, STAT 202 with a B or higher, Stat 210 with a B or higher, or have AP credit (score of 5) for STAT 202.