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Research Methods in Psychology (Revision 3)
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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online
Area of Study: Social Science. Course can also be used to fulfill Science area of study (credential students only).
Prerequisite: It is recommended that students have taken Athabasca University's PSYC 289 and PSYC 290 (or an equivalent). Programme students are advised to take MATH 215 concurrently with, before, or soon after taking PSYC 304.
Precluded Course: PSYC 404 and SOSC 366. PSYC 304 may not be taken for credit if credit has already been or is being obtained for PSYC 404, SOSC 366.
PSYC 304 has a Challenge for Credit option.
Psychology 304: Research Methods in Psychology is to introduce you to the principles of the scientific method and the research designs and techniques used in psychology. The course should help you become a more critical research consumer, increase your knowledge of those working in research-related occupations, and provide you with the background necessary for further undergraduate and graduate studies in psychology.
Unit 1: Introduction: Psychology and Science
Unit 2: Principles of the Scientific Method: Theory and Measurement
Unit 3: Principles of the Scientific Method: Validity and Control
Unit 4: Ethical Issues in Psychological Research
Unit 5: Non-Experimental Research: Observational, Archival, and Case-Study Research
Unit 6: Non-Experimental Research: Survey Research
Unit 7: Single-Subject Experimental Research
Unit 8: Group Experimental Research: Single-Factor Designs
Unit 9: Group Experimental Research: Factorial Designs
Unit 10: Quasi Experimentation
Unit 11: Reporting Research Results
Unit 12: Conclusions: Bias and Limitations of Experimental Psychology (Epilogue)
To receive credit for PSYC 304, you must pass the final exam and achieve an overall course grade of “D” (50 percent) or better. If you receive less than “D” (50 percent) on your exam, your exam mark will become your overall course grade. The course assignments and their weightings are as follows:
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To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
McBurney, D. H., & White, T. L. (2010). Research methods (8th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.
The online course materials include a student manual, study guide, assignment manual, and readings.
The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.
Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.
To receive credit for the PSYC 304 challenge registration, you must score at least 50 per cent on the exam and obtain a composite mark of at least “D” (50 percent) to pass. If you fail the exam, your exam mark will become the final grade for the challenge.
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Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 3, November 4, 2010.
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Updated July 07 2014