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Psy 280: Research Methods

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Attendance and Participation:  Attending and participating in class is the best way to learn the course material and to succeed in this course.  Class activities can facilitate learning by encouraging you to use, apply and integrate the concepts and methods that we discuss. Written notes from in-class assignments (which I will ask you to hand into me) represent one way that I reward regular attendance.  I also will consider attendance, punctuality, behavior (the degree to which responsibilities are carried out in a professional manner), and class participation when deciding whether to tip a borderline grade one way or another.

Classroom environment:  The class will be run as a combination lecture/discussion format, so student participation is crucial to the success of the course. Constructive and appropriate contributions to classroom discussion are welcome. Given the sensitive nature of some course topics, I request that you work to be respectful of other students’ perspectives and experiences during discussions. I will endeavor to do the same. Also, please refrain from engaging in behaviors that are disrespectful and distracting to me and your peers.  These behaviors include (but are not limited to): text messaging, using cell phones, reading newspapers, checking email, surfing the internet, sleeping, arriving late or leaving early.





Heather Smith, Ph.D.
Psychology Department
Stevenson 3089

Course assignments:
Research review paper
Three questions assignment
Project 1
Project 2
Project 3

Helpful information:
Guide to APA reference format
Sample APA style paper