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PSY 312 Non-Experimental Research Methods

Prerequisites: PSY 101 or its equivalent and PSY 211 (“C-” minimum grade) or permission of instructor. (First semester/4 credits/6 class and laboratory hours) 

This integrated lecture and laboratory course exposes students to the significance and utility of proper research methodology. It focuses on the nonexperimental research designs, specifically on correlational, quasi-experimental, and single-case designs as well as on qualitative research (i.e., naturalistic observations, case studies, and archival research). Students create and implement their own survey as well as code, analyze, and interpret the data collected from it. Tutorials on the PsycINFO database as well as APA style lead to reviews of existing research literature and selection of a topic for an experiment to be conducted in PSY 315.