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Course SummaryPsychology 105: Research Methods in Psychology has been evaluated and recommended for 3 semester hours and may be transferred to over 2,000 colleges and universities. You can access the course at any time that fits your schedule. Complete the course to master psychology research methods and get a head start on your degree program.
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The course objective is to survey the methods used in psychological research, as well as ethics in research and the process of setting up a research study.
Your grade for this course will be calculated out of 300 points. The minimum score required to pass and earn real college credit for this course is 210 points, or an overall course grade of 70%. The table below shows the assignments you must complete and how they'll be incorporated into the overall grade.
|Proctored Final Exam||200|
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- You will have 3 attempts to take each quiz for a score.
- The highest score of your first 3 attempts will be recorded as your score for each quiz.
- When you've completed the course, the highest scores from your first 3 attempts at each quiz will be averaged together and weighed against the total possible points for quizzes. For instance, if your average quiz score is 85%, you'll receive 85 out of 100 possible points for quizzes.
- After your initial 3 attempts, you can take a quiz for practice as many times as you'd like.
- You will need to pass each quiz with a score of at least 80% to earn course progress for the lesson. However, it is not necessary to earn 80% within the first three quiz attempts.
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Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Explain why research is done and what makes high-quality research
- Examine the concerns involved when using human participants in research, such as informed consent, protection from harm and maintaining privacy
- Describe how to structure a research project, from selecting the right problem to research to figuring out the right data collection technique
- Compare and analyze different types of experiments, surveys, content analysis, statistics, and field research
- Analyze non-experimental research to learn about its purpose, survey research, correlational research and the relationship between variables
- Investigate types of qualitative research design, such as case study, ethnographic, historical research, grounded theory and phenomenological
- Discuss developmental research and ex post facto, longitudinal, cross-sectional, and pretest-posttest design
- Examine experimental design to learn about measurement types, variables (continuous and discrete), random assignment, control groups, factorial design, sampling and sampling methods.
- Review frequency distributions, measure of central tendency, measures of variability, inferential statistics, hypothesis testing, chi-squared test and ANOVA
- Examine what external and internal validity is, variables that affect them, drawing conclusions based on internal validity, limits to generalization of a research study and interpreting a non-significant outcome
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Psychology 105 consists of short video lessons that are organized into topical chapters. Each video is approximately 5-10 minutes in length and comes with a quick quiz to help you measure your learning. The course is completely self-paced. Watch lessons on your schedule whenever and wherever you want.
At the end of each chapter, you can complete a chapter test to see if you're ready to move on or have some material to review. Once you've completed the entire course, take the practice test and use the study tools in the course to prepare for the proctored final exam. You may take the proctored final exam whenever you are ready.
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This course has been evaluated and recommended by both ACE and NCCRS for 3 semester hours in the lower division baccalaureate degree category. To apply for transfer credit, follow these steps:
- If you already have a school in mind, check with the registrar to see if the school will grant credit for courses recommended by either ACE or NCCRS.
- Complete Psychology 105 by watching video lessons and taking short quizzes.
- Take the Psychology 105 final exam directly on the Study.com site.
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|Introduction to Research Methods||Examine the characteristics of high-quality research. Survey the different types of research and take another look at steps in the scientific method.|
|Principles of Ethical Research||Discover issues associated with using human participants in research, such as informed consent, the risks of harm and participant privacy. Take a look at federal regulations designed to protect participants along with examples of research misconduct and best practices.|
|Setting Up the Research Study||Learn how to set up a research project, from selecting the right problem to formulating a hypothesis and choosing the right data collection technique. Explore the components of a research report.|
|Data Collection Techniques in Psychology||Find out how experiments, existing statistics and surveys are used to collect social research data. Explore the uses of observational, archival and field research.|
|Nonexperimental Research||Explore descriptive research design and methods for conducting survey research. Study the use of scatterplots and learn to calculate a correlation coefficient. Identify the limitations of correlational research.|
|Qualitative Research Methods and Design||Learn about sources for qualitative research. Discover the various types of qualitative research design, such as case studies, ethnographies, historical research, grounded theory and phenomenology.|
|Quasi-Experimental Research||Study developmental research methods and learn about ex post facto, longitudinal, cross-sectional and pretest-posttest designs.|
|Sampling and Generalization||Understand the importance of selecting the right sampling method. Learn about the various types of probability and nonprobability sampling methods. Analyze sampling issues and find out how to get the right sample size.|
|Measurement in Research||Identify the importance of measurement. Examine topics ranging from the types and scales of measurement to measurement reliability and validity.|
|Internal Validity in Research||Discover variables that can affect an experiment's internal validity, such as researcher bias, the Hawthorne effect, instrumentation and selection integration.|
|External Validity||Learn how sample characteristics, novelty effects, test sensitization and other factors can negatively impact an experiment's external validity. Examine some of methods used to increase external validity.|
|Experimental Design||Study the use of random assignment and control groups in experimental design. Compare two-group, matched group and multiple group designs. Examine the components of factorial, multivariate, within-subject and small n designs.|
|Descriptive Statistics in Psychology||Take a look at frequency distributions, measures of central tendency and measures of variability.|
|Inferential Statistics in Psychology||Investigate the uses of inferential statistics and hypothesis testing. Study chi-squared tests, one-tailed and two-tailed tests, t-tests and ANOVA.|
|Evaluating Research Findings||Learn about drawing conclusions based on internal validity. Study limits to generalization of a research study and find out how to interpret a nonsignificant outcome. See ways to organize, interpret and express social science research.|
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