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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PSY6218

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2012-03-26
Campus: St Petersburg
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: St. Pete approved. To USF Sys 1/18/12. to SCNS 1/26/12. REINSTATEMENT for USF-STPT. Approved Eff 3/15/12. Tpa Discontinued. USFSTPT Reactivated

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    2703 2012-01-09
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Psychology AP 125500
    Contact Person Phone Email
    James McHale 7278734969

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    PSY 6218 Graduate Research Methods

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? Y
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Graduate Research Methods
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0


    PSY 3204 or STA 2023


    Course Description

    Second course in sequence designed to provide students with a working knowledge of research methods and statistics in psychological science. Focus on interpretation of data through written reports of statistical analysis.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    Needed for new program/concentration/certificate

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    Needed for proposed M.A. in General Psychology at USFSP. Statistics is the primary tool with which psychologists study human behavior. As such, the Methods/Stats I and II sequence are core requirements of all students in the program.

    At USF St. Petersburg, the largest undergraduate major is Psychology. In surveys of our advanced majors, nearly 90% indicate their intention to pursue advanced graduate study in Psychology and other health-related disciplines. No USF System institution offers a terminal masterís program in psychology. USF Tampaís doctoral programs in Psychology do not have enough seats available to handle demand within the USF system (admitting an average of 10-15 students annually from a wide range of applicants nationally and internationally). Finding few other options in the region, most USFSP graduates look to specialized certificate programs or online Masters degrees. The USF System has historically lost out on the opportunity to provide training for the large cohort of qualified students from both USFSP and other regional universities within and outside the USF system who desire graduate training and would benefit from a masters-level education. The proposed MA in Psychology meets that demand. It also occupies a unique niche in the USF system; there is no terminal Masters in Psychology within the USF System and so no duplication.

    While the emphases of the proposed MA in General Psychology at USFSP shares both some similarities and some unique features relative to other programs in the state, perhaps to the point that is that none of the three other terminal MA programs serve the Tampa Bay area. This is particularly relevant because the Tampa Bay area has the second-largest combined population of infants and young children in the state; Risk, Resilience and Prevevention (RRP) was identified as one of the two main tracks to be offered because throrough grounding in research methodology and in health applications equips program graduates with competencies needed by Bay Area health and human agencies that serve children and families (which together with industry and education, are the primary work settings for psychology professions with masters degrees).

    With respect to the assumption that students will enroll in the program if offered, our surveys of advanced majors indicate that applications for graduate study will be robust. Our program will offer an option for talented USFSP undergraduate psychology majors identified during their sophomore or junior year to gain early entry into the MA program on a combined program. Admitted USFSP undergraduate students would complete four of the five required Year 1 core courses during their junior and senior years, and will complete the fifth required Year 1 course during the summer following graduation. This will enable them to enter into their second year in the MA program the following fall after graduating with the BA in Psychology. At two Fall 2011 meetings of the USF St. Petersburg Psychological Science Organization, which drew 22 and 35 attendees, respectively, over 90% of those polled indicated that they would find great interest in a combined 3+2 and 4+1 option. For B.A. students admitted to the two-year M.A. program, we would anticipate drawing from USF system schools, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg College, and other area institutions that do not offer a terminal masters degree in Psychology.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?


    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    Ph.D. or eqivalent with minimum 18 hours in methods and statistics training.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    The main objective of this course is to provide an opportunity to use the statistical tools learned in the first semester Methods/Stats I course. Using real (raw) data students will analyze data, using a number of different techniques, interpret the results, and present findings in a final paper written in APA style. A secondary objective is to learn to summarize and critique the findings of others' research as they present it in journal articles.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    1. Demonstrate ability to describe the place of statistics in making sense of data and building models of psychological phenomena.

    2. Demonstrate ability to conduct a variety of statistical analyses using SPSS, and correctly interpret the results.

    3. Understand statistical concepts and procedures as applied to reading and interpreting empirical research, especially as applied in psychotherapy research.

    4. Evaluate and critique interpretations of their own and others' statistical analyses, especially as presented in journal articles in the field.

