Research Methods in Psychology


Chuck Huff x3169
huff@stolaf.edu

Office Hours:
Wednesday & Thursday, 3-5 PM

Contact Darla Frandrup (x3142)
to make appointment w/ Huff

MWF
10:45-11:40
Holland Hall 307 & 322
Jim Dickson x3352
dickson@stolaf.edu

MWF 8 - 10 AM and by appointment

Holland Hall 314, (507) 646-3169
Mail to both sections


Required Texts
Author
Date
Title
Publisher
List Price

Shaughnessy, Zechmeister, & Zechmeister

2000

Research Methods in Psychology, 5th Ed.
McGraw-Hill

$95.15

Canary & Emmers-Sommer

1997

Sex and Gender Differences in Personal Relationships
Guilford

$ 22.00

Total

$117.15

Class Schedule


How class will work

Class will be a mixture of formal lecture (very few), labs, time for projects, and discussions. We have put together a real blend of ways of learning that we know will involve you (and make you work a great deal).

Tests

There will be 2 exams: a midterm and a final. These will be mostly problems in research that we will ask you to solve with the knowledge you have gained from the reading and the class exercises. Each exam will have a review session before it with sample problems to help you get ready. The exams will be open book. This will help you mostly with citations to the gender literature to support your proposed solutions.

Research Groups

You will be assigned research groups on a random basis. Your groups will choose a research topic from the area of gender and personal relationships. You will design, execute data collecton, and analyze results for 2 empirical projects, one observational in nature, the other a questionnaire. Your group's final project will be to plan an experimental study based on the reseach program you have already begun with your first two studies.

In-Class Experiments

We will conduct 3 in-class experiments. For each of these, you will analyze the data and turn in your own methods, results, and discussion writeup.

Grading

Your final grade is approximately 43% based on the grade your group receives. Individual items account for approximately 57% of your grade.

Group Work:

Topic(s):

Points

%

Observation Project Method

20

4.55%

REC for Observation Project

10

2.27%

Observation StatView Results

10

2.27%

Survey Project Intro

40

9.09%

REC for Survey Project

10

2.27%

Survey StatView Results

10

2.27%

Experiment Proposal Presentation

10

2.27%

Experiment Proposal

80

18.18%

Individual Work:

Two Coins Lab (Results & Discussion)

20

4.55%

Bransford & Johnson Lab (Results & Discussion)

30

6.82%

Life Savers Lab (Results & Discussion)

40

9.09%

Best/Worst 1

10

2.27%

Best/Worst Revisited

10

2.27%

Horgan 2 (Undiscovered Mind)

10

2.27%

Statistics Quiz

10

2.27%

Exam 1

60

13.64%

Exam 2

60

13.64%

Total

440

100%

Late Policy

This is the standard late policy for all items that are turned in late without prior negotiation. Some emergencies may allow for negotiation of the late policy even though there is no prior notice.

Late items will be reduced in their grade according to the following schedule. An item is late if any portion of it is late. Thus, groups should make sure all the pieces of their group projects (including the individual drafts) are turned in on time.

up to 24 hrs late

-05%

between 1 & 3 days late

-10%

1 week late

-20%

more than 1 week late

-50%

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