Quantitative methods as the basis for psychological science
Level of Study
Objectives and Content
The course provides an introduction to basic methods of describing, processing, and summarizing quantitative data. Instruction is given in common forms of organizing quantitative data, various approaches to describing and summarizing such data, as well as in key principles for drawing statistical inferences. Through practical exercises, students will gain experience in processing and summarizing quantitative information. Furthermore, the course will provide an introduction to how to evaluate and apply knowledge from quantitative research in psychological practice.
Upon completion of the course, the student shall have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:
- Can describe and differentiate main approaches to quantitative data analysis
- Can identify situations in which different forms of quantitative data analysis are relevant
- Know principles of organizing quantitative data
- Know basic statistical concepts such as central tendency, spread, and association
- Know principles of statistical inference
- Formulate research questions that are suitable for quantitative research
- Evaluate the quality of quantitative studies
- Produce simple univariat and bivariat statistics using standard software
- Interpret results from statistical analyzes of bivariate relationships and group differences
- Communicate results from statistical analyzes in accordance with scientific standards
By completion of the course the student will be able to:
- Take a critical and reflectively stand toward the possibilities and limitations of quantitative research.
- Prepare and organize quantitative data using standard software
Required Previous Knowledge
Due to the limited number of spaces available and special entry requirements, admission to the course is limited.
Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching
Lectures, seminars, and group exercises.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Attendance of seminars (approved by teacher)
Completed assignments that are related to the course theme (approved by teacher)
Forms of Assessment
Final assessment is a four hour course test in classroom.
Examination Support Material
Course curriculum and relevant study materials can be used during the exam.
The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.
Teaching material will be made known to the students before the start of each semester.
The course will be evaluated in accordance with the routine for participatory evaluation at the Faculty of Psychology, and Quality Assurance System at the University of Bergen.
Department of Psychosocial Science
The Faculty of Psychology
Department of Psychoscial Science
Information Centre at the Faculty of Psychology:
tel. (+47) 55 58 27 10