Nanyang Technological University
Division of Psychology
Research Participant Program
Instruction Handout for Research Participants
Academic Year 2006/2007 Semester 2
RP Program starts: 24th January 2007
RP Program ends: 14th April 2007
Overview of program
The Research Participant (RP) Program is a scheme which requires ALL students reading
HP101 (Introduction to Psychology) to participate in approved psychological research studies
conducted by staff, graduate students and senior undergraduates of the division.
The main purpose of the program is to provide researchers with a pool of participants to draw
upon for their research projects. It also serves to give new psychology students a personal
experience of how psychological studies are conducted through participation in the various
studies as research participants.
Important things to note
Participation in the program is compulsory for all students reading HP101 (Introduction
to Psychology), unless students opt to write an essay as a substitution (details of essay
provided by the instructor).
As a Research Participant (RP), you must participate in enough research studies to
accumulate a total of TEN (10) RP credits (i.e. 5hours – one credit for each ½ hour).
Given that the number of studies available and the number of students reading HP101
may differ across semesters, the total number of credits to be accumulated for a RP will
differ accordingly. That is, the requirement to accumulate 10 credits mentioned above
applies only to the current semester.
Accreditation for participation in the program is on a half-hourly basis. RPs will get 1
credit for participating in studies that take half an hour or less. Studies that take more than
half an hour will be credited accordingly (e.g., a 45-minute study will give 2 credits).
If you fail to fulfill the credit requirements, you will be penalized by having 1/2 mark
deducted from your final course grade for every credit that you are short of.
The deadline for completion of your RP credits is on 14th April 2007.
Things you need to do
1) Log on to: http://ntuhss.sona-systems.com/ to find out what are the available approved
You will be sent an email containing the user ID and password after the add-drop period
is over. Please keep this information confidential. You may change your password after
you login to the system.
After you login, you MUST provide your full name, matriculation number and contact
number when you request for an account. This is to ensure that the researcher can contact
you whenever there is any last minute change.
VERY IMPORTANT: If you did not receive an email informing you of the user ID and
password by Friday, 26th January 2007, please send a request to the RP Coordinator
The RP program will start on Wednesday, 24th January 2007. As the studies are posted
as and when the researchers are ready to recruit RPs, please check the website regularly
for any new studies.
Please note that credits can only be earned by participating in the studies posted on this
2) Sign up for an approved study.
Please carefully read all the instructions and note any restrictions (e.g. gender, age etc)
that may disallow you from participating in that particular study.
When you sign up, please choose a time slot that you are certain you are free to attend.
3) Take note of the details of the study.
Upon signing up, you will receive a confirmation email providing you with the date, time,
location, and name of researcher for the study. You can also review the information on
the website when you log in.
A reminder email will be sent to you a day before the session which you signed up.
It is important that you keep a record of the date, time and venue of the study so
that you will remember to attend the study. Failure to attend a signed-up session
without valid reason will result in “No Show” penalty.
4) Turn up for the study on time.
Please be punctual. More than 10 minutes late for a study without a valid reason will be
penalized as a “No Show”. You will be required to do an additional one credit (over and
above the 10 required RP credits) for every 1-RP credit study that stated you as “No
When you turn up for a study, you must remember to give your informed consent to
participate in the study by signing the RESEARCH PARTICIPANT ATTENDANCE
LIST. If not, your participation will not be credited in the event that there is any dispute
regarding your participation. However, should you, for any reason or at any time during
the study, decide against proceeding with the study, you are free to do so without penalty.
The credit will be awarded to you 3 days (72 hours) after you attended the session. You
will receive an email notifying you that you are awarded the credit(s) designated for the
study. If you do not receive such an email after 72 hours, please contact the researcher to
enquire. If you do not hear from the researcher after repeated attempts, you can contact
the RP Coordinator (Dr Venus Lee Sau-Lai; firstname.lastname@example.org) or the HP101 instructor
(Dr. Joyce Pang Shu Min; email@example.com) for help.
5) The RP Program will end on 14th April 2007. Please make sure that you review your
credit records online to find out the number of credits you would still need to fulfill
before the end date of the RP Program.
If you find any anomaly in your credit records, you must approach the RP Coordinator
(Dr Venus Lee Sau Lai) within a week after the end of the RP Program. Any
disagreement thereafter will not be entertained.
If you disagree with the credit records shown online, you must be able to provide proof to
show that you have done more than what the record is showing. Thus it is important to
keep a record of the researcher’s information for all those studies that you have attended.
Your dispute will not be investigated if you fail to provide any proof.
Please note that if you fail to participate in any study by 14th April, you will be penalized
with a 5-mark deduction from your final course grade.