Research Design & Statistics (PSYC
PSYC 5320 provides the
background of research methods and statistical techniques necessary
to understand the principles and methodology used in psychological
research. Designed to assist students in the preparation of the
thesis proposal. Prerequisites: Psychology
2317 (or a statistics course) and PSYC 3302
and PSYC 3102
or permission of instructor.
L. B., Johnson, R. B., & Turner, L. A. (2013). Research
Methods, Design, and Analysis (12th ed.). Florence, KY:
0205961258 • ISBN-13: 9780205961252).
George, D., & Mallery, P. (2013). IBM
Statistics 23 Step by Step: A Simple Guide and Reference
NY: Routledge. (ISBN: 978-013-432025-0)
for the Social Sciences (SPSS) is available at the
various university laboratories (e.g., Killam, Cowart, and Pellegrino
Halls). Alternatively, the student might want to consider JASP, or PSPP Open
Source/Free Software, for
statistical analysis (highly similar to SPSS)
which can be
downloaded for Windows, Mac,
completion of this course you will have:
interpret and understand the
principles and logic in conducting psychological research.
Formulate a theoretically and empirically sound research idea.
3. Compose a literature review or a research proposal in APA
4. Critically read and interpret the
methods and results section of scientific research articles.
is a highly
demanding graduate course. There
is considerable reading and writing to
be done and much to think about. You are expected to master the basic
material covered in the readings and in lectures, and to participate
actively in class. Some lectures and discussions in the course are
designed to supplement the readings. As such, you can expect
discussions to present ideas that are not always covered in the
student should NOT expect
to be devoted to explanations of concepts learned in undergraduate
rightly pointed out by Linden
(2007), I will "Imagine
audience has [some] knowledge [Research Design and Statistics] but
infinite intelligence" (Prologue,
accidental mind: How brain evolution
us love, memory, dreams, and god).
(1). Student will understand concepts in design and statistical research.
(2). Student will conduct statistical analysis of selected
data and correctly report what the analysis
(3). Student will formulate a coherent
thesis proposal which is amenable to scientific and statistical
(4). Student will write an appropriate
results section of a report summarizing statistical results.
(5). Student's email response policy = 24/48 hour time
There will be one midterm and a final exam each worth 100
consisting of essay questions. The
final Examination will be comprehensive.
Class will consist of a mixture of lectures, discussions, and class
activities (using SPSS). Active class discussions is required. The
purpose of these sections is to allow a more in-depth discussion of
the issues discussed in lectures and readings, particularly
discussions of the ways in which these issues apply to your particular
discipline and research interests.
The student will be
much more prepared for lively discussion during the classroom time if
he/she have read the assigned material prior to the time in which it
will be addressed in class. For the
statistics portion of this course,
the student is EXPECTED to be familiar with the basic procedures of
data entry, sorting, and basic statistical analysis in SPSS. These
procedures will not be reviewed in this class (please see
George & Mallery, 2013).
Students will select three recently
published research articles from the field
of psychology to critically evaluate and review during class
Questions: By 10:00 AM of every Monday,
email at least five discussion points (of about 250 words) related to the
broad themes of the readings from your textbook and readings.
Discussion points should be empirical/ theoretical implications
raised by the
material that suggest creative connections to other
issues, or follow-up experiments. Do not submit clarification questions
of the material. Students are expected to be independent thinkers and
find solutions to their queries in the scientific published literature of
respective psychological field(s). Comments must reveal thoughtful
reflection on the
material in fewer than 100 words. Be prepared to discuss the issues you
raise and bring a copy of your discussion points to class.
(Discussions points are part of your Participation evaluation).
Attendance is not only mandatory, but crucial for this course to
function well. You will be allowed one (1) absence for emergencies, and
should provide adequate notice or documentation. Failure to
provide notice or documentation, or having more than 1 absence, will
result in heavy penalties (e.g., dropping a whole letter grade). Class
starts on time and all
electronic devices (e.g., Laptops/Cellular
Phones/Tablets) should be turned
off and put
(e.g., taking notes) warrants it; please
silence your cell phone and do not
make calls, access applications or text during class. If you have a
personal, urgent matter for which you need to be on call, please let
your professor know in advance.
