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Psy 201 Syllabus 

Dr. Sandra K. Webster
Westminster College
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Course Objectives:

* To acquaint students with the vocabulary used in research design and analysis. 

* To equip students to critically evaluate psychological research in terms of ethical, internal and external validity. 

* To provide students the basic skills in experimental design. 

* To enhance students' logical problem-solving skills in the area of research. 

* To provide students with knowledge of, and ability to, apply statistical techniques commonly used in psychology. 

* To extend students' proficiency at literature review, and written and oral communication.

* To correctly use APA style, especially format for references and citations.

* To aid students in an evaluation and appreciation of the role of research methods and analysis in the application of psychology. 

Text Books:

Webster, S.K. (2006). Hand in Hand: Research Design and Statistics in the Behavioral Sciences.  Indianapolis, IN, Thomson- Atomic Dog Publishers. [Note students enrolled in the course will receive separate instructions on how to get the book through the course LMS.]

American Psychological Association. (2009). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Ed. 2nd printing or better)  Washington, D.C.: Author. 

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Course Modules


Course Mastery:

Grades will be assigned on a mastery system for this course with the following distribution: 

Percent of Work Mastered





















Below 60 


Mastery will be demonstrated through quizzes, mid-term, the final exam, and the laboratory. 

The final course grade will be assigned based upon: 

§  10% Quizzes

§  15% Exam 1

§  15% Exam 2

§  25% Laboratory grade

§  35% Final Exam 

The Laboratory Grade will be assigned based upon:

§  20% Lab reports for labs 1-5

§  15% Term Project Research Proposal

§   5% Peer review of research proposals

§  10 % Term Project Data Analysis

§  20% Oral Presentation of Research Project

§  30% Final Written Research Report

Attendance is required. Unavoidable absences should be discussed with the instructor as soon as possible. The college policies concerning making up tests will be followed. Throughout the course methods and statistics will be integrated. Students should bring calculators to class and be prepared to use them on examples. 

Quizzes: Before each new chapter of the text is covered in lecture students must take the online quiz through the textbook. The purpose of the quiz is to assess comprehension of the text content.  Students must take the quizzes before the lecture on the date scheduled. The lowest two quiz grades will be dropped. 

Extra Credit: Throughout the term students may gain extra credit toward quizzes by participating in research. The amount of credit will be determined by the amount of activity. For example, doing a half hour experiment will count for .5 points (total grade) but assisting in data collection or coding for over 10 hours will count for 5 points. The maximum amount of extra credit available is 5 points but you may assist in research as much as you like. It's good for your learning experience and supports your own future research endeavors. 

Exams and Final: Unlike the quizzes these will be in the form of essay and application problems. The purpose is to assess students' ability to apply what has been learned in class.  The final is necessarily cumulative.

Academic Integrity: (Policy Statement Courtesy of Westminster's Academic Standards Committee) 

Page 22 of your student handbook states:

 Central to the purpose and pursuit of any academic community is academic integrity. All members of the Westminster Community, including students, faculty, staff, and administrators, are expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity, in keeping with the philosophy and mission of the College.

 The most flagrant violation of academic integrity is cheating on an exam or a quiz.  Students caught participating in such an activity (either for their own or for another's benefit) will receive a course grade of "F," with no opportunity for the student to receive a "W" or "WF."

 Other forms of scholastic dishonesty will be dealt with in a like manner.  These may include (but are not limited to):

 A.              Copying/turning in another's work (e.g., a fellow student's, a past student’s, or work from the internet) as one's own.

B.              Lending of one's work to another so that he/she may turn it in as his/her own.

 C.              Inappropriate input from any source for written assignments. This can include asking someone to correct or identify errors. It can also include any verbal answers received inappropriately.

 D.              Stealing class materials from students, the professor, or from the library.

 E.               Inhibiting another student from using library materials or other resources necessary for the class.

 F.               Falsifying a  journal entry.

 *NOTE: See your Student Handbook, pp. 22-24 for more extensive explanations of Academic Integrity.
Three written assignments will be submitted through the Internet service,  This service provides the user with an originality report for all papers submitted to it.  The first assignment will be for students to learn to summarize a research report in their own words, using in order to verify that they have really summarized and not merely paraphrased.  The second assignment to be submitted will be the research proposal.  Lastly, the final research report will be submitted through

Student Support Services
Students learn in many ways, and often have unique obstacle to overcome in mastering college level concepts and skills.  You may already have discovered a specific learning challenge, or you may do so during this course.  In either case please let your instructor know so that appropriate learning and assessment alternatives can be used to perform to your capabilities.  Westminster provided a number of support services. Some of them are:

Learning and Writing Services:  Director, Jamie Kohler

Office of Disability Resources: Director, Faith A. Craig

Diversity Services: Director, Jeannette Hubbard

Library Instruction: Director, Erin Smith

Replication Project

      Each year we try something new in Psychology 201. This year students who opt to participate may do their term projects as part of the Center for Open Science Archival Project. Specifically we will be selecting studies for replication from the  Collaborative Replications and Education Project. Many of the projects that have been selected for replication are the same that student in previous Psy201 classes have used as a basis for their term projects. Participation in voluntary, but it could be a way to get more impact from your research.

Assessment Plan

        The assessment plan shows the linkages between the course assignments and  the Psychology/Neuroscience Major Goals.


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