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University of Texas at Dallas --- Course Syllabus

Course Information

PSY3392 --- RESEARCH DESIGN and ANALYSIS --- FALL 2009 --- SECTION 001
Tuesday & Thursday 1:00pm – 2:15pm in Classroom GR 4.301

Professor Contact Information

Dr. Betty Edelman (972)883-4291, bedelman@utdallas.edu


GR 4.202C – Office hours – by appointment
TA: Anjali Krishnan, krishnan@utdallas.edu
Office hours – Tuesday 2:30pm – 3:30pm and Thursday 11:30am to 12:30pm – GR 4.207
Undergraduate Assistant: Spenser Kerr, sjk065000@utdallas.edu

Course Pre-requisites, Co-requisites, and/or Other Restrictions

Prerequisite:
• PSY 2317 – Statistics for Psychology or
• PSY 3390 – Strategies of Research or
• STAT 1342
Research Exposure Credits Requirement: Because this is a major core course in behavioral
sciences you must complete 2 research exposure credits by the first day of the final exam period.
Follow the instructions on the Research Exposure Credits Requirement form. If you do not
complete this requirement on time you will receive an incomplete (X) for the course.

Course Description
This course is designed to develop the student’s ability to apply basic statistical methods to the
design and analysis of experiments. Subject areas include: descriptive statistics (e.g., mean,
variance, standard deviation), simple probability, distributions (e.g., normal, F), simple
correlation and regression, concepts of multiple regression, and inferential statistics (e.g.,
hypothesis testing, criterion, sources of error, analysis of variance between subjects and repeated
measures, factorial designs, planned comparisons, and intensity of an effect.) The relationship
between regression and analysis of variance is emphasized.

Student Learning Objectives/Outcomes


Contributing to the psychology program goals

After completing the course, students should be able to:


2.1 a) Identify the various research designs that address different types of questions and
hypotheses.
2.1 b) Articulate strengths and limitations of various research designs.
2.1 c) Distinguish the nature of designs that can determine cause and effect from those that can
not.

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2.2 a) Compute or interpret basic descriptive statistics (mean, median, mode, variance, standard
deviation, z scores) and inferential statistical tests ( ANOVA 1 factor between subjects, 1 factor
repeated measures, 2 factor between subjects, 2 factor repeated measures, partially repeated
measures, contrasts, correlation, regression).
2.2 b) Distinguish between statistical significance and practical significance.
2.2 c) Compute measures of intensity of effect.

Some Additional Objectives that provide a foundation for achieving the objectives stated above
and continued growth in statistics.
After completing the course, students should be able to:
1. Interpret, define, and correctly use the probability, experimental design, and statistical
notation and terms as presented in the textbook.
2. Define possible probability values, manually compute simple and conditional
probabilities, apply the product and addition rules, do a test for independence, and
compute a probability using Bayes theorem.
3. Manually compute the expected value and standard deviation of a binomial distribution
and a normal approximation for the probability of a specified result.
4. Identify the independent and dependent variables in an experimental description.
5. Distinguish among the kinds of experimental validity.
6. Demonstrate understanding of Type I and II errors, their relationship to each other and to
power, and identify other influences on experimental power.
7. Define the partition of the total sum of squares and degrees of freedom for the ANOVA
tests presented.
8. Describe the relationship between ANOVA and regression.
9. Write experimental results in APA format.
10. Estimate the number of subjects required for a specified effect size.
11. Determine the contrast coefficients needed to test a hypothesis, test the orthogonality of
several contrasts, and define the effect of multiple comparisons on Type I error.
12. Construct a Latin Square to address carry over effects in a repeated measures design.

Required Textbooks and Materials


Required textbooks
• Experimental Design and Research Methods for Undergraduate Students, Version 2,
Abdi, Edelman, Dowling, Valentin, Posamentier
• PSY 3392 – Research Design and Analysis Student Workbook, Version 5, Edelman,
Valentin, Choi, Drege, Abdi, Dowling
A simple pocket calculator.

Suggested Course Materials


I will use WebCT, but I will not use the WebCT email facility.
Please use my regular school email address (see top of syllabus)
I will post review problems and review problem answers on WebCT prior to tests.

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Assignments & Academic Calendar

Date Lecture Homework Reading


08/20/09 Introduction Text Chapter 1
Basic Skills Assessment

08/25/09 Descriptive Statistics Text Chapter 1

08/27/09 Introduction to Probability HW due – Chap 1 Text Chapter 2

09/01/09 Elementary Probability Text Chapter 2


Bayes Theorem

09/03/09 Probability Distributions HW due – Chap 2 Text Chapter 3

09/08/09 Correlation HW due – Chap 3 Text Chapter 5

09/10/09 Statistical Test HW due – Chap 5 Text Chapter 6

09/15/09 **TEST 1 (Chap 1, 2 & 3)** ------------------------ ------------------------

09/17/09 Regression HW due – Chap 6 Text Chapter 7

09/22/09 Regression continued We will do Chap 7 Text Chapter 7


HW in class

09/24/09 Experimental Design Text Chapter 4

09/29/09 **TEST 2 (Chap 5, 6, & 7)** ------------------------ ------------------------

