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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Coopersmith Career Consulting | Evaluated Learning Experience

Research Methods in Psychology (PSY-201)


Varies (self-study; self-paced).

Various; distance learning format.

December 2014 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: describe psychological research method goals, processes, descriptive techniques, and correlational techniques; explain the principles of experimentation, the role of variables, and the types of validity and reliability; apply knowledge of experimental design and small-n experimentation; investigate quasi-experimental design, results interpretation, and results presentation; plan, conduct, interpret and disseminate original research.


This self-study course introduces students to research methods in psychology. Students learn the goals and processes of research and descriptive and correlational approaches to research. After learning about the basic principles of experimentation and the concepts of reliability and validity, students plan and conduct simple and complex experiments using between- and within-group designs, small-n designs, and quasi-experimental designs. Students also learn to disseminate research through research reports and oral/written presentations. The unit objectives are aligned with the American Psychological Association's Guidelines for the Undergraduate Major (Version 2.0, August, 2013).

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Psychology, Social Science, General Science, or Teacher Education (12/14) (1/20 revalidation).