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Research Methods Syllabi at Syracuse University

Syllabus for Spring 2011

❶This course is designed to prepare graduate students in second language acquisition and other branches of applied linguistics to critically evaluate published research in their field and to design their own research studies. The written assignments will not be accepted after the specified deadline.

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You can also find example papers and grade rubrics online. If you are unclear about any of this information, please ask. Due on Monday, Feb. Students will interview other FIU students not from our class , friends, or family and collect data. You will then enter the data into SPSS, analyze the data, and write a research paper that incorporates a title page, literature review, methods section, results, discussion, and references.

This paper will be 6 to 10 pages long. This paper is a more detailed and complicated version of paper one, and will consist of a title page, an abstract, a literature review, a methodology section, a data analysis section, a discussion section, and references. Tables and figures may also be included. Students will have a more direct hand in the creation of materials for this study.

Please follow the instructions and guidelines on Blackboard. If you are unclear about any of this information, ask. This paper will be 10 to 20 pages long. Experimental Paper II is broken into the following three smaller assignments:.

Specific instructions for each paper are posted on Blackboard along with examples. ALL papers are due online by Late papers will not be graded. Short lab Assignments Eight short assignments factor into your lab assignments grade. You will turn in these assignments electronically via Blackboard. Check below and on the course schedule at the end of this syllabus for due dates.

It is your responsibility to make sure assignments are submitted on time. Assignments help you apply material covered from the lectures. Each assignment is worth 5 points, or 40 points total. To turn in assignments on blackboard, go into the assignment dropbox. Find and then click the appropriate assignment name. Point structure and grade rubrics are available for most of these assignments, but others will earn you all five points if you simply complete them. Late assignments will NOT be accepted in this course without a medical excuse.

Although all assignments are due online by If you have trouble uploading an assignment through turn-it-in. I prefer that you submit through the assignment dropbox, but you may attach your paper and e-mail it to me using my blackboard e-mail account as a last resort.

Make sure to put 1. I will grant up to twenty 20 extra credit points to each student, which you can gain by participating in research experiments via Sona Systems.

Normally, Sona gives you 1 credit point per hour of participation, but I will give you 4 class points for each hour of Sona credit a total of 20 points for 5 hours of research participation. If you do not wish to participate in research or are unable to participate in a total of 5 hours, you have the option of writing up to two additional critique papers based on the format for the article critique paper and using the same instructions and available article selections for that assignment.

Each additional paper you write is worth 10 points up to a maximum of 20 points. It is, of course, easier to participate in research, so I recommend that route.

This course will require knowledge of library resources, and several labs will be devoted to library research. The FIU library provides a number of services to online students. Accommodations for students with disabilities It is my policy, as well as that of FIU, to provide individualized accommodations to students who have disabilities that may affect their ability to participate in course activities or to meet course requirements.

Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact either me within the first week of class to discuss their individual needs. These conversations will be held in strict confidence. Contacting me The best way to contact me is by e-mail or stop by to see me during my office hours. If you need to meet with me outside my scheduled office hours, I would be happy to set up an appointment, or you may contact your lab TA.

Please e-mail me using blackboard, as I keep all course related e-mails within the blackboard system, and you have less of a chance of me losing your e-mail I give my fiu e-mail address only for emergency cases.

For emergencies, contact me at Maria. If it is not an emergency, then I will not respond to e-mails sent to my FIU account, and I will not grade any assignments submitted to that account.

Feedback from you is welcome and appreciated! If you have any ideas for how I can make this class the best it can be, let me know by setting up a meeting or sending me a note or email.

Academic misconduct Academic misconduct in any form is a very serious matter, and will not be tolerated in this class.

The term academic misconduct includes but is not limited to the following acts: Students who engage in academic misconduct will be sanctioned. All cases of academic misconduct will be reported to the Student Judicial Affairs office, which may impose additional penalties. You also are encouraged to see either your lecture instructor or lab instructor if you have questions about plagiarism or other issues related to academic misconduct.

This class will use Turn-it-in software to check on plagiarism, and you will be able to check your plagiarism levels before turning in your papers. Since I encourage some direct quoting in papers where you acknowledge the source you are citing , paper elements based on direct quotes are not counted in the plagiarism total.

Turning in a paper you have turned in for another course is still plagiarism, and you will receive an F if you turn in the same paper twice. Many students who cheat do so because they feel they are unable to complete assignments due to unforeseeable emergencies, health problems, etc. If you are unable to complete an assignment on time due to a problem like this, do not cheat!

Come talk to me and I will try to help you. Upon completion of this course, students will: Know how to find published scientific articles on a topic in psychology. Be able to write a literature review, methods section, results section, discussion section, and a references section using APA style.

Have an overall understanding of the research process, including: Be able to identify the distinguishing features of different research designs and understand the strengths and limitations of each one. Know which type of statistical analysis should be used to analyze data in each design. Understand which types of information are provided by descriptive and inferential data analysis methods and understand the assumptions of each.

