Course Description

Course Name

Principles of Psychological Research

Session: VDNS3121

Hours & Credits

18 Credit Points

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


Develops an understanding of the methods, procedures and logic used in psychological research and the ability to think critically about research design and outcomes in Psychology.

This paper aims to familiarise students with psychological theory, standard designs, measures and analyses used in psychological research and with the underlying rationale and evidence used to interpret effects from experiments, correlational studies and qualitative investigations. Students will learn about the techniques used for the measurement of behaviours, abilities, attitudes and psychophysiological states, primarily in humans, but also in some animal models.

Course Structure
This course involves laboratories and lectures. Topics covered include:
-Measurement and analysis of psychological variables
-Performance measures
-Measures of ability and individual differences
-Measuring attitude and attitude change
-Psychophysiological measures
-Ethical principles of psychological research
-Interviewing individuals and groups
-Using photographs and media as qualitative data
-Methods of measuring brain activity

Laboratory Work: Psychology is an empirical subject, and laboratory work is an important part of it. Topics in the laboratory programme are related to those covered in the lectures.

-Eight homework assignments worth 3% each 24%
-Test 26%
-Final examination 50%

Learning Outcomes
-Students will have the ability to think critically about research design and outcomes in psychology
-Demonstrated ability to choose an appropriate method for investigating a psychological issue, to justify that choice and to interpret the results obtained

Recommended Readings: Goodwin, C. J. (2013). Research in psychology: Methods and design (7th ed.). New York: John Wiley & Sons.

For Prof Franz's lectures, suggestions for supplementary readings will be given in class and notes, but there is no required or recommended text book.

*Course content subject to change