Note that there are a number
of pieces that compose your final grade. You receive 1.25 credits for
this class: the extra credit reflects the fact that this course requires
more time, both in-class and out of class, than 1 credit courses--you
need to plan accordingly. The points in the course reflect all aspects
of the research process, including the fact that successful research culminates
in a clear, well-written research paper. Thus, much of your grade will
be determined by the final grade on your paper; the paper itself should
reflect how much you have learned through the semester about the many
different aspects of research. The remainder of the points for the course
are distributed across a variety of tasks: as in research itself, conscientiousness
and pacing in this course will pay off. In contrast, neglecting assignments
as we go along will whittle away at your point total in ways that will
show up at the end of the semester (2 points here, 3 points there--it
adds up!). Mistakes that are attended to carefully along the way, dont
have particularly dire consequences, however. Drafts of the 4 major sections
of your paper are required. If you do not hand in these drafts, you will
not receive any points, and I can guarantee that your final paper will
also suffer from lack of feedback (writing a good research paper is not
a particularly intuitive process--you need input!). One point will be
subtracted for each day the drafts are late, but more importantly, handing
in drafts late will decrease the amount of time, and consequently the
amount of feedback, that I will be able to provide.
ATTENDANCE in class is vital!
Much of your work will be done in class, and much of what we cover is
not discussed in the textbook. Moreover, our research is done in groups.
Missing class means that your group has to work without you, in ways that
will be difficult to make up. If you do not think that you will be
able to attend, ON TIME, the vast majority of classes this semester, you
should arrange to take this course at some other time, or to take some
GOALS: We have several
goals we hope to accomplish during this course, all of which will require
your active participation. These goals include: becoming more sophisticated
consumers of psychological research (and research in general); learning
the conventions of personality research and psychological writing according
to APA format; becoming familiar with key methodological and theoretical
research concepts; developing an area of substantive knowledge within
personality; developing experience and expertise in problem definition,
critical thinking, tolerance of ambiguity, and teamwork.
Tue 9/5 INTRODUCTION & LOGISTICS
ASSIGNMENT: Find article for presentation and discussion next class (see handout).
Thur 9/7 Class presentations on articles & Discussion of operationalization, Ethics & preparation of ethics proposals, and other concepts. MEET IN SCI 268 until 3
Tue 9/12 Continuation of class presentations; stats intro in 450 at 3. MEET IN SCI 268 until 3.
Thur 9/14 Reliability & Validity introduction; Kinds of measures used in personality research; Discussion of different constructs and scales for inclusion in 101 testing; Form groups to brainstorm, in preparation for literature searches & hypothesis generation. We'll meet in SCI 450 for the rest of the term, unless otherwise noted below or in class.
T 9/19 Reliability & validity, cont. SPSS work; Measurement issues
TH 9/21 Class discussion of lit. searches, brainstorming & hypothesis generation; finalizing groups and project outlines.
T 9/26 Begin compiling measures to be used & working on ethics proposals. Debbie Swenson's presentation on using the Research Pool.
TH 9/28 SPSS & Statistics; Strengths & weaknesses of correlational & experimental research
Continue compiling measures.
T 10/3 Discussion of convergent methods in personality; finalize study plans; Work on ethics proposals.
TH 10/5 Last minute details/rehearsal/etc; Final prep. for scheduling & running 101 pool participants.
ETHICS PROPOSAL DUE
T 10/10 FALL BREAK--NO CLASS
TH 10/12 Continue data collection; in class computer work.
T 10/17 Disc. of data entry; file set-ups for individual projects
ARTICLE CRITIQUE DUE
TH 10/19 DATA DATA DATA
T 10/24 Analytic strategies for our data; continue data entry
TH 10/26 DATA ENTRY
T 10/31 Continue working on analysis plan; continue data entry
TH 11/2 Group work in consultation w/JKN
T 11/7 Group work in consultation w/JKN
TH 11/9 Group work in consultation w/JKN
PAPER PROPOSAL/ANALYSIS PLAN DUE
T 11/14 Group work in consultation w/JKN
TH 11/16 Group work in consultation w/JKN;work on intro & methods draft
T 11/21 Ditto;
INTRO & METHODS DRAFTs DUE!
TH 11/23 THANKSGIVING VACATION - NO CLASS
T 11/28 GROUP PROJECT WORK/Individual meetings
TH 11/30 GROUP PROJECT WORK/Individual meetings
T 12/5 GROUP PROJECT WORK/Individual meetings
TH 12/7 LAST CLASS: Class presentations
RESULTS & DISCUSSION DRAFTs DUE!
**FINAL PAPERS DUE AT 4:30 p.m. on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19th.**
THIS IS A COLLEGE DEADLINE, AND IS NOT IN THE LEAST BIT FLEXIBLE
Papers should either be handed to me personally, or handed in to Pat Paul in SCI 466.
DO NOT LEAVE PAPERS or ASSIGNMENTS IN MY MAILBOX.
Plagiarism is a violation of the College honor code, (as well as a serious ethical violation generally) and will be dealt with via the College Judiciary. No credit will be given for plagiarized work, and credit for the course will be in jeopardy if plagiarism is confirmed. Plagiarism is the use of another authors words and/or ideas, without clear attribution to that author. If you have any doubt about what constitutes plagiarism (and many students do!), please talk to me.
Created: July 10, 2001
Last Modified: July 26, 2001
Created by: Leslie Chang and Natalie Ng
Maintained by: Julie K. Norem