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200131 SE Master's Thesis Seminar (A) (2021S)

2.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 20 - Psychologie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 20 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Wednesday 24.03. 13:00 - 18:00 Digital
Wednesday 21.04. 13:00 - 18:00 Digital
Wednesday 19.05. 13:00 - 18:00 Digital
Wednesday 16.06. 13:00 - 18:00 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

This course aims to train students at proficiently performing the steps necessary to conduct an empirical study in psychology when starting from nothing but a designated topic (see below). This is a 2-semester course program. Attendance to summer 2021 course is not mandatory but strongly recommended. This first semester aims to prepare the students to conduct an experiment or a survey for their master project in winter semester 2021.
The steps:
(1) Become familiar with a topic
(2) Find a research question and formulate hypotheses
(3) Identify and assess the methods available
(4) Design your study
(5) Implement your study
(6) Conduct the study
Program: The students will be taught the steps 1 to 4 in this semester and steps 5-6 in the next semester. The students will be requested to produce a group-based report for each step from 1 to 4 and will be evaluated on these bases. Groups of 4-5 students will be created.

Assessment and permitted materials

Grading system: 5 group reports (written in English, 800 words, bibliographical references excluded) counting 60% in total; one oral presentation per group counting 20%; writing peer-feedback on another group’s reports counting 10%; individual participation in class and online counting 10%.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Good language skills in English. Attendance is compulsory; students may be absent for no more than two lectures. A positive assessment (i.e., obtaining at least 60% of the maximum achievable points) of all the homework/assessment criteria is necessary for a positive overall grade.

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