PS406 Experimental Psychology

for F1T 2012

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PS 406 Experimental Psychology


F1T 2012 DL


Fleming, Latasha


Adjunct Professor


Master of Science: Pschology
Bachelor of Science: Human Services

Office Location


Office Hours

12pm - 1am (EST)


Semester Dates

Fall 1 2012

Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours




Textbooks are available at MBS Bookstore .


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

NOTE: You only need the first five chpaters.

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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:
Philosophy” is the love of knowledge. “Education” is the process of guiding people out of ignorance into the light of understanding. “The Liberal Arts” are a set of disciplines that enable students to think critically and communicate effectively so they can understand themselves and the world around them, and how they can act for the purpose of serving a global community. Studying these arts therefore liberates, or frees students from the constraints of ignorance so they can understand and improve the world around them. To understand the Liberal Arts, one must cultivate certain literacies: analytical and critical thinking, community and civic responsibility, scientific inquiry, ethics and values, literary and artistic expression. In this course, the primary methods used to cultivate the literacies are: (1) learning by inquiry, reflection, and interaction (the Socratic Method of guided questioning in group discussions), (2) learning by experience (readings, lectures, demonstrations, videos, internet and other presentation media), and (3) learning by doing (hands-on interaction with the environment (e.g., collecting of one’s own research observations). The Socratic Method will be used in the form of “Discussions” to cultivate the development of analytic and critical thinking, community and civic responsibility, and ethics and values by guided questioning in group discussions of perennial themes and controversies (e.g., nature vs. nurture), and current events (e.g., politics, international trade agreements/disputes, inter- and intracultural conflicts such as wars, terrorism, etc.). These discussions frequently focus on issues with direct implications for community and civic responsibility. They also highlight cultural diversity issues and ethical and value judgments. Scientific Inquiry will be directly addressed through reading assignments, lectures, and hands-on assignments for learning how to collect and summarize the student’s own observations of naturally occurring human behavior. Please note: Cross-cultural Psychology is about how the culture one grows up in forges the beliefs, valeus, and belavior of individuals and groups; how people get along with or do not get along with other people. This topic is inherently controversial (e.g., politics, religion, wars). We all have very dearly held beliefs and attitudes. No one likes to consider, much less admit, that they might be wrong, especially in the ways that that think and feel and act toward other people.

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:



Possible Points

Total Points

Total %

Discussion s (1/week*8 weeks)

5 pts each

40 pts



10 pts each

40 pts


Experiment Idea

10 pts

10 pts


IRB Certification

10 pts

10 pts


IRB Application

15 pts

15 pts



15 pts

15 pts


Introduction Section

15 pts

15 pts


Method Section

15 pts

15 pts


Results Section

15 pts

15 pts


Final Exam

25 pts

25 pts


Core Assessment

Final Report

50 pts

50 pts



250 pts





Letter Grade


Number of Points




90 - 100%



80 - 89.9%



70 - 79.9%



60 - 69.9%



00 - 59.9%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
All assignments are due at the beginning of class on the day when they are due (see schedule, below). If you fail to show up on the day of your presentation, you will receive a 0 (zero) for that presentation, unless you have a Doctor's note or an accident report. Late term paper proposals or reports will be penalized 15% for each weekday or portion thereof that the assignment is late. If you notify me 24 hours IN ADVANCE that you will be absent, then you will be allowed to make-up exams or presentations.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

The purpose of discussion questions and weekly discussion points is to encourage student discussion. Thus weekly answers to discussion questions and discussion points must be completed by midnight (MST) Sunday of the week assigned in order to receive any credit whatsoever. Writing assignments must be completed and successfully submitted to the Discussion thread or Drop Box (as directed by me). If you ever have problems posting your assignments, contact me immediately by Email or by phone and we'll get the problem solved.

Each week's work must be completed and RECEIVED by me by midnight MST on the Sunday of the end of each week. As you work through this online course, keep in mind that your workload to teach an online course will be equal to or greater than the workload of this course.

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Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Course Schedule

Threaded Discussion initial entries are due by Wednesday Midnight CST, all responses should be complete by Sunday Midnight CST.

All Assignments are due no later than Sunday Midnight CST (unless otherwise noted).




  • Submit your introduction
  • Read Chapters 1 and 4
  • Watch PPT Lecture
  • Self Check
  • Discussion - 5 pts
  • Quiz - 10 pts
  • IRB Certification - 10 pts
  • Read Chapters 2 and 3
  • Watch PPT Lectures
  • Self Check
  • Experiment Idea - 10 pts
  • Discussion - 5 pts
  • Quizzes (2) - Total - 20 pts



  • Read Chapter 5
  • Watch PPT Lectures
  • Self Check
  • IRB Application - 15 pts
  • Introduction Section - 15 pts
  • Discussion - 5 pts
  • Quiz - 10 pts
  • Read Lecture
  • Self Check
  • Discussion - 5 pts
  • Survey Monkey - 15 pts



  • Read Lecture
  • Self Check
  • Discussion - 5 pts
  • Method Section - 15 pts
  • Proctor Form Due
  • Read Lecture
  • Self Check
  • Discussion - 5 pts



  • Read Lecture
  • Self Check
  • Discussion - 5 pts
  • Results Section - 15 pts
  • Read Lecture
  • Discussion - 5 pts
  • Final Report - 50 pts
  • Final Exam - 25 pts

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Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
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  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
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My name is Latasha Fleming. I have a Bachelor of Science from Springfield College in Human Service; specialization in Criminal Justice. I also have a Master of Science in Psychology from Capella University. I am currently working on my Ph. D in Psychology with an anticipation graduation date of September 2011. I am also in “ABD” status towards my Ph. D program. “ABD” stands for “All But Dissertation.” Meaning, I have completed everything in my Ph. D program, except for my Dissertation. After completing my Ph. D, I plan on returning back to school at Tiffin University for a Master of Science in Criminal Justices I am currently teaching at several different universities online and I have my own businesses as a Notary Public.

I am married with four children; 3 boys and 1 girl. My oldest is 17 years old and my youngest is 12. I also have two step children (ages: 12 & 13), whom I call my own as well. I have been married for almost four years.

I moved to Orlando, Florida in 2005 from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It was a big change in scenery as far as the weather and people. I really, really enjoy living here and I do not think I will ever move back to the Midwest, especially, not Milwaukee.

My interest is in Psychology, Forensics, and Real Estate. When I was younger, I always wanted to work with the deceased in a funeral home as a Mortician or as a Forensic Pathologist (Medical Examiner).


CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Analysis & Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
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.

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. 
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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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