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Paper 1.3: Research Designs &Methods

Unit

Contents

Teaching Hrs.

Domain

I Introduction to Psychological Research

Nature, purpose and scope of psychological research

Pure vs applied research; experimental vs correlational research

Epidemiological research,

Hypothesis, variables, sampling,

Experimental bias and its control

Ethnographicresearch

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II Quantitative research methods

Basic single factor designs: between- and within-group designs

Advanced multifactor experimental designs: factorial designs

Correlational design

Quasi-experimental design; repeated measure design, survey research

Longitudinal design

Main effects and interaction effects

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III Issues in psychological research

APA Code of ethics, guidelines for use of humans, informed consent

Communicating research results: writing research proposals and reports,

Reading, reviewing and replicating research

Using internet and computer softwares for research

Presentations and posters

Emerging issues in psychological research

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Syllabus Books:

  1. McGuigan, Experimental Psychology
  2. Kerlinger, Research Methods
  3. Gravelter, F.J. and Forzano, L.B. (2006). Research Methods in Behavioral Sciences. Singapore: Thomson-Wadsworth

 

Reference Books:

  1. M. YaremkoHerbert HarariRobert C. HarrisonElizabeth Lynn, (1986). Handbook of Research and Quantitative Methods in Psychology: For Students and Professionals. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  2. Banister, E. Burman, I. Parker, M. Taylor, C. Tindall. (1994).Qualitative Methods in Psychology: A Research Guide.Open University Press.
  3. Todd, B. Nerlich, S. McKeown, D. Clarke. (2004). Mixing Methods in Psychology: The Integration of Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Theory and Practice.Psychology Press.
  4. Levine, &S. Parkinson. (1994). Experimental Methods in Psychology.Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  5. Albon. (2007). Introducing Psychology through Research.Open University Press.
  6. Iain R. Edgar. (2004). Guide to Imagework: Imagination-Based Research Methods.Routledge.
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