Description: Official UIU LogoCourse:  PSY 373 3A 05
Jan 8, 2018 – Feb 28, 2018



Stephen Weiss, Ph.D.

Office: LA 214

Office Phone #: 563-425-5916

Office Hours


MTRF 12:45-2:15 AM; & by appointment


Class Room: LA 206

Class Schedule:

MTRF 2:15-3:30 AM



This page last updated: 02/13/18 – 1:00 PM

PowerPoint Presentations                                                   

Chapters: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14


Course Description

n  This course explores the development of skills essential to critical evaluation of behavioral research.  The emphasis is on understanding scientific method, research, methodologies and statistical analysis.


Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this course the student will be able to:

n  Critically evaluate existing psychological research.

n  Conduct a review of psychological literature.

n  Consider ethical issues of research.

n  Anticipate potential research pitfalls.

n  Distinguish testable hypotheses, reliable and valid measurement procedures.

n  Design an experiment.

n  Write a research proposal


Prerequisites: PSY 190; MATH 220


Credits: 3


Required Text

n  Gravetter, F. J. & Forzano, L. B.  (2016). Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences (5th ed.). Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning.



Responsibilities & Policies: Students are expected to be familiar with UIU policies and procedures. Many of the important policies and procedures are on the UIU website, located at


Statement on Academic Integrity:

Cheating, Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism

Because cheating, academic dishonesty and plagiarism constitute a denial of the University’s and the offender’s own integrity, they will not be tolerated.

Cheating includes, but is not limited to: 

Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to: 

 Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to: 

Detected cheating or plagiarism will result in consequences that may, at the professor’s discretion, include course failure. In addition, an offender can be reported to the Faculty/Student Conduct Board for possible further disciplinary action. Refer to the Student Handbook at

Withdrawal Policy 

n  The last day to drop this course is Feb 9th. You will need to contact the registrar and get written documentation of your official withdrawal. Additionally, according to UIU policy, a student will be administratively withdrawn from this class if they miss five consecutive class periods before this date. 



Grading Criteria



4 Tests (each test is worth 100 points)



Research Paper 1



Research Paper 2






Study Group Assignments







Note: Above grading criteria is not subject to change. No individual extra credit assignments will be offered.



Grading System:





























Note: While class attendance will not be calculated into the above grades, excessive absences will negatively affect your grade. Specifically, more than eight absences will result in a decrease of a full letter grade (for example from D to F).


Class Participation

n  Class participation is expected. There will be in-class group work that all students will be required to participate in. Missing classes will likely affect all aspects of your grade.



n  All tests will be part multiple choice, true/false and short answer format. Students who miss an exam because of a last minute emergency should contact the instructor immediately (within 24 hours) to make special arrangements. Students who fail to contact the instructor within 24 hours of the exam time will not be allowed to take a make-up exam. Special circumstances may result in some exceptions to this policy (athletic or other university events).


Research Papers

n  Each group will be required to write an approximately 12 page paper (minimum and maximum) during this semester. The body of the paper: approximately nine pages (title page, abstract, and references will make up the rest).

n  Due dates:

o   Jan 12: Topic

o   Jan 16: Journal Article

o   Jan 25: Institutional Review Board (IRB) Submission

o   Feb. 8: Paper 1

o   Feb 23: Paper 2


Paper Guidelines


APA Guidelines


Human Subjects Application (IRB)


Sample Consent Form



n  Presentations will be given on Feb 20th. 


Presentation Guidelines


Study Group Assignments

n  Five of these assignments will be required to be completed by each student. These will be related to statistics portion of this course and the use of statistical software (specialized computer programs for statistical analysis); IRB proposal, etc.

n  These are group assignments. To assist me in determining this grade, study group members will be required to fill out a study group evaluation form at the end of the semester.


