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PSY 3213 Online: Research Methods in Psychological Science I

This guide is dedicated to Dr. Blalock's Online Research Methods in Psychological Science course.

Course Info

Instructor: Dr. Lisa D. Blalock
Office: Building 41, Room 232
Email: lblalock@uwf.edu (preferred method)
Phone: 857-6205 (office), 474-2363 (department)
Office Hours: T 10 am – 12 pm, W 10:00 am – 12:00 pm or by appointment

Course Website: http://eLearning.uwf.edu 

Required Textbooks
Morling, B. (2012) Research Methods in Psychology: Evaluating a World of Information (1st or 2nd ed). New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.  
Wilson-Doenges, G. (2015). SPSS for Research Methods: A Basic Guide. New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.  
Mitchell, M. L., Jolley, J. M., & O’Shea, R. P. (2013). Writing for Psychology (4th ed). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth. 

Course Description
Prerequisites & Corequisites
Students must first successfully complete PSY 2012 (Intro to Psychology). Students must have either completed STA 2023 (Elements of Statistics) or be currently enrolled. Students must be currently enrolled in PSY 2023 (Professional Development in Psychology). 

Catalog Course Description
The first course of a two-course sequence designed to expose a student to the research methods and the behavioral statistics that are commonly employed in psychological (behavioral) research. Although the fundamental principles of scientific observation, research design, and research statistics will be discussed, special emphasis will be placed on methodology that provides a basic or descriptive understanding of human behavior. Ethical issues pertaining to both human and non-human research will also be introduced and discussed.

Course Overview & Objectives
Most of you have taken psychology classes that tell you the type of research that psychologists conduct. The focus of this course is on how psychologists examine psychological phenomena. What are the methods that psychologists use that allow them to make causal and relational inferences about human behavior? Topics for this will include the ethical treatment of human participants, observational methods, how to create and conduct surveys, experimental methods, descriptive statistics, and inferential statistics. There are two primary objectives for this course: (1) to provide you with the information to critically evaluate psychological claims and research so you can be a good consumer of research; (2) to provide you with a ‘psychologist’s tool belt’ that will allow you to conduct psychological research. 

Student Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course, you should be able to:
1.    differentiate scientific and non-scientific methods and claims;
2.    describe the scientific method to answer questions;
3.    apply the scientific method to answer psychological claims;
4.    describe ethical principles in the use of humans and nonhuman animals in research;
5.    conduct appropriate descriptive and correlational statistical analyses;
6.    correctly interpret descriptive and correlational statistical analyses;
7.    identify independent and dependent variables in an experimental design;
8.    apply knowledge of research methodology to select appropriate design and analysis to test a specific hypothesis;
9.    perform appropriate inferential statistical analyses; 
10.    report experimental results appropriately;
11.    summarize empirical journal articles;
12.    demonstrate mastery of APA style.

Online Course Format

This is a fully online course. Although we will not meet face-to-face, we do follow a detailed schedule. Each week there will be numerous readings and assignments/quizzes that have to be completed by the closing date each week. Thus, while we don’t meet face-to-face, allowing some flexibility on when you complete your assignments, you cannot proceed at your own pace. You are responsible for completing all assignments, quizzes, and exams online by the posted deadline. All assignments, quizzes, and exams will be submitted in eLearning. 

Each week I will post an overview of what we will cover including what you need to do online and what we will do in class. Use this to help you stay on top of online assignments/activities. Expect to spend a minimum of 12 hours in this class each week to earn a passing grade.