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PSY 410: Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences

Course Description

This course will focus on the fundamental principles of behavioral science research. There will be an overview of the conceptual need for research and an analysis of the methods or designs commonly employed, as well as the procedures utilized to collect and analyze data. Students will review and design research in their areas of interest. (3 credits)

Prerequisites

  • ENG 101: English Composition 1
  • ENG 102: English Composition 2
  • MAT 105: Statistics
  • PSY 101: Psychology or SOC 101: Sociology

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. You will be able to develop and refine a research topic that you are interested in.
  2. You will be able to conduct a literature search on the Internet and locate and retrieve Psychological articles that are associated with your research topic.
  3. You will be able to write an introduction for a manuscript based on a review the articles they retrieved.
  4. You will become familiar with writing in APA style and will write an APA style manuscript, including title page, abstract page, introduction, conclusion and reference page.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignments

Weight

Discussions (Weeks 1-13)

25%

Assignments (Weeks 1-13)

20%

Exams (Week 2, Week 4, Week 6, Week 8, Week 10)

40%

Research Paper (Week 15)

15%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

(Available through Charter Oak’s online bookstore)

  • Gravetter, Frederick and Lori Ann Forzano. Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences. 6th ed. Wadworth, Inc., 2019. ISBN-13: 9781337613316

Optional Text

  • American Psychological Association. Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. 6th ed. American Psychological Association, 2010. ISBN-13: 9781433805615

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1,2

  • Topic: Acquiring Knowledge and the Scientific Method
  • Readings: Chapter 1
  • Read  assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Answer chapter questions
  • Review the Lecture material

2

1

  • Topic: Research Ideas
  • Readings: Chapter 2
  • Review assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Answer chapter questions
  • Review the Lecture material

Exam 1
Chapters 1 and 2
SLOs 1, 2

3

2

  • Topic: Defining and Measuring Variables
  • Readings: Chapter 3
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Answer chapter questions
  • Review the Lecture material

4

4

  • Topic: Ethics in Research
  • Readings: Chapter 4
  • Review assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Answer chapter questions
  • Review the Lecture material

Exam 2
Chapters 3 and 4
SLOs 2, 4

5

1,2

  • Topic: Selecting Research Participants
  • Readings: Chapter 5
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Answer chapter questions
  • Review the Lecture material

6

1,2

  • Topic: Research Strategics and Validity
  • Readings: Chapter 6
  • Review assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Answer chapter questions
  • Review the Lecture material

Exam 3
Chapters 5 and 6
SLOs 1, 2

7

1,2

  • Topic: Experimental Research Strategy
  • Readings: Chapter 7
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Answer chapter questions
  • Review the Lecture material

8

1,2

  • Topic: Experimental Designs: Between-Subjects Design
  • Readings: Chapter 8
  • Review assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Answer chapter questions
  • Review the Lecture material

Exam 4
Chapters 7 and 8
SLOs 1, 2

9

1,2

  • Topic: Experimental Designs: Within-Subjects Design
  • Readings: Chapter 9
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Answer chapter questions
  • Review the Lecture material

10

1,2

  • Topic: Nonexperimental and Quasi-Experimental Strategies
  • Readings: Chapter 10
  • Review assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Answer chapter questions
  • Review the Lecture material

Exam 5
Chapters 9 and 10
SLOs 1, 2

11

1,2

  • Topic: Factorial Designs
  • Readings: Chapter 11
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Answer chapter questions
  • Review the Lecture material

12

1,2

  • Topic: Correlational Research Strategy
  • Readings: Chapter 12
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Answer chapter questions
  • Review the Lecture material

13

1,2

  • Topic: Descriptive Research Strategy
  • Readings: Chapter 13
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Answer chapter questions
  • Review the Lecture material

14

3,4

 
  • Work on Research Papers

15

3,4

SLOs 1-4

  • Research Papers due Monday 11:55 pm

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