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Administrative Unit: Psychology and Sociology
Course Prefix and Number: PSYC 325
Course Title: *Quantitative Research Methods
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Study of applied research in the behavioral sciences, with an emphasis on design, methodology, results interpretation and theory building. Quantitative approaches are addressed, employing both parametric and nonparametric statistics. Cross-listed as SOCI 325. Students majoring in Psychology must earn a grade of C or higher. Prerequisites: Grade of C or higher in PSYC/SOCI 324; junior standing.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): Grade of C or higher in PSYC/SOCI 324; junior standing.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Fall and Spring.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Most current editions of the following:

Research Design and Methods: A Process Approach
By Bordens, K., & Abbott, B. (McGraw-Hill)
Methods in Behavioral Research
By Cozby, P. (McGraw-Hill)
Introduction to Behavioral Research Methods
By Leary, M. (Pearson/Allyn & Bacon)
Research Design Explained
By Mitchell, M., and Jolley, J. (Wadsworth)
Research Methods in Psychology
By Shaughnessy, J., Zechmeister, E., & Zechmeister, J. (McGraw-Hill)
Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences
By Stangor, C. (Wadsworth)
Course Objectives

  • To describe and explain research designs, techniques and concepts commonly used in social and behavioral research.
  • To conduct a literature search and demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate published research.
  • To produce at least one creative paper in APA format and style.

    Measurable Learning

  • Describe and explain the process of science.
  • Generate an idea for a research project.
  • Describe and explain scientific theories and hypothesis testing.
  • Search the professional literature and demonstrate knowledge of psychological databases.
  • Critically evaluate published research.
  • Describe and explain the ethics of research using human and non-human subjects (including Columbia College's PHS Committee - called IRBs at most institutions).
  • Produce a research project which demonstrates professional writing in APA format and style, critical analyses and synthesis.
  • Present professional research.
  • Describe and explain reliability and validity issues in research.

    Topical Outline:
    • Scientific method and history
    • Research ethics
    • Scientific writing
    • Variability
    • Measurement
    • Methods of observation
    • Selecting participants
    • Descriptive research
    • Basic and advanced correlational research
    • Basic and advanced experimental design
    • Basic and complex analysis




    Culminating Experience Statement:

    Material from this course may be tested on the Major Field Test (MFT) administered during the Culminating Experience course for the degree. 
    During this course the ETS Proficiency Profile may be administered.  This 40-minute standardized test measures learning in general education courses.  The results of the tests are used by faculty to improve the general education curriculum at the College.


    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 20

    Library Resources:

    Online databases are available at You may access them from off-campus using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

    Prepared by: Chris Mazurek Date: October 12, 2011
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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