Curricular Unit:Code:
Experimental Psychology783PEXP
2UndergraduatePsychology6 ects
Learning Period:Language of Instruction:Total Hours:
Spring SemesterPortuguese/English78
Learning Outcomes of the Curricular Unit:
The course aims at acquiring knowledge and skills in the area of empirical research on Experimental Psychology. Students must have skills for the realization of research project, due to learning and using patents in methods of assessing and selected in the course syllabus.
I. The scientific research in Psychology:
1. Nature of scientific knowledge;
2. Theories and models of scientific research;
3. Production of scientific knowledge: deduction and inductive reasoning.
II. Scientific method, issues, assumptions and variables:
1. Definition of the research problem. Functions of literature;
2. Formulation and classification of hypotheses and their acceptance or rejection statistics;
3. Selection of the variables and measurement scales.
III. Scientific criteria:
1. Control in research, validity and accuracy.
IV. Descriptive method:
1. Definition of descriptive studies;
2. Plans observation.
3. Limits and advantages of the method.
V. correlational method:
1. Definition and characterization of the correlational method;
2. Prediction and causality;
3. Functions and limits of the method.
VI. Differential method:
1. Definition and characterization of the differential method;
2. The issue of control.
3. Functions and limits of the method.
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Demonstration of the Syllabus Coherence with the Curricular Unit's Objectives:
The Programatic Contents (PC) were delineated in terms of Learning Goals (LG) of the course:
PC1 corresponds to LG1 (Part I)
PC2 corresponds to LG2 (Part II)
CP1 are addressed in the main approaches to the influential Experimental Psychology at the current psychology and research methods, along with their historical background and their fields of practice;
CP2 are addressed in the fundamentals and practical advice for every stage of the research process simulating being in the role of investigator procedures, the presentation of the research project in the area of psychology and the individual or the group research project developed exposure.
Teaching Methodologies (Including Evaluation):
Theoretical-practical classes:
- Presentations using projections, explanations on the board, exemplifications, practical cases on video
- Summary and discussion of scientific papers
- Development of small exercises to be solved in the classroom, solving problems and doubts
Normal season:
- Individual work - 50%
- Group work - 50%
Demonstration of the Coherence between the Teaching Methodologies and the Learning Outcomes:
Since the course consists of theoretical-practical lessons, teaching methodologies are diverse. Thus, exposure of theories and key concepts of Experimental Psychology should always be related to practical aspects of professional activity of the psychologist. Through the interrogative method teachers can ensure the acquisition of the same concepts. Afterwards students can apply the learnings made in cases of future professional practice in small practical work and in independent research work.
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