    C. Major Topics

    Sampling and Probability; Chi-Square; Z-tests and T-tests; Confidence intervals, Power; Correlation; Regression: ANOVA; Multiple Comparisons; Factorial ANOVA; Repeated Measures Designs; Mixed Designs; Multiple Regression; Semi-partial and Part Correlation; Moderators & Mediators.

    D. Textbooks

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    Other articles and policy papers, and video, may be assigned by the instructor.

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    Assignments are due by the start of class on their due dates. Late submissions are penalized 5% per calendar day or portion thereof. The Timestamp on email or Blackboard will be used to determine when an assignment was submitted. The late penalities continue to accrue over weekends and holidays. Students are encouraged to form study groups and discuss class assignments together. Students are also recommended (but not required) to form teams to do the semester-long data-analysis project. However, for homework assignments, it is expected that each person's assignment reports will be individually written, showing unique differences in language, insights, and formulation of the results.

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    1. Primary assignment for this course is a final Project Manuscript, worth 30%.

    2. There are 4 homework assignments, each worth 15%.

    3. A few small assignments remain (Completing Ethics Forms, Data Set Description, and Project Data meeting) each worth approximately 3%.

    In addition, this course will provide approximately 50% of the content that must be mastered for the Preliminary Qualifying Exam given every year in May. Students must pass the Qualifying Exam in order to move on to the second year of the graduate program.

    H. Attendance Policy

    Course Attendance at First Class Meeting Ė Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation Ė Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. Itís the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    Students are expected to have completed all readings and written work by their assigned date, and be prepared to participate in class discussions and activities. Late submissions for any assignment will be penalized 5 points for each day late.

    Members of the University community support high standards of individual conduct and human relations. Responsibility for oneís own conduct and respect for the rights of others are essential conditions for academic and personal freedom within the University. USF St. Petersburg reserves the right to deny admission or refuse enrollment to students whose actions are contrary to the purposes of the University or impair the welfare or freedom of other members of the University community. Disciplinary procedures are followed when a student fails to exercise responsibility in an acceptable manner or commits an offense as outlined in the Student Conduct Code. Refer to USF 6.0021, Student Code of Conduct at

    Academic Integrity of Students Reference: USF Regulation USF 3.027 - The following is the portion of the Regulation pertaining to graduate students. To read the entire regulation, go to:

    Academic integrity is the foundation of the University of South Florida systemís (University/USF) commitment to the academic honesty and personal integrity of its University community. Academic integrity is grounded in certain fundamental values, which include honesty, respect and fairness. Broadly defined, academic honesty is the completion of all academic endeavors and claims of scholarly knowledge as representative of oneís own efforts. Knowledge and maintenance of the academic standards of honesty and integrity as set forth by the University are the responsibility of the entire academic community, including the instructional faculty, staff and students.

    The following policies and procedures apply to all students, instructional faculty and staff who participate in administration of academic classes, programs and research at the University of South Florida. This regulation asserts fairness in that it requires notice to any student accused of a violation of academic integrity and provides a directive for discussion between the instructor and student to seek a fair and equitable resolution. If a fair resolution is not accomplished in this discussion, this regulation allows the student continued rights of due process under the academic grievance procedures based upon the preponderance of the evidence. The policies described below are the only policies and procedures that govern violations of academic integrity at the University and supersede any previous policies or regulations.

    Violations of Academic Integrity: Undergraduate and Graduate

    Behaviors that violate academic integrity are listed below, and are not intended to be all inclusive.

    (a) Cheating, (b) Plagiarism,(C) Fabrication, Forgery and Obstruction,(d) Multiple Submissions, (e) Complicity, (f) Misconduct in Research and Creative Endeavors, (g) Computer Misuse, (h) Misuse of Intellectual Property

    Violations and Sanctions for Graduate Students:

    An F or Zero grade on the subject paper, lab report, etc., An F in the course activity in which credit may be earned, An FF in the course (leading to expulsion from the University, Academic dismissal for any violations of academic dishonesty policies or regulations. Possible revocation of the degree or graduate certificate following a thorough investigation.

    J. Program This Course Supports

    Proposed MA in Psychology, USFSP

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