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Course Description

An overview of the methodologies used in experimental, quasi-experimental and non-experimental research in psychology. Students will learn how to design and conduct research, including formulating hypotheses, reviewing the literature, evaluating ethical issues, selecting methodologies, organizing data, applying statistics, and writing reports. This course is also listed as ANTH 32, POLS 32 and SOC 32. PREREQUISITE: PSYC 10 or ANTH 3 or POLS 1 or SOC 1A with a grade of "C" or better, and MATH 5 with a grade of "C" or better.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the basic principles of the scientific method.
  • Critically evaluate research reports.
  • Synthesize a body of research findings.
  • Develop and test hypotheses, and assess the generalizability of study results.
  • Select appropriate research designs to test hypotheses.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of general research designs, experimental and non-experimental methods, and standard research practices.
  • Explain the ethical treatment of human and animal participants in research and the institutional requirements for conducting research.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in APA style.

Last modified: November 25, 2014
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