Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology ( Official )
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SECTION A – Course Information

1. Course ID:

PSYC     3

Student Learning Outcomes

2. Course Title:

Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology

3. Division:

Humanities and Social Sciences Division

4. Department:

Psychology Department

5. Subject:


6. Short Course Title:

Research in Psych

7. Proposed Effective Term:

Summer 2017

The required Cover Sheet Supplemental Form can be created after completion of Section A

SECTION B – Official Course Information

1. Recommended Class Size:

a. Maximum Class Size:


Note:   If the course is new or class size of an existing course is to be changed, a Class Size Supplemental Form is required.

b. Class Size Approval Date:


Note:   Date to be entered by the Instruction Office.


2. Method of Instruction:


 Work Experience, Occupational


 Open Entry/Exit

 Lecture and Laboratory


 Independent Studies

 Distance Learning



3. Contact Hours for a Term:

Note: If not a variable unit/hour course, enter the hours in the "Low" column only. Leave the hours in the "High" column blank.






         54.00 To


To be arranged:






         54.00 To


Lab/Lecture Parity?    Yes  No

Does this course have lab parity?

If not, are you going to  apply for lab parity?                          Yes  No

To be arranged:







To be arranged:







Total Hours:    


            108 To


To be arranged:





4. Credit Units:

  4.00 To


Note: Units of credit are based on:

1 Unit of credit per eighteen (18) hours of lecture contact hours for a term

1 Unit of credit per fifty-four (54) hours of lab, activity or clinical contact hours for a term


5. Taxonomy of Programs (TOPS) Information:

a. TOPS Code and Course Program Title:

200100 - Psychology, General

     b.  Course Control Number:    

(To be entered by the Instruction Office Only.)


6. SAM Priority Code: [Select One]



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Advanced Occupational

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Clearly Occupational

Courses taken in the middle stages of an occupational program. Should provide the student with entry-level job skills.


Possibly Occupational

Courses taken in the beginning stages of an occupational program.





7. Please place this course into the appropriate discipline by selecting from the drop down list. The discipline placement indicates what preparation is needed to teach the course. Discipline faculty may place their courses into more than one discipline as appropriate:


8. General Course Information

a. Course Credit Status:

D Credit Degree Applicable

b. State Transfer Code:

A Transferable, UC/CSU/Private

c. State Classification Code:

A Liberal Arts/Sciences Degrees

d. Basic Skills Status/Level:

N Not a Basic Skills Course

e. Sports/Physical Education Course:


( Only check here if the course is a physical education course.)

f. Grading Method:

Letter Grade Only

g. Number of repeats allowed:

Non-repeatable Credit - equates to 0 repeats

Note: If course is repeatable, complete the Repeatability Supplemental Form.

h. Please provide cross listed course if applicable:



9. Course Preparation

Note: If this course has any requisite, please complete the Content Review Supplemental Form and provide rationale for the requisite. If a requisite is being removed, please complete the Content Review Supplemental Form and provide rationale for removing the requisite. If a new requisite is being added, complete the Content Review Supplemental Form and provide rationale for the requisite.

a.   Prerequisite

(PSYC 1A or PSYC 1AH) and (PSYC 10 or MATH 110 or MATH 110H)

b.   Co requisite

c.   Advisories

d.   None


10. Course Special Designators:

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11. Course Program Status:

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 Program Applicable


 12. Funding Agency Category:

       Not Applicable

       Primarily developed using economic development funds

       Partially developed using economic development funds



SECTION C – For new transfer requests only, please complete the Transfer Status (CSU) Supplemental Form before submitting course for approval.

CSU Transferable              CSU Approval Date:                     (mmddyyyy)                 

Applying for CSU Transfer Status

UC Transferable                 UC Approval Date:                      (mmddyyyy)                 

Applying for UC Transfer Status

Note:  CSU Transfer Status must be obtained prior to submitting a request for UC Transfer Status to the UC Chancellor.


SECTION D - General Education Request

Mt. San Antonio College and CSU General Education course approvals are submitted to the Educational Design Committee and GE Subcommittee for approval.

1.  The Articulation Officer submits the course directly to the CSU Chancellor for approval.

2.  Upon receiving CSU approval, the course will be placed in the CSU approved area for the Mt. SAC Associate Degree GE.



Requesting approval for inclusion on Mt. SAC and CSU General Education List?

Note:   If requesting approval for inclusion on the General Education List, the General Education Course Evaluation Supplemental Form must be completed before submitting course for approval.  If request is approved, the remainder of Section D will be completed by the Instruction Office.

1. Mt SAC General Education Applicability:

    GE Approval Date :                   (mmddyyyy)

2. CSU General Education Applicability (Requires CSU approval):

    CSU Approval Date:                   (mmddyyyy)

3. IGETC Applicability (Requires CSU/UC approval):

    IGETC Approval Date:                   (mmddyyyy)



SECTION E - Course Content

1. Course Descriptions

a. Catalog Description:

(Write a clear, concise course description, summarizing the course content.  Include major goals of the course, scope, requirements for successfully completing the course, and any unusual aspects of the course.)

Research methods in psychology. Includes systematic observation, research design, survey development, execution and analysis of experimental and other research methods, and American Psychological Association (APA) publication style writing.

b. Class Schedule Description:



Is a course description to be printed in the Class Schedule?

(If yes, write one or two sentences condensing the catalog description for the prospective student.  Does not require as much detail as the catalog description. Limited to 130 characters, including spaces.)

Research methods in psychology including observation and design.

2. Course Outline Information

In courses that include lecture and laboratory, the topical outlines should be separate and distinct, each specific and appropriate to the activities to be conducted.

a. Lecture Topical Outline:

(The lecture topical outline should provide a detailed record of the content of the course.)

