Spring 2020 - PSYC 201W D100

Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology (4)

Class Number: 7586

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    AQ 3181, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 22, 2020
    12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
    DFA 300, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    PSYC 100 or 102.



An introduction to the procedures used in psychological research, and to the logic underlying them. Topics include the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to research, the formulation of testable questions, the control of extraneous influences, the measurement of effects, and the drawing of valid conclusions from empirical evidence. Provides a background for senior psychology courses since it offers a basis for the critical evaluation and conduct of research. Students with credit for PSYC 201 may not take this course for further credit. Writing/Quantitative.


This course provides a general introduction to research methods in psychological research, with a particular emphasis on basic experimental designs. Topics will include methods of data collection, hypothesis formulation, ethics, measurement and sampling, validity and reliability, experimental design, experimental procedure, quasi-experiments and single-case designs, surveys, and qualitative and mixed methods. The course will also briefly introduce issues of data analysis and statistical inference. As part of the course requirements, students will design, conduct and present a written report of a simple experiment.


  • Weekly iClicker quizzes: 20%
  • Final Exam (cumulative): 20%
  • Research Project: 36%
  • Writing Assignments: 18%
  • Research Participation: 6%



Students will be required to have an iClicker to complete weekly in-class quizzes. You must register your iClicker at http://www.iclicker.com/support/registeryourclicker/. Via this website, enter your first name, your last name, your SFU email address (without the @sfu.ca) and your iClicker ID.


Custom Edition:  Loose leaf version: 

Christensen, L.B., Johnson, R.B., and Turner, L.A. Research Methods, Design, and Analysis. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

ISBN: 9781323353240

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