PSYb1120 Research methods in psychology

Faculty of Social Studies
Autumn 2019
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
doc. PhDr. Martin Vaculík, 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. 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 P51 Posluchárna V. Čermáka
  • Timetable of Seminar Groups:
PSYb1120/01: Mon 16. 9. 10:00–11:40 U23, Mon 30. 9. 10:00–11:40 U23, Mon 14. 10. 10:00–11:40 U23, Mon 11. 11. 10:00–11:40 U23, Mon 25. 11. 10:00–11:40 U23, Mon 9. 12. 10:00–11:40 AVC, J. Procházka
PSYb1120/03: each odd Monday 8:00–9:40 U23, M. Vaculík
PSYb1120/04: each odd Monday 10:00–11:40 U23, S. Ježek
Prerequisites (in Czech)
! PSY112 Research methods && ( PSY117 Statistics || PSYb1170 )
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:
a. propose and conduct a psychological research project;
b. formulate research goals, research questions and hypotheses;
c. choose appropriate research design;
d. choose appropriate sampling method and data collection method;
e. work with scientific literature according to standards;
f. 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.

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