2017-2018 Academic Year Fall Semester


Instructor: Assist. Prof. Dr. Erol Özçelik



Course Description

This is the continuation course of the PSY 113 Research Methods I. This second part of the course aims to give students an overview of randomized and nonrandomized experiments, causal inference, survey research, subject recruitment, summarizing the data, correlating variables, statistical significance, and comparison of two or more conditions.

Course Objectives

This course aims to improve student knowledge about research methods in psychology. At the end of the course students will know the types of research methods, the methods required to conduct them, interpreting the results in terms of statistical significance and comparison of variables. Additionally, students are expected to write a research proposal in an APA style as an application for this course.

Course Rules:

All course requirements and assignments such as presentations, brief reports, proposals, etc. are expected to be written in APA style version 6. Please refer to writing manual for APA version 6. All students must write their reports on themselves. If two papers are totally or partially identical or similar, the owners of those papers deserve to get FF from the course no matter their mid-term and/or final grades.


If students produce an academic material from the content of the course, the instructor must be informed about it. 


Text Book

Research Methods, Design, and Analysis by Christensen, Johnson & Turner (Twelfth Edition).  




Attendance will be taken. 



There will be 1 mid-term, 1 final exam, and a term project.  In the term project, you will form a group and write a research proposal in accordance with the APA style.


Research Proposal: It has at most 10 pages including references excluding the title page. A short introduction including 5 credited references (no website, newspaper reference is included). A method part includes three parts: measures, participants and procedure. What will be the assessment devices, how the participants will be selected, and the procedures are explained in detail in this paper. You will prepare references pages. No result and no discussion parts will be included in your research proposal. 



Mid Term 1                                                      35% 

Final                                                                40%

Term Project                                                    15%

Presentation                                                     5%

Participation in peer review of presentations    5%


Late submission: Lose 20% points for every late date.

Plagiarism: All assignments must be done ON YOUR OWN. Note that academic dishonesty includes not only cheating, fabrication, and PLAGIARISM, but also includes helping other students commit acts of academic dishonesty by allowing them to obtain copies of your work. Cases of academic dishonesty will be dealt with harshly. If the student is found to be responsible of academic dishonesty, the typical sanction results in a grade of “FF”. More serious instances can result in expulsion from the university.


Temporary Course Schedule

Course Schedule





Welcome and Syllabus


Measuring Variables and Sampling


Reliability and Validity in Measurement and Research


Control Techniques in Experimental Research


Experimental Research Design


Procedure for Conducting an Experiment


Quasi-Experimental Designs


Mid-Term I


Single-Case Research Designs


Survey Research


Descriptive Statistics


Inferential Statistics


APA review, Gathering Research Proposals and Groups


Consolidation- General Review

Proposal submisıons