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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSO2043527, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
PS1085, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Department of reference Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology
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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 ANNA MARIA MANGANELLI M-PSI/05

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines M-PSI/05 Social Psychology 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

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

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
8 2019/20 01/10/2019 30/11/2020 MANGANELLI ANNA MARIA (Presidente)
BOBBIO ANDREA (Membro Effettivo)
CANOVA LUIGINA (Membro Effettivo)
7 2018/19 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 MANGANELLI ANNA MARIA (Presidente)
BOBBIO ANDREA (Membro Effettivo)
CANOVA LUIGINA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of Social Psychology and Psychometrics is useful.
Target skills and knowledge: This course aims to introduce the students to basic notions for planning and conducting research in social psychology. The expected knowledge and skills are as follows:
- being able to describe and evaluate the phases of the research process;
- being able to consciously choose a research method (experiment, survey ....) in relation to the object of the research;
- know the main characteristics of the chosen method (experimental designs, sampling plans), strengths and limits;

- being able to apply some of the main measuring instruments used in social psychology (in particular the multi-item scale based on the Likert model);
- know and be able to evaluate the psychometric characteristics of a measuring instrument (reliability and validity);
- know the issues concerning the validity of the research.
Examination methods: The exam is written with multiple-choice and open questions, and exercises. Oral examination to improve the obtained grade is not allowed.
Assessment criteria: Students' performance on the exam will be evaluated in terms of the understanding of the topics and in terms of the acquisition of the discipline concepts and technical language; will be considered also the capacity to apply methods autonomously and consciously.
Course unit contents: - The phases of the research process: from theory to presentation of results.
- Causality and experimental research: "true" experiments and quasi-experiments; experimental designs.
- Correlational research in Social psychology: survey research; introduction to sampling methods.
- Scale development and methods for the assessment of reliability and validity.
- The question of research validity.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The lessons, typically frontal, will concern the subjects above described. The student will deepen the topics by using the text book, the didactic materials and exercises.
Additional notes about suggested reading: All class materials will be made available on-line (on School Psychology Moodle platform).
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Corbetta, P., Metodologia e tecniche della ricerca sociale.. Bologna: Il Mulino, 2014. [cap. 3, 4, 5 (par. 1), 6 (par. 2, 3) 7 (par. 1, 2, 3, 6), 9, 13 (par. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.3,11.1), 14 (par. 1, 2.1 2.2 2.3, 7.1,7.2, 7.3)]. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Questioning
  • 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, ...)