PSY 3393-502—Experimental Projects—Spring 2011

Green Hall (GR 4.208) Monday and Wednesday, 5:30pm-6:45pm Instructor Contact Information Dana Roark, Ph.D. Office: GR 4.205 (Perception Lab) Office Hours: Thursdays, 12-1pm (and by appointment) Teaching Assistant Contact Information: Shannon Layman Office: GR 4.306 Office Hours: Mondays, 4-5pm (and by appointment)

Course description
This course will focus on designing and conducting psychological research, with a major emphasis on the writing of research reports. This course fulfills the advanced writing requirement for Psychology majors and also fulfills the Texas Core Area requirement 010 Communication (English rhetoric/composition). Prerequisite: PSY 3392 (Research Design and Analysis) or PSY 3490 (Accelerated Quantitative Measures).

Student learning objectives
After completing the course, students should be able to: • 2.3 Locate, accurately summarize, and evaluate bodies of scientific literature in psychology. • 2.4 Use critical thinking to design and conduct basic studies to address psychological questions using appropriate research methods. • 2.5 Demonstrate proficiency in writing research reports following APA Style Guidelines that include an abstract, introduction, methods, results and discussion sections. • 3.2 Use critical thinking to analyze empirical reports. • 2.2 Explain and apply basic statistical analyses and employ critical thinking to evaluate the appropriateness of conclusions derived from their use.

Required text:

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition (2009). (Use only the 2009 version—it contains several important changes from previous versions) Required handouts and readings for this course will be posted on e-learning. Please check often for new postings.

Overview of the class
The objectives of the class are two-fold: 1) to design and carry out a psychological experiment and to interpret the results 2) to write-up the research in the specialized format known as “APA format” I place considerable emphasis on the ability of students to write effectively and clearly. So, although designing and carrying-out your experiment are important components of this class, the quality of your writing is equally, if not more, important. Early in the semester, students will work on designing individual experiments and locating appropriate references from the literature, which provide theoretical and practical support for their experiment. As the semester progresses, students will turn in preliminary versions of each of the sections of the paper. Turning in individual sections of the final paper during the semester ensures that students keep up with the great deal of writing that this course requires, and also allows students to receive feedback on their writing, which is useful for the required revisions needed for the final paper.

Structure of Final Course Grade
Component Weight Points Final Letter Grades: A = 179-200 B = 159-178 C = 139-158 D = 120-138 F = below 120

1. Writing assignments 30% (60 pts) 2. Quizzes 20% (40 pts) 3. Data collection & analysis 10% (20 pts) 4. Class Presentation 10% (20 pts) 5. Final paper 30% (60 pts) _____________________________________________ Total: 100% (200 pts)

Writing assignments (10 pts each; 60 pts total)
These assignments consist of the four major sections of the final paper: Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion, plus two additional writing assignments towards the beginning of the semester.

Quizzes (10 points each; 40 pts total)
There will be 4 quizzes (worth 10 pts each) that cover assigned readings and class lectures. I do not give make-up quizzes unless there are extraordinary circumstances.

Data collection and analysis (20 pts)
There will be three graded assignments that involve data collection and analysis. In addition, before you collect any data, you will need to obtain IRB approval for your experiment. This is a relatively easy process that requires you to submit a few forms about your experiment to UTD’s internal review board. More information on this later in the semester…

Class Presentations (20 pts)
At the end of the semester, each student will give a PowerPoint presentation of their experiment to the class.

Final Paper (60 pts)
Your final paper will include revised sections of the paper that you turned in earlier in the semester, as well as an abstract, a reference page, figures, and if necessary, an appendix. Your grade on the final paper will not necessarily equal the sum of the grades of its original parts. Because rewriting is an important part of the process of academic writing and research publication, you are expected to revise your paper as the semester progresses.

Course and Instructor Policies Attendance
Students are expected to take responsibility for attending class and attendance will be formally taken each class. If you do miss a class, you are responsible for getting any notes and/or assignments from a willing classmate. As this is not a typical course with exams, I do not post lecture notes, although I do post information about assignments on e-learning. Perfect attendance is often a determining factor when a student’s final grade average is on the border between a B+ or A, a C+ or B, etc. If you find that you will be unable to attend a significant number of classes and need to withdraw from the course, the last day to drop without a “W” is Wednesday, January 26th ; the last day to drop the class with a “WP/WF” is Monday, March 14th; the See Comet Academic Calendar for details.

Late Assignments • Do not miss deadlines. So that I can read your papers and assignments and get them back to you in a timely fashion, I strictly enforce due dates and thus, do not accept late papers. Assignments are due at the beginning of class on the due date posted on the syllabus. In other words, if you more than 15 minutes after class begins, it will be counted as “late” (deduction of one letter grade). If you have an emergency, you should notify the TA or me by email. Or, at the very least, you may leave a message for me with the Dean’s office (972-883-2355). In case of illness, accommodations will be made only with a doctor’s note. If you know in advance that you will be unable to attend class on the date that an assignment is due, you must make arrangements with me before the due date. ***I never accept assignments that are sent by email. You must turn in all assignments in-person.*** Other ~When sending email to me or to the TA, use only your UTD email account. For security reasons, we will only open email with a UTD address. ~Plagiarism, especially from the web, is taken seriously. Should you have questions about how to correctly cite and paraphrase the work of others, please ask. See also the section on the next page, “Academic Integrity.” ~The papers that are available for students to purchase on the Internet are some of the worst papers on Earth; do not use them!
~ As a final note, here are some things that really annoy me: texting during class, checking/sending emails during class,

browsing the Internet during class.

