Course Descriptions

PSY 220 - Research Methods in Social Sciences

3 Credits

Through a combination of lecture and hands-on research projects, this course examines the philosophy and methodology of science and how they are applied to social questions. Students plan and conduct research projects and write papers describing their research following APA style. Topics to be explored include experimental and non-experimental research methods, the development of testable hypotheses, the use of electronic databases to explore and review the scientific literature, and ethical issues.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 and PSY 108, both with a minimum grade of C; and MTH 162 or MTH 161.

SUNY General Education: SUNY-SS - Social Sciences (SSCS)

MCC General Education: MCC-CT - Critical Thinking (MCT), MCC-SCI - Scientific Reasoning (MSCI), MCC-SSD - Social Science and Diversity (MSSD), MCC-VE - Values and Ethics (MVE)

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Define the basic concepts of research methodology in the social sciences and apply them to specific examples.
2. Identify which research methods are appropriate to use in different situations.
3. Evaluate ethical issues as they relate to psychological research.
4. Design original psychological research using appropriate methodology.
5. Conduct original psychological research using appropriate methodology.
6. Write an original research report following APA style.

Course Offered Fall, Spring

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Intersession 2020
Spring Semester 2020