This course serves as an introduction to the experimental method and its use in the study of behavior, coupled with an indepth treatment of statistics as applied to psychological research. Statistical topics include principles of probability, central tendency, variability, hypothesis testing, and statistical inference. Lab exercises focus on designing experiments, collecting data, applying statistical methods (using SPSS), and presenting data through written assignments.
By the end of the semester you should be able to design both experimental and questionnaire studies, think critically about psychological methodologies, understand and use (with SPSS) the basic statistical tests frequently employed by psychologists, and write a research report in APA style.
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Topics, Schedule, & Readings
Date 
Topic 
Readings 
Assignments 
Week 1 



M: 1/18 
No class: MLK Day 
 

W: 1/20 
Course introduction 
 

F: 1/22 
Overview of research methods in psychology 
P&B 1; P&B 2 pp. 2650 

T 1/19: 
LAB: No lab this week 
 

Th 1/21: 
LAB: Intro to lab; The process of research 
 





Week 2 



M: 1/25 
Threats to valid inference making 
P&B 3 

W: 1/27 
Threats to valid inference making 
P&B 5 

F: 1/29 
No class: SPSP confernence 
 

T 1/26: 
LAB: Intro to lab; The process of research 
 

Th 1/28: 
LAB: No lab this week 
 





Week 3 



M: 2/1 
Basics of research designs 
P&B 68 

W: 2/3 
Basics of research designs 
 

F: 2/5 
Research ethics 
P&B 2, pp. 5057 

T or Th 
LAB: Brainstorming the questionnaire study 
 





Week 4 



M: 2/8 
Measurement 
P&B 4 

W: 2/10 
Descriptive statistics 
G&W 12 

F: 2/12 
Central tendency 
G&W 3 

T or Th 
LAB: Work on questionnaire study 
 





Week 5 



M: 2/15 
Variability 
P&B 10, G&W 4 

W: 2/17 
Zscores 
G&W 5 

F: 2/19 
Probability and sampling 
G&W 67 
Problem Set #1 due 
T or Th 
LAB: Intro to SPSS; frequencies and descriptives (Activity #1) 
 





Week 6 



M: 2/22 
Hypothesis testing 
G&W 8 

W: 2/24 
Onesample ttest 
G&W 9 

F: 2/26 
Onesample ttest 
 
Problem Set #2 due 
T or Th 
LAB: Manipulating data in SPSS (Activity #2) 
 





Week 7 


M: 3/1 
TBA 
 

W: 3/3 
Review for exam 
 

F: 3/5 
EXAM 1 
 

T or Th 
LAB: Histograms, onesample ttest in SPSS (Activity #3) 
 





Week 8 


SPRING BREAK    




Week 9 



M: 3/15 
Correlation and regression 
G&W 15 

W: 3/17 
Correlation and regression 
 

F: 3/19 
Correlation and regression 
 

T or Th 
LAB: Brainstorm experiment 
 





Week 10 



M: 3/22 
Comparing two means 
G&W 10 
Problem Set #3 due 
W: 3/24 
Comparing two means 
G&W 11 

F: 3/26 
Comparing two means 
 

T or Th 
LAB: Correlation in SPSS (Activity #4); Work on experiment 
 





Week 11 



M: 3/29 
Analysis of variance (ANOVA) 
G&W 13 

W: 3/31 
ANOVA 
 

F: 4/2 
ANOVA 
 
Problem Set #4 due 
T or Th 
LAB: Independent samples and paired samples ttest in SPSS (Activity #5) 
 





Week 12 



M: 4/5 
Factorial ANOVA 
G&W 14 

W: 4/7 
Factorial ANOVA 
 

F: 4/9 
Factorial ANOVA 
 

T or Th 
LAB: Oneway ANOVA in SPSS (Activity #6) 
 





Week 13 



M: 4/12 
Repeated measures in ANOVA 
P&B 9 

W: 4/14 
Mixed ANOVA designs 
 

F: 4/16 
TBA 
 

T or Th 
LAB: Factorial ANOVA in SPSS (Activity #7) 
 





Week 14 



M: 4/19 
Nonparametric tests 
G&W 16 
Problem Set #5 due 
W: 4/21 
Nonparametric tests 
 

F: 4/23 
Metaanalysis 
 

T or Th 
LAB: Analyze experiment data in SPSS 
 





Week 15 



M: 4/26 
How to write a good lab report 
P&B 11, Appendix 3 

W: 4/28 
Review for Exam 
P&B 12 

F: 4/30 
Exam 2 
 

T or Th 
LAB: Analyze experiment data in SPSS 
 

Week 16 




Finals week 
Final Paper due at the end of Finals week 