1 Psychology Course # PSYC300 Course Name: Methods in Psychology Credit Hours: 3 Length of Course: 8 Weeks Prerequisite(s): Instructor Information Course Description Course Scope Course Objectives Course Delivery Method Course Materials Evaluation Procedures Grading Scale Course Outline Policies Academic Services Selected Bibliography Instructor Information Course Description (Catalog) This course focuses on laboratory and field research methods applied in the study of human behavior. Course content emphasizes the development of sound methods of hypothesis testing, data interpretation and formal research report writing, the review of empirical, peer-reviewed literature, the critique and interpretation of applied research and the ethical responsibilities and codes of conduct related to psychological research. Course Scope
2 This course covers the scientific method of research and the experimental techniques used in the study of psychology. Course Objectives During completion of this course, the student will: 1) Analyze the main features and philosophy of the scientific process. 2) Detect the basic tenets of the empirical method. 3) Develop and synthesize a scientific attitude toward the study and analysis of behavior. 4) Develop testable hypotheses derived from a theory. 5) Examine the tools and techniques employed by professional experimental psychologists in conducting their research. 6) Detect and apply various experimental designs in new situations. 7) Evaluate and interpret how to design, execute, analyze, and interpret adequate psychological research. Course Delivery Method This course delivered via distance learning will enable students to complete academic work in a flexible manner, completely online. Course materials and access to an online learning management system will be made available to each student.online assignments are due by the last day of each week (Sunday)and include forum questions (accomplished in groups through a threaded forums), examinations and quizzes (graded electronically), and other individual assignments. Course Materials Leedy, P. & Ormond, E. (2005).Practical research: Planning and design (9 th ed.). Prentice Hall. (this is an e-book located in the course materials area)
3 Evaluation Procedures Online Participationand Interaction: Successful completion of APUS courses requires online access and may require usage of PowerPoint, MS Word and Adobe Acrobat Reader programs. Asynchronous interaction occurs via and classroom forums in the classroom. Synchronous online communication tools, including Instant Messaging and Chat Rooms, are options also available to students and instructors. Geographical-time differences make asynchronous activities difficult to schedule when all can participate and, therefore, students are not required to use these functions. General Assignment Submission Requirements and Academic Integrity: Although distance learning is flexible, flexibility isn t the same as setting one s own schedule for assignment completion as one might experience in self-paced correspondence style courses. You must follow the course syllabus carefully and submit assignments during their assigned weeks. Project planning, time management, and contingency planning are essential in all professional activity, including college-level, academic course work. With the exception of duty assignments (support documentation from your supervisor may be requested before late assignment permission may be granted), sudden illness or a family emergency, all work must be submitted on time. Requests for permission to submit work late will be evaluated on a case-by-case, reason-by-reasons basis and approvals are not automatic. Missed test and writing assignment deadlines occurring without consultation with, and approval from, the course instructor will result in zero scores. During this course, students are required to read, synthesize, make meaning of and specifically reference published works anchored in the scientific method, showing evidence of accomplishing the requirements via submission of work authentically their own and source credited. Properly APA source creditingof paraphrases (summarizing and restating published writings in your own words) is required. Quoting of published authors works, which must be used very sparingly (one or two very brief sentences per assignment and typically in cases where numerical findings are reported), are permitted as long as correctly source credited and placed inside quotation marks; to not do both is plagiarism and will result in an automatic assignment score of zero with no option of revision and resubmission or extra credit to recoup lost points and course failure resulting in the event of a second offense. Submitting work, all or partially copied word-for-word from any published source, with or without source crediting, and regardless of whether plagiarism was intended, also will result in an automatic assignment score of zero with course failure occurring for a second offense. Collaboration on coursework, unless so assigned by the instructor, is not permitted and, if discovered will result in the above consequences for a first and second offense. These rules protect the integrity of the course and
4 fairness to other students who submitted work authentically their own. All written assignments must be submitted in MS Word (documents written in Word will send in.doc or.docx, not.wps,.wpd or.ofd). You should proofread each assignment carefully before submitting it. One percentage point will be deducted for each spelling or grammar error. All assignment deadlines are in Eastern Time (ET). Assignment deadlines cannot be customized to different time zones. If you live in a time zone other than ET, you will need to submit your work earlier to avoid missing ET deadlines. Assignments: Forums For instructions for these assignments, go to Forum in your classroom. Each forum assignment requires one original submission (300 words minimum) some assignments may take considerably more than 300 words and two substantive replies (200 words minimum) to the postings of other classmates. You will have until Thursday night at 11:59 p.m. ET to post your original post and until Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. ET to post your two replies. These