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Class will meet Mondays, 9 am to 12:40 pm, Schulz 1014

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Before we can work with data, you must complete module 2 of the following online training:

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Course Description:

This class has two goals.  First, students will learn and apply basic statistic and data analysis skills to quantitative psychological data.  My goal is to teach you how to ask and answer questions using data from surveys and experiments.  Second, this class is an opportunity to build upon previous psychological research. During the first part of class, we will be analyzing student satisfaction data collected by the department and SSU for program review and strategic planning. The goal is to present useful summaries to faculty and administrators who are interested in these data. During the second part of class, small teams will design and pilot research projects related to the social psychology of justice. For this class to be successful, we must create a research team atmosphere where we can count on each other to meet our commitments, we give any and all questions and comments our full attention and we meet the inevitable research obstacles with humor and flexibility.  I look forward to working together. 

Course Objectives:

  • Formulate testable research hypotheses based on operational definitions of variables.
  • Collect, analyze, interpret, and report quantitative data to address a set of  research questions and hypotheses.
  • Interpret basic statistical conclusions.
  • Distinguish between statistical significance and practical significance.
  • Recognize that theoretical and sociocultural contexts as well as personal biases may shape research questions, design, data collection, analysis, and interpretation.
  • Follow the APA Code of Ethics in the treatment of human participants in the design, data collection, interpretation, and reporting of psychological research.
  • Exercise caution in predicting behavior based on limitations of single studies.
  • Recognize the limitations of applying normative conclusions to individuals.
  • Recognize that individual differences and sociocultural contexts may influence the applicability of research findings.

Aron, A., Aron, E.W. & Coups, E.J. (2006). Statistics For Psychology (4th Edition). Upper Saddle River, NJ, US: Prentice Hall.

Also, plan to bring a flash drive (USB drive, thumb drive) to every class.

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Heather Smith, Ph.D.
Stevenson 2087

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