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LINGUIST 2D03 Research Methods

Academic Year: Fall 2016

Term: Fall

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Prof. Regina Henry

Email: henryr@mcmaster.ca

Office:

Phone: 905-525-9140 x

Office Hours: Monday 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm TSH 615



Course Objectives:

Intended Learning Outcomes: By the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. Conduct a literature search for peer-reviewed journal articles; summarize the main question/s, methods, results and conclusions. 
  2. Contrast experimental methods and use examples to illustrate situations or questions requiring the different methods.
  3. Write a proposal for a psycholinguistic experiment based on the scientific method.
  4. Administer an experiment, use basic statistical methods to analyze the data collected and write a research report about the experiment.


Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Required Course Materials: Annabel Ness Evans & Bryan J. Rooney (2008). Methods in Psychological Research. Los Angeles: Sage Publications. Third Edition (2014). Supplemental readings will be posted on Avenue to Learn.


Method of Assessment:

 

Evaluation Criteria (Marking Scheme)

% of total mark

 

Participation:

 

1

In class participation includes attendance, discussion, group work, peer assessments and participation in labs

22

2

Participate as a subject in department experiment/s (2 hours)

This mark will be awarded after completion of one of the following 3 options:

  1. Participate in an experiment conducted at the Department of Linguistics and Languages, or
  2. “walk-through” an experiment — to do this you would go through the different components of the experiment, but no data would be collected, or
  3. Attend a 2 hour make-up lecture on Linguistic research. This lecture will take place near the end of semester. 

 

To participate in experiments students need to register in the departmental experimental pool software at http://mcmaster-ling.sona-systems.com/  

Instructions will be provided in class and on Avenue to Learn

2

 

Total participation marks

24

 

Assignments:

 

1

Submit references in APA 6 format for 3 articles found during literature search conducted in class.

3

2

Choose one of the articles listed on Avenue and submit a summary of a the article including: the question to be answered, hypothesis, method, results and conclusion. 

5

3

Complete the Research Ethics Tutorial on Social/Behavioural & Qualitative Research - bonus mark

2

4

Design a research proposal using the scientific method (group project)

6

5

Resubmit proposal incorporating feedback

3

6

In-class assignment on statistical methods 1

4

7

In-class assignment on statistical methods 2

4

8

Write a research report based on the in-class experiment

15

9

Submit final report with feed-back incorporated

6

 

Total assignment marks

48

 

Final Exam - Covers all material Date to be determined by registrar

30

 

Total of all marks

100 + 2 bonus


Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

  • Assignments submitted after the due date are subject to a 10% penalty for each 24 period.  Assignments are not accepted more than 7 days after the due date. Students who file the MSAF can submit the work within 4 days after the project deadline with no penalty.  All work is due on the date stated, unless otherwise arranged in advance with the instructor.
  • Written assignments should be typed in 12-point Times New Roman font, minimum line spacing of 1.5 and 1-inch margins. 


Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at mcmaster.ca/msaf/. If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail sas@mcmaster.ca. For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.


Topics and Readings:

 

Course Outline

These dates are an estimate. Any changes will be announced in class and on Avenue. 

 

Week 1

September 8, 2016

Topics

Course information

Introduction to Linguistic & Psycholinguistic research 1

Readings 

N/A

Due

N/A

Week 2 

September 12 & 15, 2016

Topics

Introduction to Linguistic & Psycholinguistic research 

The Scientific Method 

Discussion and exercises related to scientific research  

Library class:

Citing & Referencing journal articles

The importance of critically evaluating research articles

Library class

Search for peer reviewed articles related to your areas of interest. 

Readings 

Chapter 1

Due

1-3 topics in Linguistics/Psycholinguistics for a literature search 

Group exercises related to the material in Chapter 1

Week 3 

September 19 & 22, 2016

Topics

The Scientific Method

Summarizing a journal article 

Readings 

Chapter 3

Abstracts on Avenue

Due

Group exercises related to the material in Chapter 1. 

References in APA format

Week 4 

September 26 & 29, 2016

Topics

Summarizing a journal article 

Hypothesis testing, power and effect size

Measuring variables

Selecting research participants

Readings

Chapter 4

Due

In class assignment on Chapter 4

Week 5 

October 3 & 6, 2016

Topics

Hypothesis testing, power and effect size

Measuring variables

Selecting research participants

Research Ethics

Readings

Chapter 5

Due

Journal article summary

 

Week 6 

October 10 & 13, 2016

 

Mid-term recess — no classes 

Week 7 

October 17 & 20, 2016

Topics

Designing your own experiment

Type, participants, methods

Drafting a research proposal

Readings

Chapter 5 & 6

Due

Draft of research proposal

Week 8 

October 24 & 27, 2016

Topics

Independent and dependent group design

Lexical decision experiment

Readings

Chapter 7 & 8

Due

Experimental data formatted for analysis

Week 9

October 31 & November 3, 2016

Topics

Writing a research report

Descriptive statistics using lexical decision data

Readings

Chapter 11 & 13

Due

Research proposal with feed back incorporated

Week 10 

November 7 & 10 2016

Topics

Writing a research report

Data collection

Correlational statistics

Readings

Chapter 14 pages 349 - 376

Due

Research report introduction and methods (draft)

Week 11 

November 14 & 17, 2016

Topics

Writing a research report continued

Non-experimental research

Readings

Chapter 14 pages 349 - 366

Due

Research report results, discussion/conclusion (draft)

Week 12

November 21 & 24, 2016

Topics

Proofreading and editing a research report

Writing lab — abstracts

Readings

TBA

Due

Research report abstract

Week 13

November 18 & December 1, 2016

Topics

Non-experimental research

Writing lab — final edits

Readings

Chapter 10

Due

Questions for review class on Monday

Week 14

December 5, 2016

Topics

Review

Readings

Review notes and previous readings

Due

Final research report

 

 


Other Course Information:

Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.

Improper collaboration in group work.

Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at mcmaster.ca/msaf/. If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail sas@mcmaster.ca. For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.

Course Research Ethics

The research activity involving human participants outlined in this course syllabus  LING 2D03 Research Methods taught by Regina Henry has been cleared by the Humanities Student Research Ethics Committee (HSREC 2016-13).  Ethics clearance is valid until 2021. If you have any concerns or questions about the way this research activity is conducted, please contact:

McMaster Research Ethics Secretariat

Telephone: (905) 525-9140 ext. 23142

c/o Research Office for Administrative Development and Support

E-mail: ethicsoffice@mcmaster.ca  

Research involving human participants is premised on a fundamental moral commitment to advancing human welfare, knowledge and understanding. As a research intensive institution, McMaster University shares this commitment in its promotion of responsible research. The fundamental imperative of research involving human participation is respect for human dignity and well-being. To this end, the University endorses the ethical principles cited in the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans: 

http://www.pre.ethics.gc.ca/eng/policy-politique/initiatives/tcps2-eptc2/Default/ 

McMaster University has mandated its Research Ethics Boards to ensure that all research investigations involving human participants are in compliance with the Tri-Council Policy Statement. The University is committed, through its Research Ethics Boards, to assisting the research community in identifying and addressing ethical issues inherent in research, recognizing that all members of the University share a commitment to maintaining the highest possible standards in research involving humans.