Research Methodology – psych540 (3 credits)

This course is an overview of the fundamentals of research methods applicable to the broad field of psychology.  Topics include research design, quantitative and qualitative forms of analysis, ethical issues in research, and appropriate documentation of research processes and outcomes.  Students become critical evaluators of research, with emphasis placed on engaging the students in analytical reading of research literature in psychology and the application of skills in conducting primary behavioral research.

This graduate-level course is 6 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Introduction to Research

  • Distinguish between qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Evaluate ethical issues in the field of psychological research.
  • Conduct a literature review.
  • Examine fundamental concepts of research methodology in the field of psychology.
  • Explain the scientific method.

Descriptive Research Methods

  • Analyze descriptive research methods.
  • Design a research study utilizing descriptive research methods.

Experimental Methods

  • Analyze experimental research methods.
  • Design a research study utilizing experimental research methods.

Applied Research

  • Compare and contrast single-case and small-N research designs.
  • Explain the importance of quasi-experimental designs.
  • Compare and contrast descriptive and inferential statistics.

Reporting Research

  • Explain the different methods that can be used to analyze and report research.

Cycle of Discovery

  • Explain the impact of trends on research in the field of psychology.

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