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James W. Pennebaker, Chair The University of Texas at Austin, SEA 4.212, Austin, TX 78712 • (512) 475-7596

Fall 2007

PSY 418 • Statistics and Research Design-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
44940 TTh
M
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
9:00 AM-11:00 AM
RLM 5.124
SEA 2.114
JOSEPHS

Course Description

Understand, evaluate, conduct, and communicate scientific research. Basics of research methodology and statistics. First four weeks focus on methodology, remainder focuses on descriptive and inferential statistics. Although this is not a course on computers, the use of computers is essential in the analysis and presentation of the results of experiments. We will familiarize you with a number of software applications, including Eudora, Excel, Microsoft Word, PsychInfo, and SPSS.

Grading Policy

A series of weekly written assignments due in lab, worth approximately 10% of your final grade.

A term paper worth approximately 20% of your final grade. The term paper assignment will involve teaming up with 2-3 of your classmates and generating a new research idea that you will empirically test. 10% of this grade will come from anonymous evaluations of you by your groupmates.

Three exams worth about 30% of your final grade. The first exam will cover methods; the latter two will cover statistics.

A Power Point in-class presentation worth about 10% of your final grade.

A non-comprehensive final exam worth approximately 30% of the final course grade. This exam will test your knowledge of statistics, but will not examine research methodology. The final exam will composed of a variety of question types, including fill-in-blank, multiple choice, true/false, and essay.

Texts

Interactive Statistics http://www.introstats.net
APA Publication Manual

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