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Research Methods
Course: PSY290AC

First Term: 2023 Fall
Lecture   3.0 Credit(s)   3.0 Period(s)   3.0 Load  
Subject Type: Academic
Load Formula: T Lab Load

Description: Planning, execution, analysis, and written reporting of psychological research using American Psychological Association guidelines (APA). Surveys the literature, procedures, and instruments in representative areas of psychological research.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. List the basic assumptions of science. (I)
2. Develop an operationally defined hypothesis. (II)
3. Identify and classify research methods (observational, correlational, experimental, or quasi-experimental). (III)
4. Identify independent and dependent variables. (IIIE)
5. Identify confounding variables (sources of secondary variance). (IIIE)
6. Design and analyze a basic research project and communicate the study`s results in a scientific report which follows American Psychological Association (APA) guidelines. (IV)
7. Read and summarize a basic scientific report. (V)
8. Critically analyze scientific reports and suggest rival hypotheses (explanation). (V)
9. Recognize ethical concerns associated with research. (VI)
10. Recognize that citizens are continuously consumers of scientific information. (I-VI)
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Scientific Method
   A. Basic Assumptions of Science
   B. Theoretical vs. Applied Science
   C. Scope of Science
   D. Limits of Science
II. Formulation of the Hypothesis
   A. Operational Definitions
   B. Inductive and Deductive Models
   C. Organization of Hypotheses--Theories
III. Methods of Research
   A. Observational Studies
      1. Natural Environment
         a. Obtrusive
         b. Unobtrusive
      2. Contrived Environmental Studies--Simulations
   B. Surveys
   C. Case Studies
   D. Correlational Studies
      1. Concepts of Correlation
      2. Necessities of Causation
   E. The Experiment
      1. Independent Variables
      2. Dependent Variables
      3. Control Variables
      4. Sampling
      5. Extraneous Variables (Confounding Variables)
         a. Subject Bias
         b. Observer/Experimenter Bias
         c. Controlling Extraneous Variables
IV. Research Designs
   A. Between Subjects (Independent Samples) Designs
   B. Within Subjects Designs
      1. Repeated Measures
      2. Matched Subjects
   C. Factorial Designs
   D. Single Subject (N = 1) Designs
   E. Quasi-Experimental Designs
V. Writing Research Reports
   A. Locating Journals/Resources in the Library
   B. Reading and Summarizing Scientific Articles
   C. Literature Review of Topic or Researcher
   D. Writing in a Scientific Style using APA guidelines
   E. Major Sections of a Report
   F. Evaluating Journal or Scientific Material
VI. Research Ethics
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: 5/26/2009

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