Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology I – PSYC 510

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 02/01/2024

Course Description

Overview of research methodology and statistical techniques for psychological research. Emphasis on the three basic types of research - descriptive, predictive, and experimental. Also, addresses ethics in research. A computer package is used for analysis of data. (Crosslisted with MSPS 500).

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


Psychology is a research-based science, therefore its use for statistics in accurately interpreting data is imperative for understanding research. This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of research methology and statistical analysis. This course will also further equip the student to succeed in subsequent statistics courses within his or her field of study.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview. 

Discussions (2)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each Discussion. Each thread must be at least 100 words with at least one (1) scholarly citation in current APA format to support assertions and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to one (1) other classmate's thread using at least 100 words and incorporating at least two (2) scholarly citations in current APA format. Any sources cited must be published within the last five years and be from reputable sources. (CLO: A, C, D, F)

Homework Assignments (8)

Most assignments are SPSS-based and depend on information gained from the Learn section in the assigned module. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E, F)

Quizzes (8)

Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 25-50 multiple-choice questions, and have no time limit. They may require use of a calculator but no use of SPSS will be required. (CLO: A, C, D, E, F)