Psychology 2802G 001 FW23

Research Methods in Psychology II

If there is a discrepancy between the outline posted below and the outline posted on the OWL course website, the latter shall prevail.





Department of Psychology 2023 – 2024 


Psychology 2802 G 

Research Methods in Psychology II 






In this course, students will gain advanced knowledge of the scientific method as it applies to psychological research. Topics will include experimental, non-experimental and multi-method research designs, as well as visualization and interpretation of research results. Students will gain experience in communicating results and thinking critically about psychological research. 


Antirequisite(s): the former Psychology 2800E, the former Psychology 2820E, Psychology 2830A/B, Psychology 2840A/B, Psychology 2855F/G and Psychology 2856F/G. 



At least 70% in Psychology 2801F/G or Health Sciences 2801A/B; at least 60% in Data Science 1000A/B and at least 60% in 0.5 credit of Year 1 Math from among the following courses: Calculus 1000A/B, Calculus 1301A/B, Calculus 1500A/B, Calculus 1501A/B, Mathematics 1225A/B, Mathematics 1228A/B, Mathematics 1229A/B, Mathematics 1600A/B, or Applied Mathematics 1201A/B, or registration in Year 2 of an Honours Specialization in Neuroscience with special permission from the program administrator. Math 1228A/B is recommended. Students who have completed Statistics 1024A/B (or other Year 1 introductory statistics course in addition to 0.5 credit of Year 1 Math) instead of Data Science 1000A/B may enrol after completing an introductory programming class from the following list: Computer Science 1025A/B, Computer Science 1026A/B, Computer Science 2120A/B, Data Science 1200A/B, Digital Humanities 2220A/B, or Engineering Science 1036A/B. Data Science 2000A/B may be substituted for Data Science 1000A/B for students entering the program with 1.0 credits of Year 1 Math courses. 



2 lecture hours and 2 laboratory hours, 0.5 course 


Unless you have either the prerequisites for this course or written special permission from your Dean to enrol in it, you may be removed from this course and it will be deleted from your record. This decision may not be appealed. You will receive no adjustment to your fees in the event that you are dropped from a course for failing to have the necessary prerequisites. 





Instructor: Krista Macpherson, PhD  

Office: SSC 7430 

Office Hours: By appointment Email: 


Teaching Assistants: Contact info for TAs and lab section will be posted to OWL 


Time and Location of Classes: Thursday 1:30-3:30pm SH 3345  



Students who are in emotional/mental distress should refer to Health and Wellness @Western for a complete list of options about how to obtain help. 


Please contact the course instructor if you require material in an alternate format or if you require any other arrangements to make this course more accessible to you. You may also contact Accessible Education at or 519-661-2147. 



2.1 Online Learning Notice 

Please note: For courses delivered in an online format,  or include an online component, or are required to pivot online, students must have a reliable internet connection and computer that are compatible with online learning system requirements. Some courses may also require the use of a remote proctoring platform to ensure assessments are taken fairly in accordance with Western’s policy on Scholastic Discipline for Undergraduate Students and Scholastic Discipline for Graduate Students. Please refer to the course syllabus for further information. 









The class uses an open textbook that is free to download. A PDF of the book is available on OWL. 



Price, P.C., Jhangiani, R.S., & Chiang, I.A. (2015). Research Methods in Psychology (2nd Canadian Edition).  Simple Book Production.   






This course focuses on more advanced research techniques in psychology. We will consider a wide range of research methods, including observation, archival research, case studies, and important aspects of experimentation (e.g., sampling methods, internal/external validity, and different types of experimental designs). We’ll also consider topics closely allied to research design, such as report writing and data presentation. In addition to providing training in research techniques needed for third- and fourth-year psychology courses (e.g., Psychology 4850), it is expected that Psychology 2802F/G will contribute significantly to the development of scientific thinking skills that students can apply to their future careers and in everyday life. 


Although this is a course in research design rather than statistical analysis, you will analyze data in the laboratory component of the course, and that requires an understanding of fundamental statistical concepts. 





Learning Outcome  

Learning Activity  


Depth and Breadth of Knowledge.  

