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Psychology 242   
Research in Psychology   
Dr. David J. McKirnan  

Class Schedule, Spring, 2015      

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Week
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Date

General topic

 

Discussion group

 

Week 1

1 / 12

Basic assumptions of the scientific method.

 

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

 
 

Week 2

1 / 19

General methods & theory in science. 

 

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

 
 

Week 3

1 / 26

Developing hypotheses, basic research designs.

 

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

 
 

Week 4

2 / 2

Ethics in research.

 

Ethics and bias in research; Take the CITI ethics training by this week. Discuss your potential paper topics

 
 

Week 5

2 / 9

Experimental design, the research context.

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

 
Exam # 1 Wednesday, Feb. 11
 

Week 6

2 / 16

Finish experimental control, Sampling

 

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

 
 

Week 7

2 / 23

Quasi-experimental and evaluation designs.

 

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

 
 

Week 8

3 / 2

Descriptive research; Quantitative & qualitative studies.

 

Mutual feedback for term papers.
Complete introduction of your research paper due this week: Your phenomenon, Theory, Hypothesis.

 
 

Week 9

3 / 9

Surveys & questionnaires, general sampling issues.

 

Design a survey.

 
 

Week 10

3 / 16

Finish Surveys, begin basic statistics.

 

Finalize your Methods Section
Penultimate draft of your design & Methods sections.

 

Exam # 2, Wednesday, March 18

 

Week 11

3 / 30

Basic statistics; variance and distributions.

 

Exam overview, basic frequency distributions.

 
 

Week 12

4 / 6

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 / 13

Multiple independent variables, factorial designs, interactions.

 

Correlations.
Final paper feedback.

 
 

Week 14

4 / 20

Multivariate and within-subjects designs.

  Papers are due in lecture or directly to your TA by 5:00 this Wednesday (4 / 22).
 

Week 15

4 / 27

Finish multivariate & within-subject designs. 

 

Course evaluation, review for final exam.

 

Exam #3, Tuesday, May 5, 11:00 - 12:30, in class.