2023-2024 / PSYC5867-1

Methodological foundations of psychological sciences


30h Th

Number of credits

 Bachelor in psychology and education : speech and language therapy3 crédits 
 Bachelor in psychology and education : general3 crédits 


André Ferrara, Maxime Morsa

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This course constitutes a first approach to the use of the scientific approach to answer fundamental or applied research questions in psychology and speech therapy; it provides a general introduction to the main types of quantitative research (descriptive, correlational and experimental research). Potential biases linked to the use of traditional methods such as observation, questionnaires and measurement scales but also experimental designs are examined.

This course will also provide a brief introduction to qualitative research.


Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The course helps developing critical thinking relatively to the use of the scientific approach in psychology. It initiates the student into the hypothesis operationalization and the conception of an experimental design, viewing potential biases which could impact the experiment validity.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

On eCampus : screencasts and exercises to progress in the material of the reference manual.

Face-to-face: summary, answers to questions, exercices and in-depth study.

It will be necessary to follow the instructions provided during the session and on eCampus.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Hybrid learning.

Recommended or required readings

Required manual: A. Myers & C. Hansen (2007). Psychologie expérimentale. De Boeck.   Additional notes and illustrations to the textbook will be provided through eCampus (PDF files).

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions )

Additional information:

The written exam, in addition to the open questions, may also include TRUE / FALSE and / or MCQ questions.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

The eCampus platform will serve as the main support for learning; it will therefore be necessary to follow any updates in terms of content and exercises on this platform.

In preparation for the classroom sessions, the eCampus platform will offer learning activities via screencasts.

The face-to-face sessions will provide concrete examples of research in several sectors of psychology and speech therapy. They will allow you to return to and deepen the material presented in the screencasts. Attendance at the course is therefore strongly recommended.


Ferrara André (04/366.22.32 - a.ferrara@uliege.be)

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