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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSO2044571, A.A. 2018/19

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2016/17

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
PS1082, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH METHODS
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge SERGIO CESARE MASIN

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines M-PSI/03 Psychometrics 9.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 63 162.0 No turn

Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2015 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
7 2019 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 NUCCI MASSIMO (Presidente)
DA POS OSVALDO (Membro Effettivo)
STEFANUTTI LUCA (Membro Effettivo)
VIDOTTO GIULIO (Membro Effettivo)
6 2018-1 01/10/2018 30/09/2019 MASIN SERGIO CESARE (Presidente)
DA POS OSVALDO (Membro Effettivo)
STEFANUTTI LUCA (Membro Effettivo)
VIDOTTO GIULIO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: With reference to the prerequisites assessed in the admission test to the Degree Course, useful knowledge are those relating to "logical, numerical and verbal skills" and those relating to "mathematical knowledge".
Knowledge of General Psychology and Psychometrics is also required.
Part of the course material will be written in English; therefore, a minimum knowledge of written English is recommended.
Target skills and knowledge: Knowledge will be acquired on techniques for measuring mental quantities (eg: laws and methods of psychophysics) and for identifying the laws of information integration in Psychology.
Critical thinking skills about the use of these methods will also be acquired.
Examination methods: Written assignment with open questions possibly supplemented by numerical exercises.
Assessment criteria: The evaluation is based on the understanding of course topics, on the acquisition of the proposed concepts and methodologies and on the correctness of the solution of the exercises possibly assigned.
Course unit contents: In the first part of the course the techniques for measuring mental quantities will be discussed (eg: historical excursus, laws and methods of psychophysics and statistical functions such as the method of least squares or estimates and productions of magnitude). The second part of the course will illustrate the psychological theory of information integration and the related methodology of functional measurement. The analysis and design of experiments in psychology will also be proposed.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Exposure of theory, numerical exercises, experiments in classroom.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The text for the course can be one of the two indicated reference texts.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Anderson N. H., Foundations of information integration theory. New York: Academic Press, 1981. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Purghé F., Metodi di psicofisica e scaling unidimensionale. Torino: Boringhieri, 1997. Cerca nel catalogo

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  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)