Interpret and critically evaluate original empirical research. 



Understand the strengths and weaknesses of theories in interpreting human behaviour. 



Lectures; readings; lab activities 



Lectures; readings; lab activities 


Peer review assignment; research report; exams 



Theory assignment; research report; exams 


Application of Knowledge.  

Generate your own research ideas and hypotheses. 


Lab activities 


Constructing hypotheses assignment; research report 

Ensure that research adheres to ethical standards. 

Lectures; readings; poll questions/ discussion forums 

Research report; poster; exams 


Application of Methodologies.  

Evaluate the appropriateness of different methodological approaches for specific research questions. 



Lectures; readings; lab activities; poll questions/discussion forums 


Methods assignment; peer review assignment; research report; exams 


Apply relevant quantitative skills to the analysis and interpretation of empirical data. 


Lectures; readings; lab activities; poll questions 


JASP assignments; Hypothesis testing assignment; research report; exams 

Awareness of Limits of Knowledge. 

Critically evaluate the limitations of research findings, given the research methods. 


Lab activities; poll questions/discussion forums 


Peer review assignment; research report; exams 

Development of Communication Skills 

Communicate accurately, clearly and logically, using the discourse of the discipline of psychology. 



Lab activities; discussion forum 


Research report; poster; exams 


Understand how open science practices contribute to research trustworthiness. 



Lectures; readings; lab activities 


Replication assignment; research report; exams 





The evaluation and testing formats for this course were created to assess the learning objectives as listed in section 4.0 and are considered necessary for meeting these learning objectives 


Midterm 30%  

Final Exam 30%  

Class Participation   5% 

Laboratory Component 35%  




Exams: Dates for midterm make-up exams will be announced via OWL. It is the student’s responsibility to check this date and ensure that they are available to write on the specified day if a make-up exam is required. Grades will not be rounded.  If an exam is missed, a makeup exam will be granted if approved by academic counselling.  





Class Participation: Participation questions will be asked during each lecture.  Answers will be submitted online via OWL (students should bring a laptop or tablet to class). The bottom two participation scores will be dropped, meaning that a student can miss up to two lectures without academic penalty.  There will therefore be absolutely no makeups for missed participation marks. 


Lab Assignments: Each lab assignment must be submitted to Gradebook by 11:59pm on your lab section’s respective due date.  Late assignments will not be accepted. However, with official accommodation, the weight of a missed assignments will be reassigned to the remaining ones within that semester. 



The expectation for course grades within the Psychology Department is that they will be distributed around the following averages: 


70% 1000-level to 2099-level courses 

72% 2100-2999-level courses 

75% 3000-level courses 

80% 4000-level courses 


The Psychology Department follows Western’s grading guidelines, which are as follows (see: 



A+ 90-100 One could scarcely expect better from a student at this level 

A 80-89 Superior work that is clearly above average 

B 70-79 Good work, meeting all requirements, and eminently satisfactory 

C 60-69 Competent work, meeting requirements 

D 50-59 Fair work, minimally acceptable 

F below 50 Fail 


Note that in the event that course grades are significantly higher or lower than these averages, instructors may be required to make adjustments to course grades. Such adjustment might include the normalization of one or more course components and/or the re-weighting of various course components. 


Policy on Grade Rounding: Please note that although course grades within the Psychology Department are rounded to the nearest whole number, no further grade rounding will be done. No additional assignments will be offered to enhance a final grade; nor will requests to change a grade because it is needed for a future program be considered. To maximize your grade, do your best on each and every assessment within the course. 




Midterm (Feb 15th) 30%  

Final Exam 30%  

Class Participation     5% 

Laboratory Component (15% bi-weekly assignments; 20% final paper) 35%  


Lab sessions will take place every other week, beginning the week of Jan 15thLab assignments will be assigned during lab sessions, and due in advance of the following lab session. This means you have ~2 weeks to complete each assignment.  Each lab assignment must be submitted to Gradebook by 11:59pm on your lab section’s respective due date.  Late assignments will not be accepted. However, with official  

accommodation, the weight of a missed HWA or ICA will be reassigned to the remaining ones within that semester. 





