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[H R 5023] Research in Human Relations - 109

Jorge Mendoza

Course Description

Research Methods in Human Relations


Prerequisite: admission to the degree program in human relations or permission of department. The particular focus will be on designing and implementing a research project related to the student's concentration in human relations.


The course provides essential skills in statistics, experimental and non-experimental designs, data analysis, and the principles useful in evaluating human relations research. Emphasis will be placed on understanding and interpreting statistical principles and techniques. Measurement issues impacting the interpretation and analysis of data in the social sciences will also be discussed. A substantial amount of class time will be devoted to data analysis (using a calculator and  Excel) and discussing the principles relevant to the design and implementation of  research with human subjects.


In summary, this course provides and introduction to the concepts of research design, methodology, sampling techniques, measurement, internal and external validity and the scientific method in general. The quantitative portion of the class will focus on descriptive calculations and the use and interpretation of inferential statistics. Students are encouraged to add Excel to their portable computers and bring them to class.


If you do not have Excel, you can add it for free to your computer by using your O.U. account. Please check with OU IT to find out how to do it.


Class Dates, Format, Location and Hours

Dates6/17-19 and 6/24-26, 2022
Location for on-site courses7751 1st Street Bldg. 201 SE, Tinker AFB, Oklahoma.
HoursFriday 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Saturday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sunday 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Last day to enroll or drop without penaltyMay 19, 2022

Site Director

NameBoston Snowden, M.Ed.
Office address/location7751 1st Street Bldg. 201 SE, Tinker AFB, Oklahoma.
Office hoursMonday – Friday, 0900-1700
DSN and CIV phone405-739-7365 or DSN 339-7365

Professor Contact Information

Course ProfessorJorge L. Mendoza, Ph.D.
Mailing AddressUniversity of Oklahoma, Psychology Dept., DAHT #737, Norman, OK 73019
Telephone Number(405) 325-4511
Professor availabilityThe professor will be available via email to students before and after the class sessions. On-site office hours are half an hour before and after each class session, by appointment.

Textbook(s) and Instructional Materials

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Seeing Through Statistics
Seeing Through Statistics
by Utts
Published by Cengage
ISBN: 9781285050881

Course Objectives

The objectives of this course are to:

• understand basic statistical principles that help us make inferences from samples to
populations and their probability foundation;
• learn some basic statistical procedures helpful in summarizing and analyzing data;
• examine the basic issues involved in establishing causality in research designs;
• learn to critically evaluate research projects;
• discuss issues relevant to behavioral measurements; and
• become familiar with basic statistical computations

Assignments, Grading and Due Dates

Pre-Class Assignments:

Before the first class meeting, the student is expected to have read the book. This is the only way that
we can ensure informed discussions and effective note taking in class. As you read the material, try
your hand at some of the exercises given in the book. Many answers appear in the back of the book. Do
not despair if you find that some of the material is hard to understand. We will try to cover all of the
chapters in the book.


Find an empirical article (an article with data) in a professional journal that you would like to read. Read
the article and write a report on how the authors used statistics to support their points. Use the OU library
to find the article (don’t use an article from the internet, unless it was published in a scientific journal).
You may not be able to understand all of the statistical procedures used in the study, but that is fine.
Briefly summarize the article then comment on the design of the study, the quality of the data, how the
sample was obtained, the hypotheses tested, and whether in your opinion the conclusions were supported
by the analyses. Make sure to reference the article in your report. Do not copy and paste. Write your own
report. The body of the report should be 2-3 singled pages long (not including title, references, etc.).

Grade Determination:

A student’s individual grade will be determined by how well he/she does on the Online final, the Survey,
the Take-home exam, and the journal article report. The survey will be 25 pts.; the report 35 pts., the
online final 50 pts., and the take-home final 50 pts.

The very last day for assignments to be turned in is July 3, 2022


This is a letter-graded course: A, B, C, D, or F.




