Credit hours: 3
GEC categories: Third-level writing course.
Prerequisites: Psych 1100, 2300, 2367
Example Syllabus: 4520syllabusAU13.rtf
Course Objectives: This is a fun, challenging upper-level course that gives you a chance to gain both the methodological knowledge and practical skills you need to conduct experimental research in social psychology. In this course, you’ll find out how the experiments you’ve read about in textbooks are conducted and get hands-on experience with the entire research process. General objective include: •Identify and apply the scientific methods that are used by researchers in social psychology. •Understand the steps involved in good research •Gain confidence in your ability to conduct research. •Improve your ability to think critically about the research that you encounter daily.
Course Content: You’ll start with a research idea, formulate a testable hypothesis, design an experiment, generate experimental materials, conduct your study on actual participants, enter and analyze the data, present a conference-style poster summarizing your findings, and (finally) write up a full research report. PLEASE NOTE: It is assumed that you have generally mastered the material in PSYCH 2300 (Research Methods). We will spend relatively little time reviewing the concepts covered in that course, but they are essential for this course. Projects will be conducted by groups of approximately 3-5 students. The course format is based on discussions, but will also include lectures, group presentations, and group projects. Student projects, and the articles we will read and discuss, will all relate to the topic of “thin slices”.
Method of Presentation: The first third of the course will be comprised of group discussion of articles. The last two-thirds will involve working with a group to develop and execute a research project.
Method of Evaluation: See syllabus.