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.
Examine fundamental concepts of research methodology in the field of psychology.
Explain the scientific method.
Distinguish between qualitative and quantitative data.
Evaluate ethical issues in the field of psychological research.
Conduct a literature review.
Descriptive Research Methods
Analyze descriptive research methods.
Design a research study utilizing descriptive research methods.
Analyze experimental research methods.
Design a research study utilizing experimental research methods.
Compare and contrast descriptive and inferential statistics.
Compare and contrast single-case and small-N research designs.
Explain the importance of quasi-experimental designs.
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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