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PSYC 109 Syllabus

Psychology 109: Research Methods University of Vermont

Research Methods
PSYC 109 Summer 2014 T-W-Th; 9:00-12:45 pm Rowell 118 INSTRUCTOR Eileen Crehan, B.A. (p) 802 656-2126 (e) Office: 3214A UHC Instructors Office Hours: Eileen: Wednesdays 1:30-2:30 pm* or by appointment *Please be sure to e-mail or call me to reserve a time, as I may be meeting with other students. Eileens office: From the student health entrance of UHC, take the elevator up to the third floor. Turn right out of the elevator and then left past another set of elevators, through the wooden door. Eileens office is two doors down on the right. Psychology 109 will COURSE OBJECTIVES 1. Develop a working knowledge of research methodology in the field of psychology 2. Understand the implications of ethical and scientific research practices 3. Discuss how issues of diversity across gender, culture, race, socioeconomic status, and time relate to research methods 4. Apply the concepts learned in class to your own interests 5. Cultivate an appreciation for psychological science as a discipline and as a way to critically examine behaviors in your surroundings

Need to get in touch? 1) Check Blackboard to see if the information is posted there. Be sure to read announcements sent out to the class! You should familiarize yourself with the Blackboard page and check it for updates or copies of necessary materials.

PSYC 109 Syllabus

2) Emails will be responded to within 2-3 business days: if you send a question on a Friday, keep in mind that you may not hear back until Wednesday. Time your exam questions accordingly! COURSE READINGS Textbook: There is none! We will be relying on sources found on-line or provided in class/via Blackboard. The reading schedule can be found on the last page of this syllabus. PDFs or links to the material will be posted on Blackboard.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND GRADING a. Pre-class quizzes: these are designed as easy ways for you to pick up points and as a way to help me cater material to your needs b. Writing Assignments: These assignments are to provide practice reading and writing scientific work. Students will have flexibility in their choice of topics and opportunities for workshopping with other students will be provided before assignments need to be handed in. c. Knowledge checks: These will be evaluative tools to check your understanding of common definitions and recognition of concepts covered in class. d. Participation

**There is a chart for you to track your points on the final page of this syllabus** Letter grade and earned percentage equivalents
Or the corresponding percentage 93.5 and above 89.5-93.4 86.5-89.4 83.5-86.4 79.5-83.4 76.5-79.4 73.5-76.4 69.5-73.4

To earn a(n) A AB+ B BC+ C C-

PSYC 109 Syllabus


66.5-69.4 63.5-66.4 59.5-63.4 59.4 and below

ATTENDANCE POLICY Attendance is not mandatory for this class; however, I highly recommend that students come to all classes. I have designed this course such that the in-class discussions will provide depth to the topics covered. You do not need to notify anyone if you are not in class. Please contact a classmate for notes and, once you have reviewed those, feel free to visit office hours with any remaining questions. The benefit of taking a research methods course in a smaller setting is the feedback you will receive during class from me and from your peers- be sure to take advantage of this! Participation: I have engineered this class with the goal of connecting course material and the surrounding world. As part of this, I will be asking you to engage in conversations with the class both in and out of class. I am very interested in what you have to say and the experience you bring to this class! Your thoughtful engagement in this course will count toward your participation grade. Religious Holidays: Students have the right to practice the religion of their choice. Each semester students should submit in writing to their instructors by the end of the second full week of classes their documented religious holiday schedule for the semester. According to UVM guidelines, any student that needs to miss class for the purpose of religious observance will be permitted to make up any missed work. Student Athletes: I am happy to work with student athletes around their athletic schedule. Student athletes are advised to contact me regarding conflicts between your academic and athletic schedule within the first two weeks of class with any conflicts.

CODE OF CONDUCT This course will uphold the University of Vermonts Classroom Code of Conduct and Policy on Academic Honesty (Source: 2009-2010 University of Vermont Official Catalogue).

PSYC 109 Syllabus

University of Vermont Classroom Code of Conduct: Faculty and students will at all times conduct themselves in a manner that serves to maintain, promote, and enhance the high quality academic environment befitting the University of Vermont. To this end, it is expected that all members of the learning community will adhere to the following guidelines: 1. Faculty and students will attend all regularly scheduled classes, except for those occasions warranting an excused absence under the University Attendance Policy (e.g., religious, athletic, and medical). Students and faculty will arrive prepared for class and on time, and they will remain in class until the class is dismissed. Faculty and students will treat all members of the learning community with respect. Toward this end, they will promote academic discourse and the free exchange of ideas by listening with civil attention to comments made by all individuals. Students and faculty will maintain an appropriate academic climate by refraining from all actions that disrupt the learning environment (e.g., making noise, ostentatiously not paying attention, and leaving and reentering the classroom inappropriately). (Please turn your cell phones off and no text messaging during class).

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(Excerpts from the) University of Vermont Policy on Academic Honesty: Academic dishonesty or an offense against academic honesty includes acts that may subvert or compromise the integrity of the educational process. Such acts are serious offenses that insult the integrity of the entire academic community. Offenses against academic honesty are any acts that would have the effect of unfairly promoting or enhancing ones academic standing within the entire community of learners which includes, but is not limited to, the faculty and students of the University of Vermont. Academic dishonesty includes knowingly permitting or assisting any person in the committing an act of academic dishonesty. Examples of academic dishonesty include: Communicating in any manner with other students during an examination; copying or giving aid during an examination; bringing notes or aids to an examination; possessing or providing to another person an examination or portions of an examination prior to or subsequent to the administration of the examination without the authorization of the instructor; and substituting for, arranging for substitution by another student, or otherwise representing oneself as another person during an examination session or comparable circumstance. For a review of UVMs Code of Academic Integrity (including cheating and plagiarism) please visit the following links:

PSYC 109 Syllabus

Special Accommodations and ACCESS If you believe that there is anything that the instructor needs to know that might improve your learning environment in this class, please contact Eileen in phone, or in person, as soon as possible. UVM, through its ACESSS office, provides accommodation, consultation, collaboration and education support services to students with disabilities. To contact the ACCESS office, go to:; email them at; or call at 656-7753. If you need specific accommodations in this class, please bring a letter from ACCESS to the instructor within the first 3 weeks of class so that we can make appropriate arrangements. If you are certified by ACCESS to take exams in the Exam Proctoring Center (EPC), you must contact the Teaching Assistant for this course at least 1 week before each exam to say that you will be taking the exam in the EPC and to notify us of the scheduled time of your exam. This is how we will arrange for your exam. ACCESS students are expected to take all exams on the same dates and at approximately the same time as the regularly scheduled exams. At the very least, your scheduled exam slot in the EPC should overlap with the class time. LATE ASSIGNMENTS AND MISSED EXAMS Late Assignments: 1. All late assignments will have 10% of the points possible deducted for each day the assignment is late. Assignments turned in more than 3 days late will not be accepted. 2. Written assignments are due at the beginning of class. Any assignments turned in after class has started will be counted as late. Be sure to get to class on time! 3. Pre-quizzes must be completed by noon on the due date indicated. You will not be able to make up these assignments.

PSYC 109 Syllabus

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Introduction and overview Literature reviews Research design APA style Tools of the trade Ethics


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