Although topics in psychology vary widely, they are all the same with regard to using the scientific method to test theories. This course will provide you with tools to recognize testable
hypotheses, plan as well as critically evaluate studies, gather, analyze, interpret, and present data.|
An important emphasis in this course is the development of research skills. Research (in any field), never has been, nor ever will be, a realistically solitary pursuit. Therefore,
you should know up front that this is not a "memorization" course. You cannot expect to do well simply by reading the texts and keeping a seat warm in class. To firmly ensconce the material
into your mindset, you must become actively involved.
- To be capable of generating testable hypotheses about almost any topic. To do this, you must know what dependent and independent variables are, as well as internal and external validity,
and you should know the common pitfalls in conducting research and how to avoid them.
- To understand the ways in which research designs determine the appropriate statistical methods to employ for data analysis. Through multiple examples of different research designs you
will come to more fully appreciate the integral relationship between statistical and research methods.
- To be able to design and conduct good research (test hypotheses). To this end, you will be expected to propose and design novel experiments, determine various statistical qualities of
these proposals, and present data (graph results).
- To learn how to interpret statistical outcomes and data results in theoretically meaningful ways. This will be demonstrated by conducting statistical tests (such as Chi Square,
Correlation, ANOVA, and Multiple Regression if time permits) using SPSS and providing reasonable interpretations of these outcomes.
- Finally, as a result of having taken this course, you should be able to think more critically about any research result including the many commercial claims you encounter daily.
||REQUIRED: Privitera, G. J. (2019). Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences, 3rd ed. Los Angeles: Sage. [ISBN: 978-1-5443-0981-1]|
Students are expected to have their textbooks and other required course materials (lab books, digital media, etc.) at the start of the
course. Failure to have required course materials will not be accepted as justification for failure to be prepared for class, missed or
incomplete assignments, failure to prepare for exams, quizzes and other course evaluations or inability to complete other course
requirements. The only exception to this policy will be situations in which the textbooks and/or other course materials are not available
from the publisher as determined by availability in the RMU Bookstore.
- Accommodations for Students with Disabilities: Robert Morris University welcomes students with disabilities into all of
the University's educational programs. If you have (or think you may have) a disability that would impact your educational experience in
this class, please contact Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) to schedule a meeting with the SSD Coordinator, Grace Novacek.
She will confidentially discuss your needs, review your documentation, and determine your eligibility for reasonable accommodations. To
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the SSD office, located in Nicholson Center, Room 280.
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and on campus. Please note that I am required to report any information regarding sexual misconduct (including but not limited to: sexual
assault, harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking). This is particularly important to me because sexual violence can undermine
studentsí academic success. I want your performance in my class to reflect your ability, not your circumstances. If desired, students may speak
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level) and their office is open M-F from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. If you prefer, you may also directly contact the RMU Title IX Coordinator, Amy
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Robert Morris University Police Department at 412-397-2424. Students also have the option to contact the Office for Civil Rights, U.S.
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- Academic Integrity: The fundamentals of Academic Integrity are valued within the Robert Morris University community of
scholars. All students are expected to understand and adhere to the standards of Academic Integrity as stated in the RMU Academic
Integrity Policy, which can be found on the RMU website at www.rmu.edu.
Any student who violates the Academic Integrity Policy is subject to possible judicial proceedings which may result in sanctions as
outlined in the Policy. Depending upon the severity of the violation, sanctions may range from receiving a zero on an assignment to being
dismissed from the university. If you have any questions about the policy, please consult your course instructor.
- Plagiarism is defined as using someone else's work, ideas, or words without giving the author proper credit or
recognition. This can include downloading papers or information from the Internet, using another student's paper or ideas, or inaccurately
quoting/paraphrasing ideas or words from a text.
- In the academic community, people earn their living through the use of their work, ideas, and words. Their reputation is built, in
part, by others using their ideas and giving proper credit. As students, you have the responsibility, both legally and ethically, to cite
the work of others properly.
- At the very least, understand that plagiarism is a major offense in the academic community of which you are a part. Students who
commit blatant acts of plagiarism will fail the course and may be required to present a defense to university officials to continue their
education at Robert Morris University.
- Penalties: 1st offense = no credit for assignment; 2nd offense = class failure. Note that EVERY offense will result
in an official report to the university. Also note that each instance of plagiarism represents a separate offense (this means that multiple
offenses can occur in a single assignment).
- SNEHS Policy: All academic integrity violations will be reviewed by the SNEHS Academic Integrity Committee. As a result
of their recommendations, violations may result in permanent removal from the psychology degree program.
- Use of Personal Technologies During Class Time: Unless otherwise and explicitly noted by your course instructor, the use of
laptops (of any sort), cell phones (of any sort), MP3 players (of any sort), or any other technology that serves to distract you (and/or your
neighbors) from course content and delivery are prohibited. If you are caught using ANY of the above technologies during class time, you will
be marked absent for that class. Excessive evidence of an electronic addiction may be dealt with more seriously.
- COVID-19: Students must wear appropriate masks in the classroom that cover mouth and nose and must sit
in marked seats to allow for necessary physical spacing. Students in non-compliance with these requirements may be removed from the classroom by campus
police (in such cases a Student Conduct report will also be filed). Single use masks may be obtained in the Library, each Dean's Office, the Office of
the Registrar, UPMC Event Center and at the Campus Police Station. If you believe you have symptoms or have been exposed to Covid-19 you should
immediately leave the classroom and call UPMC MyHealth@School Center at 412-397-6220 for phone screening/triage during business hours (do not
visit the clinic). If the Center is closed, you should contact your own medical provider for assistance or use the UPMC Anywhere Care App - Virtual Urgent
Care (fees apply) and call the MyHealth@School Center on the next business day.