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SIE 503 - Overview

Principles of Experimental Design

Dr. Nicholas Giudice
Room 331 Boardman Hall

Course Objectives

This course is designed primarily for first year graduate students who plan to engage in scientific research. The course covers topics in: (1) design of behavioral experiments, (2) modern experimental techniques and instrumentation, and (3) data collection, organization, and statistical analysis techniques. Course objectives include:

1. Gain an understanding of how to perform rigorous scientific research, and the issues that are important to consider in the research process.

2. Become better able to evaluate the quality of others’ research and think critically about what scientific evidence means in a variety of contexts.

3. Develop an appropriate research question/problem.

4. Design and conduct your own research project.

5. Generate an appropriate statistical plan to support a proposition.

6. Build your experience with scientific communication by writing and speaking about your research and reading about others’ research.

A. Class Sessions

Course Materials

Practical Research: Planning and Design 10th Ed. (2013), Authors: Paul Leedy & Jeanne Ellis Ormrod

(optional reading) 100 Statistical Tests (2006), Kanji, Gopal


Grading and Course Expectations

 Grading criteria:

Assignments – 25%
Midterm Exam – 20%
Research and Experimental Design Project – 35%
Class Participation – 20%

If you are absent due to illness or a similar valid excuse, please notify me of your situation at prior to (or immediately after) your absence.

Class Policies

E. Instructor Office Hours & Discussion Sessions

urs from 1:00-2:00 (before class). Alternatively, students are welcome to contact me by email to arrange a time to meet in person or by phone/Skype.

Weekly schedule (1 class session per week for 15 weeks): updated schedule sent by email.

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Contact Information

Computing and Information Science Courses Online
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System