Research Methods Laboratory
Fall, 2018; 10:20-11:15 W, COE (College of Education) 241
[Syllabus] [Lab Syllabus]

Instructor: Dr. William Langston
Office: JH 100
Phone: 615/898-5489 (office)
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.
 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.
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.
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  
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
3. Drop deadlines: The last day to drop without a grade is September 9. 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:

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8. Statement on academic misconduct:

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

Data analysis; discuss introduction section; article assignment

Article summaries

Method and results sections App B 1

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

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, 10/17

Assign independent project design 

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

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

Submit final IRB draft by Friday, 10/12

Finalize project design

Paper due Wednesday, 10/17

Begin collecting data as soon as approved

Data collection/Data issues; meet as needed

Discuss project data

Discuss project data

Thanksgiving--No lab

Discuss project data; work on presentations App C


Research Methods Laboratory Syllabus
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