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Quantitative methods as the basis for psychological science

  • ECTS credits5
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codePSYCH301A
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
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ECTS Credits

5 ECTS

Level of Study

Master

Teaching semester

Autumn

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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student shall have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:

Knowledge

Students

  • 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

Skills

Students can

  • 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

General competence

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 home exam.

Examination Support Material

Course curriculum and relevant study materials can be used during the exam.

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.

Assessment Semester

Autumn

Reading List

Teaching material will be made known to the students before the start of each semester.

Course Evaluation

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.

Programme Committee

Department of Psychosocial Science

Course Administrator

The Faculty of Psychology

Department

Department of Psychoscial Science

Contact

Contact Information

Information Centre at the Faculty of Psychology:

tel. (+47) 55 58 27 10

E-mail: exchange@psyfa.uib.no

Exam information