Description: This course will further your understanding of research principles in psychological science that were introduced in PSY 290 (Research Methods in Psychology), with an emphasis on learning about, evaluating, and applying the methods and techniques used to conduct and report psychological research. You will review basic research methods before covering advanced topics in research design, methodology, measurement, and statistical analysis. Goals of this course include: (1) honing written communication skills, and (2) refining scientific inquiry and critical thinking skills in the field of psychology. This junior-level writing course is aligned with the second (Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking) and fourth (Communication) learning goals of the BS in Psychological Sciences. This course emphasizes the essential skill of effective writing through its principal assignment, a group research project that results in a professional poster and oral presentation, and individually written APA style research paper. The individual research paper reinforces basic written communication skills and the development of scientific writing skills within the discipline of psychology. The paper is written in sequential sections (abstract, introduction, method, results, discussion, tables/figures, references, appendices) and students receive feedback on and revise each section of the paper. 3 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab. Letter grade only.
Sections offered: Spring 2021
Requirement Designation: Junior Writing Requirement
Liberal Studies Essential Skills: Effective Writing
Prerequisite: PSY 290 and (Foundation English Requirement or HON 190)