Instructor: John Beckenbach, ED Office: ED 4020
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Office Hours: M 11– 3,
Th 11– 3, or by appointment
Note : While you will not be working on your thesis proposal in this class, the knowledge you will gain is vital in that it will equip you with the foundation and tools for a successful completion of a thesis if you opt for doing a thesis.
Students may expect lectures, student class presentations, class discussions, guest speakers, role-playing and video presentations.
Additional readings may be circulated through the semester.
Attendance of all classes is essential for your success in this course. If you are unable to attend class you should contact the instructor in advance or as soon as possible after the missed class. Absences or excessive tardiness will result in a full letter grade reduction.
Assigned Readings and Class Discussions:
Discussion of assigned readings, exercises, and assignments will be an essential part of this learning experience. You are expected to be current in all readings and to actively participate in class discussions.
1. Two Exams - 100 points each
Two tests will be given covering all textbook, handout, and in-class material. The tests will consist of multiple choice, matching, fill-in-the-blank and essay questions. You will be tested on materials discussed in class in the weeks prior to the exam. This will not include others materials covered in previous tests.
2. Journal Critique –25 pts.
The purpose of this assignment is to familiarize students with psychology research journals and enhance student's ability to critically examine published research. You will select an article of interest published within the last 5 years from common counseling and psychology journals (i.e., Journal of Mental Health Counseling, Journal of Counseling and Development, Counselor Education and Supervision, Journal of Specialists in Group Work, etc.). A paper, 3 - 5 pages, will be submitted providing a brief summary of the article, and a critique of the research methodology, design utilized in the study, ways to improve the design, program evaluations method, etc….
3. Group Presentation of Research Proposal/Paper – 100 pts
Each group will be responsible for developing a simple research proposal to present in class to provide an example of how a particular research design can be applied. As a group you will develop a research idea utilizing a design discussed in class. An outline of this project is provided on Blackboard. A group paper, 7 to 10 pages, will be generated for your project and submitted the day of your presentation.
Papers are expected to be written in APA style. Although quality of the content will be weighed most heavily, papers are expected to have correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Papers need to be typed, double-spaced, and stapled. All assignments are due by the start of the class period designated. Papers are considered late if not received at the beginning of class on the date given. NOTE: NO late work will be accepted without approval of the instructor. Approved late work will lose 10% per class period late of the total points for that assignment.
Exams 1 and 2: 200 points (2 @ 100 pts. each)
Journal Critique 25 points
Group Presentation/Paper 100 points
TOTAL: 325 points
F 70% and Below
Tentative Course Outline
DATE TOPIC READINGS
01/19 Introduction Chpts. 1
01/26 Research Topics/Research Designs Chpts. 2, 3
02/02 Validity/Ethical Issues Chpts. 4, 5
02/16 Quiz 1
Quasi-Experimental, Time-Series, Chpts. 7, 8
& Single-Subject Designs
02/23 Quantitative Descriptive Designs Chpt. 9
03/02 Qualitative Research Chpt. 10
Independent & Dependent Variables Chpts. 11, 12
03/16 Spring Break
03/23 Population Issues/Bias Chpts. 13, 14
03/30 Quiz 2
Analogue & Outcome Research Chpts. 15, 16
04/06 Counseling Process Research/Program Evaluation Chpts. 17, 18
05/04 Final Examination
Texas State University seeks to provide reasonable accommodations for all qualified individuals with disabilities. This University will adhere to all applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, guidelines with respect to providing reasonable accommodations as required to afford equal opportunity. It is the student's responsibility to register with Disability Support Services and to contact the faculty member in a timely manner to arrange for appropriate accommodations.