Advanced Methods in Psychological Research

Course Information
TitleΠροηγμένες Μέθοδοι στην Ψυχολογική Έρευνα / Advanced Methods in Psychological Research
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
Course ID600016413

Programme of Study: Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology

Registered students: 8
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Clinical PsychologyCompulsory Course2110
Clinical NeuropsychologyElective Courses belonging to the selected specialization4210

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours2
Total Hours26
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Learning Outcomes
With the successful completion of the course, students will be familiar with the ethical principles that govern scientific research and they will have acquired scientific writing skills. In addition: Students who completed the Quantitative Methods part... 1) they will be able to select the most appropriate method to test their research hypotheses 2) they will be able to deal with the shortcomings of correlational studies 3) they will be able to test and interpret mediation, moderation, and moderated mediation 4) the will be able to design and conduct a valid experimental or intervention study 5) they will know the basic principles of structual equation modeling and they applications for psychometric evaluation, path analysis, and growth models 6) they will be aware of the basic principles of multi-level modeling and their applications for the study of dyads and within-person variations. Students who completed the Qualitative Methods part ... 1) will be familiar with the epistemological background of quality research methods 2) will be able to choose the appropriate qualitative method for answering their research questions 3) will be able to design and conduct a study that involves the production and the analysis of qualitative data 4) will be able to structure and write a detailed research report
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
This course concerns advanced research methods in psychology. All students follow courses on research ethics and academic writing . Next, students decide -on the basis of their research interests- whether they want to follow CYCLE A that concerns QUANTITATIVE METHODS, or CYCLE B that concerns QUALITATIVE METHODS. In the quantitative methods part of the course students get acquainted with different advanced, quantitative methods. First, the limitations of correlational studies are evaluated, and alternative approaches that overcome some of these limitations are discussed. These include experimental studies, cross-lagged designs, growth models, multi-level methods and the study of dyads. Furthermore, the course covers the main principles of structural equation modeling for analyzing and evaluating psychometric data. Also, hypotheses of mediation, moderation and moderated-mediation are studied in depth. In the qualitative methods part of the course, emphasis is placed both on specific methodologies, as well as, on the general philosophical principles that underlie the Qualitative Methods approach to the social world. Methods of collecting/generating data that are taught include observation, interviews and focus groups, collecting protocols and records. Methods of analysis include Qualitative Content Analysis, Grounded Theory, Thematic Analysis, Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, Narrative Analysis and Discourse Analytic Methods. Ethnographic approaches and Action Research Principles are also addressed. Finally, issues of "validity" and "reliability" from the point of view of qualitative research are discussed. Both the Quantitative and Qualitative parts of the course include lectures on the fundamental principles of scientific writing. Also both combine lectures with seminars where students have the opportunity to practice certain methods of data collection and analysis.
methods of research
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
power point presentations use of learning platform
Course Organization
Reading Assigment602.3
Written assigments783
Student Assessment
Participating students are evaluated with regard to the part of the course that they have chosen to follow. With regard to the Quantitave Part, students are evaluated on the basis of three (3) assingments that will be completed during the semester, and written exams at the end of the course. Each assignment corresponds to 20% of the final mark, while exams correspond to 40% of the final mark. With regard to the Qualitative Part evaluation is based on a)course work and/or presentations of research articles (focused on the methodology used) conducted in groups during the semester and corresponding to 30% of the final mark and b) individual research proposal, to be submitted at the end of the semester, corresponding to 70% of the final mark.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative)
Additional bibliography for study
Κάτσης, Α., Σιδερίδης, Γ., & Εμβαλωτής, Α. (2010). Στατιστικές μέθοδοι στις κοινωνικές επιστήμες. Μοτίβο. Willig, C. (2015). Ποιοτικές μέθοδοι έρευνας στην ψυχολογία: Εισαγωγή. Gutenberg.
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