COURSE INTRODUCTION AND APPLICATION INFORMATION


Course Name
Research Methods in Psychology II
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
PSY 216
Spring
3
0
3
5
Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Required
Course Level
First Cycle
Mode of Delivery face to face
Teaching Methods and Techniques of the Course
Course Coordinator -
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives The aim of this course is to enable students to gain first-hand skills in data collection methods used in different areas of psychology. For this purpose, it is planned for students to conduct a research that includes testing a hypothesis thorough experimental method, data collection and analysis, interpretation of the results and presenting them in APA style. Additionally, it is aimed to provide students with the ability to critically evaluate the research articles published in psychology journals in the course.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Will be able to distinguish experimental methods from descriptive methods.
  • Will be able to explain the key concepts of the experimental method and identify these concepts in experimental studies.
  • Will be able to identify different types of experimental research.
  • Will be able to design experiments using the SuperLab program and collect behavioral data through this program.
  • Will be able to formulate original and effective research problems, transform the research problems he/she developed into testable hypotheses, and create research designs to test the hypotheses he/she proposed.
  • Will be able to manipulate independent variables in accordance with the ethical and technical rules.
  • Will be able to follow a data collection process in accordance with the research model he/she designed and analyze it using appropriate statistical techniques.
  • Will be able to present research findings according to APA’s formatting rules.
Course Description The course which has been designed as a successor of Research Methods in Psychology I class includes experimental methods in which cause-effect relationships are investigated. Within the scope of computer-aided experimental design, preparing and presenting the stimulus, designing an experimental setup and introducing computer programs for collecting behavioral data constitute the content of the course In addition, students are introduced to the latest technological systems in order to obtain physiological measures such as The Remote Eye Tracking Device and BIOPAC systems.

 



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 Required Materials
1 Brief description of the course content- Experimental Methods: Independent Groups Designs Shaughnessy, J. J.,Zechmeister, E. B., & Zechmeister J. S. (2015). Research methods in psychology. (10th ed.). Boston: McGraw-Hill Higher Education. (Chapter 6; pp. 178-218)
2 Experimental Methods: Independent Groups Designs/ Introduction to SuperLab Environment Shaughnessy, J. J.,Zechmeister, E. B., & Zechmeister J. S. (2015). Research methods in psychology. (10th ed.). Boston: McGraw-Hill Higher Education. (Chapter 6; pp. 178-218)/ SuperLab Manual
3 Experimental Methods: Independent Groups Designs - Application 1: Independent Groups Designs/ SuperLab Application 1: Creating a Block, a Trial, an Event, Linking, Defining Responses, and Saving Shaughnessy, J. J.,Zechmeister, E. B., & Zechmeister J. S. (2015). Research methods in psychology. (10th ed.). Boston: McGraw-Hill Higher Education. (Chapter 6; pp. 178-218)/ SuperLab Manual (Chapter 2; pp. 3-8
4 Application 2: Reading a Research Article/ SuperLab Application 2: Adding Cue, Creating Stimulus Lists, Determining the Correct Responses and the Durations SuperLab Manual (Chapter 2; pp. 8-13)
5 Experimental Methods: Repeated Measures Designs/ SuperLab Application 3: Giving Feedbacks - Project: Determining the Project Groups Shaughnessy, J. J.,Zechmeister, E. B., & Zechmeister J. S. (2015). Research methods in psychology. (10th ed.). Boston: McGraw-Hill Higher Education. (Bölüm 7; ss. 219-242)/ SuperLab Manual (Chapter 3; pp. 17-19)
6 Experimental Methods: Repeated Measures Designs/ Project: Literature Review for the Research Topic Research Problem Shaughnessy, J. J.,Zechmeister, E. B., & Zechmeister J. S. (2015). Research methods in psychology. (10th ed.). Boston: McGraw-Hill Higher Education. (Chapter 7; pp. 219-242)
7 Experimental Methods: Repeated Measures Designs/ Application 3: Repeated Measures Designs/ Project: Reseach Problem Shaughnessy, J. J.,Zechmeister, E. B., & Zechmeister J. S. (2015). Research methods in psychology. (10th ed.). Boston: McGraw-Hill Higher Education. (Chapter 7; pp. 219-242)
8 SuperLab Application 4: Randomization in Superlab/ Midterm SuperLab Manual (Chapter 6; pp. 38-42)
9 Bayram Holiday
10 SuperLab Application 5: Data Collection in SuperLab, Interpreting the SuperLab output, analyzing the data and presenting the results/ Project: Research Design SuperLab Manual Chapter 2 SuperLab Tutorial (pp. 8-13). Shaughnessy, J. J.,Zechmeister, E. B., & Zechmeister J. S. (2015). Research methods in psychology. (10th ed.). Boston: McGraw-Hill Higher Education. (Bölüm 6; ss. 178-218)
11 Project: Creating Stimulus Lists in SuperLab and Writing the Experimental Program SuperLab Manual Chapter 3 SuperLab Tutorial (pp. 17-19). Shaughnessy, J. J.,Zechmeister, E. B., & Zechmeister J. S. (2015). Research methods in psychology. (10th ed.). Boston: McGraw-Hill Higher Education. (Chapter 6; pp. 178-218) OK
12 Project: Data Collection in SuperLab and Entering Data to SPSS SuperLab Manual. (Chapter 2; pp. 9-10)
13 Project: Data Analysis in SPSS, analyzing the data and reporting the findings SuperLab Manual (Chapter 7; pp. 50-53)
14 Project: Getting ready for the project presentations
15 Group presentations
16 Final exam
Course Notes/Textbooks

