PSYB90H3 Supervised Introductory
Research Project in Psychology
2020-2021 Fall-Winter Sessions
Department of Psychology & Neuroscience
Requirements and Deadlines
The supervised introductory research course is to be completed over two consecutive semesters, and is worth 0.5 credits.
You will gain fundamental research skills and hands on experience conducting psychological research. This work will
enable you to better understand and think about core findings in psychology which you will learn about in subsequent
courses at the B-, C-, and D-level, and in particular prepare you for research projects at the higher levels of the
psychology, mental health studies and psycholinguistics programs (e.g., theses, supervised studies).
The due date for your assignment is the last day of classes in the winter term: Monday, April 5, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. This is
a fixed university deadline and is NOT subject to change by you or by your faculty supervisor. A penalty of 5% per day
will apply after the due date. In extraordinary cases, an extension of up to 5 business days can be approved by the Chair
of the Division, and should be requested at the earliest possible time to Hanan Domloge, email@example.com.
Extensions beyond 5 business days can only be granted through a formal petition.
Ordinarily, you will begin the research at the start of the semester, meeting with your faculty supervisor to determine
the details and schedule of the project you will be working on. Once under way, you will work on carrying out the
project, meeting regularly with your supervisor(s) and fellow lab members.
Following each meeting, you will complete a research journal to keep you on track with your project (see Evaluation and
Submission section below).
Specific projects will require different levels of student involvement. However, you will have “hands-on” supervision of
the day-to-day work by your supervisor(s) and other members of the lab. The scope of the project will be reduced so
that you learn about the entire experimental project, but home in to develop proficiency in a narrower portion of the
project commensurate with the knowledge and skills of a second-year undergraduate student. The first entry in the
research journal should clearly outline your tasks and responsibilities. Toward the end of the winter semester, you
should be presenting drafts of your final report to your supervisor(s) for feedback and revision, so that everything can
be finalized by the deadlines specified above.
Undergraduate students conducting an independent research project for a course that involves human participants will
need to complete, along with their faculty supervisor, an Undergraduate Ethics Review Protocol Form – Student-
Initiated Projects. It is the responsibility of both the student and the supervisor to understand and comply with federal
and University policies governing research involving humans and to submit an ethics protocol. This should be discussed
in your early meetings with your supervisor. Completed forms must be submitted both in soft copy to psychology-
firstname.lastname@example.org and hard copy to Ainsley Lawson (SW427C) for review by the Psychology Delegated
Ethics Review Committee prior to data collection. Once approved, a protocol number and expiry date will be provided.
Protocols may take up to 3-4 weeks to be reviewed so it is highly advisable to submit protocols early and within the first
term of the course-based research project to avoid delays in project completion. Course-based research reviewed
through the Psychology Delegated Ethics Review Committee must be minimal risk in order to proceed.