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Research Design and Analysis

Fall 2010
PSY 3392 501 Room: CR 1.202 Monday 7:00 p.m. – 9:45 p.m.

Instructor Contact Information

Kristin Kuhlman Atchison, Ph.D.
E-mail: Kkatchison@utdallas.edu Office: CR 1.320 or GR 2.410 Office Hours: By appointment.

Course Pre-requisites, Co-requisites, and/or Other Restrictions

PSY 2317, 3390 or STAT 1342

Course Description:
This course covers the methods used by research psychologists to test hypotheses. You will learn
how to 1) identify and frame a research question, 2) design an appropriate study to address this
question, 3) implement statistical analysis strategies for examining generated data and 4) report
study findings in a proper format. Along the way, it is my hope that the course will also better
equip you to critically evaluate psychological research.

Textbooks and Materials

• Required Textbook: Shaughnessy, J. J., Zechmeister, E. B., & Zechmeister, J. S. (2009). Research
Methods in Psychology, 8th Edition, New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.
• Recommended: Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, (5th Ed.) (2001).
Washington, D. C.: American Psychological Association.
o There is a new 6th edition, however, we will be using the 5th edition from 2001
• Additional required readings will be assigned and posted on the eLearning site for our class.
• On Hold at the Library: Bordens, K. S. & Abbott, Bruce, B. (2008). Research and Design Methods: A
Process Approach, 7th Edition, New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.
• Required materials: CALCULATOR (cell phones and communication devices are not permissible
calculators). STAPLER (Assignments MUST be stapled to be accepted!)

NOTE: All written assignments are to be in APA style. A portion of the grade for each assignment will be
devoted to adherence to APA style in accordance with the APA manual. Students are responsible for turning in
assignments in APA style regardless of whether they own the manual or not.

Course Website: New assignments, revisions to the syllabus, announcements, and your grades will be posted
on the eLearning site. You are then responsible for checking this site frequently (at least twice weekly) in order
to remain aware of new activities, announcements, etc. Make sure that you have a UTD email address on this
account (see info below on UTD email policy). All email correspondence with students enrolled in this class
will be through UTD email.

The timeline that follows is an estimate, and is subject to change at the lecturer’s discretion. Other
assignments may be added.

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Date Topic Required Reading Assignments Due
BOLD – Individual
Italics – In-class group
Monday Introduction to course. Introduction to Ch. 1 & 2
8/23 Psychological Research. Scientific Method.
Monday Research Ethics. Ch. 3 Internet research
8/30 participation &
Monday Labor Day – University Closed
9/6 No Class
Monday Communication in Psychology Ch. 14 Protecting Human
9/13 Research Participants
Literature Review
Monday EXAM 1
Monday Observation Ch. 4
Monday Survey Research. Unobtrusive measures of Ch. 5 & 6 Constructing a
10/4 behavior. Questionnaire
Monday Data Analysis Part I Ch. 12 Data Analysis Part I
Monday EXAM 2
Monday Independent Group Designs Ch. 7
Monday Repeated Measures Designs Ch. 8
Monday Complex Designs Ch. 9 Research Design
11/8 Assignment
Monday EXAM 3
Monday Single-Case & Small-n research Ch. 10
Monday Quasi-Experimental Designs Ch. 11
Monday Data Analysis Part II Ch. 13 Data Analysis Part II
12/6 Last day for: Oral
presentation summary
Monday EXAM 4

Course & Instructor Policies

1. Course Assignments. There will be at least 8 assignments. Some of the assignments will be individual
assignments, others will be in class group assignments. One activity will be turned in for each small
group, and the entire group will receive the same grade. If a group member is absent, that member will
be given a zero for the assignment. The lowest 2 assignment grades will be dropped. The remaining
grades will contribute equally to the 30-point total.

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• Quizzes. In class quizzes may be given to assess student knowledge of the assigned readings.
These will be given at my discretion. Quiz grades will be included with the course assignment

2. Exams. You will have 4 exams that will contribute equally to the final 60 point total. For each exam
all material covered in the course may be evaluated, but will heavily emphasize material covered since
the previous exam.

3. Participation. Students are expected to attend classes regularly, complete the assigned readings before
each class, and participate in class discussions and assignments. If you miss a class, it is your
responsibility to acquire missing lecture notes, assignments, and announcements from a classmate.
a. Group/Self Evaluation on Group Participation. Working effectively in a group is an
important skill. Your group members will evaluate your participation in the group. You will
also evaluate yourself. Evaluations will contribute to your participation grade.

Grade Assignment Policy:

The course grade will be based on the above assignments.
Assignments/Quizzes 30
Exams 60
Participation 10
Final grades will be calculated as follows: 90-100% = A, 80-89% = B, 70-79% = C, and 60-69% = D. Plusses
and minuses may be given for borderline cases at my discretion. If you are concerned about your grade, see
me as early as possible.

Research Exposure Credits Requirement:

As part of your course requirements in all Psychology Core Courses, you are required to come into direct contact with
the process of behavioral research. You are required to earn two Research Participation Credits (RPC) for each
Psychology Core Course you enroll. If you fail to complete this requirement, you will receive a grade of “Incomplete”.
For more information visit: http://www.utdallas.edu/bbs/students/advising/pdf/requirements.pdf

Late policy:
Because of the importance of understanding one assignment before moving on to the next, it is imperative that work be
turned in on time. All assignments are due at the BEGINNING of the class period, and they must be turned in
proofread and typed.

Assignments and quizzes: There are at least 8 homework assignments/quizzes. Assignments are due at the beginning
of class, and will not be accepted after the break. The lowest 2 assignment/quiz grades will be dropped. No excuses
for late assignments or missed quizzes will be accepted, for ANY REASON!

Make-up exam policy: DO NOT MISS AN EXAM! Make-ups exams will only be given if you notify the instructor
prior to the exam. Failure to do so may result in a grade of ZERO on the exam. Documentation must be provided to
grant make-ups (doctor’s note, etc.). Planned vacations or non-university travel is not sufficient reason to miss an
exam. It is your responsibility to make up the exam within one week of the scheduled exam time. Be prepared—make-
up exams are designed to be more difficult than regular exams to compensate for having more study time.

Extra credit: There will be no individualized extra credit given for this course.

Classmate contact information: Students are strongly encouraged to obtain contact information from a classmate.
This is extremely helpful if you miss class. Notes will not be provided by Dr. Atchison.

Classmate’s name: ________________________

Classmate’s email address: ________________________

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