___________________________________________________________________________________ Student Conduct & Discipline
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Academic Integrity
The faculty expects from its students a high level of responsibility and academic honesty. Because the value of an academic degree depends upon the absolute integrity of the work done by the student for that degree, it is imperative that a student demonstrate a high standard of individual honor in his or her scholastic work. Scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, statements, acts or omissions related to applications for enrollment or the award of a degree, and/or the submission as one’s own work or material that is not one’s own. As a general rule, scholastic dishonesty involves one of the following acts: cheating, plagiarism, collusion and/or falsifying academic records. Students suspected of academic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary proceedings. Plagiarism, especially from the web, from portions of papers for other classes, and from any other source is unacceptable and will be dealt with under the university’s policy on plagiarism (see general catalog for details). This course will use the resources of, which searches the web for possible plagiarism and is over 90% effective.

Email Use
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Withdrawal from Class
The administration of this institution has set deadlines for withdrawal of any college-level courses. These dates and times are published in that semester's course catalog. Administration procedures must be followed. It is the student's responsibility to handle withdrawal requirements from any class. In other words, I cannot drop or withdraw any student. You must do the proper paperwork to ensure that you will not receive a final grade of "F" in a course if you choose not to attend the class once you are enrolled.

Student Grievance Procedures
Procedures for student grievances are found in Title V, Rules on Student Services and Activities, of the university’s Handbook of Operating Procedures. In attempting to resolve any student grievance regarding grades, evaluations, or other fulfillments of academic responsibility, it is the obligation of the student first to make a serious effort to resolve the matter with the instructor, supervisor, administrator, or committee with whom the grievance originates (hereafter called “the respondent”). Individual faculty members retain primary responsibility for assigning grades and evaluations. If the matter cannot be resolved at that level, the grievance must be submitted in writing to the respondent with a copy of the respondent’s School Dean. If the matter is not resolved by the written response provided by the respondent, the student may submit a written appeal to the School Dean. If the grievance is not resolved by the School Dean’s decision, the student may make a written appeal to the Dean of Graduate or Undergraduate Education,

and the deal will appoint and convene an Academic Appeals Panel. The decision of the Academic Appeals Panel is final. The results of the academic appeals process will be distributed to all involved parties. Copies of these rules and regulations are available to students in the Office of the Dean of Students, where staff members are available to assist students in interpreting the rules and regulations.

Incomplete Grade Policy
As per university policy, incomplete grades will be granted only for work unavoidably missed at the semester’s end and only if 70% of the course work has been completed. An incomplete grade must be resolved within eight (8) weeks from the first day of the subsequent long semester. If the required work to complete the course and to remove the incomplete grade is not submitted by the specified deadline, the incomplete grade is changed automatically to a grade of F.

Disability Services
The goal of Disability Services is to provide students with disabilities educational opportunities equal to those of their non-disabled peers. Disability Services is located in room 1.610 in the Student Union. Office hours are Monday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The contact information for the Office of Disability Services is: The University of Texas at Dallas, SU 22 PO Box 830688 Richardson, Texas 75083-0688 (972) 883-2098 (voice or TTY) Essentially, the law requires that colleges and universities make those reasonable adjustments necessary to eliminate discrimination on the basis of disability. For example, it may be necessary to remove classroom prohibitions against tape recorders or animals (in the case of dog guides) for students who are blind. Occasionally an assignment requirement may be substituted (for example, a research paper versus an oral presentation for a student who is hearing impaired). Classes enrolled students with mobility impairments may have to be rescheduled in accessible facilities. The college or university may need to provide special services such as registration, note-taking, or mobility assistance. It is the student’s responsibility to notify his or her professors of the need for such an accommodation. Disability Services provides students with letters to present to faculty members to verify that the student has a disability and needs accommodations. Individuals requiring special accommodation should contact the professor after class or during office hours.

Religious Holy Days
The University of Texas at Dallas will excuse a student from class or other required activities for the travel to and observance of a religious holy day for a religion whose places of worship are exempt from property tax under Section 11.20, Tax Code, Texas Code Annotated. The student is encouraged to notify the instructor or activity sponsor as soon as possible regarding the absence, preferably in advance of the assignment. The student, so excused, will be allowed to take the exam or complete the assignment within a reasonable time after the absence: a period equal to the length of the absence, up to a maximum of one week. A student who notifies the instructor and completes any missed exam or assignment may not be penalized for the absence. A student who fails to complete the exam or assignment within the prescribed period may receive a failing grade for that exam or assignment. If a student or an instructor disagrees about the nature of the absence [i.e., for the purpose of observing a religious holy day] or if there is similar disagreement about whether the student has been given a reasonable time to complete any missed assignments or examinations, either the student or the instructor may request a ruling from the chief executive officer of the institution, or his or her designee. The chief executive officer or designee must take into account the legislative intent of TEC 51.911(b), and the student and instructor will abide by the decision of the chief executive officer or designee. These descriptions and timelines are subject to change at the discretion of the Professor.

