Research Methods Laboratory
Fall, 2017; 10:20-11:15 W, COE (College of Education) 245
 
[Syllabus] [Lab Syllabus]
 


Instructor: Dr. William Langston
Office: JH 100
Phone: 615/898-5489 (office)
email: william.langston@mtsu.edu
Office Hours: 12-1 T, 2:30-3:30 W, drop in anytime, calling first is a good idea.
 
[Text] [Description] [Responsibilities] [Grading] [Policies] [Calendar]
 
Required Text:
 
Langston, W. (2011). Research Methods Laboratory Manual for Psychology (3rd Ed.).  Pacific Grove, CA: Wadsworth. Cheaper via electronic copy (link to Wadsworth here).
 
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 Course Description:
 
We will discuss issues related to the lecture portion of the class, conduct experiments, discuss and complete writing assignments, and carry out an independent research project.
 
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Course Responsibilities:
 
1. Attendance/participation. Every unexcused absence will drop you 5%. In other words, every two absences = a decrease of one letter grade.
 
2. Project. You will conduct a research project. This will be conducted with a group.
 
3. Project presentation. You will present your independent project to the class at the end of the semester.
 
Some lab work will contribute to your grade in the lecture portion of the class. For example, all work for the paper will be carried out in the lab. Some lecture concepts will be discussed in the lab for elaboration. Therefore, the two classes are not independent.
 
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Grading Procedure:
 
Grading procedure: Satisfactory performance is: Unsatisfactory performance is:
1. Outstanding work on assignments: A 
1. Active participation in discussions and assignments 
1. Failing to attend class/Not participating 
2. High commitment to assignments: B 
2. Carrying out an interesting project
2. Failing to complete your responsibilities for your project (especially if you let your group down) 
3. Loafing:  C
3. Preparing a well-designed poster and presenting it well 
3. A sloppy poster presentation/Failing to present 
4. Failure to complete assignments: F 4. Making a well thought out presentation to the class  4. A sloppy oral presentation/Failing to present  
 
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General Policies:
 
1. Attendance: Attendance is mandatory. I will pass around a sign-up sheet every meeting.
 
2. Course notes are available on the web at www.mtsu.edu/~wlangsto/RM.html
 
3. Drop deadlines: The last day to drop without a grade is September 10. The last day to drop is November 1 (you will receive some sort of grade). If you stay in the class after November 1, you will not be able to drop unless you experience a major tragedy or emergency. I am not the person who makes that determination. Incompletes will only be given if you have successfully completed the majority of the coursework and were prevented from finishing by a major tragedy or emergency.
 
4. If you experience problems in the course, see me. You're welcome in my office anytime.
 
5. Reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities: If you require assistance or accommodation (e.g., testing, note-taking, etc.), or you have questions related to such accommodations, speak to me as soon as possible. Also, the Disability and Access Center (898-2783) can provide information about such accommodations. Additional information is here: http://www.mtsu.edu/ada/syllabus.php.

6. Do you have a lottery scholarship? To retain the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship (TELS) eligibility, you must earn a cumulative TELS GPA of 2.75 after 24 and 48 attempted hours and a cumulative TELS GPA of 3.0 thereafter. A grade of C, D, F, FA, or I in this class may negatively impact TELS eligibility. If you drop this class, withdraw, or if you stop attending this class you may lose eligibility for your lottery scholarship, and you will not be able to regain eligibility at a later time. For additional Lottery rules, please refer to your Lottery Statement of Understanding form (http://www.mtsu.edu/financial-aid/forms/LOTFOD.pdf) or contact your MT One Stop Enrollment Counselor (http://www.mtsu.edu/one-stop/counselor.php).

7. MTSU faculty are concerned about the well-being and development of our students and are legally obligated to share reports of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking with the Universityís Title IX coordinator to help ensure studentís safety and welfare. Please refer to MTSUís Title IX site for contact information and details: http://www.mtsu.edu/titleix/

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Schedule of events:
 
Week of:  Topic: Lab Manual Lab Notes/Links:
8/28
First experiment


9/4
Data analysis; discuss introduction section; article assignment

2
9/11
Article summaries


9/18
Method and results sections App B 1

Start to think about a topic for independent project 
See table of contents

9/25
Discussion section; the rest of the paper

1, 2, 3

Choose an independent project topic/Form groups
Choose chapter to work from or choose topic


Assign paper -- Due Wednesday, 10/18



Assign independent project design 


10/2
Discuss independent project design
Read your chapter and target article before this date


Start IRB draft
App A MTSU IRB page
10/9
Independent project design/Review IRB drafts



Submit final IRB draft by Friday, 10/13


10/16
Finalize project design



Paper due Wednesday, 10/18

10/23
Begin collecting data as soon as approved

10/30
Data collection/Data issues; meet as needed


11/6
Discuss project data


11/13
Discuss project data


11/20
Thanksgiving--No lab

11/27
Discuss project data; work on presentations App C
12/4
Presentations

 
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