Course: Experimental method 2

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Course title Experimental method 2
Course code PCH/EM2B
Organizational form of instruction Lesson
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Charvát Miroslav, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
The content of the course EM2B are mainly presentations of students' experiments. In case of some additional time specific technical problems which can occure during the implementation of the experimental design will be discussed.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Dialogic Lecture (Discussion, Dialog, Brainstorming), Projection (static, dynamic), Laboratory Work, Activating (Simulations, Games, Dramatization)
  • Homework for Teaching - 15 hours per semester
  • Attendace - 20 hours per semester
  • Semestral Work - 40 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
Experimental Method 2 This course is composed of presentations of the results from the experimental exercises made by students in the course EXP1. These experiment (presentations) are then discussed in the class and critically evaluated. Approximately 2 or 3 experiments (each about 30 minutes) are discussed once in a week according to the schedule.
Students in pairs (or threesome) gain some practice in planing and preparation of experimental design. The main output is the execution and presentation of small experiment. Students will learn how to evaluate experiment. They can practise the discussion skills. Skills (Student ...): - has working experience in a small team with other students (2-4 persons). - practices to realize experiment of their own design. - is able to explain the process and results of his own experimental work in the form of presentation - presents the process and results of his/her experimental work in front of a group of listeners - critically evaluates published or presented experiment and discusses its strengths and weaknesses.
The course EM2B is a compulsory subject (A category) Prerequisites: course EM1B.

Assessment methods and criteria
Student performance, Analysis of Activities ( Technical works)

Conditions for accomplishment: Presentation of the experiment and its results in PowerPoint (about 15-30 min.) - It must be an experiment or quasiexperiment! (see methodological literature) - It must be from the psychology field. - It must be the original work (inspiration and repetition of famous experiments is possible). - Presentation should include: a) brief theoretical background or introduction to the problem, b) the research question - hypothesis c) a description of the sample and methods of sampling d) a description of the design of the experiment, e) comprehensive presentation of the results with comments and interpretations f) discussion or evaluation
Recommended literature
  • Coolican, H. (1999). Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology. London.
  • Cumminsová, D. (1998). Záhady experimentální psychologie. Praha.
  • Ferjenčík, J. (2000). Úvod do metodologie psychologického výzkumu. Praha.
  • Hoskovec, J. (1992). Tajemství experimentální psychologie. Praha.
  • Maxwell, S.E., Delaney, H.D. (2004). Designing experiments and analyzing data. London.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Arts Psychology (2015) Psychology courses 3 Winter