Research Methods Syllabus

Course Description

We are happy that you are in this class! You may have realized at this point in your education that mainstream psychology is based on scientific research, and that psychology is only as good as its research—and its philosophy. As a psychology major, minor, or cluster, you have bought psychological textbooks. Your textbooks are filled with knowledge based on research. Research is one skill that carries over to all kinds of jobs and all kinds of great grad schools. Research methods skills are highly respected and well-rewarded monetarily. Bro. Yohan Delton and Bro Brady Wiggins the faculty members at BYU-I who helped developed this course, have used research methods to:

  • save lives,
  • identify trends,
  • bless the Temple Department,
  • help missionaries,
  • help improve the Welfare Department,
  • understand emotions in jury trials,
  • help the marketing industry,
  • make serious money,
  • improve teaching,
  • improve understanding of poverty,
  • and the list goes on.

Sometimes students really catch the research bug and have even attended some of the most prestigious psychological conventions to present research. They have held their own while they stood next to students from Michigan Ann Arbor, Texas A&M, Yale, etc. I hope you realize that you are getting a great education as a psychology major at BYU-I; our personal bias is that we have the “A” team here in the psychology department.

Most importantly though, research methods can help you be a better parent, a better employee, and a better tool in the hands of God. I hope you will discover early on that research methods are for you.

Course Outcomes

Successfully mastering the above outcomes will teach you skills you can use to:

Learning Model Architecture

The BYU-Idaho Learning Model is first and foremost a “learning” model, not a teaching model. By following its principles, you will learn more, learn faster, and retain more.

You will prepare for the week’s activities by:

You will teach one another by:

You will ponder and prove what you have learned through:


Required Materials - Auto Access

Research Methods, Design, and Analysis, 12th Ed., by Christensen, Johnson, and Turner ISBN-13: 9780133809046)

The required textbook for this course is a low-cost auto access digital textbook. Access the textbook using the link provided in the Student Resources module of this course.

NOTE: You will be automatically charged for the digital textbook after the “Add” deadline (the end of the 2nd week of the semester).

If you do not want to use the digital textbook (perhaps you already purchased the print version of the textbook), you must opt out or you will be charged for the digital textbook. Follow this link if you wish to opt out:

Compare Prices for your textbooks through the University Store Comparison site. They will show you all of the options from the University Store plus several online options to help you find the best price. Keep in mind that renting could be an option.

Grading Policies

Your grade for this course consists of several elements:

Assignment Grading Breakdown

The following table will give you basic information of the points associated with each of the major activities. They determine your final grade:


Point Value


25 pts + 25 pts + 170 pts = 220 pts

Annotated Bibliography

10 pts x 2 = 20 pts

APA Style Doc

10 pts

Reference Page (10 references)

5 pts

Draft of Introduction

25 pts

Draft of Methodology

25 pts

Peer Review (2)

25 pts

Proposal Final Draft

170 pts

Poster (Future) Results

25 pts


525 pts

Recurring Activities



150 points (10 outlines at 15 pts each)

Reading Quizzes

140 points (14 quizzes at 10 points each)


290 points (various activities)


600 points (3 exams at 200 pts each)


1180 pts

Grand Total

1705 pts

Research Proposal

The Proposal is comprised of:

This paper is intended to be the starting point for your work in PSYCH 485.


For each chapter assigned, you will write a 2-page chapter outline.


For each chapter assigned, you will complete a 10-item multiple-choice quiz.


You will have 4 orienting exercises throughout the semester:

The Discussion Board assignments require 4 postings per week:


There will be 3 multiple-choice exams comprised of 60 questions each.


A 93%
A- 90%
B+ 87%
B 83%
B- 80%
C+ 77%
C 73%
C- 70%
D+ 67%
D 63%
D- 60%
F <60%

This course uses turnitin to submit some assignments. Explanations for how to use Turnitin will be explained on those assignments. You can submit turnitin assignments through the course itself and do not need a separate turnitin account.

Time Expectations

Since this is a 3-credit course, you will need to spend an average of 11-12 hours per week working on your assignments for this class. The time you spend learning the skills of this class will be a great investment in your future career as you prepare to use your research skills.


Students with Disabilities

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