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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Theological Research Institute, Ltd. (TRI) | Evaluated Learning Experience

Research Methods (PSY 305)


Self-study, self-paced.

Various; distance learning format.

June 2021 - Present

Instructional delivery format: 
Proficiency exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the learning experience, students will be able to: describe and discuss the methods used in most psychological research including experimental, correlational, and naturalistic approaches; locate research literature in the field of psychology; identify the appropriate statistical analysis for different research designs; evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the methods employed in selected studies in terms of internal and external validity; describe the logic of experimentation; and describe the main themes of the American Psychological Association (APA) guidelines on ethics.


This course provides an opportunity for participants to establish or advance their understanding of research through critical exploration of research language, ethics, and approaches. The course introduces the language of research, ethical principles and challenges, and the elements of the research process within quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches. Participants use these theoretical underpinnings to begin to critically review literature relevant to their field or interests and determine how research findings are useful in forming their understanding of their work, and the social, local, and global environment.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Psychology or Social Sciences (1/22).