Shaughnessy, J. J., Zechmeister, E. B., & Zechmeister J. S. (2015). Research methods in psychology. (10th ed.). Boston: McGraw-Hill Higher Education. ISBN-13: 978-0077825362

Suggested Readings/Materials

American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC.

SuperLab Manual

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Activities Number Weigthing
Participation
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Portfolio
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
Project
1
25
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exam
Midterm
1
35
Final Exam
1
40
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
2
60
Weighting of End-of-Semester Activities on the Final Grade
1
40
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Semester Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
Study Hours Out of Class
14
2
28
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Portfolio
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
Project
1
24
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exam
Midterms
1
20
Final Exams
1
30
    Total
150

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Competencies/Outcomes
* Contribution Level
1
2
3
4
5
1

To have knowledge of basic concepts, theories, approaches (behavioral, biological, cognitive, evolutionary, social, developmental, statistical, humanistic, psychodynamic, and socio-cultural), and current applications specific to the field of psychology by using current course materials and instruments.

X
2
To have basic knowledge and skills about the applications in the different subfields of psychology.
3

To have basic knowledge about the testing and measurement instruments used in different subfields of psychology and basic level skill that does not require expertise in carrying out applications in different subfields of psychology.

4

To make use of other disciplines that may contribute to psychology and have basic knowledge about the contribution of psychology to these disciplines.

5

To have cumulative knowledge about the position of psychology as a scientific discipline in Turkey, the conducted research, applications and problems encountered from past to present in the field of psychology.

6

To have the competence to conduct a research individually and/or as a team using the knowledge acquired in the field of psychology, interpret the findings obtained by using scientific problem solving and critical thinking approaches.

X
7

To have the ability to construct a research hypothesis, create a research design, collect data, analyze it, report it in a scientific writing format, and interpret it by using basic knowledge related to testing and measurement, research methods, and statistics acquired in the field of psychology.

X
8

To have the competence to share the theoretical and applied knowledge acquired in the field of psychology with the experts and lay people by using the required information and communication technologies in scientific studies and events that benefit the society.

X
9
To have knowledge of the relevant professional and ethical values ​​in the domains of psychology and respect individual differences and human rights in research and practices related to psychology.
X
10

To constantly renew herself/himself professionally by following both national and international publications in the field of psychology, the developments in testing and measurement instruments and software programs used in the discipline.

11
To establish written and verbal communication with experts and lay people by using both Turkish and English.
12

To be able to speak a second foreign at a medium level of fluency efficiently.

13

To be able to relate the knowledge accumulated throughout the human history to their field of expertise.

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