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2022-23 Catalog 
2022-23 Catalog
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PSYCH 250 - Research Methods

5 Credits
Explores research methods and techniques used in gathering, organizing and interpreting data. Enables the student to evaluate information and discover invalid interpretations and alternative explanations.

Pre-requisite(s) PSYC& 100 min. 1.0
Course Note Recommended: Math& 146

Quarters Typically Offered
Fall Day
Designed to Serve All students, especially those planning to major in psychology at four year and graduate programs.
Active Date 20210311T08:51:12

Grading Basis Decimal Grade
Class Limit 38
Contact Hours: Lecture 55
Total Contact Hours 55
Degree Distributions:
  • Social Science Area II

Course Outline
  • Rationale for Studying Research Methodology
  • Methods of Research
    • Descriptive Studies
    • Correlational Studies
    • Experimental Studies
    • Quasi-experimental Studies
  • Statistical Concepts
    • Descriptive Statistics
    • Inferential Statistics
  • Report Writing
  • Ethical Issues

Student Learning Outcomes
Describe research methods used by psychologists including their respective advantages and disadvantages

Describe how the researcher’s value system, sociocultural characteristics, and historical context can influence psychological questions, research design and decisions.

Apply ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practice

Design and interpret basic studies using appropriate research methods.

Demonstrate an understanding of the role of statistics in psychological research methods, including interpreting simple graphs and statistical findings.

Identify and navigate psychology databases and other legitimate sources of psychology information

Identify under what conditions research findings can be appropriately generalized

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