Psy 401 Syllabus
Psychological Research Methods
Spring Semester 2001
This course is a survey of the major research methods used in psychology.
It covers issues of measurement of psychological variables, experimental
and quasi-experimental design, statistical tools, interpretation of results.
Special emphasis is paid on evaluation of research methods in terms of
ethical considerations, internal and external validity.
Webster, S.K. (2001). Hand in Hand: Research Design and Statistics in
Psychology. Open Mind: http://OMPG.com/index.html.
Values in Science
Ethical Priniciples in Undergraduate Research
Operational Definitions of Dependent Variables
Operationally Defining the Cause
Hypothesis Testing- Control Group Post-Test Only Design
Hypothesis Testing- Pretest Post-Test Design
Analysis of Variance Designs
Two- Factor ANOVA
Correlation and Quasi-Experimental Designs
Course Mastery Evaluation
Course mastery will be determined through assessment of course requirements:
Quizzes (25%) There will be short quizzes (10-item multiple
choice) on each chapter of the textbook at the beginning of the class period
immediately following the class period during which the chapter was covered
Exams (50%) There will be a midterm and a final.
The final will be comprehensive in that the second portion of the course
depends upon the first section. It will cover the chapters assigned
after the midterm.
Term Project (25%) Students will engage in a team term project that
will be presented through a formal written paper (APA style).
Class Attendance: All class members are expected to attend class,
participate actively in discussion and participate on a team
Academic Integrity: Plagiarism is using another personís
words or ideas without giving credit to that person by citing his or her
work. The penalty for plagiarism on written work is an automatic
zero grade for the assignment.
Class Courtesy: Please do not disrupt class by receiving
telephone calls in class or by leaving class early. If you must be
late for class, please enter quietly.
Class Web Site: http://www.psych.westminster.edu/psy401-ws/
The class web site is a resource for information about assignments,
class notes and class discussion using an electronic bulletin
board. Students may earn extra credit points on quizzes through participation
in the Bulletin Board Discussions.