Psy 401 Syllabus

Psychological Research Methods

Spring Semester 2001

Korea University

Course Description

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:

Course Topics

Values in Science
Ethical Priniciples in Undergraduate Research
Hypothetico-Deductive Method
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
    One-way ANOVA
    Two- Factor ANOVA
Correlation and Quasi-Experimental Designs

Course Mastery Evaluation

Course mastery will be determined through assessment of course requirements:


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:

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.