Use of Electronic Devices

n  Use of cell phones and similar devices are not allowed during class; exceptions may be made upon request.

n  Texting is PROHIBITED!

n  I will post all PowerPoint presentations as well as other materials on my website. Computers in this room can be used to follow along or type in notes related to this website only. Going to other websites during class is NOT allowed.


Email Communication:

n  Students and faculty are required to use their official UIU issued email account – or or

n  I check my emails several times each day, including weekends. This is by far the best mode of correspondence. Expect a reply back from me within hours, if not minutes.


Academic Accommodations

n  It is the policy of Upper Iowa University to ensure equal access to educational and co-curricular activities to students with disabilities as mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. A student seeking accommodations should contact the Director of Disability Services (DDS) as early in the term as possible. In order to receive accommodations, students must disclose their disability to the DDS by completing a Voluntary Disclosure Form, as well as providing appropriate documentation. The Voluntary Disclosure Form is available in the DDS’ office or online at Students will be given a Request for Accommodations Contract during their initial appointment with the CDS. This appointment will be in person for Fayette campus students and over the phone for Center, Online, and Self-Paced students. It is the student’s responsibility to provide the instructors with a copy of the Request for Accommodations Contract. (For Center or online students, these contracts are emailed out to instructors by the DDS for the student). Additionally, students should work cooperatively with their instructors throughout the term to make sure that appropriate accommodations are being made. You can contact the DDS, Kellie A. Blanchard at (563) 425-5949,, or stop by her office in the Student Center, Office of Student Development, Room 229.


Class Cancellation:

n  The UIU website should be utilized to confirm class cancellations. If the professor needs to cancel class for any reason, students will be notified via email.


Submitting Work

n  All written assignments must be submitted as directed in Microsoft Word format, either as a .doc or .docx file.   

n  Hard-copy submission of paper is required in class on day paper is due. However, on certain occasions I will allow for an electronic submission. Two rules must be followed concerning electronic submissions: (1) file submitted is from a Word document; (2) your submission is not official unless I have sent a confirmation return email of its receipt.

n  If a hard-copy of your paper is left in my mailbox or office (and thus has not been handed to me in person) you must also send me an email informing me of this and your submission is not official unless I have sent a confirmation return email of its receipt.


Other Resources: 

n  Tutoring Services: 563-425-5853

n  Counseling Services at UIU: 563-425-5786

n  Advising & Career Resources: 563-425-5229

n  Writing Center: 563-425-5854



Schedule of Classes


Tentative Topics

Chapters/Other Readings

Jan 8

Syllabus; Introduction to the Course; Scientific Method

Chapter 1

Jan 9, 11

Research Ideas

Chapter 2

Jan 12, 15

Defining & Measuring Variables

Chapter 3


Reminder: Copy of journal article of study to be partially replicated due by Jan 16th


Jan 16, 18

Ethics in Research

Chapter 4

Jan 19

TEST 1: Chapters 1-4


Jan 22, 23

Selecting Research Participants

Chapter 5


IRB Submission no later than Jan 25th


Jan 25, 26, 29

Research Strategies & Validity

Chapter 6

Jan 30, Feb 2

The Experimental Research Strategy

Chapter 7

Feb 5

TEST 2: Chapters 5-7


Feb 6, 8, 9

Experimental Designs: Between Subjects Design

Hypothesis Testing

Chapter 8

Chapter 15


Reminder: Paper 1 is due Feb 8th


Feb 12, 13

Experimental Designs: Within Subjects 

Chapter 9

Feb 15, 16

Nonexperimental & Quasi-Experimental Strategies

Chapter 10

Feb 19

TEST 3: Chapters 8-10, 15


Feb 20

Factorial Designs

Chapter 11


Reminder: Paper 2 is due Feb 23rd


Feb 22, 23

Correlational Research

Chapter 12

Feb 26



Feb 27

Single-Subject Research Designs

Chapter 14

Feb 28

1:00-2:50 PM


TEST 4: Chapters 11-12, 14