PSY112 Research methods in psychology

Faculty of Social Studies
Autumn 2018
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
doc. PhDr. Martin Vaculík, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Lenka Dědková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. Mgr. Stanislav Ježek, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. Mgr. et Mgr. Hana Macháčková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Ing. Mgr. Jakub Procházka, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Ludmila Dudášová (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Tomáš Kratochvíl (assistant)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Martin Vaculík, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology - Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: doc. PhDr. Martin Vaculík, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Department of Psychology - Faculty of Social Studies
each even Monday 8:00–9:40 P24
  • Timetable of Seminar Groups:
PSY112/01: each even Monday 10:00–11:40 U23, M. Vaculík
PSY112/03: each odd Monday 8:00–9:40 U23, S. Ježek
PSY112/04: each odd Monday 10:00–11:40 U23, J. Procházka
Prerequisites (in Czech)
PSY117 Statistics
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The main aim of this course is to introduce students essentials of psychological research. During this course students are taught how to conduct psychological research and how to review research reports.
Learning outcomes
Student will be able to:
- propose and conduct a psychological research project;
- formulate research goals, research questions and hypotheses;
- choose appropriate research design;
- choose appropriate sampling method and data collection method;
- work with scientific literature according to standards;
- write research report.
  • The course is organized as a series of biweekly topics which include lectures, seminars, homework and required reading.
  • 1. The science of psychology, research ideas and hypothesis, ethics
  • 2-3. Research designs - nonexperimental and experimental designs
  • 4. Research methods
  • 5. Sampling
  • 6. Writing research report, publication standards
    required literature
  • GOODWIN, C. James. Research in psychology : methods and design. 5th ed. Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons, 2007. xxiii, 597. ISBN 9780471763833. info
  • Úvod do metodologie psychologického výzkumu :jak zkoumat lidskou duši. Edited by Ján Ferjenčík - Petr Bakalář. 1. vyd. Praha: Portál, 2000. 255 s. ISBN 80-7178-367-6. info
    recommended literature
  • SHAUGHNESSY, John J., Eugene B. ZECHMEISTER and Jeanne S. ZECHMEISTER. Research methods in psychology. 7th ed. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2006. xiv, 578. ISBN 0071116559. info
Teaching methods
- Lectures; - Team work on research project; - Feedback on projects; - Discussion at seminars.
Assessment methods
- Assessment of the final research project (40 p);
- Two multiple-choice tests (15 p);
- Final written exam (20 p);

Seminars are obligatory (5 form 6). Multiple-choice tests contain theoretical questions. Final exam contain applied questions based on short research report.

To pass the course, student needs to meet all deadlines, finish both multiple-choice tests, get at least 20 p. form the project, at least 10 p. from the final exam and at least 35 p. together.

A (63 and more), B (62 – 56), C (55 – 49), D (48 – 42), E (41 – 35), F (34 and less).
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 1999, Autumn 2000, Autumn 2001, Autumn 2002, Autumn 2003, Autumn 2004, Autumn 2005, Autumn 2006, Autumn 2007, Autumn 2008, Autumn 2009, Autumn 2010, Autumn 2011, Autumn 2012, Autumn 2013, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016, Autumn 2017.
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