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Psychology 242
Research in Psychology
Dr. David J. McKirnan

Class Schedule, Spring, 2014

 

Week
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Date

General topic

 

Discussion group

 
 

Week 1

1/13

Basic assumptions of the scientific method.

 

Politics & science: evolution v. creationism.

 
 

Week 2

1/20

General methods & theory in science. 

 

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

 
 

Week 3

1/27

Developing hypotheses, basic research designs.

 

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

 
 

Week 4

2/3

Ethics in research.

 

Ethics and bias in research.
Begin discussing paper topics

 
 

Week 5

2/10

Experimental design, the research context.

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

 
Exam # 1 Wednesday, February 12
 

Week 6

2/17

Finish experimental control, Sampling

 

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

 
 

Week 7

2/24

Quasi-experimental and evaluation designs.

 

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

 
 

Week 8

3/3

Descriptive research; Quantitative & qualitative studies.

 

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

 
 

Week 9

3/10

Surveys & questionnaires, general sampling issues.

 

Design a survey.

 
 

Week 10

3/17

Finish Surveys, begin basic statistics.

  Methods sections for your paper due this week.

 

Exam # 2, Wednesday, March 19
Spring Break, Week of March 24

 

Week 11

3/31

Basic statistics; variance and distributions.

 

Exam overview, basic frequency distributions.

 
 

Week 12

4/7

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

4/14

Multiple independent variables, factorial designs, interactions.

 

Correlations.
Final paper feedback.

 
 

Week 14

4/21

Multivariate and within-subjects designs.

  Turn your paper topic into a multi-variate design.
Papers are due in discussion group.
 
 

Week 15

4/28

Finish multivariate & within-subject designs. 

 

Course evaluation, review for final exam.

 

Exam #3, Wednesday, May 7, 1:00 - 3:00, in class.