Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology I – PSYC 510

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 09/05/2023

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 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200 words. (CLO: A, C, D, F)

Homework Assignments (8)

Most assignments are SPSS-based and depend on information gained from the Reading & Study material in the assigned modules. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E, F)

Quizzes (4)

Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 40 multiple-choice questions, and have no time limit. Approximately 75% of the content on the exam will be from new material presented in the previous 2 modules: weeks; the remaining 25% is cumulative. (CLO: A, C, D, E, F)