PSYC3104 Experimental Psychology Lab

Course Description

This is a research and statistics course that should be taken concurrently with PSYC 3304. Students will collect and analyze data using SPSS.

This course is an intensive introduction to different methodologies used in psychological research. Topics will include descriptive, correlational, experimental, quasi-experimental, and non-experimental approaches. We will also cover ethics in research, hypothesis testing, validity, reliability, scales of measurement, questionnaire development, and statistical significance. Furthermore, students will experience using online databases to search for articles, reviewing past literature, collecting data, interpreting the results, as well as presenting their studies and findings through research proposals and reports using American Psychological Association (APA) style.

Course Credits: 1

Prerequisites: PSYC1301, PSYC3301. Corequisite with PSYC3304.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Explain different research methods used by psychologists
  • Identify, describe, and apply APA ethical standards in research with human subjects
  • Search for and identify relevant scholarly articles using online databases
  • Evaluate the appropriateness of conclusions drawn from psychological research and critically evaluate and review research studies
  • Develop and evaluate research questions and hypotheses
  • Design basic, ethical, and appropriate studies to address psychological questions using psychological research methods
  • Collect data, conduct appropriate statistical analyses, and properly interpret the results
  • Write APA-style research proposals and reports