10/01/09 One factor ANOVA S (A) HW due – Chap 4 Text Chapter 8

10/06/09 One factor ANOVA S (A) Text Chapter 9

10/08/09 One factor ANOVA S (A) Text Chapter 9

10/13/09 ANOVA Regression View HW due – Chap 8/9 Text Chapter 10

10/15/09 Planned Comparisons HW due – Chap 10 Text Chapter 11

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Date Lecture Homework Reading
10/20/09 **TEST 3 (Chap 4, 8 & 9)** ------------------------ ------------------------

10/22/09 Contrast Computation Text Chapter 11

10/27/09 Experimental Design HW due – Chap 11 Text Chapter 12

10/29/09 Two factor ANOVA S (A × B) No homework for Workbook Chap 13a


Chapter 12 Summary & Exercise

11/03/09 **TEST 4 (Chap 10, 11, 12)** ------------------------ ------------------------

11/05/09 Two factor ANOVA S (A × B) Text Chapter 13

11/10/09 Repeated Measures S × A HW due – Chap 13 Text Chapter 14


Part b only
11/12/09 Repeated Measures S × A Text Chapter 14

11/17/09 Repeated Measures S × A × B HW due – Chap 14 Text Chapter 15

11/19/09 Partially Repeated Measures HW due – Chap 15 Text Chapter 16


S (A) × B

11/24/09 Review HW – Chap 16


Bring to class for
self checking

11/26/09 THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY ------------------------ ------------------------

12/01/09 Review

12/03/09 **TEST 5 (Chap 13, 14, 15,


16)**

Grading Policy

The course grade is based on the following three items

• 5 tests (70%) - All tests are open book and open notes
• Homework assignments (20%) – must be turned in on time
• Attendance (10%) – based on percentage of classes attended

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Grade Assignment Policy:
Grades will be assigned based on your numeric average computed from the three parts listed
above.
• 93 – 100 = A
• 90 – 92 = A-
• 88 – 89 = B+
• 83 – 87 = B
• 80 – 82 = B-
• 78 – 79 = C+
• 73 – 77 = C
• 70 – 72 = C-
• 68 – 69 = D+
• 63 – 67 = D
• 60 – 62 = D-
• Below 60 = F

Course & Instructor Policies


Attendance
Attendance will be taken each class period. The attendance grade is computed as the percent of
classes attended. There are 30 classes. If you attend 28 classes (93% attendance) your attendance
grade is 93. Absences due to illness, religious observations, UTD sports participation, or serious
emergencies are excused. You must supply a written note (or email) and documentation.

Make-up Exams
If tests are missed, no make-ups will be provided unless you supply a medical certificate or other
documentation for a necessary absence. If you know ahead that you must be absent, supply a
note in advance and, if justified, necessary arrangements will be made. If a test is missed, and the
absence is not excused, the grade given will be 0.

Homework
All homework assignments must be turned in on the day they are due. Homework assignments
not turned in will result in a grade of 0. The homework assignments are all in the Student
Workbook. Place your answers on the forms provided. Remove the pages and staple together to
turn in. Be sure to put your name on the homework. Homework will be graded and returned to
you before the test on the material.

I do not provide extra credit work.

Cell Phones and Laptop Computers (and any other devices, except a simple calculator) must be
turned off and put away at all times in the classroom.

It is school policy that children are not allowed to attend class or wait for you outside the
classroom.

Field Trip Policies - Off-campus Instruction and Course Activities


There is no travel or risk-related activity associated with this course.

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Student Conduct & Discipline resolved by the School Dean’s decision, the student may make a written appeal to the
The University of Texas System and The University of Texas at Dallas have rules and Dean of Graduate or Undergraduate Education, and the deal will appoint and convene
regulations for the orderly and efficient conduct of their business. It is the an Academic Appeals Panel. The decision of the Academic Appeals Panel is final.
responsibility of each student and each student organization to be knowledgeable The results of the academic appeals process will be distributed to all involved parties.
about the rules and regulations which govern student conduct and activities. General
information on student conduct and discipline is contained in the UTD publication, A to Copies of these rules and regulations are available to students in the Office of the
Z Guide, which is provided to all registered students each academic year. Dean of Students, where staff members are available to assist students in interpreting
the rules and regulations.
The University of Texas at Dallas administers student discipline within the procedures
of recognized and established due process. Procedures are defined and described in Incomplete Grade Policy
the Rules and Regulations, Board of Regents, The University of Texas System, Part 1, As per university policy, incomplete grades will be granted only for work unavoidably
Chapter VI, Section 3, and in Title V, Rules on Student Services and Activities of the missed at the semester’s end and only if 70% of the course work has been completed.
university’s Handbook of Operating Procedures. Copies of these rules and regulations An incomplete grade must be resolved within eight (8) weeks from the first day of the
are available to students in the Office of the Dean of Students, where staff members subsequent long semester. If the required work to complete the course and to remove
are available to assist students in interpreting the rules and regulations (SU 1.602, the incomplete grade is not submitted by the specified deadline, the incomplete grade
972/883-6391). is changed automatically to a grade of F.

