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School of Psychology
PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE
Course unit
BASIC RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY
PSP5070137, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE
PS2192, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination BASIC RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Branch PADOVA
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be chosen as Optional Course unit

Lecturers
Teacher in charge MICHELE VICOVARO M-PSI/01

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines M-PSI/03 Psychometrics 6.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 02/10/2017
End of activities 19/01/2018

Syllabus
Prerequisites: None
Target skills and knowledge: Understand the main scientific methods applied in psychological research. Learn how to design a research, to implement it, to collect, analyze and interpret research data. Critically understand characteristics of both qualitative and quantitative methods in psychological research.
Examination methods: Written exam including multiple choice items, open questions and exercises to be solved. The possibility of an optional oral integration will be provided, in the form of a research project to be presented to the class.
Assessment criteria: Specific and critical knowledge about research methods in psychology will be evaluated as well as the ability of understanding and applying the correct methods in specific situations.
Course unit contents: Psychology as a science;
Research Ethics;
Phenomena, models, and theories in Psychology;
The concepts of sample, variable, and relationship between variables;
Measurement in psychology;
Basics of statistical analysis;
Experimental research designs;
Quasi-experimental research designs;
Non-experimental research designs and single case studies;
Validity: internal, external, construct and statistical.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Frontal and interactive lessons, with individual and group exercises.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Slides, exercises and further matherials will be available as learning tools.

Supplementary textbook (optional):
Breakwell, G. M., Smith, J. A., & Wright, D. B. (Eds.) (2012). Research Methods in Psychology. SAGE. [Chapters 1-11]
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Price, P.C., Psychology Research Methods: Core Skills and Concepts. --: Flat World Knowledge, 2012.