Summer 2021 - PSYC 201W D100

Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology (4)

Class Number: 3818

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM

  • 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 an overview of the research process, the methods used to address questions in psychology and the issues that need to be considered when answering questions about the study of mind and behavior. The course provides an overview about how to formulate hypothesis, methods of data collection, how to design and conduct experiments and how to analyze data. The course will also provide students with the experience of preparing a research report.


After this course students should be able to

1. Define concepts about the research process and methods in psychology
2. Identify examples and concepts about research methods that are encountered in psychological research reports
3. Communicate effectively in writing about the concepts used in psychological research methods.
4. Prepare a research report based on the findings of their experiment.


  • Quiz 1 • Fill in the Blank questions • (1% each question) Covers weeks 1 to 6 Duration: 90 minutes: 20%
  • Quiz 2 • Fill in the Blank questions • (1% each question) Covers weeks 7 to 13 Duration: 90 minutes: 20%
  • Attendance at Tutorials - involves preparation of timeline for research project and ensuring tasks at each point in the timeline are met/Weekly assignments: 20%
  • Research Proposal: 10%
  • Research Project: 30%



Christensen, L. B., Johnson, R. B., & Turner, L. A. (2020).Research Methods, Design, and Analysis (13th Edition). Pearson Publishing

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