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Research Methods in Psychology (205-0-23)


Courtney Meiling Jones

Zheng Wu

Meeting Info

Annenberg Hall G01: Tues, Thurs 11:00AM - 12:20PM

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.

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, 1 group presentation, and smaller homework assignments throughout the quarter. The research reports build over the quarter, with the final paper being a complete APA style research paper based on a group designed original research project.

Class Materials (Required)

Textbook: Gorvine, B., Rosengren, K, Stein, L., & Biolsi, K. (2017). Research methods: From theory to practice. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0-19-020182-1.

Additional readings and materials to be found on Canvas

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.