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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Rechtschaffen Institute of Judaic Studies | Evaluated Learning Experience

Research Methods in Psychology (PSY 204)


Varies; self-study format.

Various; distance learning format

March 2021 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the learning experience, students will be able to: articulate the socio-cultural influences on psychological research; distinguish between quantitative and qualitative research; examine ethical concerns pertaining to research and testing; list the different types of observation and its accompanying problems; discuss the instruments of research and their role in data interpretation; name and define control techniques in psychological experiments; explain why researchers might choose to use a repeated measures design; discuss why complex designs are critical to testing psychological theories; detail the advantages and disadvantages of the case study method; compare and contrast positive correlation with negative correlation; recount when and how statistical tests are used; and write an effective research proposal.


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.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Psychology (8/21).