Research Activity Requirement

For all students enrolled in face-to-face sections of PSYC 1000 or PSYC 1060, 5% of your final grade is based on your completing research-related activities. That is, 5% of your total course points will result from research activities and the remaining 95% from the regular exams, quizzes, and other assignments/activities documented in your course syllabus.

Some instructors have an all or nothing policy with respect to research activity credits – that is, if you do not earn all five required credits, then you get zero points from research activities. Other instructors will give you course points in proportion to the number of credits you have earned, up to 5% of the total course points. Check your syllabus to determine the method your instructor employs. Regardless, to fulfill this requirement, you must earn these credits by the deadlines noted below.

Completion Dates:

Spring 2015

  • Data collection begins: 1/12/2015
  • 50% deadline: 3/2/2015
  • Data collection ends: 4/27/2015
  • Final data available: 4/30/2015

Please note that you are required to complete 50% of this requirement (i.e., 2 credits) by the midpoint of the semester. If you only complete 1.0 credit before the midpoint the maximum amount of credits you can be awarded at the end of the semester is 3; however, you may complete more than 2 prior to the mid-semester point (e.g., you can earn all 4 of the required credits during the first two weeks of class).

Step 1

Create an account at ecu.sona-systems.com:

  1. Go to ecu.sona-systems.com.
  2. Click on "Request Account" on the right side of the screen.
  3. Provide the required information, being careful to select the correct section in which you are enrolled.
  4. Check your e-mail for a verification message to complete your registration.
  5. Logon to ecu.sona-systems.com and complete the prescreen questionnaire.

Step 2

Earn credits. You can earn credits by doing the following:

  1. Participating in research studies offered throughout the semester. To sign-up for a research study visit ecu.sona-systems.com. Every hour of research participation will award you 1 credit. (More details regarding this option are noted below.)
  2. Reading research articles and taking the associated quizzes throughout the semester. Each passing quiz grade (i.e., 60% or greater)  awards .5 credits. (More details regarding this option are noted below.)
  3. Any combination of the above choices.


Additional Information About Earning Credits

Option #1: Participating In Research Studies

  • You can view available studies, sign up to participate, and track your credits on ecu.sona-systems.com. Studies will be worth varying amounts of credit depending on how long they take. Each hour of participation is worth 1 credit. Please note that many studies takes less than one hour to complete and subsequently award less credit.
  • When you sign up for a study, be sure to write down (1) the time and date when the study takes place, (2) the location of the study, (3) the researcher's name, and (4) the researcher's e-mail address. It is very important for you to show up promptly at the scheduled time. However, if you cannot attend a study that you have signed up for, go to ecu.sona-systems.com and cancel your appointment as soon as possible so that other students may sign up in your place. If it is less than 24 hours before your scheduled time, send an e-mail message to the experimenter informing him/her that you will not be there for your appointment. Please note that if you miss three (3) or more appointments you will be prevented from participating in further studies or Option #2 and will then have to complete the research requirement via Option #3.

Option #2: Reading Research Articles and Taking a Quiz

  • The research articles relating to this option are listed below. The number to the left of the article is the "Quiz Number." After reading one of these articles you will need to log into ecu.sona-systems.com and schedule a time to come to the Research Activities office in Rawl 127 to take the associated quiz. Time slots will be available under the Research Articles entry on ecu.sona-systems.com.
  • When you arrive for your appointment you must know the number of the quiz you wish to take (i.e., the "Quiz Number" to the left of the article). If you take the wrong quiz it will still be graded and you will have to schedule another appointment to take the correct quiz. Additionally, you may only attempt each quiz once. When taking the quiz you will have 10 minutes to complete it and will only receive credit if you score a 60% or better. Thus, it is critically important that you have read the article before attempting to complete the quiz. Additionally, you must be on time for your appointment. If you are more than 5 minutes late you will be required to reschedule for a later time. If you miss three (3) or more appointments you will be prevented from taking additional quizzes or participating in research studies (i.e., Option #1) and will then have to complete the research participation requirement via Option #3.
  • The research articles below are in .pdf format, so you can download them and read them on your computer or you can open the file and print out the article. Each passing quiz grade will award .5 credits. You may want to take notes to help you understand the article as the quizzes are open notes and you may look at the article as you are answering the questions.

Option #3: Reading Research Articles and Writing a Paper

  • This option is only for students who have failed to keep appointments that they have made for Options #1 and #2. This is not an option that may be engaged in without permission from the Research Activity Coordinator. The research articles relating to this option are listed below. After reading one of these articles you will need to write a three (3) page double spaced summary of the research that was presented in the study. This is to be written in 12-point Times New Roman font with 1" margins. Failure to following these formatting requirements will result in no credit being awarded. Each research summary will be submitted to the SafeAssign system to ensure that they are the original work of the student submitting it and not copied from the internet. Any plagiarized work will not receive credit. Each passing articles is worth .5 credits.

If the above steps are not completed by the indicated deadline then your final grade in PSYC 1000/1060 will drop by up to 5%.

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Research Articles