Research Methods in Psychology
- The scientific understanding of behaviour
- Theories and falsifiability
- Developing questions, hypotheses and predictions
- Reviewing scientific literature
- Operational definitions and variables
- Ethical Research
- Testimonials and case study evidence
- Correlation and causation
- The experimental method
- Measurement concepts and practices
- Observational methods
- Surveys and questionnaires
- Experimental design
- Conducting experiments
- Multiple causation and complex experimental designs
- Quasi experimental and developmental research
- Understanding research results – describing data
- Probabilistic reasoning and chance – inferential statistics
- Converging evidence and consensus
- Generalizing results
- Research report writing
- The image of Psychology
This course will employ a number of instructional methods to accomplish its objectives, including some of the following:
- laboratory activities
- small group discussion
- problem based activities
There will be laboratory meetings throughout the semester in which students will develop and carry out their own research projects. It is expected that students may conduct research involving human participants as part of their coursework; instructors are responsible for ensuring that such research meets the College's standards for ethical research.
Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy. Evaluation will be based on course objectives and may include some of the following: quizzes, multiple choice exams, essay type exams, term paper or research project, computer based assignments, etc. The instructor will provide the students with a course outline listing the criteria for course evaluation at the beginning of the semester.
An example of one evaluation scheme:
|2 midterm exams||40%|
|Research project report||30%|
At the conclusion of the course the student will be able to:
- Critically evaluate the design, measurement and inferential reasoning in psychological research articles.
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of the nature of knowledge in Psychology and identify common misunderstandings about Psychology.
- Identify the major ethical concerns as they apply to social research projects, especially those using human subjects.
- Identify the strengths and weaknesses of various research methods and designs (e.g., case studies, experiments, quasi-experiments, surveys, observational studies)
- Design, conduct, and analyse research projects.
- Write a research report using APA guidelines.
Textbook(s) such as the following, the list to be updated periodically:
- Cozby, Paul C. & Bates, S.C. (2017) Methods in Behavioral Research (13th Ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Publishing
- Stanovich, K.E. (2019) How to Think Straight about Psychology (11th Ed.) Pearson Ed.
- Gravetter, F. J., & Forzano, L.-A. B. (2015). Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences. Stamford, USA: Cengage Learning.
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|Institution||Transfer Details for PSYC 2301|
|Camosun College (CAMO)||CAMO PSYC 201 (3)|
|Capilano University (CAPU)||CAPU PSYC 212 (3)|
|Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)||KPU PSYC 2400 (3)|
|Langara College (LANG)||LANG PSYC 2320 (3)|
|Okanagan College (OC)||OC PSYC 260 (3)|
|Simon Fraser University (SFU)||SFU PSYC 201 (3)|
|Thompson Rivers University (TRU)||TRU PSYC 2110 (3)|
|Trinity Western University (TWU)||TWU PSYC 201 (3)|
|University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO)||UBCO PSYO 270 (3)|
|University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV)||UBCV PSYC 217 (3)|
|University of Northern BC (UNBC)||UNBC PSYC 215 (3)|
|University of Victoria (UVIC)||UVIC PSYC 201 (1.5)|
|Vancouver Community College (VCC)||VCC PSYC 2320 (3)|
|Vancouver Island University (VIU)||VIU PSYC 204 (3)|