- Psychology and science
- The scientific method
- Generating research ideas
- Reviewing the literature: use of library resources
- Components of a psychological research study
- Generating hypotheses
- Ethics
- Defining and measuring variables: operational definition, evaluating measurements, and scales of measurement
- Non-experimental methods including observation, survey, case study, and correlation
- Validity including threats to validity and reliability
- Experimental method: independent and dependent variables, extraneous variables, and random assignment
- Sampling procedures and biases
- Descriptive and inferential statistics: t-test, Analysis of Variance (ANOVA), measures of central tendency, correlations, significance testing, effect size, power, and type I and II errors
- Factorial designs
- Alternative research designs: single case and quasi-experimental designs)
- Writing research reports in American Psychological Association (APA) style
- Final exam

b. Lab Topical Outline:

(The lab topical outline should reflect the activities in lab.)

- Identifying ways of knowing: tenacity, intuition, and authority
- Using databases to find literature
- Reading and critiquing APA research articles
- Generating hypotheses
- Abiding by ethical guidelines
- Creating operational definitions
- Observing behavior
- Designing and administering surveys
- Utilizing scales of measurement
- Conducting correlational research
- Performing descriptive and inferential statistics: t-test and ANOVA including type I and type II errors
- Designing experiments, recognizing independent, dependent and extraneous variables, and random assignment
- Using sampling techniques
- Analyzing factorial designs and interactions
- Recognizing research designs in articles
- Designing original research studies
- Writing and presenting original research
- Applying APA style
- Final exam

3. Course Measurable Objectives:

(Measurable course objectives should identify expected outcomes: specific, observable student actions – what the student should be able to do, know or feel as a result of taking this course.  A majority of objectives should reflect critical thinking, i.e. application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.  Course objectives should relate directly to methods of evaluation)

Provide a minimum of five (5) course measurable objectives:

1. Identify the goals of science and the goals of research.
2. Compare and contrast research designs used by psychologists.
3. Determine appropriate statistical analyses for designs.
4. Describe and discuss types of and threats to validity and reliability.
5. Define, operationalize, and measure variables including independent and dependent variables.
6. Perform original psychological research using APA code of ethics.
7. Use APA style correctly in writing empirically-based reports and literature reviews.
8. Perform literature searches and reviews using standard resources.
9. Evaluate published research.

4. Course Methods of Evaluation:

(Methods of evaluation should relate directly to measurable course objectives.  They indicate the kind of assignments or performance activities designed for a course to assess student learning.  Each course must list either substantial writing assignments (category 1) OR computational / non-computational problem solving demonstrations (category 2) if writing assignments are inappropriate (with an explanation of why substantial writing is not appropriate for the course).  Activities typically assigned in categories 3 and 4 must also be listed in this section.)

Category 1. Substantial written assignments for this course include:

A literature review of at least 3 pages

A research proposal of at least 2 pages describing participants, materials, and procedures of the research study

At least one, one-page analysis of various topics including comparing and contrasting research designs and validity

A 10-page APA style research paper and presentation on an original research study

If the course is degree applicable, substantial written assignments in this course are inappropriate because:

Category 2. Computational or non-computational problem solving demonstrations:

Determination of appropriate statistical analyses
Analysis of statistical data
Interpretation of statistical analyses

Category 3. Skills Demonstrations:


Category 4. Objective Examinations:

Multiple choice, matching, true or false, and fill-in questions on research terminology and techniques
Essay exam questions addressing strengths and limitations of various research designs

5. Sample Assignments:

(Assignments should be directly related to the objectives of the course.  They should be specific enough to provide real guidance to faculty and clear expectations for students.  Descriptions of the type or examples of assignments are required.  For example, rather than “term paper” state “term paper comparing and contrasting the social aspects of hunting tactics of two mammal species.”  This section must establish that the work is demanding enough in rigor and independence to fulfill the credit level specified.  The nature of the assignments must clearly demand critical thinking.  Assignments should be adequate to assure that students who successfully complete them can meet the objectives of the course.  Appropriate out-of-class work is required for credit courses.)

Provide a minimum of three (3) sample assignments:

1. Research Paper: Design an original empirical study on a topic of interest. Conduct a relevant literature search and review. Collect and analyze data. Using APA format, write a research report of a minimum of 10 pages.
2. Research Critique: Using appropriate journal article databases, select an empirical research study and evaluate all sections of the article including the background research, hypotheses, participants, measures, procedures, results, and interpretation of results based on lecture and book material. Your paper should be 3 to 5 pages.
3. Survey Design: Design and administer a psychological survey. After data collection, tabulate and analyze the survey data. Report your findings in an APA-style report of at least 1 page.


6. Representative Text:

(List EXAMPLES of textbooks and other data sources and materials, which may be used in this course.  Provide author, title, publisher, date of publication, and edition.)

If the course is requested to be or is CSU transferable, provide at least one (1) representative text that has been published within the last five (5) years.  A representative text is optional for a non-transferable course.

a. Book 1:

This is the most recent edition of this text:




If the text is more than 5 years old, please provide rationale for not selecting a more recent text:


  Graziano & Raulin


  Research Methods: A Process of Inquiry



Date of Publication:




b. Book 2:

This is the most recent edition of this text:




If the text is more than 5 years old, please provide rationale for not selecting a more recent text:


  Gravetter and Forzano


  Research Methods for the Behavioral Science



Date of Publication:




c. Book 3:

This is the most recent edition of this text:




If the text is more than 5 years old, please provide rationale for not selecting a more recent text:







Date of Publication: