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.
Most current editions of the following:
Research Design and Methods: A Process Approach
By Bordens, K., & Abbott, B. (McGraw-Hill) Recommended
Methods in Behavioral Research
By Cozby, P. (McGraw-Hill) Recommended
Introduction to Behavioral Research Methods
By Leary, M. (Pearson/Allyn & Bacon) Recommended
Research Design Explained
By Mitchell, M., and Jolley, J. (Wadsworth) Recommended
Research Methods in Psychology
By Shaughnessy, J., Zechmeister, E., & Zechmeister, J. (McGraw-Hill) Recommended
Course Learning Outcomes
Generate an idea for a research project based on a review of primary peer reviewed literature.
Describe and explain how statistics answer research questions.
Describe and explain the ethics of quantitative research using human and non-human subjects (including Columbia College's Protection of Human Subjects Committee (PHS) - called Internal Review Board (IRB) at most institutions).
Produce a quantitative research proposal demonstrating professional writing in APA format and style, critical analyses and synthesis.
Describe and explain reliability and validity issues in quantitative research.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
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.
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 20
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 learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section.
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.