Scientific Methods: Meta-Analysis
Language of instruction
On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:
The candidate should have knowledge about:
- what defines meta-analysis and its pros and cons
- variance and precision of effects sizes
- methods for coding of study quality
- effect size heterogeneity
- different biases in meta-analysis
- sensitivity analysis
- network meta-analyses
The candidate should be able to
- conduct systematic literature searches
- calculate effects sizes based on a wide range of effect types
- conduct fixed effects and random effects meta-analyses
- measure effect size heterogeneity
- correct for/control for biases
- perform moderator and meta-regression analyses
- accurately and systematically report meta-analytic data
The candidate should:
possess knowledge about meta-analytic procedures, be able to critical evaluate meta-analyses and to conduct meta-analyses and report meta-analytic data
Course registration and deadlines
Students need to sign up two weeks in advance at studentweb.
Recommended previous knowledge
Basic statistical knowledge
2 x 8 hours lectures + preparation 12 hours. The candidates are required to submit a paper including meta-analysis of five studies within their own research field (e.g based on prevalences, correlations/associations, group differences / treatment/interventions).
Form of assessment
For this course several evaluation forms are been used:
- Mandatory paper
Who may participate
Open for candidates at the Faculty of Psychology, University of Bergen. Candidates from other faculties or from other universities/colleges may be granted admission upon request.
Supplementary course information
The course provides a basic introduction to meta-analysis as a tool for research synthesis.
The aims are to give the candidates both a theoretical and practical introduction to meta-analysis; to equip the candidates with skill necessary to conduct meta-analyses and report results from meta-analyses.
The course contains themes such as:
- systematic literature search
- extraction of data for meta-analysis
running fixed and random effect size meta-analyses
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Faculty of Psychology
Reading list will be distributed prior to course start.
Faculty of Psychology, University of Bergen