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PSYC 209 Fundamentals of Psychological Research • 5 Cr.


Covers theories, techniques, and applications of psychological research methodology. Students explore a variety of approaches, ranging from uncontrolled field observation to laboratory experiments. Topics include data analysis, report writing, and factors affecting research results. Prerequisite: PSYC& 100.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the purpose, scope and areas of interest of researchers in psychology and how this relates to the other behavioral sciences.
  • Identify the scientific progress and research methods psychologists and behavioral scientists use in the study of human behavior.
  • Define important research and statistical terms, concepts, and principles used in the study of human behavior.
  • State and develop a specific, investigable problem or issue in psychology.
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform an effective literature search and summarization leading to an operationally definable hypothesis.
  • Design survey instruments, or otherwise design strategies to gather data appropriate to the defined hypothesis.
  • Identify and compare various research methods and designs used to guide and develop research investigations, to select an appropriate design for the a research project.
  • Perform research investigations at a basic level, using inferential statistical methods, involving at least two factors or variables.
  • Analyze the project methodology and the research of others to identify major flaws, confounding variables, rival hypotheses and threats to validity in the project.
  • Write a concluding report of the study in APA journal style, providing a clear written interpretation of the findings, following standard practices and procedures for organization and illustration.
  • Comprehend and apply ethical principles in the conduct of research.



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