The primary method of instruction will be the lecture, but the course may involve various other methods of instruction, such as small group activities, discussion groups, oral presentations, video tapes, and guest lectures.
- APA Writing Style
- Constructing interview questions
- Probes and follow-up questions
- Interviewing skills
- Finding, Reviewing, and Evaluating Research
- Psychology as a science
- Peer review researchheory-testing
- Operational definitions
- Case studies
- Correlation and causation
- Experimental control
- Representative samples
- Converging evidence
- Multiple causation
- Inferential statistics and probability
- Research Ethics
- American Psychological Association Ethics Code.
- Canadian Psychological Association Ethics Code.
- Informed consent.
- Minimal-risk research.
- Risk-benefit analysis.
At the conclusion of the course the successful student will be able to:
- Write a research report in APA style.
- Construct well-designed interview questions, probes, and follow-up questions.
- Conduct an effective research interview.
- Critically evaluate empirical research.
- Apply ethical guidelines to psychological research.
- Work in teams to plan and conduct minimal risk research.
The course evaluation will be based on the course objectives and in accordance with Douglas College policy
An example of a possible evaluation scheme would be:
|APA Style research paper||20%|
|In-class writing assignments||30%|
Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students:
Texts will be updated periodically. Typical examples include both of the following:
American Psychological Association. (2009). Mastering APA style: Student’s workbook and training guide
(6nd ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Stanovich, K. E. (2011). How to think straight about psychology (9th ed.). Needham Heights, MA: Allyn &