PSYC 110 Research Requirement

All students enrolled in PSYC 110 (Introduction to Psychology) must satisfy a research requirement in order to receive a grade in the course.The research requirement is designed to help familiarize students with the methodology used in psychological research.

Satisfaction of this requirement will not affect the grade students earn in the course (e.g., A, B, C, or D). Completing the requirement does not count toward the grade nor is it extra credit. It is simply a requirement that must be completed as part of the course. Students who successfully complete the requirement will be given the course grade that has been determined by their instructors.

By departmental policy, students who do not complete the requirement will receive an Incomplete (I) in the course. Those who may find themselves in this situation have one semester to complete the requirement (see below) or the Incomplete will automatically be changed to a grade of F by Registration/Records. The only exception is those who would not pass the course anyway -- they will have the F recorded immediately.

Students who are retaking the course are exempt from the requirement if they can provide proof they have satisfied the requirement before. If you previously satisfied the requirement, you must contact the Research Requirement coordinator (see below).

Instructions for Students Currently Enrolled in the Course

What are Your Options?

For students currently enrolled in the course, this requirement can be satisfied by successfully completing either of the following options:

  • Option 1: Participate in TWO hours of Psychology studies, OR
  • Option 2: Read and answer questions about ONE current published Psychology research study.

Detailed instructions, useful and required documents, and important web links for both options are available online through D2L (where you should see the PSYC 110 Research Requirement among your list of courses).

What is the Timeline for the Research Requirement?

The following timeline is offered so that you know what to expect throughout the semester:
  • Week 1: You received a copy of the Research Requirement guidelines.
  • Week 3: You will receive an email with your logon information for study sign-ups.
  • Weeks 4 - 5: Studies will start becoming available for sign-up and participation.
  • Week 13: You will receive a reminder email about the Research Requirement.
  • Week 15: The last research studies of the semester will take place (Option 1). Research summaries (Option 2) must be handed in on the last day of classes BEFORE finals.
  • Finals Week: All participation records will be updated. The information will be passed along to your instructor before your final exam.

Important Note: We cannot guarantee the availability of psychology studies at all points in the semester. Generally, there are more studies available about half-way through the semester and the number of studies available in the last two weeks is usually very limited.

Instructions for Students Who Received an Incomplete

What are Your Options?

Students who completed the regular course requirements but did not complete the Research Requirement will have received an Incomplete in the course. In this case, the requirment can only be satisified by reading and writing about a currently published Psychology research study (Option 2 described above). [This is because access to the research studies is limited to only currently enrolled PSYC 110 students.]

What is the Timeline for Completion?

As noted above, those students who may find themselves in this situation have one semester to complete the requirement or the Incomplete will automatically be changed to a grade of F by Registration/Records.

Students who are not currently enrolled in the course do not have automatic access to D2L (which has detailed instructions, useful and required documents, and important web links needed to write the short paper. Students should contact the Research Requirement Coordinator (see below) in order to get more information.

Contact Information

Please note that these guidelines have been determined by departmental policy; they have not been set by the course instructor. Therefore, the instructor -- who is the appropriate contact for all other aspects of the course -- is probably NOT the best contact regarding this requirement.

Finally, specific questions or concerns about any aspect of this requirement that are not clearly stated at this research requirement web site should be directed to:

Dr. Craig Wendorf
Research Requirement Coordinator
Office: D240 Science
Phone: (715) 346-2304