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School of Psychology
COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY AND PSYCHOBIOLOGY
Course unit
TECHNIQUES OF INVESTIGATION IN COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
PSP3050270, 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
COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY AND PSYCHOBIOLOGY
PS1082, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination TECHNIQUES OF INVESTIGATION IN COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
E-Learning website https://elearning.unipd.it/scuolapsicologia/course/view.php?idnumber=2018-PS1082-000ZZ-2016-PSP3050270-N0
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Branch PADOVA
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

Lecturers
Teacher in charge FRANCESCA PERESSOTTI M-PSI/01

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-PSI/01 General Psychology 6.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
hours
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 01/10/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2015 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
6 2018-1 01/01/2018 30/09/2019 PERESSOTTI FRANCESCA (Presidente)
GALFANO GIOVANNI (Membro Effettivo)
NAVARRETE SANCHEZ EDUARDO (Membro Effettivo)
SCALTRITTI MICHELE (Membro Effettivo)

Syllabus
Prerequisites: Basic ideas in cognitive psychology, descriptive statistics
Target skills and knowledge: The aim of the course is introducing students to experimental design choice and to discuss the principal experimental paradigms used in cognitive science. The students will be trained to critical thinking of empirical research. The objectives are: a) to develop capacity for critically evaluating "scientific evidence" that is communicated in academic journals, the popular press, and other outlets b) develop skills in designing and conducting research studies, collecting and analyzing data, drawing appropriate conclusions based on statistical results; c) communicate ideas, methods and results.
Examination methods: The final grade will consist of: - a final written exam (70%), -the presentation of a research project (30%). The research project will be elaborated in group and presented during classes. The written exam consists of few (1/3) theoretical questions and 1 or 2 practical exercises.

For those who are unable to attend lessons, learning will be based on the content of the textbook, and the final mark will be made by the weighed average of a written exam (70%) and of the preparation of a research project to be delivered and discussed with the teacher just after the written test (30%).
Assessment criteria: The final exams tests the acquisition of theoretical contents of the lectures. It consists of a series opened questions. The evaluation of the group presentation is based on the capacity to develop a research project, to individuate the research questions, the methods to be used, the appropriate experimental design.
Course unit contents: Experimental design
Variables and operationalization
Inferential statistics rationale: understand, identify and discriminate between different types of statistical inference
Resul Interpretation
Ethical standards of research
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The classes are organized in lectures, group and discussion activity, individual work. Individual work consists of personal study and the preparation of short reports that will be corrected in class. Attending classes is recommended. Many of the arguments are not included in the text book
Additional notes about suggested reading: Support materials will be available in the Moodle site of the Course
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Shaughnessy, J. J., Zechmeister, E. B., Zechmeister, J. S., Metodologia della Ricerca in Psicologia. Milano: The McGraw-Hill Companies, 2012. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Action learning
  • Problem solving
  • Peer feedback
  • Active quizzes for Concept Verification Tests and class discussions
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Good Health and Well-Being Quality Education Gender Equality Reduced Inequalities