PSYC-201 : Research Methods in Psychology

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: PSYC-201 Research Methods in Psychology

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 3

Credits: 3

Pre-requisites (if any): PSYC-101

Course Description in college catalog:

This course explores an introduction to the methods of research in psychology. The following concepts will be discussed: scientific method- ologies, conducting literature reviews, hypothesis development, following ethical guidelines in research, data collection, experimental variables, analyzing and interpreting data, summarizing and reporting data, and basic descriptive statistics. The issues discussed will be illustrated using a broad range of topics in psychology such as physiological, learning, developmental, perception, personality, social, and clinical psychology. 

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science)

A.S. Psychology

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

  1. Students will demonstrate understanding of the scientific method in psychology.
  2. Students will identify key components of research studies in psychology.
  3. Students will interpret results of psychological research.
  4. Students will demonstrate understanding of the ethical and moral aspects of psychological research. 

Program-specific outcomes

1. Students will demonstrate understanding of the scientific method in psychology.

2. Students will identify key components of research studies in psychology.

3. Students will interpret results of psychological research.

4. Students will demonstrate understanding of the ethical and moral aspects of psychological research.

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

Activity Percentage of Course Grade
Writing Assignments 1-4 20% (Each writing assignment will individually account for 5% of the course grade. A total of 8 pages of written work will be expected)
Group Assignments 1-4 20% (Each group assignment will individually account for 5% of the course grade)
Exam 1 15%
Exam 2 15%
Final Project 20% (5 page paper plus Powerpoint presentation)
Discussion Board Participation 10%

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member’s discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender’s grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University’s policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

Disabilities
Any student who feels that he or she may need an accommodation based upon the impact of a disability should contact the office of Services for Students with Disabilities in Science Building, Room S-132, 718-631-6257, to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. You can visit the Services for Students with Disabilities website.