FACULTY OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

Department of Psychology

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
Mode of Delivery Blended
Teaching Methods and Techniques of the Course Discussion
Q&A
Lecture / Presentation
Course Coordinator -
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives The goal of this course is to provide students with necessary theoretical and practical knowledge for psychological research methods. The emphasize is placed on the acquisition of a firsthand experience of scientific research by the students.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Will be able to state what scientific method is.
  • Will be able to differentiate scientific and everyday approaches to knowledge.
  • Will be able to explain the goals of scientific method.
  • Will be able to discuss ethical issues in the conduct of psychological research.
  • Will be able to make literature review on a given research topic by using online databases.
  • Will be able to list descriptive research methods in psychology.
  • Will be able to properly use descriptive research methods to test the hypotheses that they developed.
  • Will be able to use the APA style effectively when writing a research report.
Course Description This course is planned to introduce students to the scientific method, ethical issues in psychology research, observation and survey research from descriptive methods.

 



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 and The Science of Psychology Shaughnessy, J. J.,Zechmeister, E. B., & Zechmeister J. S. (2015). Research methods in psychology. (10th ed.). Boston: McGraw-Hill Higher Education. (Chapter 1-2; pp. 2-57) Application: Research Databases
3 The Scientific Method/ Literature Review Shaughnessy, J. J., Zechmeister, E. B., & Zechmeister J. S. (2015). Research methods in psychology. (10th ed.). Boston: McGraw-Hill Higher Education. (Chapter 2; pp.27-57). Application: Types of Research Reports
4 The Scientific Method Shaughnessy, J. J., Zechmeister, E. B., & Zechmeister J. S. (2015). Research methods in psychology. (10th ed.). Boston: McGraw-Hill Higher Education. (Chapter 2; pp.27-57)
5 Ethical Issues in the Conduct of Psychological Research Shaughnessy, J. J., Zechmeister, E. B., & Zechmeister J. S. (2015). Research methods in psychology. (10th ed.). Boston: McGraw-Hill Higher Education. (Chapter 3; pp. 58-87)
6 Application: Reading an Empirical Research Article/ Reference Citations in APA Shaughnessy, J. J., Zechmeister, E. B., & Zechmeister J. S. (2015). Research methods in psychology. (10th ed.). Boston: McGraw-Hill Higher Education. (Chapter 4; pp. 92-134). APA Manual - APA Application 1: Reference Citations in Text in APA Format
7 Midterm Exam
8 Descriptive Methods: Observation/ Reference Lists in APA Shaughnessy, J. J., Zechmeister, E. B., & Zechmeister J. S. (2015). Research methods in psychology. (10th ed.). Boston: McGraw-Hill Higher Education. (Chapter 4; pp. 92-134). APA Manual - APA Application 2: Reference List in APA Format
9 Descriptive Methods: Survey Research/ Tables and Figures in APA Shaughnessy, J. J., Zechmeister, E. B., & Zechmeister J. S. (2015). Research methods in psychology. (10th ed.). Boston: McGraw-Hill Higher Education. (Chapter 5; pp. 135-176) Cozby, P. C., & Bates, S. C. (2011). Methods in Behavioral Research. McGraw-Hill Higher Education. (Chapter 7; pp. 137-163). APA Manual - APA Application 3: Making Tables and Graphs in APA Format
10 Measurement Concepts Project: Literature Review, Reading Articles/ Descriptive Methods: Survey Research Cozby, P. C., & Bates, S. C. (2011). Methods in Behavioral Research. McGraw-Hill Higher Education. (Chapter 5; pp. 101-118)
11 Text Formatting in APA/ Descriptive Methods: Survey Research Shaughnessy, J. J., Zechmeister, E. B., & Zechmeister J. S. (2015). Research methods in psychology. (10th ed.). Boston: McGraw-Hill Higher Education. (Chapter 5; pp. 135-176). APA Manual - APA Application 4: Text Formatting in APA
12 Project: Method part of the Projects (Sample, Measurement Tools)/ Group project/ APA Quiz Shaughnessy, J. J.,Zechmeister, E. B., & Zechmeister J. S. (2015). Research methods in psychology. (10th ed.). Boston: McGraw-Hill Higher Education. (Chapter 5; pp. 135-176)
13 Project: Proposed Data Analysis in the projects Getting ready for the Research Proposal Presentation
14 Research Proposal Presentations
15 Overview of the semester
16 Final Exam

 

Course Notes/Textbooks

Shaughnessy, J. J., Zechmeister, E. B., & Zechmeister J. S. (2015). Research methods in psychology. (10th ed.). Boston: McGraw-Hill Higher Education. ISBN-13: 978-0077825362

Suggested Readings/Materials

American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association: The official guide to APA style (7th ed). American Psychological Association. ISBN: 978-1-4338-3217-8

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Activities Number Weigthing
Participation
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
1
15
Portfolio
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
Project
1
25
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exams
Midterm
1
25
Final Exam
1
35
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
3
65
Weighting of End-of-Semester Activities on the Final Grade
1
35
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Semester Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Theoretical Course Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
(Including exam week: '.16.' x total hours)
16
0
Study Hours Out of Class
15
2
30
Field Work
0
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
1
8
8
Portfolio
0
Homework / Assignments
0
Presentation / Jury
0
Project
1
21
21
Seminar / Workshop
0
Oral Exam
0
Midterms
1
18
18
Final Exam
1
25
25
    Total
150

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Competencies/Outcomes
* Contribution Level
1
2
3
4
5
1

To have knowledge of basic concepts, theories, approaches (behavioral, biological, cognitive, evolutionary, social, developmental, statistical, humanistic, psychodynamic, and socio-cultural), and current applications specific to the field of psychology by using current course materials and instruments.

2

To have basic knowledge and skills about the applications in the different subfields of psychology.

3

To have basic knowledge about the testing and measurement instruments used in different subfields of psychology and basic level skill that does not require expertise in carrying out applications in different subfields of psychology.

X
4

To make use of other disciplines that may contribute to psychology and have basic knowledge about the contribution of psychology to these disciplines.

5

To have cumulative knowledge about the position of psychology as a scientific discipline in Turkey, the conducted research, applications and problems encountered from past to present in the field of psychology.

6

To have the competence to conduct a research individually and/or as a team using the knowledge acquired in the field of psychology, interpret the findings obtained by using scientific problem solving and critical thinking approaches.

X
7

To have the ability to construct a research hypothesis, create a research design, collect data, analyze it, report it in a scientific writing format, and interpret it by using basic knowledge related to testing and measurement, research methods, and statistics acquired in the field of psychology.

X
8

To have the competence to share the theoretical and applied knowledge acquired in the field of psychology with the experts and lay people by using the required information and communication technologies in scientific studies and events that benefit the society.

X
9

To have knowledge of the relevant professional and ethical values ​​in the domains of psychology and respect individual differences and human rights in research and practices related to psychology.

X
10

To constantly renew herself/himself professionally by following both national and international publications in the field of psychology, the developments in testing and measurement instruments and software programs used in the discipline.

11

To establish written and verbal communication with experts and lay people by using both Turkish and English.

12

To be able to speak a second foreign at a medium level of fluency efficiently.

13

To be able to relate the knowledge accumulated throughout the human history to their field of expertise.

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

 


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