(4). Written Assignment + Scholarly
Critical Review of Psychological Issue--A
5,000-6,250 word (~20-25 pages), double-spaced, writing assignment
(references, abstract and
title page are not part of the required length) worth 100
points with at least 20 references (from recently
published academic publications) due December 5. Psychology
and internet articles are not valid references. The emphasis on
proposal will be on your ability to write well (i.e., APA style, 6th
ed.), to integrate the existing literature, and your ability to
reason scientifically and propose a novel study. This paper will be
an independent project (e.g., an
experiment, a replication of an existing study, or a survey) related to
your field of interest (e.g.,
Counseling, Clinical, Cognitive, Developmental Psychology). An
academic presentation (15-20 minutes)
will accompany this proposal. The scholarly
writing assignment will be graded according to the rubric found here.
to write a proposal? It is highly recommended that you consult, Cone,
& Foster, S. L. (1999). Dissertations
theses from start to finish: Psychology and related fields.
Washington, DC: APA.
Writing well is a skill requiring practice, motivation and a lot of
EDITING. If you need assistance with your writing, please visit the
Enrichment Center where you can be helped.
As part of your academic and
intellectual development, you are required to attend at least two
academic presentations (e.g., student
Department/College Academic Speaker's Series, or Psychology Master's
theses defenses). Dates will be provided for these presentations.
Please check your email messages.
(6). It is
expected that you will neither give nor receive any unauthorized aid (defined
as, but not limited to, the use of your notes, textbooks, the
internet, or people) for all tests and
assignments in this class. All students are required to read and
Devil's HONOR CODE, complete the HONOR
CODE FORM and return it to your professor, and remember, "a
Dusty Devil does not lie, cheat, or steal, or tolerate those who do."
assignments and requirements must be completed by the start of
the final exam to pass the course.
Points will accumulate over the semester such that there will be:
Examination + Final :
@ 100 + 100 points= 200 points
@ 50/50 points = 100 points
Report + Presentation
@ 100 +
100 points = 200 points
possible points: 500 pts.
90-100%, B = 80-89%, Unsatisfactory = 79% and below
*Christensen et al.
#George & Mallery
Introduction: Scientific Research/Ethics in
Research Approaches & Methods of Data
Measuring Variables and Sampling/Research
Procedure for conducting an experiment/GUEST
Control Techniques in Experimental
Research/Experimental Research Design
Control Techniques in Experimental
Research/Experimental Research Design
|Descriptive Statistics/SPPSS Functions, Procedures,
& Descriptive Statistics
*Ch 14; #Ch 1-7
Inferential Statistics: Hypothesis Testing Principles
*Ch 15, #Ch 8-12
Analysis of Variance
*Ch 8, #Ch 14
|Factorial Designs: Analysis of Variance Continued
*Ch 8, #Ch 14
Linear/Multiple Regression (Faculty Evaluations)
Quasi Experimental, Single-Case Designs/ Research
|Survey Research/ Qualitative vs. Quantitative/
Research Presentations TBA
Day/ Research Proposal Due Date
The above schedule and procedures in this course are subject to
change in the event of extenuating circumstances.
(WORD NORMS) FOR LANGUAGE/MEMORY STUDIES:
Frequency, Imagery and Concreteness Ratings:
English Lexicon Project: http://elexicon.wustl.edu/
of South Florida Word Association Database:
Information on Other Databases, See Materials
websites of interest to the student:
Information on APA Publication Style:
how to take Multiple Choice Exams:
with Style: http://www.uwsp.edu/acad/psych/apa4.htm
Statistical programs info :
Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) info:
Statistics (Unix Stats) for ANOVA and more:
obtain this program free from
at your own
This is a full blown program that you can use with DOS.
Manuals and examples are provided in this site
the web: http://www.execpc.com/~helberg/statistics.html
Also, you can obtain a Spreadsheet (like Excel) completely Free:
REVIEW SOME OF THE BASICS IN STATISTICS, PLEASE VISIT THE FOLLOWING
OF THE COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
The College of Arts and Sciences encourages classroom discussion and
academic debate as an essential intellectual activity. It is essential
that students learn to express and defend their beliefs, but it is
also essential that they learn to listen and respond respectfully to
others whose beliefs they may not share. The College will always
tolerate diverse, unorthodox, and unpopular points of view, but it
will not tolerate condescending or insulting remarks. When students
verbally abuse or ridicule and intimidate others whose views they do
not agree with, they subvert the free exchange of ideas that should
characterize a university classroom. If their actions are deemed by
the professor to be disruptive, they will be subject to appropriate
disciplinary action, which may include being involuntarily withdrawn
from the class.
Plagiarism and Cheating
Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else’s work as your own. It
occurs when you:
1) Borrow someone else’s facts,
ideas, or opinions and put them entirely in your own words, you must
acknowledge that these thoughts are not your own by immediately citing
the source in your paper. Failure to do this is plagiarism.
