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

Spring 2008

PSY 418 • Statistics and Research Design - W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
43985 MWF
T
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
11:00 AM-1:00 PM
NOA 1.124
SEA 2.114
HALEY

Course Description

The purpose of this class is to acquire an appreciation for, as well as some knowledge of the scientific method as it is applied within the field of psychology. Students will learn to critically evaluate published research, to form empirically testable hypotheses, and to design and conduct experiments relevant to those hypotheses. Students also will learn to employ computers to statistically describe and evaluate experimental data. Considerable emphasis will be placed on writing of research reports with clarity and objectivity

Grading Policy

The course grade will be based on the total of 600 lecture and laboratory points. The points for the lecture portion will be based on three "hour" exams, covering about 1/3 of the class material, an optional final exam, attendance, and quiz/homework assignments. The final exam will be divided into three sections, each representing one-third of the class material. A student may choose not to take the final exam, or s/he may take one section of the final as a make-up exam (for excused absences), or to improve an hour exam score. The points for the lab portion will be based on three writing assignments (a literature review, an observation paper, and a research paper), attendance/participation, and homework.

Texts

Jackson, Sherri, L. Research Methods and Statistics: A Critical Thinking Approach.

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