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PSY 410: Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences (Accelerated)

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. Develop and refine a research topic that you are interested in.
  2. Conduct a literature search on the Internet and locate and retrieve Psychological articles that are associated with your research topic.
  3. Write an introduction for a manuscript based on a review the articles they retrieved.
  4. 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 1-8)

15%

Research Paper Assignments (Weeks 2, 3 & 5)

35%

Chapter Questions (Weeks 1-6)

20%

Research Paper (Week 8)

30%

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

Topics: Acquiring Knowledge and The Scientific Method & Research Ideas

  • Readings:
    • Chapters 1 & 2
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review Lecture Material
  • Participate in Discussion Board forums 1 and 2
  • Complete Chapter Questions for Chapters 1 and 2

2

2,4

Topics: Defining and Measuring Variables & Ethics in Research

  • Readings:
    • Chapters 3 & 4
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review Lecture Material
  • Participate in Discussion Board forums 3 and 4
  • Complete Chapter Questions for Chapters 3 and 4
  • Submit Research Paper Topic

3

1,2

Topics: Selecting Research Participants & Research Strategies and Validity

  • Readings:
    • Chapters 5 & 6
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review Lecture Material
  • Participate in Discussion Board forums 5 and 6
  • Complete Chapter Questions for Chapters 5 and 6
  • Submit Title Page of research paper

4

1,2

Topics: The Experimental Research Strategy & Experimental Designs: Between-Subjects Design & Experimental Designs: Within-Subjects Designs

  • Readings:
    • Chapters 7, 8 & 9
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review Lecture Material
  • Participate in Discussion Board forums for Chapters 7, 8, and 9
  • Complete Chapter Questions for Chapters 7, 8, and 9

5

1,2,3

Topics: Nonexperimental and Quasi-Experimental Strategies & Factorial Designs

  • Readings:
    • Chapters 10 & 11
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in Discussion Board forums for Chapters 10 and 11
  • Complete Chapter Questions for Chapters 10 and 11
  • Submit Reference List with annotations for at least three articles

6

1,2

Topics: Correlational Research Strategy & Descriptive Research Strategy

  • Readings:
    • Chapters 12 & 13
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review Lecture Material
  • Participate in Discussion Board forums for Chapters 12 and 13
  • Complete Chapter Questions for Chapters 12 and 13

7

1-4

Topic: Research Week

  • Readings:
    • No required reading
  • No chapter assignments
  • Participate in Discussion Board forums for week 7
  • Continue work for Research Paper

8

1-4

Topics: Conclusion and Summary

  • Readings:
    • No required reading
  • No chapter assignments
  • Submit Research Paper
  • Participate in Discussion Board forums for week 8
  • Complete Course Evaluation

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