Course Syllabus, PSY 3393-502 (M/W) Spring 2011
Please Note: As the course progresses during the semester, it is not uncommon for minor adjustments to be made to the syllabus so that more time can be spent on certain topics. Any changes will be announced at least one week in advance. **All handouts may be downloaded on e-learning: Course overview Monday, January 10th Experimentation in Psychology ---

Part 1 Designing Your Experiment: Experimental Design, Hypotheses, and Writing the Introduction Date Wednesday, January 12th Topic Experimental Design: Variables Projects Due Assignment: Locate an experimental result that you find interesting Reading Due READ YOUR SYLLABUS APA manual: Read Chapter 1

Monday, January 17th

Martin Luther King Day


Locating Journal Articles Wednesday, January 19th Components of an experiment Writing style Due: 1.5 page journal article summary, Discuss Experimental with Reference page Ideas 10 pts (article may be on any psychology topic of your choosing) Be working on library research; collecting and reading references Quiz 1 Oppenheimer article 10 pts Oppenheimer article (posted on e-learning)

Monday, January 24th

APA Ch 2 (section 2.05) APA Ch 3 e-learning handouts: Writing Summaries, Finding References, Citing References APA: Chapters 4 & 6

Wednesday, January 26th

Generating hypotheses


Topic Discuss graded summaries Expt. Discussions

Projects Due

Reading Due Article by Bem, 3-7 (on e-learning)

Monday, January 31st

Be collecting and reading references

Wednesday, February 2nd

Monday, February 7th

Due: 1.5 page article summary, with Reference Page Experiment 10 pts Discussions (This article summary should relate in some way to the experiment you are planning) Written experimental sketch due In-class conferences (mandatory; but no grade) You should be in the process of writing your Introduction… Introduction (with Reference page) due 10 pts

Handout: Experimental Design Terms (elearning)

Wednesday, February 9th

In-class conferences

Bem article: “Matters of Style”, pp 13-18

Monday, February 14th

Experimental Method & Ethical issues IRB Forms

Part 2 Carrying-out Your Experiment: Protocols, Participants, and Writing the Method Section Date Wednesday, February 16th Monday February 21st Wednesday, February 23rd Monday, February 28th Topic Projects Due Reading Due

Complete on-line Putting together your training and Submit IRB experiment application Conducting your Experiment

Handout: Informed Consent for Participants

Writing the Method section In-class data collection

Quiz 2 10 pts

Read p. 20 in APA Manual (Ethical Compliance)



Projects Due

Reading Due

Wednesday, March 2nd

In-class data collection

Handout: Creating a data table for your results

Note: Midterm grades will be based on work up to this point Turn in Data Collection (data sheets and summary data table) 10 pts Methods section due by Friday, March 11th by 5pm (GR 4.205) 10 pts Monday March 14th Wednesday, March 16th Refer to APA Ch. 4 for Method section (punctuation, abbreviations, italics, numbers, etc.)

Monday, March 7th

Discuss Data

Wednesday, March 9th

Analysis of Variance (ANOVA)

No class—Enjoy your spring break No class—Enjoy your spring break

Part 3 The Results: Analyzing Data, Interpreting Results, and Writing the Results Section Date Monday, March 21st Topic Using SAS Data analysis LAB Wednesday, March 23rd (class will meet in a computer lab on campus-TBA) Bring SAS program 5 pts Bem article (section about Results) Projects Due Reading Due Handout for using SAS provided in-class

Monday, March 28h

Interpreting data Writing a Results Section Graphs

Turn in SAS results 5 pts Quiz 3 10 pts Bring questions about your Results section to class

APA Chapter 2 (section 2.07: Results) Handouts on Results and Graphs

Wednesday, March 30th

Monday, April 4th

Interpreting graphs

Results Section due 10 pts

Refer to APA Ch 4 (pp 116120) for your Results section

Part 4 Back to the big picture: Writing the Discussion Section, Presenting Your Experiments, and Submitting the Final Paper Date Topic Projects Due Reading Due Wednesday, April 6th Monday, April 11th Wednesday, April 13th Monday, April, 18th Wednesday, April 20th Monday, April 25th Wednesday, April 27th Monday, May 2nd Putting Your Results in Context; Writing the Discussion How to present your experiment How to present your experiment Putting together your final paper Class presentations (20 pts) Class presentations Class presentations handouts on the final paper Final paper due 60 pts Refer to sample paper provided in APA (Figure 2.1, beg. p. 41) Discussion section due 10 pts Quiz 4 10 pts APA Chapter 2 (section 2.08:Discussion) Bem article (section about Discussion)

Class presentations (if needed)

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