|Research Methods in Psychology -Psychology 310 Spring 2008 Tuesday/Thursday 9:30-10:45 Wescoe 3139|
Instructor: Paul Atchley, Ph.D.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org Office: Fraser 433 Office phone: 864-9803 Office hours: MW 11:00 – 12:00 TR 11:00-12 and by appointment
Overview Psychology is the science of human behavior. As a science, we have a variety of methodological tools for measuring and quantifying human behavior and cognition. This course is designed to provide you with a working knowledge of those tools. Though a substantial portion of this course is designed to cover methodology in psychology, one of the main goals is to teach you to apply scientific thinking to the myriad bits of information you are exposed to every day. In addition to “scientific” claims made on the behalf of products in the popular media, you will undoubtedly be called upon to evaluate claims based upon true scientific experiments for choices regarding, for example, your own health and safety. Successful completion of this course will provide you with skills to evaluate scientific data and determine what is science and what is pseudoscience.
Any student in this course who has a disability that may prevent you from fully demonstrating your abilities should contact me personally as soon as possible so we can discuss accommodations necessary to ensure full participation and to facilitate the educational opportunity.
Plagiarism and Cheating
Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Some projects will require collaboration but each student is
Course materials prepared by the instructor, together with the content of all lectures and review sessions presented by the instructor are the property of the instructor. Video and audio recording of lectures and review sessions without the consent of the instructor is prohibited. On request, the instructor will usually grant permission for students to audio tape lectures, on the condition that these audio tapes are only used as a study aid by the individual making the recording. Unless explicit permission is obtained from the instructor, recordings of lectures and review sessions may not be modified and must not be transferred or transmitted to any other person, whether or not that individual is enrolled in the course.
Critical thinking goals include developing the ability to
Psychology related goals include
Mastery Points Effort Points Midterm examination 80 points Research reports (3) 50 points each Final examination 160 points Class exercises (10) 20 points each Bb quizzes 60 points
A (excellent): Demonstrated effort (completing optional points) and concept mastery (exam
performance). ‘A' effort: All research reports, 8 class exercises ‘A' mastery: 80% of exam points 90% of total points
B (good): Demonstrated a good level of effort and concept mastery. ‘B' effort: 2 research reports, 7 class exercises ‘B' mastery: 70% of exam points 80% of total points
C(average): Demonstrated little effort and average concept mastery. ‘C' effort: 1 Research report, 5 class exercises ‘C' mastery: 60% of exam points 65% of total points
D (poor): Demonstrated little or no effort and poor concept mastery. ‘D' effort: None required ‘D' mastery: 40% of exam points 50% of total points
F (fail): No effort and very poor or no concept mastery. Below 50% Grading examples
Mid. Final Mastery Exercises Reports Effort Final % Grade Student 1 65 175 80.0% (A) 8 3 310 (A) 90.1% A
Student 2 80 180 86.7% (A) 7 2 240 (B) 92.6% B
Student 3 75 160 78.3% (B) 10 3 350 (A) 90.0% B
Examinations The highest score on the examination will become the 100% mark. All grades will be calculated based upon that mark. If the highest score out of 100 points possible is 95, then 95 becomes the 100% point. All other examinations will receive a 5 point addition. The examinations are a combination of multiple choice, fill-in, matching and short answer. A “Key Concepts” sheet is available in the workbook. The examinations are designed to test the depth of your knowledge and should be considered difficult.
Bb Quizzes Quizzes on Blackboard will be available for about one week, including the time before course lectures on the topic, and will become unavailable the day after the first lecture on the topic has concluded. You must receive a 90% on the quiz to pass the quiz. The quiz is designed to allow you to test your understanding of the material from the book prior to lecture. You may retake the quiz until passed. A subset of the quiz questions will be on the exam.
Pass: The amount of work/creativity is what was expected.
Research Reports and Data Collection
Late Assignment Policy
NO ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED LATE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.
However, “things happen”, so you have the following options in this class:
Exam schedule Midterm Exam TBA (approximately the first week of March) Final Exam Friday May 16th, 830AM