Psyc 798J/309J: Graduate Seminar and Undergraduate Special Topcis: Doing Psychological Research on the Internet: Issues and Methods, Fall 2009

Course Description:

In the past ten years the Internet has taken off. At the same time a number of researchers in psychology have started to use the Internet as a vehicle for hosting online experiments of all sorts. In this course we will look at all of the issues regarding the use of this media and learn some of the programming and computer skills to host our own experiments online.

This course will cover the following topics:

Students will be involved in a project of setting up an online experiment, collecting the (pilot) data, and helping to write up the results for online dissemination.

For examples of online experiments in my lab, go to lap.umd.edu

Grades will be based on class participation, assignments, and completion of a class project.

Instructor: Dr. Kent L. Norman

Office: BPS 3123F
phone: (301) 405-5924
email: klnorman@umd.edu

Office Hours:

Wednesday 2-3 pm
Friday 11-12 am

Syllabus

Psyc 798J/309J: Doing Psychological Research on the Internet: Issues and Methods

DateTopicReadingsAssignments
8/31/2009
Introduction to Research on the Internet

Proj 1: Class Profile

Plan for the Course


9/7/2009
Tools, Examples, and Techniques
Readings 1
Proj 2: Being a Participant

Commercial Packages vs. Do It Yourself


9/14/2009
Web Page Design
Readings 2
Proj 3: HTML Page

HTML


9/21/2009
Hosting Surveys
Readings 3
Proj 4: Host a Survey

Forms


9/28/2009
Sampling Issues
Readings 4
Proj 5: Javascript

Javascript


10/5/2009
Ethical Issues
Readings 5
Proj 6: Finding Violators




10/12/2009
Implementing Experimental Designs
Readings 6
Proj 7: Forms

Task Flow


10/19/2009
Dealing with Databases
Readings 7
Proj 8: php

Formsaver, FileMaker, Access, etc.


10/26/2009
Getting Demographics
Readings 8





11/2/2009
Getting Response Times
Readings 9





11/9/2009
Randomizing and Counterbalancing
Readings 10





11/16/2009
Data Mining on the Internet
Readings 11
Proj 9: Data Mining




11/23/2009
More Data Mining for Social Science
Readings 12





11/30/2009
Miscellaneous
Readings 13





12/7/2009
Class Project, Conclusions
Readings 14





12/15/2009
Scheduled Time for Nonexistant Final Exam (1:30-3:30)