are academic dialogs and you should avoid informal texting style language or casual socializing, and personal opinion sharing unless otherwise instructed by the course professor. You must approach the work as a college-level assignment (i.e. think and write as a student scholar) but also keep in mind that you aren t uploading essays but rather engaging in dialog with each other. Late posts during the assigned week will receive a reduction in points. Because of the highly interactive nature of these assignments, forum posts made beyond the week in which they are assigned will not receive points. Forum assignments are designed to facilitate a learning community and should not be viewed as something to work ahead on and get out of the way. Participation in forum activities is not optional. Posting of reply posts in the absence of a week s required initial post will receive zero points. Quizzes This course includes seven multiple-choice quizzes with varying numbers of questions. These are designed to facilitate engagement with and assess learning of material in the course textbooks. They will be posted under the Tests & Quizzes link in the classroom. Successful completion of these quizzes requires careful assignment reading. They will only be available during the week in which they are due and you may only submit each quiz once. There is a time limit of 75 minutes for each quiz. Upon submission, quizzes are autoscored and your grades will be posted in your gradebook. Each test must be completed onlineby the end of its assigned week (Sunday) at 11:59pm ET. It is strongly recommended that you complete your quiz work prior to the last half hour before the assignment deadline and it is essential to allow the time and attention needed to complete testing in one setting so you aren t locked out due to going past the assignment deadline. The amount of time spent on each test and the date and time of completion and submission are recorded in the course student usage log.
5 Comprehensive Final Exam This course includes a comprehensive final examination located under the Tests & Quizzes link in the classroom and available during the final week of the term. The exam iscomprehensive in terms of course material and previous quiz questions (several questions in the final exam will be from the quizzes)and consists of 75 multiple-choice questions. The final exam has a time limit of 180 minutes.only one submission of your completed test is permitted. Upon submission, the exam is autoscored and your grade will be posted in your gradebook. It must becompleted online by the end of its assigned week (Sunday, the last day of week 8) at 11:59pm ET. Article Critique Each student will select and prepare a written critique based on a scientific, peer-reviewed psychology research journal article of their choosing. The article title, author and the journal in which it was published must be submitted via to and approved by the course instructorby the end of the third week of the course. The article critique papermust: * be a minimum of 9 typed pages and a maximum of 11 full pages, size 12 font, double spaced with 1 inch margins, NOT including the Cover and References pages * have an APA style cover page and reference page * be proofread and contain minimal to no grammar errors, misspellings, incorrect APA formatting, or typographical errors) * cover all components denoted in the Critique Outline below Peer-reviewed Journal Article Critique Outline Below are the major elements required for the peer-reviewed journal article critique paper and their associated point values.the paper should be structured tocontain the major category headings below including the Introduction, Methodology, Data Analysis (called Results in some articles), Communicating Findings (often called Interpretation in articles). In addition, each subheading should be used in the paper. For example your paper should have a first level heading entitled Introduction and listed under that heading there should be eight second level headings (see the matrix below). If thearticle being critiqued is missing an element within one or more of the major categories, you should still address it in your critique. For example, if your article does not discuss certain sources of measurement error you believe the authors might have encountered in a study, you should describe them and their potential impact on the study s results.
6 Finally, the cover page is worth 2 points and the reference page is worth 2 points these two items are all or nothing points; either you get 2 points or your get zero points. Make sure that you use APA style to create the cover page for your paper. Give the paper a title of your choice (for example critique of ) and make a running head commensurate with the title. Also, create a reference page in APA style. Points Possible Per Major Section Headings and Subheadings to Include Assignment Element 32 (4 pts each part) Introduction 1. Issue identified in the article 2. Source of the issue 3. Significance of the issue 4. Feasibility of the issue for study 5. Scope of the literature review 6. Theoretical context of the issue 7. Hypotheses/research questions 8. Variables of interest 32(4 pts each part) Methodology 1. Description of the research design 2. Control of extraneous variables 3. Assessing internal and external validity 4. How the sample was obtained 5. Measurement instruments 6. Reliability and validity of those instruments 7. Sources of measurement error 8. Ethical considerations 12(4 pts each part) Data Analysis 1. Data analysis procedures 2. Presentation of results; Use of tables 3. Interpretation of results 20(4 pts each part) Communicating Findings 1. Summary of findings 2. Limitations 3. Alternative explanations 4. Implications for the practitioner 5. Implications for future research The Article Critique is due by the first day of Week 8. Five points will be deducted with each additional day or partial day this paper is late. In addition, the turnitin.com originality/similarity report is due by the first day of week 8, if this report is not turned in your paper will not be graded and a zero will be the grade. If the turnitin.comoriginality/similarity reportis not turned in on time, 10 points will be deducted from the paper s final score.
