COURSE INTRODUCTION AND APPLICATION INFORMATION


Course Name
Laboratory Techniques and Instrumentation in Psychology
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
PSY 208
Spring
2
2
3
6
Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Required
Course Level
First Cycle
Course Coordinator -
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives The goal of this course is to provide students with necessary theoretical and practical knowledge base for planning, implementation and presentation of research. The emphasize is placed on the acquisition of a first hand experience of scientific endeavor by the students. Training in data gathering techniques in different content areas of psychology with emphasis on construction and scoring of selected psychological instruments. Emphasize is put on development of new technical solutions for some of the longstanding psychological phenomena. Also, students learn to design and carryout experiments through demonstrations and 'handson' experience. Laboratory exercises include critically reading research reports from psychological journals, using computerized databases to locate primary source literature, analyzing data with com­puterized statistical software, and writing research reports in APA format.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • formulate effective and original research problems
  • translate a research problem into testable hypotheses
  • design a research to test research hypotheses
  • manipulate IV, under ethical and technical constraints of scientific research
  • collect data by using an appropriate technique
  • analyze data by employing appropriate statistical models
  • prepare a manuscript to report research findings
  • prepare a presentation to report research findings
  • use state of the art hardware and software to collect data through implicit and explicit data acquisition techniques.
Course Content The course has been designed being a successor of Research Methods class, and it deals with contemporary instrumental approaches to the experimental study of behavior. The experimental instrumentation includes computer aided research designing, implementing and data acquisition. Therefore, the students are introduced with state of the art systems such as electrophysiological, psychotechnical instruments. Also, one of the main goals of the class is to have students acquired neccessary computer programming skills to prepare and present stimuli, design an experimental set up, and collecting behavioral data.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
X
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Experimental Design, Basic Experiments Cozby, P. C. (2009). Methods in behavioral research. NY: McGraw Hill
2 Internal Validity, Confounding Influences, Independent Groups Design (Between Subjects Design), Repeated Measure Design (Within Subject Design), Matched Pairs Design Cozby, P. C. (2009). Methods in behavioral research. NY: McGraw Hill
3 SuperLab 4.0/ Conducting Experiments: Sampling, Manipulation, IV and DV, Control Cozby, P. C. (2009). Methods in behavioral research. NY: McGraw Hill, Co. Inc.Cedrus (2010). SuperLab Pro 4.0 Manual.
4 SuperLab 4.0/ Single Case Experimental Designs, Complex Experimental Designs Cozby, P. C. (2009). Methods in behavioral research. NY: McGraw Hill, Co. Inc.Cedrus (2010). SuperLab Pro 4.0 Manual.
5 Midterm I
6 Electrophysiology/ Quasi Experimental Designs, Program Evaluation Cozby, P. C. (2009). Methods in behavioral research. NY: McGraw Hill, Co. Inc.Biopac Systems & Acknowledge (2009). User Manual.
7 Electrophysiology/ SCR, Developmental Research Designs Cozby, P. C. (2009). Methods in behavioral research. NY: McGraw Hill, Co. Inc.Biopac Systems & Acknowledge (2009). User Manual.
8 Electrophysiology/ ERP, Understanding Research Results I: Description and Correlation Cozby, P. C. (2009). Methods in behavioral research. NY: McGraw Hill, Co. Inc.Biopac Systems & Acknowledge (2009). User Manual.
9 Understanding Research Results II: Statistical Inference Cozby, P. C. (2009). Methods in behavioral research. NY: McGraw Hill
10 Midterm II
11 Samples and Populations, Inferential Statistics,Null and Research Hypotheses, Probability and Sampling Distributions,Type I and Type II Errors Cozby, P. C. (2009). Methods in behavioral research. NY: McGraw Hill
12 Electrophysiology/ EMG, Significance level, Interpreting Nonsignificant results, Sample Size: Power Analysis Cozby, P. C. (2009). Methods in behavioral research. NY: McGraw Hill, Co. Inc.Biopac Systems & Acknowledge (2009). User Manual.
13 Selecting the Appropriate Significance Test. Cozby, P. C. (2009). Methods in behavioral research. NY: McGraw Hill, Co. Inc.Biopac Systems & Acknowledge (2009). User Manual.
14 Project Presentations
15 Project Presentations
16 Project Presentations
Course Textbooks Book chapters outlined above, recent articles holding current scientific enquiries in psychology, and .ppt presentations.
References All of the prestigious journal that publish psychological research. Bilimsel araştırma raporu eleştiri teknikleri.APA Publication Manual,BIOPAC Systems Manual,SuperLab Pro Experimentation Manual.

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Requirements Number Percentage
Participation
1
20
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
Project
1
50
Seminar / Workshop
Midterms / Oral Exams
1
30
Final / Oral Exam
Total

Contribution of Semester Work to Final Grade
2
70
Contribution of Final Work to Final Grade
1
30
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
2
32
Laboratory / Application Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
2
Study Hours Out of Class
16
3
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
9
Project
1
25
Seminar / Workshop
Midterms / Oral Exams
1
12
Final / Oral Exam
12
    Total
149

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Qualifications / Outcomes
* Level of Contribution
1
2
3
4
5
1 To be able to assess psychological concepts and perspectives, interpret and evaluate data using scientific methods X
2 To be able to develop a curiosity and interest towards the mind and its phenomena, to possess a sense of critical and scientific reflexion and ability to analyze new information. X
3 Ability to make use of theoretical and applied knowledge in local and global levels. X
4 To have a basic knowledge of other disciplines that can contribute to psychology and to be able to make use of this knowledge X
5 To possess and value societal, scientific and ethical principles in collecting, interpreting and publishing psychological data X
6 To have knowledge of how psychology is positioned as a scientific discipline from a historical perspective, and to know with what methods it views behavioural and mental processes X
7 To be able to distinguish between the emphases of fundamental theories and perspectives of psychology (behavioural, biological, cognitive, evolutionary, social, developmental, humanistic, psychodynamic and sociocultural) and compare and express their differences and similarities, contributions and limitations X
8 The competence to share psychological knowledge based and qualitative and quantitative data with experts and lay people, using effective communication skills X
9 To have the awareness of interpersonal and societal problems and phenomena and adopt this awareness in psychological problems and researches. X
10 Competence to make use of applied and theoretical psychological knowledge to make contributions to industrial development and provide solutions to problems X
11 To possess essential knowledge of techniques and instrumentation for psychological measurement and evaluation X

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest

 

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