Psy 512 Syllabus
Experimental Design Methods
Spring Semester 2001
This graduate course covers the basic principles of experimental design
including hypothesis testing, within and between subjects designs, factorial,
and covariance designs.
Webster, S.K. (2001). Hand in Hand: Research Design and Statistics in Psychology.
Open Mind: http://OMPG.com/index.html http://www.opentextproject.org/content/content.cfm?discID=2&courseID=33
Supporting Text: Trochim, W. (1999). The
Research Methods Knowledge Base, 2nd Edition. Cornell Custom Publishing,
Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.
Optional: There are many SPSS tutorials available in the Korean
Language. Students who wish to have a print version of SPSS instruction
should select one that fits their goals and level of understanding.
Course Outline (May be revised)
Power (Type II error)
Precision (Type I error)
Threats to Internal Validity of Research Designs
Within Subjects Design
Between Subjects Design
Special Case 1: Student's t test
Special Case 2: Oneway Analysis of Variance
Single Factor Designs beyond two groups
Comparisons to a Control
Multiple Independent Variables
Two Factor Designs
Beyond Two Factors
Analysis of Covariance
Single Group Designs
Single Subject Designs
Course Mastery Evaluation
Course mastery will be determined through assessment of course requirements:
Assignments (25%) There will be homework assignments covering each
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). (Students
who are already engaged in research projects outside this course may demonstrate
their knowledge of the course content through those projects.)
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/psy512-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.