Course plan

Syllabus Psychology Ba (C), Research Methods - Design and Statistical Analysis, 7,5 credits

General data

  • Code: PS099G
  • Subject/Main field: Psykologi
  • Cycle: First cycle
  • Progression: (C)
  • Credits: 7.5
  • Progressive specialization: G2F - First cycle, has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
  • Answerable department: Psychology
  • Answerable faculty: Faculty of Human Sciences
  • Established: 11/25/2009
  • Date of change: 9/30/2016
  • Version valid from: 8/28/2017


The course aims to deepen knowledge of the quantitative method’s data analysis and design, and using interview as way to collect data in the qualitative method.

Course objectives

On completion of this course students will be able to:

Knowledge and understanding
• use statistical software to calculate and interpret ANOVA.
• describe and compare the most frequently used post hoc tests.

Competence and skills
• choose method of analysis of variance based on research question and data.
• based on a given field, plan and carry out a qualitative field survey (qualitative target 8).
• present/report qualitative data

Judgment and approach
• determine when factor and regression analysis can be used, and also interpret and evaluate results using these methods.
• critically review and evaluate qualitative findings.


In-depth studies in ANOVA and multivariate analysis.
Quasi-experimental designs and statistical considerations.
Factor analysis and regression analysis, focusing on knowing how to use and interpret.

The qualitative interview and the qualitative research process.
Qualitative data processing and interpretation of qualitative data.

Selection rules and procedures

The selectionprocess is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance and the local order of admission.

Teaching form

Teaching forms include teaching and group sessions in the statistics part of the course, and supervision and seminars in the qualitative part of the course.

Examination form

Examined through a written examination.

Link to subject-specific grading criteria:

Grading system

The grades A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F are given on the course. On this scale the grades A through E represent pass levels, whereas Fx and F represent fail levels.

Course reading

Required literature

  • Author: Willig, C.
  • Title: Qualitative Interpretation and Analysis in Psychology
  • Publisher: Open University Press
  • Edition: Senaste upplagan/latest edition
  • Author: Shadish, R.W., Cook, & Campbell.
  • Title: Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs
  • Ort: Boston, MA
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
  • Edition: Senaste upplagan/latest edition
  • Comment: Kapitel ett till och med tio, 340 sidor
  • Author: Lantz, A.
  • Title: Intervjumetodik
  • Ort: Stockholm
  • Publisher: Studentlitteratur AB
  • Edition: Senaste upplagan/latest edition
  • Author: Howitt, D.
  • Title: Introduction to qualitative metohods in psychology
  • Publisher: Pearson Custom Publishing
  • Edition: Senaste upplagan/latest edition
  • Author: Dancey, C. P., & Reidy, J.
  • Title: Statistics without maths for psychology
  • Publisher: Trans Atlantic Publications
  • Edition: Senaste upplagan/latest edition
Swe: Till kurslitteraturen kan tillkomma artiklar enligt specifikation från lärare.

Eng: Articles specified by the teacher may be added to the course reading.
Other information
Attendance at the course seminars, group work, and laboratory session is compulsory. Students not meeting the requirement of compulsory attendance may be given the opportunity to make up the work missed the next time the course is offered.
All undervisning är examinationsgrundande och seminarier, gruppövningar och laborationer är obligatoriska. Student som ej uppfyller krav om obligatorisk närvaro kan ges möjlighet att komplettera detta under det följande året eller vid nästkommande tillfälle som kursen ges.