SRJC Course Outlines

10/25/2021 12:05:38 PMPSYCH 1B Course Outline as of Fall 2006

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CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  PSYCH 1BTitle:  INTRO/EXPERIMENTAL PSYCH  
Full Title:  Introduction to Experimental Psychology
Last Reviewed:2/27/2017

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled2.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled35.00
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled3.006 min.Lab Scheduled52.50
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total5.00 Contact Total87.50
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  70.00Total 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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Introduction to research methods in psychology. Principles of research design and analysis.  Application of these principles to classroom experiments, surveys, and naturalistic observations.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:
Course Completion of PSYCH 1A


Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Introduction to research methods in psychology. Principles of research design and analysis.  Application of these principles to classroom experiments, surveys, and naturalistic observations.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Course Completion of PSYCH 1A
Recommended:
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: Not Certificate/Major Applicable



COURSE CONTENT

Outcomes and Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1.  Describe the characteristics of the scientific method, and distinguish
   among 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 following
   variables in order to reduce threat of invalidity in a research
   experiment:  extraneous variables, research participants and
   experimenter effects, and sequencing effect.
6.  Explain the use of randomization, matching, and counterbalancing
   techniques for the purpose of achieving research constancy.
7.  Compare and contrast different research approaches, such as
   correlational research, surveys, and observational studies.
8.  Differentiate the different types of single-case designs (e.g. ABA,
   interaction, multiple baseline, changing-criterion, and single-case)
   and identify the situations in which each of the single-case designs
   would be appropriate.
9.  Design and implement a research project from beginning to end.
10. Write a comprehensive research report using the APA (American
   Psychological Association) format.
11. Demonstrate, in a laboratory setting, 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.  Beginning Psychological Research
2.  Explanation in Scientific Psychology
3.  Exploring the Literature Psychology
4.  Observation and Survey in Psychological Research
5.  Qualitative and Quantitative Research
6.  Correlation/Relational Research
7.  Basics of Experimentation
8.  Validity and Reliability in Research
9.  Experimental Design
10. Complex Design
11. Small-n Experimentation
12. Quasi-Experimentation
13. Conducting Ethical Research
14. Interpreting the Results of Research
15. Presenting Research Results
16. Writing an APA Research Paper

Assignments:
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1.  Carefully read, approximately 20-25 pages per week, and recapitulate
   assigned material in the textbook and supplements.
2.  Take at least one midterm exam and one final on lectures, reading
   concepts and terminology.
3.  Write at least 3 critical analysis papers, 3 pages in length, on
   assigned readings and lecture materials.
4.  Write a term or course research paper approximately 8-12 pages in
   length for the purpose of integrating research skills, enhancing
   course knowledge, and improving writing skills.
5.  Upon the discretion of the instructor, oral presentations and group
   projects may be assigned.
6.  Demonstrate in a laboratory setting, 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

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
20 - 30%
Course research papers, critical thought essays
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
10 - 20%
Q/A Worksheets
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
20 - 30%
Laboratory worksheet questions
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
30 - 40%
Multiple choice, True/false, Fill-in, 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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Davis, Stephen F.; Smith, Randolph A.
  INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS AND RESEARCH METHODS:  BECOMING A
  PSYCHOLOGICAL DETECTIVE, Prentice Hall, 2005.
Leedy, Paul; Ormrod, Jeanne E.
  PRACTICAL RESEARCH:  PLANNING AND DESIGN, Prentice Hall, 2005.
Borden, Kenneth S.; Abbot, Bruce B.
  RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS, McGraw Hill, 2005
Kantowitz, Barry H.; Roediger, Henry L.; Elmes, David G.
  EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY - UNDERSTANDING PSYCHOLOGY RESEARCH,
  Thomson-Wadsworth, 2005.
Christensen, Larry B.
  EXPERIMENTAL  METHODOLOGY, Allyn & Bacon, 2004.
Graziano, Anthony M.; Raulin, Michael L.
  RESEARCH METHODS:  A PROCESS OF INQUIRY, Allyn & Bacon, 2004.

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