Incomplete Grade Policy


Notice: Failure to meet assignment due dates could result in a grade of I (Incomplete) and may adversely impact Tuition Assistance and/or Financial Aid.


Attendance/Grade Policy

Attendance and participation in interaction, individual assignments, group exercises, simulations, role playing, etc. are valuable aspects of any course because much of the learning comes from discussions in class with other students. It is expected that you attend all classes and be on time except for excused emergencies.

Excused absences are given for professor mandated activities or legally required activities such as emergencies or military assignments. It is the policy of the University to excuse absences of students that result from religious observances and to provide without penalty for the rescheduling of examinations and additional required class work that may fall on religious holidays. Unavoidable personal emergencies, including (but not limited to) serious illness; delays in getting to class because of accidents, etc.; deaths and funerals, and hazardous road conditions will be excused.

If you are obtaining financial assistance (TA, STAP, FA, VA, Scholarship, etc.) to pay all or part of your tuition cost, you must follow your funding agency/institution’s policy regarding “I” (Incomplete) grades unless the timeline is longer than what the University policy allows then you must adhere to the University policy. Students who receive Financial Aid must resolve/complete any “I” (Incomplete) grades by the end of the term or he/she may be placed on “financial aid probation.” If the “I” grade is not resolved/completed by the end of the following term, the student’s Financial Aid may be suspended make the student ineligible for further Financial Aid.

Students are responsible for meeting the guidelines of Tuition Assistance and Veterans Assistance. See the education counselor at your local education center for a complete description of your TA or VA requirements.

OU faculty will submit grades online through ONE not later than 30 days after the course end date. Course end dates are approximately one calendar month after the final seminar date on this syllabus and are provided on the official scheduling website for reference.

Academic Integrity and Student Conduct 

Academic integrity means honesty and responsibility in scholarship. Academic assignments exist to help students learn; grades exist to show how fully this goal is attained. Therefore all work and all grades should result from the student's own understanding and effort.

Academic misconduct is any act which improperly affects the evaluation of a student’s academic performance or achievement. Misconduct occurs when the student either knows or reasonably should know that the act constitutes misconduct. Academic misconduct includes: cheating and using unauthorized materials on examinations and other assignments; improper collaboration, submitting the same assignment for different classes (self-plagiarism); fabrication, forgery, alteration of documents, lying, etc…in order to obtain an academic advantage; assisting others in academic misconduct; attempting to commit academic misconduct; destruction of property, hacking, etc…; intimidation and interference with integrity process; and plagiarism. All students should review the Student’s Guide to Academic Integrity at 

Students and faculty each have responsibility for maintaining an appropriate learning environment. All students should review policies regarding student conduct at 

Accommodation Statement

The University of Oklahoma is committed to making its activities as accessible as possible. For accommodations on the basis of disability, please contact your local OU Site Director.

Adjustment for Pregnancy/Childbirth-Related Issues

Should you need modifications or adjustments to your course requirements because of documented pregnancy-related or childbirth-related issues, please contact the professor as soon as possible to discuss. Generally, modifications will be made where medically necessary and similar in scope to accommodations based on temporary disability. Please see

Title IX Resources

For any concerns regarding gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, stalking, or intimate partner violence, the University offers a variety of resources, including advocates on-call 24/7, counseling services, mutual no-contact orders, scheduling adjustments, and disciplinary sanctions against the perpetrator. Please contact the Sexual Misconduct Office at or (405) 325-2215 (8-5), or the Sexual Assault Response Team at (405) 615 -0013 (24/7) to report an incident. To learn more about Title IX, please visit the Institutional Equity Office’s website at 

Course Policies

Extended Campus (also and formerly known as Advanced Programs) policy is to order books in paperback if available. Courses, dates, and professors are subject to change. Please check with your OU Site Director. Students should retain a copy of any assignments that are e/mailed to the professor for the course. Neither duplicating services nor office supplies are provided.

