Course: Introduction to methodology of psychological research

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Course title Introduction to methodology of psychological research
Course code PCH/UMPV
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course not specified
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course unspecified
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
Introduction to methodology (defining the field, the characteristics of science, evaluation of scientific theories, scientific literature, dynamics of theory testing) Concepts, systems, research plans. Population and sampling (sample, population, methods of selection of participants) Variables (dependent and independent variable, SOR scheme, adverse effects, relationships between variables, control variables) Research Design 1 (experiment, quasi-experiment, factorial designs) Research Design 2 (correlation studies, ex-post-facto, development designs, surveys) Methods of data collection. Statistical methods (descriptive statistics, statistical tests) Fundamentals of psychometry (scales of measurement, normal distribution, standard scores) Validity, reliability, standardization. Ethical and other aspects of psychological research and publishing (research, rights of participants, informed consent, the responsibility of the researcher, the possibilities for publication)

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture, Monologic Lecture(Interpretation, Training), Projection (static, dynamic)
  • Homework for Teaching - 40 hours per semester
  • Preparation for the Exam - 60 hours per semester
  • Attendace - 20 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
UMPV The course is designed to familiarize students with the basics of scientific work and research. Students will gain knowledge of the different phases of scientific research and its specifics in the humanities. Students will be familiarized with the theory of scientific research methods, logic of this method of learning, ethical rules and the possibilities for research, further zorientují the basic concepts and methodological approaches. Space will be devoted to the problems of modeling and reduction in psychological research, operacionalizaci and definition, formulation of research problem, questions and hypotheses, then the preparation of research plan.
Students will get oriented in the foundations of the scientific method. They will learn to consider the possibilities and the limits of the scientific research methods in psychology. They will understand the conditions of logical empiricism and evidence based approach. In addition they will learn to work with database literature systems.
This subject is obligatory (category A), there are no prerequisites. Folow-up subjects: MPV1, 2, 3, 4.

Assessment methods and criteria
Written exam

Students will rehearse the recommended literature, presentations and their notes from lectures. On this basis they will be evaluated. The final graded examination is in the written form.
Recommended literature
  • Babbie, E. (1995). The Practice of social Research. Belmont.
  • Coolican, H. (1999). Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology. London.
  • Ferjenčík, J. (2000). Úvod do metodologie psychologického výzkumu. Praha.
  • Goodwin, C.J. (1999). Research in Psychology.
  • Punch, K. F. (2008). Základy kvantitativního šetření. Portál, Praha.

Study plans that include the course
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