At the end of the semester, students will submit a term paper as part of the laboratory course component, worth 10% of their final mark. More information about the papers and a grading rubric can be found on our OWL course website. 






Tentative and subject to change. Readings and Lecture slides will be posted to OWL in PDF format. 



Lecture Topic 


1 (Jan 11) 

Experimental research: Basics  


2 (Jan 18 

Experimental research: Advanced topics 

Experimental Research Design 

3 (Jan 25) 

Non-experimental research 


4 (Feb 1) 

Complex research designs I 

Working with JASP I 

5 (Feb 8) 

Complex research designs II 


6 (Feb 15) 


Working with JASP II 

7 (Feb 22) 



8 (Feb 29) 

Data Visualization 


9 (March 7) 

Data wrangling 

Visualizing and testing Hypotheses 

10 (March 14) 

Interpreting results 


11 (March 21) 

Communicating results 

Presenting Research Findings  

12 (March 28) 

Study design: A broad look at methods 


13 (April 4) 

On being a critical consumer of science 

Writing Workshop 





We acknowledge that Western University is located on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee, Lūnaapéewak and Attawandaron peoples, on lands connected with the London Township and Sombra Treaties of 1796 and the Dish with One Spoon Covenant Wampum. 



With this, we respect the longstanding relationships that Indigenous Nations have to this land, as they are the original caretakers. We acknowledge historical and ongoing injustices that Indigenous Peoples (e.g. First Nations, Métis and Inuit) endure in Canada, and we accept responsibility as a public institution to contribute toward revealing and correcting miseducation, as well as renewing respectful relationships with Indigenous communities through our teaching, research and community service. 









Students are responsible for understanding the nature and avoiding the occurrence of plagiarism and other scholastic offences. Plagiarism and cheating are considered very serious offences because they undermine the integrity of research and education. Actions constituting a scholastic offence are described at the following link: 



As of Sept. 1, 2009, the Department of Psychology will take the following steps to detect scholastic offences. All multiple-choice tests and exams will be checked for similarities in the pattern of responses using reliable software, and records will be made of student seating locations in all tests and exams. All written assignments will be submitted to TurnItIn, a service designed to detect and deter plagiarism by comparing written material to over 5 billion pages of content located on the Internet or in TurnItIn’s databases. All papers submitted for such checking will be included as source documents in the reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of papers subsequently submitted to the system. Use of the service is subject to the licensing agreement, currently between Western and ( 


Computer-marked multiple-choice tests and/or exams will be subject to submission for similarity review by software that will check for unusual coincidences in answer patterns that may indicate cheating. 


In classes that involve the use of a personal response system (PRS), data collected using the PRS will only be used in a manner consistent to that described in this outline. It is the instructor’s responsibility to make every effort to ensure that data remain confidential. However, students should be aware that as with all forms of electronic communication, privacy is not guaranteed. Your PRS login credentials are for your sole use only. Students attempting to use another student’s credentials to submit data through the PRS may be subject to academic misconduct proceedings.  


Possible penalties for a scholastic offence include failure of the assignment/exam, failure of the course, suspension from the University, and expulsion from the University. 




If a remote proctoring service is used, the service will require you to provide personal information (including some biometric data). The session will be recorded. In the event that in-person exams are unexpectedly canceled, you may only be given notice of the use of a proctoring service a short time in advance. More information about remote proctoring is available in the Online Proctoring Guidelines. Please ensure you are familiar with any proctoring service’s technical requirements before the exam. Additional guidance is available at the following link: 


* Please note that Zoom servers are located outside Canada. If you would prefer to use only your first name or a nickname to login to Zoom, please provide this information to the instructor in advance of the test or examination. See this link for technical requirements: 




Western’s policy on Accommodation for Medical Illness can be found at:  




If you experience an extenuating circumstance (e.g., illness, injury) sufficiently significant to temporarily make you unable to meet academic requirements, you may request accommodation through the following routes:  

  1. For medical absences, submitting a Student Medical Certificate (SMC) signed by a licensed medical or mental health practitioner in order to be eligible for Academic Consideration;  
  1. For non-medical absences, submitting appropriate documentation (e.g., obituary, police report, accident report, court order, etc.) to Academic Counselling in their Faculty of registration in order to be eligible for academic consideration. Students are encouraged to contact their Academic Counselling unit to clarify what documentation is appropriate. 