Any and all course materials, syllabus, lessons, lectures, etc. are the property of professor teaching the course and the Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma and are protected under applicable copyright.

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Statement on Respect

The classroom should provide a safe learning environment where students can express their views without fear of reprisal. That freedom of expression must be balanced by demonstrated respect for other’s viewpoints and appropriate and reasonable sensitivity, especially within the context of scholarly disagreement.  Disrespectful or uncivil dialogue (including, but not limited to, personal attacks, insults, or harassment) will not be tolerated.

Recording Devices/Phones/Computers

It is important for students to be fully present during class to fully benefit from lectures, discussions, and experiential assignments. Class sessions may not be tape-recorded. All telephones and pagers should be turned off or placed on silent mode. Computers may not be used during class. Students who require an exception to this policy should discuss exceptional circumstances with the professor.


Jorge L. Mendoza, Ph.D.


  • 1970 S. in Psychology, University of Illinois
  • 1970-1974 S. and Ph.D. in Psychology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma

Current Positions

  • Advanced Programs Professor since 1996
  • Professor of Psychology and Director of the Industrial Psychology Program, University of Oklahoma


Frequently Taught Advanced Programs Courses

  • HR 5113 Organizational Behavior in Human Relations
  • HR 5033 Leadership in Organizations
  • HR 5023 Research in Human Relations: Major Areas of Teaching and Research Interest


Representative Publications and Presentations

  • Stauffer, M. & Mendoza, J.L. (2001). The proper sequence for correcting correlation coefficients for range restriction and unreliability. Psychometrika, 66, No. 1, 1-6.
  • Mendoza, J.L. & Stafford, K.L. (2001). Confidence intervals, power calculations, and sample size estimation for the squared multiple correlation coefficient under the fixed and random regression models. Applied Psychological Measurement, 61, 650-667.
  • Mendoza, J.L., Stafford, K.L., & Stauffer, J.M. (2000). Large-sample confidence intervals for the validity and reliability coefficients. Psychological Methods, 5, No. 3, 356-369.
  • Carraher, S.M., Mendoza, J.L., Buckley, M.R., Schoenfeldt, L.F., & Carraher, C.E. (1998). Validation of an instrument to measure service-orientation. Journal of Quality Management, 2 (3), 211-224.
  • Schoenfeldt, F., & Mendoza, J.L. (1994). "Developing and using factorially derivedbiographical scales." In G.S. Stokes, M.D. Mumford, & W.A. Owens. (Eds). The Biodata Handbook: Theory, Research, and Applications. Palo Alto, CA: Consulting Psychologists Press, Inc.
  • Mendoza, L. (1993). "Fisher transformations of correlations corrected for selection and missing data." Psychometrika, 58, No. 4, 601-615.
  • McBride, A.A., Mendoza, J.L., & Carraher, C.M. (1993). "The development of a biodata instrument to measure service-orientation." Proceedings of the Midwest Division of the Academy of 36, 8-13.
  • Schoenfeldt, F., & Mendoza, J.L. (1990). "The role of computer in the practice of industrial and organizational psychology." In Gutkin, T.B., & Wise, S. (Eds.). The computer as adjunct in the decision-making process. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.


Representative Honors and Awards Received

  • Chair, American Psychological Association, Division 5 Membership Committee (1994)
  • President (1991) - Educational Statistician. (Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association)
  • President - Southern Society for Multivariate Experimental Psychology, 1977-1978
  • NIMH Grant Proposal Reviewer (Committee on violence and sexual assault) 1981-1985
  • APA Committee on Psychological Tests and Assessment 1985-1987
  • Proposal Reviewer NIH (Small Business Grants) 1987-1988
  • NIH Special Reviewer (Behavioral Medicine Study Section) 1992

Major Areas of Teaching and Research

  • Psychological Measurements and Statistics (Validation, Structural Equations, Biodata, Selection Procedures)
  • Organizational Behavior (Motivation, Leadership, Service Orientation)