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PYSC2101. Research Methods in Psychology

The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to, and an understanding of, research methods and their applications in psychology.  We will cover the research process from the beginning (choosing a research question, hypothesis generation, ethics, sampling, etc.) to the end (interpreting data and writing reports).  Along the way we will cover various issues of data collection (including how to understand variables and statistics, and how to collect and analyze data) and will focus on several types of methodology (observational, survey, quasi-experimental, and experimental).  We aim to promote skill development in reading, conducting, and writing psychological research.  Part of the class time will be allocated to lectures, with the remainder devoted to hands-on experiences in psychological research.


As a result of completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Synthesize the principles of the scientific method and how they are used by psychologists
  • Comprehend ethical issues in research and how to maintain good ethical standards
  • Compare and contrast multiple types of research designs (i.e., observational, survey, quasi-experimental, and experimental)
  • Conduct survey design and using google form to implement survey.
  • Apply basic statistics using statistical software package (Excel, R, SPSS).
  • Create an APA-style manuscript based on original research
  • Build up a basic skill set for psychological research

Students will also be expected to:

  • Develop their critical thinking skills
  • Understand, design and critique scientific research
  • Understand and apply methods to increase scientific validity and reliability
  • Develop hypotheses and conduct survey research to test them
  • Master tools for designing survey forms and analyzing data with statistical methods

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