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Data Collection and Analysis, 7.5 Credits

Swedish name: Datainsamling och analys

This syllabus is valid: 2021-08-23 and until further notice

Course code: 2PS103

Credit points: 7.5

Education level: Second cycle

Main Field of Study and progress level: Psychology: Second cycle, has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
Cognitive Science: Second cycle, has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements

Grading scale: VG Pass with distinction, G Pass, U Fail

Responsible department: Department of Psychology

Revised by: Head of Department of Psychology, 2021-03-11


The course deals with scientific methodological approaches in psychology with respect to (i) methods for data collection that includes observation techniques, construction of questionnaires, interview technique, and systematic review, and (ii) overview of analytical methods that are appropriate for different research questions, research designs and methods for data collection. For a broad understanding of the research process, examples of current psychological research will also be given to illustrate these perspectives, designs, methods for data collection, and analytical methods. Depending on the student's educational program, one of two separate tracks is followed: a cognitive science or a health psychology.

Expected learning outcomes

After completed course the student should be able to show:
  • an in-depth knowledge of methods for data collection and data analysis,
  • a considerable knowledge of observation techniques, construction of questionnaires and interview technique,
  • the ability to critically integrate knowledge through a systematic review of the current literature,
  • an in-depth understanding for different analytical methods from the different perspectives of philosophy of science that are appropriate for different research questions, research designs and methods for data collection, 
  • the ability to evaluate scientific primary studies and systematic reviews with good insight in what critical aspects to consider.

Required Knowledge

Univ: 90 credits (Higher Education Credits/ hp) in any subject.

Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish Upper Secondary course English A.
Where the language of instruction is Swedish, applicants must prove proficiency in Swedish to the level required for basic eligibility for higher studies.

Form of instruction

The teaching forms include lectures, practical exercises under supervision, and seminars.

The right to receive teaching and supervision applies only during the time the course, for which the student is registered to, is ongoing.

Examination modes

Examining elements are indicated in the schedule. All existing teaching within the course can be subject for examination. Decisions on any deviations from the current form of assessment will be made by concerned Director of studies.

The examination includes a written examination, practical exercises, and oral presentations at seminars.

For the written exam the grades are: Fail, Pass, Pass with distinction. Students can do five examinations for up to two years after course registration. To pass it's required that all examinations and compulsory modules are approved. Grades are assessed by the results of examinations from the different parts, and are only given when all mandatory elements are approved. Students who do not pass the examination are able to apply for supplementary examination according to the Code of rules and procedures for the undergraduate education. A student who has failed twice on a course, or part of a course, are entitled to have another examiner, unless there are special reasons against it (the Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 6. § 22). Requests for new examiners are made to Board for undergraduate education at the Department of Psychology. This syllabus will be considered at least twice, for up to two years, after the course registration. Exceptions to this rule can be made, for example when the course has had fundamental scientific changes.

Deviations from the form of examination in the syllabus can be made for a student who has pedagogical support due to disabilities. Individual adjustments of the examination form is determined based on the student's needs. The examination form is adjusted within the framework of the expected learning outcomes of the syllabus. After a request from the student the study counselor shall, in consultation with the course coordinator and examiner, promptly decide on the adjusted form of examination. The decision is then to be announced to the student.

Other regulations

Before course start the student is expected to have knowledge in research methodology corresponding to, for example, Graziano, A. M., och Raulin, M. (8th ed.) (2012). Research Methods: A Process of Inquiry. New York: Addison Wesley Longman.


Valid from: 2021 week 34

Fumerton Richard A.
Malden, MA : Blackwell Pub. : 2006. : x, 145 p. :
ISBN: 1-4051-2566-7 (hardcover : alk. paper)
Search Album, the University Library catalogue

Publication manual of the American Psychological Association
6. ed. : Washington, D.C. : American Psychological Association : cop. 2010, [eg. 2009] : xviii, 272 p. :
ISBN: 978-1-4338-0561-5 (pbk)
Search Album, the University Library catalogue

Experimental and quasi-experimental designs for generalized causal inference
Shadish W. R., Cook T. D., Campbell D. T.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin : cop. 2002 : xxi, 623 s. :
ISBN: 0-395-61556-9
Search Album, the University Library catalogue

Audi Robert
The Cambridge dictionary of philosophy
2. ed. : Cambridge : Cambridge University Press : 1999 : xxxv, 1001 s. :
ISBN: 0-521-63136-X (inb.)
Search Album, the University Library catalogue