Syllabus for 3020.2, F12

Psychological Sciences 3020, Section 2
Research Methods II. Fall 2011


Jeff Rouder
212D McAlester Hall
Office Hours: Monday 9-10a

Kimmy Fleming
322 McAlester Hall
Office Hours: Thurs 12:15-1:15

John Hegarty
110 Noyes Hall
M742 Medical School
Office Hours: Mon 11:45-12:45

WELCOME. This course is the third semester of the statistics and research methods sequence. You have previously taken an introductory statistics course and a research methods course (Psych 3010). After this course, you may take a lab/capstone course where you will put the material you learn here into action.

COURSE OBJECTIVES. In many activities, we ask questions of the world, and collect data to answer them. How do we construct answers that are informed by the data? Restated, how are statistics used to understand trends, effects, constraint, and structure in data.

COURSE ORIENTATION. Statistics to me is more akin to writing than to math. It is about making arguments using quantitative and graphical data.

CONTACTING US. Please learn our names; we will learn yours. You are welcome to visit Jeff unannounced and chances are he will be free. We use only email and do not have an office phone. In emails, we find it helpful to be greeted by name; e.g., ``Dear Jeff,'' or ``Jeff.'' Emails that start without a greeting seem too forward.

LECTURE/LAB. This is a lecture class with a laboratory component. Our lab is about using SPSS to perform analyses. Lab days will be every other Thursdays. I will run the lectures, the TAs will run the lab.

TEXT BOOK. I am using an electronic portal this year based on Nolan & Heinzen's Essentials of Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (version 1E). You rent the portal during the semester. The portal not only has the book, but a host of other resources including quizzes and assignments. If you go to, and you know that this is 3020, Section 2, my last name, and the name of this book, you should be able to register. This is my first electronic portal experience, so there may be a learning curve.

STATISTICS SOFTWARE. The software we will be using is called SPSS. It is easily accessed by all Mizzou students online. Go to


I am planning 8 homework sets. Each set will consist of a problem that you need to analyze with the SPSS computer software. Each will be worth 5% of the grade. Homeworks therefore account for 40% of your total grade. Homeworks are to be done individually. There is no group work. You are not to work collaboratively, copy, look at each others final products, etc. Assignments are due at 11am on the due date. If class starts, and it is not turned in, it is late. My policy about late assignments is that (a) I don't accept late assignments without a bona fide reason, and (b) we need to negotiate a remedy on a case-by-case basis. I am fairly reasonable person and know there are rare unexpected and uncontrolled events. I am not impressed with work-related excuses.

There are three tests in this class: two regular in-class tests and a final. Each in-class exam is worth 18% of your grade; the final is worth 24% of your grade.

ATTENDANCE. Attendance is optional, but please come. I hope you find class engaging, stimulating and fun. Your presence and contribution are welcomed and should you be absent, you will be missed. Absences will have no adverse impact on your grade itself, although you may not perform as well on the assignments or tests.

LATE ARRIVALS. I like to shut the door when class starts. This means that late-arriving students have to disturb the class to enter. Although I would much rather have you attend late than not at all, I do find the opening and shutting of the door to be distracting and often lose my train-of-thought. Please avoid being late simply as a matter of courtesy. I will appreciate it.

CHEATING. The Provost says, ``Academic honesty is fundamental to the activities and principles of a university. All members of the academic community must be confident that each person's work has been responsibly and honorably acquired, developed, and presented. Any effort to gain an advantage not given to all students is dishonest whether or not the effort is successful. The academic community regards academic dishonesty as an extremely serious matter, with serious consequences that range from probation to expulsion. When in doubt about plagiarism, paraphrasing, quoting, or collaboration, consult the course instructor.''

INTELLECTUAL PLURALISM. The University community welcomes intellectual diversity and respects student rights. Students who have questions concerning the quality of instruction in this class may address concerns to either the Departmental Chair or Divisional leader or Director or the Director of the Office of Students Rights and Responsibilities ( All students will have the opportunity to submit an anonymous evaluation of the instructor(s) at the end of the course.

SPECIAL NEEDS. If you have any special needs, please notify me. All reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate your special needs. There is also a University office called the Access Office (A048 Brady Commons, 882-4696) that helps people with special needs.

8/30 HW1 due
9/13 HW2 due
9/27 HW3 due
10/2 TEST 1
10/11 HW4 due
10/25 HW5 due
11/8 HW6 due
11/13 or 11/15 TEST 2 (TBD)
11/20 and 11/22 is T-giving Break
11/29 HW7 due
12/6 HW8 due

FINAL EXAM: 7:30a to 9:30a, Thurs, Dec 13th. (I am going to work on this. I cannot imagine giving a course final in this time slot, but my hands may very well be tied)

Research Methods 3020