PSYC3304 Psychological Research Methods

Course Description

Introduction to the planning and execution of psychological research.

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: 3

Prerequisites: PSYC 1301, PSYC 3301. Corequisite with PSYC3104.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Write APA-style research proposals and reports
  • Explain different research methods used by psychologists
  • Identify, describe, and apply APA ethical standards in research with human subjects
  • 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