Liberal Arts > Psychology

General Information


I. Catalog Course Description

Prerequisites: PSY101 or consent of instructor

Introduces how hypotheses are objectively tested in the social sciences, including research design, data collection, and interpretation of results.


II. Course Objectives and Linkage to General Education Program

The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to research in psychology with an emphasis on a critical examination of research design issues. The information in the parentheses after a course objective refers to the specific general education (GE) learning outcome that the objective meets. Objectives without this information are not linked to WNC’s general education program.

Upon successful completion of this course, learners will have demonstrated they can:

  • Demonstrate working knowledge of concepts, principles, and terminology of the major research designs used in psychology. (GE1)
  • Review published journal articles with an emphasis on the evaluation of research strategies used in social research. (GE 6)
  • Select and defend research strategies that can be used to solve significant or enduring problems. (GE 6)
  • Correctly use the American Psychological Association (APA) style in all writing for the course. (GE 2)

III. Topics

Topics include scientific approaches to research, measurement and ethical issues in psychological research, correlational research strategies, case and clinical studies, observational research, survey research, core and specialized experimental designs, and overview of qualitative approaches.


Scheduled PSY-240 classes:

Fall 2019

There are currently no PSY-240 classes scheduled for this term.