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Psychology 105: Research Methods in Psychology
35 hours (7 weeks).
December 2013 - Present.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: explain why research is done and what makes high quality research; examine the concerns involved when using human participants in research, such as informed consent, protection from harm and maintaining privacy; describe how to structure a research project, from selecting the right problem to research to figuring out the right data collection technique; compare and analyze different types of experiments, surveys, content analysis, statistics, and field research; analyze non-experimental research to learn about its purpose, survey research, correlational research and the relationship between variables; investigate types of qualitative research design, such as case study, ethnographic, historical research, grounded theory and phenomenological; discuss developmental research and ex post facto, longitudinal, cross-sectional, and pretest/posttest design; examine experimental design to learn about measurement types, variables (continuous and discrete), random assignment, control groups, factorial design, sampling and sampling methods; review frequency distributions, measure of central tendency, measures of variability, inferential statistics, hypothesis testing, chi-squared test and analysis of variance (ANOVA); and examine what external and internal validity is, variables that affect them, drawing conclusions based on internal validity, limits to generalization of a research study and interpreting a non-significant outcome.
Major topics include: introduction to research methods; principles of ethical research; setting up the research study; data collection techniques in psychology; non- experimental research; qualitative research methods and design; quasi-experimental research; sampling and generalization; measurement in research; internal validity in research; external validity; experimental design; descriptive statistics in psychology; inferential statistics in psychology; and evaluating research findings.
In the lower division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semeser hours in Psychology (12/16).