History and Methods of Psychology

Psychology 130

(Class under construction, anything might change)


Chuck Huff

M,W,F
Class: 10:45-11:40 RNS 310

Lab: Weds 2:00-5:00 RNS 240 or Thurs 11:45-2:45 RNS 240

current as of 9/10/10

Regents Science Hall 120, 786.3169
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Welcome to the new History and Methods of Psychology class! This syllabus will evolve as we put the class together over the term. But you will be notified of the thing you need to do in time for its completion.I appreciate your patience as we continue to figure out how this course best works and change things on the fly.

Required Texts

The lab manual is available on the web. In addition to the manual, you will read many current and historical psychological articles. These will be available on the Moodle site for the class.

I have also assigned two books we will be reading:

Collins, H.M, & Pinch, T, (1998) The Golem: What you should know about science. Cambridge University Press.

Sternberg, R.J.,  Roediger, H.L, & Halpern, D.F. (2007). Critical Thinking in Psychology. Cambridge University Press.

The class has been designed by the entire department to introduce students to the methods and history of psychology as a discipline. Thus it has a series of labs as a major component. These labs are taken from the old 126 course, but many are completely reworked, and some are new. The point of the labs is to give you an idea of the many different ways we collect data in psychology, with human and with other animals, from questionnaires to observation, from self report to sophisticated electronic measurement, from experimental design to simple naturalistic observation.

Most of your grade (60%) will come from things you do in the lab. But the division is not so easy, since some of the lab is outside the building and lab procedures will extend into the classroom.

Assignments

Lab Notes

You will need to purchase a lab notebook. These will be available in the bookstore, and should be shelved right next to the textbooks for the class. For every lab session we ask that you keep notes about the procedures, apparatus, the data collected, unusual occurances, etc. At the end of the lab, clean up the notes (making corrections, or addition, elaborating on some points, making a drawing more clear, etc.) and turn them in by Friday at 5. Since this revision procedure is new, we do not have a good example of formal lab notes, but here is a sample of neat initial lab notes. The lab notes will be graded by the preceptors for the class as 0, √-, √, or √+ (0 to 3). Most times you should receive a √ for this, with significant deviation in either direction resulting in a + or -. A zero is for any week that you should have had lab notes and did not. The lab manual will be graded every week, and you must hand it in in the designated lab notebook drawer in the psychology main office by 5 PM on Friday. Here is a grading rubric we will use for your formal lab notes. Lab notes turned in after this time will recieve a 25% reduction in grade. Lab notes turned in after Monday at 2 PM will receive a 50% reduction in grade. Lab notes cannot be turned in later than Monday of the week following the lab except by special arrangement with the instructor.

Formal Lab Writeups

The three labs that are listed in red require a formal writeup. I have provided an example of a good lab writeup and a checksheet to use as you create your formal writeup. The example is a handwritten formal lab report, but you can also type yours in a document, print it out, and paste it into your lab notebook. You will turn in BOTH your informal notes and the formal lab writeup on Friday at 5 PM. The preceptors for the course will be grading your lab writeups based on the a rubric that we will generate from the checksheet (we will make this available ASAP). Do note that the grade for the lab writeups are stepped so that the first does not count much, but the last counts 15% of your grade.

Lab Poster

Don't like the labs we have? Good! You get a chance to propose a better one. Over the course of several lab periods, you will design a lab that could be done here in psych 130. The reference lab is devoted to helping you find the literature you need for this assigmnment, and then there are two lab times to allow you to construct a lab protocol in consultation with the instructor and the preceptors. Then there is a final lab time for you to write and format a poster. These posters will be presented during the finals period for the class.

Midterm and Final

We will be doing some significant reading in the class, and class lectures will be devoted to helping you understand them. The midterm and final will be your chance to show that you have done so. These will take the form of a 48 hour take home, open book essay. A superset of the questions will be given to you at least week before the exam (actually, you should receive some every week as we go through the books). At the beginning of the 48 hour period, I will email the class the subset of questions that require an answer. The days labeled "question time" are designed to fall within this 48 hour window, and allow you to ask questions in class about the questions you are supposed to be answering.

Grading Weights

Item

Percent Grade

Lab Assignments 60%
Informal Lab Notes 10%
First Lab Writeup 5%
Second Lab Writeup 10%
Third Lab Writeup 15%
Lab Rewrite  
Lab Poster 20%
Course Assignments 40%
 
MidTerm 15%
Final 15%

Preceptors

There are four preceptors that will help in running the labs and grading lab notebooks. You will be assigned to one of them as your "grader" for the term, and you will interact with all of them throughout the semester in labs. These students have taken the lab before and come highly recommened for their work in the major. They will be giving presentations in the labs and helping you as you step through the procedures and make decisions about what to manpulate and measure. In addition to serving as preceptors in this class, they are also taking a class from Prof. Huff on how to teach. So their work in class is grounded in careful supervision and study.

Lab Section A (Weds 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM)

Lab Section B (Thurs 11:45 PM - 2:40 PM)

Disability Accomodation

If you have a documented disability that will impact your work in this class, please contact me to discuss your needs. Additionally, you will need to register with Student Disability Services located at the Academic Support Center in Room 1 of the Old Main Annex. All such discussions will be confidential.


Schedule

Date

 
Class Topic
Lab (WE: 2-5 or TH:11:45-2:45)
Due
Reading
Sept
10
Lab Manual Instructions

Mon

13
APA References

 

15
Variation
 
17
Co-variation
Formal Notes Due
CTP 7
Mon
20
Group variation
 
22
Making APA style claims
CEL/Internships
CTP 11
 
24
Design & Analysis
Formal Notes Due
CTP 5
Mon
27
Eye Movement (Thorsheim)
READING
 
29
APA Style & Structure
Eye Blinks & Cognitive Processing
Bem READING
Oct
1
MBTI
Lab Report Due
READING
Mon
4
Traits Lecture (McMillan)
READING
 
6
Designing Verbal Instruments
Personality (Big 5 and Sensation)
CTP 4
 
8
What's a good Theory
Formal Notes Due
CTP 9
Mon
11
Bronfenbrenner (Gross)
READING
 
13
Dinner Talk Paper
Coding Dinner Talk
READING
 
15
Experiments
Lab Report Due
CTP 2
Mon
18
Fall Break
 
20
Cognitive Maps (Huff)
Neurochem of Place Learning
READING
 
22
Golem I
Formal Notes Due
Golem Intro & Edible
Mon
25
Quasi-Experiments
CTP 3
 
27
Virtuous Research I
Research Programs (Lit Search)
Virtue READING
 
29
Question Time
Nov
1
Quesiton Time
Exam Due
 
3
Cognition & Pedagogy
Design - A - Lab I
CTP 1
 
5
Golem II
Golem Germs
Mon
8
Golem III
Golem Lizard
 
10
Good Figures (Sherman)
Illusions
 
12
Formal Notes Due
Mon
15f
Thinking Ethics
CTP 16
 
17
Social Influence (Huff)
Social Influence
READING
 
19
 
Lab Report Due
 
Mon
22
Virtuous Research II
Virtue READING
 
24
Thanksgiving
 
26
Thanksgiving
Mon
29
 
Dec
1
Practical Lab Design
Design - A - Lab II
Handout
 
3
Virtuous Research III
Huff & Barnard
Mon
6
Virtuous Research IV
Huff & Hughes
 
8
Poster Design Principles
Make - A - Poster
READING
 
10
Question Time
Mon
13
Poster Protocol
Exam Due
Sat.
18
9 - 11 AM PM Poster Session

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