Research Methods and Statistics

Purpose

This course reviewed basic research methods and statistics learned in undergraduate study, with a focus on qualitative research designs (case studies) and quantitative research designs (true experiments and t-tests and ANOVA). The course assumed that students had some basic knowledge on research methods and statistics, but may not have had experience in practicing these techniques in an experiment. Therefore, as a class, we conducted a class project that followed a research circle, from generating a research question,to conducting a literature review, to forming testable hypotheses, designing experiments, collecting data, to analyzing and interpreting the data. In addition to the class project, students were also expected to design a study to test questions that were of interest to them. Toward the end of the semester, they were required to write a research proposal using the techniques they had learned throughout the semester.

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Purpose

This course was designed to provide an overview of social psychology and to discuss applications of the material to everyday life. Research related to cognition, attitudes, persuasion, conformity, dissent, and the power of group situations were discussed. We focused on interpersonal processes with special attention to both pro-social and anti-social behaviors.