Psychological research methods (2013/2014)

Course partially running (all years except the first)

Course code
4S02437
Name of lecturer
Margherita Pasini
Coordinator
Margherita Pasini
Number of ECTS credits allocated
9
Academic sector
M-PSI/03 - PSYCHOMETRICS
Language of instruction
Italian
Location
VERONA
Period
Sem IA, Sem IB

Lesson timetable

Sem IA
Day Time Type Place Note
Tuesday 2:00 PM - 3:40 PM lesson Lecture Hall 2.3  
Wednesday 2:00 PM - 3:40 PM lesson Lecture Hall 2.3  
Thursday 2:00 PM - 3:40 PM lesson Laboratory Aula Informatica WIN  
Sem IB
Day Time Type Place Note
Tuesday 2:00 PM - 3:40 PM lesson Lecture Hall T.1 from Nov 18, 2013  to Nov 28, 2013
Tuesday 2:00 PM - 3:40 PM lesson Laboratory Aula Informatica WIN from Dec 3, 2013  to Dec 12, 2013
Tuesday 3:40 PM - 5:20 PM lesson Laboratory Aula Informatica WIN from Dec 17, 2013  to Dec 17, 2013
Wednesday 2:00 PM - 3:40 PM lesson Lecture Hall T.1 from Nov 18, 2013  to Nov 28, 2013
Wednesday 2:00 PM - 3:40 PM lesson Laboratory Aula Informatica WIN from Dec 3, 2013  to Dec 12, 2013
Wednesday 3:40 PM - 5:20 PM lesson Laboratory Aula Informatica WIN from Dec 18, 2013  to Dec 18, 2013
Thursday 2:00 PM - 3:40 PM lesson Laboratory Aula Informatica WIN from Nov 18, 2013  to Dec 19, 2013

Learning outcomes

THE COURSE AIMS TO:

- develop in students a body of knowledge and critical understanding of the research process in psychology, in particular with regard to research methodology and various quantitative and qualitative research methods;
- equip students with a range of secondary research skills required to critically examine and appraise published research articles, especially concerning training processes;
- enable students to plan, conduct, present and critically evaluate a Research Project meeting the standards of professional research.

PRACTICAL TRAINING SESSIONS
Practical training sessions will be provided, in order to help students to develop computer skills in order to manage a simple research process in psychology. These practical training sessions will follow the steps:
- bibliographical research
- data gathering and data entry
- data analysis (descriptive and inferential statistics), base level.

Open-source and/or very common packages will be used.

At the end of the practical training session a test could be performed, with an evaluation of max 3 scores, that will be added to the final evaluation

Syllabus

From theories to hypotheses: the birth of a research; the experimental model; the experimental designs and the question of the control; alternative strategies to experimental methods; the validity of a psychological research; measurement in psychology and psychological testing; the data collection; the data analysis; from laboratory to field, from quantity to quality; the communication of the results; research in organizational psychology.

Textbooks for the examination
1. Di Nuovo S., Hichy Z. (2007) Metodologia della ricerca psicosociale, Il Mulino, Bologna.
2. Lucidi, F., Alivernini, F., Pedon, A. (2008) Metodologia della ricerca qualitativa (chapters: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6).

For oral examination, it's useful the last chapter of the textbook "Metodologia della ricerca psicosociale", and one of the following proposals which will be commented during the course (see attached files):

1. Poncheri, R., Lindberg, J. T., Thompson, L. F., & Surface, E. A. (2008). A comment on employee surveys: Negativity bias in open-ended responses. Organizational Research Methods,11, 614-630.

2. Rousseau C; Benoit M; Gauthier M; Lacroix L; Alain N; Rojas MV; Moran A; Bourassa D. (2007), Classroom Drama Therapy Program for Immigrant and Refugee Adolescents: A Pilot Study, Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 12, 451-465.

3. Probst, T.M. (2004). Safety and insecurity: Exploring the moderating effect of organizational safety climate. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 9, 3–10.

4. Rousseau, V., Salek, S., Aubé, C. et Morin, E.M. (2009). Distributive justice, procedural justice, and psychological distress: The moderating effect of coworker support and work autonomy. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 14, 305-317.

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam is in two stages. Part I is a written multiple choice examination, and Part II is an oral examination, only for the students who pass Part I.

Textbooks for Part I:
- Di Nuovo S., Hichy Z. (2007) Metodologia della ricerca psicosociale, Il Mulino, Bologna.
- Lucidi, F., Alivernini, F., Pedon, A. (2008) Metodologia della ricerca qualitativa (chapters: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6)

The oral part (Part II) will deal with the analysis of a psichological scientific report, randomly chosen during the exam. COmpetences concerning Methods and Data Analysis will be assessed.

Part I will be weighten more than Part II:
Weight of Part I = 4
Weight of Part II = 1

Maximum 3 points can be added to the final evaluation (Part I + Part II), given the result of the practical training session test.

Teaching aids

Documents