7 Course Requirements and Approximate Percentage of Grade Introduction forum post X 10 points Forum Assignments x 40 points each (32% of total course points) Weekly Quizzes x 40 points each (32% of total course points) Article Critique: 100 points (11% of total course points) Comprehensive Final Exam: 150 points (17% of total course points) Weekly assignments X 10 points each (8 % of total course points) Total Course Points: 890 Grading Scale Please see the student handbook to reference the University s grading scale. Course Outline Week Topics Weekly Learning Objectives and (CO) Course Learning Objectives Readings Assignments 1 What Is? Define research and the scientific process. (CO: 1 &2) Differentiate the scientific method from other scholarly endeavors. Practical (2005) Ch 1 & 2 Post a self-introduction to the class. Forum week one. Assignment 1 due this week.
8 (CO: 1, 2 &3) Detect and interpret the search for understanding as a goal of science. (CO: 1, 2 &3) Define research and examine its possibilities and limitations. (CO: 2 &3) Develop critical questions for evaluating research. (CO: 2, 3 &4) Evaluate the research of others. (CO: 5 &6) Detect the library and its resources as a tool of research. (CO: 3 &5) Recognize the computer, software and the Internet as tools of research. (CO: 3 &5) Categorize and define measurement, statistics and language as tools of research. (CO: 2 &5) Define critical thinking, inductive reasoning and deductive reasoning as tools of research. (CO: 5) Complete Week One Quiz by the last day of the week. 2 The Experiment Analyze qualities and Practical Forum week 2
9 and the Experimenter characteristics common to all experiments conducted within the scientific method. (CO: 2,3, 5 &6) (2005) Ch 3 & 4 Assignment 2 Complete Week Two Quiz by the end of the week. Compare and contrast the scientific method from experimentation in the Humanities. (CO: 2,3, 5 &6) Detect potential impacts of those who conduct research upon the results of the experiment in scientific method. (CO: 3) Detect and evaluate the research problem. (CO: 4 &5) Analyze how to evaluate a research proposal. (CO: 7) Define the role of a literature review. (CO: 5) Examine the process for writing a clear and cohesive literature review. (CO: 5 &7) Evaluate the origins of measurement and science. (CO: 3, 5 &7) 3 Hypotheses, Measurements, Planning Design and Examine the concepts Practical (2005) Ch 5 & 6 Forum week 3 Assignment 3 Provide instructor with
10 Writing a Proposal of reliability, validity, precision, and accuracy. (CO: 3, 5 &7) Interpret common ways that measurements can be used to deceive. (CO: 3 &5) Define hypotheses and explore their origins. (CO: 4) Analyze the role of hypotheses in science. (CO: 4) Analyze the common criteria for a research project. (CO: 4, 6 &7) Define data and determine the criteria for admissibility of data. (CO: 5) Detect appropriate measurement instruments. (CO: 5) Critique the validity of the method. (CO: 5 &7) Interpret ethical issues in research. (CO: 5) Evaluate research methodology. article title, author, date of publication and journal in which the peer reviewed, scientific journal article to be used for Critique assignment is published. Submit in the message area by end of the week for instructor approval required. Complete Week Three Quiz by the end of the week.
