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PS 406 Experimental Psychology
Chezik, Donald D.


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Course

PS 406 Experimental Psychology

Semester

F2T 2010 DL

Faculty

Chezik, Donald D.

Title

Professor of Psychology/Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

MA Michigan State University
PhD Indiana University

Office Location

Online

Office Hours

Anytime

Daytime Phone

816-468-8478

E-Mail

don.chezik@park.edu

Semester Dates

October 18, 2010 -

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Prerequisites

PS101

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Kantowitz, B. H., Roedigger, H. L., & Elmes, D. G., (2009). Experimental psychology (9th ed.). Wadworth, Belmont, CA.

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Course Description:
PS 406 Experimental Psychology: An introduction to the design and analysis of laboratory experiments and other research methods in psychology. Topics may include: cognitive, social, perceptual, clinical developmental and biological processes. Students conduct and evaluate experiments, may serve as subjects, and gain experiences in writing scientific research reports. This course will satisfy the EN 306 requirement for Psychology major. 3:0:3 Prerequisite: EN 105, EN 106, PS101, SO 307, PS 308, passing the WCT, and 60 accumulated hours.

Educational Philosophy:
Students learn best if they ask questions!

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate the ability to conceive, design, execute, evaluate, and present your own psychological experiment.
  2. Utilize the basic vocabulary of experimental psychology.
  3. Communicate professionally using APA style.
  4. Demonstrate critical and scientific thinking related to research methodology.
  5. Apply psychological concepts to one's life and circumstances.
  6. Demonstrate understanding of statistical procedures.


Core Assessment:

Design, conduct, analyze, and report a genuine experiment in psychology from start to finish, using APA style.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:
Note:  This should be an experiment where you manipulate an independent variable and measure its effect on the dependent variable (You should know what the difference between the two!).  In some cases, I may accept a correlational study.  Ask! 

Subjects are available from some PS classes.

Grading:
Examinations, quizzes, and course assignments contribute to your grade.
Generally, the cutoffs are 80 - 90% = A
70 - 79% = B; 60 - 69% = C; 50 - 59% = D.
Instructor reserves the right to give higher grades than these categories, but not lower ones.  You will get at least these!


Late Submission of Course Materials:
Points can be subtracted from late submissions at the discretion of the instructor.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Think what you want, say what you think.  I'll let social norms as well your knowledge and sense of propriety influence your responses.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Syllabus gives dates.  These dates may be adjusted at the instructor's discretion.

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93
I don't think incorrect paraphrasing is plagiarism. Cutting and pasting should only be used when the statement is so cogently and succinctly presented that to paraphrase would be a disservice to the author.  Furthermore, it is only when you "put it in your own words" that your understanding is manifested.

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Attachments:
Common Sense or Empirical Evidence

What Does It Mean to Explain "Scientifically"?

Can You Study this "Scientifically"?

Why Is Replication Necessary in Science?

Is This Falsifiable?









Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Analysis & Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
Outcomes
Outcomes 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Correctly compares, contrasts, and evaluates at least 4 previous research articles.







 
Correctly compares, contrasts, and evaluates at least 3 previous research articles.









 
Correctly compares, contrasts, and evaluates at least 2 previous research articles.







 
Correctly compares, contrasts, and evaluates fewer than 2 previous research articles.



 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
Outcomes 1, 2, 4, 6                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Applies theories and principles to create an original experiment with fewer than 4 errors (generalizing methods, principles, and statistics to the new experiment) and applies the results to one's own life circumstances.









 
Applies theories and principles to create an original experiment with 4-8 errors (generalizing methods,  principles, and statistics to the new experiment) ) and applies the results to one's own life circumstances.







 
Applies theories and principles to create an original experiment with 9-12 errors (generalizing methods, principles, and statistics to the new experiment) and applies the results to one's own life circumstances.



 
More than 12 errors in Applies theories and principles to create an original experiment with 9-12 errors (generalizing methods, principles, and statistics to the new experiment) and applies the results to one's own life circumstances. 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
Outcomes 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Paper contains all of the components and formatted in correct APA style with fewer than 4 errors, including spelling and grammar.









 
Paper contains all of the components and formatted in correct APA style with 4-8 errors including spelling and grammar.



 
Paper contains all of the components and formatted in correct APA style with 9-12 errors including spelling and grammar.







 
Paper contains more than 12 errors including spelling and grammar. 

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