Research Methods in Psychology
3.0 / Upper
The UExcel Research Methods in Psychology examination corresponds to a one-semester, three-credit, upper-level course in research methods in psychology taken by psychology majors in the junior or senior year. The examination measures understanding of experimental psychology and the scientific method, research ethics (according to American Psychological Association guidelines), alternatives to experimentation (non-experimental designs), basic concepts of experimental research, experimental research designs, data analysis and interpretation, writing research reports, and the ability to apply an understanding of psychology in research situations. The examination requires knowledge of content typically learned in courses in introductory psychology and elementary statistics. (Multiple-choice examination)
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