In preparation for the psychology major's senior research project, the Introduction to Senior Research class allows the student to explore potential topics, to evaluate the literature within the student's topic of choice, to identify appropriate measurement instruments for the senior research project, and to write a research proposal using APA style. Small group collaboration and peer review will be encouraged. Typically taken the semester prior to PSYCH 299 Senior Research.
Prerequisite(s): Major in psychology and PSYCH 111 Research Methods in Psychology.
This is an empirical research investigation in which each student majoring in psychology formulates his or her own research topic, collects and analyzes the data relevant to that topic, and prepares a formal report of the investigation consistent with the publication style of the American Psychological Association. Either laboratory or field research is acceptable. Normally taken during the fall semester of the senior year, although selection of the research topic may be done during the second semester of the junior year in Introduction to Senior Research (PSYCH 292 Introduction to Senior Research).
Prerequisite(s): PSYCH 110 Psychological Statistics, PSYCH 111 Research Methods in Psychology, PSYCH 292 Introduction to Senior Research, and permission of the instructor.
A course designed to introduce and apply the basic research methods of psychology. Emphasis is placed upon problems of research design and analysis in the laboratory and in natural settings. Students conduct investigations applying various designs and methods. Interpretation of findings and preparation of research reports are treated.
Three lectures per week. One 2-hour lab per week.
Prerequisite(s): PSYCH 001 Basic Psychological Science and PSYCH 110 Psychological Statistics.
(Normally offered each semester.)