Course plan

Syllabus Psychology Ma, Experimental psychology, 7.5 Credits

General data

  • Code: PS035A
  • Subject/Main field: Psykologi
  • Cycle: Second cycle
  • Credits: 7.5
  • Progressive specialization: A1N - Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
  • Answerable department: Psychology and Social Work
  • Answerable faculty: Faculty of Human Sciences
  • Established: 9/10/2013
  • Date of change: 10/3/2014
  • Version valid from: 8/15/2014


The aim of this course is to give a general base for experimental psychology and some orienting guidelines in different types of experimental designs used in psychological research.

Course objectives

After completion of the course the student will be able to:

Knowledge and Understanding:
· Describe the research methods more used in experimental psychology
· Describe some advantages and problems related to different types of methods.

Competence and skills:
· Have the ability to choose adequate methods for different types of research questions
· Show ability to design an experimental study, departing from a specific research question defined together with the teacher.

Judgment and approach:
· Show ability to critically review experimental studies.


In this course we will present some of the methods more used in experimental psychological research and discuss advantages and problems with them. The focus will be on the training of skills that the student can apply in his/her own research.

In order to achieve that, the main topics are:
· General presentation of different types of studies that represent experimental psychological research.
· Critical scrutiny of experimental research and discussion about possible ways of reducing methodological shortcomings.
· Departing from a research area defined together with the teacher/supervisor, plan and design a feasible experimental study.

Entry requirements

Degree of Bachelor with 90 credits in psychology, including thesis work of at least 15 credits, or corresponding foreign education.

Selection rules and procedures

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

Teaching form

Teaching is done in the form of supervision of project work, where the student works closely with the supervisor, to focus, apply, and evaluate the knowledge obtained in the planning of a research study.

Examination form

The course is examined by way of a written report that is orally presented and discussed in seminar form.

Link to subject-specific criteria for marks

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: Shadish, W.R., Cook, T.D., & Campbell, D.T.
  • Title: Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs.
  • Publisher: Belmont, USA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning
  • Edition: Senaste upplagan
  • Author: Mandler, G.
  • Title: A History of Modern Experimental Psychology: From James and Wundt to Cognitive Science Experimental Psychology.
  • Publisher: London: Bradford Books
  • Edition: Senaste upplagan
  • Author: Kantowitz, B.H., Roediger, H. L, & Elmes, D.
  • Title: Experimental Psychology.
  • Publisher: Stanford, USA: Cengage Learning
  • Edition: Senaste upplagan