Child Psychology Laboratory 310L  CRN#30675/76
Spring, 2014 - Dr. Karen Hartlep,

10:00 - 10:50 AM, Mon. (lect.) and 10:00 - 11:15 AM, W,F (Lab) in  DDH/F100

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Office: DDH/D115                                        Office Hours: 2:00-3:30 PM, MWF
Phone: 654-2371                                         e-mail:



Miller, Scott. (1998) Developmental Research Methods, Prentice Hall; Englewood Cliffs, N.J.  (ISBN 0-13-398892-9).  The Psychology Department has copies available for a refundable deposit of $10.00.

Purpose of the course:

l. This course builds on previous coursework, relating statistics to experimental designs commonly used in child psychology.
2. We will survey methods used by developmental researchers, the logic behind their use of various designs, the advantages and disadvantages of each choice.
3. You will do library literature searches, collect and analyze data, and summarize results in class labs to get some feel for what it is like to do research.
4. You will write APA-style papers, using data collected in labs, to give you some practice writing as a "professional".


Psychology Department Outcomes this course is designed to meet:

Outcome 2.2:  Explain different research methods used by psychologists.

Outcome 2.3:  Evaluate the appropriateness of conclusions derived from psychological research.

Outcome 2.4:  Design and conduct basic studies to address psychological questions using appropriate research methods.

Outcome 2.5:  Follow the APA Ethics Code in the treatment of human and nonhuman participants in the design, data collection, interpretation, and reporting of psychological research.

Outcome 5.1:  Recognize the necessity of ethical behavior in all aspects of the science and practice of psychology.


  Schedule of Critical Dates:

April 14    In-class data pooling for the infant Labs.

April 21    Visual Cliff Lab/ Conjugate Reinforcement Lab Write-up is due.

           Last day to withdraw from classes without a "W" being recorded on the transcript.
            Withdrawals after this date will be permitted only for a "serious and compelling
            reason".  (Please see the CSUB Catalog for a definition of terms.)

April 23    Quiz #1    Over Miller (1998) chapters 2, 4, 8, and 10.

April 28    In-class data pooling for correlation lab.

May 5   Correlation Lab write-up is due.

May 14    Quiz #2     Over Miller (1998) chapters 3, 5, 9, and 11. 

May 19    In-class data pooling for conservation lab

              Last day to withdraw from classes for "a serious and compelling reason".

May 26    Memorial Day Holiday - No class

May 28    Conservation Lab write-up is due.

June 2    In-class data pooling for Formal Thought lab

June 6   Quiz #3    Over Miller (1998) chapters 6, 7, and 12.

June 9    Formal Thought Lab write-up is due.

Course Requirements:

1.  Three Quizzes.  They will be primarily multiple choice and short answer questions from Miller (1998) and from class lectures.  Each will be worth 12% of your final grade.

2. Four APA-Style lab write-ups. We will be collecting data in four labs. Each of you will be responsible for collecting data from some number of participants.  If you fail to collect your share of the data, and have it available in class on the day we pool the data, you will not receive credit for the lab write-up.  Data from the entire class will be pooled, on the dates assigned above, so that we can have a sufficient number of subjects for analysis. You will be asked to analyze and write up each of these labs in APA-style.  The first three lab write-ups will be partial APA papers.  The last lab will be a full APA paper.  Instructions for writing a full APA-style paper are provided in Miller (1998), Chapter 9, in the APA publication manual, and additional instructions will be provided in class. The literature review portion of this paper must have at least five journal article references on the same topic. The write-ups must be typed. Each will be worth 16% of your final grade.

3. Attendance. If you miss more than three classes, a percentage point will be taken off your final grade in the course for each additional class that is missed.

In summary, your final grade will be weighted as follows:

                 3 Quizzes                                 36%

                 4 Lab Write-ups                       64%



The final letter grade will be assigned according to the following scale:

A = 93-100% C = 73- 77%
A- = 90- 92% C- = 70- 72%
B+ = 88- 89% D+ = 68- 69%
B = 83- 87% D = 63- 67%
B- = 80- 82%  D- = 60- 62%
C+ = 78- 79% F = 59% and below


Policy on "Incompletes": Only in rare and unusual circumstances will incompletes be given in this course. Since the labs are group efforts, they can not be completed by an individual after the course is over. However, the written work may be considered, if some family emergency prevents its timely completion. I will need to see some documentation of your emergency, i.e. a note from a doctor, a summons to court, a death notice, etc. You must request the incomplete by obtaining the forms from the records office, prior to the end of the quarter, filling them out as completely as possible, and bringing them to my office for permission and signature.

Policy on Academic Dishonesty: Any student caught in an act of academic dishonesty, including plagiarism, will receive an "F" for the course, and their action will be reported in a letter to the Dean of Arts and Sciences. Please refer to the CSUB Catalog for the full details and definitions of what actions qualify under this policy.
Policy on Quizzes:  1) Be on time.  Once the first person has finished and left the room you will not be allowed to start.  2) Do not leave the room during the exam.  You may leave once you have finished and passed in your exam.  3) Clear your desktop.  4) No peaked caps.  4) No cell phones, etc.