11 (CO: 5 &7) Detect the characteristics of a proposal. (CO: 3,4,6,&7) Examine how to interpret the data. (CO: 7) Analyze the concept of the experimenter as an objective participant in research. (CO: 3 &5) 4 Objective Science and Qualitative Methodologies Express the idea that culture exercises an influence in scientific research and findings. (CO: 3 &5) Practical (2005) Ch 7 & 8 Forum week 4 Assignment 4 Complete Week Four Quiz by the end of the week. Analyze problems to determine when to use a qualitative research approach. (CO: 3,5, 6 &7) Examine several qualitative research designs. (CO: 3,5, 6 &7) Plan and evaluate qualitative research designs. (CO: 3,5, 6 &7) Define historical research. (CO: 3,5, 6 &7) Evaluate and interpret historical data. (CO: 3,5, 6 &7)
12 5 Week 5: Logic, Mathematics and Quantitative MethodologiesI Define logic and interpret logical difficulties and fallacies. (CO: 3 &5) Define the nature of mathematics. (CO: 3 &5) Practical (2005) Ch 9 & 10 Forum week 5 Assignment 5 Complete Week Five Quiz by end of the week. Interpret the use of mathematics in science. (CO: 3 &5) Relate examples of mathematical reasoning.(co: 3 &5) Define and interpret a variety of descriptive research designs. (CO: 3, 5, 6 &7) Define and interpret experimental and causal-comparative research designs. (CO: 5, 6 &7) Examine independent and dependent variables. (CO: 4,5, 6 &7) 6 Probability, Statistics and Quantitative Methodologies II Define and examine the role of probability in research. (CO: 5) Examine the ways that probability deals with uncertainty. (CO: 5) Practical (2005) Ch 11& 12 Forum week 6 Assignment 6 Complete Week Six Quiz by the end of the week. Evaluate the role of statistics in science.
13 (CO: 2, 5 &6) Interpret the meaning of average in scientific experimentation. (CO: 2, 5 &6) Interpret ways of drawing conclusions from data. (CO: 2, 5 &6) Analyze data in a quantitative study. (CO: 2, 5 &6) Examine the criteria for critiquing the research report. (CO: 5, 6 &7) 7 Preparing the Report Practical (2005) Ch 11 & 12 Forum 7 Assignment 7 Scope: In this lesson, we will describe the technical details in writing a research report. We will also complete and synthesize the course assignments and material. Evaluate how to plan a research report. (CO: 5 &7) Examine the use of style in the research report. (CO: 5 &7) Interpret how to present and publish the research report. (CO: 5 &7) Complete Week Seven Quiz by the end of the week. Submit the turnitin.com originality/similarity Report by Monday (Day 1) of Week 8. Review and synthesize concepts and ideas learned in the first half of the course with those of the second. (CO: 5 &7) Demonstrate comprehension of experimental 8 Final Exam Review course materials in preparation for Submit Article Critiqueby Monday (Day 1) of Week 8.
14 psychology material presented in the course. (CO: 1,2,3,4,5, 6 &7) comprehensive final exam. Instructions in Course Materials section of the class. Complete Comprehensive Final Examination by Sunday at the end of the week 8. Policies The APUS grade scale and other important policies below are located in the APUS Student Handbook and are hyperlinked her for easy access following student classroom login. Drop and withdrawal policies The undergraduate grade scale Plagiarism Grade appeals Writing policies Extension request process and policy Disability accommodations CITATION AND REFERENCE STYLE Assignments completed in a narrative essay or composition format must follow APA guidelines. This course will require students to use the citation and reference style established by the American Psychological Association (APA), in which case students should follow the guidelines set forth in Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6 th ed.). (2009). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association. LATE ASSIGNMENTS Students are expected to submit classroom assignments by the posted due date and to complete the course according to the published class schedule. I understand that, as adults, students, and working professionals, you must manage competing demands on your time. Should you need to request additional time to complete an assignment, and this should be the case only under conditions that are unavoidable contacting your prof in a timely manner is required.
15 Academic Services ONLINE LIBRARY RESEARCH CENTER & LEARNING RESOURCES The Online Library Resource Center is available to enrolled students and faculty from inside the electronic campus. This is your starting point for access to online books, subscription periodicals, and Web resources that are designed to support your classes and generally not available through search engines on the open Web. In addition, the Center provides access to special learning resources, which the University has contracted to assist with your studies. Questions can be directed to Charles Town Library and Inter Library Loan: The University maintains a special library with a limited number of supporting volumes, collection of our professors publication, and services to search and borrow research books and articles from other libraries. Electronic Books: You can use the online library to uncover and download over 50,000 titles, which have been scanned and made available in electronic format. Electronic Journals: The University provides access to over 12,000 journals, which are available in electronic form and only through limited subscription services. Turnitin.com: Turnitin.com is a tool to improve student research skills that also detect plagiarism. Turnitin.com provides resources on developing topics and assignments that encourage and guide students in producing papers that are intellectually honest, original in thought, and clear in expression. This tool helps ensure a culture of adherence to the University's standards for intellectual honesty. Turnitin.com also reviews students' papers for matches with Internet materials and with thousands of student papers in its database, and returns an Originality Report to instructors and/or students.