STATISTICS FOR THE LIFE SCIENCES (PY 201): Statistics is a tool that researchers use to describe and analyze their data. Topics include ways to summarize and describe data numerically and graphically, and ways to test research hypotheses using z tests, t tests, ANOVAs, correlation, regression, and nonparametric procedures such as chi square. This is a required course for psychology majors and should be taken in your sophomore or junior year, and it is strongly recommended for biology and chemistry majors as well.
RESEARCH METHODS (PY 202): This course is a 4-credit lab class in which you will learn how to read, evaluate, design, conduct, analyze, and report psychological research. The course is meant to provide you with knowledge and skills so that you can better understand psychology as a scientific discipline. This is a required course for psychology majors and should be taken no later than your the junior year. Research methods is at the very heart of the psychology major, and as such it provides useful knowledge and skills for the other courses you will be taking. In addition, if you plan on being involved in additional research (supervised research with a faculty member, independent study, or an honors project), you need to take the course as early as you can so that these doors are open to you as you continue your education here at Fairfield. These additional research opportunities are very valuable if you plan on continuing on to graduate school, though the number of openings are limited, so the early you start, the more you can accomplish in your undergraduate degree.
COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY (PY 285): This course examines how people think -- how they pay attention to things, how they perceive the outside world, how they learn and remember, and how they reason, solve problems, and use language. We explore ow the brain produces these various cognitive processes, and we learn the application of principles from cognition into our everyday lives. This is an elective course for psychology majors that fulfills requirements from Group II of the psychology major requirements at Fairfield. It can serve as an elective for people majoring in areas in which better understanding how people think would be valuable --e.g., education, nursing, business, biology, and law.
INDEPENDENT RESEARCH (PY 395); In this course an individual student designs, runs, analyzes, and reports on a full research project. I will work closely with you every step of the way either building off of a project you worked on in Supervised Research or on a project that you develop on your own. Permission of instructor is necessary to register. If you are interested, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
TEACHING INTERNSHIP IN PSYCHOLOGY (PY 296/297): In this elective course, the student serves as a teaching intern (TI) for my Statistics for the Life Sciences (PY 203) course. The TIS are responsible for running the weekly lab sections during which students learn how to run SPSS and complete structure exercises. This is an excellent opportunity to see the classroom and the dynamics of learning from the other side. You not only will refine your understanding of statistics, you will learn about what you can do as a teacher to help people learn. If you are interested, please contact me at email@example.com