Research Methodology for Behavioral Sciences - PSY 211 at Northern Virginia Community College

Effective: 2021-08-01

Course Description

Introduces the principles and processes of various research methods for applying the scientific method to understanding behavior. Includes preparation for and fundamental experience with designing, conducting, interpreting, and evaluating behavioral science research studies. Prepares students for creating APA-style research manuscripts to summarize research.
Lecture 3 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
4 credits

The course outline below was developed as part of a statewide standardization process.

General Course Purpose

Research Methodology for Behavioral Sciences focuses on elements of research design critical for producing and evaluating research. This course will focus on how to design rigorous, ethical research studies. It addresses the importance of scientific methodology and covers various research designs and their use for investigating behavioral science research questions. It requires students to explain and discuss various facets of reliability and validity for both existing research studies and prospective research studies. This writing-intensive class also requires students to become active participants in the research process, producing an APA-style research manuscript for a prospective or pilot research study. Upon successfully completing this course, students should have the skills necessary for rigorous analysis of research as well as the fundamental skills necessary for conducting research.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

Prerequisites: PSY 200 AND PSY 210 (currently PSY 213) or departmental approval.

Course Objectives

Major Topics to be Included

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