PSYC 502 (04) - Research Methods in Psychology

Research Methods in Psychology

Durham   Liberal Arts :: Psychology
Credits: 4.0
Term: Spring 2020 - Full Term (01/21/2020 - 05/04/2020)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   25  
CRN: 50129
Research design, including experimental and correlation design; internal versus external validity; measurement; writing a research report; graphic and statistical methods for summarizing data; sampling; and special problems such as experimenter effects, reactivity of measurement, and others. The use of hypothesis testing and data analysis in research. Prereq: PSYC 401 and PSYC 402.
Equivalent(s): SOC 601, SW 601, SW 601W
Only listed campus in section: Durham
Attributes: Writing Intensive Course, Inquiry (Discovery)
Instructors: STAFF

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
1/21/2020 5/4/2020 TR 8:10am - 9:30am MCC 110
Additional Course Details: 

Why do we do what we do? How can we best help those experiencing psychological problems? In this writing intensive course, we will learn what science can tell us about how people work or how they can be helped—and the methods psychologists use to figure that out. Your efforts in this class will help you understand why psychology is a science. You will learn about what makes psychology different from other fields (mainly, the scientific method), research ethics, how to develop research ideas, how we approach measurement and data analysis, experimental and non-experimental research and designs, correlational research, and scientific writing (the details of APA format will be a strong thread that runs throughout the course). You will learn through lecture (primarily online) and in-class activities, reading the textbook, quizzing/testing, writing, and other online content (e.g., advance organizers, handouts).

Prerequisites:  PSYC 401 and PSYC 402


The required text for the course is: Goodwin, C. J., & Goodwin, K. A. (2013). Research in Psychology: Methods and Design, 7th Edition. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley & Sons.