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Psychology 110: Research Methods II Summer 2013 Professor Falls 656-5748, email@example.com Overview and course goals: Psychology 110 explores the basic principles of statistics, experimental design and reporting of results. The course is intended to equip students with the competencies required to understand and statically evaluate psychological research in a variety of areas of psychology.
The goals of the course are to establish student competence in: • the ability to utilize statistical tests to correctly evaluate and interpret data. • the ability to correctly utilize statistical reasoning skills. • the ability to design studies to evaluate hypotheses, statistically evaluate study outcomes, and prepare an APA style research report. • the ability to communicate psychological material effectively both orally and in writing using professional standards and format of psychology (APA format). Lectures: The class will meet Monday through Thursday 9:00 to 12:45 in Kalkin 300. Lectures attendance is required. Class participation is expected and encouraged. Attendance will not be taken; however, students should be aware that greater than 50% of the exam material will come from class lectures so it is in the students' best interest to attend class. Each student will be responsible for the material covered in class, regardless of attendance. If a student misses a class for any reason, the student should ask a fellow student for lecture notes. Laboratory: Psychology 110 is a 4 credit laboratory course. Labs will take place on select Wednesday's and Thursday with times announced in class. Labs will be held in John Dewey Hall rooms 126 and 128. The labs are designed to introduce you to data collection and analysis. Each lab will require a lab report to be written and submitted. The lab reports total 15% of your final grade. Exams: • Mid-term Exams: Your comprehension of the lecture material and assigned lecture readings will be assessed by 2, “midterm” exam2. These exams will be based on the material covered since the last exam and will include questions derived from lecture material and assigned readings. Each exam is worth 20% of your final term grade (see below). Final Exam: A cumulative final exam will be given on the last day of class (July 19th). The final exam is worth 25% of your final term grade. Please note that the final exam will be given on the last day of class. This is the only time the final exam will be given.
Writing Assignments: To integrate the skills that you learned in Research Methods I: Research Methods with Research Methods II: Statistics, you will write a complete individual research report based on one of the lab assignments. Paper length should not exceed 10 pages, not including relevant figures, tables, and diagrams. The research report is worth 20% of your final grade. Text Book: Howell, D.C. (2014). Fundamental Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences, 8th Edition. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning. ISBN: 1-28507691-5 Grading: Your final letter grade will be computed based on the percentages shown below with your final letter grade determined as described. Assignment Points Percent of Final Grade Mid Term 1 100 pts 20% Mid Term 2 100 pts 20% Lab Assignments 75 pts 15% Research Study 100 pts 20% Final Exam 125 pts 25%
Letter Grade A ATotal Points 470 to 500 450 to 469 C+ C CD+ D DF Letter Grade Total Points 380 to 399 370 to 379 350 to 369 330 to 349 320 to 329 300 to 319 299 or less
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Ownership of Course Materials: Consistent with the University’s policy on intellectual property rights, it is the Psychology department’s policy that teaching and curricular materials (including but not limited to classroom lectures, class notes, exams, handouts, and presentations) are the property of the instructor. Therefore, electronic recording and/or transmission of classes or class notes is prohibited without the express written permission of the instructor. Such permission is to be considered unique to the needs of an individual student (e.g. ADA compliance), and not a license for permanent retention or electronic dissemination to others. Academic Honesty: Students are advised to review the policy on Academic Honesty as found at: http://www.uvm.edu/cses/code_ai.html Week 1 M Topic Course Overview, Requirements Terminology, Plotting data and Descriptive Statistics Introduction to Inferential Statistics: Normal Distribution, z-scores Probability and Sampling Distributions Lab Exercise #1 - open field behavior Exam #1 Hypothesis Testing: Means Hypothesis Testing: Means Lab Exercise #2 - water maze I Power Chapter 15 June 24th Chapters 12, 13 & 14 Chapters 12, 13 & 14 Reading Chapters 1 & 2 Chapters 3, 4, & 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7 & 8
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Exam #2 Analysis of Variance: Oneway Multiple Comparisons Lab Exercise #3 - water maze II Independence Day - No Class Analysis of Variance: Factorial and Repeated Measures Correlation and Regression
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W Clean-up loose ends and discuss research report Lab Exercise #4 - motor learning Final Exam Research Report Due July 12th July 16th