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Research Methods

Informacje ogólne

Kod przedmiotu: 2500-EN_O_13 Kod Erasmus / ISCED: 14.4 / (0313) Psychologia
Nazwa przedmiotu: Research Methods
Jednostka: Wydział Psychologii
Grupy: obligatory courses for 1 year
Punkty ECTS i inne: (brak)
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Język prowadzenia: angielski
Rodzaj przedmiotu:


Skrócony opis: (tylko po angielsku)

This course will introduce students to the variety of ways to conduct

research in psychology.

Pełny opis: (tylko po angielsku)

During this course we will use two basic perspectives while looking at the

psychology as a science. We will try to identify all the things psychology

has in common with other empirical sciences, as well as indicate the

unique characteristics of psychology making psychological research so

fascinating and - sometimes - difficult.

The aim of the seminar is to take an in-depth look at some of the topics

covered during the lecture. Learning the basics of research methods is a

bit similar to second-language acquisition: it requires some patience and

plenty of practice. Due to the large amount of required readings this

course might be demanding in terms of both time and effort. Hopefully it

will be counterbalanced by the selection of interesting research examples

covering diverse topics including sex, drugs, rock-and-roll and

psychologists trapped forever in “scientific hell”.

At the end of the course students are expected to understand and

consciously apply knowledge concerning diverse aspects of psychological

research methodology: scientific method and its philosophical

underpinnings, different ways of conducting research, basics of

experimental design, confounds and ways of dealing with them, theory of

psychological measurement, problems of reliability, internal and external

validity, basic notions used in statistics, as well as ethical issues involved

in conducting and communicating research results.

Literatura: (tylko po angielsku)

The basic handbook is Research Methods. A Process of Inquiry by Anthony

M. Graziano & Michael L. Raulin 7th edition)

Some additional resources will be made available during the semester

Efekty uczenia się: (tylko po angielsku)

Learning outcomes  Student will become aware of the differences between common

sense and scientific knowledge based on empirical findings. (K_W11)

 Student will know basic concepts and notions related to experimental

and non-experimental research methods. (K_W12)

 Student will gain conceptual understanding of basic statistical

concepts (descriptive statistics, significance testing, etc.). (K_W09,


 Students knows different methods used to operationalize

psychological concepts including basic understanding of

psychometrics. (K_W12, K_W13)

 Student knows how to conceptualize psychological problems by

formulating hypotheses and research questions. (K_U03)

 Student understands the complex interplay between finding the

optimal research solution and limitations stemming from ethical

standards. (K_U13)

 Students is able to critically assess validity of research finding

reported in mass-media. (K_U17)

 Student has basic skills needed to undertake empirical research

projects. (K_K01)

 Student follows ethical standards and responsibilities of members of

scientific community. (K_K03)

Metody i kryteria oceniania: (tylko po angielsku)

Assessment methods and criteria

The Final grade depends on:

For the lecture part:

 Quizzes

 Final exam (multiple–choice questions)

 The final score will be a weighted average computed according to the

following formula: 20%* (quizzes) + 80% * (final exam score)

 To pass the lecture part, your total score AND your final exam score

should be above 50%

For the seminar part:

 Quizzes

 Presentation

 Final test

 The final score will be a weighted average computed according to the

following formula: 30%* (short quizzes) + 30%* (presentation) + 40%*

(final exam).

 In order to pass the course, both the seminar part and the lecture

part must be above 50%

Grading scale:

95% + = 5!

90-94% = 5

80-89% = 4.5

70-79% = 4

60-69% = 3.5

50-59% = 3

below 50% = 2 (fail)

Attendance rules

For the lectures:

1. Attendance is not obligatory, however I strongly recommend not to

skip the lectures.

2. There is no way to make up for the points lost due to the absence

during short in-class quizzes.

For the seminars:

1. Attendance is obligatory. No more than two unexcused absences are


2. There is no way to make up for the points lost due to the absence

during short in-class quizzes.

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