Homework Assignments by Week

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  1. Week 1        Top
    1. Read Chapters 1-2. Read Syllabus.
    2. Go to library to begin search for project articles. Good journals to examine are Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Psychological Science, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, Psychological Review, Journal of Behavioral Decision Making*, Journal of Risk and Uncertainty*. The following journals are NOT approved: Psychological Reports, Perceptual and Motor Skills. The journals marked with * are not available from CSUF library, but are available from UCI and other university libraries. Learn how to order from Inter-Library Loan (ILL).
    3. Practice making bare bones Web page. It will be a likely quiz.
  2. Week 2: Chapters 1-4.        Top
    1. Read Chapters 3-4.
    2. Begin to construct a personal "home page." You will continue to improve it, adding new features during the semester.
    3. Go to the library, select articles that you find interesting and also realistic to replicate as a project. Choose experiments in Human Information processing (includes "cognitive" psychology). Advice: Choose topics that do not require special apparatus, special populations (e.g., children, people with cancer, etc.), avoid anything that poses any risk to the participants (e.g., NO DRUG studies). Topics in judgment and decision-making are the easiest to replicate with simple methods. Check the Method sections, to make sure you understand what is needed to replicate. Photocopy some possible articles that look interesting and promising for presentation to the class. Read them more carefully at home and prepare to present the experiments to the class.
    4. Do Chapter 1 on-line self-study quiz. Keep taking the quiz until you get all of the answers right. Put the last four digits of your Student ID number in the box to get credit for the quiz.
  3. Week 3: Chapters 3-4.   1  2  3   4  5  6   7  8  9   10  11  12   13  14  15   16     Top
    1. Continue to work on your personal "home page." You should add linking to your "home" page, including the different types of links discussed in class and lab.
    2. Prepare to give a 10 min presentation on two articles. You will execute one, but you should be prepared to switch to another topic, if your proposed topic proves unworkable or conflicts with projects of others. Each student must have a distinct paper upon which to model their project.
    3. Do 3 quizzes: Chapter 1 quiz, Chapter 2 quiz, Chapter 3 quiz 1 by Friday, 2-18, at midnight. Advice: Don't wait until Friday at midnight, but instead assume that the Internet will be down from Friday at 6 pm on.
  4. Week 4: Examples and Exercises in Chapters 3-4.        Top
    1. Continue to work on your personal "home page." Your first version will be due next week, and it will contain the techniques of Chapters 1-4. Bring it on diskette (zip disk, if you have large picture or graphics files). See below: this is Chapter 4 exercise #7.
    2. Study Chapters 3 and 4, then Do 3 quizzes: Chapter 3_quiz_2, Chapter 4 quiz, Chapter 3 quiz 1 (again) by Friday, 2-25, at midnight. Advice: Don't wait until Friday at midnight, but instead assume that the Internet will be down at the last minute.
    3. Make sure that you understand all of the examples and exercises of Chapters 1-4. The examples, which are described as being on the "CD" in the book, are all available from the list of examples in the Psych 305 Web site (see also the link below to examples and links). Due Monday: Do Chapter 4, exercises #1-6. Bring print-outs (from the browser) of the exercises and your written answers and comments by Monday. Do Chapter 4 #7 (Web page) and bring the files on zip disk or diskettes. Web pages will be uploaded to the class Web site, so that you can review each other's work.
    4. Due Wednesday: Study Chapter 5 and the examples of Chapter 5 (CD items can be loaded from the file of examples). Do Exercises of Chapter 5 # 1-4. Bring printouts of email and browser window. Check the data file by downloading via FTP the data file that receives the data.
  5. Week 5: Chapters 5 and 6  1  2  3   4  5  6   7  8  9   10  11  12   13  14  15   16    Top
    1. Continue to work on your personal "home page." Your second version will be due next week (Monday), and it will contain the techniques of Chapters 1-5. Bring it on diskette (use a zip disk, if you have large picture or graphics files).
    2. Study Chapters 5, 6 and 7. Do all of the examples in the chapters and work along studying the text while doing the activities with your computer. Then Do 2 quizzes: Chapter 5_quiz_1, Chapter 5_quiz_2, by Friday, 3-3, at midnight. As always, late work will receive less credit. Advice: Don't wait until Friday night to start, but instead assume that the Internet will be down at the last minute.
    3. Make sure that you understand all of the examples and exercises of Chapters 1-6. Make sure you understand the examples of Chapter 7. The examples, which are described as being on the "CD" in the book, are available from the list of examples in the Psych 305 Web site (see also the link below to examples and links). Due Monday: Do Chapter 6, exercise #1. Data from the CD are available from the FTP site described in Chapter 2. Here is a LINK TO FTP. Bring print-outs (from SPSS and Excel) of the exercises and your written answers by Monday.
    4. Due Wednesday: Study your article and write out the theory tested in your article. Propose a new manipulation to test the ideas proposed in the article. Be prepared to present your idea to the class. Your theory and proposal must be typed in double spaced, APA format. It will have two sections: (a) Theory and (b) Proposed method.
