PSYC-256   Fundamentals of Research & Practice

This course will provide hands-on, participatory research activities that build on the basic theories and applications of Psychology 255. Students will be conducting projects that allow the learning of fundamental practice skills in community or social science research, but also provide additional practice and theory building in statistics and basic research methods. Specific concepts will include basic perspectives in social science research, the fundamentals of measurement in social sciences, sampling techniques, survey design, application of statistical methods to real world situations, use of SPSS, ethical issues in research, and the critical evaluation of research methods and results. Prerequisites: An introductory course in one of the social sciences (e.g., Psychology 151) and Psychology 255.