Research Methods and Statistics for Psychology I (PSY 202)

2023 Fall
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Olesya Blazhenkova,
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Interactive lecture,Laboratory
Interactive,Task based learning
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This course introduces basic concepts in research methods and the scientific method, from a Psychology perspective; including experimental logic and terminology. It also introduces the basics of null hypothesis significance testing, and teaches how to use the software SPSS for basic data manipulation and analysis.


  • To master the fundamentals of the scientific method, and of behavioural research methods.
  • To be able to understand and discuss the design, and potential weaknesses, of research studies in behavioural sciences.
  • To gain proficiency and confidence in analysing and interpreting data from studies with simple experimental and correlational designs.


1. Understand the world, their country, their society, as well as themselves and have awareness of ethical problems, social rights, values and responsibility to the self and to others. 2

2. Understand different disciplines from natural and social sciences to mathematics and art, and develop interdisciplinary approaches in thinking and practice. 3

3. Think critically, follow innovations and developments in science and technology, demonstrate personal and organizational entrepreneurship and engage in life-long learning in various subjects; have the ability to continue to educate him/herself. 3

4. Communicate effectively in Turkish and English by oral, written, graphical and technological means. 3

5. Take individual and team responsibility, function effectively and respectively as an individual and a member or a leader of a team; and have the skills to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams. 4

1. Develop knowledge of theories, concepts, and research methods in humanities and social sciences. 5

2. Assess how global, national and regional developments affect society. 2

3. Know how to access and evaluate data from various sources of information. 4

1. Develop an interdisciplinary understanding of the workings of human mind and behavior, and use this understanding to advance psychological theory, research and applications. 3

2. Analyze psychological phenomena critically and provide constructive analysis at the individual and the societal levels, and integrate with the professional life. 2

3. Consume and provide input for psychological literature by demonstrating proficiency in research design, methods, and statistical analyses, computing skills, and ethical standards; and develop a habit of expressing these with advanced oral and written skills; share in national and international platforms. 5


  Percentage (%)
Midterm 80
Participation 10
Individual Project 10