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Academic Competencies II (2 º Sem 2016/2017)

Code: L5245
Acronym: L5245
Level: 1st Cycle
Basic: No
Teaching Language(s): Portuguese, English
Friendly languages:
Be English-friendly or any other language-friendly means that UC is taught in a language but can either of the following conditions:
1. There are support materials in English / other language;
2. There are exercises, tests and exams in English / other language;
3. There is a possibility to present written or oral work in English / other language.
1 6.0 0.0 h/sem 18.0 h/sem 18.0 h/sem 0.0 h/sem 0.0 h/sem 0.0 h/sem 1.0 h/sem 37.0 h/sem 113.0 h/sem 0.0 h/sem 150.0 h/sem
Since year 2013/2014
Pre-requisites The students of this CU are supposed to have a minimum level of competence in the English language, as it includes guests that will teach in English; besides, it can be taught in English if there will be foreigner students attending the classes.
Objectives This course aims to provide students with information and conceptual training in the techniques, methods, and ethics of the design, implementation, and dissemination of research in psychology. This course has a large practical component, in which students will have the opportunity to take part in all phases of research, from conception to dissemination.
Program Syllabus (S):
S1. Defining and conceptualizing the problem under study:
S1.1. Identification and definition of the research problem.
S1.2. Theoretical research about the principle constructs.
S1.3. Identification and definition of working hypotheses.
S2. Ethics in research: appropriate treatment of human subjects.
S3. Definition of plan of study and operationalization of variables:
S3.1. Selection of study plan and assessment of research quality.
S3.2. Questions of translation, instrument adaptation and conceptualization of new materials.
S4. Logistic preparation of the research study:
S4.1. Management of participants.
S4.2. Logistic organization.
S4.3. Monitoring and implementation of data collection.
S5. Analyses of quantitative and/or qualitative data.
S6. Dissemination of research results:
S6.1. Poster presentation.
S6.2. Writing a scientific article.
Evaluation Method Two regimes: continuous and periodic.
A) Continuous:
1. Writing the article on the research work (method, results, discussion) (40%)
3.Practical Laboratories (10%): Participation in the research process
4.Oral presentation (10%)  
5.Test (40%)
B) Periodic:
1. Writing a scientific article (50%)
2. Exam (50%)
Passing grade: Minimum of 8.5 on all assignments (Minimum of overall average grade: 9.5).
Teaching Method 1.Theoretical-practical lessons: Explanation, reflection and application of the research content; data analysis through lectures and participatory methodologies.
2.Practical laboratories: Monitoring the process of research (design, implementation, and dissemination).
3. Tutorial: monitoring and answering questions.
4. Self-study: Students must study and work independently and cooperatively with their colleagues.
Observations The students of this CU are supposed to have a minimum level of competence in the English language, as it can be taught in English if there will be foreigner students attending the classes.
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Breakwell et al. (2000). Research methods in psychology (2ed.). London: Sage.
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Reis, H. T, & Judd, C.M. (2000). Handbook of research methods in social and personality psychology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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Searle, A. (1999). Introducing research and data in psychology: A guide to methods and analysis. London: Routledge.