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PSYC501 - Research and Statistical Methods

Course Details

Course Code: PSYC501 Course ID: 4037 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course provides an overview of quantitative and qualitative methodology and design and examines ethical and legal considerations for research practices relevant to the field of psychology. Skills needed to evaluate published research reports are also emphasized.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/26/18 - 05/03/19 05/06/19 - 06/30/19 Spring 2019 Session I 8 Week session
12/31/18 - 05/31/19 06/03/19 - 07/28/19 Spring 2019 Session D 8 Week session
01/28/19 - 06/28/19 07/01/19 - 08/25/19 Summer 2019 Session B 8 Week session
02/25/19 - 08/02/19 08/05/19 - 09/29/19 Summer 2019 Session I 8 Week session
03/25/19 - 08/30/19 09/02/19 - 10/27/19 Summer 2019 Session D 8 Week session
04/29/19 - 10/04/19 10/07/19 - 12/01/19 Fall 2019 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

CO1: Compared methodologies used to gather and analyze data in the study of psychology;
CO2: Assessed strengths and weaknesses of a variety of research methods;
CO3: Examined ethical and legal constraints in human research;
CO4: Analyzed statistical the utility and limitations of statistical analyses;
CO5: Examined alternative techniques used to gather and analyze data;
CO6: Developed a scientific research proposal; and
CO7: Applied APA style and writing skills appropriate for graduate level work.

GENERAL ASSIGNMENT REQUIREMENTS
Students engaging in graduate studies are held to rigorous standards. Graduate students are expected to exhibit advanced level critical thinking, ability to synthesize multiple sources of information, high caliber writing skills and academic integrity in all course activities. With the exception of forum posts and any other assignments so designated by the course instructor, assignment submissions completed in a narrative essay or composition format may not be written in first or second person (“I” or “you”). All writing must follow the citation and reference rules established by the American Psychological Association (APA), must be in size 12 Times New Roman or Arial font, double-spaced with 1” margins on all sides of the page and must include a cover page with the following centered vertically and horizontally: Student Name, Date of Submission, Assignment Title, Course Number and Name, and Professor Name. With the occasional exception of necessary brief quotes of specific statistical research findings or terminology used to describe research models or psychological constructs, in which case the author and publication still must be properly source credited and the quoted materials must be used very sparingly (one or two sentences per assignment) and placed inside quotation marks, all written work must be paraphrased (summarized in the student’s own words) with proper source citations.

The website http://owlenglish.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/ is an excellent, easy to understand resource for APA style formatting and source citation.

Scholarly, peer-reviewed journals must be used for assignment completion. Unless instructed to do so for specific assignments, students may not use commercial websites as the basis for completion of course work. Encyclopedia websites, such as Wikipedia or Encarta, dictionaries, About.com and other article summary sites, blogs or opinion slanted news media outlets may not be used for any writing assignment.

GRADED COURSEWORK


Forums: Due Weeks 1 through 8
Scholarly dialogs with classmates will be based on engagement with assigned course readings and/or related multi-media and will take place in the online classroom on designated Forums. General posting and topical instructions for each dialog are posted on its respective forum. No references are required for the discussion forums. Reply posts are required in order to ensure Forum interaction. Initial posting minimum word count is 400 words and each of the three replies minimum word count requirement is 250 words. The initial posting is due on Wednesday and the replies are due on Sunday.

QUIZZES: Due Weeks 1, 2, and 6

These tests are administered online. They are not intended to cover every aspect of the textbook but instead to foster engagement with course materials. They are open-book and untimed.

Midterm and Final Exams: Due Weeks 4 and 8
Non-cumulative midterm and final exams are required. These short essay questions and multiple-choice exams, which require statistical calculations, are accessible in the classroom via clicking the Tests & Quizzes link for the multiple choice section and the Assignments link for the short answer section during their scheduled weeks.


TOPIC OF iNTEREST PAPER: Due Week 3
This is Part 1 of a three-part assignment. For this assignment, you will select a topic of interest and provide a summary of the topic you have selected along with basic information about your topic (e.g. depression in the elderly). The length for this APA formatted paper is between 2- 3 pages (not including the Title page or the References pages). This assignment must integrate between 3 - 4 scholarly, peer-reviewed articles.


HYPOTHESES PAPER: Due Week 5
This is Part 2 of a three-part assignment. For this assignment use the topic of interest you selected in Part 1 of the written assignments and you will develop four hypotheses and four research questions you could use testing quantitative methods and four hypotheses and four research questions you could use testing qualitative methods to explore your topic of interest. A rationale for why you selected/developed each series of questions must be provided with supportive research and APA citations and references. The length for this APA formatted paper is between 4 - 6 pages (not including the Title page or Reference pages). This assignment must integrate between 3 - 4 scholarly, peer-reviewed articles.

METHODS Paper: Due Week 7

This is Part 3 of a three-part assignment. For this assignment use the topic of interest you selected in Part 1 of the written assignments and the four hypotheses and research questions you developed for Part 2 of the written assignments (you may select to use either your developed quantitative or qualitative hypotheses and research questions, but not both). Selecting the method you like best, include a detailed description of measuring devices to be used for data collection (Examples: Surveys, questionnaires, individual interviews, case studies, naturalistic or controlled observation), of the study participants. Also, include a discussion regarding how you would analyze the data you collect (e.g., regarding statistical analysis of data) using your selected method and explain why it would be a good fit for your research. The length for this APA formatted paper is between 4 - 6 pages (not including the Title page, the Abstract, or the References pages). This assignment must integrate between 6 – 8 scholarly, peer-reviewed articles.

NameGrade %
Forums 32.00 %
Week 1 Forum 4.00 %
Week 2 Forum 4.00 %
Week 3 Forum 4.00 %
Week 4 Forum 4.00 %
Week 5 Forum 4.00 %
Week 6 Forum 4.00 %
Week 7 Forum 4.00 %
Week 8 Forum 4.00 %
Exams 30.00 %
Midterm Multiple Choice Exam 10.00 %
Final Multiple Choice Exam 10.00 %
Midterm essay Questions 5.00 %
Final essay exam 5.00 %
Quizzes 4.00 %
Quiz 3 - Week 6 1.30 %
Quiz 2 - Week 2 1.30 %
Quiz 1 - Week 1 1.40 %
Papers 34.00 %
Hypotheses Paper – Part 2 – Week Five 12.00 %
Methods Paper – Part 3 – Week Seven 12.00 %
Topic of interest Paper - Part 1 – Week Three 10.00 %

Book Title: Research Methods and Statistics A Critical Thinking Approach, 5th ed.
Author: Sherri L. Jackson
Publication Info: Cengage
ISBN: 9781305257795

Book Title:Research Methods and Statistics A Critical Thinking Approach, 5th ed.
ISBN:9781305257795
Publication Info:Cengage
Author:Sherri L. Jackson
Unit Cost:$245.02

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.