PSY 205 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Research Methods in Psychology I
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
PSY 205
Fall
3
0
3
5

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Required
Course Level
First Cycle
Course Coordinator -
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives The goal of this course is to provide students with necessary theoretical and practical knowledge base for psychological research methods. The course will include not only quantitative research techniques, but also qualitative procedures. The emphasize is placed on the acquisition of a first hand experience of scientific research by the students.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Identify what constitutes a scientific approach to psychology, and of the differences between common sense and psychological explanations of human behaviour
  • List a range of research methods in psychology and their appropriate use
  • Discuss ethical issues in the design and conduct of psychology enquiry.
  • Construct arguments with appropriate use of psychological concepts, theories and evidence.
  • Interpret, use and evaluate different kinds of evidence.
  • Compare conceptual arguments, particularly psychological explanations derived from different theoretical and conceptual frameworks.
  • Elaborate a range of research strategies and methods used by psychologists.
  • Explore hypotheses, using appropriate psychological theories and evidence.
Course Content This course has been designed to create and promote basic strategies and methods for scientific understanding and inquiry.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
X
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Management Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Brief description of course content
2 Introduction The Science of Psychology Shaughnessy, J. J., Zechmeister, E. B., & Zechmeister J. S. (2015). Chapter 1 - Application: Research Databases
3 The Scientific Method Shaughnessy, J. J., Zechmeister, E. B., & Zechmeister J. S. (2015). Chapter 2 - Connect
4 Ethical Issues in the Conduct of Psychological Research Shaughnessy, J. J., Zechmeister, E. B., & Zechmeister J. S. (2015). Chapter 3 & APA Manual - Application: Reference Citations in Text in APA Format
5 Ethical Issues in the Conduct of Psychological Research Shaughnessy, J. J., Zechmeister, E. B., & Zechmeister J. S. (2015). Chapter 3 & APA Manual - Application: Reference Citations in Text in APA Format & Quiz 1
6 Descriptive Methods: Observation Shaughnessy, J. J., Zechmeister, E. B., & Zechmeister J. S. (2015). Chapter 4 & APA Manual - Application: Reference List in APA format
7 Descriptive Methods: Observation Shaughnessy, J. J., Zechmeister, E. B., & Zechmeister J. S. (2015). Chapter 4 & APA Manual - Application: Text formatting in APA & Quiz 2
8 Mid-term I Application: Making tables and graphs in APA Format
9 Descriptive Methods: Survey Research Shaughnessy, J. J., Zechmeister, E. B., & Zechmeister J. S. (2015). Chapter 5 Cozby, P. C. & Bates, S. (2011). Chapter 7 - Application: Survey; Literature Review, Reading Articles
10 Descriptive Methods: Survey Research How to write Questionnaire Items Shaughnessy, J. J., Zechmeister, E. B., & Zechmeister J. S. (2012). Chapter 5 - Application: Writing the items of the Survey
11 Descriptive Methods: Survey Research Survey Projects Shaughnessy, J. J., Zechmeister, E. B., & Zechmeister J. S. (2012). Chapter 5 - Application: Pilot of the questionnaires & Quiz 3
12 Data Analysis and Reporting the Results of the Survey Projects Shaughnessy, J. J., Zechmeister, E. B., & Zechmeister J. S. (2012). Chapter 5 & Application: Data collection and entering the data to SPSS Data Analysis in SPSS
13 Survey Presentations Group Presentations
14 Survey Presentations - Overview of the semester Group Presentations
15 Final
16 Review of the Semester  

 

Course Textbooks

Shaughnessy, J.J., Zechmeister, E.B., & Zechmeister, J.S. (2015). Research Methods in Psychology (10th ed.). Boston: McGraw-Hill Higher Education. Cozby, P. C. (2004). Methods in behavioral research (9th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill. American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author. 

References All of the prestigious journal that publish psychological research.

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Requirements Number Percentage
Participation
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
3
15
Homework / Assignments
1
5
Presentation / Jury
Project
1
20
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
1
30
Final / Oral Exam
1
30
Total

Contribution of Semester Work to Final Grade
6
70
Contribution of Final Work to Final Grade
1
30
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
Study Hours Out of Class
16
2
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
3
5
Homework / Assignments
1
10
Presentation / Jury
Project
1
15
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
1
10
Final / Oral Exam
1
20
    Total
150

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Qualifications / Outcomes
* Level of Contribution
1
2
3
4
5
1 To be able to assess psychological concepts and perspectives, interpret and evaluate data using scientific methods X
2 To be able to develop a curiosity and interest towards the mind and its phenomena, to possess a sense of critical and scientific reflexion and ability to analyze new information. X
3 Ability to make use of theoretical and applied knowledge in local and global levels. X
4 To have a basic knowledge of other disciplines that can contribute to psychology and to be able to make use of this knowledge X
5 To possess and value societal, scientific and ethical principles in collecting, interpreting and publishing psychological data X
6 To have knowledge of how psychology is positioned as a scientific discipline from a historical perspective, and to know with what methods it views behavioural and mental processes X
7 To be able to distinguish between the emphases of fundamental theories and perspectives of psychology (behavioural, biological, cognitive, evolutionary, social, developmental, humanistic, psychodynamic and sociocultural) and compare and express their differences and similarities, contributions and limitations X
8 The competence to share psychological knowledge based and qualitative and quantitative data with experts and lay people, using effective communication skills X
9 To have the awareness of interpersonal and societal problems and phenomena and adopt this awareness in psychological problems and researches. X
10 Competence to make use of applied and theoretical psychological knowledge to make contributions to industrial development and provide solutions to problems X
11 To possess essential knowledge of techniques and instrumentation for psychological measurement and evaluation X

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest