Summer 2023 - PSYC 201W D100

Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology (4)

Class Number: 2916

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    May 8 – Aug 4, 2023: Mon, 2:30–4:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Aug 10, 2023
    Thu, 8:30–11:30 a.m.

  • Instructor:

    Diana Lim
    1 778 782-3743
    Office Hours: By appointment (online)
  • 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.


Psychology 201W is designed to introduce the student to research methods and designs used in psychology. An appreciation of these not only provides the student with the ability to critically evaluate published articles within the field of psychology but also, allows the student to develop his/her own research hypotheses and to determine research strategies that are appropriate to use in testing such hypotheses.

This course will examine some of the more common designs employed by psychologists including experimental and quasi-experimental approaches as well as qualitative methods. In addition, the course will briefly discuss 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 study.


  • Research Participation: 6%
  • Quizzes: 20%
  • Final Exam: 20%
  • Writing Assignments: 24%
  • Research Project: 30%


In addition to the other course requirements listed on the syllabus, each student in Psychology 100, 102 & 201W is required to complete three hours of research participation. For complete information regarding the research participation credit, please go to:



Passer, M. W. (2021). Research Methods: Concepts and Connections (3rd edition). MacMillan Learning.
ISBN: 9781319363529


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