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Psychological Science: Research Methods

PSYS 053 OL2 (CRN: 61654)

3 Credit Hours

About PSYS 053 OL2

Basic course in principles of research methodology, including design and reporting. Prepares students to understand and evaluate psychological research in a variety of areas of psychology. Prerequisite: PSYS 001.


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Dates: May 22 - June 30, 2023; Prereq: PSYS 001; Asynchronous online

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This course is meant to enhance your understanding of the scientific method and help you appreciate how the scientific method help us figure out what’s true, what might be true, and what’s fiction. Discussion of the scientific method as it applies to the study of human & rodent behavior, including but not limited to the philosophy of science, ethics in research, observational studies, single-subject designs, correlational studies, experimental designs, reliability and validity, and communication of research results. The specific learning goals are: 1) understand key scientific concepts and terminology, 2) learn about and identify major methods of research and their strengths and weaknesses 3) understand a little bit about statistics, 4) critically evaluate scientific claims reported in journals, textbooks, or popular media.

Section Expectation

This class uses an asynchronous online format - meaning that all materials will be posted at the beginning of the semester (with some exceptions). There will be specific due dates for assignments, quizzes, and exams to make sure everyone stays on track. These can be completed earlier than the deadline but not after. The lectures will be a mix of recorded videos, blog posts, readings, and/or slides. In order to succeed you should: consistently watch lectures; complete all of your assignments in timely manner; complete readings before the lecture, be clear and timely about circumstances that may affect coursework.


A mix of weekly quizzes, assignments, a project presentation, and exams.




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