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Research Seminar "Economic and Organizational Psychology"

Учебный год
Обучение ведется на английском языке
Курс по выбору
Когда читается:
1-й курс, 1-4 модуль


Course Syllabus


Abstract. The research seminar is aimed to introduce to students the international standards of good quality research in the field of economic and organizational psychology, to help them to choose the topic of their own study and to facilitate their work during first several stages of planning and conducting the research. During the seminar students will learn about the standards of contemporary scientific research, will know how to plan and organize their own research in the area of economic and organizational psychology, will develop their own project proposals, will train to create convincing presentations of their studies in order to participate in the scientific discussion.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The main objectives of the course are: •To introduce to students the international standards of good quality research in the field of social and cross-cultural psychology; •To develop students' abilities to participate in the scientific discussion; •To help students to develop their own research projects; •To teach students how to plan and organize their own research.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Know the international standards of high quality research in the fields of economic and organizational psychology Are able to assess critically perspectives, scientific and societal relevance of particular research directions
  • Are able to formulate problem statement, research questions, and hypotheses of the proposed study. Know how to develop their own research projects
  • Are able to critically analyze existing theories and articles in order to generate own text Are able to structure scientific text in a coherent way
  • Are able to participate in the scientific discussion; Are able to present effectively the results of the study.
  • Know how to plan and organize their own research Are able to describe and justify chosen research design and methodology.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Topic 2. Introduction to the research: structure and content. Formulating research questions and hypotheses
    Discussion of the purpose of research introduction in the process of planning and conducting an empirical study. Description and discussion of the standards, structure and content of the introduction to the study. A special emphasis is put on how to formulate problem statement, research questions, and hypotheses. As a result of this part of the course, students are required to prepare assignment 2 – an introduction to the year essay.
  • Topic 3. Writing a theoretical overview: information search and quality standards
    The guidelines for writing a good-quality theoretical overview are given, and the criteria for its assessment are discussed. Students perform a series of related assignments that lead them at the end to a logically organized, fully-developed theoretical overview. They describe the operationalization of the key concepts of their study, describe the key ideas of the future overview, and present the contents of this overview. Instructors and students in the group give feedback at all stages. As a result, students prepare assignment 3– a theoretical overview of their research topic.
  • Topic 4. Research design and methods in social psychology
    The purpose of this topic is to discuss different types of design and research methods (quantitative, qualitative, and mixed) in psychological studies. This topic also covers issues of the choice of appropriate design and test adaptation for different cultures based on the international experience, standards, and ethics. Particular attention is paid to psychometrical properties of the instruments (tests validity and reliability), and how to test them. As a result, students acquire theoretical knowledge and practical skills that will enable them to choose a research design and develop appropriate instruments for their own research. At the end of this part of the course students prepare assignment 4 – Research design.
  • Topic 5. Finalizing a year essay
    Students integrate all the knowledge and skills acquired during the course (reviewing research papers, creating an introduction, writing a theoretical overview), to finalize the text of their 1st year paper (year essay). Student also train to make a presentation of a research. As a result, students prepare the final text of their 1st year paper and present it at the last class of the research seminar before the official defense (for the details, see Appendices 2 and 3)
  • Topic 1. Introduction: Standards and evaluation criteria of academic work
    Introduction to the course: thematic plan, homeworks’ structure and content, methods of assessment and grading procedures. Lecture, followed by discussion about the types of articles according to APA, standards of conducting and reporting empirical research, criteria for writing a master thesis. Presentation of HSE library’s electronic resources. Practical session on using library’s electronic resources, work with keywords and search for literature. Students conduct an overview and analysis of psychological studies that impressed them the most. Group discussion about students’ research experience. Interests and possible topics for the 1st year term paper. At the end of this part of the course students prepare assignment 1 – a rationale for the chosen topic of the research.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Paticiparion in class activity
  • non-blocking Homework 1
  • non-blocking Homework 2
  • non-blocking Homework 3
  • non-blocking Homework 4
  • non-blocking Final examination
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (4 module)
    0.2 * Final examination + 0.1 * Homework 1 + 0.2 * Homework 2 + 0.2 * Homework 3 + 0.1 * Homework 4 + 0.2 * Paticiparion in class activity


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Coolican, H. (2014). Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology (Vol. Sixth edition). East Sussex: Psychology Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=753537
  • Goodwin, C. J., & Goodwin, K. A. (2017). Research in Psychology : Methods and Design (Vol. Eighth edition). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1639428
  • McGuire, W. J. (1997). Creative hypothesis generating in psychology: Some useful heuristics. Annual Review of Psychology, 48(1), 1. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev.psych.48.1.1
  • References/Bibliography APA Based on the “Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association ” 6 th edition. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.BC8916D8
  • Rosenthal, R., & DiMatteo, M. R. (2001). META-ANALYSIS: Recent Developments in Quantitative Methods for Literature Reviews. Annual Review of Psychology, 52(1), 59. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev.psych.52.1.59
  • White, L. (2005). Writes of Passage: Writing an Empirical Journal Article. Journal of Marriage & Family, 67(4), 791–798. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1741-3737.2005.00175.x

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Gavin, H. (2008). Understanding Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology. Los Angeles: SAGE Publications Ltd. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=518813
  • Green, B. N., Johnson, C. D., & Adams, A. (2006). Writing narrative literature reviews for peer-reviewed journals: secrets of the trade. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.86A0B01A
  • Hastings, C., & Herbert, B. E. (2016). Effective Strategies in Writing and Research: Workshop Presentations. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.29A7997F
  • Horst, J. S. (2016). The Psychology Research Companion : From Student Project to Working Life. London: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1067605
  • Janusheva, V. (2017). Choice and Formulation of the Topic in the Five-Paragraph Essay and Quality of the Students’ Written Expression in Rm. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.2BC3AF8
  • Kaul, A. (2005). The Effective Presentation : Talk Your Way To Success. New Delhi: Sage Publications Pvt. Ltd. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=283706
  • Patten, M. L. (2017). Educational and Psychological Research : A Cross-Section of Journal Articles for Analysis and Evaluation (Vol. Third edition). London: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1360606
  • Ylijoki, O.-H. (2001). Master’s Thesis Writing from a Narrative Approach. Studies in Higher Education, 26(1), 21–34. https://doi.org/10.1080/03075070020030698