Class Laboratory of Academic Competences

  • Presentation


    Given psychology¿s scientific status, it is necessary that students grasp a range of practical skills regarding the management of scientific information in this field. These skills include searching and critically appraising scientific information, along with writing scientific texts and reporting scientific information both in writing and orally. This curricular unit aims to foster these skills through practical exercises with supervision in all laboratory classes

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  • Syllabus


    1. Scientific literature search:

    - Research questions as a starting point.

    - Goals of literature search.

    - Sources of scientific information.

    - Scientific databases (e.g., PsycInfo, PubMed, SciELO, Google Scholar).

    - Boolean searches.

    2. Selection and critical appraisal of scientific articles:

    - Classification of scientific articles.

    - Reading scientific articles

    - Structure of quantitative articles.

    - Critical appraisal of quantitative and qualitative articles based on the APA's JARS.

    3. Scientific writing:

    - Characteristics.

    - Authorship and plagiarism.

    - APA style for scientific texts: formatting citations, references, text, tables, and figures.

    4. Scientific information presented in different formats: Presentations; Posters; Publication of scientific papers

  • Objectives


    The main aim of this curricular unit is the development of basic skills of literature search and reading, as well as writing and reporting scientific information in the field of psychology. Specifically, students should:

    - conduct literature searches related to research questions, using scientific databases and adequate Boolean searches;

    - classify and critically appraise scientific papers considering the Journal Article Reporting Standards (JARS) of the American Psychological Association (APA);

    - identify the specificities of scientific writing; write original scientific texts;

    - know and use APA style when formatting scientific documents;

    - effectively report scientific information in different formats (e.g., presentations, posters, papers);

    - know the process of publication of scientific papers

  • Teaching methodologies and assessment

    Teaching methodologies and assessment

    This curricular unit includes laboratory classes with supervision. All classes start with a theoretical presentation of the contents, followed by application exercises, using computers and the Internet. Individually or in small groups, students conduct literature searches in scientific databases, critically appraise and write scientific texts, present scientific data in different formats, and use APA style.

  • References


    American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7.ª ed.).

    Cooper, H. (2018). Reporting quantitative research in psychology: How to meet APA Style Journal Article Reporting Standards (2.ª ed.). American Psychological Association.

    Hempel, S. (2020). Conducting your literature review . American Psychological Association.

    Kail, R. V. (2019). Scientific writing for psychology: Lessons in clarity and style (2.ª ed.). SAGE. Lancaster, T. (2020). Avoid plagiarism . SAGE.

    Levitt, H. M. (2019). Reporting qualitative research in psychology: How to meet APA Style Journal Article Reporting Standards . American Psychological Association.

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