Curricular Unit:Code:
Scientific Work Methodology990MTC
1MasterClinical and Health Psychology4 ects
Learning Period:Language of Instruction:Total Hours:
Winter SemesterPortuguese/English52
Learning Outcomes of the Curricular Unit:
Students should be able to:
OA1 - Deepen knowledge about fundamentals, paradigms, methods and techniques of investigation in clinical and health psychology;
OA2 - Identify and characterize in detail the steps inherent to the research process;
OA3 - Acquire and practice practical skills related to the design and planning of research in clinical and health psychology;
OA4 - Identify different obstacles associated with research in clinical and health psychology;
OA5 - Equating problem solving strategies in clinical and health psychology research.
CP1 - Introduction to research methodology
CP2 - Conceptual Phase: from the planning of an investigation
CP3 - Methodological Phase
CP4 - Empirical Phase
Demonstration of the Syllabus Coherence with the Curricular Unit's Objectives:
The UC program was developed with reference to the deepening of knowledge and skills required for the professional practice of psychology in the clinical and health context. Specifically, and based on an organization in 4 units of instruction (CP), it comprises programmatic contents that, based on the 5 previously established learning objectives (OA), privilege the acquisition and deepening of knowledge and skills in the following areas: introduction to the methodology of investigation; conceptual phase associated with the planning of an investigation; methodological phase; and empirical phase.
Teaching Methodologies (Including Evaluation):
In the course of the contact hours, the methodologies of expositive, demonstrative, participatory and active teaching are privileged. The hours of non-contact are dedicated to the autonomous work of the student. The assessment regime of the UC may be continuous or by final exam (end of semester, resource and special). In the continuous assessment, the following elements are considered: written work corresponding to the preparation of a research project (50%) and presentation and oral defense of said written work (50%) Students who do not obtain approval in the continuous evaluation can take the exam final writing (100%). For the ECTS credits, the student must demonstrate the acquisition of the defined objectives and competences, obtaining a final classification equal or superior to 9.5 values.
Demonstration of the Coherence between the Teaching Methodologies and the Learning Outcomes:
Demonstration of Coherence of Teaching Methodologies with the Learning Objectives of the Curricular Unit: The adopted teaching methodologies are aligned with the objectives of learning (OA) defined for the UC, aiming to provide the student with knowledge on paradigms and methodologies of scientific research in clinical and health psychology. It is also intended to stimulate spaces of applied discussion based on the themes chosen by the students in the scope of the research projects to be carried out in the scope of the continuous evaluation. In this context, we highlight the articulation of methodologies of an expository nature, where the presentation and development of the programmatic contents will be done, with more practical methodologies in which to stimulate critical reflections on them. The aim of this articulation is to promote an active learning that allows the deepening of the topics under study, the integration of theory with practice and the improvement of skills and professional skills in this area of activity. Specifically, the expository methodology, through the presentation and systematization of the subjects, will allow the development and conceptual and theoretical deepening; the demonstrative methodology, through the illustration and replication of intervention procedures, will allow the improvement of performance competencies; Finally, the participatory methodologies, through a critical and guided analysis of the research projects underway during the semester, will facilitate the refinement of research project design competencies, as well as a deeper study of the subjects under study. The hours of non-contact will be devoted to the student's autonomous work, where they will ensure the reading of the recommended bibliography and the accomplishment of the proposed activities in the scope of writing, so as to enable it to deepen, consolidate and apply the knowledge and to develop skills and competences in this field, as well as solving problems and difficulties in this area.
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