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Guidelines for PSYC 102 Projects & Student Research

Students in the Sacramento State Psychology Department who conduct class projects for PSYC 102 or human subjects research must have their proposed methods reviewed and approved by Psychology Department Research Review Committee before recruiting participants and beginning their projects. Follow the instructions for PSYC 102 class projects and student research.

Class Projects for PSYC 102

  1. Review the Researcher Conduct Guidelines.
  2. Use the template to create your Consent Form.
  3. Use the template to create your Debriefing Form.
  4. Have your instructor review and approve your project.
  5. Assemble all your research materials.
    • Including all tests, surveys, vignettes, images, etc. that will be used in your study
    • For photos provide the source of the photo if in the public domain; if not in the public domain have individuals in the photos sign a waiver to have their images used for your research.
    • For videos, provide a URL where we can view them; if this is not possible then arrange to have a CD or DVD delivered to the Research Review Chair.
  6. Download and complete the Project Review Form.
  7. Submit your materials to the Project Submission Portal.
  8. Wait for approval, which generally takes one week after the Research Review Committee receives approval notice from your instructor.
  9. Register your class project in the SONA Research Participant website if you are using the subject pool. Use the title, description, and other project information EXACTLY as shown in your approved application. Any changes will need to be approved first! Schedule and run sessions. Contact the SONA website administrator at stk28@csus.edu if you have any problems registering to the site.
  10. Assign credits to participants promptly after each session.
  11. Deactivate the project in the Research Website when no more sessions will be run.
  12. If you are not using the subject pool, you are ready to begin recruiting participants, again using EXACTLY the procedures approved in your application.

Student Research

Student researchers who conduct research projects that collect data from human participants must have their proposed methods reviewed and approved by Univeristy IRB before recruiting participants and beginning their projects.

Students planning on recruiting human participants from the Psychology Department's human participant pool should follow the steps below.

  1. Submit your research proposal for review to the University's IRB.
  2. Register your class project in the SONA Research Participant website if you plan on using the Psychology Department's human participant pool. Use the title, description, and other project information EXACTLY as shown in your approved application. Any changes will need to be approved first!
  3. Contact the SONA website administrator at stk28@csus.edu if you have any problems registering to the site.
  4. Schedule and run sessions.
  5. Assign credit to participants promptly after each session.
  6. Deactivate your project in the Research Website when no more sessions will be run.

Please note that researchers may not be allocated the total number of requested participants in a single semester. Researchers requesting large samples may need to collect data over several semesters.

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