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Jacqueline Woolley, Chair The University of Texas at Austin, SEA 4.212, Austin, TX 78712 • (512) 475-7596

Spring 2006

PSY 458 • Experimental Psychology - W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
43085 TTh
9:30 AM-12:30 PM
SEA 2.116

Course Description

This course will expose you to some basic issues likely to be encountered if you pursue a career in science. The development of critical thinking will be emphasized. We will conduct four or five research projects. You will perform statistical analysis on the data and write papers in APA format on the research projects. These projects will increase in size and complexity as the semester progresses. You will also have to read and think critically about journal articles from the literature. We do several in-class assignments on Microsoft Excel; if you are unfamiliar with this or a similar spreadsheet program, please budget some extra time for learning this software.

Grading Policy

The three exams will cover class discussion, homework, in-class assignments, and the assigned textbook chapters. We do not spend much time discussing the textbook in class; it is your responsibility to keep up with the readings and discuss any questions with Dr. Cormack or the TA.   Important:  The exams are cumulative and will cover both the text and all material we have covered in class.  There is generally 1) a multiple-choice section that primarily covers the assigned text chapters for that exam and 2) a conceptual short-answer & essay section that will cover new material, old material, and the relationship between the two. Each of the three exams will represent 10% of your grade. Each of the first two papers will also represent 10% of your grade. The final two papers will each represent 15% of your grade.  In-class assignments will represent an additional 10% of your grade.  Additional readings and homework assignments will be given during the semester. The final 10% of the grade will reflect performance on these additional assignments and general class participation and effort (including, e.g. attendance).


Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences, Aron and Aron; The Publication Manual of the APA (5th Ed.); The Elements of Style, Strunk & White. Additional readings may be assigned.


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