PSYCH577-19A (HAM)

Research Methods in Behaviour Analysis

15 Points

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School of Psychology

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: donna.walsh@waikato.ac.nz

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Paper Description

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This course covers research methodologies used in the field of behaviour analysis, including collection of data, experimental design, data presentation and analysis, and interpretation and reporting of research findings.

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Paper Structure

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This paper consists of readings, lectures, weekly exercises, and tutorials focused on specific topics relevant to behavioural research methods. Students will also complete two writing assignments and take a final test.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • develop appropriate definitions of behaviour;
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  • select measures of behaviour that are suitable for the research question and/or treatment goal;
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  • describe internal and external validity and threats to validity;
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  • identify standard single-subject research designs and select appropriate designs for specific experimental and applied research projects;
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  • interpret graphs and graph data to effectively communicate results (following APA guidelines);
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  • select and conduct appropriate quantitative analyses of results from small-n research.
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Assessment

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. 2 x Writing Assignments (15% each)
30
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. 10 x Weekly Exercises (2% each)
20
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3. 8 x Tutorials (2% each)
16
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4. Data Analysis Tutorial
9
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5. Test
25
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Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Key content for this course comes from:

Johnston, J. M., & Pennypacker, H. S. (2009). Strategies and tactics of behavioral research (3rd ed.). New York: Routledge.

You should purchase or otherwise gain access to this textbook.

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Recommended Readings

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Links to additional required and recommended readings will be posted on Moodle.
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Online Support

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PSYC Café is a communication space and resource hub for students studying psychology, available via Moodle.
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Workload

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The amount of work expected of a typical student in a 15 point graduate paper (offered over one semester) is approximately 10 hours per week. These figures are only approximations, as papers vary in their requirements and students vary in both the amount of effort required and the level of grades they wish to achieve.
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Prerequisite(s)

Prerequisite papers: PSYC307 or PSYCH307 and PSYC314 or PSYCH314

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