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Psychology 242
Research in Psychology
Dr. David J. McKirnan

Class Schedule, Fall, 2014

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Week
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Date

General topic

 

Discussion group

 
 

Week 1

8/25

Basic assumptions of the scientific method.

 

The basic values of science, Politics & science: evolution v. creationism.

 
 

Week 2

9/1

General methods & theory in science. 

 

The role of science in society: What does science "do", "Neuro-law".

 
 

Week 3

9/8

Developing hypotheses, basic research designs.

 

Identifying theories, hypotheses, & methods in a research article.

 
 

Week 4

9/15

Ethics in research.

 

Ethics and bias in research; Take the CITI ethics training by this week.
Begin discussing paper topics

 
 

Week 5

9/22

Experimental design, the research context.

  Searching for references & readings.
Main topic of your research paper due this week.

 
Exam # 1 Wednesday, September 24
 

Week 6

9/29

Finish experimental control, Sampling

 

Exam overview.  Analyze the key design features of a published study.

 
 

Week 7

10/6

Quasi-experimental and evaluation designs.

 

Measurement v. experimental studies as they apply to your paper topics.

 
 

Week 8

10/13

Descriptive research; Quantitative & qualitative studies.

 

Mutual feedback for term papers.
Complete introduction and design of your research paper due this week.

 
 

Week 9

10/20

Surveys & questionnaires, general sampling issues.

 

Design a survey.

 
 

Week 10

10/27

Finish Surveys, begin basic statistics.

  Methods sections for your paper due this week.

 

Exam # 2, Wednesday, October 29

 

Week 11

11/3

Basic statistics; variance and distributions.

 

Exam overview, basic frequency distributions.

 
 

Week 12

11/10

Inferential statistics: t-tests, correlations, Chi square

  The logic of the t-test, calculate a t-test by hand.
Statistics & results for your paper due this week.
 
 

Week 13

11/17

Multiple independent variables, factorial designs, interactions.

 

Correlations.
Final paper feedback.

 
 

Week 14

11/24

Multivariate and within-subjects designs.

  Thanksgiving break; no discussion groups.
Papers are due in lecture or directly to your TA by 5:00 this Wednesday (11/26).

 

Week 15

12/1

Finish multivariate & within-subject designs. 

 

Course evaluation, review for final exam.

 

Exam #3, Wednesday, December 10, 1:00 - 3:00, in class. (Note: this may change).