Be able to write up the methods of a research study and report the results of statistical analyses using APA style.

Be able to interpret the results of data analyses and discuss their meaning using APA style with regard to the hypotheses they are designed to test. Be able to identify threats to the validity of research inferences. View my welcome message or read the transcript, both of which are located on the main course page.

During the first day, you will post a self-introduction as you get to know some of your fellow class members. Find your group name Group 1, Group 2, Group 3, or whichever group you have been assigned to — only one discussion group will show up for you , click the link, and follow the instructions in the discussion forum.

This will help to ensure that your computer is compatible with Blackboard Review the syllabus and course calendar View the lecture presentations in the introduction week folder General Class Expectations: Read my weekly announcements to find out any important class updates Interact and participate with your peers through group discussions Keep up with all writing assignments and assigned readings Complete quizzes at the conclusion of each course module Meet performance standards relevant to all FIU classes live or online Online courses require a degree of self-motivation, self-discipline, and technology skills that can make them especially demanding for some students.

This is especially true for my course, since my lecture powerpoint slides do get lengthy and present a lot of information. The textbook in this course is required, and although it overlaps with the lecture material, there are different examples and concepts unique to each.

Additionally, you will be introduced to non-experimental statistical techniques. Foundations of ethical practice of research will be presented and all of these scientific tools will be considered in this context. Key among the tools of the discipline is the ability to communicate effectively. Writing exercises will comprise a significant portion of this course.

Upon completion of the course, students should be able to: Evidence of competency in these domains will be evaluated on the basis of learning outcomes. In other words, specific competencies should include: Four exams, predominantly multiple-choice, will be administered throughout the semester.

Each exam will be weighted at points. The final exam is NOT cumulative, but information is cumulative, so it is important to learn and retain the material.

It is not acceptable to miss an exam. If an emergency precludes taking an exam at the regularly scheduled time, the following actions must be taken. You must provide written documentation substantiating the reason for your absence within 24 hours of the exam. A make-up exam will be administered immediately following Exam 4 December 6. The make-up exam will not be the same as the originally administered exam.

Each person will need to complete a research proposal introduction. The paper will include a minimum of 6 empirically based research articles. Articles cited must be submitted with the paper. An electronic and print version of the paper must be submitted. Additional criteria for the paper will be distributed during the semester. A maximum of 10 raw score points may be earned toward extra credit.

Participation in a psychology experiment will result in 10 additional points. Extra credit may also be earned by bringing in newspaper or periodical articles 2 points per article that include statistical information.

All extra credit must be submitted prior to December 1, No extra credit will be accepted after December 1, All written work must conform to APA style.

Specific instructions regarding font, format, and reference style can be found in the required APA style manual. All written work exceeding one page in length must be stapled in the upper left corner of the paper or it will not be accepted. A research proposal introduction must be completed to obtain a passing grade in this course. Failure to complete the paper will result in a failing grade. Announcements regarding changes in the schedule will occur in class.

Required Texts American Psychological Association. Course Objectives This course is the first in a sequence of courses that are designed to impart the basic scientific processes and tools for the discipline. Describe and apply the scientific method Describe and understand elementary non-experimental methods Select, calculate, and interpret non-experimental statistical techniques Effectively communicate scientific findings Learning Outcomes Evidence of competency in these domains will be evaluated on the basis of learning outcomes.

Perform competent literature search for empirically based articles Correctly use APA style in all written assignments Demonstrate effective use of written language Use statistical programs to perform basic statistical analyses Describe the benefits and limitation of statistical techniques Apply elementary statistical procedures Recognize ethical research practices Distinguish between types of non-experimental research designs Exams: Points Exams 4 each Laboratory Assignments 15 10 each.

Writing Methods RR 1. Laboratory 1 Due Article Critique. Developing the Research Question. Laboratory 2 Due Research Question. Laboratory 3 Due Library Exercise. Identification of Validity Reliability Article Review. Reliability and Validity Improvements H Chap 4. Laboratory 4 Due Threats Paper. Ethics in Experiments H Chap 4. Ethics in Studies H 5 Possible Film. Laboratory 5 Due Certificate. Sampling Techniques H 5 Review for Exam. Laboratory 6 Due Article Review. Descriptive Stats H 6.

Writing a review RR 3. Laboratory 7 Due Observational Exercise. Central Tendency H 7. Outlining the Paper R5. OPL Variability Draft of paper. Laboratory 8 Due Outline. Variability H 8 Review for Exam. Laboratory 9 Due Descriptives Graphs. Polishing the Paper R 7. Laboratory 12 Due Self Evaluation. Using Individual z Scores H 9.

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The primary focus of this course will be on research methods that are not formal experiments. In other words, most of the designs will be non-experimental and will be very similar to information that is presented in the popular media. Whether a psychologist is studying sexual behavior in rats or personality traits in humans, the same principles of research methodology apply. This course is primarily designed to expose you to the core ideas behind research methods in psychology; the major components of designing research in psychology will be addressed.

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