SRJC Course Outlines

8/15/2022 12:59:02 AMPSYCH 1B Course Outline as of Spring 2015

Changed Course
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  PSYCH 1BTitle:  INTRO/RESEARCH METHODS  
Full Title:  Introduction to Psychological Research Methods
Last Reviewed:2/27/2017

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled06 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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This course surveys various psychological research methods with an emphasis on research design, experimental procedures, descriptive methods, instrumentation, and the collection, analysis, interpretation, and reporting of research data. Research design and methodology will be examined through a review of research in a variety of the subdisciplines of psychology and applications in classroom experiments, surveys, and systematic and naturalistic observations.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:
Course Completion of PSYCH 1A


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent and Course Eligibility for MATH 15

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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This course surveys various psychological research methods with an emphasis on research design, experimental procedures, descriptive methods, instrumentation, and the collection, analysis, interpretation, and reporting of research data. Research design and methodology will be examined through a review of research in a variety of the subdisciplines of psychology and applications in classroom experiments, surveys, and systematic and naturalistic observations.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Course Completion of PSYCH 1A
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent and Course Eligibility for MATH 15
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
 Area:
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
 
C-ID:
 CID Descriptor: PSY 200 Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology SRJC Equivalent Course(s): PSYCH1B

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course



COURSE CONTENT

Outcomes and Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Describe the characteristics of the scientific method, and distinguish between
      nonexperimental and experimental, qualitative and quantitative research methods.
2. Summarize sources of research ideas, devise research problems, and formulate
      hypotheses for these research problems.
3.  Evaluate ethical dilemmas among human and animal research subjects according
      to the APA Code of Ethics.
4.  Discriminate between independent and dependent variables when conducting research
      experiments.
5.  Define validity and propose methods for controlling the variables to reduce threat of
     invalidity in a research experiment.  
6.  Understand the fundamentals of descriptive statistics, statistical significance tests, and
     correlation and effect size.
7.  Explain the use of randomization, matching, and counterbalancing techniques for
     the purpose of achieving research constancy.
8.  Compare and contrast different research approaches such as correlational research,
      surveys, and observational studies.
9.  Differentiate among the different types of single-case designs and identify the situations
     in which each of the designs would be appropriate.
10.  Design and implement a research project using descriptive statistics for data analysis.
11. Write a comprehensive research report using the APA format.
12. Demonstrate knowledge and skills in the following areas:
      a.  naturalistic observations
      b.  surveys
      c.  correlational research
      d.  experiments (one-way and/or two-way designs)
      e.  factorial design experiments

Topics and Scope
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1.  Introduction to Psychological Research
2.  Explanation in Scientific Psychology
3.  Exploring Psychological Research Literature
4.  Observation and Survey in Psychological Research
5.  Qualitative and Quantitative Research
6.  Statistical Tests
7.  Correlation/Relational Research
8.  Basics of Experimentation
9.  Validity and Reliability in Research
10.  Experimental Design Methodology
11. Complex Design Methodology
12. Small-n Experimentation Methodology
13. Quasi-Experimentation Methodology
14. Conducting Ethical Research
15. Interpreting the Results of Research
16. Presenting Research Results
17. Writing an APA Research Paper

Assignments:
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1.Read approximately 25-35 pages per week, and recapitulate assigned material
     in the textbook, and if applicable, supplements.
2. Take 2-3 exams and one final exam on lectures, reading, concepts, and terminology.
3. Write approximately a 1,250--word paper(s) for the purpose of learning research skills,
    enhancing course knowledge, and improving critical thinking and writing skills.
4. Oral presentations and/or group projects.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
25 - 35%
Research paper(s) and essay(s)
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
10 - 20%
Homework and in-class assignments
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
None
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
25 - 35%
Multiple choice, true/false, fill-in, , essay, and short answers
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 20%
Oral presentation, group projects


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Methods in Behavioral Research, 11th Ed., Cozby, Paul; Bates, Scott. McGraw-Hill: 2011
 
Research in Psychology: Methods and Design, 7th Ed., Goodwin, C. James; Goodwin, Kerri, A.
Wiley: 2012
 
Research Methods: A Process of Inquiry, 8th Ed., Graziano, Anthony, M.; Raulin, Michael, L.
Pearson: 2013
 
Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences, 4th Ed., Gravetter, Frederick, J.; Forzano, Lori-Ann B.
Wadsworth Cengage Learning: 2012

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