2) Borrow someone else’s words
(short phrases, clauses, or sentences), you must enclose the copied
words in quotation marks as well as citing the source. Failure
to do this is plagiarism.
3) Present someone else’s paper or
exam (stolen, borrowed, or bought) as your own, you have committed a
clearly intentional form of intellectual theft and have put your
academic future in jeopardy. This is the worst form of plagiarism.
Here is another explanation from the 2010, sixth edition of the Manual
of The American Psychological Association (APA):
Plagiarism: Researchers do not claim the words and ideas
of another as their own; they give credit where credit is due.
Quotations marks should be used to indicate the exact words of
another. Each time you paraphrase another author (i.e., summarize a
passage or rearrange the order of a sentence and change some of the
words), you need to credit the source in the text.
The key element of this principle is that authors do not present the
work of another as if it were their own words. This can extend to
ideas as well as written words. If authors model a study after one
done by someone else, the originating author should be given credit.
If the rationale for a study was suggested in the Discussion section
of someone else's article, the person should be given credit. Given
the free exchange of ideas, which is very important for the health
of intellectual discourse, authors may not know where an idea for a
study originated. If authors do know, however, they should
acknowledge the source; this includes personal communications (pp. 15-16).
Consult the Writing Center or a recommended guide to documentation and
research such as the Manual of the APA or the MLA Handbook for
Writers of Research Papers for guidance on proper
documentation. If you still have doubts concerning proper
documentation, seek advice from your instructor prior to submitting a
Penalties for Plagiarism: Should a faculty
member discover that a student has committed plagiarism, the student
should receive a grade of 'F' in that course and the matter will be
referred to the Honor Council for possible disciplinary action. The
faculty member, however, may elect to give freshmen and sophomore
students a “zero” for the assignment and to allow them to revise the
assignment up to a grade of “F” (50%) if they believe that the
student plagiarized out of ignorance or carelessness and not out of
an attempt to deceive in order to earn an unmerited grade. This
option should not be available to juniors, seniors, or graduate
students, who cannot reasonably claim ignorance of documentation rules
as an excuse.
-- Caution: Be very careful what you upload to
Turnitin or send to your professor for evaluation. Whatever you upload
for evaluation will be considered your final, approved draft. If it is
plagiarized, you will be held responsible. The excuse that “it was
only a draft” will not be accepted.
-- Caution: Also, do not share your electronic
files with others. If you do, you are responsible for the possible
consequences. If another student takes your file of a paper and
changes the name to his or her name and submits it and you also submit
the paper, we will hold both of you responsible for plagiarism. It is
impossible for us to know with certainty who wrote the paper and who
stole it. And, of course, we cannot know if there was collusion
between you and the other student in the matter.
Penalties for Cheating: Should a faculty member
discover a student cheating on an exam or quiz or other class project,
the student should receive a “zero” for the assignment and not be
allowed to make the assignment up. The incident should be reported to
the chair of the department and to the Honor Council. If the cheating
is extensive, however, or if the assignment constitutes a major grade
for the course (e.g., a final exam), or if the student has cheated in
the past, the student should receive an “F” in the course, and the
matter should be referred to the Honor Council. Under no circumstances
should a student who deserves an “F” in the course be allowed to
withdraw from the course with a “W.”
Student Right of Appeal: Faculty will notify
students immediately via the student’s TAMIU e-mail account that they
have submitted plagiarized work. Students have the right to appeal a
faculty member’s charge of academic dishonesty by notifying the TAMIU
Honor Council of their intent to appeal as long as the notification of
appeal comes within 10 business days of the faculty member’s e-mail
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student may receive an incomplete who does not meet all of the
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circumstances. Required courses intended to build academic skills may
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student will take more than one IS course per semester. Moreover, IS
courses are limited to seniors and graduate students. Summer IS course
must continue through both summer sessions.
Grade Changes & Appeals
Faculty are authorized to change final grades only when they have
committed a computational error or an error in recording a grade, and
they must receive the approval of their department chairs and the dean
to change the grade. As part of that approval, they must attach a
detailed explanation of the reason for the mistake. Only in rare
cases would another reason be entertained as legitimate for a grade
change. A student who is unhappy with his or her grade on an
assignment must discuss the situation with the faculty member teaching
the course. If students believe that they have been graded unfairly,
they have the right to appeal the grade using a grade appeal process
in the Student Handbook and the Faculty Handbook.
Final Examination must be comprehensive and must contain a written
component. The written component should comprise at least 20% of the
final exam grade. Exceptions to this policy must receive the approval
of the department chair and the dean at the beginning of the semester.