    5. If you have not yet turned in your ENTIRE article, please do so immediately. Entire means that you have included the list of references.
    6. Once your topic has been approved, you should begin your literature review for your research topic. The first way to search for articles is to find articles cited in the article you are replicating. That is why you need the list of references. If you need articles from journals not available in our library (e.g., Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, etc.), you should IMMEDIATELY order the articles from Inter-Library Loan. Realize that it will take about 2 weeks to receive items from Inter-Library Loan. You can also visit the libraries at UCI, UCLA, or Claremont colleges to acquire such articles. The second way to search is to look at the references cited in the papers cited in your article. The third method is to use the key words of your topic along with PsychLit or other data base methods to search for relevant articles.
    7. Read Chapters 7 and 8. Do the experiments in Chapters 7 and 8.
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  6. Week 6: Chapters 7, 8, 9 and 11
    1. Study Chapters 7 and 8. Do the examples in Chapters 7 and 8, as you read along in the text. Examine the examples both with the browser and with an editor (or use View Source to see the HTML.
    2. Due Monday (3-13): After you have studied Chapters 7 and 8, DO Ch 7 exercises #2 and #4. READ the other exercises (hint: might one of these be on an exam?). DO Ch. 8 exercises #1, 2, 3, and #5. READ # 4, 5, 6 (see hint).
    3. Prepare for a surprise quiz, exam, or test to be given in class or lab on Monday or Wednesday. The test will be a surprise to those who have not read this or attended class recently, and it will cover material from Chapters 1-8.
    4. Read Chapters 9 and 11 by Monday. Work through the examples as you read the text. Follow along on your computer.
    5. Continue to work on your personal "home page." Each home page should now include all of the techniques of Chapters 1-5. It will help you to list all of the techniques and see if your page includes them all. For example, Chapter 4 teaches how to make a table. Does your page have a table? Chapter 3 teaches how to include a graphic or picture. Does your page have a graphic or picture? Chapter 5's inclusion, of course, means that there should now be a FORM with some information to request from your reader. For more on the Web Assignment visit the Web page assignment page.
    6. Visit the student Web pages and then provide an evaluation of their relative quality. The evaluation page can be reached from the list of student pages.
    7. Continue to collect articles for the literature review of your topic area. Remember: the first place to look are for articles cited in your article. If you need to order articles through Inter-Library Loan, NOW is a good time to put in your order! Photocopy the articles that your article notes are important to your topic. Your Introduction section will discuss the literature on your research topic.
    8. Extra Credit:Pam has announced the following for extra credit. See Chapter 3 #3. Make up exam items dealing with the contents of Chapters 7-8. These exam items, if good, may end up on a quiz or even the final, so you should try to write good exam items. You can still get credit by turning it in on Monday 3-13.
    9. Do on-line Quiz for Chapter 6 by Friday, 3-10, at midnight.
  7. Week 7: Chapters 8, 9 and 11  1  2  3   4  5  6   7  8  9   10  11  12   13  14  15   16    Top
    1. Due Monday (3-20) STUDY Chapters 9 and 11. Do all examples and experiments in Chapters 9 and 11, as you read along in the text. Examine the examples both with the browser and with an editor (or use View Source to see the HTML.
    2. Due Monday 3-20): After you have studied Chapters 9 and 11, DO Ch 9 exercise #1 (make the content of the test items about Chapters 1-9 of the book). READ the other exercises (hint: might one of these be on an exam?). DO Ch. 11 exercises ONE of (#1, 2, 3)--yes, you may CHOOSE ONE exercise from the first three to DO (but be sure to read them all), and also do #4. READ all exercises (see hint)--study Figures 11.7, 11.8, and 11.9.
    3. Prepare for a surprise quiz, exam, or test which may be given in class or lab, and which might cover Chapters 1-8, 9, and 11.
    4. Read Chapter 12 by next Monday. Work through the analysis with your computer as you read.
    5. Continue to improve and add to your personal "home page." Each home page should now include all of the techniques of Chapters 1-5. You can now incorporate ideas from 7 and 9. Check if your Web page includes all tricks in Chapters 2-5. For example, Chapter 4 teaches how to make a table. Does your page have a table? Chapter 3 teaches how to include a graphic or picture. Does your page have a graphic or picture? Chapter 5's inclusion, of course, means that there should now be a FORM with some information to request from your reader. Chapters 9 and 11 provide an easy way to make a survey form. For more on the Web Assignment visit the Web page assignment page.
    6. Visit the student Web pages and give constructive feedback to the students.
    7. Continue to collect articles for the literature review of your topic area. Read the articles and make copies of those relevant to your project. Bring photocopies of relevant articles [for your review (for the Introduction of your paper)] to class and lab next week. Be prepared to discuss your library review with the instructor or Grad assistant. If you need to order articles through Inter-Library Loan, put in your order immediately! Photocopy the articles that your article notes are important to your topic. Your Introduction section will discuss the literature on your research topic.
