Syllabus Psychology, MA, Research Method I, Statistics and Research Design, 7.5 Credits

General data

  • Code: PS056A
  • 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: 3/9/2016
  • Date of change: 9/28/2018
  • Version valid from: 9/28/2018


This course aims to provide a solid basis in research methods in psychology and quantitative statistical analysis.

Course objectives

After completing the course, students will:

Knowledge and understanding
- be able to identify and describe the basic research methods used in psychological research.
- be able to describe the principles behind the use of ANOVA, multiple regression and factor analysis.

Skills and abilities
- be able to choose adequate research method based on the research problem.
- be able to decide when the use of ANOVA, multiple regression and factor analysis is appropriate, and be able to interpret and evaluate the obtained results.
- be able to use statistical programs (e.g., SPSS) to run and interpret ANOVA, multiple regression and factor analysis.

Judgement and approach
- be able to critically evaluate methodological aspects in different types of studies in research on emotions, and detect possible threats to validity.


A general view of the different types of research methods used in psychology will be presented and discussed, with specific emphasis on the identification of the more frequent threats to the validity of different studies. The student will develop the capacity of critically evaluate different types of research studies within the field of emotions. The course will also provide skills in analysis of variance, multiple regression and factor analysis, focusing on the practical utilization and interpretation.

Entry requirements

A bachelor's degree of at least 180 credits (ECTS) with a major in psychology. Alternatively, a bachelor's degree of at least 180 credits (ECTS) with a different major and 60 credits in psychology. Alternatively, 180 credits (ECTS) in psychology without the requirement of having a completed degree.
English B/English 6 from Swedish gymnasium or the equivalent.

Selection rules and procedures

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

Teaching form

The course is a distant learning course with a limited number of compulsory meeting on campus in Östersund, Sweden. Participation - via distance communication means - is compulsory throughout the course. Students are required to actively participate via the course room at the university's learning platform. The platform is the primary communication tool used for students and teachers, and students will find all information needed to complete the course in the course room.

Examination form

The course will be examined through active participation in seminars and discussions, on site and online, as well as through written evaluation.

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 for generalized causal inference.
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Cengage Learning.
  • Edition: Senaste upplagan (latest edition)
  • Author: Coolican, H.
  • Title: Research methods and statistics in psychology.
  • Publisher: Psychology Press.
  • Edition: Senaste upplagan (latest edition)
Forskningsartiklar enligt lärarens anvisning. Research articles, as instructed by the teacher.