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Data Collection and Analysis, 7.5 Credits

Swedish name: Datainsamling och analys

This syllabus is valid: 2023-08-21 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: Three-grade scale

Responsible department: Department of Psychology

Revised by: Head of Department of Psychology, 2022-10-07


The course provides the knowledge and skills to plan, design, and conduct scientific studies in the field of psychology. Specifically, it provides both theoretical understanding of, and hands-on skills for, methods for data collection, including observation and interview techniques, construction of questionnaires, and for systematic reviews and meta-analyses. It also presents an overview of analytical methods that are appropriate for different research questions, research designs and methods for data collection. The course provides a broad range of examples of current psychological research to illustrate these perspectives, with respect to designs, methods for data collection, and analytical methods. Depending on the student's educational program, one follows either a cognitive science or a health psychology track.

Expected learning outcomes

After completed course the student should be able to show:

Knowledge and understanding
* knowledge about a range of data collection methods, such as observations, interviews, and questionnaires
* knowledge about a range of qualitative and quantitative data analysis methods

Skills and ability
* conduct or describe steps and procedures involved in qualitative and quantitative data analysis
* conduct or describe the steps and procedures involved in systematic reviews and meta-analyses
* demonstrate the ability to - in English - communicate knowledge in the present scientific field

Evaluation ability and approach
* evaluate one's own performance in practical exercises, 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/6.
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 with or without 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 the Director of studies.

The examination includes an individually written home examination and individually evaluated 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.


Valid from: 2023 week 34

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
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Doing interview-based qualitative research : a learner's guide
Magnusson Eva, Marecek Jeanne
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press : 2015 : 189 pages :
ISBN: 9781107062337
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Articles will be added based on the recommendation of the teacher responsible for the course / part of the course