    8. Do on-line Quiz for Chapters 7 and 8 by Friday, at midnight.
  8. Week 8: Chapters 9, 11, and 12  1  2  3   4  5  6   7  8  9   10  11  12   13  14  15   16    Top
    1. Due Monday 4-3): Read Chapter 21. Do all examples, experiments, and visit all links cited in Chapter 21, as you read along in the text.
    2. Due Monday 4-3): Prepare a working Pilot study of your experiment that can be tested and evaluated in lab. Collect pilot data from a few friends and ask for advice to improve the instructions. Check that you know how to analyze your data. You should be ready to begin collecting data by the week of April 10.
    3. Due Monday 4-3): STUDY Chapter 12. DO Ch 12 exercise #2 for FEMALES ONLY. Read the other exercise. You would do the other exercise by deleting the rows with out-of-line Ss and looking at the other results to see if anything changed (recall the Excel paste links).
    4. Prepare for a surprise quiz, exam, or test which may be given in class or lab, and which might cover Chapters 1-8, 9, 11, and 12.
    5. Continue to improve and add to your personal "home page." Each home page should now include all of the techniques of Chapters 1-5. You can now incorporate ideas from 7, 9, and 11. Check if your Web page includes all tricks in Chapters 2-5. For example, Chapter 4 teaches how to make a table. Does your page have a table? Chapter 3 teaches how to include a graphic or picture. Does your page have a graphic or picture? Chapter 5's inclusion, of course, means that there should now be a FORM with some information to request from your reader. Chapters 9 and 11 provide an easy way to make a survey form. For more on the Web Assignment visit the Web page assignment page. Add a relative link to the index of the parent directory.
    6. Visit the student Web pages and give constructive feedback to the students. Note the new evaluation page, which lists students currently enrolled.
    7. Continue to collect articles for the literature review of your topic area. Read the articles and make copies of those relevant to your project. Bring photocopies of relevant articles [for your review (for the Introduction of your paper)] to class and lab next week. Be prepared to discuss your library review with the instructor or Grad assistant. If you need to order articles through Inter-Library Loan, put in your order immediately! Photocopy the articles that your article indicates are important to your topic. Your Introduction section will discuss the literature on your research topic. You can also search in PsychLit for recent articles on your topic area.
    8. Do on-line Quiz for Chapters 9 and 11 by Friday, at midnight.
  9. Week 9: Chapter 21: Methodology, Ethics, and Steps in Research.        Top
    1. Prepare your experiment. Be sure that you satisfy the requirements for testing Ss listed in Chapter 21.
    2. Study Chapter 21; visit the links for Chapter 21 as you study it.
    3. Test your experiment with pilot subjects. Check that the data are being properly sent to the file.
    4. Be prepared to test Ss next week.
  10. Week 10: Perfect your Study        Top
    1. Perfect your Experiment. Check it. Ask others to check it. Re-read the instructions, and fix anything that is too long, confusing, or possibly misleading.
    2. Test Ss in Lab. Watch a few Ss participate, and make any needed changes by the end of this week.
    3. Study Chapter 12 and take the on-line quiz by Friday at midnight.
    4. Be prepared to test Ss again next week, when larger numbers will be tested.
    5. Due Monday: Method section, APA style.
    6. Read Chapter 17 and do the on-line examples.

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  11. Week 11: Data Collection        Top
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    2. Test Ss in Lab. Watch a few Ss participate, examine the first data results, and make any needed changes by the end of this week. Be sure that your data analysis plan will work.
    3. Study Chapter 17. Be prepared for a quiz or exam on Chapters 1-9, 11, 12, 21, and 17. Be sure that you have done the examples and understand them for JavaScript random assignment to conditions.
    4. Due Monday: Introduction and References sections, APA style.
    5. Read Chapter 18 and do the on-line examples for Chapter 18. By "do" is meant to first view how they work in the browser, while reading the chapter, and second is to open these files in NotePad or other editor, and examine the JavaScript.

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  12. Week 12: Data Collection        Top
    1. Due Monday: Results, tables, figures
    2. Prepare for "surprise" exam. See previous warnings.
  13. Week 13: Data Analysis        Top
    1. Due Monday: Discussion Section. Revise Results.
    2. Prepare for "surprise" exam. See previous warnings.
  14. Week 14: Data Analysis        Top
    1. Due Next Monday: Entire paper, revised Intro, Method, Results, Discussion, References, tables, figure captions, figures.
    2. Prepare for "surprise" exam, which might come at any time.
  15. Week 15: Presentations        Top
    1. Due Next Friday: Final draft of Entire paper, revised Intro, Method, Results, Discussion, References, tables, figure captions, figures. You should also include supplementary materials of photocopied articles, statistical printouts, etc.
  16. Week 16: Final Exam and Presentations        Top
    1. Your attendance is required at the final exam.
    2. There will be presentations, and your final draft paper is due.

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