Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology II – PSYC 515

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course examines advanced research methodology and statistical techniques for psychological research. This course equips students to design, conduct, and present research using APA formatting guidelines. A computer software package is used for analysis of data.

Prerequisite

PSYC 510

Rationale

The purpose of this course is to provide further understanding of research methods. This course will build on previous course work and guide students through the decision-making process regarding the selection of appropriate analytic techniques, interpretation of statistical results, and presentation of data and findings.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Select the appropriate statistical test to analyze and interpret psychological data produced by different research designs.
  2. Use SPSS statistical software to analyze psychological data.
  3. Determine whether statistical results support hypotheses of psychological studies.
  4. Communicate the results of data analysis in appropriate APA format in written and technological forms.

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 Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will create a thread in response to the provided prompt based on the Lab assignment for each forum. Each thread must be at least 600 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student will reply to at least 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 150 words. Assertions must be supported by citations as needed. These assignments align with the follow MLOs: A, B, C, and D.

Homework (8)

The student will complete weekly homework exercises. These homework exercises rely on the module/week’s assigned readings and presentations. These assignments align with the follow MLOs: A, B, C, and D.

Lab Project (To be completed in multiple phases)

The student will administer a survey to at least 20 people and will use the resulting data to complete a lab assignment throughout the course. The lab includes data collection via a survey, choosing the correct type of data analysis using SPSS, and reporting and interpreting results in a results section to be written in current APA format. Instructions from the Institutional Review Board regarding how to administer this survey must be followed. These assignments align with the follow MLOs: A, B, C, and D.

Exams (4)

The student will complete 4 exams. Each exam will be open-book/open-notes, and is cumulative. Approximately 75% of the material will be from the previous two weeks; the remaining 25% can be from anything learned thus far. Each exam will have a time limit of 1 hour and 30 minutes and will contain 40 multiple-choice questions. These assignments align with the follow MLOs: A and C.