East Carolina University
Department of Psychology


Courses Taught By Dr. Karl Wuensch


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Brief Descriptions of My Courses:

PSYC 1000, Introductory Psychology

      This is a general survey course of the core topics in psychology. In a typical semester we cover the history and scope of psychology, research methods employed in psychology, behavior genetics, evolutionary psychology, learning, behavioral neuroscience, motivation, sleep, emotion, and sensory psychology and one additional domain, chosen by the class. In recent semesters the additional domain chosen has always been either psychopathology (mental disorders and their treatment, and, time permitting, personality as well) or social psychology.

PSYC 2101, Psychological Statistics

      The major objective of this course is to familiarize the student with the basic concepts of descriptive and inferential statistics. Those students who will go on to take additional courses in statistics or research or accept employment involving research should find this course most instrumental. Many students may never engage in research, but will be consumers of research. To adequately evaluate the research reports that they will be reading for other courses or for their professional or personal advancement, they must understand the basic concepts taught in this course. Statistics can be used to distort the truth; one needs to learn how to detect such distortions. This course includes an introduction to the use of SPSS for statistical analysis.

PSYC 2210, Experimental Psychology

      The major objective of this course is to familiarize the students with the basic steps involved in conducting and reporting research. This includes designing research, conducting a literature review, developing and employing research instruments, sampling subjects, statistical analysis of the data, and preparation of a research report in the style of the American Psychological Association. Those students who will go on to take additional courses in research-based disciplines (such as Psychology) or accept employment involving research should find this course most instrumental. Many students may never engage in research, but will be consumers of research. Adequately to evaluate the research reports that they will be reading for other courses or for their professional or personal advancement, they must understand the basic concepts taught in this course.

PSYC 6430, Statistics and Research Design
      The major objectives of this course are: 1. To relearn basic univariate and bivariate statistics and design principles with an emphasis on understanding the basic concepts of hypothesis testing, parameter estimation, extraneous variable control, and causal inference; 2. To introduce the student to computing with SAS; 3. To present the conceptual framework for factorial ANOVA so the student will be prepared to learn to calculate complex ANOVA in PSYC 7431.

PSYC 7431, Design & Analysis

      The second semester of our graduate statistics sequence is PSYC 7431. Psyc 7431 includes a general introduction to multivariate statistics. We also study multiple regression in great detail and we learn how to do complex ANOVAs that were not adequately covered in PSYC 6430, including higher order factorial designs, designs with repeated or matched factors, nonorthogonal designs, and least squares solutions. Time permitting, we then study other multivariate techniques in greater detail. Students learn both SAS and SPSS in PSYC 7431.

PSYC 7433, Multivariate Statistical Analysis (Previously PSYC 6433)

      The third course in our graduate statistics sequence is PSYC 7433. This course picks up where PSYC 7431 left off and covers a variety of multivariate analyses in detail.

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