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RESEARCH METHODOLOGY WITH ELEMENTS OF STATISTICS
METODOLOGIA DELLA RICERCA CON ELEMENTI DI STATISTICA

A.Y. Credits
2019/2020 8
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Marco Bruno Luigi Rocchi tuesday 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. and by appointment after class
Teaching in foreign languages
Course with optional materials in a foreign language English
This course is entirely taught in Italian. Study materials can be provided in the foreign language and the final exam can be taken in the foreign language.

Assigned to the Degree Course

Psychology - Sciences and Techniques (L-24)
Curriculum: PERCORSO COMUNE
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Learning Objectives

The course aims to give students a methodological training and basic statistics, not separated from the acquisition of an operational capability in the face of real problems.

Program

1. Outline of probability (2 hr). 

2. Population and sample (2 hr). 

3. Measuring scale variables (2 hr). 

4. Main indices of position (arithmetic mean, median and mode) and dispersion (variation range, variance, standard deviation, coefficient of variation, quartiles, interquartile range) (4 hr). 

5. bivariate statistics: regression and correlation (4 hr). 

6. Main distributions: Binomial, Poisson, Gaussian (6 hr). 

7. The sampling distributions: distribution of the sample mean and t-distribution (2 hr). 

8. Tests: the z test; the Student t test (for one and two samples) (6hr). 

9. Confidence intervals for means and proportions (2 hr). 

10. Classification of trials (1 hr).

11. The scientific method and unscientific methods (1 hr). 

12. The research protocol: the rationale, the literature search, randomization, blindness, experimental design, sample size, assessment tools and their psychometric properties (reliability, validity, responsiveness, least significant difference, sensitivity and specificity), deviations from the protocol and their treatment, critical reading of a scientific paper (16 hr).

Bridging Courses

None

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

In relation to the methodology of research with elements of statistics, 

students should show possession of: 

- the mastery of basic skills; 

- the understanding of the fundamental concepts of the discipline 

- the ability to use knowledge and concepts to reason according to the logic of the discipline.

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Supporting Activities

Seminars; guided exercises


Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment

Didactics

Frontal lessons

Attendance

None; participation is strongly recommended

Course books

Rocchi MBL: Statistica e metodologia della ricerca per le discipline biomediche e psicocomportamentali, Edizioni Goliardiche, Trieste, 2007 (pag. 250)

Assessment

Written test (30 multiple choice quizzes in 30 minutes); the oral exam is optional (after passing the written test )

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students

Didactics

No differences with respect to attending students

Attendance

No differences with respect to attending students

Course books

No differences with respect to attending students

Assessment

No differences with respect to attending students

Notes

The student can request to sit the final exam in English with an alternative bibliography. (Course with optional materials in a foreign language) 

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