A student at the university neither loses the rights nor escapes the responsibilities of Disability Services
citizenship. He or she is expected to obey federal, state, and local laws as well as the The goal of Disability Services is to provide students with disabilities educational
Regents’ Rules, university regulations, and administrative rules. Students are subject opportunities equal to those of their non-disabled peers. Disability Services is located
to discipline for violating the standards of conduct whether such conduct takes place in room 1.610 in the Student Union. Office hours are Monday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m.
on or off campus, or whether civil or criminal penalties are also imposed for such to 6:30 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; and Friday, 8:30 a.m.
conduct. to 5:30 p.m.

Academic Integrity The contact information for the Office of Disability Services is:
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Scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, statements, acts or omissions Essentially, the law requires that colleges and universities make those reasonable
related to applications for enrollment or the award of a degree, and/or the submission adjustments necessary to eliminate discrimination on the basis of disability. For
as one’s own work or material that is not one’s own. As a general rule, scholastic example, it may be necessary to remove classroom prohibitions against tape recorders
dishonesty involves one of the following acts: cheating, plagiarism, collusion and/or or animals (in the case of dog guides) for students who are blind. Occasionally an
falsifying academic records. Students suspected of academic dishonesty are subject assignment requirement may be substituted (for example, a research paper versus an
to disciplinary proceedings. oral presentation for a student who is hearing impaired). Classes enrolled students
with mobility impairments may have to be rescheduled in accessible facilities. The
Plagiarism, especially from the web, from portions of papers for other classes, and college or university may need to provide special services such as registration, note-
from any other source is unacceptable and will be dealt with under the university’s taking, or mobility assistance.
policy on plagiarism (see general catalog for details). This course will use the
resources of turnitin.com, which searches the web for possible plagiarism and is over It is the student’s responsibility to notify his or her professors of the need for such an
90% effective. accommodation. Disability Services provides students with letters to present to faculty
members to verify that the student has a disability and needs accommodations.
Email Use Individuals requiring special accommodation should contact the professor after class
The University of Texas at Dallas recognizes the value and efficiency of or during office hours.
communication between faculty/staff and students through electronic mail. At the same
time, email raises some issues concerning security and the identity of each individual Religious Holy Days
in an email exchange. The university encourages all official student email The University of Texas at Dallas will excuse a student from class or other required
correspondence be sent only to a student’s U.T. Dallas email address and that faculty activities for the travel to and observance of a religious holy day for a religion whose
and staff consider email from students official only if it originates from a UTD student places of worship are exempt from property tax under Section 11.20, Tax Code, Texas
account. This allows the university to maintain a high degree of confidence in the Code Annotated.
identity of all individual corresponding and the security of the transmitted information.
UTD furnishes each student with a free email account that is to be used in all The student is encouraged to notify the instructor or activity sponsor as soon as
communication with university personnel. The Department of Information Resources at possible regarding the absence, preferably in advance of the assignment. The
U.T. Dallas provides a method for students to have their U.T. Dallas mail forwarded to student, so excused, will be allowed to take the exam or complete the assignment
other accounts. within a reasonable time after the absence: a period equal to the length of the
absence, up to a maximum of one week. A student who notifies the instructor and
Withdrawal from Class completes any missed exam or assignment may not be penalized for the absence. A
The administration of this institution has set deadlines for withdrawal of any college- student who fails to complete the exam or assignment within the prescribed period
level courses. These dates and times are published in that semester's course catalog. may receive a failing grade for that exam or assignment.
Administration procedures must be followed. It is the student's responsibility to handle
withdrawal requirements from any class. In other words, I cannot drop or withdraw any
If a student or an instructor disagrees about the nature of the absence [i.e., for the
student. You must do the proper paperwork to ensure that you will not receive a final
purpose of observing a religious holy day] or if there is similar disagreement about
grade of "F" in a course if you choose not to attend the class once you are enrolled.
whether the student has been given a reasonable time to complete any missed
assignments or examinations, either the student or the instructor may request a ruling
Student Grievance Procedures
from the chief executive officer of the institution, or his or her designee. The chief
Procedures for student grievances are found in Title V, Rules on Student Services and
executive officer or designee must take into account the legislative intent of TEC
Activities, of the university’s Handbook of Operating Procedures.
51.911(b), and the student and instructor will abide by the decision of the chief
executive officer or designee.
In attempting to resolve any student grievance regarding grades, evaluations, or other
fulfillments of academic responsibility, it is the obligation of the student first to make a
serious effort to resolve the matter with the instructor, supervisor, administrator, or These descriptions and timelines are subject to change at the discretion of the
committee with whom the grievance originates (hereafter called “the respondent”). Professor.
Individual faculty members retain primary responsibility for assigning grades and
evaluations. If the matter cannot be resolved at that level, the grievance must be
submitted in writing to the respondent with a copy of the respondent’s School Dean. If
the matter is not resolved by the written response provided by the respondent, the
student may submit a written appeal to the School Dean. If the grievance is not
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