Research Methods

Stephen R. Schmidt

Middle Tennessee State University


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Psychology 3070

Stephen R. Schmidt, Ph.D.

Middle Tennessee State University

206 Jones Hall


Suggested Text:

Ray. W. J. (2012).  Methods: Toward a Science of Behavior and Experience: 10th Edition.  Wadsworth, Belmont, CA.

The text can be purchased from the bookstore or from Cengage:

Course Description:

Research Methods provides an introduction to the fundamental principles of psychological research.  Topics discussed will include the philosophy of science, ethical issues, the quantification of behavior, research designs, and the interpretation of results.  The goals of this course are to train the student to critically evaluate psychological investigations, and to prepare the student for conducting their own research in psychology.

Course Requirements:

Students will be evaluated on the basis of three tests (see attached course schedule for test dates), which combined account for 1/2 of the course grade, and on the basis of written assignments and laboratory projects which combined account for the remaining 1/2 of the course grade.  Each test will cover lecture and textbook material presented since the previous test.  The last test (during examination week) will not be cumulative.   Lectures will supplement textbook material, not merely cover it again.  The written assignments will be discussed in detail in class.  For these reasons, regular attendance is expected.  Plus and minus grades (e.g., B+), will be used when appropriate.

Human Subject Protection Training:

One of the requirements for this course is a training modual in human subject protection.  Complete the training at the CITI training cite:


Psychology 3070 is a four-credit course, with three lecture hours and one lab hour.  In the lab you will participate in research projects designed to enrich your knowledge of research methods. You will earn the same grade in the lab and the course, and this grade will reflect test performance, written assignments, and lab participation (see above).

Web Page:

Additional support materials for this course are available on the Internet.  This material includes lecture notes and graphics, as well as demonstrations.  This material can be accessed from one of the many on-campus computer labs, or from a home computer.

Makeup Policy:

If a student cannot take a test at the appropriate time, make-ups will be given only if the student makes arrangements with the instructor prior to the due date.  Late papers are automatically assessed a penalty of 5 points  per day.

Reasonable Accommodation for Students With Disabilities:

If you have a disability that may require assistance or accommodation, or you have questions related to any accommodations for testing, note takers, readers, etc., please speak with me as soon as possible.  Students may also contact the Office of Disabled Students Services (898-2783) with questions about such services.

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Last Modified 1/10/2013