Students must see the Academic Counsellor and submit all required documentation in order to be approved for certain accommodation. 


Students seeking academic consideration: 

  • are advised to consider carefully the implications of postponing tests or midterm exams or delaying handing in work;   
  • must communicate with their instructors no later than 24 hours after the end of the period covered SMC, or immediately upon their return following a documented absence 



Students seeking accommodation for religious purposes are advised to contact Academic Counselling at least three weeks prior to the religious event and as soon as possible after the start of the term. 




In the event of a COVID-19 resurgence or any other event that necessitates the course delivery moving away from face-to-face interaction, all remaining course content will be delivered entirely online, either synchronously (i.e., at the times indicated in the timetable) or asynchronously (e.g., posted on OWL for students to view at their convenience). The grading scheme will not change. Any remaining assessments will also be conducted online, as determined by the course instructor. 




In courses involving online interactions, the Psychology Department expects students to honour the following rules of etiquette: 

  • please “arrive” to class on time 
  • please use your computer and/or laptop if possible (as opposed to a cell phone or tablet) 
  • please ensure that you are in a private location to protect the confidentiality of discussions in the event that a class discussion deals with sensitive or personal material 
  • to minimize background noise, kindly mute your microphone for the entire class until you are invited to speak, unless directed otherwise 
  • In classes larger than 30 participants please turn off your video camera for the entire class unless you are invited to speak 
  • In classes of 30 students or fewer, where video chat procedures are being used, please be prepared to turn your video camera off at the instructor’s request if the internet connection becomes unstable 
  • Unless invited by your instructor, do not share your screen in the meeting 


The course instructor will act as moderator for the class and will deal with any questions from participants. To participate please consider the following: 



  • If you wish to speak, use the “raise hand” function and wait for the instructor to acknowledge you before beginning your comment or question. 
  • Please remember to unmute your microphone and turn on your video camera before speaking. 
  • Self-identify when speaking. 
  • Please remember to mute your mic and turn off your video camera after speaking (unless directed otherwise). 


General considerations of “netiquette”: 

  • Keep in mind the different cultural and linguistic backgrounds of the students in the course. 
  • Be courteous toward the instructor, your colleagues, and authors whose work you are discussing. 


  • Be respectful of the diversity of viewpoints that you will encounter in the class and in your readings. The exchange of diverse ideas and opinions is part of the scholarly environment. “Flaming” is never appropriate. 
  • Be professional and scholarly in all online postings. Use proper grammar and spelling. Cite the ideas of others appropriately. 


Note that disruptive behaviour of any type during online classes, including inappropriate use of the chat function, is unacceptable. Students found guilty of Zoom-bombing a class or of other serious online offenses may be subject to disciplinary measures under the Code of Student Conduct. 




Office of the Registrar:   


Student Development Services:  


Psychology Undergraduate Program: 


If you wish to appeal a grade, please read the policy documentation at: 

Please first contact the course instructor. If your issue is not resolved, you may make your appeal to the Undergraduate Chair in Psychology ( 


Copyright Statement: Lectures and course materials, including power point presentations, outlines, videos and similar materials, are protected by copyright. You may take notes and make copies of course materials for your own educational use. You may not record lectures, reproduce (or allow others to reproduce), post or distribute any course materials publicly and/or for commercial purposes without the instructor’s written consent. 


Policy on the Recording of Synchronous Sessions: Some or all of the remote learning sessions for this course (if scheduled) may be recorded. The data captured during these recordings may include your image, voice recordings, chat logs and personal identifiers (name displayed on the screen). The recordings will be used for educational purposes related to this course, including evaluations. The  



recordings may be disclosed to other individuals participating in the course for their private or group study purposes. Please contact the instructor if you have any concerns related to session recordings. Participants in this course are not permitted to privately record the sessions, except where recording is an approved accommodation, or the student has the prior written permission of the instructor.